Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(PARK HILLS, Ky.) — A Kentucky high school student spoke out on Sunday after video appeared to show him taunting a group of Native American protesters in Washington, D.C., over the weekend.Nick Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky, was accused of taunting and mocking a Native American protester at the end of the Indigenous People’s March on Friday, but the teenager said he’d been falsely accused.“The protestor everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him,” Sandmann said in a statement on Sunday. “He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face.”“I never interacted with this protestor. I did not speak to him. I did not make any hand gestures or other aggressive moves. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me,” he added.The protestor, Vietnam veteran Nathan Phillips, who was banging a drum and singing when he confronted Sandmann, said the teens yelled derogatory comments at him before the stare down took place.“I heard them say, ‘Build that wall, build that wall,’ you know?” Phillips told reporters over the weekend. “This is indigenous lands, you know. We’re not supposed to have walls here. We never did. Before anybody else came here we never had walls. We never had a prison.”In a separate interview with the Washington Post, Phillips said teens from Sandmann’s group had harassed him and other Native American protesters before the encounter.“It was getting ugly,” he said, describing his confrontation with Sandmann, who was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat at the time. “I started going that way, and that guy in the hat stood in my way and we were at an impasse. He just blocked my way and wouldn’t allow me to retreat.”Sandmann disputed those claims in his statement on Sunday and said he never heard “any students chant ‘build that wall’ or anything hateful or racist at any time.”“The protestor everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him,” Sandmann said. “I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face.”“I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation,” he added.Sandmann said he and his family have received threats after the incident became public.“I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults. One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood. My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue,” Sandmann said in the statement.The Diocese of Covington and the Covington Catholic School issued a joint statement over the weekend as video of the encounter sparked outrage online.“We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general,” the statement said. “We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips.“This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person. The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion,” it added.Sandmann defended his actions in the statement and said he planned to cooperate with the school’s ongoing investigation.“I realized everyone had cameras and that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers into a larger conflict,” Sandmann said. “I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand.”“I was not intentionally making faces at the protestor. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation,” he added. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Dr. Ken Hackett, President of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), explained the fundamental Catholic identity and history of the international charity organization Thursday night as part of the Notre Dame Forum. For the second annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C., lecture, the topic “Globally Engaging Charity in Truth” alluded to Hackett’s integration of Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Caritas in Veritate” into CRS. “At CRS we have taken a lot of time to examine what’s inside these documents,” Hackett said. “It reminded us that humanitarian action should be rooted in a selfless love that should always be done in a spirit of humility.” Hackett, who oversees approximately 5,000 employees in over 100 countries, approached the task of aiding world disasters with a definitive mission adhering to Catholic Social Teaching. “Integral human development, that I would contend, sets CRS apart from the many humanitarian agencies that appear to look just like us,” Hackett said. “We consciously try to incorporate Catholic Social Teaching in everything we do. What might be surprising to you, we haven’t always been good at integrating these things.” Hackett reflected on the development of CRS by defining “three phases of history,” in which he perceived “lenses” of the world and how to address specific issues. First, Hackett described the “social welfare lens” in the beginning stage of forming CRS. In the context of the “darkest days of WWII,” CRS focused on the corporal works of mercy and established a network of international institutions, called “Caritas Internationalis,” that still function today. “Catholic identity was strong but it was difficult to look introspectively,” Hackett said. The “social development” stage in the 60s and 70s was geared towards “providing sustainable solutions,” but Hackett said there was an absence of a Catholic identity. “We became to look more and more like any other NGO,” he said. The important shift of the organization to Catholic Social Teaching occurred through several tragic and personal experiences. Hackett said he was shocked to learn that CRS hadn’t provided fresh water to the people of Somalia but instead to a group of conquerors. After providing food amidst the ethnic tensions in Rwanda two years before the genocide of 1994, Hackett said the CRS realized the need to change the direction of their efforts. “800,000 were slaughtered in a most vicious way [in Rwanda]. It was horrific, and for us, it was personal. Because CRS staff lost colleagues, friends, family members, it wasn’t something over there, it was in here — personally and institutionally,” he said. “And after the genocide, we learned a tough, bloody lesson: all the good work we thought we were doing … was not enough.” Hackett said that he and other CRS officials knew about the ethnic tensions between the Hutus and Tutsis that eventually led to genocide that claimed nearly one million lives. He said he regrets that he did nothing to address the issue before it was too late. “That was politics. We did development,” he said. “We realized after that cleansing, a lot of weeping, and introspection and prayer that we as an agency had to start addressing justice issues in imbalance of society in Rwanda and imbalance of society elsewhere. And we started to incorporate a justice-centered focus worldwide.” Embracing the principles of solidarity within Catholic Social Teaching, CRS redefined the endeavors of the organization towards the human dignity of stricken people, as well as the employee relationships with one another. “Catholic Social Teaching is not just a theological exercise,” Hackett said. “It’s a practical and fundamental guide for how the church should live in the world. And we as an organization should transform ourselves to function in the world.” In the closing questions, an African priest from Darfur gave homage to Hackett’s work with CRS benefiting his people, yet posed the question of how the Catholic Social Teaching vision should appeal to the majority of CRS workers, who are not Christian. Hackett responded with the words of St. Francis. “‘Preach always, sometimes use words.’ We should be recognized by what we do and how we do it,” Hackett said. Hackett closed by acknowledging that people of all faiths identify with the dignity of a human person. “You know who you are and you’re ready to say who you are, without boastfully pushing who you are. Do it with humility,” he said.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This weekend, I was listening to The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast. (I really love the podcast, but I’ll save my comments about it for a future day.)This episode featured Tobi Lutke, founder, and CEO of Shopify. Lutke hit on a few neat ideas, but the one that caught my eye was his discussion of Crocker’s Rules.If you play by Crocker’s Rules, you signal to other people that they should give you feedback without worrying whether it will hurt your feelings. You accept full responsibility for how you feel under Crocker’s Rules – and you simply want direct feedback as quickly as you can get it, without all the normal social etiquette that can dilute the message.Crocker’s Rules is something you signal to your team. Once they know you are playing by those Rules, they get the green light to cut to the chase without sugar coating. But it only works one way. You can’t force someone else to play by the Rules. continue reading »
Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 HAMPDEN — At Hampden Academy on Friday, Anthony Cultrera of the Sumner Tigers collected a pair of wins as the Tiger boys finished fourth in an eight-team meet.Trisha Bakeman of the George Stevens Academy Eagles races to victory in the 400-meter run at Hampden.Cultrera won the 100-meter dash in 11.82 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 23.58 seconds.In team scoring, the host Broncos were easy winners with 280 points, followed by Old Town 116, Calais 56, Sumner 43, Penquis 30, George Stevens Academy 20, Piscataquis 16 and Narraguagus 6.In the girls’ meet, Trisha Bakeman of the GSA Eagles was the lone local winner, placing first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:09.23.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn team scoring, Hampden led the way with 239 points, followed by Old Town 178, Piscataquis 41, GSA 31, Calais 23, Narraguagus 14, Sumner 8 and Penquis 6. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Bio admin Latest posts by admin (see all) House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015
The estate of a boy stabbed to death during a sleepover in Palm Beach Gardens is suing Publix Supermarkets for allegedly selling the murder weapon, a knife to a child.Corey Johnson faces one count of first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and two counts of attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon.Johnson is accused of killing one teen, wounding another and a woman during an attack at a sleepover in a home in Ballenisles in Palm Beach Gardens. Police said Johnson confessed to the stabbings and attributed motive to his Muslim faith and a fascination with ISIS. Johnson studied the Quran and had been on the FBI watch list for more than a year.As a 17-year-old, Johnson was accused of killing 13-year-old Jovanni Sierra on the boy’s birthday at a home in Ballenisles on Mar. 12, 2018.The LaBovick Law Group claims Publix illegally sold the knife to Johnson who was not old enough to buy a weapon. He later allegedly used the knife to kill Jovanni and stab Elaine Simon and her son, Dane Bancroft.The firm claims Johnson bought the knife at Publix hours before the attack. It’s against the law in Florida to sell any weapons to people under the age of 18.Johnson, 17 at the time of the stabbings, is now 19 years old and charged as an adult in the crime.“Publix has refused to change their reckless policy of selling knives to underage buyers and has spurned Florida law by intentionally failing to check identification before selling dangerous weapons to underage knife purchasers,” stated Brian LaBovick, the attorney representing the Estate of Jovanni Sierra. “Publix is fully responsible for the damages caused by their illegal knife sale and could be responsible for punitive damages if their conduct rises to the level of intentional disregard of Florida law.”Johnson is due back in court on Mar. 20.
The regular season in the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League is quickly coming to an end.This means the playoffs are right around the corner — this weekend to be exact — for the 20-team league.MainJet appear to be headed for the regular season title as the squad has a five-point lead over Prestige Thunder entering the rescheduled rain out games part of the season.Tied for third spot in Louie’s and Jackson’s Hole.Playoffs begin Thursday with the first round of games in the triple-knockout schedule.Games continue Friday evening and Saturday before winners are crowned in the three divisions — A final 4 p.m., B and C finals, 2:30 p.m. — Sunday.All games are slated for the Lakeside Diamonds on the Nelson [email protected]
Zukowski is one of the keys to any LVR success.Also needing to come up big for the Bombers is point guard Jack Sturrup, Grade 11 forward Isaiah Kingdon and seniors Cail Spencer and Jesse Zak.The latter Bomber sat out most of the Kootenay Final with a leg injury.On the girl’s side of the draw Kootenay Champ J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks meet Holy Cross at 10 a.m.This is the final season both tournaments will be hosted in Kamloops.The two provincial AA events move to the Langley Events Centre in 2014. The L.V. Rogers Bombers tangle with Kelowna Christian on opening day of the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships Wednesday in Kamloops.The Bombers, winners of the Kootenay Zone title, meet the fourth-ranked Kelowna Christian at 1:30 p.m. in the Tournament Centre.LVR enters the tournament ranked 13th while Kelowna is fourth.”We were there last year so hopefully that helps us this year with us being nervous,” said Bomber captain Matt Zukowski after LVR knocked off Golden Eagles to capture its second straight zone title.
Matthews “Loop-en-Val” Motshwarateu had a unique running style that made it seem that he must fall over exhausted at any moment. That’s how he picked up the nickname Loop-en-Val (Run-and-Fall), an Afrikaans translation of his Sotho nickname Motshwareng o tlawa, meaning “Watch him, he will fall”.Born in Soweto on 2 November 1958, Motshwarateu died in November 2001 at the age of 43 after being shot in a robbery. In those 43 years, however, he made an indelible mark in athletics, both in South Africa and abroad.Exploded onto the athletics sceneOne of South Africa’s greatest middle-and long-distance athletes, Motshwarateu exploded onto the South African athletics scene in 1978, barely a year after the white-controlled South African Amateur Athletics Union opened its doors to black athletes.Competing in a meeting in Stellenbosch, he faced the highly rated and dominant Ewald Bonzet in the 5 000 metres.Chris Barron, in an obituary published in the Sunday Times, described the event as follows: “The place was Coetzenburg, the famous athletics stadium in Stellenbosch and home in those days to the most committed athletics supporters in the country. The event was the 5 000m, until then dominated by Ewald Bonzet.“The late Arrie Joubert, a top Afrikaans athletics writer from upcountry, had told Cape Town fans to watch out for an amazing runner called Motshwarateu whose crazy running style, he wrote, had earned him the Sotho nickname Motshwareng o tlawa, which means ‘Watch him, he will fall’. Joubert translated this into Afrikaans as ‘Loop-en-Val’.How could he pose a threat?“The fans who packed Coetzenburg that April night in 1978 thought Joubert must have been joking. How could someone who looked like he was going to fall flat on his face pose a threat to Bonzet, the king of white middle-distance runners?“Added to the curiosity value was an edge of tension. The last time South Africa’s hard man of athletics had run against a black athlete, he had viciously elbowed him out of the race.“The gun went off and Motshwarateu’s eccentric gait had the crowd wondering how long he could possibly last. After 11 laps he was not only still in the race, he was in front.South African record“With one-and-a-half laps to go, he began to sprint and the crowd became hysterical. He won the race, breaking Bonzet’s four-year-old South African record to set a new one of 13 minutes, 29.6 seconds. The crowd, just about all white and mostly Afrikaans, gave him a standing ovation.”The following year, Barron writes, Motshwarateu was back at Coetzenburg. This time, he smashed Bonzet’s 10 000m record, becoming the first South African to run the distance in under 28 minutes, in one of the most sensational performances in South African athletics history – only three other South African runners have since beaten the time of 27 minutes and 48.2 seconds that Motshwarateu posted that night.“By 1979 he had become one of SA athletics’ biggest drawcards”, Barron writes. “Very few whites knew his proper name, but they did know that if ‘Loop-en-Val’ was running in a race, they couldn’t miss it. The moment he stepped onto a track there was electricity in the air and a feeling that anything might happen. He had enormous charisma that communicated itself to the crowds. They loved him, and he seldom let them down.”University of Texas-El PasoIn next to no time, Motshwarateu became one of South Africa’s best known athletes, but he left the country after winning a scholarship to the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP), and it wasn’t until seven years later that he returned to South Africa.Motshwarateu was hugely successful at UTEP, where he won All-American colours on four occasions in the cross-country, 10 000 metres and three-mile indoor run.He led UTEP in its domination of US university cross-country, and indoor and outdoor track and field, and in 1981 won the highly competitive NCAA cross-country title as UTEP produced the greatest win in the history of NCAA cross-country championships, completely dominating the event.World recordIn 1980, while still a student, Motshwarateu broke the world record for the 10 kilometres road race, slicing 24 seconds off the previous mark – making him the first black South African athlete to break a world record.Many, however, believe that Loop-en-Val’s greatest run took place in 1988, when, at the age of 30, he took on the Mexican star Arturo Barrios, regarded as virtually unbeatable over 10 kilometres. Racing in New Orleans, Motshwarateu did what he did best, attacking early on and building up a big lead only three kilometres into the race.Five kilometres later, Barrios had caught up. The wily South African made as if he was fatigued and Barrios passed him easily. On the last kilometre, Motshwarateu struck back, surging past the Mexican ace to take a memorable win in a blistering 27 minutes and 54 seconds, which remains the South African record to this day.Returned to SAMotshwarateu enjoyed his time in the United States, but had to return to South Africa, and on his return to his country remained a handful for the top South African athletes, right up until the 1995 season, when he was 37 years old.He spoke of joining the lucrative veterans’ circuit in the United States when he turned 40, but a hamstring injury prevented him from doing that.Sadly, Motshwarateu missed out on the professional era and, despite six years spent at UTEP, left with few qualifications to help him later on in life.The governing body of athletics in South Africa, Athletics South Africa, came in for some criticism when, with Motshwarateu struggling to make a living, they chose not to take advantage of his charisma and use him to promote the sport.Motshwarateu eventually found work as a second-hand car dealer but, when he was killed in 2001, died with little reward to show for his fine career; he wasn’t even able to pay for his own funeral. He was survived by his wife, Lilian, and four children.In 2002, Loop-en-Val was honoured by the organisers of the popular Soweto Marathon, who decided that the race would be run in honour of one of the greatest sportsmen the township – and the country – has ever produced.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Disaster is a word with strong connotations, conjuring images of fire, flood, storms, earthquakes and… spilled cups of coffee.That latter category might not strike you as the kind of disaster that will bring the 24-hour news vans to your door, but to a business that depends on the uptime of its systems, a jostled cup of joe or a faulty hard drive can be just as much of a disaster as the Biblical stuff.According to a new survey of small to medium-sized businesses, it isn’t flooding, tornadoes or hurricanes that are mostly responsible for IT downtime, but rather hardware failures – a full 55% of downtime incidents, in fact. IT recovery vendor Quorum tracked the trouble tickets of customers who used their service in the first quarter of 2013 to derive the data.Disk failures were the number one hardware failure, says Quorum CEO Larry Lang. “More often than you think, it’s a SAN failure,” he adds, referring to “storage area networks” that are designed to keep data available even when a disk – or disks – crash.Power supply problems are another big hardware issue. At times, they’re complicated by cooling system malfunctions that in turn overheat power supplies and bring them down in a giant cascade of fail.Or you can face something completely unexpected. A Quorum customer once had a problem when a neighbor’s renovation work spewed gypsum dust onto server heat sinks, causing them to lose efficiency and overheat the system.Delete All? OK…Next on the list was human error, which made up 22% of incidents that caused downtime. But Lang suspects that this figure is actually on the low side. “Human nature being what it is, the actual human mistakes tend to be under-reported,” he said. Accidental deletions, are common mistakes that don’t get reported.Software failures ranked next, coming in at 18% of downtime causes. These include updates that don’t go well, many of which were probably untested before deployment. (That could also put these back in the human error column, too.)The last category is the flashier stuff. But natural disasters only accounted for 5% of IT downtime incidents.The Cost Of GoofsEstimating the damage caused by IT downtime isn’t always easy. Ball-parking the financial cost is straightforward – just take your company’s annual revenue, divide that by number of business hours in a year (2080 in the U.S.), then multiply that number by the number of hours your systems are down.But some times in the year are worse for downtime than others. If your accounting firm’s servers go down in mid-June, it’s likely not as stressful or painful to the bottom line as a similar failure the week before the April 15 tax deadline in the U.S.Then there’s the reputational effect. When an actual natural disaster strikes and you are offline, customers are more likely to cut you some slack until you get things up and running. But if they tune in on any given day and your computers are dark for what to them seems no apparent reason, they might be… unsatisfied. Some might take to Twitter, Yelp and other social outlets to broadcast their frustration, too.Back Up And PrepareIT managers need to prepare for the worst, but also must understand that the worst might not happen when Mother Nature drops by.To be prepared for the disasters that occur in the chaos of our daily lives, Lang recommended that, at the very least, businesses need to back up as much as they can. It may take longer to restore than expected, but when the worst happens, your data will still be there and you can start the recovery process.Lang also recommends testing and retesting backup and restore processes as often as possible. Software and hardware configurations can change often, so you need to make sure your recovery operations won’t fail.“In business, the longest distance in IT is the distance between ought to work and known to work,” Lang said.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Tags:#Disaster Recovery brian proffitt How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…
athleticsdutee chandTIME Next 100 First Published: November 13, 2019, 10:29 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: India sprinter Dutee Chand has been named in the TIME 100 Next, an expansion of the TIME 100 list of the most influential persons in the world.The list, an initiative of TIME magazine, highlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, health, science, activism etc. “I am delighted to receive this recognition from the TIME magazine. I believe in gender equality. I will continue to fight for the rights of young girls and women in sports as well as in the larger society,” Dutee said in a statement.Dutee had won two silver medals — 100m, 200m — at Jakarta Asian Games and had become the first Indian woman sprinter to win gold at the Universiade in Napoli, where she competed in 100m,She was invited by the IAAF to compete at the women’s 100m event at the Doha World Championships in September but could qualify for the semifinals, fading in the heats after clocking 11.48s.