Corlin Bordeaux Named 2007 Equine Canada Volunteer of the Year

first_imgOttawa, Ontario-Equine Canada has named Corlin Bordeaux of Surry, BC, the 2007 Volunteer of the Year.Bordeaux has been chosen for this award for his volunteer work in an area of Equine Canada that often goes unappreciated-governance. Bordeaux has analyzed issues and developed strategies and actions, and improved the way Equine Canada is structured and how it operates. He has been able to advise and counsel many groups and committees throughout the organization, including Equine Canada’s president, the board of directors, senior management and each of the four councils.Never one to shy away from a challenge, Bordeaux has a spent significant amount of time consulting and learning from each provincial equestrian federation. Putting in often full-time hours, Bordeaux has written numerous reports to the Equine Canada board, has participated on Equine Canada’s Audit Committee, advises Equine Canada’s Executive Recruitment, Rendition and Review Committee and chairs the board’s 20-20 Task Force.Bordeaux attends every monthly Equine Canada board meeting, and regularly gives status up-dates on his various activities within the organization. He spends days working with, supporting and training staff who are joining Equine Canada. Also, in addition to advising the board on how to restructure the senior management positions in the national office, he helped implement the new structure, and monitored and reported on its advancements, all on his own time.“Corlin holds himself to a very high standard in meeting self-imposed deadlines,” remarked Equine Canada president Al Patterson. “The quality of his work in various fields of experience and his calm and patient way with everybody are precious assets for all who are part of Equine Canada- members, volunteers, and staff.”“People tell me that at my age I shouldn’t work so hard, but when you do what you like doing it doesn’t seem like that much,” noted Bordeaux. “My sincerest thanks for having this honour bestowed upon me.”At the Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, in Calgary, Alberta, Bordeaux will be presented with his award. The ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award is presented, by BFL Canada, every year to an exceptional volunteer who has contributed to equestrian sport and to Equine Canada. It is presented to someone who has dedicated himself or herself to Equine Canada and it’s ideals, who have worked tirelessly for the improvement of the organization, and who has had a noticeable impact on the sport.A true example of each of these qualities, Equine Canada is proud to name Corlin Bordeaux the 2007 Volunteer of the Year. 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. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP 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. Email* Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

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Director of Collegiate Experience

first_imgThe director of collegiate experience (DCE) supervises thecollegiate experience department staff and organizational workflowincluding training and development for collegians, advisors andnational leadership team members, chapter management and operationsand the leadership development consultant (LDC) program.Responsibilities include training and supervision of the collegiateexperience and training and development staff and oversight of theLeadership Development Consultant program. The DCE collaborateswith collegiate National Leadership Team (NLT), local advisors andcampus-based professionals. Under the guidance of the NationalCouncil, this position is responsible for policy development andimplementation of risk prevention and education. The DCE overseesstaff, collegiate and volunteer training. The position is basedfulltime at the headquarters office in Memphis, Tennessee, andreports to the executive director. Remote employment will not beconsidered.  See website for full job posting and instructions forapplication. https://kappadelta.org/about-us/careers/#1595445982356-c28b6462-568dlast_img read more

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HANDBALL IN UK: London against New York in “Copper Box”

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmail Handball returns to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the Copper Box International Handball Cup on Sunday 8th September.London GD Handball Club will stage the inaugural Copper Box International Handball Cup, which will feature four matches involving teams from England and America at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, between 12pm and 6pm.Opening up the invitation event at 12.15pm will be a match between New York City, four time winners of the US championship in the last five years, and the newly-formed English team, Oly Cats. Coached by GB captain Bobby White, the Oly Cats will contain several leading Team GB players who competed in the Olympics last summer, the majority of which will be making their first return to the venue and playing their first competitive matches at club level in this country.The ladies from London GD, who have won the English national competition three times and are the reigning EHA cup winners, will then take on London Angels, who recently claimed the British beach handball trophy.That match will be followed by London GD’s men’s team taking on the touring New Yorkers before the eight times English champions pit their wits against the new kids on the block, the Oly Cats, in the final game of the day. The GD team for the final match is expected to contain guest appearances from top players from other leading London handball clubs.Radu Miclaus, executive director of London GD’s men’s team, said: “We are very privileged to have been given the opportunity to be the resident handball club at the Copper Box and we have arranged a special day to celebrate moving in, with a little help from our friends from England and America.“We intend to showcase good quality games featuring international players and prove once again how entertaining the sport of  handball is. We really hope as many people as possible can attend what will be one of the first full days of sport in the Olympic Park, since the Games. It promises to be a great occasion.”Tickets for the day cost £8.50 for adults and £5.50 for concessions/children under-14 but they can be purchased online, prior to 1st September, from www.warptickets.com for £6.50 (adults) and £3.50 (children under-14 and concessions).Schedule:12.15 Oly Cats v. New York City (mens)13.30 London GD v. London Angels (womens)15.00 London GD v. New York City (mens)16.30 London GD United* v. Oly Cats (mens)*The London GD team for this match will also feature guest appearances from top players from other leading London handball clubs.Ryan Percival (Journalist) Final Third Sports Media FIRST TIME IN EUROPE: New York City THC to play in London! Recommended for you Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentscenter_img From Beijing to London – Norway is the BEST! Croatia beats Tunisia – “Experts” VS “Cowboys” for the FINAL! Click to comment Related Items:Handball in UK, london, London handball, London VS New York, New Yorklast_img read more

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Mandelson eyes Doha restart after US elections

first_imgSpeaking to European Voice on Tuesday (14 November), Mandelson said: “Post the Congressional elections we have an opportunity which didn’t exist during the campaign.” The issues had been “too partisan, too hotly contested” in the run-up to the elections, he said. Asked about fears that the new intake of Democrats would be more opposed to free trade, he said that the “tensions [over trade issues] had not completely disappeared”. Mandelson said that there could soon be positive developments emerging from World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiators in Geneva. “The Geneva machine is picking up and is becoming more active. You’ll see that in the coming days.” Mandelson confirmed that in the coming weeks (6 December) he would be seeking mandates to negotiate free trade agreements with South Korea, India and the ten members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) which include Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.Looking ahead to next week’s (24 November) summit with Russia, Mandelson said that there was “interest from both sides” in agreeing a wide range of trade and investment rules. But he said that reaching an agreement would be slow and difficult. See also Analysis WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy has called an informal meeting of ambassadors in Geneva this morning (16 November) to discuss the state of the Doha Development Round negotiations. This follows a meeting of WTO agricultural trade negotiators last week and meetings of other groups dealing with market access for agricultural products.International trade officials said that the WTO “was starting to turn on the engine” in case there was a new political impetus from national capitals to relaunch negotiations on the Doha round. Mandelson said the Geneva negotiating machine would start operating in a way it had not done since the suspension of talks in July. He said he hoped that the renewed activity would lead to “political level negotiations”. Lamy suspended the negotiations in July when they were deadlocked in the run-up to the US Congressional elections. But he said at the time that there could be a window of opportunity to relaunch negotiations after the November elections until March. US President George W. Bush’s authority to sign trade deals without their being challenged by Congress expires in July. After that, unless the Trade Promotion Authority is renewed the US will be hamstrung in negotiations. Mandelson also responded positively to comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel about pursuing greater regulatory convergence with the US rather than pushing for a Transatlantic Free Trade Area which some German politicians have been advocating. He said that her calls for the EU and US to work together on intellectual property protection, hedge fund regulation and rules for greater transparency for stock exchanges went “in the right direction”. The commissioner said that Merkel’s views on an EU-US trade agreement had been “misrepresented”. She was talking about the need to break down regulatory barriers rather than reducing tariffs, he said. “She’s identified the right issues,” he added. While these subjects were already being discussed as part of the Transatlantic Economic Initiative launched last year, they were hard to bring to a successful conclusion, he said, because the EU and US had long-standing regulatory structures and both sides thought their approach was best. He said the best potential for the initiative was in agreeing a common approach to future regulation. last_img read more

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Danish MEP quits party over refugee confiscation plan

first_img“I’m concerned that there’s no major outrage among Danes, that there aren’t more people standing up and saying this can’t be right. It cannot be right that we have to accept that they take the last bits of jewelery and the last dignity from refugees when they arrive in Denmark,” he said.Proposed new legislation, due to be debated in January, would give immigration authorities the power to search asylum-seekers’ clothes and luggage and to seize valuables and cash worth more than 3,000 kroner — roughly €400.Denmark has already cut benefits for asylum-seekers and tightened citizenship rules. Also On POLITICO Denmark wants to seize refugees’ valuables By Ivo Oliveira A Danish MEP has defected from the ruling center-right party in protest at the government’s plan to confiscate valuables from refugees.Jens Rohde said he was moving from the Liberals to the leftist Social-Liberal party as he feared an increasing shift to the right because the Liberals rely on the parliamentary support of the far-right Danish People’s Party (DF).“The Liberal party has lost out big time to the DF. The DF’s opinions are absolutely legitimate but I don’t understand why we have to copy them,” Rohde told the newspaper Politiken.last_img read more

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Two Xfinity Series crew chiefs ejected pre-qualifying

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Crew chiefs for the No. 3 Chevrolet of Austin Dillon and No. 74 Dodge of Mike Harmon, along with the car chief for the No. 3, have been ejected for Saturday’s Xfinity Series Powershares QQQ 300 (2:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).The No. 74 car failed four times at the Optical Scanning Station car inspection process pre-qualifying. The No. 3 car had a rear suspension violation. According to the updated 2018 at-track deterrence model, that is cause for an ejection before the race.RELATED: Explaining the inspection processThat means the No. 3 team will need to fill its crew chief and car chief roles with someone already on its at-track roster with Nick Harrison (crew chief) and Michael Scearce (car chief) penalized. Same with the No. 74 team for crew chief Robert Scott.Qualifying for the season-opening Xfinity Series race is scheduled for 9:35 a.m. (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM).last_img read more

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Professor explains gravitational waves findings

first_imgA long time ago, in a galaxy far away, two black holes merged into one. Their collision sent out waves of energy that moved across the universe. However, these waves were not detected until Feb. 11, when scientists of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration heard them for the first time. “They’re basically ripples in the fabric of space-time,” associate professor of astrophysics Jay Christopher Howk said. “You have to think about space as being pliable. It’s sort of like if you put a bowling ball in the middle of trampoline, it warps the space. Mass does the same thing.”In this case, that mass is two black holes that orbited each other until they merged into one. According to Howk, these black holes were about 30 solar masses each, or 30 times the size of our sun. “If you add the two black holes’ masses before they merged, the number was 65 solar masses,” Howk said. “After they merged, you had 62 left over. So where did that mass go? Well, it turns out it was converted to energy, and that’s the energy of the ripples that propagate out.” Those ripples are the gravitational waves detected last week by LIGO. According to its website, LIGO is a world-wide collaboration of more than 80 scientific institutions, with two laboratories in the United States – one in Louisiana and one in Washington. The group used specialized lasers to detect the energy waves, the website said. “Effectively what they have are two sets of masses, and they can measure the distance between them very precisely using lasers,” Howk said. A gravitational wave will make these masses move closer or father away from each other, Howk said.“That’s what we’re measuring here, is the wiggling of these masses,” Howk said. Einstein’s theory of relatively predicted the presence of these waves in 1916, and astronomers discovered a set of neutron stars whose orbit confirmed their existence in the 1970s. “Of course, we knew gravitational wave existed,” Howk said. “But this is definitely the first direct detection.”Howk said the detection is exciting because it offers a new way of studying black holes and other phenomenon. “Any time you have some new way for gathering information about the universe, it just opens up whole new fields,” Howk said. “So now we’re going to be able to ask how often do black holes merge, how does that work … Even this event tells us something we didn’t know before — we had an inkling that that there were black holes more than 25 times the mass of the sun, but we certainly never had any evidence. “Now we have two of them, and now they’ve made an even bigger one,” he saidThis technology can also be used to study neutron stars, the leftover cores of stars that are large enough to supernova but not large enough to form black holes, Howk said.“Now we can learn about various types of supernova that we think are driven by neutron star merges,” Howk said. “And that’s very important for making some of the final elements on the periodic table, as one of the potential places they get made is in these neutron stars.”Tags: Albert Einstein, gravitational waves, theory of relativitylast_img read more

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Hunt Aerodynamicist takes on rim brakes with deep carbon road wheels

first_imgSure the bulk of modern wheel development we see  now is around disc brakes, but the vast majority of road, time trial & triathlon bikes actually being raced in competition are still sporting rim brakes. So Hunt Wheels sent their Aerodynamicist design engineers back to the wind tunnel to create a range of faster carbon rim brake wheels that won’t break the bank.Hunt Aerodynamicist aero carbon rim brake road wheelsall photos c. Hunt Bike WheelsAs Hunt themselves put it, the aero rim brake wheel market is already pretty saturated, and they are kind of coming late to the party after devoting some much development on disc brakes and multi-surface wheels. But even from the start of their Limitless “world’s fastest road disc” project, Hunt’s small design team was looking to up their aero game for rim brakes, too. Admittedly, gains weren’t as easy with the rim brake track in the way, but Hunt is happy with the three new deep aero carbon rim profiles that in-house engineering team manager Luisa Grappone developed.And in classic Hunt Aerodynamicist fashion, they’ve matched or outperformed the premium competition at 52, 62 & 82mm deep, released the real drag data to back it up, and have done all that at a price level more affordable than pretty much everyone at that top aero level.How did Hunt do it?Hunt’s Aerodynamicist concept essentially can be boiled down to “widening profiles below the edge of the rim to improve performance and stability across multiple yaw angles”… think wide curved shapes with blunt nose.That was easier without brakes to consider. But working with a 27mm wide, parallel brake track and hooked, tubeless-ready beads with a 19-19.5mm internal width, Hunt took advantage of all the space available.The result is these three rim profiles, 28.1-29.5mm wide at their widest and 52mm, 62mm & 82mm deep. Hunt’s data shows the 82 wheel to be the fastest against everything they tested, while the 52 & 62 are competitive with the best of the other great wheels on the market.The full detailed testing protocols and results of Hunt’s rim brake aero development is available for those who want to dive into the process or learn more about their findings in detail. Read the White Paper Research Report here.Hunt Carbon Aerodynamicist, in the detailsAll three rims were developed entirely in-house & are Hunt specific, built up from a mix of  Toray T700 & T800 fibers to balance a high strength:weight ratio. UD carbon is used for the most part, with 3K weave fiber reinforcing the rim bed & spoke areas, and Hunt’s Griptec basalt ceramic fiber brake track for high-performance all-weather stopping and long-term durability. Their internal width is designed & aerodynamics optimized for 25-28mm tubeless tires, but still narrow enough to safely run a 23c tire for bike with tighter clearances.The wheels are laced to Hunt’s lightweight Race Season Sprint hubs with straight pull, four-sided Pillar Wing spokes for less drag than aerofoil spokes in wide-ranging wind conditions. Oh, and external alloy nipples for real world serviceability. The 6061-T6 forged & CNC-machined QR-ready hubs spin big 15mm alloy axles on industry benchmark CeramicSpeed hybrid ceramic bearings, get fast 7.5° engagement, and are available with alloy Shimano, Campagnolo & SRAM XD/XDR freehub bodies with steel spline protection.Complete wheelset pair range from 1518g for the 52mm wheels, 1575g for the 62mm set, up to 1738g for the deepest 82mm pair.Rim Brake Aerodynamicist – Pricing & availabilityHunt Carbon Aerodynamicist wheels are sold in pairs, but you can use Hunt’s drop-down menus to mix & match rim depths to get your ideal setup. Wheelsets include external brass cam QRs, carbon-specific brake pads, tubeless tape & tubeless valves already installed, plus spare spokes & spoke tools.Wheelset pricing increases as the rims get deeper, as it does when you pick a deeper rear wheel. Matched 52 wheelsets sell for £1189 / $1606. A 62 set sells for £1249 / $1687. And the deepest and most expensive 82 wheelset sells for £1329 / $1795. Single wheels are also available separately, especially helpful to pair with a solid disc wheel (something Hunt has teased, but not made available yet.)As is pretty standard for newly introduced Hunt direct-to-consumer wheels, pay a refundable £99 deposit now to reserve a set of the Carbon Aerodynamicist wheels ahead of their late March 2020 delivery date.HuntBikeWheels.comlast_img read more

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Mayor releases updated ‘Use of Force Policy,’ urges swift adoption

first_imgAdministration will work closely with Police Commission as Commission convenes an emergency meeting next week to review new policy; New policy includes all use of force recommendations made by City’s Special Committee to Review Policing Policies; When adopted Burlington policy will include all of the #8CantWait(link is external) reforms; Mayor Weinberger signs President Obama’s Mayors Pledge Vermont Business Magazine Today, Mayor Miro Weinberger and Chief Jennifer Morrison released a draft, new Use of Force Policy and urged its swift adoption. The Administration will work closely with the Police Commission to adopt a new use of force policy as quickly as it can. The draft policy includes all of the recommendations made by the Burlington Special Committee to Review Policing Policies(link is external) which met from August, 2019 through February, 2020. The Burlington Police Department’s current use of force policy lags behind its training and practices, and the new draft policy is more consistent with the values of the Burlington community, is clearer for officers to follow, and incorporates many of the best practices of American policing – including all eight of the #8CantWait reforms on police use of force that are part of President Obama’s Mayors Pledge.“The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers has again exposed that our country continues to be defined by deep and structural racism,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “It also has again brought into focus the many real problems that exist in American policing. In Burlington, we have for years been working to chart a different path, and build a police department that reflects the values of our community and embraces the forward-thinking policies and practices of 21st century policing. At the same time, we can and must do better. By adopting this new, clear, progressive use of force policy we take an immediate and meaningful additional step to improve our practices, and to show others the path toward better American policing. We are committed to additional critical improvements and further steps with the Council, Commission, and public in the months ahead.”“We have been working for months to develop this new Use of Force Directive for the Burlington Police Department, and believe that once adopted and implemented, it will be one of the most comprehensive and forward-thinking use of force policies in the nation,” said Chief of Police Jennifer Morrison. “This policy is the result of months of public engagement and work by the Special Committee to Review Policing Policies. I am looking forward to working with the Police Commission to adopt it as quickly as we can, because I agree with many in our community that these changes can no longer wait.”Mayor Weinberger, City Council President Max Tracy, Public Safety Committee Chair Perri Freeman, and multiple Police Commissioners have been in active communication this week to determine a path to finalizing the policy. The Police Commission will convene an emergency meeting next week to review, amend, and consider adopting this new use of force policy, even as the Commission or City Council may simultaneously launch a longer review to further refine the policy.Background and Key Elements of New Use of Force Policy From August 2019 to February 2020, the Special Committee to Review Policing Policies(link is external), a 14-person and multi-stakeholder group, held twice-monthly public meetings that focused in large part on reviewing and revising Burlington’s use of force policy. They delivered a report on their work to the City Council on February 18, but plans for a further report in March were interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The current draft use of force policy incorporates recommendations and corrections that were contained in the Committee’s presentation to the Council in February.The new policy contains many key elements, and incorporates clear requirements for de-escalation, duty to intervene, verbal warnings, and reporting all uses of force. These elements include:1) De-escalation: The new directive defines de-escalation at length, and states clearly: “When feasible, officers will use de-escalation and other techniques to reduce the immediacy of threats to peoples’ safety and stabilize incidents. Whenever possible, officers will seek to slow things down. Not every situation or subject can be deescalated. Conversely, officer behavior can escalate a situation. Officers should not intentionally escalate situations unnecessarily” (DD05.01 III.A).2) Chokeholds: The new directive states: “Any restraint or technique that applies pressure to the carotid artery, jugular vein, trachea, or the neck that may render the subject unconscious by restricting airflow or the flow of blood to and from the brain is to be AVOIDED and should be used ONLY under circumstances that would otherwise warrant the use of lethal force” (DD05.02 IV.B.1).3) Duty to intervene and excessive force: The new directive states: “Using excessive force is a ‘higher-level infraction’ as defined by the Agreement Between City of Burlington and the Burlington Police Officers’ Association. It may result in criminal and civil liability and will result in department discipline, up to and including termination” (DD05.05 II.G.1). The directive also clearly outlines that officers have a duty to intervene: Failure to intervene in the use of excessive force is a higher-level infraction as defined by the Agreement Between City of Burlington and the Burlington Police Officers’ Association. It may result in criminal and/or civil liability. It will result in department discipline, up to and including termination” (DD05.01 III.E).4) Shooting at moving vehicles: The new directive prohibits discharging a firearm at or from moving vehicles, with two extreme exceptions. It states: “An officer will not discharge a firearm at or from a moving vehicle unless: 1. The vehicle is operated in a manner deliberately intended to strike a person, and all other reasonable means of defense have been exhausted (or are not present or practical), which includes moving out of the path of the vehicle; or 2. A person in the vehicle is threatening the officer or another person with deadly force by means other than the vehicle” (DD05.03 IV.B).5) Force continuum: The new directive outlines a seven-step continuum, beginning at “officer presence/verbal commands” and culminating in “firearms or other lethal force.” It also states: “When an officer determines that the use of force is necessary and appropriate to respond to resistance, keep people safe, and/or accomplish lawful law-enforcement objectives, the officer shall only use objectively reasonable force as determined by totality of circumstance” (DD05.02 IV).6) Exhaust all reasonable means prior to deadly force: The new directive states clearly, “Lethal force should be a last resort. When time permits, officers should exhaust all other reasonable means, or a situation must exclude all other reasonable means.”7) Verbal warnings prior to the use of force: The new directive requires verbal warnings prior to use of force. It states: “When time permits and it is safe to do so, an officer should: 1. Make reasonable efforts to identify himself/herself as a police officer; 2. Inform the subject of the reason for the law-enforcement encounter; 3. State by what authority the subject is being detained, arrested, or otherwise taken into custody; 4. Offer clear instructions describing what the subject must do to comply; 5. Make clear statements about what consequences may attach for lack of compliance; 6. Warn that force may be used, unless the officer has the objectively reasonable belief that verbal warning will jeopardize the officer or another person; 7. Document their verbal commands; When multiple officers are at an incident, verbal commands work best when delivered by one designated officer, or ‘contact officer’” (DD05.02 IV.A).8) Reporting every use of force: The new directive states: “Officers have an affirmative duty to report all uses of force. Accurate, timely reporting facilitates ethical leadership and oversight. Officers also have a duty to report force used against them, in order to paint an accurate picture of the risks they face and of subjects’ behavior. Reporting officers’ uses of force and subjects’ resistance enhances transparency, which is a key part of maintaining community trust and police legitimacy” (DD05.01 III.H). Because pointing a firearm or TASER is considered a use of force, we also require reporting those “threats” of force.Burlington Seeks to Do Policing Differently This policy follows years of work to address the real problems that exist in American policing, and seek to do policing differently here in Burlington. In recent years, the Burlington Police Department has taken a number of actions to embrace the principles of 21st century policing, including: ·         Overhauling how BPD responds to acute mental health episodes following the troubling officer-involved death of Phil Grenon in 2016, including through policy, training, and acquisition of specialized equipment; ·         Dramatically changing how BPD does traffic stops in order to better allocate officers’ time and reduce racial disparities in traffic stops; ·         Collaborating with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and other agencies to create 10 Standards of Care for Policing the Opioid Epidemic, and establishing CommunityStat, a robust, multi-agency response to the opioid epidemic led by the Department and the Mayor that has contributed to a dramatic reduction in area overdose deaths over the last two years; ·         Undertaking and publishing a major study of the recruitment and training of police officers of color; ·         Making it easier for people to issue complaints about the conduct of police officers through an online form and in-person options available through community partners; ·         Increasing the size of our civilian Police Commission in order to accelerating diversifying this group; ·         Advocating for reforms in how new police officers are trained at the statewide Vermont Police Academy; ·         Severing ties between the Burlington Police Department and the U.S. Department of Defense, so that unlike many police departments, the BPD does not accept any specialized military equipment; ·         Codifying Burlington’s long-standing policy of not inquiring about immigration status while conducting routine policing ·         Assigning an officer to be a Domestic Violence specialist within the department; ·         And many others. Most recently, this week, Chief Morrison, at the request of Mayor Weinberger, also made explicit by order that going forward Burlington officers will have a duty to intervene if they witness misconduct, excessive use of force, or any other violation of department rule or policy. This “duty to intervene” is also part of the new use of force policy.This new use of force policy is an important next step. At the same time, having policies written down is not enough. For such policies to be meaningful, they must be backed by training and departmental culture. On top of formal trainings, officers have daily meetings with leadership and often analyze recent interactions together in order to learn from each other and ensure consistent conduct. Mayor Weinberger Signs On to President Obama’s Mayors Pledge, and New Policy Incorporates All Eight of the #8CantWait Reforms Today, Mayor Weinberger also announced that he has signed on to President Barack Obama’s Mayors Pledge(link is external). Dozens of constituents reached out to the Mayor’s Office asking Mayor Weinberger to sign on, and as discussed above, Burlington has already been engaged in a months-long process to take the actions that the pledge outlines: 1) Review police use of force policies, 2) Engage the community by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in the review, 3) Report the findings of the review to the community and seek feedback, and 4) Reform police use of force policies.Following the process with the Special Committee to Review Policing Policies, and further process that will occur with the Burlington Police Commission, Burlington is now at step four: reform police use of force policies. The new policy incorporates all eight of Campaign Zero and the Police Use of Force Project’s #8CantWait(link is external) reforms. Source: Burlington, VT — Mayor 6.5.2020last_img read more

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Cancellation of 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene

first_img Related IRONMAN has confirmed the cancellation of the rescheduled IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene in Idaho. The event organising team issued the following statement…‘When we postponed the IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene triathlon from its original date of June 28 to September 6, 2020, we felt confident we would still be able to deliver an exceptional event at the later date.‘Unfortunately, based on further conversations with and direction from local authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, the IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene triathlon cannot take place in 2020. All registered athletes of the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene triathlon will be receiving an email with further information.‘In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time globally, we thank our athletes for their commitment and look forward to providing them with an exceptional race experience in the future.’Details of next year’s event are expected to follow, with 2021 scheduled to see the return of full distance racing in Idaho.In November 2019, IRONMAN announced that the city of Coeur d’Alene, will play host to a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon on Sunday, June 27, 2021. This is as part of a renewed multi-year host venue agreement.It was also announced that IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene will serve as the second location of a rotating IRONMAN branded event for 2021, with the event shifting back to an IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in 2022 and 2023.www.ironman.comlast_img read more

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