Calif. sheriff’s deputy shot dead while responding to early morning call

first_imgvmargineanu/iStock(SOMERSET, Calif.) — A California sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed after responding to a call for service Wednesday morning.Deputy Brian Ishmael was a four-year veteran with the El Dorado County sheriff’s office, authorities said.Two men are in custody but “the scene is still active” in Somerset, about 50 miles east of Sacramento, the sheriff’s office warned.“There is a large contingent of law enforcement including a helicopter in the area,” the sheriff’s office said. “We ask that you please remain out of this area. Residents, we ask that you remain vigilant and call 911 for any suspicious activity.”A deputy from another county was with Ishmael for a ride-along at the time and was injured during the shooting. That deputy has since been released from the hospital, authorities said.Ishmael previously worked for Placerville Police Department.“We are proud to have had Brian work with us at the Placerville Police Department,” the police department said in a statement. “He will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to our law enforcement brothers and sisters at EDSO, and Deputy Ishmael’s family and friends. God Speed Brian.”Condolences have begun to stream in from other law enforcement departments. We are so saddened to learn of another peace officer killed in the line of duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters at the El Dorado County SO, the loved ones of Deputy Brian Ishmael, and the community he bravely served. Rest in peace, brother.— SACRAMENTO COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION (@SACDSA) October 23, 2019Tragic news from South Lake Tahoe this morning. The men and women of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office extend our deepest prayers and thoughts to the family and friends of Deputy Brian Ishmael, and all the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office family for their loss.— Washoe Sheriff (@WashoeSheriff) October 23, 2019We send our most heartfelt condolences to the family of Deputy Brian Ishmael and to his @ElDoradoSheriff family.— EGPD (@ElkGrovePD) October 23, 2019This story is developing. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

What is Software-Defined Storage?

first_imgThe Times They Are a-Changin’The speed at which our data is growing doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. We’ve seen the predictions – a digital universe of 40 ZB by 2020 (according to IDC), the prevalence of cloud, and our industry moving to a data centric world. The dynamic nature of our industry requires our data centers to be extremely flexible or “software-defined” so that we can easily program compute, network and storage resources to meet the needs of each tenant application. But to truly build this type of agile and adaptive data center, it requires a software solution that can virtualize each component of the data center from its underlying hardware.It is the value of virtualization —from ease of management to the efficient use of resources. When it comes to compute, virtualization is well understood and it is already transforming the industry landscape. With the recent advancements by the network community, virtualization of network is already underway. Unfortunately, virtualization of storage continues to lag – because storage is heavy – and it’s hard to virtualize.As storage has evolved through the past few decades, it has adequately met the requirements of new application workloads by providing arrays with distinctive characteristics. This approach has led to the development of a diverse set of powerful storage arrays, each with its own unique value. While needs have been met, it has created massive complexity for storage administrators – turning them into storage managers who spend most of their time simply managing the storage arrays instead of optimizing information storage for their business.To meet these challenges, the storage industry has to fundamentally rethink how storage is managed and delivered. The industry needs to develop a true Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solution that addresses storage challenges in the same way that we address compute and network challenges.Enter Software-Defined StorageSDS is a term that’s used a lot these days – and people sometimes define it the way they like. Is it about delivering a storage solution on commodity hardware? New appliances? Or is it about lightweight, extensible, open software that’s easy to implement and easy to use – that delivers higher value to the business?When “defining” SDS, we need to take a holistic view of storage – across all vendor arrays and across all commodity hardware – to provide a complete solution that meets the requirements of the Software-Defined Data Center. SDS separates the storage management services (or control plane) from the storage infrastructure (or data plane) while still retaining and extending the unique value, characteristics, and intelligence of each vendor array(s). This approach provides choice and flexibility to enterprises – so they can run their business with the necessary speed and agility required to be successful in today’s world.In our view, SDS has the following characteristics:Simple: Policy-driven AutomationSDS creates a single pool of storage from a heterogeneous set of storage arrays (commodity hardware and multi-vendor) and allows storage administrators to construct virtual storage arrays via policy. A virtual storage array can span multiple physical arrays and may be more powerful than the underlying physical arrays as new software capabilities can be added to the virtual array. Once storage is extracted into a pool of virtual storage arrays, storage administrators can then manage at the virtual layer according to automated policies. Storage administrators define various Virtual Storage Pools that represent storage performance characteristics and capabilities suited for particular workloads. With SDS, storage administrators can also provide users with instant, self-service access to storage. This gives users immediate access to storage instead of waiting days (or even weeks). It also frees up the administrators time to focus on the business.Extensible:  Adding new array capabilities in softwareAdding new capabilities (i.e., a data service such as object on file) to each multi-vendor storage array is a time consuming, tedious and costly process (as only the array vendor can add new capabilities to their array). Instead, SDS provides a platform on which new data service capabilities can be built once and used by all arrays under its management. SDS also provides access to resources through a uniform set of APIs that can be used for the development of new data services.Open Environment: Building a CommunitySDS is designed as an open platform where it is easy to add support for new arrays or add new capabilities to the storage infrastructure through data services built in software. Therefore, all management functions are exposed through APIs enabling SDS to integrate with any management stack, VMware, OpenStack, Microsoft, etc. Similarly, SDS exposes APIs so any storage array can be added to SDS by its vendor or 3rd party, and also provides APIs so any data service can easily build in software by anyone.SummaryWith the rate of data growth in the data-centric world of today, it requires a new holistic approach to storage. One that allows customers to leverage and extend existing investments while applying the advancements of cloud technology and the many years of R&D that both EMC and VMware have together invested. Software-Defined Storage is about choice, business agility, and valuable communities – all delivered and accessed in a very simple, extensible and open way!last_img read more

Panama: Officials seize about eight tons of cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo September 29, 2010 The government knows who the traffickers are, they just act dumb. In order to change this the legislative as well as the judicial authorities have to change their way of thinking. Brazil: Police confiscate 200 kilograms of marijuana BOGOTÁ, Colombia – The Colombian military arrested three and seized 136 kilograms (299 pounds) of cocaine on a boat in the Caribbean Sea, officials said. The narcotic was hidden underneath benches on the ship “La Gracia de Dios II,” which was intercepted 40 miles offshore from the city of Cartagena during a joint operation by the navy, air force and the counter-narcotics police. The cocaine had a street value of US$3.5 million, officials said, according to the Colombian news website El GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – An enterprise that allegedly smuggled narcotics and cash among Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama through the collaboration of attorneys, police officers and public officials has been dismantled, Guatemalan officials said. “So far we have captured 32 people out of a total of 45 who have been identified as members of this group,” a spokesperson for the Guatemalan Attorney General’s Office said during a media conference, according to EFE. The 13 being sought are prosecutors or police officers, the spokesperson added. The suspects are facing drug trafficking, money laundering, criminal conspiracy, murder and obstruction of justice charges, officials said. José Alejandro Véliz Domínguez, the suspected leader of the syndicate, allegedly paid US$400 to those who smuggled cash to Panama where it would be laundered in the country’s banks, investigators said. The smugglers then allegedly went to Nicaragua, where they would pick up shipments of narcotics bound for Guatemala. The criminal organization was dismantled after an eight-month investigation that included wiretaps, surveillance, scrutiny of bank documents and the searching of 70 residences, according to Guatemala’s Attorney General’s Office. PANAMA CITY, Panama – Authorities seized about eight tons of cocaine during a 24-hour period. The National Aeronaval Service (Senan) found about five tons of the narcotic near the Belén River a day after discovering three tons of cocaine hidden along the Caribbean coast, a Senan spokesman said. “[The] 4,926 packets of cocaine were seized at the mouth of the Belén River [near the port city of] Colón, but there are no detainees,” Vladimir Rodríguez said, according to EFE. The confiscations, which were made based on a tip by the Colombian military that spotted a suspicious vessel, mark the biggest narcotics seizures in the country’s history and raised the amount of narcotics seized nationally this year to 80 tons. “Senan alone has seized 19 tons of drugs with the last quarter of 2010 still to come, and has already exceeded the 17 tons confiscated last year,” Rodríguez said, according to EFE. The cocaine was taken to the Vasco Núñez de Balboa aeronaval base. Colombian authorities seize 136 kilograms of cocaine center_img BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Federal Police seized 520 kilograms (1,146 pounds) of marijuana found hidden in a vehicle during a traffic stop in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Police arrested the 23-year-old driver of the vehicle who said he was paid by a Paraguayan trafficker to deliver the load to the state capital of Campo Grande. BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Police arrested two and seized 200 kilograms (441 pounds) of marijuana from a parked vehicle in the city of Alexânia in the state of Goiás, marking the second-largest confiscation of the crop this year. Wanderley Camargo Arinos de Oliveira, 21, and Heber Henrique Rebolho Custódio, 22, were arrested and are facing five to 15 years in prison if they are convicted of interstate narcotics trafficking. The men are suspected of transporting the drug to the Federal District, according to officials with the counter-narcotics police (CORD). “Last week we burned 1,800 kg (3,968 pounds) of drugs, which included 1,200 kg (2,645 pounds) of marijuana,”said João Emílio de Oliveira, CORD’s coordinator, according to the Brazilian website Brazil: Police seize 520 kilograms of marijuana in Mato Grosso do Sul Guatemalan officials dismantle suspected drug ringlast_img read more

ACIP endorses flu shots for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds

first_imgFeb 23, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A federal advisory committee recommended yesterday that children aged 2 through 4 and their household contacts and caregivers get annual influenza shots, a move that increases the number of people included in official flu-immunization recommendations by more than 16 million.Since 2004 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended flu shots for children aged 6 to 23 months. Yesterday the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend expanding this recommendation to include ages 24 through 59 months (2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds), the CDC announced. ACIP recommendations are routinely adopted by the CDC.The expanded recommendation will cover about 5.3 million children and 11.4 million household contacts and caregivers, the CDC said in a news release.”This new recommendation takes into consideration a broader view of the burden of illness than the earlier recommendation for vaccination of children, which was based upon the prevention of hospitalization among children 6 months to 23 months old,” the CDC said in a news release today.Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Immunization Program, commented in the release, “Vaccination of children 24 to 59 months old will likely reduce the risk of influenza-related complications for all children in this age group, not just those identified as those with the highest risk of complications from influenza.”CDC officials at a flu vaccine conference in Atlanta last month had said they expected a decision this year on recommending flu shots for 2- to 6-year-olds. But a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution described the ACIP vote as a “surprise move” that followed a little more than an hour of debate. The panel had planned to vote on whether to “encourage” flu shots for 2- to 5-year-olds, a move that would have no regulatory impact, the story said.The ACIP heard reports that children 24 to 59 months old with flu are nearly as likely to visit physicians and emergency rooms as children 6 to 23 months old, the CDC said. The committee was told that “rates of medical outpatient visits for influenza-related illnesses are high in all childhood ages.”The Journal-Constitution said the panel was told about unpublished research showing that 1 of every 1,000 children under age 5 is hospitalized for flu each year and another 60 to 164 per 1,000 visit an emergency department or clinic.The ACIP also seemed to be moved by emotional testimony from Families Fighting Flu, a group of young parents of children who died of the illness, the newspaper reported.The recommendation will become the standard of practice for physicians caring for young children and will signal insurance programs to pay for the vaccinations, the story noted.The ACIP continues to “strongly” recommend vaccination of children who have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, or weakened immunity, the CDC said.The panel will continue to consider new flu vaccination strategies, “including the possibility of expanding routine influenza vaccination recommendations to the entire US population,” the agency said.The CDC said manufacturers have indicated that they plan to produce between 100 million and 120 million doses of flu vaccine for the 2006-07 season.Besides 6- to 23-month-old children, people for whom the CDC already recommends flu immunization because of an increase risk of flu complication include those aged 50 and older, those with certain chronic medical conditions, nursing home residents, children and adolescents on long-term aspirin therapy, and pregnant women. Immunization is also advised for healthcare workers and household contacts and caregivers of people at increased risk for flu complications.See also:Feb 23 CDC news release flu vaccination recommendations for current season (2005-06) read more

Nuru Sulley confirms Kotoko talks

first_imgHaving just returned from a fruitless Libyan stint, former Hearts man Nuru Sulley is in talks with Kotoko.A highly rated defensive midfielder, Sulley may make the move to play in Kumasi next season, following a termination of his deal with Al Ittihad last week.”What you heard is true,” Nuru told Supersport. “I’m looking at joining Kotoko if all the talks go well.”The 25-year-old defender was not paid his salary for close to six months after he joined two months earlier. He had Chan team compatriot Yahaya Mohammed there with him.”The plan is to be in Kumasi next week to finish all the details and if we agree on terms, I will go because I want to be active,” the player went on.Sulley has previously played for Mighty Jets as a right-back while David Duncan used him as a defensive midfielder while the manager was at Hearts. Sources say the great working relationship Duncan had with the player while in Accra is a major catalyst for this move.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more