Lieutenant Randy Brandt Receives July 2016 Officer of the Month Award

first_imgWashington, DC—The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has selected Lieutenant Randy Brandt of the San Leandro (CA) Police Department as the recipient of its Officer of the Month Award for July 2016.Located in the nation’s capital, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers. The Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Award Program began in 1996 and recognizes federal, state, and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.Lieutenant Brandt, along with the other Officer of the Month Award recipients for 2016, will be honored during National Police Week at a special awards ceremony in Washington, DC, in May 2017.- Sponsor – Key FactsLieutenant Brandt says one of his greatest sources of pride through his 19-year law enforcement career is his participation, supervision and management of the SLPD’s SWAT team. Lieutenant Brandt’s dedication led him to create the SWAT Fitness Challenge in 2007, a program established to promote fitness and camaraderie among the local tactical teams through competition and networking. Over the years the Challenge has grown, with more than 40 teams competing in 2015, some coming from as far away as Saskatchewan, Canada.“I brought it together to bring camaraderie and to bring training ideas together and networking,” Lieutenant Brandt said.After a visit in 2014, Lieutenant Brandt decided to honor George Mark Children’s House by making it the beneficiary of the Challenge’s fundraising efforts. The George Mark Children’s House is a pediatric palliative care center in San Leandro, providing hospice and respite care to children, in hopes of reducing the stress on patients and their families.“I was invited [to George Mark] as a motorcycle sergeant because the kids really liked motor cops. So we decided to bring our whole unit up there because we thought it might be a fun day,” Lieutenant Brandt said. “Walking through there we were moved by what we were seeing more than the kids were about seeing us.”Each team is asked to raise at least $500 for the pediatric care center, while Lieutenant Brandt raises funds to cover the cost of the Challenge. In 2014, they raised $25,000, and in 2015, they raised $32,000. The partnership has also garnered extensive media attention for the facility, helping raise its profile in the community. In 2016, the teams raised $96,000.Recently, one of the competitors in the SWAT Fitness Challenge learned that the child of his childhood best friend had passed away at George Mark Children’s House. “That sort of brings it all home. I think it makes it all worthwhile. It’s all beyond us, and it’s more about them. That’s what the event is about,” Lieutenant Brandt said.In addition to the donations, Lieutenant Brandt also facilitated the opportunity for one of the George Mark Children’s House teenage patients to be named an SLPD Honorary Officer, fulfilling a dream for the patient and his family.Supporting Quotes“[Lt.] Brandt has proven time and time again that he is a caring and dedicated individual and professional, who embodies SLPD’s motto of Teamwork, Integrity, Professionalism and Service,” said Ken Sommer, Director of Advancement for George Mark Children’s House.“Undoubtedly, Lieutenant Brandt’s commitment to fitness and wellness are evidenced in his assignment choices and his accomplishments in the SWAT Fitness Challenge,” SLPD Sergeant Troy Young said. “He has a great sense of the importance of the community and the role law enforcement should play in our communities.”“Lieutenant Brandt’s work with George Mark Children’s House is commendable,” Memorial Fund President and CEO Craig W. Floyd said. “Not only is his dedication to the wellness of his fellow officers, but to the children in his community. It’s his life’s work that earns him the July 2016 Officer of the Month Award.”For more information about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Award, visit www.LawMemorial.org/OTM. — ### — Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Why cloud computing success hinges on power management

first_imgBetter instrumentation. The basis for intelligent power management in your data center is better instrumentation at the server level. This includes instrumentation for things like CPU temperature, idle and average power, and power and memory states. Your management capabilities begin with access to this sort of data. Cloud computing models are based on gaining maximum yields for all resources that go into the data center. This is one of the keys to delivering services at a lower cost. And power is one of the biggest bills in a cloud environment. Cloud data centers now consume an estimated 1–2 percent of the world’s energy.[1] Numbers like that tell you the cloud’s success hinges on aggressive power management.So let’s talk about some of the steps you can take to operate a more efficient cloud: [1] Source: Jonathan Koomey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist, quoted in the New York Times Magazine. “Data Center Overload,” June 8, 2009. Better power policies across your data center. Put in place server- and rack-level power policies that work the rest of the policies in your data center. For example, you might allocate more power capacity to a certain set of servers that runs mission-critical workloads, and cap the power allocated to less important workloads. This can help you reduce power consumption while still meeting your service-level agreements.center_img Better power management at the facilities level. There are lots of things you can do to drive better efficiency across your data center. One of those is better thermal management through the use of hot and cold server aisles. Another is thermal mapping, so you can identify hot and cold spots in your data center and make changes to increase cooling efficiency. Ultimately, the key is to look at power the way you look at all other resources that go into your data center: seek maximum output for all input. Better power management at the server and rack level. Technologies like dynamic power capping and dynamic workload power distribution can help you reduce power consumption and place more servers into your racks. One Intel customer, Baidu.com, increased rack-level capacity by up to 20 percent within the same power envelope when it applied aggregated power management policies. For details, see this white paper.last_img read more

We had enough of BCCI, we took correct decision: Sahara Group chief Subroto Roy

first_imgSahara Group on Saturday defended its decision to snap sponsorship ties with the BCCI and withdraw from the IPL, saying the relationship between the two has become so strained that it could not be possible to continue any longer.”The decision we took to end ties was not a bad one at all. We had enough of it. Any relationship does not break on one single issue only. We had a long relationship. It has to do with many issues and has happened continuously,” Sahara Group chief Subroto Roy told a press conference in Mumbai.”There were so many genuine things we had but they (BCCI) did not give heed to such a small thing like opening the bid. They did not open the bid (when Sahara had submitted its bid for the first time). Rules were broken for other teams but we were not given natural justice,” he said.Roy said Sahara had approached the BCCI to settle the issues through arbitration and it had even proposed an arbitrator but the Cricket Board was not interested.”We even approached the BCCI for arbitration and even proposed the name of the arbitrator,” said Roy.He said considering the number of matches reduced from the originally-proposed 94, Pune Warriors paid 25 per cent more money to the Cricket Board for owning the franchisee.”It was 94 matches calculation, the gate money to collection of advertisement money would have been 25 per cent more. We have paid 25 per cent more. Differential amount is 25 per cent of the total amount,” he said.Roy said he would not want to blame anybody but he was snapping ties with the BCCI and pulling out Pune Warriors from the IPL as it involved emotional issues.”Again without blaming anybody, I thought it would give us lot of happiness. It involved emotional issues. Let us put all this money in sports development in villages.”advertisementlast_img read more