Suicide attacker strikes police

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – Sunni insurgents boldly attacked fellow Sunni Arabs on Wednesday, the latest in a growing campaign against those who cooperate with the U.S.-backed Iraqi government. A suicide bomber cloaked in explosives killed two policemen and 13 police recruits gathered in Fallujah, a city surrounded by U.S. Marine checkpoints. In a nearby town, three Sunni soldiers from the U.S.-trained Iraqi army were found slain. The suicide attack outside the main police station in Fallujah occurred a day after the governor of Anbar province, which includes Fallujah, narrowly escaped assassination. A suicide bomber exploded his vehicle near Maamoun Sami Rashid al-Alwani’s convoy in Ramadi, killing 10 people. The governor was not injured, U.S. officials said. U.S. and Iraqi officials have been urging Sunni Arabs to join the police and army, which has been dominated by the rival Shiite Muslim sect and ethnic Kurds. Sunni community leaders says the presence of Shiite and Kurdish troops in their areas raises sectarian tensions and undermines confidence in the government. On Sunday, nearly 1,000 soldiers graduated from army basic training – the first all-Sunni class. Two days later, four of them were slain in Ramadi. Three more of the new soldiers were found dead Wednesday in Khaldiyah, just north of Fallujah, police said. Reprisal killings between Sunni and Shiite militias continue unabated. The bodies of 20 Iraqi men were found in several areas of the capital, apparent victims of death squads that kidnap civilians of rival Muslim sects, torture them, and dump their bodies. They included 14 bodies discovered near the gates of an amusement park in a mostly Shiite area of northeast Baghdad, police said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsTraining and recruiting Sunni Arab police and soldiers is part of a broader strategy by U.S. and Iraqi authorities to establish a political role for selected Sunni insurgent groups. The goal is to split more moderate elements from the Saddam Hussein’s fanatic loyalists and extremists such as al-Qaida in Iraq, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Last weekend, President Jalal Talabani said officials from his office met with insurgent representatives and he was hopeful about a deal. U.S. officials also acknowledge contacts with Sunnis who have ties to the insurgency. But American diplomats have not confirmed a report this week in a leading Arabic newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, that said U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad had met seven times since Jan. 16 with representatives of 10 major insurgent groups. “Negotiations with armed groups will reduce violence” and “alienate the terrorists,” Talabani’s security adviser, Lt. Gen. Wafiq al-Samarraie, said Wednesday on Iraqi state television. “Consequently, no one will be able to say, `We are resistance groups,’ only that they are foreigners, kidnappers and groups that carry out kidnappings, robberies and killings.” Violence shows little sign of abating. Instead, it has shifted from mainly attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces to carefully targeted murders of Iraqis. last_img

Fourth of July Events at Walt Disney World

first_imgShare This!Are you ready to celebrate the red, white, and blue? Fourth of July is quickly approaching! (Can you believe we are just three weeks from the holiday?) If you’ll be in Walt Disney World, be prepared to celebrate Independence Day with a bang! So, if you are wanting to salute all nations, but mostly America, here are the ways you’ll be able to do it!Magic KingdomCelebrate with Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky which commemorates the Fourth of July with an incredible fireworks show that is choreographed to patriotic music. The best part about this fireworks spectacular is that they are shown on two nights – July 3 and July 4 at 9:15 p.m. So you have two chances to catch this special show.Looking to learn a little history? Then make sure you catch a performance of The Muppets Present…Great Moments in History. During the show, Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and friends reenact famous moments in American history all in a fun manner. This is a live show that is performed daily in Liberty Square.Another must see during the holiday is the Flag Retreat which takes place at 5:00 p.m. each day in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A.The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will be shown twice on both July 3 and 4 – once at 12:00 p.m. and once at 3:30 p.m. I will make sure to update this post as additional Fourth of July events for the resorts get announced!As a reminder, the Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year at Walt Disney World. Make sure you come prepared with a plan and pack your patience. (Oh and be prepared for the heat!)Fourth of July is a fun experience no matter where you are, but Walt Disney World certainly goes all out to celebrate America’s birthday. Disney’s Fort Wilderness ResortDisney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will offer several special events around the Fourth of July holiday:The Fourth of July 5K Run will take place on July 3. Pre-registration is available June 24-30 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn. On-site registration begins at 7:00 a.m. in the field next to Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. The run begins from that location at 7:30 a.m.The Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade begins at 4:00 p.m. on July 4. This is a sight to see! Registration will be open June 24-30 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn.The Fourth of July Beach Bash at Clementine’s Beach will take place from 6:00-11:00 p.m. on July 4. Guests will enjoy a live DJ, dancing, games, contests, a movie, and more. In addition, the Fort Wilderness food truck will be available in the settlement area with delicious items for purchase.Patriotic SnacksLooking for a patriotic-inspired treat? Items will be able to be found throughout the resort, but here are a few you might not want to miss:A Fourth of July cupcake featuring an apple-pie filling at Creature Comforts and Isles of Java at Disney’s Animal KingdomA sparkly red-white-and-blue coconut macaroon dipped in white chocolate at BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk ResortPatriotic dipped strawberries and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse mini-domes at Amorette’s at Disney Springs Patriotic ApparelThe Walt Disney World Resort has introduced a new line of patriotic-inspired clothing, accessories, and more. The Star-Spangled Americana Collection features caps, magnets, cups, shirts, Mickey ears, bags, frames, magnets, and yes, there’s a brand new spirit jersey for the occasion! EpcotYou will not want to miss the fireworks spectacular, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. For July 4, the show will add a patriotic twist, with a special finale tag that celebrates America. Illuminations takes place at 9:00 p.m.Guests will absolutely not want to miss performances by the talented Voices of Liberty. This is an a cappella group who perform traditional Americana tunes during a 4th of July Concert at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.Guests who love to meet characters can meet Disney favorites all dressed up to celebrate America’s birthday throughout the day at the American Adventure Pavilion.Finally, if you’re looking to get into the patriotic spirit, you do not want to miss the American Adventure show which is a journey through important moments in America’s history narrated by Audio-Animatronic figures of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. Prior to the show, make sure to stop in the American Heritage Gallery for “The Kinsey Collection.” This exhibit showcases 400 years of African-American achievement through rare art, documents, books and artifacts.Disney’s Hollywood StudiosGuests will be able to enjoy the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks spectacular. This show takes place at 10:00 p.m. and dazzles with themed fireworks, lasers, special effects and video projections of iconic characters and scenes from the Star Wars saga, all set to that unforgettable film score. Oh and yes, there are new scenes to celebrate Solo: A Star Wars Story.Disney’s Animal KingdomOn Fourth of July, Guests can experience the Rivers of Light nighttime show.  Rivers of Light, celebrates a connection with nature through fire, water and light. Rivers of Light is shown twice at 9:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.last_img read more

SA to become electricity-savvy

first_img6 February 2008Empty buildings with all the lights left on and home use of energy-guzzling heating and lighting methods may be a thing of the past, should government’s new energy saving proposals be enacted.These suggestions, as well as the use of solar power in new houses, flats and businesses, among others, are contained in the proposed new energy-saving regulations which are to be included in the Electricity Regulation Act.“The aim of this campaign is to change the behaviour of consumers,” Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said at the launch of South Africa’s National Energy Efficiency Campaign on Tuesday.The minister urged South Africans to switch off lights not in use, such as those in offices after working hours – as well as street lights during broad daylight.The new regulations will also promote the use of energy-efficient light bulbs in place of incandescent lights.Sonjica said the campaign, which will cost between R20-million and R40-million, would also look at the demand side management programme, with measures such as solar traffic lights, solar power heaters and creative systems lighting (CSL) set to come into effect soon.Sonjica said Eskom has agreed to make one million solar water heaters available to encourage South Africans to use this alternative source of heating, as opposed to mains powered geysers.“By adhering to the regulations, switching off lights in offices from 10pm to 6am for government buildings, except security lights, we can save about 1 080 megawatts, while working in our offices using daylight instead of electric light can save about 1 200 megawatts,” she said.Sonjica said the regulations would be supported by an electricity rationing framework, to be proposed in due course.The proposed regulations include making use of solar heating panels in both commercial and residential buildings, to be implemented before 2010.New houses, flats and townhouses valued at over R750 000 will be required to install electric geysers which incorporate a solar water heating facility. Residences that exceed 300 square meters will also have to install solar powered geysers.Office blocks, hospitals, hotels and resorts and shopping complexes feeding from a centralised water heating system will also be expected to install solar powered heating systems.All new geysers on the market will have to have insulation blankets which prevent heat from escaping and therefore save energy.It has also been proposed that heating, ventilation and cooling systems in commercial and residential buildings as well as swimming pools be fitted with a facility whereby the supply of electricity can be controlled remotely.The regulations will allow municipalities to pass by-laws, which will be in the interest of energy efficiency.Comments on the regulations must be submitted to the department no later than 25 February 2008.All comments must be addressed to Ompi Aphane and either e-mailed to LF.aphane@dme.gov.za or pm.ngobeni@dme.gov.za or posted to the Department of Minerals and Energy at Private Bag X59, Pretoria, 0001.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Pivots of the Web: What’s Next After Social Networking?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In this post we take a closer look at the paradigm shifts of the web, especially forthe near future. What approaches have dominated the web over the years and which ones failed; and why?Also, since Facebook is already widely accepted as the next big thing, the new questionis: what is the next “next big thing”? Is it already out there? To start withcheck out the graph below, summarizing the Web’s stages up till now and our vision for the future: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As you can see, the current trend is for social interactions to take oversearch as the pivot of the internet. But if you’re not convinced, here are a few examplesof why:Google and Microsoft’s billion dollar ad partnerships with MySpace and Facebookrespectively;Yahoo and Viacom’s bets on Facebook;Yahoo’s rivals.com acquisition and rumors of Fox offering to sell MySpace to Yahoo! in exchange for a 25% stake.The Eras of the WebAge #0 – eCommerceE-commerce is the most primitive way of making money online. It’s identical to the realworld, where you have some products (real or virtual) and you sell them to consumers andpocket the money. The only difference from the world we live in is that the “e” prefixeliminates some frictions and allows this process to get completed faster and easier eachyear. That’s why the first age of the Web was full of online sellers; companies gotfunded to sell and specialize in a variety of things. Some of them have become successfulbecause what they sold was aaleable (e.g. Amazon with books), but others failed becausetheir motivation was “everything can be sold over the internet” – which turned out to bewrong in some cases. Overall, e-commerce is still a very important component of theinternet’s revenue stream – albeit not as mighty as we once thought it could be.Age #1 – Single Sign-onWhile everyone was building and investing in e-commerce sites, two Stanford studentsfigured out a new way of making money online. Yahoo started out with a simple webdirectory, but their idea was to port traditional media business models to the onlinespace. They weren’t focused on selling goods, but they brought great services togetherand glued them with a single sign-on mechanism. Consequently, they created some sort ofvendor lock-in; because signing up has been the biggest friction that awaits web surfers.Remember the old tedious sign up processes – they even asked you how much money you makeper year! And note that there was no such thing as OpenID at that time.The motivation of Yahoo at that time was to keep the visitors as long as they could ontheir properties (actually not much has changed). After all, the longer users stay, themore ads they can view. This seemed like a perfect business model at first, because itallowed people to get great services for free. Everyone liked it and Yahoo became theposter child company of the late 90’s.Age #1.5 – GeocitiesWhile Yahoo was rising, a new service emerged and started to take the lead slowly –Geocities was one of many sites that provided free web hosting and web site creationservices. However GeoCities was different in some ways. It was more like the socialnetworking sites of today; the self expression level was high and the weird naming schemebased on city names gave it a human touch. That’s why we can call GeoCities the firstutterly successful social interaction platform. However, after it was acquired by Yahooit became yet another web hosting service provider – and it lost its soul and failed. Noone can blame Yahoo for that though, because that was the first of its kind and at thattime everyone was unaware of the social impact of such a big web acquisition.BoomThe Boom period (aka Dot Com) is not an age like the others, but is worth looking into.The reason of the boom was the lack of calibration between the pace of internetapplications and the internet infrastructure. VC firms invested heavily in web sites,with the dream of being the next Hotmail, eGroups, Viaweb – but the internetinfrastructure didn’t scale well to the increasing production. People were not spendingenough time on the internet and download speeds were slow – therefore the demand couldn’tsatisfy the production. Moreover, there wasn’t any adequate monetization method of thecontent spread over the web. As a result, revenues fell short and the market crashed verybadly.Age #2 – SearchWhile Yahoo was trying to get people to spend as much time as possible on theirproperties in order to maximize their advertising revenues, 2 other Stanford students –this time Larry Page and Sergey Brin – came up with the idea of excelling at search.Because they realized that search was the start point of the web. Even though people werelikely to spend time on Yahoo properties, they still needed long tail sites to getinformed and reach other stuff that Yahoo couldn’t offer. What Google did was to offer abetter search service with absolutely no clutter. Their sparse but highly efficientservice opened the doors to big deals and hugely profitable online advertising.Eventually they became the center of the web. Now, Google’s new purpose is to bringdesktop applications to the internet too.Age #2.5 – On-demand VideoIt’s a fact that humans are born lazy. Yes, we love spending time on the internet andinteract with many things; but still many of us prefer spending our free time on TV andwatching meaningless shows. What the new high speed internet infrastructure did was, insome sense, bring TV to the internet. And what YouTube and others did, was to bring it tous. Yes, Google was the center and we were still using it, but YouTube grew sharply tooduring this time. We started to spend more time watching videos than mining the internetfor more information. That didn’t only steal time from Google and the long tail sites,but also stole from the traditional TV networks – because we prefered on-demand TV overthe old linear one.What happened then is Google saw the potential at YouTube and bought it. This cost$1.65 B (an amount that Yahoo couldn’t or wouldn’t risk). But actually the number wassurprisingly low for a paradigm shifting company. Couldn’t YouTube become the new Googleby itself, couldn’t they make an IPO and become a billion dollar company? The answer isunexpectedly “no”. The reason was YouTube’s legal hassles. They knew that they wouldconfront legal problems sooner or later and that’s why they chose the quick exit and getunder the wings of a well established company. Google could protect them and spend therequired money to fight in courts. In fact, YouTube got sued almost immediately after theacquisition – Viacom wanted Google to pay $1 B for the illegal videos YouTube published.This was a big threat, that could’ve allowed other content producers to demand the sameas well.Age #3 – SocialActually social interactions have always played an important role in the internet.GeoCities, Friendster, ICQ, IRC were all signs of the fact that social interactions cancontrol the destiny of the web. But all of these products had problems and couldn’t makeit to the end. For example acquisitions finished GeoCities and ICQ. Friendster had badmanagement problems. MySpace kept growing, but it couldn’t take the necessary steps tobecome a real big thing. IRC became obsolete with ICQ. Only one company figured out theway of putting social interactions to the center of the web and it was Facebook.Facebook, for the first time, opened the gate and merged all social services into itself.Now you can integrate your IM (meebo), Twitter, and other services into Facebook easily.Thus Facebook became a true platform company and is increasingly many peoples startpage.Bigcos had already realized that social networking sites would eventually become ourstart pages and that all of our internet actions will get reshaped there. On the likes ofFacebook, our actions will be shaped by our friends and trusted communities. That’s whyGoogle signed a billion dollar deal with News Corp to become the default search providerof MySpace. Their thought was that hopefully this would give them some time before theyneeded to reorganize themselves and make an attack in the social world as well. Yahootried to buy Facebook, as it didn’t have this Platform feature yet, but failed. Theyended up by buying a niche site Rivals.com, to create their own Facebook and possibly try toexplore opportunities with News Corp’s MySpace.Age #4 – Joost ???It’s hard to guess the 4th phase of the web because we don’t even have the3rd one yet, fully. But what the past eras (see ages 1.5, 4 and 2.5) show isthat we will end up with the rebirth of online TV. Since we are all born lazy, video ondemand is the way to go. And what Joost is offering is higher quality content (thanks totheir collaboration with big content providers), higher quality watching experience(thanks to P2P technology) and a legal hassle-free alternative to YouTube, which hasalready shown tremendous success.ConclusionThis is an open ended article. You may not share the same ideas as me, especiallyabout my Age #4 estimation, because it’s completely subjective. For example some of youmay think that Second Life, meebo or NetVibes is the next next big thing. Please shareyour thoughts in the comments. I’m stopping here for the sake of keeping the articleshort(ish), but I am ready to discuss in the comments other possibilities. emre sokullu 1last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: January 30, 2018

first_imgNJ Postal Worker caught stealing credit cards, funding lavish lifestyleA New Jersey couple was arrested for allegedly stealing dozens of credit cards from the Long Island post office. The couple was charged with forgery, possession of stolen property, and identity theft. This is yet another case of credit card fraud and theft, a rampant crime in the United States. A 28-year-old NJ resident was apprehended after his shift on Tuesday; at the time, he was carrying six different stolen credit cards on him. The accused resident and his girlfriend allegedly used the stolen cards to purchase expensive cars and other luxury items. The perpetrator began working at the Garden City post office in 2014 as a letter carrier. During his routes, he would look through the mail for any packages with credit cards. Afterwards, he went to the dark web and used the crypto-currency Bitcoin to purchase personal information about the cardholders in order to activate the cards. According to prosecutors, the perpetrator stole over 30 credit cards in the last eight months. The couple used the credit cards to buy brand name items at the Short Hills Mall; the couple also owned a BMW and a Maserati.The theft was uncovered when Garden City residents began to complain that they had never received their credit cards. After searching the couple’s home in Perth Amboy, authorities discovered $30,000 in cash, several handguns, and other luxury items. After being arraigned in court, the couple was held on a $50,000 cash bail. It is unclear whether either defendant has obtained a lawyer. This incident has left a bad taste in the mouths of many Garden City residents. A number of residents expressed dismay at the thought that they were unable to trust their local post office to safely deliver their packages. However, the U.S. Postal Service was quick to assure the public that perpetrator’s actions do not represent the other 500,000 people they currently employ. A public statement read, “… the overwhelming majority of Postal Service employees are honest, hardworking, and trustworthy individuals who would never consider engaging in any type of criminal behavior.” [Source: Lendedu News]Here’s how one employee stole $130,000When Keynan Kinard hit upon a white-collar crime scheme so successful he was able to steal $130,000 from Lowe’s, he perhaps could have used the money to pay down restitution costs from a previous act of insurance fraud. Instead, he spent almost as much money as he took in on “lavish vacations.” That’s according to an affidavit of probable cause from North Londonderry Township Detective Toby Pokrop that sheds more light on how a 25-year-old human resources manager could pull off the “elaborate scheme” for which he recently received criminal charges. For more than five months, Kinard managed to avoid detection in a complicated endeavor that involved signing former employees up for debit cards, clocking into work as other employees, and making ATM withdraws in Harrisburg, the affidavit says. Here’s how he allegedly did it – and how police caught on to the scheme.Beginning on July 1, 2017, Kinard took advantage of a Lowe’s paycheck option that was supposed to make employees’ lives more convenient. If employees don’t have a bank account, they can apply for a Visa debit card and Lowe’s will load their paychecks onto that card, according to the affidavit.- Sponsor – Kinard admitted that he activated the cards on behalf of former employees, according to the affidavit. “He admitted to changing the pay rate for each employee,” the affidavit states. “He admitted to clocking them in and out to show un-worked hours, vacation and bereavement.” Kinard would have the cards loaded, then withdraw the funds from various ATMs, usually on the same day, usually in Harrisburg, and generally around $600 at a time, the affidavit said. To prevent the former employees from knowing, he also managed to change the addresses listed on their W-4 forms to the North Londonderry Lowe’s store address. It took nearly six months for police to investigate the case, but once debit card vendor First Data Corp. first raised red flags to Lowe’s on Dec. 4, it became obvious something fishy was going on.   Kinard was charged with one count each of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, theft by unlawful taking, unlawful use of computer, and 46 counts of identity theft, 46 counts of access device fraud and 46 counts of tampering with records or identification. Kinard has waived his preliminary hearing, according to court documents.  [Source: Lebanon Daily News]Patriots, Eagles team up against Super Bowl counterfeitersThe New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles joined forces ahead of this year’s Super Bowl, asking a Minnesota judge to grant local police the power to seize counterfeit merchandise and tickets. NFL Properties LLC, New England Patriots LLC and Philadelphia Eagles LLC sued Does 1-100 in Hennepin County District Court last week, just as the Patriots and Eagles get set to face each other in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Sunday. According to the lawsuit, the defendants consist primarily of large-scale professional counterfeiters who plan to sell merchandise and tickets bearing the National Football League’s trademarks and logos. NFL Properties and the two teams – represented by lead attorney Leita Walker with Faegre Baker Daniels in Minneapolis – say the counterfeiters will take advantage of numerous official Super Bowl LII-related events by duping fans into buying counterfeit merchandise and tickets. Each year, the Super Bowl attracts a television audience of more than 100 million viewers in the U.S. alone, and intense media attention is focused on the game and the participating teams in the weeks leading up to the game, the complaint states. According to the lawsuit, NFL Properties has issued national licenses to nearly 180 companies for use of the NFL trademarks on a variety of products, such as apparel, souvenirs, games and novelty items, but counterfeiting remains a significant concern. The Patriots, Eagles and NFL Properties seek an ex parte temporary restraining order and a judgment enjoining any counterfeiters from producing or selling any merchandise bearing the protected NFL trademarks. They also want the court to give law enforcement authority to seizure any counterfeit merchandise or tickets. NFL Properties did not immediately respond Monday to a request for comment. [Source: Courthouse News]CargoNet 2017 cargo theft trend analysisThe CargoNet Command Center logged 1,391 supply chain intelligence events into the CargoNet database in 2017. A total of 741 records involved a cargo theft event in the United States or Canada—one of the safest years ever recorded by CargoNet. The average cargo value per event was $196,109, and an estimated $145 million in cargo was stolen. CargoNet also recorded 1,479 stolen tractors, trailers, or intermodal chassis and containers in the United States and Canada in 2017. The decrease in cargo theft can be largely attributed to successful law enforcement investigations in 2016. California was one of the states where successful investigations had the biggest impact; cargo theft was down 32% in California compared with 2016. California also has one of the highest concentrations of specialized cargo theft units in the country. Cargo theft events in New Jersey decreased 13% from 2016. Note that New Jersey State Police maintains specialized cargo theft units that work closely with local and county law enforcement agencies. Most of the top five states with the most cargo theft each year had decreases in 2017. In 2017, 22% of all cargo thefts involved food and beverage items, with more than 100 cargo thefts of this commodity.Cargo thieves stole meat products and both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages the most. However, thefts of food and beverage items decreased from 2016 in favor of household items such as major appliances and tools. Cargo theft most commonly occurred on weekend days in 2017. Theft was most common on Friday, with 19%, Saturday, with 17%, and Sunday, with 16% of all cargo theft losses in 2017. In 37% of cargo theft cases, the cargo was left unattended for multiple days; and there was no electronic tracking, witnesses, or surveillance to determine the exact day of loss. In the event the exact day of loss is not known, the theft is assumed to have occurred on the first possible day. When we examined events in which the day of theft was known, theft was highest on Sunday, with 17% of losses, and Monday, with 16% of losses. This may not be a fair analysis, because truckers may be more likely just to leave their trucks overnight on Sunday or Monday compared to Friday or Saturday. Cargo thefts occurred the most at warehouse locations but were closely followed by fenced yards. In 2017, 18% of all cargo theft occurred at a fenced yard location. We do not believe this indicates that fenced yards are more desirable targets, just that it is more common for a yard to be fenced at cargo theft hot spots like industrial areas of most major metropolitan areas. [Source: American Journal of Transportation]Man charged, accused of credit card fraudA Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, man who allegedly used more than a dozen credit cards to commit more than 70 fraudulent transactions was charged with five crimes. Jevon Morgan, 25, faces two counts forgery, two counts of misappropriating identification and one count of credit card fraud. He returns to court Feb. 8. Although just a handful of counts were filed, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, information of 14 cardholders was used in 73 successful purchases last June at a Bellevue retailer. Additional charges may be filed. Morgan also faces six similar charges in Winnebago County for offenses last June and July. A jury trial is scheduled for June 30 in that case. [Source: Fox11 News]“Is it shoplifting if it’s not the customer’s fault?” Amazon Go raises questions for the retail industry“Just walk out,” say the signs at the entrance and store windows at Amazon’s newest concept store. “No lines. No checkout. (No, seriously.)” Amazon Go opened in Seattle last week with much fanfare, raising a host of questions about the future of retail. Among them: How will the company handle shoplifting? And what does the tech-heavy, no-cashier concept mean for shrink — industry speak for theft, damage and other errors that might eat away at a retailer’s inventory — which costs retailers an estimated $48.9 billion a year? One of the store’s first patrons took to Twitter Jan. 22 to report that Amazon Go had failed to charge her for a container of vanilla yogurt. “I think I just shoplifted??,” CNBC reporter Deirdre Bosa wrote on the social media platform using the hashtag #freestuff. Amazon executives responded with a giant shrug. “It happens so rarely that we didn’t even bother building in a feature for customers to tell us it happened,” Gianna Puerini, Amazon Go’s vice president told CNBC “I’ve been doing this a year and I have yet to get an error. So we’ve tried to make it super easy on the rare occasion that does happen either to remove it or enjoy breakfast on us.” But retail analysts said the incident raised concerns about how the store, which relies on a system of cameras, scanners and infrared sensors to track customers’ movements and purchases, might handle theft, whether intentional or not. A spokeswoman for Amazon Go did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment for this story.“The absolute biggest concern for me is shoplifting,” said Paula Rosenblum, managing partner at RSR Research, a retail technology consultancy in Miami. “How long until someone figures out a way to cheat the system by — who knows — wrapping items in aluminum wrap or stuffing them into metal containers? Shrink, as a general rule, is a big problem for the industry that nobody has been able to solve.” “Is it still shoplifting if it’s not the customer’s fault?” added David Bell, a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. “I suppose it’s in the eye of the beholder.” The rise of online shopping and app-based payments have given way to a gray area, retail and technology experts say, where the culprit for lost revenue might not be a nefarious customer or an employee slipping items into coat jackets, but a technical glitch. Take, for example, instances where a ride-sharing app doesn’t charge a rider for the full ride, or when a warehouse employee accidentally sends an extra item to a customer. Not the shopper’s fault, but it is still a potential problem for retailers. Supermarkets, analysts said, are among the most vulnerable retailers, in part because large, chaotic stores make for easy targets. “There’s an entire cottage industry in place to find ways to steal from stores,” Rosenblum said. “The customer is the biggest variable there is.”  [Source: The Washington Post] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Storage: Companies Keep Dated Information Too Long

first_imgLack of good governance and records management policies means that many companies hold onto information far longer than they should. And that could be a problem.A survey of companies found that 7 out of 10 companies are not purging information after its regulatory expiration date. Organizations that fail to comply with regulations could be subject to prosecution or fines.The solution of course is to create an organizational governance framework. And technology tools can form a strong core for enabling that framework. Document and Records management systems are important components of such a framework.last_img read more

Manchester United’s visit to India on track

first_imgThe ambiguity regarding the fate of the proposed friendly match between Manchester United and Juventus on August 1 has been cleared to an extent after the West Bengal government apprised the All India Football Federation (AIFF) about the developments.”This match will be held only after AIFF’s approval. There was a communication gap (with the AIFF). I have spoken to AIFF secretary Kushal Das. Everything is fine now,” West Bengal sports minister Madan Mitra said in Kolkata on Tuesday.Das also confirmed that he had received a verbal request from Mitra and the AIFF would be forwarding the necessary documents to the international body, FIFA.”I received a call from Mr Mitra today and I told him to send the official documents as soon as possible. There isn’t much time left for the match and we won’t be able to do anything unless they send us the request,” Das told Mail Today.Earlier, AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta had expressed his doubts regarding the marquee match. He had said the organisers needed to take permission from the AIFF and the sports ministry before organising a match of this magnitude.Without the AIFF and sports ministry’s consent, one cannot organise such a match. It is required to take permission at least two-and-a-half months in advance,” Dutta had said. But Mitra said that it was too good an opportunity to be missed.”We now have to get in touch with (sports minister) Ajay Maken. We don’t want to let go of this golden opportunity. I don’t think we will get to see a match of this magnitude in the next 50 years,” Mitra said.advertisementMitra further said he would discuss the scheduling of the match with United’s global sponsorship director Casper Stylsvig and Juventus’ commercial director Francesco Calvo in a few days.The match is being organised by a sports management firm with headquarters in the UK.”We wanted to organise this in Kolkata, the Mecca of football in India. We approached the state government first. It’s going to be a huge thing, so there will always be hurdles. But we will overcome them,” a top official of the firm said. He added they were hopeful of clinching the deal and both the teams would be coming with their first team players.But the availability of Juventus remains doubtful as their pre-season schedule is choc-a-bloc.They are scheduled to play a friendly match against Paris Saint Germain on July 31 while United are yet to announce the final destination of their tour which sees them play in Shanghai on July 25 and a match in Norway on August 5.last_img read more