PM Says Anti-Crime Bills on Fast Track

first_imgRelatedPM Says Anti-Crime Bills on Fast Track RelatedPM Says Anti-Crime Bills on Fast Track FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding, has disclosed that six anti-crime Bills, which have been delayed passage in the House of Representatives, will be debated soon.Mr. Golding informed that he has asked the Leader of Government Business in the Lower House and Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, to make arrangements for early debate on the Bills.“We will present to the House proposed amendments to the Bail (Amendment) Act and the Bill to amend the Constabulary Force Act to address, as far as possible, the concerns raised by the Opposition and civil society groups. Cabinet yesterday issued drafting instructions for anti-gang legislation which will be brought to the House as soon as the draft is completed,” Mr. Golding said.The Prime Minister was making a statement to the House of Representatives, Tuesday (May 25), on the declaration of a state of public emergency in Kingston and St. Andrew.He said that he will be taking the opportunity to share proposed amendments to the Bail (Amendment) Act and the Bill to amend the Constabulary Force Act with the Opposition Spokesperson on National Security, Peter Bunting.“I hope that we will be able to secure passage of them as quickly as possible,” Mr. Golding said.The Six anti crime Bills are: An Act to amend the Bail Act; An Act further to amend the Firearms Act; An Act to amend the Offences Against the Person Act; An Act to Amend the Parole Act; An Act to make interim provision in relation to the grant of bail in specified circumstances; and An Act to make interim provision extending the powers of arrest and detention under Sections 50B and 50F of the Constabulary Force Act.The Bills were referred to a Joint Select Committee of Parliament in September, 2008. Four months later, the committee completed its deliberations after receiving submissions from a number of stakeholders and other members of the society. Advertisementscenter_img PM Says Anti-Crime Bills on Fast Track National SecurityMay 26, 2010 RelatedPM Says Anti-Crime Bills on Fast Tracklast_img read more


first_imgThe Enrollment Coordinator will report to the Dean of the Schoolof PA Medicine. This position is non-exempt, full-time, andbenefits eligible.  Application review begins immediately and will continue untilthe position is filled. Selected candidate must pass a backgroundcheck that is satisfactory to the University.   Experience: Minimum of 3 years progressively responsibleadministrative professional experience. Experience in highereducation setting preferred. Spreadsheets and database managementskills are essential. Previous experience with a CRM is a bonus.Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in business or a healthcarerelated field. The School of PA Medicine within the College of Health Sciencesat the University of Lynchburg is hiring an Enrollment Coordinator.The successful candidate will work within the Doctor of MedicalScience (DMSc) program to manage the enrollment process fordoctoral students. The DMSc is a growing program, and this positionrequires flexibility, creative problem solving ability, and astrong customer service skill set. Must be courteous,people-oriented, and have excellent interpersonal skills. center_img Interested candidates should submit the following – CoverLetter, Resume, and Contact information for three references toHuman Resources, Attn:  Enrollment Coordinator – DMSc,University of Lynchburg, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg. VA 24501 or email to [email protected] EOE. The University of Lynchburg is committed to diversity withinits community and welcomes applications from persons of color,women, Indigenous/aboriginal people of North America, persons withdisabilities, the LGBTQIA+ community, and others who may contributeto the further diversification of the University of Lynchburgcommunity.last_img read more

Lions Club starts bursary fund

first_img Lions Club volunteers conducting a clean-up in the area. 1 of 3 Lions Club volunteers distributing soup to the underprivileged. Athlone ward councillor Rashid Adams assisting at a food drive. Athlone ward councillor Rashid Adams assisting at a food drive. The Lions Club of Athlone has started a bursary fund. The club is part of the world’s largest service organisation with some 1.7 million members in more than 200 countries.The Athlone club was started in 2017 and has 26 members who meet at the Samaj Centre in Temple Road, Gatesville. The club’s Zarina Hendricks says they’re not afraid to roll up their sleeves for a worthy cause. They believe in making a change through kindness and building relationships. “We hold ourselves to the absolute highest standards in everything we do. “Our members and clubs are dedicated to serving others, and it shows. We champion kindness in our communities and actively work to improve the lives of all people.”The bursary will offer financial aid for a wide range of education and training, Ms Hendricks said.“As most bursaries are mainly available for tertiary studies, this fund will consider other applications such as primary and high school, sports, hospitality and various skills development. “This fund will require continuous resources and therefore we hope to engage and attract the private sector as partners.”The community would be informed when applications opened, she said.last_img read more

Hurling Fixtures For Next Weekend

first_imgGullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 6Round 3Bullaun 19:00 Sarsfields v Pádraig PearsesReferee:  David Staunton Pier Head Minor B1 Hurling Group 1Round 4Kinvara 14:00 Kinvara v SarsfieldsReferee:  Tom Mc Nicholas Killimor 14:00 Killimor v Ahascragh/FohenaghReferee:  John Rosney Ballinderreen 14:00 Ballinderreen v CappataggleReferee:  Ger O Connor Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 1 Pier Head Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 1Round 4Michael Cusacks 14:00 Michael Cusacks v MoycullenReferee:  Joe Larkin Kilconieron 14:00 Kilconieron v ArdrahanReferee:  Gerry Donoghue Padraig Pearses GAA Ground 14:00 Pádraig Pearses v Mullagh/KiltormerReferee:  Vincent Burke Round 4Duggan Park 14:00 Loughrea v KillimordalyReferee:  Peter Campbell Loughrea 14:00 Meelick-Eyrecourt v Liam MellowsReferee:  Derek Kelly Kenny Park 14:00 Craughwell v ClarinbridgeReferee:  John Mc Donagh Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 2Round 3Mullagh Hurling Club Grounds 19:00 Mullagh v Tommy LarkinsReferee:  Seamus Moran Leitrim Community Centre 19:00 Kilnadeema-Leitrim v Meelick-EyrecourtReferee:  Liam Gordon Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 3Round 3Cregg 19:00 Annaghdown v AbbeyknockmoyReferee:  Stephen Doyle Turloughmore 19:00 Turloughmore v St Mary’s GAA AthenryReferee:  Michael Melia Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 2Round 4Clarinbridge 14:00 Turloughmore v St Mary’s GAA AthenryReferee:  Ronan Stankard Carnmore 14:00 Castlegar v Salthill-KnocknacarraReferee:  Richard Mc Nicholas Pier Head Minor A Hurling Championship – Group 2Round 4Duggan Park 15:30 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry v BallygarReferee:  Christopher Browne center_img Pier Head Minor B1 Hurling Group 2Round 4Oranmore-Maree 14:00   Oranmore-Maree v AbbeyknockmoyReferee:  Adrian Mooney Páirc na bhForbacha 14:00   Cois Fharraige v BallinasloeReferee:  Conor Quinlan Sylane 14:00 Sylane v Skehana-Mountbellew/MoyloughReferee:  David Staunton 16-05-2018 (Wed)Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 1Round 3Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry  19:00 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry v KillimorReferee:  Peter Murphy Cappataggle 19:00 Cappataggle v PortumnaReferee:  James Lundon Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 7Round 3Oranmore-Maree 19:00 Oranmore-Maree v Rahoon-NewcastleReferee:  Conor Quinlan Ballyloughane 19:00   Liam Mellows v MoycullenReferee:  David Earls print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Pier Head Minor B Hurling Championship – Group 2Round 4Tommy Larkins Park 14:00 Tommy Larkins v GortReferee:  David Cunningham Tonabrocky 14:00 Rahoon-Newcastle v CarnmoreReferee:  Murt Ó Cualáin Leitrim Community Centre 14:00 Kilnadeema-Leitrim v St ThomasReferee:  Brian Keon Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 5Round 3Clarinbridge 19:00 Clarinbridge v LoughreaReferee:  Paul Fahy Beagh 19:00 Beagh v CraughwellReferee:  Noel Quinn Gullane’s Hotel Junior Hurling League Group 4Round 3Kilbeacanty 19:00 Kilbeacanty v GortReferee:  Michael Conway Ballinderreen 19:00 Ballinderreen v ArdrahanReferee:  Karol Collins 12-05-2018 (Sat)last_img read more

RECAP: Smoke Eaters Fall In Overtime To Wild

first_imgThe advantage was short-lived for Trail as Wenatchee came down and tied the game. Dorsey protected the puck as he raced his way into the zone and made a nice move to get past the glove side of Marcoux for his second goal of the game and knotted things up at 4-4 before overtime. Lucas Sowder ended the game 2:11 into the extra frame as he blazed down the left wing and cut to the net, going from his backhand to his forehand to give the Wild their first overtime win of the season.  Adam Marcoux stopped 27 of the 32 shots he faced in the game, suffering his 7th loss of the season while Austin Park made 19 saves on 23 shots in picking up his 6th win of the year. FINAL SCORE: 5-4 Wild (OT)SHOTS ON GOAL: 32-23 WildSMOKE EATERS PP: 1/3SMOKE EATERS PK: 2/23 STARS:1) Matt Dorsey (2-0-2)2) Lucas Sowder (1-1-2)3) Owen Ozar (2-1–3)Fortis Energy Player of the Game: Blake Bargar (0-0-0)ATTENDANCE: 1,643The Smoke Eaters (7-6-3-1) return back to the Trail Memorial Centre as they host the Mainland Division’s Prince George Spruce Kings (10-5-0-1) on Friday night. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. with tickets available for purchase at the Smoke Eaters Main Office. The Trail Smoke Eaters battled their way from behind but eventually fell in overtime to the Wenatchee Wild by a 5-4 score on Wednesday night at the Town Toyota Center. Owen Ozar collected a pair of goals and three points in his BCHL debut but it would not be enough as Trail battled back from a two-goal 1st period deficit with Lucas Sowder scoring the overtime winning goal and helping Wenatchee to a 5-4 victory in extra time. Wenatchee opened the scoring with the only goal in the first period of play, one that was very even between the two teams. Matt Gosiewski drove down the right wing and dropped a pass for Lucas Sowder in the left-wing face-off circle and passed backdoor for Matt Dorsey as he tapped the puck past Smoke Eaters goaltender Adam Marcoux for a 1-0 lead at the 7:03 mark of the opening period. The game would open up a bit in the second period as the Wild would build a 2-0 lead, stemming off of a big save from Austin Park, stonewalling Bryce Anderson in front of the goal in his attempt to tie the game. Christophe Fillion worked his way around the perimeter of the zone and had his pass to the slot area blocked in front before the puck came behind the goal and banked in off a leg from Cristophe Tellier and past Marcoux at the 4:58 mark of the middle stanza to double the Wenatchee advantage. The Smoke Eaters began to chip away at the lead and came in the way of a forward who waited 16 games to get into the action. Carter Jones started the play, making a nice deke around a defender at the right goal line and set up a pass for Braeden Tuck in the circle before he zipped the puck to the blocker side and spotted Owen Ozar at the side of the night for his first career BCHL goal and cut the deficit to one goal at the 10:49 mark of the 2nd period. Only 2:06 later, Ozar and Tuck facilitated the play that helped tie the game. Ozar pushed the puck ahead on the right side for Tuck, who spotted Trevor Zins inside the blue lien on the left wing as he one-timed a shot past the blocker side of Park for his 5th goal of the season and tied the game at the 12:53 mark. The Wild got their lead back before the period was out at the 16:09 mark of the frame after the Trail defence did a good job to force PJ Fletcher to the outside but the puck found it’s way to the slot for Nathan Iannone, who chopped it by the blocker side of Marcoux to restore the Wenatchee lead and make it a 3-2 game. The impressive BCHL debut for Ozar continued in the opening moments of the 3rd period and tied the game at the 3:26 mark of the final regulation frame. Tuck left the puck for Ozar to skate onto in the left circle as he broke past the defence and beat Park on the glove side for his second goal of the game and knotted the contest up at 3-3. The Smoke Eaters got their first lead of the game at the 12:44 mark of the 3rd period and it came courtesy of the power play. Levi Glasman centred a puck from the right face-off circle that Hayden Rowan caught a piece of and tipped the puck past Park for his 7th goal of the season and gave Trail a 4-3 lead. last_img read more

Hockey Canada says regions to determine return

first_imgThe following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the return-to-hockey process in Canada.“On March 12, the decision was made to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities across the country. This was a difficult decision, but one made to maintain the health and safety of all participants and the general public amid growing concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Currently there are no Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities being conducted, and we are working with our Members on their return-to-hockey plans.After ongoing discussions with the board of directors, our chief medical officer, the 13 Members and public health authorities across the country, it has been determined that the best approach for a return to hockey in Canada is to allow each Member the opportunity to work with authorities in their respective regions to determine when it is safe to return to the ice in areas that fall under their jurisdiction. We expect the timing of each Member’s return to hockey will be different, but will be based on the advice of their government and public health authority.It is imperative to note that we are not ready to return to the game across the country. As we have seen in respect to flattening the curve, the impact of the pandemic varies from region to region.Permitting our Members the opportunity to decide on an appropriate return-to-hockey timeline will allow them to work directly with public health authorities to determine when it is safe to return while also implementing specific safety measures and rules within their associations and leagues.Hockey Canada knows the game will look quite different, and the return will happen at different speeds and at different times across the country. Be assured, we continue to work on our multi-faceted return-to-hockey plan that includes health and safety regulations, communications and seasonal structure.As with so many people across the country, we look forward to returning to the game when it is safe to do so, and we will support our 13 Members as we continue to work towards getting back on the ice.”For more information on the Return to Hockey plan, please visit read more

An Update on Major Subjects Affecting Retail LP

first_imgAfter completing the three-part series on the first fifteen years of Loss Prevention magazine, I promised to write an additional article that looks at the current and future state of some subjects we discussed that have a huge influence on the retail loss prevention profession. As I looked at the subjects covered in the series, it became clear that some are evolving faster than others and will probably have a bigger impact on loss prevention going forward.Organized Retail CrimeFrom the very first cover story in the fall 2001 preview edition of the magazine, through today, modern-day organized retail crime (ORC) has been featured more than any single subject with the exception of LP technology. In that premiere issue, King Rogers referred to it as “organized retail theft.” When I first started in the business, we simply called it professional shoplifting. But things have changed.In the early years, most efforts to fight professional shoplifting were mainly coordinated with fellow retailers in a given city. Pros in those days were much less mobile and much less organized. Interstate and intercity communications were limited. Local efforts were often coordinated through various cities’ Stores Protective Associations. With the growth of sophisticated communication capabilities and ease of travel came more highly organized and far-reaching crime organizations. King Rogers made note of this in his article.- Sponsor – Between then and now, the magazine featured numerous articles on the growing threat of ORC and offered many tips on how to effectively investigate and control it. Some industry efforts were successful; some weren’t. Of particular note is LERPnet (Law Enforcement Retail Partnership network). Retail LP professionals worked for many years to create a network where law enforcement and retail LP could share information across the United States to combat ORC. There were many attempts and several start-ups, most of which failed. Finally in the fall of 2007, through the combined efforts of the National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leader’s Association (RILA), LERPnet became a reality. Many major retailers enthusiastically jumped on board. In 2011, Verisk Analytics joined, adding its financial and analytical expertise. But it’s curious to note that as of today, Verisk’s website says it is “not currently onboarding LERPnet clients as we re-envision our ORC-oriented solutions for retailers and law enforcement.” Hopefully, whatever issues exist with LERPnet can be solved, and it (or some other solution) can once again drive communication between retail LP and law enforcement. It is very much needed.ORC is still a huge problem, and it is growing, as highlighted in NRF’s 2016 ORC report. The report reveals some very sobering statistics:Eighty-three percent of retailers reported an increase in ORC in the past year.Fifty-nine retail LP executives stated that 100 percent of their companies had experienced ORC in the past year.Identified ORC losses soared to $700,000 per $1 billion in retail sales, up from $454,000 in the prior year.Seventy-one percent of retail executives believe that top management now understands the ORC threat.Sixty-three percent of those surveyed said they had recovered merchandise from physical locations such as storefronts, pawn shops, or flea markets.Sixty-eight percent of respondents experienced ORC criminals refunding merchandise for store credits. Those credits are often resold on the black market.Thirty-four states now have ORC laws, but conversely, sixteen do not.Fifty-six percent of respondents in states with ORC laws said they have seen no increase in support from law enforcement.Cargo theft, often by ORC perpetrators, was noted by 44 percent of respondents.Los Angeles was cited as the hardest-hit area followed by New York City, Chicago, Miami, Houston, San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Orange County, California.Crisis ManagementAs we have speculated, the flurry of crisis management articles after 9/11 discussed many best practices, and as a result, less has been written on the subject in the magazine in recent years. But things are changing. Some of the events taking place just since the presidential inauguration on January 20 may portend that civil unrest, once again, will become a major issue in the months and years ahead. It’s timely that the January/February 2017 issue of the magazine contained an insightful article by Lawrence Barton, PhD, a renowned expert on crisis management and communication. In his article, Dr. Barton outlined some basic types of threats, things to think about, and what to prepare for in formulating an effective crisis plan.Retail LP TechnologyArticles and columns dealing with retail LP technology covered more pages than any other subject during the magazine’s first fifteen years. It is the subject changing most dramatically— one that will affect the future direction of retail LP more than any other. And it probably will be the most-covered subject going forward. In fact, the January/February 2017 issue contained an insightful article written by Garrett Seivold that talked about retail video surveillance and what’s coming. I will also take a look at that subject a bit later in this article.Electronic Article Surveillance. Many of the experts I talked to in preparing this article readily admitted that EAS has seen no significant advances in many years. Yes, we have seen the development of independently alarming tags and multi-alarming tags. And yes, there are now such things as keepers and spider-wrap tags to protect unique products. But the basic concept of alarm tags and pedestals at the door hasn’t changed much.One retailer conducted a test and removed all tags and pedestals from ten stores. Shrink went through the roof. Often due to pressure from the visual team, many retailers shifted to soft tags and hidden tags sewn into garments. Once again, shrink usually skyrocketed. Most experts agree that EAS, with its tags and pedestals, is strictly a deterrent to shoplifting. And most everybody agreed that it is here to stay.One interesting EAS development being tested is long-range scanning deactivation. A retailer who sells large, bulky items was experiencing an inordinate amount of false alarms at its exits. When investigated, it turned out that cashiers didn’t want to wrestle with bulky items, so they simply did not remove or deactivate the EAS tag during a legitimate sale. Working with a vendor, the retailer came up with the idea of being able to deactivate the EAS tag from a distance using Bluetooth-type technology—something new for sure.Beyond some hardware and software advancement, every expert I talked to agreed that the real future of EAS revolves around leveraging those pedestals and tags in a way that adds value to operations and stimulates sales. The question to ask is how to invent new or use existing LP technology that supports corporate philosophy and direction. Regarding EAS, the pedestals and tags are there, so how can we put them to new or better use? The key may be using or modifying existing EAS technology or combining it with RFID to drive better inventory accuracy.With the growth of omni-channel retailing and the buy online and pickup-in-store concept, pinpoint inventory accuracy is critical. If a customer buys something online and shows up in the store to pick it up, it better be there. One industry expert told me a story of buying a giant screen TV from an electronics retailer online. Since he needed it right away, he indicated he would pick it up at the store. He rented a van and went to the store. When he got there, he was told, “Sorry, it’s not in stock.” My advice to him was to call first.Totally accurate inventory is not only a boon to the customer experience but also a huge competitive advantage for those retailers who get it right. Leveraging EAS pedestals and tags to help drive inventory accuracy leads directly into a discussion of RFID. I’ll hold a more in-depth discussion around that for later in the article.Cameras and Video Technology. Unlike EAS, cameras and video have seen more advancement over the years. In the “old days,” use of cameras by LP involved banks of monitors observed real-time by in-store LP personnel. Then came pan-tilt-zoom cameras enabling LP to follow prospective shoplifters throughout the store. Later, the ability to easily record made video review after the fact possible. But some of those processes are things of the past. Now, the ability to remotely monitor and record over IT networks is a reality. Digital and IP (internet protocol) cameras are replacing old analog cameras and CCTV systems.One challenge for LP switching to IP cameras is that they use up system bandwidth, which most of us know is the private domain of the IT department. Or so they claim. Thus, very often, that domain is hard to penetrate. In addition, since IP cameras operate on the network, hacking can become an issue. And IP cameras and video monitoring systems can be expensive.One alternative may be to create a secure LP network and employ HD (high definition) cameras. But with cameras, as with EAS, the real question centers around how this technology can be expanded beyond LP and become invaluable to operations and help improve profits. The future here will involve using cameras and video technology to aid in traffic counting and customer-dynamic analytics. And this expansion of LP technology is already beginning.Historically, customer traffic counts were conducted using beams at the door, later replaced by ceiling-mounted detectors that simply counted customer entries and exits. Results were not truly accurate due to those technologies’ inability to distinguish between individuals in crowds. And once the customer entered the store, information regarding their actions stopped. Plus, these old systems were easily “massaged” by unscrupulous store management wanting to alter counts. But cameras can “see.” Traditionally, LP has managed in-store camera systems, and they have cameras installed at most entrances.With the advancement of video technology and LP’s need to assist in enhancing profit beyond low shrink, it follows that cameras can be a major contributor to consumer in-store analytics. Providing metrics and analytics, smart cameras can be used to record customer patterns, dwell times, and flow throughout the store. One major retailer’s LP department led the way in installing modern smart cameras throughout the chain. Going beyond LP, one of their first discoveries involved their customers’ habits at their in-store ATM machines. They had ATMs installed inside all their stores near the front. Video observations and analytics, made possible by the new system, clearly showed that customers often came in, used the ATM machine, and left. The ATMs were moved to the back of the store forcing the customers to walk through the aisles to get their cash. The results were that sales increased because of this simple move. Everyone I talked to agreed that the future value of cameras in stores must go well beyond LP and shrink.Another interesting technology being developed is the ability to track an individual customer through their personal devices—a smartphone, key fob, and so forth. A unique identifier can theoretically be tied to an individual, and once established, that person’s movements and habits can be tracked. The theory is that a retailer can learn from an individual’s habits and vastly improve on the knowledge that is currently available. There are also obvious advantages to LP of being able to track habitual offenders’ routines. Positive uses in marketing and analytics are the goals of this technology, but as we will see with facial recognition, privacy issues and “big brother” are bound to be major hurdles to its wide-scale adoption.Facial Recognition. The mechanics behind facial recognition are complicated. And the concept is frightening to many. In 2013, LP Magazine contributor Chris Trlica described facial recognition as “having the potential to change the rules of retail” but cautioned against poor execution. As of this writing, at least one major retailer is championing the use of facial-recognition software to help LP identify prolific shoplifters. And there are potential operations and marketing applications around identifying loyal and important customers entering a store.Costs are coming down, and accuracy is increasing, but there is still room for improvement. A recent FBI document on the subject noted: “the computer-based facial recognition industry has made useful advancement in the past decade; however, the need for higher-accuracy systems remain.”The value of being able to identify an individual through cameras and software is obvious for national security and, potentially, for retail. Both Facebook and Google are investing heavily in the technology. However, most forms of identifying a person involve actions or processes of which the person being identified is well aware. Facial recognition can identify someone without their knowledge or consent. So it goes without saying that the huge elephant in the room, once again, is Big Brother and privacy concerns. For facial recognition applications to become widely adopted, the government and private industry must deal with these issues and develop protocols and practices that will take full advantage of its capabilities but lessen, if not eliminate, privacy concerns. That may not be possible.Because of the issues of privacy, we are starting to see applications that assign unique numbers instead of names to individuals based on identification using multiple identifiers beyond facial. This and other emerging technologies may be what’s needed to move this technology forward.Mobile Payments. The rise in mobile payments has been described as the next big security headache. It’s continuing to catch on, but as of today, it is far from mainstream. James Martin, in a recent CIO article, outlines some reasons why:A mobile payment transaction is actually more involved than simply inserting or swiping a credit card. There are many more steps that need to be taken on one’s smartphone to activate a mobile payment.Mobile payments don’t offer enough special incentives to persuade consumers to switch. Mobile payment users often can’t take advantage of loyalty points or special offers at the point of sale (POS).The mobile payment infrastructure has been slow to evolve. Merchants must invest in POS terminals capable of near-field communication (NFC) transactions. More phones are coming with NFC chips, but they need a compatible POS terminal to be used.EMV (chip cards) transactions won’t help mobile payments. When using EMV machines with mobile payment, the transaction actually slows down. Numerous messages requiring action pop up on the POS terminal, which slows the process.Modern mobile pay experience is inconsistent. The diversity of mobile pay options (Apple Pay, Android Pay, PayPal, Visa Checkout, and so forth) confuses the customer, thus slowing adoption. Which one to use? Which one does this retailer accept?Ingrained behavior is tough to change. Only 31 percent of mobile payment users always use mobile payments. And the majority of those are Millennials or Gen Xers.Mobile payments raise security concerns. They are actually more secure than other forms of payments, but many consumers fear they aren’t Younger generations’ adoption and advances in technology will no doubt drive ever-increasing popularity of mobile payments. But it has a way to go become an everyday part of consumers’ lives.RFID. As discussed in my previous three articles chronicling the first fifteen years of Loss Prevention magazine, RFID took center stage when it came to discussing LP technology. The following comes from a 2012 article in the magazine regarding RFID:It’s coming, but it’s not really here yet.Item-level RFID is the future.On-shelf accuracy is critical to omni-channel retailing.RFID “may” be useful in combination with EAS.Fast forward to today. Most experts I talked to for this article agreed 100 percent with those four points. But the first point still rings true.It’s generally agreed that RFID (radio frequency identification) is amazing technology. Its roots can be traced back to military use in World War II. The Germans, Japanese, Americans, and British had radar, but they needed a method to identify whose planes were whose. Experiments were conducted with early RFID-type detectors. It wasn’t until 1973, however, that the first patent was issued for the type of RFID in use today. IBM did some early pilots with Walmart, but these efforts never resulted in the commercialization of the technology. Development continued.In the 1990s many retailers, including Walmart, saw supply-chain accuracy as a major potential use of RFID. Walmart further envisioned RFID saturation at the item level and proposed demands that its suppliers comply. As of November 2003, Walmart announced that it would modify its position with vendors and concentrate on only using RFID at the carton and pallet level. When asked why the slow evolution given the potential value and interest level, one industry expert said, “It didn’t work very well in the beginning.” And there were issues of size and cost. In addition, for simple applications, a barcode works pretty well. But 100 percent item-level inventory accuracy has been a goal of retailers for decades. And with the emergence of omni-channel retailing, the need becomes even more critical.Given shrinking size, reduced cost, improvement in performance, and the growing business need for accuracy, RFID has begun to gain traction in retail in recent years. Fulfillment of consumers’ online purchases in-store, from a different store, or from a warehouse requires the inventory system to be as accurate as possible. For RFID to truly track inventory accurately, every piece of merchandise must be tagged. Source tagging has been the desire of retailers for years when it comes to EAS, but it has seen mixed success. Less than 100 percent tagging is not an option for RFID to work effectively. To that end, Macy’s has led the effort to expand RFID in retail and also to adopt standards. Retailers such as JCPenny, Kohl’s, and VF are getting on board. In addition, Zara, the world’s largest fashion retailer, is working hard on complete RFID implementation knowing that total inventory accuracy will be a competitive advantage and will drive sales. They have an advantage over many retailers regarding tagging in that they are vertically integrated, manufacturing their own product.On a less positive note, American Apparel, one of retail’s early adopters of RFID and one-time poster child for inventory accuracy, has recently announced that it is closing all of its 110 US stores. Hence, RFID is not a panacea for all things.Increasing RFID adoption, even given the compelling business need, has not been totally smooth. As recently as 2013, there have been intense legal battles regarding who truly owns the patents for RFID technology. Round Rock Research won most of these battles resulting in royalty payments to them from the vendor community. But despite many hurdles and a few setbacks, RFID expansion in retail continues. From on-shelf accuracy to “smart” fitting rooms to accurate loss reporting, the positive applications are not only endless but also critical to retail growth in the 21st century.One RFID application that has long been talked about is the mass adoption of a combination EAS/RFID system and tag. This is just one more example of how LP may become a major player in operations and sales enhancement. It truly does look like the next five years will see RFID come into its own in retail and drive tremendous value in terms of improved operations, inventory accuracy, and sales—and of course LP. We’ll see.Not Just Shrink AnymoreI talked to a number of retail industry experts in the preparation of this article. I won’t list them all, but I want to give shout-outs and special thanks to the following individuals. Their information and insights were invaluable.Bob DiLonardo, noted consultant and retail expertRandy Dunn, Tyco Retail SolutionsKevin Lynch, LPC, Tyco Integrated SecurityAdel Sayegh, USSThere you have it. Some LP subjects haven’t changed a great deal over the years. Some have seen dramatic change. I tried to highlight those that I thought were of the most interest and ones that have the potential to significantly change our industry going forward. One thing is very clear regarding LP’s future—successful LP departments and professionals need to continually expand their scope and find new ways to become integral to their companies’ profit-enhancing efforts. It’s not just shrink anymore. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Enabling Innovation and Discovery across the HPC and AI Communities

first_imgISC High Performance, previously known as the International Supercomputing Conference, is always a showcase for the great work being done by the high-performance computing (HPC) community in Europe and points beyond. That’s absolutely the case this week, where the ISC 2017 conference is under way in Frankfurt.In countless presentations and demos, scientists and engineers are showing how they are using HPC to solve the really big problems, from enabling precision medicine and discovering new drugs to simulating complex weather systems and designing new products. The use cases for HPC go on and on, as do the societal benefits.At Intel, we are committed to facilitating the great work being done by the legions of scientists and engineers in the HPC community. We believe that our commitment to the community is evident in the latest TOP500 rankings for supercomputers around the world, released this week at ISC. The rankings show that Intel processors were selected as the foundation for more than 90 percent of today’s TOP500 systems and that many users are also benefiting from other Intel products, such as Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA), to accelerate highly parallel HPC workloads.Our focus on helping the HPC community achieve its mission is further reflected in our newest processor platforms — the recently announced Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors and the latest Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor which accelerates artificial intelligence workloads.Intel Xeon Scalable Processors gives the HPC and Artificial Intelligence communities a significant leap forward in performance and efficiency. An innovative approach to platform design in this new processor family unlocks scalable performance for a broad range of HPC systems — from workstations and small clusters all the way up to the world’s largest supercomputers. Additionally, support for Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512)Opens in a new window enables Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to deliver up to double the amount of flops per clock cycle peak compared to the previous generation, significantly increasing performance for demanding HPC workloads[1]. These improvements are demonstrated by the latest performance benchmarks, which show that Intel Xeon Scalable Processors yield an increase of up to 8.2x more double precision GFLOPS/sec when compared to Intel® Xeon® processor E5 (formerly codenamed Sandy Bridge)[2], and 2.27x increase over the previous-generation Intel Xeon processor E5 v4 (formerly codenamed Broadwell)[3]. And for AI training and inference, Intel Xeon Scalable Processors deliver significantly more performance than the previous processor generation.Meanwhile, the upcoming Intel Xeon Phi processor, code-named Knights Mill, is optimized to help data scientists and other users accelerate deep learning training. This extension of the existing generation of Intel Xeon Phi processor family is designed to offer higher performance when running lower precision workloads, which is one of the keys to training models faster. We expect this product to be in production in the fourth quarter of 2017.Let’s look at the bigger picture. Around the world, software developers, engineers, and data scientists are working together to create new artificial intelligence (AI) systems that will bring us safer vehicles, smarter cities, better security systems, and much more. We all have a stake in their success. To that end, Intel is supporting the HPC community not only by offering products for AI like Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and Knights Mill but also by optimizing leading AI frameworks and providing developers software libraries that make deploying AI solutions easier and higher performing. Our mission is to deliver solutions which enable discovery and innovation.If you’re at the ISC conference this week, be sure to stop by the Intel booth, to learn more about the new Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and the upcoming new Intel Xeon Phi processor. Also to learn more about HPC technologies that are helping scientists and engineers fuel new insights, please visit in a new window.Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Results are based on internal testing and are provided to you for informational purposes. Any differences in your system hardware, software, or configuration may affect your actual performance. [1] in a new window [2] Baseline config: 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2690 based system on Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 6.0 kernel version 2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64 using Intel® Distribution for LINPACK Benchmark. Score: 366.0 GFLOPS/s vs. 1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Scalable process on Ubuntu 17.04 using MKL 2017 Update 2. Score: 3007.8[3] Baseline config:  1-Node, 2 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2699 v4 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux*  7.0 kernel 3.10.0-123 using Intel® Distribution for LINPACK Benchmark, score: 1446.4 GFLOPS/s vs. estimates based on Intel internal testing on 1-Node, 2x Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor (codename Skylake-SP) system. Score: 3295.57last_img read more

Juventus hit 300 Champions goals

first_imgJuventus have reached an historic milestone with their 300th Champions League goal, scored by Aaron Ramsey against Lokomotiv Moscow. The Welsh wizard got the tap-in just before the ball had completely crossed the line, as Guilherme let a Cristiano Ronaldo free kick squirm through his arms and legs. That touch means Ronaldo has still never scored a free kick in a Bianconeri jersey. The 298th and 299th goals in the competition were scored by Paulo Dybala against Lokomotiv in Turin last month. Since the tournament changed format from the old European Cup to Champions League, the first Juve goal was contributed by Michele Padovano in September 1995 in a match with Borussia Dortmund. The 100th strike was scored by David Trezeguet, while the 200th came from Sebastian Giovinco. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more