TNT reinforcement Terrence Jones magnifies NLEX’s import woes

first_imgMoultrie, who played two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, is still signed with Kalev/Cramo in the Latvian-Estonian Basketball League leaving Mitchell as the best possible option.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Jones was too much for the Road Warriors as he had himself a debut of 41 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks to lead the KaTropa to the 102-87 win.“There really was a disparity in the quality of the import.  Of course, we know that he’s a legit NBA player and it all started from there,” said Guiao in Filipino Wednesday at Ynares Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJones played eight seasons in the NBA playing for three different teams and had his best year in the 2013-14 campaign with the Houston Rockets wherein he averaged 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds.“The whole team fed off his performance, and on the other hand our import was just a quick replacement.” LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard ANTIPOLO CITY—NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao was left in awe of TNT import Terrence Jones, acknowledging he’s the biggest reason why the Road Warriors lost their opening game in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Uncertainty over Serena fitness, Osaka form at Roland Garros NLEX originally tabbed former Detroit Piston Tony Mitchell but he failed to show up in time, prompting the Road Warriors to get Curtis Washington a week before the start of their conference.Washington, for his part, had 18 points, 18 rebounds, and two blocks.Guiao added that the team could still get Mitchell, whom he said is already the Philippines, for the remainder of the conference.“I think Tony is still around, and there’s that option to still bring him in,” said Guiao. “We heard that he’s here in the Philippines today so we’re looking at that option. We’re playing on Saturday but I don’t know if there’s enough time to do that. But we are seriously considering that option.”Another option for Road Warriors is former reinforcement Arnett Moultrie who was with them during the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Progress report on Wales’ diversification

first_imgDear Editor,Having read an opinion piece from Gobin Harbhajan – APNU/AFC Regional Democratic Councillor (RDC) and former SEI Board Director – in a letter to the press on August 24, 2017, I am compelled to offer some comments using verifiable facts on the subjects articulated to support privatisation of the industry.1. If Harbhajan is au fait with recent history or lived in Guyana during the period 2009-2015, he ought to know that the present Interim Management Committee (IMC) members of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo); Hanoman and Bhim, functioned as Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of GuySuCo consecutively in the periods 2009 to mid-2010 and mid-2010 to mid-2014. In the period mid-2014 to mid-2015, Raj Singh was the CEO. Using Harbhajan’s rationale for the decline of GuySuCo, it follows that theft, squander mania, mismanagement, cronyism, poor investment decisions, etc are synonymous with Hanoman and Bhim. Incidentally, these persons are managing the industry since mid-2015. It is therefore logical to surmise that the decline will continue as evident in performances since mid-2015.2. The RDC Councillor concludes that “nothing ever worked” at Skeldon. Editor, it is Harbhajan who hosted the press at Skeldon in December 2016 to address the issue of power supply for the Christmas season. In that press outing, he is quoted as saying in KN edition of 12/04/17: “the Wärtsilä engines are capable enough and will be able to supply 10 megawatts of power to the national grid”. “We want to make it clear that there is no problem at the co-gen plant; it is 100 per cent operational”. Now, can this elected official explain how nothing ever worked at Skeldon, yet the engines can supply 10 megawatts of power and the co-generation plant is 100 per cent operational?3. Harbhajan attributes the downfall of the Wales Estate to “voodoo crop husbandry”. I urge Harbhajan to speak with IMC members Hanoman and Bhim, as they approved this voodoo crop husbandry policy. I hope that Harbhajan is also fully aware that voodoo crop husbandry policy is in full force, causing Blairmont and Uitvlugt cultivations to be destroyed by rodents over the last one and a half years.4. We are now advised by Harbhajan that Skeldon should be the model for privatisation. Before moving to Skeldon, this nation was lectured by GuySuCo and Government about the Wales model for diversification. Can Harbhajan present this nation with a progress report on Wales’ diversification? Show us the diversification plan and its achievements along with income and expenditure at Wales since closure of the sugar operations in December 2016.Once there is hard evidence to convince the citizenry that Wales diversification model is yielding profits and jobs, then, consideration can be given to any other model.I urge Harbhajan to respect the intellect of Guyanese and desist from spewing lies and half-truths on subjects he is not proficient in. While Harbhajan is from a different era, he must appreciate a fact that the age allows citizens to access information via a few clicks.Sincerely,Sookram Persaudlast_img read more

Premier League team of the weekend with Man United, Arsenal, and Spurs stars

first_img Goalkeeper: Artur Boruc (AFC Bournemouth) – see who else makes the Premier League team of the weekend, click the arrow above to find out – Occasionally, the Polish shot-stopper can be very shaky between the sticks. He had a fine display against Everton though and kept a clean sheet as the Cherries won the match. 11 Centre-back: Virgil van DIjk (Southampton) – The Saints star was a monster at the back as Claude Puel’s men shut out the Hammers at the London Stadium. He won all but one of eight defensive headers, which formed part of the 16 clearances he made. He also made four interceptions. Midfield: Harry Arter (AFC Bournemouth) – The Irish midfielder got the assist for Junior Stanislas’ goal and was a star performer in the middle of the park. He had five shots but also made five tackles in an excellent showing, while he also hit the woodwork as the Cherries beat Everton 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium. Midfield: Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – The French superstar had more touches of the ball than any other as the Red Devils beat reigning champions Leicester City. Not only did he get on the scoresheet with a header but he also completed 87 per cent of his passes, allowing Man United to dominate. Right-back: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – A very modern full-back, his pace him allows him to operate to high levels at both ends of the pitch. In the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Chelsea he showed this excellently as he set up Theo Walcott’s goal but also made a last ditch tackle to deny Pedro. 11 11 11 Centre-back: Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) – Some say Diego Costa is still perfectly nestled in the Germany defender’s pocket. He was successful with three of his four attempted tackles, while making five clearances and six interceptions. 11 11 11 11 11 Left-back: Daley Blind (Manchester United) – The Netherlands star, playing at left-back, was a key man as the Red Devils dismantled Leicester City. He saw plenty of possession and was successful with all four tackles he attempted. The icing on the cake were his deliveries from corners, though, which led to three of their goals. Forward: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – The Argentine is no stranger to the team of the weekend. He’s often in it for his goalscoring and this is the same, but it’s also worth noting the sheer class of his first touch for the opening goal of the game. Popping the ball out of his feet and away from Jordi Amat, it gave him a wealth of time and space when he was about to be crowded out by two defenders. Stunning. 11 Forward: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) – The South Korean wanted to leave Spurs in the summer but, in the end, opted to knuckle down at White Hart Lane. Another two goal haul is proof he’s done just that, as he blew away Middlesbrough in the first-half on Saturday. His second goal was truly brilliant and was a great example of the fight he is now showing. Another weekend, another action-packed Premier League schedule full of goals and shocks.Manchester United bounced back from a tough week with a 4-1 win over reigning champions Leicester City, Arsenal were terrific in a 3-0 win over Liverpool duo Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana can count themselves unlucky to miss out after impressive performances in the 5-1 win over Hull.READ MORE: Manchester City still perfect, Liverpool on fire and Spurs hold out – PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTSSo, who makes talkSPORT’s team of the weekend? Click the right arrow, above, to see the XI in a 4-3-3 formation… 11 Midfield: Juan Mata (Manchester United) – The diminutive Spaniard will have worried about his future after learning of Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford. Instead he could now become a key player with Wayne Rooney and Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of the team. Against Leicester his creativity was superb, allowing him to get a goal and an assist. Forward: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – Given the opportunity to operate as a forward, rather than on the wings, the Chilean is growing into the role. His direct running and exceptional positioning really troubled the Chelsea backline and a goal and an assist were his spoils for the day.last_img read more

Not Kante! The player with the most interceptions this season revealed

first_img 10 10 6. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) has completed 61 interceptions this season 10 4. Winston Reid (West Ham United) has intercepted the ball 65 times this season 2. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) has made 73 interceptions this season =7. Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) has made 60 interceptions this season 10. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) has intercepted the ball 58 times this season – click the right arrow to see the Premier League players with the most interceptions this season 5. Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) has made 62 interceptions this season 10 10 10 10 9. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) has completed 59 interceptions this season 3. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) has completed 67 ball interceptions this season N’Golo Kante has been named as a potential Player of the Year winner following his wonderful season in the heart of Chelsea’s midfield.The French dynamo has been excellent for the Blues, continuing his fine form in England after helping Leicester to the Premier League title last season.Seen as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world right now, Kante has impressed with his tackling, intercepting and energy.So, just where does he rank for interceptions in the top flight this season? talkSPORT have dug through the data, and you can see the top 10 players with the most interceptions by clicking the right arrow, above… =7. Ben Mee (Burnley) has intercepted the ball 60 times this season 10 10 10 1. Curtis Davies (Hull City) has intercepted the ball 83 times this season, the highest in the Premier Leaguelast_img read more

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: MOMENT SIX MEN CHEATED DEATH ON LOUGH SWILLY

first_imgTHIS WAS THE moment six men were rescued off Rathmullan pier during one of the worst storms to hit Donegal.The workers were lucky to be alive after being caught in gale force winds – as we reported last Thursday night.Now pictures of the dramatic rescue have been released, showing an RNLI crew coming to the rescue. Three of the men left the barge on a small tender boat which capsized, but they managed to make it back to shore.The Lough Swilly lifeboat and a sea recue helicopter from Sligo was launched to bring the other three men to safety, said Joe Joyce from the RNLI.“Thank God it ended well,” said Mr Joyce at the time.“Even though the three men were close to the shore it was still very dangerous out there with a large swell from the storms.” PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: MOMENT SIX MEN CHEATED DEATH ON LOUGH SWILLY was last modified: February 6th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Foyth finding his inner Gerrard’ – These fans react to Spurs man’s red card

first_img no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Why on earth would you attempt that sort of tackle. Foyth is a clown— ‏ً (@NxthanielA1) May 4, 2019 Spurs players rated and slated 45’: Juan Foyth substituted on47’: Juan Foyth sent off Spurs are down to nine! pic.twitter.com/fVAeKlNFYy— Alexander Umeakubuike ™ 🤕🔱⚜️ (@whizkrane) May 4, 2019 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Tottenham’s personnel situation at Bournemouth went from a setback to a crisis as they found themselves down to NINE men with only 48 minutes on the clock.Forward Heung-min Son was dismissed for a push on Jefferson Lerma just before the break and then Juan Foyth was shown the red card for a wild challenge on Jack Simpson. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Gerrard was sent off after 38 seconds for a stamp on Ander Herrera but Foyth wasn’t dismissed quite as quickly.Below you can see the best tweets from these fans laughing at Foyth’s red card. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF huge blow Foyth finding his inner Gerrard 😂— Lewis Corder (@Lewiscorderr) May 4, 2019 deals Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Foyth’s challenge left Simpson in a heap ADVICE gameday cracker 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES gameday cracker shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REPLY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ What’s happening to Spurs’ players 🤣 Down to 9 men with Son & Foyth sent off. Bournemouth please give us some hope #BOUTOT— Gaurav Pathak (@im_gp10) May 4, 2019 Hahaha Tottenham down to 9! 😂 Bad tackle by Foyth. #BOUTOT— Harry 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@Harry_Currall) May 4, 2019 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card tense Poch: “last thing we wanna do is get another sending off”Foyth: “hold my beer”— Charl (@Bruce4Site) May 4, 2019 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Having nine men for a large chunk of the game was tough for Spurs but that hasn’t stopped a number of fans on Twitter from making a mockery of the situation.One fan even compared Foyth’s sending off to that of former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard after he came on in a Premier League match at home to Manchester United in March 2015. Gerrard was mocked widely by opposition fans for his red card against United no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS It was perhaps harsh to send Son off but Spurs can have no complaints about referee Craig Pawson giving Foyth his marching orders as the Argentine had his studs up at the Cherries man.Foyth was pulled back in the build up to the challenge but there’s no justification for tackling that high.And Spurs lost the game in infuriating circumstances, conceding a stoppage-time Nathan Ake goal to secure a 1-0 win for Bournemouth. Foyth tackle was dirt 😄 deserved red. Get a goal now Bournemouth— . (@Hutchins14O4) May 4, 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED 2 REVEALED REVEALED tense huge blow Juan Foyth’s heat map vs Bournemouth pic.twitter.com/8AJIlTpdd5— James (@owenjlfc) May 4, 2019 Son Heung-min & Juan Foyth both sent off in the changing room like.. #BOUTOT pic.twitter.com/WZ1RJtsdJS— Kevin (@kmaresi29) May 4, 2019 #BOUTOT Foyth pic.twitter.com/9PFc0bTfEc— Paddys (@PaddysMad) May 4, 2019last_img read more

talkSPORT host backs Rangers ace to London club as summer transfer is discussed

first_img TROPHY Lee Bowyer is not happy with Joe Aribo opting to sign for Rangers Gerrard may not be aware of any interest in Morelos, though the reports of a summer move certainly suggest the striker is relatively in demand.Leicester’s interest in him appears to have died down since they signed Ayoze Perez from Newcastle, but a move to the Premier League could still be on the cards.And talkSPORT’s very own Ray Parlour has named the one team who could benefit from Morelos’ talents – if they can afford to prise him away from Ibrox.“Morelos looks like he could be off,” said the Arsenal legend. “Could he come into the Premier League? Somewhere like Crystal Palace? Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Morelos has scored 48 goals for Rangers – but has also been sent off FIVE times Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions GETTY IMAGES – GETTY Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:00Loaded: 5.51%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers boost 2 Getty Images JIBE 2 Morelos is sure to be at the centre of transfer speculation for much of the summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January punished latest Steven Gerrard has confirmed Alfredo Morelos may leave Rangers this summer – but only if a big-money deal is agreed early in the transfer window.Morelos has been linked with an Ibrox exit over the past few months, with Chinese Super League clubs keen on the Colombia forward.Brendan Rodgers, the former Celtic manager, is also said to be keen on signing Morelos for Leicester, with a switch to the Premier League rumoured since last season. “It won’t happen late. A million per cent it won’t happen late, that’s for sure.“So if someone wants to spend a lot of money on a centre-forward and they want my centre-forward, they will have to come early.“If he did end up going he would be impossible to replace with days or weeks to go in the window. We don’t want to sell him, but you know and I know that every player has a price.“I’m not going to sit here and say he’s not going out the door because if a bid lands that the board like and want to accept, it’s a completely different conversation. But that hasn’t happened. There hasn’t been one single bid.“If teams are planning on waiting until days or the last week of the window, they are wasting their time.” Rangers have already started preparing for the 23-year-old’s potential departure, with reports claiming Gerrard is eyeing up a swoop for Leeds star Kemar Roofe to replace Morelos.And the Rangers boss provided an update on his star striker on Sunday, after Morelos missed a 5-0 friendly defeat of Oxford United due to injury.“I can’t control the speculation,” Gerrard admitted, “but as a club we haven’t got a decision to make because a bid hasn’t come of any sort.“Does anyone want Alfredo Morelos? I don’t know, I can’t answer that question, but if they do they best bring a really, really big offer. New job deals targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star “He’s a good goalscorer.”Parlour was discussing Morelos on Monday’s Sports Breakfast, and host Alan Brazil had his say on Rangers’ star striker.Big Al said: “He’s a screwball! He can play, but he’s a screwball. You can wind him up like a clock, and he’s got to curb that.”last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Amusement arcade seeks Manager

first_imgJob Vacancy: Colm’s Amusements in Bundoran, Co. Donegal, are seeking a Manager to lead a dynamic team of staff and manage daily operations. Role Responsibilities:The Manager will be responsible for day-to-day operations, attracting new Customers and retaining current customers.Manage, monitor and control cash handling, security, collections and on site floats.Effectively manage a staff team of 20+ within the company policies and procedures.Ensure excellent customer service is delivered consistently within a safe + friendly environment.Oversee and manage all maintenance issues on site.Ability to strongly influence, manage and lead others in a constructive style and thrive in a dynamic environment.Ensure that on site promotions are managed effectively.Experience/Requirements: A strong background in managing a customer facing business.A driving licence is essential.Applications to be sent for the attention of the Practice Manager by email to info@jgc.ie or by post to the following address:J.G. Carlin & Co. Ltd.The Business Centre, Lisfannon, Buncrana, Co. DonegalTel: 074 93 64200 Email:info@jgc.ieClosing Date for applications: 21/04/2017Job Vacancy: Amusement arcade seeks Manager was last modified: March 31st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundoranBusinessjobsManagerVacancylast_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: April 12, 2018

first_imgEmployees bought more than $26,000 in gift cards with fake couponsAuthorities have arrested two employees of a Harvey, Louisiana, Walgreens accused of buying tens of thousands of dollars in gift cards using forged coupons. Kewanta Young, 35, of Avondale, was booked Friday with theft valued over $26,000 and five counts of computer fraud, according to an arrest report. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Fanny Kelley, 40, of Harvey, on Feb. 21 and booked her with theft valued under $4,999 and five counts of computer fraud, Jefferson Parish court records said. Young and Kelley worked as shift leaders at Walgreens, where officials performed an audit at the location earlier this year and discovered an unusually large number of prepaid gift cards had been bought using Catalina coupons, according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report. Various stores use Catalina coupons, which are printed at checkout based on purchases made. The coupons can only be used for a specific product. But the coupons used at the Harvey Walgreens were forgeries that allowed the suspects to receive $15 off any item in the store, according to the incident report. Young and Kelley are accused of cooperating with a third suspect, a female customer who came into the store and conducted multiple transactions per day, handing over several coupons during each transaction.For example, Young and the third suspect are accused of buying $10,000 worth of gift cards using the coupons in a single day in February, according to the Sheriff’s Office. A Walgreens fraud investigator identified Young and Kelley as suspects because the women’s employee numbers were used to run the register during the suspicious transactions, an incident report said. The third suspect has not yet been arrested, Boyd said. On five days between Jan. 29 and Feb. 7, Young conducted 173 transactions with the third suspect, purchasing a total of $26,055 in gift cards. Kelley conducted 76 transactions on five days between Nov. 19 and Jan. 5 for a total of $3,124 in gift cards. The case is still under investigation, according to Boyd. Investigators are awaiting additional evidence from Walgreens. They’re also working to obtain a warrant for the third suspect. Young was being held Tuesday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in lieu of a $78,000 bond. Kelley was released Feb. 22 on a $9,000 bond.  [Source: The Times-Picayune]Two off-duty cops make shoplift arrestTwo off-duty police officers helped capture a man who police said stole several hundred dollars worth of merchandise from a Home Depot store. Police officer Sgt. Paul Catalina was walking towards the store on Route 88 near the Lakewood border when he heard an anti-theft device alarm and saw a store employee chasing a man into the parking lot, according to Brick police Sgt. Neal Pedersen. Noticing a security device on the boxes Catalina followed the man back to a car, a 2014 Hyundai Sonata. Pederson said Catalina identified himself as a a police officer and told the man, Brian Eckardt, 41, from Manahawkin, he was under arrest. Eckardt tried to drive off but Catalina put his hand inside the car to turn the car off. Off-duty Robbinsville police officer Matthew Hill, who was also shopping at the store, assisted Catalina in restraining Eckert into custody. Eckert was later found to have a Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill Kit, valued at $399 and a DeWalt Compact Brushless Drill/Driver Kit, valued at $199, and were recovered. He was charged for shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe. [Source: NJ101.5 News]- Sponsor – Teen said she intended to steal hoverboards; family banned from storeOne family can’t return to the North Road Walmart in Orangeburg, South Carolina, after a teen allegedly tried to steal a hoverboard, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. The store’s loss prevention department called the sheriff’s office at 8:30 p.m. Monday. The parents told deputies they went to Walmart to return some items they received at a housewarming party, the report said. As the parents were speaking with customer service representatives, their three children wandered about the store unsupervised. A loss prevention associate followed the unsupervised children around the store and observed the three children and parents attempting to leave the store with merchandise. A loss prevention associate attempted to stop the family from exiting the store., that’s when the father advised one of the teens to leave the merchandise at the door. The teen allegedly told deputies that she intended to steal the hoverboards for her and her two siblings but that her parents didn’t know she was going to steal them. The hoverboards are valued at $894. Deputies released the children to their parents, issued a trespass notice for the children and their parents, and forwarded the case to the Department of Juvenile Justice for prosecution of shoplifting valued at less than $1,000.   [Source: The T&D]Customer suing over new returns policy never tried to return bootsThe Illinois man who in mid-February filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status against L.L. Bean for changing its lifetime return policy never tried to return his L.L. Bean boots, the company said in a series of court filings. L.L. Bean last Friday filed eight documents responding to the lawsuit and asking the Illinois Northern District Court, among other things, to dismiss the suit. The retailer claims the plaintiff, Illinois resident Victor Bondi, lacks the standing to sue on behalf of a nationwide class of people because he does not live in other states or hasn’t bought goods from L.L. Bean in other states. The retailer also noted in its filings that Bondi did not appear to try to return the boots he mentioned in his lawsuit. L.L. Bean wrote that Bondi has not suffered any injury and thus has no standing to pursue his lawsuit. “[Bondi] has never tried to return his L.L. Bean products, and has not been refused a refund. Plaintiff has not alleged a deceptive or unfair act, or any actual damage, as required by the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act,” L.L. Bean wrote in a memo to the court.In his Feb. 12 lawsuit, Bondi said he was a loyal customer who made purchases based on L.L. Bean’s unconditional satisfaction guarantee. “Among the items he has purchased from L.L. Bean are Bean boots purchased at a L.L. Bean retail location in South Barrington, Illinois, in 2017,” Bondi’s lawsuit said. “L.L. Bean’s warranty formed the basis of the bargain for all of Bondi’s purchases.” On Feb. 9, the company imposed limits on the 100 percent satisfaction guarantee on returns that it had in place for more than a century, placing a one-year limit on most returns to reduce what it called growing abuse and fraud. L.L. Bean told the Associated Press that it had lost $250 million over the past five years on returned items that were in such poor condition they had to be destroyed. L.L. Bean also asked that Bondi’s individual claim be dismissed because the retailer said he misunderstood the change in its policy. When the lawsuit was filed, L.L. Bean spokeswoman Carolyn Beem told the Bangor Daily News that, “The recently filed lawsuit misrepresents the terms of our new returns policy. L.L. Bean products bought prior to Feb. 9, 2018 will not be subject to the new one-year restriction.” Ben Barnow, an attorney at Barnow & Associates in Chicago, which is representing Bondi, said through a spokesman that, “We do not comment on pending litigation.” Anthony Anscombe, an attorney at Steptoe & Johnson in Chicago, which is representing L.L. Bean, was not immediately available for comment on the next steps in the case. [Source: Herald & Review]Good Samaritan helps stop shoplifter and gets stabbed in processA Good Samaritan helped stop a shoplifter in Hartland, Michigan, but got stabbed and hit in the process. It happened at the Rural King store off Highland Road. Caleb Ketchum, an employee at Rural King, said he was on a break, when he saw the commotion. “I look over and I see my manager is on the ground and I see this guy running away with two other employees behind him,” said Ketchum. He jumped into action, but in the process the suspect stabbed him and hit him in the face. I didn’t even know I was stabbed until after, l didn’t even know he hit me in the face or anything,” said Ketchum. Ketchum said he is feeling much better, as a matter of fact he went to work the very next day.  His hand is stitched up and he has a good shiner on his eye. He said he doesn’t know what the suspect was trying to take. “A bunch of stuff, his coat was loaded down with a bunch of merchandise,” said Ketchum.Ketchum and his mom said they’re both happy he took action, because otherwise the suspect might not have been caught, but Ketchum didn’t act alone. “A customer that saw it happen, she and her son got in the car and followed the guy, which again, I don’t recommend, but I’m glad she did, she followed him right to his driveway,” said Ketchum’s mother, Michelle Morgan. The customer called 911 and Livingston County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 39 year-old Sean Thompson of White Lake Township. Thompson is facing retail fraud and unarmed robbery charges currently, but investigators said more charges could be added. Morgan said she understands her son took a big risk. “I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from people telling him, there’s a loss prevention insurance, don’t risk your life for that, you don’t make enough for that,” said Morgan. She said she still thinks he acted the right way. “I’m proud that I raised a son that is going to jump in and do the right thing in a world where people don’t want to,” said Morgan. [Source: WXYZ News]Credit card signatures are going away because they were uselessCredit card signatures are dying. And it’s about time. Starting this month, four of the largest credit card companies—Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover—will stop requiring signatures on purchases. Major retailers, like Walmart, have already stopped using signatures. Target told The New York Times on Sunday that it will stop requiring customers to provide a signature in April. Signatures have historically been used to confirm that a consumer wants to make a purchase and agree to the amount they are being charged. It’s also an attempt to verify their identity in the event fraud occurs. While in theory that might make sense, it’s become obsolete. When signatures are required, people often scribble a few lines on a keypad or receipt and move along. And since the retailer does not verify that, it’s impossible to know whether the person who signed is really authorized to make a purchase with a chosen credit card. Worse yet, signatures have been phasing out for years. In October, MasterCard said as much when it revealed that 80% of in-store transactions it processes don’t even require a signature, according to CreditCards.com. The move to abandon signatures entirely, then, will only affect 20% of the purchases its customers make. When Visa announced that it would no longer require signatures in April, the company suggested signatures do little to improve security and make for a less appealing purchase experience. “We believe making the signature requirement optional for EMV chip-enabled merchants is the responsible next step to enhance security and convenience at the point of sale,” Visa vice president Dan Sanford said at the time. In its own announcement, American Express said that signatures, which had been used to fight fraud, are no longer the right verification method for the job. [Source: Fortune] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

How to Think Like an Inventor

first_imgIntel has a program where employees can submit inventions for consideration to be filed as a patent.  It is a very cool program because having a patent is a very compelling way to prove that you are actually an inventor.  But, many ideas get rejected, often leaving the prospective inventors feeling dejected.   As a result many of these folks simply stop inventing.I know all about rejection.  Over the course of a few years I had written and submitted 50 inventions to various Intel intellectual property committees.  All were rejected.  Now, that was a long time ago.  My track record, as of the last few years, has improved substantially for taking inventions through our committees and on the path to patenting.  In fact, I now teach classes on “How to Think Like an Inventor.”Reflecting on my own experiences as well as observing the behavior of inventors across Intel Corporation I have found some significant differences between prolific inventors and those that either give or never try.The top five differences are:Do not be afraid of failing.  This is a big one.  In fact, this listed first for a reason.  Prospective inventors often have all sort of fears, “What if they think my idea is dumb? What if they reject my idea? What if someone already invented it?”  The rule is simple.  You will fail.  You will fail a lot.  And that is OK!  Sure, I grind my teeth every time I have an invention rejected but then I move on. Invent, don’t engineer.  This one is very tricky.  How does one determine if an idea is an invention or simply good engineering.  Ask yourself, “Is there magic in the idea?  Did you come up with an idea that  others, who are similarly skilled, would not be expected to think of also?”Consider all the data in the system.  Every invention is a system of sorts.  It will have inputs, actions and outputs.  For the inputs you should go through a rigorous exercise to identify all of the different types of data in the system.  This is actually a big part of the classes that I give.  Many people very casually consider the data available to them and therefore overlook other possibilities.Imagine beyond the next iteration.  Any product that we have in our hands or on store shelves was conceived of some time ago.  To “invent” a minor improvement of a known system falls into the realm of “non-novel” or “obvious”.  Look beyond that next step, that next iteration.  Think of how a product or system will evolve as new technologies evolve and converge.Finally, are you even working on a problem?  It is very easy, especially in high tech, to invent some sort of gizmo and then to start looking for a problem that the gizmo will solve.  Start by looking for problems and then invent the gizmo.Now, go find some problems and invent solutions.  Good luck and fail a lot.last_img read more