FEI Dressage European Youth Championships Produce Stunning Sport

first_img SIGN UP Email* Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! If the stunning Freestyle performances that brought week 2 of the FEI Dressage European Youth Championships 2020 to a close at Pilisjàszfalu in Hungary today are anything to go by, then the future of European Dressage is in very safe hands. Both the U25 and Young Riders athletes and their horses presented top sport and demonstrated an abundance of promise all week, with The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark sharing U25 gold but the Dutch completely dominating the top step of the Young Riders podium.U25There was a fairytale finish to the U25 Championship today when Denmark’s Anne-Mette Strandby Hansen steered Foco Loco W to Freestyle gold. The 15-year-old gelding made a dream come true for his owner, Dominican Republic’s Yvonne Losos de Muniz, when he carried her to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where they finished 59th individually. And after sealing victory today, Strandby Hansen said, “I’m so lucky I got to ride this horse and it’s unbelievable what he did for me – he has a heart of gold!” It was indeed an extraordinary achievement because this was the Danish rider’s championship debut, and she sparkled.Jeanine Nieuwenhuis (NED) riding TC Athene in the Under 25’s Grand Prix Freestyle; they finished in silver medal position. (FEI/Lukasz Kowalski)The pair helped Denmark to bronze medal position in Tuesday’s team finale in which The Netherlands claimed gold despite elimination for Mercedes Verweij. It was the top score of 74.765 produced by Jeanine Nieuwenhuis and TC Athene that clinched it for the Dutch when added to 72.882 from Jasmien de Koeyer and Esperanza and 71.647 from Febe van Swambagt and Edison. Germany claimed silver bolstered by the second-ranked score of the competition from Ann-Kathrin Lindner and FBW Sunfire who put 74.588 on the board.Turned the tablesLindner, U25 team gold medallist last summer, turned the tables when pipping Nieuwenhuis for the Individual title the following day while Germany’s Raphael Netz steered Lacoste 126 into bronze with a charming ride. Strandby Hansen missed out on a podium placing when lining up in fourth, but a stand-out performance today saw them awarded 79.025 by judges Paula Nysten (FIN), Peter Hansaghy (HUN), Henning Lehrmann (GER), Elisabeth Max-Theurer (AUT) and Annette Fransen Iacobaeus (SWE) for Freestyle gold. Nieuwenhuis claimed silver on 78.450 while Lindner slotted into bronze medal spot on 77.610.Foco Loco W, whose stable-name is Dobby, simply smiled his way through today’s winning test, making every movement look as easy as can be. He listened to his rider from beginning to end, presenting lovely tempi changes, piaffe, passage and pirouettes and the only time he was the tiniest bit naughty was when he spooked when someone waved a Danish flag in celebration after he left the arena.He remained at the Helgstrand Dressage stables in Denmark after Yvonne Losos de Muniz last competed him at the FEI Dressage World Cup™ qualifier in Herning (DEN) in October 2019. And in November Strandby Hansen, who has been working at Helgstrand for the last two years, got the ride on the horse who took individual silver for Losos de Muniz at the Central American & Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico back in 2014.PartnershipThey’ve been building their partnership together ever since, but today’s Freestyle was a first for the Danish rider, and it’s one she will never forget. “I only got the floorplan last Monday and I rode it just once at home before coming here, I never competed in a Grand Prix Freestyle before!” the delighted rider said.Foco Loco is at Helgstrand “for training and sale” and Strandby Hansen, who rides everything from three-year-old stallions to top-level horses, says he has a heart of gold and is a bit of a show-off.“He is so well behaved but still has the fire to do his work, and he loves it. When people started whistling at the end (of the test) he just lifted his legs higher and higher! And today it was so warm, over 30 degrees, but he still kept on fighting for me,” said the rider who is now looking forward to moving up to Senior level.Young RidersThe Netherlands’ Young Rider team was also reduced to just three, this time due to the elimination of Thalia Rockx and Golden Dancer de la Fazenda. However, just like their U25 counterparts, the rest of the Riders in Orange didn’t let that stop their country from coming out on top thanks to solid performances from Quinty Vassers, Daphne van Peperstraten and Marten Luiten.Their score of 222.940 was good enough to edge Germany’s Henriette Schmidt (Rocky’s Sunshine), Luca Sophia Collin (Descolari and Lia Welschof (First Class 88) into silver on a score of 222.030, while 215.794 sealed the bronze for Denmark. And once they got the bit between their teeth the Dutch went on to make it a hat-trick of Young Rider gold when adding the Individual and Freestyle titles.Judges Kurt Christensen (DEN), Maria Colliander (FIN), Evi Eisenhardt (GER), Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode (NED0 and Eva-Maria Vint-Warmington (EST) were in complete agreement when placing 18-year-old Luiten, a double-silver medallist at Junior level last year, at the top of the Individual scoreboard with the 10-year-old mare Fynona on a mark of 77.559. Germany’s Welschof took silver while Luiten’s team-mate, van Paperstraten, claimed the bronze with Greenpoints Cupido.However van Peperstraten threw down an extraordinary test for a score of 80.69 when fourth-last to go in today’s Freestyle, and when Luiten was one of several to make mistakes in his tempi-changes he had to settle for bronze behind Welschof.MaturityVan Paperstraten, gold medallist at the FEI Junior European Championships in Fontainebleau (FRA) in 2018 and at the FEI Young Riders European Championship at San Giovanni in Marignano (ITA) last summer, showed great maturity in her riding and was thrilled with the result.“I was already so happy with how things went this week because the gold team medal was something I didn’t expect, and then yesterday I had a great feeling on Cupido and was super-happy with my test although it was a pity we had a mistake at the end. I was still very satisfied with my Individual bronze medal”, the 20-year-old rider explained. “So today I just wanted to enjoy my Freestyle. It was the first time to ride it in competition and I was excited to see how it would work out and fit with the music. When it all worked out I knew we had done a very good job and that’s the best feeling. I couldn’t be more happy!”She rode a daring centreline of three-tempi changes to her final halt. “I knew that had to be good because if you make a mistake it’s not possible to win a European medal”, she pointed out. “We did it because it’s something different, and Cupi is always amazing in the canterwork. You have to take the risk if you want to take a medal!”Next week the FEI European Pony Dressage Championships 2020 take centre stage at Pilisjàszfalu from 28 to 30 August.Results here Tags: FEI Dressage European Youth Championships, last_img read more

MC Construction Management completes Legoland

first_imgMC Construction Management, Inc. has completed building the new 40,000 square foot LEGOLAND Discovery Center at 5000 Arizona Mills Circle in Tempe, AZ for Merlin Entertainments Group Ltd.  Located on the NEC of Arizona Mills, this much anticipated family entertainment center was complete for the grand opening on April 22, 2016.The first of its kind in Arizona, LEGOLAND Discovery Center features two Lego rides, 4D Cinema, Lego building areas, LEGO MINILAND Models, LEGO Friends area, DUPLO Farm area, retail shop, coffee shop/eatery, party rooms and much more colorful and exciting interactive adventures.  High tech lighting and dimming systems enhance the attraction.From the brightly colored entrance to the magnificent octopus fountain this is truly a unique construction opportunity.  “We are very pleased to have built this extraordinary venue.  It encompasses many of our specialties and highlights the diverse talents of our construction professionals,” said MC Construction Director of Development Connie Mollet.“Our team is proud to be working with our subcontractors who enjoy the same standard of excellence that we have as general contractors,” said MC Construction Executive Director of Operations Bill Cressy. “Our special thanks go to 21st Century Floors, Arizona Superior Cleaning, Carlson Glass, Commercial Door & Hardware, Desert Fire & Communications, Designing Commercial Interiors, DH Pace Company Inc., Encore Steel Inc., G & G Professional Painting, Hufcor, Innovative Contractor solutions, JEC Contracting Corp., M&P Venture Partners, Matta Inc., Modern Millwork, Partitions & Accessories, Premier Paradise Inc., Priceless Plumbing Heating Air & Electrical, Progressive Roofing, Simplex Grinnell LP, Spectra Electrical Services, Sound Resolution Specialists LLC, The Grazak Corp., TP Acoustics, and Yezco.”last_img read more

#StanBowlesDay: How you can help QPR icon Stan

first_imgSee also:QPR fans share their memories of Loftus Road legend Bowles Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Donations to help with Bowles’ care can be made via a GoFundMe account which has been set up with the help of the Professional Footballers’ Association.“We are very pleased to play our part in supporting Stan,” said PFA chairman Gordon Taylor.“Stan is one of the game’s greatest characters and finest players of his generation. Many thanks in advance to all those who contribute to two such worthy causes.”Bucket collections and a special match-programme are among the other ways QPR plan to mark Stan Bowles Day.To donate to the Stan Bowles GoFundMe account, click here.To donate to the Alzheimer’s Society, click here.And to learn more about the Alzheimer’s Society, click here. • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62% of those diagnosed. • Dementia describes different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. These conditions usually get worse over time. • Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. • Dementia is a terminal condition. • There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the figure is expected to exceed a million by 2020 and two million by 2051. • Around 225,000 people will develop dementia this year – that’s one person every three minutes. People who have dementia may reside in such facilities as Lakeside Manor assisted living home, places like these are here to help and support those who need extra aid. It’s important that people with dementia find the best nursing home possible, like the one mentioned above. There have been so many reports of nursing home abuse recently, so it’s important that people only attend the best nursing homes. If someone you know has been impacted by nursing home abuse, it might be worth calling some attorneys if patients have experienced a breach of a standard of care. It’s so important that people with dementia recieve top quality care, so make sure to find a reputable nursing facility, QPR have helped set up a fund for club legend Stan Bowles.The former England forward, 66, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He made 315 appearances for Rangers and is regarded by many as the club’s best-ever player.He remains an iconic figure at Loftus Road, where QPR will play Rotherham on Saturday on ‘Stan Bowles Day’.AdChoices广告Money raised will help with the costs of Bowles’ care and his family have requested that donations also be made to the Alzheimer’s Society in order to help others with the disease.Bowles’ daughter Tracy told Rangers’ website: “Raising awareness of Alzheimer’s is so important to the family.“We’ve seen how it can affect a loved one and we want to raise as much money as possible so everyone is fully aware of the condition and the impact it can have.“QPR is Stanley’s club and the support we’ve had from everyone connected to Rangers and the Trust has been incredible over the last few days.“There are some basic needs that are essential for Stan and the family in terms of his daily welfare. We can hopefully improve his quality of day-to-day living and future care.“I can’t thank everyone enough for their support so far – it just goes to show what a wonderful club QPR is.”last_img read more

Walmart to launch new online home shopping experience

first_img This undated artist rending provided by Walmart shows their glam living room, which is part of Walmart’s new online home shopping experience that will let shoppers discover items based on their style. The move, announced Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, is the first glimpse of Walmart’s broader efforts to redesign its site with a focus on fashion and home furnishing. (Walmart via AP) This undated artist rending provided by Walmart shows their colorful kitchen, which is part of Walmart’s new online home shopping experience that will let shoppers discover items based on their style. The move, announced Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, is the first glimpse of Walmart’s broader efforts to redesign its site with a focus on fashion and home furnishing. (Walmart via AP) This undated artist rending provided by Walmart shows their industrial bedroom, which is part of Walmart’s new online home shopping experience that will let shoppers discover items based on their style. The move, announced Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, is the first glimpse of Walmart’s broader efforts to redesign its site with a focus on fashion and home furnishing. (Walmart via AP) This undated artist rending provided by Walmart shows their Bohemian living room, which is part of Walmart’s new online home shopping experience that will let shoppers discover items based on their style. The move, announced Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, is the first glimpse of Walmart’s broader efforts to redesign its site with a focus on fashion and home furnishing. (Walmart via AP) “With this launch, we’re making it faster, easier and more inspiring for customers to discover the best of our assortment no matter their personal style,” said Anthony Soohoo, senior vice president and general manager of home for Walmart’s e-commerce division.The move comes as Walmart, with its eye on Amazon.com, has been working to ramp up its e-commerce business, which still accounts for less than 4 percent of its total sales. It’s overhauled its shipping strategy and expanded the number of items online to 75 million. In home furnishings, it doubled the number of products online from a year ago and introduced a new Scandinavian collection of furniture for children.But Walmart faces stiff competition in the home arena not only from Amazon but home shopping sites like Wayfair.Amazon has been growing its home offerings. It sells its own exclusive brands of furniture, sheets and other home goods. It signed a deal with Ethan Allen last year to sell its sofas, lamps and rugs, and Amazon shoppers can ask Ethan Allen experts for design advice. Boston-based Wayfair is the largest online-only furniture retailer and has a seemingly infinite range of products, but it’s facing more pressure from Amazon as it expands deeper into the home arena.Target has also been stepping up its offerings in home furnishings, both online and in the store. Two years ago, it started offering vignettes in the home area of its physical stores to inspire shoppers to buy.Walmart’s latest online strategy comes as it hit a snag in its e-commerce business for the critical fiscal fourth quarter, after enjoying a surging e-commerce business over the past few quarters that helped lift its stock. Its U.S. e-commerce business rose 23 percent for the fiscal fourth quarter, a dramatic slowdown from the 50 percent growth in the previous quarter. Shares fell 10.2 percent on Tuesday to post its biggest single-day percentage drop in 30 years.Walmart says it expects its e-commerce business to ramp up this year and sees e-commerce rising 40 percent this year, the same pace as last year.Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: https://twitter.com/ADInnocenzio This undated artist rending provided by Walmart shows part of Walmart’s new online home shopping experience that will let shoppers discover items based on their style. The move, announced Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, is the first glimpse of Walmart’s broader efforts to redesign its site with a focus on fashion and home furnishing. (Walmart via AP) NEW YORK | Bohemian or traditional?Walmart is launching a new online home shopping experience in the coming weeks that will let shoppers discover items based on their style.The move, announced Thursday, is the first glimpse of the company’s broader campaign to redesign its site with a focus on fashion and home furnishings. The overhauled website will be launched later this year and will mirror how people shop for different items. While some purchases like groceries are transactional, others like fashion and home furnishings require more discovery. Later this spring, Walmart is rolling out its new Lord & Taylor dedicated page as part of its partnership with the department store chain’s parent company Hudson’s Bay.Walmart’s home shopping site will include curated collections and nine shop-by-style options including modern, traditional and bohemian. It will offer design tips that will help shoppers pull items together.last_img read more

Chelsea fans warn Zinedine Zidane to stop talking about this Blues player

first_img1 Eden Hazard Zinedine Zidane, the current coach of Real Madrid Castilla, has spoken out in praise of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, further fuelling speculation of Los Blancos’ interest in signing the winger.‘After Messi and Ronaldo, Hazard is my favourite player,’ Zidane said. ‘I love watching him because he is a player who creates things and it is often spectacular to see him play. ‘Do I see him going to Real Madrid? Ask someone else. I love the player and that’s all.’As has been reported, Zidane was key in luring Gareth Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu two years’ ago, and there are suggestions that the Frenchman could play a key role in enticing Hazard to the Spanish capital, too.And, unsurprisingly, there has been some interesting reaction to his comments.Some Chelsea supporters are hopeful that such words could motivate the under performing Belgian, while others have warned Zidane off their club’s prized asset.last_img read more

Marshfield boys soccer comes up short at Menasha

first_imgWellens scores twice for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMENASHA — The Marshfield boys soccer team nearly overcame a four-goal deficit but came up just short, dropping a nonconference game to Menasha 4-3 on Friday at Calder Stadium.Menasha scored all four of its goals in the first half before the Tigers stormed back.Isaac Wellens scored 8:54 into the second half, and Kyle Tremelling added another goal with just less than nine minutes remaining to cut it to 4-2.Wellens hit on a penalty kick with 50 seconds left in regulation for the final goal as the Tigers came up one goal short of pulling off a tie.Austin Mannigel had three saves in goal for Marshfield, which drops to 3-6 this season.Marshfield plays at Wausau West on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Bluejays 4, Tigers 3Marshfield 0 3 – 3Menasha 4 0 – 4First half: 1. MEN, Kabumbu Tshitamba (Ricardo Gomez), 6:50; 2. MEN, Gomez (Edgar Granados), 29:46; 3. MEN, Ed. Granados (Justin Zirimwabagabo), 31:17; 4. MEN, Ed. Granados (Eric Granados), 44:05.Second half: 5. MAR, Isaac Wellens, 53:54; 6. MAR, Kyle Tremelling, 81:15; 7. MAR, Wellens (penalty kick), 89:10.Total shots: Marshfield 9; Menasha 11.Shots on goal: Marshfield 7; Menasha 7.Saves: Menasha 4; MAR, Austin Mannigel 3.Records: Marshfield 3-6; Menasha 6-4-1.last_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

Mashery Open-Sources Interactive API Documentation System

first_imgMashery recently open-sourced a new interactive API documentation system called Mashery I/O Docs. It’s available from Github.I/O Docs enables developers to experiment with API calls from within the documentation. You can see it in action at Posterous and WordnikAlibris and Klout (correction: the Posterous and Wordnik APIs were the inspiration for I/O Docs, but don’t use I/O Docs).Accoring to Mashery’s announcement: ” In surveys that Mashery conducted at SXSW and other events, developers consistently cited poor API documentation as a major obstacle to getting started with an API.” Cutting and pasting keys is also cited as an obstacle, so I/O Docs input keys automatically for logged-in developers.Mashery competes with Apigee, Programmable Web and others.Disclosure: Mashery is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor, as is Programmable Web’s parent company Alcatel-Lucent. Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#APIs#hack center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid klint finleylast_img read more