Hanging together…

first_img…for survivalSome were surprised at the sneaky announcement by the APNU and AFC of their new “revised” Cummingsburg Accord last weekend: no media invited. Now, since we all know publicity’s the lifeblood of any political campaign –millions are spent to get just a mention in the press –exactly what was going on when only an edited recording of the event is made available? The PNC’s trying to control the narrative of their coalition that is not a coalition, that’s what! And having pesky reporters ask inconvenient questions just wouldn’t do!!So, what can we gather from the tea leaves in the carefully-released snippets? Firstly, there’s the colour of the cover of the Accord – green like Granger’s shirt – held by a smirking Granger and a grateful Ramjattan, with his yellow shirt discreetly hidden by his jacket. This said it all – this accord was a PNC production that insisted not even a sliver of yellow be in sight!! We can judge THIS book by its cover!!From their first go-around, we always knew this “coalition of convenience” was going to be totally about divvying up spoils! No argument about macro-economic policy or such minor things like what to do with coming oil revenues and such like! It was all about who in the PNC and AFC would be getting what, when and how!! But the PNC had already announced that the AFC’s number of MP’s and Ministries were slashed so the only question left hanging was who’d be the PM bride to this union. Nagamootoo or Ramjattan??Well, we’re nowhere closer to having that answer. The two media outfits with inside access were non-committal. News Source said Ramjattan was “likely” to be the PM candidate while all the Chronic would reveal was “the PM Candidate would be from the AFC”!! How could he skin his teeth while kept dangling in the wind? Poor Ramjattan: still the rejected runt after so many years and so many slights. Is he so consumed with hatred of Jagdeo that he’d even forego his last chance to get that tax-free PM salary and pension?? But what will be left for him? The AG post that commands the same salary as the PM?The pretence of the PNC at insisting that APNU was a “coalition” was pathetic! In addition to PNC leader Granger (and the aforementioned Ramjattan, skinning his teeth!), there were individuals who were supposed to represent the other members but in reality, represented their entire membership!! Interestingly, Sharma and his son were there. Was this signalling that JFAP is double the size of the others “one-man” parties??President Obama famously pointed out, “You can put lipstick on a pig but it still remains a pig!!”And the AFC ain’t even got on lipstick!!…on Boxing DayYour Eyewitness is firmly convinced that the only reason we, in the Republic of Guyana, keep the British holiday of Boxing Day is to give us an extra day to recover from our excesses of Christmas Day!! We know for sure that no Guyanese goes around sharing “boxes” of leftovers to the needy!! While it may have been practised back in old Blighty when the nobility still enjoyed Droit du seigneur (the right to take the virginity of lower-class damsels) – the planters didn’t practise it here! The sharing, NOT the bedding!!Now, your Eyewitness can understand folks being happy the messiah was born on this day and all. But do they have to express their happiness with such licentiousness and drunkenness? Starting from Christmas Eve, the revelry continued through the night so one woke up to Christmas Day as if it were a “stale booze” J’ouvert morning!It’s said that some folks attend Church on Christmas Day…but they have to be an ever-diminishing minority in Guyana!…multi-religiously?After a tele-pastor insulted another religion by insisting that their practices caused a deadly vehicular accident at Mahaicony, the ERC had him issue an apology.Now that he’s recanted the apology, what’s the ERC’s gonna do with this recalcitrant priest??last_img read more

Grave danger to Atlantic Gardens residents

first_imgDear Editor,Every day, road users on the East Coast highway are exposed to grave danger at the turnoff to Atlantic Gardens, at exactly the same spot where there was a major traffic crisis on Mother’s Day 2018, which I wrote about in a letter to the media in May.Eventually, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure offered an apology, which was published in the various newspapers.Residents of Atlantic Gardens risk injury, or even death daily, plus the possibility of serious damage to their vehicles, because they are forced to cross a perilous bridge that was broken up as part of roadworks in that area being done by Chinese contractors and Guyanese engineers.Finding a safe way to cross this partially dismantled bridge is not for the faint of heart. Sand has been dumped there, but the seasonal heavy rainfall has added mud and debris, transforming it into treacherous, slippery slush that has several flooded potholes in it. Some parts of this loam bridge are also breaking away as the water tries to find its way into the gutter.As such, the risk increases at night in this poorly-lit area.The blame for this lies squarely at the feet of the contractors and engineers in charge of the roadworks. They just go merrily about their business as if they have absolutely no interest in maximizing commuters’ safety and minimizing their inconvenience.Apart from people possibly getting killed or injured, there is also the possibility of Government, or more accurately the taxpayers of this country, paying out millions of dollars to settle huge lawsuits arising from injuries and damages due to the slackness of the project managers.Why aren’t the engineers overlooking this project ensuring that the work is properly done? Don’t the contractors know better?Who is ensuring that these contractors and engineers are doing their jobs properly with the interest of the Guyanese people at heart? Will it take death, severe injuries, or huge lawsuits to teach them to ensure the managers of the roadworks are doing the work properly?I also urge the ministry’s public relations officer who issued the apology for the Mother’s Day crisis to come to the spot and witness first-hand the gravity of the situation. Then, hopefully, the ministry and project overseers would change their flowery words into effective action.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

Massy hosts Health, Wellness Fair

first_imgMassy Distribution (Guyana) Inc partnered with a group of organisations to host a Health and Wellness Fair on Friday last. The event was conducted at the company’s locations at Montrose and Land of Plenty on the East Coast of Demerara and Essequibo Coast respectively.The Health and Wellness Fair was held in observance of World Day for Safety and Health at Work while at the same time in keeping with the company’s ‘Being a Force for Good – Creating Value, Transforming Life’ initiative. The company also hosted a 3K Fitness Walk across the Canje Bridge which was held on Sunday, April 23 in commemoration of this event.A section of residents and schoolchildren at the Health and Wellness FairThe event targeted employees and their families as well as customers and the immediate residents and businesses with in the communities. At the Fair, over 420 persons, including two hundred school children, benefited from the free services provided. These services included skin care consultations, dental and eye care examinations and referrals, blood pressure and blood sugar testing, as well as information on sexual and reproductive health. Adults present on Friday were also afforded the opportunity to donate blood to The National Blood Transfusion Services.Among the group of organisations included in this collaboration were agencies such as the Cheddi Jagan Dental Centre, the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA), the National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS), and Optique Vision Care, as well as others.Massy Distribution and Massy Trading are distributing arms of Massy Distribution (Guyana) Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Massy (Guyana) Ltd. The company is one of several entities that was recently awarded by the National Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH), for ensuring its’ employees are working in an environment free of hazards and risks. As such, this fair was yet another initiative in accordance with Massy’s Occupation Safety and Health strides.last_img read more

Crusaders beat 14-man Lions for eighth Super Rugby title

first_img0Shares0000Crusaders’ Israel Dagg (L) is tackled by Lions’ Courtnall Skosan during the Super XV rugby final match at the Ellis Park Rugby stadium on August 5, 2017 in Johannesburg © AFP / CHRISTIAAN KOTZEJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug 5 – Canterbury Crusaders survived a rally by 14-man Golden Lions to triumph 25-17 in Johannesburg Saturday and win a record-extending eighth Super Rugby title.The match at Ellis Park stadium took a decisive turn just before half-time when Lions flanker Kwagga Smith was red-carded for tackling airborne Crusaders full-back David Havili. An already dominant visiting team took full advantage of having an extra man as they stretched a 12-point half-time lead to 25-3 before the home side rallied with two late tries.“You were not in a realistic position to contest for the ball,” South African referee Jaco Peyper told Smith before sending him off.A debatable yellow card by Peyper against 2016 Rugby Player of the Year Beauden Barrett had helped the Lions defeat another Kiwi side, Wellington Hurricanes, in the semi-finals.Victory for a clinical, disciplined and defensively brilliant Crusaders outfit brought a first Super Rugby title since 2008, and the first by a team outside their continent.It was a second successive final loss for the Lions, who fell by 17 points to the Wellington Hurricanes in New Zealand last year.Defeat robbed Lions coach Johan Ackermann of a fairytale farewell as it was his last match in charge before moving to English Premiership club Gloucester.“It is amazing,” said Crusaders skipper and lock Sam Whitelock. “I am just so proud of the boys.“The whole group has been working hard this year and it is not just the boys here — it is the guys at home, the supporters, our families.“We just believed in ourselves, started the season really well and the energy the whole team brought was amazing.“I would hate to know how many tackles we made this evening, but the boys showed the true grit that I knew they had.”Kieran Read of the Crusaders (L) tries to block a drop goal attempt by Elton Jantjies of the Lions on August 5, 2017 © AFP / CHRISTIAAN KOTZELions skipper and flanker Jaco Kriel said: “We desperately wanted to give our coach a winning farewell, but it was not to be.“We respect Johan so much and wish him all the best in England.“Well done to the Crusaders — we knew it was not going to be easy against them.”Crusaders broke the deadlock after eight minutes with a turnover offering winger Seta Tamanivalu a chance to dart unopposed from his half and score.Fly-half Richie Mo’unga converted and the Christchurch outfit were seven points ahead.Lions seemed rattled by the setback and fell further behind on 12 minutes when good work by centre Ryan Crotty and hooker Codie Taylor set up centre Jack Goodhue to score.Mo’unga saw his second conversion drift across the posts and wide and Havili was off target with a long-range penalty attempt.Lions finally got points on the scoreboard after 27 minutes as leading 2017 Super Rugby scorer and fly-half Elton Jantjies slotted a penalty.The South Africans had another, easier penalty opportunity soon after, but opted to kick for touch in the hope of scoring a pushover try.But the gamble backfired thanks to a turnover and then the match swung decisively in favour of the New Zealanders when Smith was red-carded.Almost immediately a seven-man Lions scrum was pushed back, penalised, and Mo’unga kicked a penalty for a 12-point half-time advantage.The last thing the depleted South Africans needed early in the second half was to concede another try, but that happened.Crusaders took the ball within a few metres of the tryline, then spun it along the line and No. 8 Kieran Read scored with Mo’unga converting.The fly-half stretched the lead to 25-3 with a penalty and a rout seemed in prospect.But the Lions rallied and hooker Malcolm Marx and replacement prop Corne Fourie barged over and Jantjies converted both tries to give the scoreline a respectable look.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

No hits in finding SCV baseball team

first_img“There was a ton of excitement in the beginning,” Fleming said. “And then when we looked into it and it became more difficult to find a place to play, then some of the excitement quite frankly had waned. … My enthusiasm has waned.” Malone, who has lived in Santa Clarita since 1998 and co-owns Mercedes-Benz of Valencia, also acknowledged setbacks for the project. “I think it’s hit a juggernaut,” he said. “It’s in a holding pattern.” As an alternative to College of the Canyons, Duswalt suggests that the city acquire land to build a new stadium in the area of Newhall undergoing redevelopment. Phil Ellis, chairman of the Newhall Redevelopment Committee, said the idea of building a stadium at 13th Street and San Fernando Road has been discussed. But it’s not part of the city’s development plan for the Newhall neighborhood. Instead, plans call for a mix of homes, park space, hotel rooms, offices and industrial space. Like a line drive into Fenway Park’s “Green Monster” fence, the Santa Clarita pro baseball project seems to have hit a wall. But the uphill effort is well matched to the scrappy nature of the Golden Baseball League, which in its short history has established itself as an unusual kind of independent league. The league wants to eventually welcome Santa Clarita. “The sooner the better, because the league is going to continue to grow and expand,” said Commissioner Kevin Outcalt. “Santa Clarita will always be a very attractive market. Because it’s baseball passion. The high schools are all top level … there, they have tremendous youth baseball programs.” Baseball lore is full of stories about small-town baseball. The Golden Baseball League is an organization that fits with that tradition of “out of left field” happenings on the diamond. Last year, it had a team of traveling Japanese players called the Samurai Bears, who played all their games “away” – 90 games in 96 days – shuttling between hotel rooms. The league has vaguely defined plans for international play. Outcult wouldn’t go into details, other than saying it would be more ambitious than major-league teams’ trips to Toronto to play the Blue Jays. The “anything can happen” element is what Malone likes about the league. The city mayor could get an at-bat, or a celebrity could run out there, Malone said. Duswalt grew up on the East Coast, and said minor-league baseball is more entrenched there than it is out West. He said he wants to bring a team to town for his three young sons. But the work of getting a team is a slow go – and it will take money. Rick Gould, director of parks, recreation and community services for the city, said his division hasn’t talked to Duswalt in more than six months. And he hasn’t seen a formal proposal to get a team. “In general, the city has had some interest in a minor-league team off and on over the years,” he said. “But because there’s no proposal it’s kind of hard for us to react to it.” The league welcomed Canseco, 42, out of retirement, and he surprised critics by showcasing his knuckleball pitch. It didn’t work that well for the former major-league slugger. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – When baseball fans sit down after singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” the crowd is usually feeling pretty good – winning or losing. But as the final innings drag on, if the home team looks bound for defeat, the seventh-inning optimism quickly fades. The same thing could be happening in Santa Clarita, where a “home team” of local businessmen has had little luck in landing an independent-league team. Craig Duswalt, the leader of the effort, has made his pitch to prominent residents. And he’s heard from eager sports fans. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Every day, people come up to me,” Duswalt said. “`What’s happening with the baseball team? What’s happening with the baseball team?’ But it’s just a slow process.” Still he holds out hope – which is good because time never runs out in baseball. It’s not over till the last out. Duswalt has pushed back his target date for the first time a pro team plays its home game in Santa Clarita. He still wants to land a team in the Golden Baseball League – the same independent league where Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco have played out the twilight of their careers. But because of the difficulty in using the baseball field at College of the Canyons, where state law prohibits beer sales, the project is on ice. Opening day in Santa Clarita won’t be before June 2008, Duswalt said. Duswalt, who runs the talent agency Peak Models & Talent with his wife, still has support from fellow business people. His team of advisers includes Kevin Malone, former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Don Fleming, community leader and owner of Valencia Acura. last_img

Jamie O’Hara’s hilarious story about getting caught pulling a sickie at Wolves

first_img Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 1 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff stalemate on target “I phoned in sick and got pictured at Chester races with a pint in my hand.”“Wolves were trying to get rid of me.”“It went down like a lead balloon. I was fined, you learn from your mistakes.”@MrJamieOHara1 tells the story of going out after claiming he was sick. pic.twitter.com/ffa8aNMnCv— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 14, 2019“For some reason, at the time I thought I was invisible but I got done and got fined heavily for it so paid the penalty. I got on with it and you learn from your mistakes.”O’Hara initially joined Wolves on loan from Tottenham in January 2011 before making a permanent move the following summer for around £3.5million. update appointed Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future “We’ve all done it. We all do silly things and I’ve done more than my fair share of stupid things,” O’Hara said.“I wasn’t involved and it was the time when Wolves were trying to get rid of me. I took a day off and phoned in sick.“Then I got pictured at Chester races with a pint in my hand. That went down like a lead balloon. rookie error center_img statement He fell out of favour under Kenny Jackett and eventually had his contract terminated by mutual consent in 2014.From there he went on to Blackpool and Fulham and now plays with Billericay Town in the National League South.He was appointed as manager of Billericay in September. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Getty Images – Getty Jamie O’Hara played for Wolves from 2011 to 2014 Jamie O’Hara once got caught pulling a sickie after he was pictured with a pint at Chester races.The midfielder was at Wolves at the time and decided he wanted a day off.The 33-year-old told talkSPORT he was rumbled when he was snapped enjoying himself and then faced punishment by the club. latest Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta last_img read more

Auburndale boys basketball upends Pittsville

first_imgApaches end four-game losing skidBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterPITTSVILLE — Caleb Weinfurter made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to help the Auburndale boys basketball beat Pittsville 51-48 and snap a four-game losing streak on Thursday night at Pittsville High School.Luke Olsen added three 3-pointers and 11 points, and Dylan Peplinski also scored 11 points for the Apaches, who are now 4-10 overall and 2-7 in the Marawood Conference South Division.Aron Masanz had five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Pittsville (11-7, 6-4 Marawood South).Auburndale’s win, combined with Stratford’s victory over Wisconsin Rapids Assumption and Marathon’s win against Wausau Newman Catholic, clinched the Marawood South title for Marathon.Auburndale hosts first-place Marathon on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 51, Panthers 48Auburndale 24 27 – 51Pittsville 19 29 – 48AUBURNDALE (51): Nicholas Steele 1-3 0-0 2, Luke Olsen 3-7 2-3 11, Logan Willfahrt 1-4 0-0 3, Caleb Weinfurter 7-13 0-0 19, Collin Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0, Colton Wright 1-2 1-2 3, Christian Firnstahl 1-3 0-0 2, Dylan Peplinski 4-9 3-6 11. FG: 18-41. FT: 6-11. 3-pointers: 9-22 (Weinfurter 5-11, Olsen 3-5, Willfahrt 1-4, Steele 0-1, Wright 0-1). Rebounds: 30 (Firnstahl 12). Assists: 8 (Olsen 3). Record: 4-10, 2-7 Marawood Conference South Division.PITTSVILLE (48): Aron Masanz 6-9 0-0 17, Donovan Grossman 0-1 1-2 1, Jake Allind 5-18 2-3 12, Paul Downs 3-7 1-2 8, Aidan Masanz 1-4 0-0 3, Matthew Carlsno 2-8 2-2 6, Isaac Baker 0-3 1-2 1. FG: 17-50. FT: 7-11. 3-pointers: 7-12 (Ar. Masanz 5-8, Downs 1-2, Ai. Masanz 1-2). Rebounds: 16 (Allind 6, Carlson 6). Assists: 8 (Carlson 3). Record: 11-7. 6-4 Marawood South.last_img read more

Immelman wins US Masters

first_img14 April 2008South African golf has another major winner after Trevor Immelman emulated his hero Gary Player’s feat of 30 years ago to win the US Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on Sunday.It was a convincing victory by the 28-year-old. He was tied for the lead with Johannesburg-born Justin Rose after the first round; from round two, his name remained alone atop the leaderboard as he claimed victory by three shots on eight-under-par 280 after rounds of 68, 68, 69, and 75.Remarkable returnImmelman’s victory marked a remarkable return to winning ways for the modest man who just four months previously had a tumour removed shortly after winning the Nedbank Challenge in scintillating fashion. He experienced abdominal pain the week after his win at Sun City at the South African Airways Open, which forced him to withdraw from the event, and turned out to be the tumour.Six weeks later, he was back on tour, contesting the FBR Open. It was a tough return as he missed the cut. Next, he missed the cut in the Northern Trust Open, followed by a tie for 17th in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.Another missed cut followed at the Honda Classic. Then, a number of finishes way out of the big money positions: a tie for 65th at the PODS Championship, a tie for 48th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and a tie for 40th at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship.The famous green jacketIn his final tournament before the US Masters, Immelman missed the cut at the Shell Houston Open. Then.BOOM! There he was on Sunday at Augusta, having the famous green jacket fitted onto his shoulders by last year’s Masters’ winner, Zach Johnson.Speaking about his win, Immelman’s thoughts reflected his fight back from surgery. He said: “You know, I’ve always dreamed about winning majors and deep down I always thought I was good enough, but at time you obviously doubt yourself because you miss a few cuts and screw up a few times and you just… it’s like ‘Man, maybe I’m not as good or not good enough.’”The legendary Gary Player is the only previous South African winner of the Masters, having won it in 1961, 1974, and 1978. Immelman spoke about South Africa’s proud golf tradition and following in his idol’s footsteps, saying: “It hasn’t been hard to represent the country. Obviously, Gary won here three times and it’s such an incredible feat and, as you see, Ernie and Retief have come real close.More SA winners“Tim Clark finished second, Sabbatini – Rory – finished second, so there’s been a bunch of guys that have come so close and there’ll be a few more South Africans that will win this tournament.“This tournament is such a big deal down in South Africa. We grow up idolising this event, and kids dream about winning this tournament, just as I did, and obviously Ernie and all those guys I mentioned, they still have many opportunities to win this event, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they get it done at some point.”Now that he has won a major, Immelman says his ambition extends beyond a single title. “Obviously this is a tremendous confidence boost, now that I know I have got one under my belt,” he said, “and all I can do is go out there and prepare well for the majors from now on and just try my best.“I mean I’m definitely not going to sit back and go ‘okay, that’s me, I’m done’. I’m going to keep working hard and try to make the most of what I’ve been given.”DominationImmelman’s win was hugely impressive because of the manner in which he dominated the elements, the course, and the competition.He and Justin Rose led Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood, and Brian Bateman by one shot, on four-under-par 68, after the opening round.In round two, only Steve Flesch, with a five-under 67 bettered Immelman’s 68. Snedeker equaled the South African with a 68 to trail by one at the halfway mark.In the third round, only three players managed to better Immelman’s 69, which left him with a two-shot advantage heading into Sunday’s fourth round.Final roundWith his parents watching, and a good luck message from Gary Player left on his cellphone, he teed off in the most important round of his career. By the inward nine, his lead had grown as large as six shots, but he injected minor tension into the finish by carding a double-bogey on the 16th.However, with such a big cushion, he wasn’t about to give up the coveted green jacket and pars on the final two holes secured the biggest win of his career.Immelman went on to pay tribute to his parents. His father, Johan, the former Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour, politely told a reporter that it was Trevor’s moment, not his, when approached for comment.‘Mister Player’He also thanked his wife, Carminita, and his brother, Mark, for coaching and encouraging him and, showing his respect for Gary Player, said: “This one is also for Mister Player.”Immelman began his week by playing a practice round with Player, who contested the Masters for a record 51st time.Victories don’t come bigger than winning the US Masters at Augusta. And speaking of “big” wins. Once converted to rands, Immelman’s prize money works out to R10.26-million – over R2.5-million per round – which is a seriously impressive return for a superb effort.However, it’s not the money that matters. Honestly.Pulling on the green jacket and emulating his hero, winning the US Masters for himself, his family, and the Rainbow Nation… That’s what matters. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Wicklander-Zulawski Announces Changes to Basic and Advanced Training Seminars

first_imgFor years attendees have been trained in both the art of interviewing as well as the WZ Method of Interrogation. Around 2008, WZ removed the direct positive interrogation approach, noting the concerns the method would have in the private sector. As we continue to adapt to the changing environments, we have again made a proactive change to our seminars.For more than 30 years, we have taught the Selective Interview Technique in our Basic Seminars. The Selective Interview can be a useful technique in handling multiple subjects, when evidence is minimal, in narrowing the scope of the investigation. After careful consideration and research, we have removed this technique from the Basic Seminars. While it is a wonderful technique, we looked at the attendees of the Basic Seminar when making this decision. An attendee attending the Basic Seminar would most often not be the person handling the type of case that the Selective Interview is most beneficial as mentioned above. We have found the majority of these investigations are typically conducted by a much more seasoned interviewer, due to the lack of clear evidence of actual wrongdoing.We are excited to move the Selective Interview Technique into the Advanced Private Seminars, where the more seasoned interviewer in more likely to attend. For those of you that want to have your team learn the Selective Interview we will continue to provide more focused training on the Selective Interview through the WZ Webinar Series, on a monthly basis. If this is an area you really want your team to have prior to an Advanced Seminar, we can work on specialized training for your team as another option for this valuable technique.- Sponsor – In order to make the WZ Private Sector Basic Seminar more conducive to the skill level and case loads of those attending, we are adding the Participatory Approach into the seminar. The Participatory Approach is an impactful method in identifying areas of concern regarding policies or crimes that have occurred within an organization. This approach takes the time to interview an individual to identify areas that they might normally use as an excuse for violating the policy or committing a crime. For example, “I did not know the policy” or “My boss said I was allowed to do it” would be removed as excuses from those that truly did know the policy or that it was wrong. This is accomplished by interviewing the subject regarding areas of concern and locking them into knowing the policies or knowing what is right and wrong within the organization. The extra benefit of this technique is it provides operational guidance for future management and training. Should a person be identified as honestly not knowing the policy, the organization then has an opportunity to place an honest employee back to work with the goal of providing more training to help all individuals understand what is expected by the organization.WZ has always been committed to providing the latest techniques to help our partners obtain and learn the latest methods that are useful to train their interviewers for a correct resolution of a situation. The latest changes in the 2016 seminars continues this practice and we believe you will see a great benefit to these changes. Should you have any questions regarding these changes, feel free to reach out to one of the Senior Partners here at WZ. Shane, Dave and I are always here to help our partners in achieving the best for you and the industry. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Introducing the Loss Prevention Furniture Alliance

first_imgLoss prevention is a global concern for the retail industry with many common challenges faced across the country and across the world. As long as we have venues where products and services are bought and sold we’re going to have those that will attempt to illicitly capitalize on those opportunities, seeking ways and means to take advantage through theft, fraud, and other forms of loss.In today’s retail, loss prevention responsibilities have grown exponentially to meet the escalating needs of the business environment. We have branched into new and expanding areas to combat the spectrum of total retail loss. Yet while our needs continue to multiply, the loss prevention industry persists in seeking ways to find common ground where we can share ideas, intelligence, and best practices to overcome these challenges. By working together, we can stand apart. It’s this approach which has led to the establishment of the new Loss Prevention Furniture Alliance (LPFA).“The concept of loss prevention is somewhat different in the furniture market, but that certainly doesn’t mean we don’t have our own concerns,” says Patrick Burns, vice president of loss prevention for Bob’s Discount Furniture. “There may be very few incidents of shoplifting, but we still face the challenges of internal theft, finance fraud, credit card issues, and logistics issues, as well as safety concerns as product is moved, shifted, lifted, loaded, and unloaded. By bringing together others with common needs and concerns for training, networking, and educational purposes we hope to create new partnerships and see better and more productive results.”- Sponsor – After a few months of preliminary networking, the LPFA was officially launched in December 2017 with its inaugural conference call. Participants have participated in additional phone sessions in which topics of e-commerce, card not present and logistics concerns have been discussed. The first in-person meeting was organized and held in early May at the Bob’s Discount Furniture Distribution Center in Shorewood, IL.During the meeting, participants outlined their departmental structures, core responsibilities, opportunities and successes within this specialty retail vertical. Other topics included phone orders (card not present) fraud, general investigations, operational auditing, safety, logistics and inventory control.The LPFA would like to express their thanks and gratitude the identity verification vendors that participated in and educated us on their products and services:• Fraud Fighter / Uveritech • Intellicheck • MobyLPFA Mission StatementA network of dynamic loss prevention professionals, building business partnerships while serving their respective home furnishings retail and ecommerce verticals in improving profitability and reducing loss related to fraud, theft and operational practices.The next conference call is tentatively scheduled for early July, with another face-to-face meeting planned for October. All loss prevention professionals who deal in the furniture industry are invited and encouraged to participate.For general inquiries, additional information or to join this dynamic growing retail vertical group contact Patrick Burns at patrick.burns [at] mybobs.comPictured above, seated left to right are charter members: Tommy Walters – Director Asset Protection at Living Spaces, Jeff Popovich – Distribution LP Manager Bob’s Discount Furniture, Don Ward – Regional LP Manager American Signature Furniture, Mike Case – Director Loss Prevention Art Van Furniture.Standing left to right are charter members: Patrick Burns – VP Loss Prevention Bob’s Discount Furniture, Joe Hlavac – Director Loss Prevention Bob’s Discount Furniture, Laura Donohoe – Regional LP Manager Art Van Furniture, Armando Martinez – Regional LP Manager Bob’s Discount Furniture and Mark Zibel – Regional LP Director Bob’s Discount Furniture.    Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more