Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm 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 Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MOST READ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer View comments Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We know Manny Pacquiao is not a technical fighter. We know that he’s gonna make mistakes in the ring, we believe that we have the better boxing IQ and that we’re gonna be able to expose certain things round by round throughout the fight,” Thurman said in an interview on Inside PBC Boxing.Exuding confidence, Thurman believes his time has come to make his own legacy by sending Pacquiao into retirement with a resounding victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s a big fight, it’s a big stage. For me, it’s a dream come true. I’ve been waiting for this moment and for this opportunity for my whole life and the time is now. I’m gonna grab it,” said Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs), the WBA (Super) welterweight champion.“I’ve always wanted to become a legend in the sport. I have an opp right now to create my own legacy by defeating Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao and I’m truly looking forward to it.” LATEST STORIES ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Fernandez: Pacquiao ready for Marquez-like strategy by Thurman Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Benefits of township living Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – JULY 10: Keith Thurman works out for members of the media ahead of his fight against Manny Pacquiao on July 20th at St Pete Boxing Club on July 10, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFPHOLLYWOOD—Keith Thurman is anticipating a heedless performance from Manny Pacquiao when they go toe-to-toe in their welterweight world title fight on Saturday at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.And if that happens, expect Thurman to pounce on it.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Alleged fraudster Ransfred Williams found himself before Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday and was remanded to prison following a series of fraud charges brought against him by a local hardware store.The first of the charges read that Williams on November 24, 2016, at Water Street, Georgetown, obtained credit by fraud, allegedly uttering a forged $170,000 Bank of Baroda cheque to Virtual Complainant (VC) Glendon Forde, knowing that he did not have the funds to satisfy debt.In addition, the accused on the following day, uttered to the VC another cheque to the effect of $70,519, under the pretense that he was in the position to grant same. Moreover, Williams on another occasion with intent to defraud allegedly presented a $1500 cheque to the VC, being aware that he did not have sufficient funds to satisfy the said amount.The unrepresented man denied the charges read to him by the Magistrate.Bail was objected to by Prosecutor Bharat Mangru on the grounds that the accused was charged and convicted for a similar felony a few years prior to the present offence.The matter stands adjourned to June 2.
0Shares0000LONDON, England – Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he and his team-mates find transfer speculation every bit as intriguing as the supporters in the stands.The 34-year-old centre-back, who will play in his testimonial match against Sevilla at Old Trafford on Friday, says that United’s players pore over transfer rumours just like any other group of fans. “We come in and look at the papers or social media or whatever, and say ‘So-and-so has bought so-and-so, what do you think? Is he any good? I don’t think he’ll be any good, he’ll be a great big waste of money,’” he told the BBC.“We’re just exactly the same. It’s just like four fellas sitting in a pub. We’re just sitting in a training ground doing it (instead). People don’t expect it because we’re players.”Ferdinand is working under a new manager for the first time in his United career, after David Moyes took over following Alex Ferguson’s retirement at the end of last season.The former England defender has long observed an individual training programme to preserve his fitness, and he says that Moyes has been respectful of the existing protocols.“The manager knows I’ve got a certain way that I need to train, that I know my body — like Giggsy (Ryan Giggs) as well,” Ferdinand said.“He has kind of left it open to us to continue what we were doing to get us (playing) last season.“That’s been fantastic for me because you get worried a little bit and think ‘Oh, it’s a new manager, is he going to let us continue our regimes that we’re involved in to get us out to play football and to train every day?’ But it’s the sign of a great manager that he has.”Ferdinand also praised Moyes for striking the right balance in his personal dealings with the squad.“The new manager is quick to join in the banter, but when it’s work time, it’s work time,” he said.“The players at Manchester United aren’t there to mess about on the training pitch, we’re there to enjoy ourselves but to be drilled and to make sure we’re all going in the same direction, and that’s to be successful.”Ferdinand also joked that his former United team-mate Phil Neville has gone to great lengths to distance himself from the players since returning to the club as a coach.“We don’t talk to Phil on first-name terms any more — it’s ‘coach’,” Ferdinand said.“He’s changed his number, he won’t let anyone call him. I used to speak to him and text him and stuff but he won’t have it any more — he’s a changed man so far really.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Tottenham close to signing Ebbsfleet’s teen prospect Shilow Tracey 1 Tottenham are on the verge of signing highly-rated teenager Shilow Tracey from Ebbsfleet United.The 17-year-old was invited for a trial at Tottenham in October and travelled with the club’s Under-18s to play at the IMG Cup in Florida last month.Tracey scored twice in victories over Jacksonville Armada and Baltimore Celtic, leaving Spurs suitably impressed to open talks with Ebbsfleet over a permanent move.talkSPORT told you on Tuesday that a fee had been agreed between the two clubs and the transfer was close to being finalised on Wednesday, with Tracey expected to seal his switch by the end of the week.It is also believed Ebbsfleet have been pleased with Tottenham’s handling of the transfer and the Vanarama National League South side are keen to maintain a close relationship between the clubs in future.Tracey is comfortable playing either in central midfield or further forward behind a striker, although he has only featured once for Fleet’s first team.The deal would continue Tottenham’s policy of putting trust in young talent following the success of players like Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb under Mauricio Pochettino.Ebbsfleet, however, play five tiers below the Barclays Premier League and Tracey is likely to stay with Spurs’ academy for the rest of the campaign.Tottenham’s priority in the transfer window remains adding another striker to provide cover for Kane, who has played in all but one of the club’s 27 games this season.One reported target was Marseille forward Michy Batshuayi but any hopes of a January switch look to have ended after the Belgian signed a new contract with the French side until 2020.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Investigation has revealed that the suspect has been committing the same crime at other retirement facilities in Pasadena and Glendale,” Balian said. The woman is black, in her mid-30s, 5 feet 4 inches tall and “heavyset,” Balian said. Police circulated security photos of the suspect, and urged anyone knowing more about the case to call authorities. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. GLENDALE – Police hope security photos released today will lead them to a woman who stole from residents of retirement facilities in Glendale and Pasadena while posing as a hospital employee. The woman, who used the name Isabel Jones or Isabel Smith, committed one theft on Oct. 8 at the Glen-Park Retirement Facility, said Glendale police Officer John Balian. “The suspect, who was wearing a long white robe, approached a resident pretending to be an employee of the Glendale Memorial Hospital,” Balian said. “After the suspect left, the elderly victim discovered her wallet was missing.” The victim’s bank card later was used at the Glendale Galleria, Balian said.
On April 8, 2011, TEDxUofM returns to Ann Arbor. Have you registered to attend?If you’re not aware, TEDx events are locally produced independent community events, with similar goals of the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference: encourage sharing of ideas and innovations.Here’s the promo video for this year’s TEDxUofM. At about the 47 second mark, you’ll see my photo (I’m wearing a purple/green sweater). The photo was taken at the first TEDxUofM last year.Last year’s TEDxUofM event had 350 people attend, but close to 600 people applied. I had a great time last year, but I’m glad its moved to the Michigan Theater this year; the larger venue allows 1700 people to participate in the TED experience. Photos from TEDxUofM 2010Keeping my fingers crossed I’m accepted to attend.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: TEDxUofM 2014I was thrilled to attend yesterday’s TEDxUofM 2014 Against The Grain. It was my fifth time attending TEDxUofM. Yesterday’s event had 1350 people attending, quite a difference from the inaugural event in 2010 where 350 people attended. What hasn’t changed over the years are the inspiring stories and performances from…In “Inspiration”TEDxDetroit 2019 Returns November 6: Call for Speakers, Early Bird Tickets AvailableSave the date! TEDxDetroit returns to the Motor City with a day of inspiration, ideas, and innovation on November 6, 2019. This year’s event returns to the historic Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit. The one-day conference brings together entrepreneurs, creators, designers, makers, doers, artists, and geeks talking about and sharing…In “Conference”TEDxDetroit 2015 Call for Speakers, Early Bird Tickets AvailableSave the date! TEDxDetroit returns to the Motor City with a day of inspiration, ideas, and innovation on October 8, 2015. For its seventh year, the event moves to a new venue: the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit. The one-day conference brings together entrepreneurs, creators, designers, makers, doers, artists,…In “Conference”
Tyson Slade scores 18 to lead TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSUPERIOR — Tyson Slade scored 18 points, and Adam Fravert added 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Marshfield boys basketball team to a 63-57 win over Chippewa Falls on Wednesday as part of the Big Rivers-Wisconsin Valley Conference Challenge at Superior High School.Marshfield finished the tournament 2-0 after edging Menomonie 56-54 on Tuesday.Slade made 5 of 9 field goals and was 7 of 10 at the free throw line for the Tigers, who improve to 5-4.Alec Hinson and Grant Michaelis each added 10 points for Marshfield, which shot 52 percent (23 of 44) from the field.Dawson Mathwig had 20 points and Aaron Knez added 17 for the Cardinals. Mathwig made 6 of 9 shots from 3-point range.Marshfield is off until Friday, Jan. 8, when it hosts Merrill.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 63, Cardinals 57Chippewa Falls 26 31 – 57Marshfield 33 30 – 63CHIPPEWA FALLS (57): Mayberry 0-0 0-0 0, Mathwig 7-10 0-0 20, Franz 0-0 0-0 0, Crumbaker 3-6 0-0 9, Daniels 0-0 0-0 0, Knez 6-20 5-5 17, Chandler Blair 0-4 2-2 2, Benner 4-8 1-3 9. FG: 20-49. FT: 8-10. 3-pointers: 9-21 (Mathwig 6-, Crumbaker 3-5, Mlaual 0-1, Blair 0-1, Knez 0-5). Rebounds: 16 (Knez 5). Assists: 12 (Knez 6). Turnovers: 9. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 4-5.MARSHFIELD (63): Ethan Posteluk 0-3 0-0 0, Trevor Schwecke 1-1 0-0 2, Ethan Voss 0-1 0-0 0, Tyson Slade 5-9 7-10 18, Alec Hinson 3-6 2-2 10, Grant Michaelis 4-8 1-3 10, Isaac Huettl 2-2 0-0 4, Adam Fravert 6-12 3-3 15, Nick Stewart 2-2 0-0 4. FG: 23-44. FT: 13-18. 3-pointers: 4-10 (Hinson 2-4, Michaelis 1-4, Slade 1-1, Posteluk 0-1). Rebounds: 24 (Fravert 15). Assists: 18 (Fravert 4). Turnovers: 11. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-4.
A large, dark mane, extending from the head all the way down the neck and chest to the belly, is the distinguishing feature of the lions of Ethiopia. (Image: University of York) MEDIA CONTACTS • University of York +44 190 432 0000 RELATED ARTICLES • Sierra Leone teen wows world • Moz leads in marine conservation • Six decades to survey East Africa’s flora • Acting on Uganda’s anti-Aids progress Ray MaotaA large, dark mane, extending from the head all the way down the neck and chest to the belly, is the distinguishing feature of the lions of Ethiopia – and now it has been found that they are genetically different from other lions too.DNA evidence has found that the Addis Ababa lions are genetically unique when compared with all the lion populations of Africa and Asia. With their findings in mind, researchers from the University of York in the UK and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany have urged that this species of lion be put on the endangered list.Researchers from Leipzig Zoo in Germany and the universities of Durham and Oxford in the UK were also involved in the study. There are a number of subspecies of lion (Panthera leo), including the East African, Cape, Barbary and Asiatic, while white lions are rare. Lions are the only cats that live in permanent groups. Dwindling numbersTrophy hunting has led to a decline in the lion population worldwide. In Ethiopia, apart from a few in the wild, there are just 20 of the unique animals in Addis Ababa Zoo. They once belonged to the late Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, who established the zoo in 1948. The species is prized by hunters for its manes.Principal investigator Professor Michi Hofreiter, of the department of biology at the University of York, said: “To our knowledge, the males at Addis Ababa Zoo are the last existing lions to possess this distinctive mane. Both microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA data suggest the zoo lions are genetically distinct from all existing lion populations for which comparative data exist.“We therefore believe the Addis Ababa lions should be treated as a distinct conservation management unit and are urging immediate conservation actions, including a captive breeding programme, to preserve this unique lion population.” Preserving their legacyThe research team took DNA samples from 15 of the lions in Addis Ababa Zoo, eight of which were males and seven females, and compared them to lion breeds in the wild.The findings could go a long way to preventing another lion species from becoming extinct; already North African Barbary lions and South African Cape lions are extinct in the wild. Setting up a captive breeding programme to preserve the lions has been suggested by the researchers.Their study was recently published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research.Lead author Susann Bruche, now with Imperial College London but who conducted the research with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, said: “A great amount of genetic diversity in lions has most likely already been lost, largely due to human influences. Every effort should be made to preserve as much of the lion’s genetic heritage as possible.“We hope field surveys will identify wild relatives of the unique Addis Ababa Zoo lions in the future, but conserving the captive population is a crucial first step. Our results show that these zoo lions harbour sufficient genetic diversity to warrant a captive breeding programme.” Sightings of similar animalsBruche added that Ethiopian authorities had said that lions with a similar appearance to those at Addis Ababa Zoo still existed in the east and northeast of the country, notably in the Babille Elephant Sanctuary near Harar and southwards to Hararghe. These regions, she said, should be prioritised for field surveys.Hofreiter said: “A key question is which wild population did the zoo lions originate from and whether this wild population still exists; this would obviously make it a priority for conservation.“What is clear is that these lions did not originate in the zoo, but come from somewhere in the wild – but not from any of the populations for which comparative data is available.”
Here is a quick quiz—Name a multi-billion-dollar global retailer that is consistently profitable, has had only one owner in 200 years, offers attractive wages and benefits (medical/dental/life insurance/401K plan), and whose longest serving employees are reluctant to retire despite an attractive retirement package?The answer is the Navy Exchange System. Technically, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), under its parent command, the Navy Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), is a component of the U.S. Navy.Military names and acronyms aside, the Navy Exchange is a remarkable “invention” of military necessity, cutting-edge retail merchandising, and remarkably enduring “support the troops” enthusiasm. The scope and scale of the Navy Exchange apparatus easily make it a global retailer with clout. Its operations, from purchasing to distribution to merchandising to loss prevention, are in many respects standard, often best-in-class, in the retail industry. But the Navy Exchange’s unique business model, operational infrastructure, and organizational culture make it an intriguing object of study.From a loss prevention perspective, particularly, the Navy Exchange is a tightly calibrated, technology-driven operation…and a best-kept secret in loss prevention circles. “I am often struck by how relatively few loss prevention professionals know about the Navy Exchange. This is especially the case with female LP professionals who I meet through the NRF’s Women in LP caucus,” says Susan Stutzman-Box, director of loss prevention, safety, and claims for the Navy Exchange. “It is personally exciting and challenging to talk to them about loss prevention in such a unique environment”- Sponsor – Global EnterpriseThe Navy Exchange’s mission is to provide authorized customers quality goods and services at a savings as well as support Navy quality-of-life programs. Customers save an average of 22 percent over regular prices at conventional retail establishments.The universe of authorized customers is strictly defined, but substantial. There are currently 2.6 million “eligible shoppers,” including active-duty personnel, reservists, and retirees, as well as their immediate families, from all branches of the United States military. In the states about 50 percent of the customers are armed forces retirees. The other 50 percent are active military and their families. Overseas, almost 100 percent are active military and their familiesTo fulfill this enormous mandate, the Navy Exchange has evolved over its 200-year history (see sidebar page 48) to become a sophisticated, global retail enterprise. There are 104 Navy Exchange complexes and nearly 300 Navy Exchange stores in the United States and twelve other countries. Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, it has 14,000 civilian employees, about 27 percent of whom are Navy family members, and only about a dozen of whom are active-duty NavyIt is difficult to compare the Navy Exchange’s global retail operations and business model with conventional retailers. The Navy Exchange model is a unique hybrid, offering its customers all of the products and services that civilians find at typical discount mass retailers, such as Walmart or Target; full-line department stores, such as Macy’s or Sears; focused discounters, like Home Depot or Best Buy; and convenience stores, such as 7-11 or WAWA.The Navy Exchange’s retail and service operations include the following formats.Navy Exchanges. At 104 multiservice complexes and nearly 300 stores, Navy Exchanges offer full retail lines, from garden supplies to electronics to high-end designer label jewelry and fashion. For customers, the most compelling appeal to shopping at Navy Exchanges is the savings. In addition to lower prices, no state sales taxes are charged.At most sites there are also numerous services, including gas stations, auto repair centers, liquor stores, barber and beauty shops, florists, optical stores, laundry and dry cleaning, and fast food restaurants. These are either Navy Exchange owned or private-public ventures with companies such as Taco Bell and McDonald’s. The stores vary in size and sales volume. The largest Navy Exchange, Pearl Harbor, is 230,000 square feet, and the smallest, in Sugar Grove, West Virginia, is about 4,100 square feet. Store sales volumes range from $232 million to $200,000.Ship’s Stores. From the earliest days of barebones ship “canteens,” today crew members aboard Navy vessels shop at 157 Navy ship stores and Military Sealift Command stores. These offer “quality-of-life” products and services, include vending machines, barber shops, and laundry services. On U.S. Navy ships with a crew size over 100, the norm is to have a single ship’s store to serve the crew. On larger ships, such as carriers, there may be up to three different stores.Navy Lodges. There are forty-one extended-stay facilities around the world, offering over 3,100 rooms, that provide Navy and other armed-forces members and their families lodging at rates 40 percent lower than similar private-sector facilities. The lodges are used as temporary housing for personnel and their families who are relocating because of new assignments. The lodges are also popular with active-duty personnel on vacation leave.Uniforms. At 104 uniform shops and an on-line shopping site, the Navy Exchange provides uniforms for Navy and Marine Corps active-duty members. It also runs a Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility in Natick, Massachusetts, which conducts testing and evaluation of all uniforms and protective clothing.Telecommunications. The Navy Exchange handles all unofficial personal telecommunications services for Navy personnel and their families, including pay phones, calling cards, prepaid cards, long-distance service, cellular service, voice mail, Internet service, port calls, and shipboard phones that allow sailors to call home while at sea.Command and Control—The Bottom LineWhile part of the U.S. Navy command structure, the Navy Exchange is financially a self-funding enterprise. For fiscal year 2009, sales were over $2.5 billion and net profit was about three percent. Of that net profit, 30 percent is reinvested into the refurbishment, replacement, or expansion of Navy Exchange facilities and information technology. The remaining 70 percent, over $50 million last year, is “contributed” to the Navy Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) program. The MWR program funds a sprawling array of quality-of-life services and programs, such as athletic facilities, child care, continuing-education programs, and base movie theaters.The Navy Exchange’s unique mission of both providing products and services at attractive prices and contributing to the quality of life of the military and their families makes for an intriguing blend of basic retail expertise and military command and control.Fritz Hirchert, a civilian, is NEXCOM’s vice president of loss prevention and safety. Hirchert and his peers, the senior executives for store operations, merchandise, human resources, facilities, and contracts, report to the executive vice president and chief operating officer, who is also a civilian.“I report to the command itself. The command includes a triumvirate, if you will. One is the Navy Exchange’s Navy commander, who is a rear admiral. One is a captain, who is the deputy commander of military services, and one is the chief operating officer, who is a civilian and the person I report to on a daily basis,” Hirchert says.Hirchert points out that the Navy Exchange’s senior civilian executives all have extensive public-sector retail backgrounds, but that the rear admiral and captain are long-time Navy Supply Corps officers with extensive knowledge of the global operations of Navy supply and logistics.Shrink and Loss Prevention at the Navy ExchangeThe Navy’s Exchange’s loss prevention organization and its operational architecture are not dissimilar from that of other global, multiline retailers. Of course, it helps matters of security and theft prevention that all Navy Exchange sites are located on federally owned property, either behind walls on Navy bases or just outside the walls.However, Hirchert makes it clear that shrink is a business issue that the Navy Exchange takes seriously and that it invests in a comprehensive, robust loss prevention program. “We have about 325 full-time equivalent positions. We have a headquarters core group and a field organization that supports the ten operations districts,” Hirchert explains.“The headquarters team works with the field on loss prevention, safety, and compliance. We have specialists in investigations, training and awareness, information systems, audit, policy and procedures, and career development. Our responsibility also includes claims and risk management, including workers’ compensation, general liability, property claims, and insurance”Both Hirchert and Stutzman-Box believe that having loss prevention, safety, and risk management in the same department creates a tightly integrated, turnkey-type operation that provides economies of scale and minimizes losses. Hirchert says that when he joined the Navy Exchange fifteen years ago, there was essentially no headquarters staff and not much centralized, standardized loss prevention. His challenge has been to build a small headquarters staff that could broaden and deepen loss prevention, safety, and risk management processes across the Navy Exchange global operation.Shrink at the Navy Exchange is significantly lower than at most traditional retail chains. Hirchert says that when he arrived, annual shrink averaged between 1.5 to 1.75 percent of sales. It has been under 1 percent for the last eight years, and less than .5 percent for the past two years.There are clearly cultural factors that would tend to work against big shrink. “We are the Navy family and that definitely makes a difference, particularly in shoplifting,” Hirchert says. “People who are active-duty military and apprehended for shoplifting risk prosecution and dishonorable discharge. Dependents risk losing their Navy Exchange shopping privileges for up to a year. If they are deployed overseas and can not shop at the base’s exchange, they will spend much more buying necessities on the local market.”For a similar reason, internal theft is consistently low. “It makes a difference that about 30 percent of all Navy Exchange employees are dependents of active-duty personnel. There is a strong sense of “family store,” according to Hirchert. Nonetheless, shoplifting and internal theft do occur. “Although the majority of incidents involve civilian customers, 15 to 20 percent of incidents involve active-duty personnel from across the ranks.”Hirchert and Stutzman-Box do not see organized retail crime (ORC) as a current active threat because of the stores’ locations on Navy bases and rigorous identification requirements for customers. “Having said that, we are looking at the ORC threat and conducting research into any vulnerabilities,” Stutzman-Box notes.Data-Driven, On-line Global LPHirchert often says that effective loss prevention is not rocket science. “Successful loss prevention in any and all retail environments comes from taking care of the basics, day in, day out, including physical security, locks, keys, alarms, CCTV, point-of-sale (POS) exception reporting, et cetera. For all large, multisite, multiservice organizations, standardized policies and procedures and compliance are critical,” he says. But while “taking care of the basics” may require old-fashioned discipline and persistence, at the Navy Exchange it also takes a hefty investment in information technologyNavy Exchange loss prevention and safety increasingly operates on-line, using an expansive, secure intranet site for providing communication and coordination; a repository of content, from policies and procedures to training materials; as well as on-line monitoring of software and electronic systems installed in the field.For example, the on-line case management system enables the headquarters staff to review and track internal and external theft and safety incidents on a worldwide basis. The incident-tracking functionality includes automated civil recovery and restitution, and it allows store and headquarters loss prevention/safety managers to track the investigation and resolution of cases using a single standardized report. This has meant the elimination of numerous local forms and reports.The Navy Exchange also utilizes a POS exception-reporting system so that illegal or variant register transactions can be reviewed at a store and district level as well as at the command’s headquarters in Virginia Beach. CCTV and electronic article surveillance is also integrated into the environment, with tagging used on high-theft items valued over fifty dollars.Challenges and Opportunities with the Navy ExchangeBoth Hirchert and Stutzman-Box are quick to point out that from a number of perspectives, the Navy Exchange offers unique challenges and opportunities for loss prevention professionals. First, there is basic quality of life. Working at a Navy Exchange store in Hawaii, Italy, or Spain can not be entirely unpleasant“For a recent college graduate starting out in loss prevention, the Navy Exchange offers unusually rich potential for career development, variety of experience, and travel,” Stutzman-Box says. “For new hires with no loss prevention experience at all, we have the typical industry career progression—starting out as an investigative assistant, becoming a certified investigator, and progressing through store, district, and headquarters assignments.”Over the course of a Navy Exchange career, there are numerous opportunities for assignment to other countries. “Our loss prevention associates who take foreign assignments talk about the excitement of introducing their families to different cultural environments. Their kids attend the excellent Department of Defense base schools. They can enjoy all of the quality-of-life programs that the Navy Exchange helps to fund,” Stutzman-Box saysIt also appears that there is no such thing as “vanilla” retail loss prevention at the Navy Exchange. “Every day is different here at headquarters and, most definitely, in the field. One day you can be working with the merchandising department on issues relating to displays of new high-end women’s fashion, and spend the next day on safety and security issues at the fast food restaurant or gas station or Navy Lodge at your site.”Diversity is also important for the Navy Exchange. Today, the loss prevention and safety team is about 55 to 45 percent male-female. Hirchert says that ethnic diversity is at or better than national rates for U.S. retailers. The Navy Exchange loss prevention organization is also diverse in terms of background and age. “We bring in very qualified professionals and executives. We have been fortunate to hire former vice presidents and directors from other retailers for key positions.“On the other hand, we are really proud that we have loss prevention associates who started with Navy Exchange twenty or thirty years ago as security guards or sales associates,” he adds. “The Navy Exchange has no mandatory retirement age. Even though there is an excellent retirement program, plus lifetime shopping at the Navy Exchange anywhere in the world, people like working here and do not want to leave.”MICHAEL A. STUGRIN, Ph.D., is a business writer and communications consultant based in Long Beach, California. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Video platform provider Brightcove just announced the launch of a new tool for website publishers called the “Brightcove Experience Framework for HTML5.” The framework allows the company’s 1,300 customers create HTML5-compatible websites for delivering video content to Apple mobile devices, including the upcoming slate computer known as the iPad, as well as the iPhone and iPod Touch. There has been a lot of debate about the move to HTML5 for Web video support, an area previously dominated by Adobe Flash and its accompanying Web browser plugin. Some publishers claim making the switch is a burden while others, most notably Apple CEO Steve Jobs, say the move is “trivial.” The truth, says Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire, is that “it depends.” For some publishers using homegrown video solutions, building a new HTML5 website is indeed hard work, but for customers using platform solutions (like his, of course), the transition is much easier. Flash and HTML5 Will Coexist, Says Allaire “Transition” might be the wrong word for describing the launch of HTML5-enabled websites like those said to be coming from NPR, the Wall St. Journal, and apparently, CBS. Companies aren’t just creating a new HTML5 website and discarding the older version – they’re creating a second website to complement the first. And both websites will run side-by-side for years, says Allaire. He, of anyone, should know. Now the CEO and founder of Brightcove, Allaire’s background includes a stint at Macromedia as the company’s CTO prior to its acquisition by Adobe. While there, he actually helped build the original Flash platform.Brightcove Aims to Close Gap Between Flash, HTML5 Feature SetsThe device driving the adoption of the upcoming Web standard known as HTML5, the core markup language used to create the pages of the World Wide Web, is the Apple iPad. Like its smaller mobile siblings, the iPhone and iPod Touch, the iPad won’t support the Adobe Flash plugin. Flash has long been a staple on the Web for things like video content, online ads and even casual games, but for various technological and political reasons, Apple does not support it on its mobile devices. According to Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs, this isn’t an issue, since creating websites using HTML5 technology is “trivial.” To some extent, that’s an accurate statement. Allaire confirms that at its most basic form, preparing a video and putting it on a webpage using HTML5 is not a difficult process. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… sarah perez 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Adobe#Apple#Multimedia#NYT#Video Services#web The problem is that video publishers have come to expect more than just a simple video player like that what’s offered via HTML5 in its current state. They’re used to options like branded players, analytics, social media integrations, advanced player controls and other currently Flash-only options supported by Adobe’s technology. Brightcove, however, aims to catch up with Adobe’s feature set over the course of the year. At launch time, its HTML5 video player will support basic playback, auto device detection and H.264 encoding. In three months, more features will be added including “robust templates” to replace the basic ones available now, viewership reporting, advertising and more. And by the close of 2010, the company will offer publishers complete analytics, advertising and engagement features. However, even when HTML5 video players reach a place where they’re on par with what Adobe Flash can do, it will be years before publishers can discard their Flash-based websites. According to Allaire, the issue is that the percentage of Web browsers that support HTML5 is “tiny,” and those that do so haven’t yet settled on one video codec as the default. Until there’s uniformity in the implementation of HTML5 video, publishers who need to reach 100% of their Web audience will offer multiple versions of their websites, dependent on what device, browser and operating system is in use by their website visitors. The HTML5 Transition: A Burden on Publishers? There is a lot of debate as to the burden created by the transition to HTML5 by media publishers. Some argue that the move is not difficult, time-consuming or expensive – and anyone claiming otherwise is spreading “FUD,” (aka “fear, uncertainty and doubt”), a term used by tech geeks to deride these types of complaints as being non-substantive. Even Apple CEO Steve Jobs, reportedly trivialized publishers’ concerns using, in fact, that very word (“trivial”) ) when demonstrating the iPad to Wall St. Journal staff earlier this year. On the flip side, others, including a number of media publishers who recently complained to Silicon Alley gossip and news site Gawker, say the argument has merit. Where does Brightcove, then, stand on this issue? Allaire says that it depends on the video platform the Web publishers in question currently use. If they’re on Brightcove or a similar platform solution, creating sites with HTML5 video content is a “publish once” process. However, those who have developed homegrown video publishing systems over the years will face more challenges. Lest you think this group includes just small-time players, Allaire rattled off a number of big names who do just that, including Disney, ABC, CBS, Yahoo and MSN. HTML5 Solutions AboundAllaire can’t say how many of the company’s 1,300 customers are planning their own iPad-ready sites since the tool was only made available to its publishers today. (Time and the NYT were the only publishers involved in the pre-release tests.) However, he can confirm that there is high demand from the company’s customers, even saying that “almost all of the consumer-facing brands,” specifically news magazines and TV brands, wanted a tool like this in order to create iPad-ready sites. Brightcove isn’t the only company to meet this growing need, either. Competitor Ooyala beat Brightcove to the punch in terms of being the first to announce iPad integration with its video platform, but Allaire said he can’t compare their offering to his because the announcement on their end was “too vague.” Outside of video platform solutions, projects like Jilion’s Sublime Video will also allow publishers to create HTML5 video experiences while falling back to Flash for unsupported Web browsers. However, this solution doesn’t – as least for now – offer all the features Brightcove says it will have in place by year-end. When the iPad launches April 3, there will undoubtedly be a number of HTML5-ready websites ready for the new computing platform. But those that don’t offer the same won’t be in any immediate trouble for their decision (except for perhaps receiving a bit of bad press). Although the iPad is expected to land in the hands of a solid million or so users by the end of the first quarter, that pales in comparison to the 500 million broadband PC users who visit sites on a desktop-based Web. That being said, there’s no doubt that Apple’s choice to forgo Flash will impact the Web and the Web publishing industry for years to come. Disclosure: The New York Times syndicates ReadWriteWeb content. Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout