Mason County Central volleyball team makes semifinals of Farwell Invitational

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Michael Brett earns Golfer of the Month

first_imgPSC Golf from the Bunker BoysMonday, August 27 Plutaluang North and West, Stableford Laem Chabang B and C, Stableford1st Tony Robbins (24) 35 points2nd Paul Lanzetta (7) 33 points 3rd Michael Brett (14) 32 pointsA split round today for the Bunker Boys with some taking up our monthly booking at the Thai Navy Course whilst seven others joined in a round comprising golfers from several Pattaya societies to celebrate the seventy-fifth birthday of Colin Davis at the Laem Chabang course.A total of over sixty golfers took part in the game at Laem Chabang in a round that was painfully slow taking over five hours to complete. The course was as you would expect from this prestigious venue, difficult for most, made more so by a stiff breeze even though temperatures remained high.Sadly the Bunker Boys didn’t acquit themselves too well with our top scorer Paul Lanzetta shooting thirty-three points to stay outside the winning group. The only one in the winner’s circle was Michael Brett who shot a back nine of nineteen points to take out the best back nine in the A flight.Not all the scoring was bad with the overall winner shooting a gross sixty-nine off a three handicap, fine golf indeed. Some very fine food in the form of a free buffet was available at Colin’s Bar prior to the presentation of prizes.In Plutaluang the top score was a bit better with Tony Robbins taking the chocolates on thirty-five points. Tony is still enjoying a generous handicap at present but this may change soon as his game is improving weekly.Wednesday, August 29Pattaya Country Club, Stableford1st Tony Robbins (24) 37 points2nd Michael Brett (14) 34 points3rd Paul Lanzetta (7) 34 pointsNear pins: Steve Durey, Alan Sullivan, and Paul Lanzetta X 2.Golfer of the Month Michael Brett.A good low season group of eleven assembled for the midweek game at Pattaya Country Club. The course was in the best condition we have seen for some time but the greens were hard and fast so it was difficult to hold long approach shots anywhere on the putting surface.Rain threatened several times but fortunately held off, however, we were not so lucky with the wind which blew quite strongly for most of the day. Speed of play was ok with no real holdups.Many of our group struggled in the conditions so for the most part scoring was modest at best. For the second day in a row Tony Robbins topped the winner’s list with a good score of thirty-seven whilst Michael Brett edged out Paul Lanzetta from second place on countback. Paul did make up for it by securing two near pins with one each to Alan Sullivan and Steve Durey.Friday, August 31Greenwood C and A, Stableford1st Geoff Parker (14) 34 points2nd Geoff Coc (18) 34 points3rd Tony Robbins (24) 33 pointsNear pins Tony Robbins X 4The last game of the golfing month was played at the Greenwood Course where once again a good low season number of eleven participated. The course was virtually empty so the speed of play was good until the back nine where a group inserted themselves in between our first and second groups, thereafter play slowed down a bit but not enough to cause any problems.The course was in good condition, the weather fine, but once again the wind blew which affected scoring.Geoff Parker took the honors showing flashes of his best game coupled with some not quite so good. Geoff Cox took second place on countback also on thirty-four whilst Tony Robbins got his name on the winner’s sheet for the third time this week taking third place. Tony was also the only one to get his ball on a par three thereby taking all four near pins.Being the last game of the month it was also time to see who would take out the golfer of the month trophy. At different times throughout the month, Raleigh Gosney and Peter Allen looked like challenging but in the end, the fast-finishing Geoff Parker just missed out to Michael Brett who finally nailed one after several lost opportunities throughout the season.last_img read more

Galaxy’s Edge Store Preview: Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities

first_imgShare This!We’re counting down the days until the official opening of Walt Disney World’s Galaxy’s Edge with a look at some of the sights that you’ll see in this new land. Shopping is a major part of this new land. Next up, we’re showing you some of the merchandise you can find at the Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.This store is truly the ultimate wow factor in shopping at Galaxy’s Edge. Walking in for the first time, you just look up and around and then pick your jaw up off the floor. Yes, it’s a store, and so there’s plenty of merchandise to see, but the shop itself is its own attraction. There’s so much to see in every corner of the store. From the murals when you walk in to the collection of antiquities high up on the upper level of the store, every inch of this store offers more to look at. The merchandise that really draw people’s eyes are the legacy lightsabers wielded by a variety of characters in the Star Wars universe and the collection of holocrons and kyber crystals. But the store holds a lot more, from jewelry to statues to a mishmash of items that just don’t fit anywhere else but are too cool not to sell. Prices can range from a few dollars for “wisdom stones” up to several hundred dollars for certain pieces of jewelry. (And you thought a $200 lightsaber was expensive?) It would be impossible for me to show you everything that you can find in this store, but I hope these photos give you a glimpse into what you might find. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything in Batuu, you won’t want to skip this shop.last_img read more

Super-sensitive high tech scanner to shorten airport queues

first_imgA super-sensitive passenger scanner that reveals hidden security threats is being trialed in the UK.The walk-through scanner, which uses space technology to image human body heat, is the result of a collaboration between Sequestim Ltd. and Cardiff University scientists.Computer learning allows the scanner to distinguish between threats and non-threats but without the need for passengers to keep still or remove outer clothing.See video of scanner hereGlobally, around 12 million passengers travel by plane every day on 120,000 flights.The technology has the potential to cut queues at airport terminals as it screens people on the move. It will also impact on the effectiveness of security and help keep passengers safe.“Passenger numbers are expected to double in 20 years, putting airport security facilities under immense pressure,” said Ken Wood, Sales and Marketing Director of Sequestim Ltd, a joint venture between Cardiff University and QMC Instruments Ltd.scanner“Our scanner combines a number of world-leading technologies developed by our team here in the UK. It uses the human body as a source of “light”, in contrast with existing scanners which process reflected and scattered millimetre-waves while the passenger is required to strike a pose.”“Our system only needs a few seconds to do its work. Passengers walking normally through security would no longer need to take off coats and jackets, or remove personal items such as phones.”The trial takes place privately, by invitation only, from 4 to 7 December 2018 at Cardiff Airport and will not affect passenger journeys.The project is one of eight to receive some of the £1.8m funding made available by the UK Government earlier this year through a Defence and Security Accelerator themed competition. Part of the five year Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme, the multimillion-pound initiative seeks innovative ideas such as this new passenger scanner to help strengthen aviation security.Originally built to study the furthest reaches of the universe, the technology used is so sensitive it could see a 100W light bulb at a distance of 500,000 miles (twice the distance to the Moon.)The scanner quickly “learns” the difference between items that can and cannot be taken onto an aircraft, reducing the risk of false alarms which inconvenience passengers and slow down screening.“The detector technology was originally developed to study the most distant astronomical phenomena. For example, we study how stars are born from gigantic clouds of gas and dust,” explained Mr Wood.“It detects millimetre-waves, which are just like visible light but at a wavelength more than one thousand times longer. The ability of the scanner to reveal hidden objects has also attracted interest from Border Force, responsible for the UK’s frontline border control operations at air, sea and rail ports.“Any concealed items show up very clearly as a shadow because the human body, by dint of its heat, acts like a light bulb for our scanner. The new scanner images do not present any ethical issues because anatomical details do not show up. No-one will need to see the images when the technology is eventually used for real, however, because the system will be completely automatic.”The airport trial aims to prove that passive terahertz imaging is robust, versatile, fast and convenient.UK Aviation Minister Liz Sugg said: “We have a proud history of innovation here in the UK and passenger safety across all modes of transport remains an important priority for the government. The Future Aviation Security Solutions programme demonstrates our support for pioneering projects that can help to reduce security threats in airports. I am pleased to see that the funding awarded to Sequestim has helped the team take space technology and trial it as part of a new passenger screening system at Cardiff Airport.”Cardiff Airport was bought by Welsh Government for £52m in 2013. Nearly 1.5m passengers passed through the airport in 2017. The trial of the passenger scanner in December represents a first for Wales, and a local collaboration with enormous impact potential.First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said: “Welsh Government and Cardiff Airport are delighted to be hosting the proof-of-concept trial of Sequestim’s innovative technology. This cutting-edge security camera not only promises a huge improvement in our experience of air travel, but also brings with it the prospect of job creation as Sequestim aims to manufacture future scanners here in Wales.”The purpose of the trial is for key members of industry, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, the Civil Aviation Authority and other government bodies including BorderForce to see the technology in action.last_img read more

How to Sell Your Proposal to a Senior Loss Prevention Executive

first_img“Great ideas are worthless unless they are put into practice.”Most, if not all, of us have experienced this maxim time and time again in our business careers. We have a brilliant plan that will significantly reduce shortage, improve efficiencies, and increase safety of our employees and customers. There is just one problem: we can’t get the organization to approve it.Dr. Richard Hollinger highlighted some of these same frustrations expressed by loss prevention executives in trying to accomplish their goals in past findings from the National Retail Security Survey. In his survey, loss prevention executives identified such issues as “lack of upper management support,” “staffing,” “ineffective training,” and “budgetary pressures and constraints” as major impediments to the success of the LP department.- Sponsor – While many factors went into those responses, we must continue to look within and decide if we are doing a sufficient job in presenting our proposals in such a manner as to gain support from the organization.This post looks at how we improve our odds of getting approval for what we’re requesting. While it would be impossible to give an exact formula for success in every company and project, it is reasonable to explore a framework that can be used to increase our chance at getting our proposal approved and implemented.A Framework for All Levels of ManagementIt is also important to understand that this framework can be applied at all levels of an organization. Too often, we think in terms of corporate executives maneuvering the political landscape to get budgetary approval, corporate blessings, and senior executive support.However, proposals and projects have to be sold at all levels of an organization. At the same time the vice president of loss prevention is sitting in a budget meeting with the CEO and CFO, the store-level LP manager in a location far removed from the corporate office is having an important meeting with the store manager of operations and his district LP manager, trying to sell them on his proposals for addressing issues at his location.Whether you are a senior loss prevention executive, store detective, regional LP manager, or an investigator, you have to sell your ideas to others to get buy-in, approval, and budget. In fact, most senior loss prevention executives want their direct reports to do a better job at presenting proposals.One loss prevention executive confided, “It seems as if my regional directors believe it is my job to get approval for projects. They simply send in a list of what they want without presenting any real justification or argument for it.”There are at least two important lessons in that comment. First, no one has a better grasp on the proposal you are submitting than you do. If you want to see it succeed, you have to help those who are responsible for approving it understand its importance. Second, the manner in which you present proposals reflects on you as a professional and establishes—or undermines—your credibility. An individual who presents well-thought-out proposals that are convincing and effective is not only improving their odds of getting that “Yes” answer, but is also building their own long-term credibility as an independent thinker and leader within the company. Your ability to be a salesperson and present good projects in an effective way affects your future success.This can often be seen at budget time within an organization. It is certain that your financial staff has developed an informal list of those individuals who present well-supported budgets that have clear data to support them and those executives who don’t. Do you want to guess whom they spend more time with during budget reviews and whom they challenge more aggressively?Think about the implications. If you present a budget that gets challenged and ultimately reduced by a significant amount, what reputation are you establishing within the organization? How receptive is your audience going to be in the future to your proposals?What you need is a framework to improve your odds. The framework we will examine involves four key components—process, premise, proof, and presentation. In this post, we examine the first two components.ProcessWhen setting out to construct an effective strategy for selling your proposal, the first thing to consider is the process that you will need to follow to succeed. This includes considerations such as:What are the protocols in my organization for presenting this type of plan?Is approval dependent primarily on one person or a committee?Who will be the decision makers? How do they feel about me and my department?What are the priorities of my audience?How does my proposal fit into overall corporate strategy?What are the most likely objections to my proposal?How have they reacted to similar proposals in the past? Have they said or written anything in recent months that might give an insight as to how they will react to this proposal?Will there be others who support or oppose the plan?Do you see the common theme? People. The whole idea of selling your proposal is about persuasion. Persuasion is about people. We’re trying to persuade someone to adopt an idea or viewpoint they don’t currently hold. Or, at minimum, we are asking that they not oppose or fight us on an idea until they have all the facts. In many cases, we are asking them to spend money on an idea that could otherwise be spent in hundreds of other worthwhile efforts.So, before you think about premises, proofs, and presentation, you have to understand that it’s about people. You must consider who you’re trying to influence, how they view the world, how they are predisposed, and what biases they may hold.This process also involves considering how your proposal fits into the decision maker’s interpretation of corporate strategy. For example, in the retail sector, let’s say the CEO has just been in a chain-wide meeting where she announced the corporate strategy for growing the business is to focus on creating an upscale environment and make the shopping experience as pleasant as possible. How would that impact a proposal you have been preparing to lock up all of the high-shrink accessories? How do you think the CEO is going to respond? In other words, how does locking up accessories align to a corporate strategy of a luxury shopping environment?In addition to how this affects the current proposal you are considering, you must examine the consequences of the proposal to your long-term credibility and expertise. If you go forward with your proposal to lock up the accessories, what will the CEO’s perception be of your business acumen and understanding of corporate strategy? This is not to suggest, in this hypothetical example, that you should automatically drop your proposal. Rather, these are considerations that must be factored into the process.During this phase, it’s helpful to consider the types of arguments that have been successful with the audience in the past. In addition, what types of arguments do they use when they’re selling a proposal? Recognize what works for them, and, if it fits your proposal, you may want to appeal to them on the same level. It is also wise to consider whether there will be people involved in the process who already support your plan or, conversely, may oppose it.On the tactical level, one of the best ways to answer many of these questions is to meet one-on-one with all key decision makers you want to influence before you formally present your proposal. This will accomplish many of the goals identified above and one more, very important result—it gets them involved in the process. The others involved and impacted by your proposal need to feel as if their input is valued and matters to the direction it will take. Surprisingly, this step is often overlooked to the detriment of the process.On this point about decision-making: Jim Collins, author of business best-sellers Built to Last and Good to Great, says one of the best things CEOs can do to make better decisions is to say, “I don’t know,” and let other people give the answers. While the CEO still makes the ultimate decision, he or she can involve other people by listening to their reasoning as a part of the process.Unfortunately, when we don’t involve people in the process, we open the door to a potentially hostile environment and possible backlash. Why? Because the others were left out of the process; they didn’t get to buy-in to the result. Remember, the process has to start with people.PremiseIn order to effectively sell your proposal, it is critical that you identify the underlying premise that it is based upon. In other words, what are the primary reasons, from the viewpoint of the audience, that your plan should be adopted or invested in?Identifying your premise is important for at least two reasons. Most obviously, it is the building block for your proposal and subsequent steps in our framework. However, clearly identifying your premise serves perhaps an even more important purpose—it allows you to clearly articulate your message repeatedly and consistently.You are attempting to convince others to “vote” for your plans. That requires you to consistently and repeatedly articulate the underlying premise of your argument. It is important to realize that there are many different types of premises you can use and, in choosing one, you may drastically alter the appeal you are making to your audience.It is worth noting that you may use multiple premises–that is, two or three underlying reasons–for adoption of your plan. However, one should be cautious of trying to use too many. Even if your argument is supported by every category of premise listed here, you must be careful to avoid muddling the water by using them all. You should consider picking the two or three most important and persuasive premises and build a clear, “on point” proposal around them.Mandate. Perhaps the most straightforward argument is based on the premise that the proposed action is mandated or required by law. Businesses and organizations must comply with numerous federal and state requirements, including those regarding financial investments, disability accommodations, safety, employment, data security and protection, and many more.Other legislation that impacts retail LP operations includes various state laws around licensing, regulation, and screening of retail security officers.But perhaps the most common “mandate” of all comes from your boss, rather than a government agency. The fact is that sometimes there is little justification needed for a project if your boss or the organization simply tells you that it has to be accomplished. However, if that is the case, it is a worthwhile exercise to see if you can find another premise to support the initiative, in addition to the charge from your supervisor.Aligning to Corporate Strategy. An initiative’s primary selling point might be that it supports the business and aligns to the corporate strategy. There are several examples of this specific to our industry, including open merchandising of product and brand protection.Thirty years ago, the “open merchandising” of women’s accessories, a historically high-shrinkage item, was an issue that caused LP executives to examine new strategies. In the past ten years, the issues are the same, but the product affected now includes video games, ink toner cartridges, and jewelry. Why would organizations put these high-value items out in easy reach of potential shoplifters? Of course, the answer is to increase sales and make the customer shopping experience more seamless.As a result, savvy LP executives had to devise alternate protection or mitigation strategies to limit the losses on these items. The premise behind the deployment of these strategies (such as EAS) has largely been around the issue of “supporting the business,” or, in other words, aligning to the corporate strategy.Another example where corporate strategy plays an important role in the approval of loss prevention initiatives is in brand protection. This can mean different things for different companies, but many retailers are concerned about product diversion, organized retail crime, and counterfeiting of proprietary product in relation to the impact these problems have on brand image and perception.For example, they’re concerned about their products being sold on eBay or other online auctions—not just because of the financial loss if the merchandise was stolen, but, more importantly, because their product being sold in this channel (or in swap meets), cheapens and devalues their brand image.If aligning to corporate strategy is not your primary premise or, as importantly, if you’re proposing a project that might conflict with certain aspects of your corporate strategy, you will want to come back and examine this issue. It is not to suggest that you should never propose an initiative that flies in the face of corporate strategy. However, you must recognize the risks this involves and make sure that the other supporting reasons are so strong that it justifies the project.You must also recognize the possible risks to your professional credibility. The last label you want to have hung on you by the CEO is, “Here’s someone who doesn’t understand the needs of the business.”Financial. In most businesses, this is the most important premise you can use. If you use the classic business objective of “delivering shareholder value,” then financial return on investment (ROI) is a great premise. In fact, one of the major perceptions that CEOs have of our functions that we have to overcome is that we are simply a cost center. If, by contrast, we can make an ROI argument for a project, we will capture their attention.When your premise is financial, you speak the language of senior management. You are also speaking the same language as most of your competitors within the organization. Remember, you are competing for a limited pool of funds within your organization. Your “competitors” are operations, HR, real estate, merchandising, buyers, and any other group that is seeking funding for their initiatives. If they are all speaking in terms of ROI or payback period and you are not, you are out of step and have a harder sell for your initiative.Emotional. Most executives don’t want to admit they use emotion as a premise for justifying their initiatives. Perhaps this is because they view it as a “weak” premise. But, in reality, it is used often. In fact, most loss prevention practitioners have probably said, on at least one occasion, something like. “If we don’t do this, we are going to have [insert fear] happen.” Maybe it was an increase in theft or a lawsuit or any number of other possible negative outcomes.It can also be used to fund an initiative designed to bring about a positive emotion. For instance, there are many times after an incident occurs at a store that extra measures are taken—increased attention, contract guards, improved physical security—in large part to make the store staff “feel better.” Or, in a publicly traded company, many initiatives are undertaken to not only make employees feel better, but also investors who might be concerned about short-term results in the stock market.Another emotional response can come in the form of a reaction to an emotional event in a company. If an employee or customer dies in a store location from a heart attack, it might prompt a company to make a significant investment in the deployment of automatic emergency defibrillators (AEDs) that are not required nor do they make financial “sense.” Rather, it is an emotional reaction to a tragedy that causes the reaction.Risk Management. This is a common premise, if for no other reason than the fact that much of the LP discipline is based in risk management theory. Many of our programs fall into such classic risk management strategies as risk avoidance, risk transfer, risk reduction, and risk mitigation. How many times have you argued for a proposal based on the fact it will reduce liability? Or that it will limit losses should an incident occur?Additionally, many loss prevention groups are getting more actively involved in safety issues and the management of general liability expense. At a recent meeting with senior LP executives, several major retailers reported that their general liability reserves are almost as high as their shrinkage reserves, so the financial impact here is significant.This can also lead to an argument to support an initiative based on reducing insurance premiums. When dealing with major insurance and reinsurance packages, premiums can run into the millions of dollars and can be negotiated provided that you can convince your insurance carrier you are implementing initiatives that will reduce their financial exposure.Shift in Environment. A crisis, a competitive threat, or a sudden or gradual change in demographics can drive a need for new initiatives or proposals. For instance, the tragic events of 9/11 caused many loss prevention professionals to face new issues. Suddenly, business continuity planning was thrust onto the plate of nearly every senior loss prevention executive. While no one might have seen these events coming, the sudden impact of the terrorist attacks caused a major shift in environment that necessitated different strategies, initiatives, and budgets.Fortunately, not all shifts in environment are so tragic, but they may still be extremely important to the business. For instance, a change in the competitive environment may provide an impetus for new strategies or proposals. As noted in an earlier example, many companies have moved to “open merchandising” of high-risk product. In the office superstore segment, this has resulted in the major players merchandising their ink-jet and laser cartridges on the floor. Once one company in this segment takes this action, others may follow. If you are at a company where this strategy has not been considered, you may find yourself implementing the same initiative in your organization because of this “shift in environment.”Finally, there are major shifts going on with the demographics in the United States. Notable in these shifts are the generational and ethnic changes in the makeup of our customer base and employee population. The aging of the Baby Boomers and their retirements from the workforce require us to consider how to mine their expertise and knowledge for lasting impact into organizational performance. The entry of a younger, more diverse workforce (Generations Y and Z) requires us to examine the strategies we use to influence, train, and engage this new demographic group.This article was originally published in 2005 and was updated July 11, 2018.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Enterprise Software: Rise of Big Data Increases Interest in NoSQL Databases

first_imgNoSQL databases are structured stores that differ from traditional databases in that they are not based on fixed table schemas and are prized for their high scalability.  The scalability comes at a price — many query features of relational databases, particularly join operations, are not available in NoSQL databases, and this can make working with NoSQL data more challenging.  On the other hand, using large datasets with traditional databases presents it’s own challenge of performance and resources.As more organizations collect large datasets — Big Data — NoSQL databases are gaining popularity.  An Evans Data survey found that 56 percent of enterprise developers have used NoSQL on at least one project and 63 percent of developers expect to be using NoSQL on projects that they will be involved in over the next two years.  Interest runs highest among enterprise developers.  When the population of all developers is considered, 43 percent of developers expect to be taking on a NoSQL project over the next two years.Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp said that “the advent of Big Data is driving adoption of NoSQL, and this is especially true in the corporate enterprise.  While it may have got its start on the web with innovations like Big Table and MapReduce, it’s the enterprise that can most benefit from NoSQL and developers realize this across all geographical regions.”Interest in NoSQL is global.  In EMEA, 39% of developers report plans to use it and in the APAC region  more than a quarter of the general developer population uses NoSQL today and 68% have future plans.last_img read more

DJ Must-Have: The All-New Rich Medina 45 Bag

first_img DJs are not known for packing light. Between records, turntables, headphones and other equipment, things can get heavy very easily. But no biggie now that our very own DJ Rich Medina has teamed up with Tucker & Bloom, a Nashville based bag company, for the all-new, swagged out Rich Medina 45 Bag. Sleek and compact, the bag is the perfect accessory whether you’re a stylish mixer or just someone who tends to take a lot on the go. DJ Medina kept in mind both the average spinner who lugs around 45 RPM records  and the everyday professional on-the-go for the creative collab. The result is a “durable, high quality shoulder bag to add to [your] tool kit or traveling luggage.” Be ahead of the game and place your pre-order now before the official bag release on July 22. Rich Medina 45 Bag And, check out our video with Rich below.last_img read more

Public Sector Transformation Programme Boosted

first_imgStory Highlights The programme, jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica, World Bank, and United Kingdom Department for International Development, aims to strengthen public resource management and support State institutions in facilitating a more enabling environment for private-sector growth. Achievements under the project, since its commencement in August 2014, include: strengthening of the Public Investment Management System and the budget preparation process; implementation of measures to promote fiscal sustainability; and fostering industrial growth and trade facilitation via the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ). The Public Sector Transformation Programme will be further boosted during the upcoming fiscal year, through a $1.32 billion allotment in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The Public Sector Transformation Programme will be further boosted during the upcoming fiscal year, through a $1.32 billion allotment in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The programme, jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica, World Bank, and United Kingdom Department for International Development, aims to strengthen public resource management and support State institutions in facilitating a more enabling environment for private-sector growth.Achievements under the project, since its commencement in August 2014, include: strengthening of the Public Investment Management System and the budget preparation process; implementation of measures to promote fiscal sustainability; and fostering industrial growth and trade facilitation via the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).Work will continue in these areas during 2019/20, as also 2020/21 with an additional allocation of $735 million.The project is slated for completion in September 2020.last_img read more

Taking the charge

first_imgNandu K Belani, Chairman, Belani Group has assumed charge as President of CREDAI Bengal for another term. He was announced President on the occasion of 30th Annual General Meeting held at ITC Royal Bengal on September 19. Piyush Bhagat of Space Group and Sanjay Jain of Siddha Group were announced Vice Presidents for the year 2019 – 20. The new committee of Managing and Executive Members of CREDAI Bengal for the following term was announced in the presence of members of the real estate association.last_img read more

UP law student arrested BJP disowns Chinmayanand

first_imgShahjahanpur (UP): The law student who has accused BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of rape was arrested on Wednesday on charges of extortion and sent to 14-day judicial custody, police said.Hours later, her bail plea was rejected. The 23-year-old woman was arrested around 9.15 am from her home by a special investigation team (SIT) amid massive police deployment. Inspector General Naveen Arora, who heads the SIT of the Uttar Pradesh police, said they arrested her after “enough” digital and forensic evidence was found and statements recorded. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”We have sufficient evidence that Rs 5-crore extortion money was demanded from Chinmayanand,” he told reporters. He said three men arrested earlier for extortion confessed that they sent messages to Chinmayanand “in panic” on the directions of the woman when the money demanded was not delivered. Another SIT member said they arrested the student after confronting her with the video clips – one of them on an alleged conversation in a car between the three men and the student discussing the extortion plan. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe officer claimed that during the questioning Wednesday morning, the student “verified” the contents of the clip, confirming that it had her voice and that of the three other men. Last week, the SIT formed by the Uttar Pradesh police on the instruction of the Supreme Court had arrested Chinayamand based on the woman’s complaint. Simultaneously, they also arrested the three men and booked the student on the extortion charge. Meanwhile, the BJP on Wednesday said former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand, accused of rape by a law student of his college, is no longer a member of the party. “He is not a member of the BJP,” party spokesperson Harishchancdra Srivastava said.last_img read more

Man arrested for smuggling 27 iPhones 330 watches at IGIA

first_imgNew Delhi: The custom officials at Delhi Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport have arrested one person for allegedly trying to smuggle branded items worth Rs 20 lakh.The investigators said that accused had a history of smuggling commercial items into the country. The customs department received a specific tip-off on September 25 about one passenger arriving from Hong Kong to Delhi by flight number CX-697. The moment the man arrived at the IGI airport, the officers of Air Customs Preventive (IGI) intercepted the passenger. A detailed personal baggage search of the person resulted in the recovery of 27 Apple I-Phones including latest models, 330 watches of different brands such as Rolex, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace among others. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe officials also seized over 20 branded tracksuits and one iron soldering machine of You Yoe model-3600. Custom in their press statement said that the total value of the recovered item was Rs 20 lakhs. The goods have been seized under section 110 of Customs Act, 1962. Additional Commissioner of Customs, Amandeep Singh said that the passenger admitted that he brought commercial items valued at Rs 85 lakh in his past visits. “From October 2017 to September 2019 he has been smuggling the commercial items into the country,” said an official. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaThe statement further said that the passenger was arrested under the provisions of section 104 of the Customs Act, 1962. An official said that they are suspecting that the accused had brought these goods to sell in the grey market. Further investigators are also probing his link were in the past accused had disposed of the smuggled goods. Recently on September 22, a man was arrested at the Delhi airport upon his arrival from Moscow for allegedly smuggling gold bars and gold wires worth more than Rs 29 lakh by concealing them in his underclothes.last_img read more