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SEA Games: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball

first_imgMOST READ The win the coach of the National cagebelles said was a just reward for all their hard work and one which Pat Aquino hoped would give his wards the proper recognition from this country they deserve.“I am just so happy for the girls, they poured their hearts and souls preparing for this moment,” an emotional Aquino told the Inquirer. “I hope this win–which is historic–gives them the recognition they deserve, that basketball in the Philippines is not only about the Gilas men.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4In front of an animated crowd at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, the Filipinos lost an early 11-point lead but came out of the halftime break with all guns cocked and firing as Afril Bernardino dished out another fine all-around game that complemented Animam’s 21 points and two blocks.Janine Pontejos added 16 points, 13 coming in the first half, while Bernardino, who came off a herculean effort in the grueling semifinal win over two-time defending champion Malaysia on Sunday, finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LATEST STORIES “We’ve been dOing this since 2015 and now we won the gold,” said Aquino, who took over the squad in 2015.Animam was near-perfect performance as she spearheaded that big third quarter surge Gilas blew the game wide open after trailing by two at halftime.“Coming into this game, we were all just super excited because this is the game that will determine if we’re going to win the gold or not. For the past two SEA Games we were always one win away from gold and now we finally have it,” Animam said. “I’ve been dreaming of this and now that we won the gold I feel like I’m still dreaming.”Facing the equally talented Thais, who were also undefeated heading into the gold medal match, it was the Filipino cagebelles desire and heart that made the difference.“Our past two SEA Games have been heartbreaking. But now is our time and we grabbed it,” said the 5-foot-8 Bernardino.ADVERTISEMENT Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations SEA Games: Philippines falls to Indonesia for silver finish in men’s volleyball The win ended years and years of heartbreak in the event, counting that one in 2011 where the Filipinos had a two-point lead with under two seconds left only to lose by one to the Thais in the gold medal match.Team Philippines scored 23 points in the third and held the Thais, silver medalists in 2017 in Kuala Lumpur behind the Malaysians, to just eight points.Tiffany Bias, a Women’s National Basketball Association veteran, led the Thais with 15 points and four assists. Three others scored in twin digits for the enemy, whose men counterparts were playing the powerhouse Filipino men at press time also for the gold.“Even coach Tim (Cone of the Gilas men) said it, that our girls should be recognized by this country for their efforts,” Aquino went on.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Philippines’ Janine Pontejos and Jack Animam celebrate after defeating Thailand to claim the gold medal during the women’s 5×5 basketball final at the 30th South East Asian Games 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonMANILA, Philippines–An outspoken Jack Animam was at a loss for words as she tried to describe what had just transpired, struggling to hold back tears at the same time.And when she did cry, it was out of pure bliss as the Philippines finally fulfilled its promise and delivered a historic women’s basketball gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games Tuesday night. after a 91-71 triumph over perennial titlist Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist View commentslast_img read more

Bandits terrorised, beat businessman, family

first_imgA 63-year-old businessman was severely beaten and is now hospitalised after several armed bandits invaded his Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara home on Monday evening.The businessman, Rabindranauth Gossai, owner of the 70-year-old R Gossai and Sons General Store, was gun-butted several times and beaten while his wife, sonThe R.Gossai and Sons General Storeand grandson looked on helplessly. His son’s arms were bound while his wife and grandson were held at gunpoint.While three of the bandits held the family hostage, the others ransacked the house during which they found money, jewellery and other items. As they were leaving, they collected several bottles of high-end rum and a quantity of groceries.Based on reports received, at about 20:00h, eight masked men who were armed with guns scaled the fence to Gossai’s property, and hid in the businessman’s yard for some time before they executed their plan.When Guyana Times visited the house on Tuesday morning, the man’s son, Joey Gossai, explained that after they closed the shop they would remain in the house until he is ready to go home.He noted at about 20:00h, he opened one of the doors to the lower flat of the house, and as he made his way to the car, he was confronted by the men who emerged from the backyard. Without any time to react, he was held at gunpoint and one of the bandits bound his hands.He recalled that within seconds, the men made their way into the house where they held his parents and four-year-old son at gunpoint. “When they took me in the house, I saw my father was bleeding profusely but there was nothing I could have done… they put all of us to lay face down on the ground and even threatened to kill my son if we didn’t cooperate,” the man stated.The young man noted that after they were held hostage, several of the men tumbled every corner of the house, including the shop. They escaped with the sales for the day, an undisclosed sum of cash from the money transfer section, several bottles of rum and groceries,” the young Gossai stated. He could not estimate the total value of the items taken, however, as checks were, made more valuables were discovered missing.He also noted that the bandits removed the DVR for the cameras; hence there is no surveillance footage of the robbery.He noted that after the ordeal which last for some 25-30 minutes, the bandits escaped on foot. After the men left, the young man managed to untie himself and called the Police but his priority was to take his father to the hospital since he was still bleeding.The young Gossai is however thankful that the gunmen did not go berserk and open fire. The Police have since visited the scene and dusted the area for fingerprints. No arrests have so far been made.last_img read more

15 local students receive scholarships

first_imgThe Antelope Valley Hospital Auxiliary and Antelope Valley Hospital are continuing their support of future health care professionals by awarding $15,000 in scholarships to local high school students pursuing health care careers. The recipients were announced at the Junior Volunteer Awards and Recognition Banquet on May 15. The scholarships will be officially presented in conjunction with awards nights at high schools attended by the respective winners. Fifteen students have been selected to receive $1,000 each. The recipients were chosen from among hundreds of applicants and were awarded the scholarships based on panel interviews and scholastic achievement. To qualify, applicants were required to have a 3.5 grade-point average or higher and have plans to pursue a career in a health-related field. The scholarship program is a partnership between AVH, which contributed $5,000, and the AVH Auxiliary, which contributed $10,000. Recipients were chosen by a scholarship committee headed by chairwoman Bobbie Patton. Hospital CEO Les Wong noted that the scholarship program is a very worthwhile effort because the Antelope Valley is in need of qualified health care professionals. “We wish these talented young students all the best in their health care careers and hope that they will remain in or return to this area when their training is complete. Their new skills and knowledge will be welcome as a vital benefit to the community,” he said. 2007 scholarship winners include Quartz High School students Renuka Rudra (who will attend UCLA), Harmony Dixon (University of California, Irvine), Amarbir Gill (UCLA), Shivani Dharmaraja (UCLA) and Lydia Kim (UC Irvine); Paraclete High School students Catherine Pourdavoud (UCLA), Nicole Torsney (Antelope Valley College) and Dennis Sambolin (UCLA); Desert High School student Molly Shanks (California State University, San Diego); Boron High School student Kyle Hamilton (California State University, Chico); Lancaster High School students Santina Rossi (University of Buffalo); Alex Lim (USC), Uditha Nilanduwa (UC Irvine) and Ryan Tripoli (UC Santa Barbara) and Mojave High School student Priya Patel (UC Irvine). Karen Shea handles public relations for Antelope Valley Hospital. She posted this story May 18 to the Antelope Valley hub on 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jailed fundraiser popular – for all the wrong reasons

first_imgBrosnahan also has said he will seek to undo the plea and force prosecutors back to square one. Hsu is due back in court in Redwood City on Friday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now the man who once fashioned himself as a wealthy businessman capable of raising large amounts of campaign cash isn’t wanted by politicians, but in the courts. Candidates are scurrying to return Hsu’s money and distance themselves from him. On Wednesday, a state judge in Manhattan refused to freeze the contributions Hsu made to several New York politicians, including Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo because their lawyers were not in court. But the judge did freeze Hsu’s bank accounts and sealed his Manhattan apartment at the request of investors. Earlier this week, state prosecutors said they intended to keep Hsu in the Redwood City jail on the fraud charges until he is sentenced in the 1991 case that alleged he stole $1 million from family, friends and others who thought they were investing in a clothing deal. Hsu pleaded no contest to grand theft in 1992 and agreed to a maximum prison term of three years. He fled California before he was formally sentenced. Investigators believe he went to Hong Kong. But getting Hsu sentenced to state prison may take some time. Hsu’s defense attorney, James Brosnahan, has said he intends to exploit a California law that requires the same judge who takes a defendant’s plea to mete out the sentence. The judge who took Hsu’s plea has since retired. SAN FRANCISCO – Even as he sits in the suburban Bay Area jail that once housed condemned killer Scott Peterson, Norman Hsu is still a wanted man. Jilted investors who sunk $63 million into Hsu’s alleged Ponzi schemes are competing for whatever financial crumbs they can shake from the disgraced Democratic fundraiser. At the same time, state and federal prosecutors are wrangling over where he should be jailed. “We have the body,” California Deputy Attorney General Ronald Smetana argued last week outside San Mateo Superior Court after a shackled Hsu was ordered held without bail. Hsu’s fall from top-tier fundraiser has been swift: He turned himself in on a California fraud case last month after 15 years as a fugitive, then skipped the next court hearing, fled on an Amtrak train and was arrested at a Colorado hospital after attempting suicide on the train. last_img read more

Datebook 10/16

first_imgTODAY AARP Driving Safety program, 1-5 p.m., Sparr Heights Community Center, 1613 Glencoe Way, Glendale. Registration fee $10. Call (818) 548-2188. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lyon president threatens Spurs with higher Ndombele fee if they don’t hurry

first_img three-way race 2 targets Ndombele is thought to be keen to join Tottenham, with just a fee to be negotiated TOP WORK Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST TRANSFER NEWS REVEALED Tanguy Ndombele made his France debut at the end of last year Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Darren Gough discusses if Tanguy Ndombele will be a game changer for Tottenham “Tanguy has shown his qualities with the French national team. He is one of our best players. How much is he worth? I do not know, but not just €45m.”The Telegraph reports that Spurs are willing to break their current transfer record and spend £55m to land the France international, but they are unlikely to pay £72m if Aulas follows through on his threat.It’s not the first time Levy and Aulas have clashed during transfer negotiations.The Lyon president accused Tottenham’s owner of repeatedly going back on his word during the signing of Hugo Lloris in 2012. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Speaking at the time, Aulas said: “We had people speaking all night with Daniel Levy. He talks a lot and goes back on what we’ve agreed in writing. Agreements have not at all been respected.“We had email exchanges which have been contradicted, so that’s made it very complicated. It’s difficult. The Tottenham board’s theory is to explain that the economic market is very hard and so we have to get used to renegotiating.“It’s been very, very difficult. I’ve got 25 years of experience as a president of a club and it’s our 16th participation in a European competition in a row. But this is very rare in the football world. The negotiation with the Tottenham directors has been the hardest I have ever had to undergo in these 25 years.”Dealing with Levy is never easy – Sir Alex Ferguson once said negotiations with the Spurs supremo were more painful that his hip replacement. targets center_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST moving on Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Tottenham have been told they will have to pay £72million for Tanguy Ndombele if they continue to drag out negotiations with Lyon.Jean-Michel Aulas, the French club’s president, has confirmed an opening bid of £40m from Spurs, which is significantly below their valuation for the 22-year-old midfielder. LIVING THE DREAM Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:17Loaded: 7.21%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father getty getty images – getty The bid was subsequently rejected and talks are ongoing, but Aulas admits he is getting frustrated by Daniel Levy’s slow approach to the deal.Aulas said: “If I wait another eight days, it will be €80m. Tottenham made us an opening offer worth €45m.“Then, we discussed more. Nothing is done, I can assure you. We are not in a hurry either. 2last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: June 2, 2017

first_imgBystanders help detain credit card theft, vehicle burglary suspectSeveral bystanders helped deputies hold down a man Riverside County sheriff’s officials say used a credit card that had been stolen in a series of vehicle burglaries in Menifee, California. Ramon Daniel Aguayo, 32, of Moreno Valley was near the entrance of the Target store when deputies approached him the evening of May 26, according to a new release. “Aguayo fought deputies’ attempt to detain him,” the release said. “Several citizen bystanders came to the aid of deputies and he was ultimately arrested.” The deputies had been summoned by Target store asset protection, who suspected that Aguayo may have made a fraudulent credit card purchase, the release said. Authorities learned the credit card belonged to someone whose vehicle had just been burglarized in the parking lot of a gym less than 2 miles from the Target, officials said. It was one of three vehicles in the gym parking lot that had been broken into. Investigators found items taken from the vehicles inside Aguayo’s car, along with a loaded Glock 9mm handgun that was reported stolen out of a vehicle in Los Angeles County.Aguayo was out on $10,000 bail following a recent arrest on suspicion of purchasing or receiving a stolen vehicle, court records show. He also had an active felony warrant for his arrest out of Los Angeles County for auto theft and evading, the sheriff’s release said. Aguayo was booked at the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of resisting arrest, evading and petty theft with priors, all felonies, jail records show. He remained in jail Thursday, with bail set at $65,000. Charges have not been filed in the Target incident or the case in which he was out on bail. Sheriff’s officials asked anyone with information regarding this case or who may have been a victim to contact them at 951-210-1000 or  [For more: The Press-Enterprise]New Jersey man stabs clerk during shoplifting attemptA 46-year-old man is charged with stabbing a Dollar Deal store employee while attempting to shoplift from the North Olden Avenue shop, Ewing police said. Police were on the way to the store at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday for a reported shoplifting when the subject pulled a knife, police said. Officers were then informed from police dispatch that the suspect was being held down. Officers arrived to find Kenneth Reyes, of Trenton, being detained and a store employee suffering an injury to his arm, from the suspect stabbing him, police said. The employee refused medical attention. Reyes is charged with robbery and weapon possession charges.  [For more:]- Sponsor – [text_ad use_post=’128086′]Shoplifting suspects threatened employee with needleHobbes, New Mexico, Police are looking for two people who made a shoplifting spree scary. Police say a man and a woman tried to take more than $600 worth of items from the Hobbs Walmart. They say when loss prevention associates confronted the woman she pulled out what looked like a hypodermic needle and threatened employees with it. The couple then took off in a red Chevrolet Impala. Police tried to pull them over at a one point but they fled. If you recognize the suspects, you are asked to call Hobbs police.  [For more: KRQE News 13]Five ways to lead through a data breach crisisAt no time are CISOs and more tested, and in danger of losing the confidence of the C-suite, than in a breach crisis. As the headlines continue to pile up in the wake of the global WannaCry ransomware attack, now is a good time to remember that CISOs who resign themselves to “surviving” a breach are at great risk of losing influence, and possibly even their jobs. In contrast, CISOs who cultivate their role as business leaders are often seen as part of the solutions team, not a victim, when a breach occurs.In the course of hundreds of incident response engagements annually (700+ in 2016), SecureWorks has observed some common denominators among client CISOs who were successful in leading through a breach. Not surprisingly their success had a lot to do with the groundwork they laid ahead of time. I’m a firm believer that it’s never too late to get started on the rest of your career, so here are five ways you can take action now to ensure you’re positioned to lead through crisis. #1 Manage expectations in the boardroom Boards often look back on cybersecurity reporting post-incident to determine whether the CISO adequately managed the company’s expectations. Get off on the right foot today by driving consensus on the top business risks, e.g. “what would happen to us ‘if’,” and “what is our tolerance for those risks?” #2 Forge good partnerships and keep them at the ready Talk to anyone who’s been through the fire and they’ll agree: “The worst time to negotiate an incident response contract is in the midst of crisis.” #3 Insist on a dynamic incident response plan Simply having a plan in place doesn’t ensure that you’ll have control when a breach becomes a crisis. Incident response plans should be dynamic, or adaptable, to the needs of the business. Engage the whole business. Without buy in from all parties, it’s unlikely a plan will be executed as intended.  If a plan can’t be executed, it’s not a plan. It’s just an idea. 
#4 Lead with the “right” (The right information, to the right people, at the right time) In a crisis situation, security leaders must be prepared to get facts as quickly and accurately as possible in order to manage the message, timing and chain of command from the get-go. #5 Apply Lessons Learned What we learn makes us stronger, and a sign of true leadership is when a CISO leads the charge to apply what company learned through the breach crisis (or breach simulation) back into the company. [For more: SecureWorks]LP Worldwide: Tesco lays down gauntlet to Amazon with one-hour food delivery by robotTesco has laid down the gauntlet to technology giant Amazon after delivering a grocery order within an hour using a robot. The supermarket giant delivered a basket of goods using a six-wheeled machine as part of its wider Tesco Now one-hour delivery trial. Now Britain’s biggest retailer is mulling a wider roll-out of robot deliveries following the successful pilot in London. Tesco has linked up with hi-tech firm Starship Technologies to deliver the service, according to The Grocer.The robots are able to carry items within a three-mile radius, taking goods to customers’ homes either from stores or special delivery hubs. The machines are fitted with anti-theft protocols so that, if someone attempts to tamper with or steal the robot, a human operator can take control, talking to the culprit and sending police to its location. Customers can also monitor the progress of the robots via smartphone. A Tesco spokesman said: “We are always looking at new ways to improve the shopping experience for our customers. “We carried out a one-off trial as part of our Tesco Now initiative in partnership with a technology company. “We learned a great deal from this trial and we’ll be reviewing feedback before deciding our next steps.”The supermarket giant began testing the Tesco Now app in central London in April, promising delivery within an hour on orders of 20 products or less. It is currently listening to feedback from that broader trial. [For more: RetailWeek]US bill seeks tougher penalties for counterfeiting medsA bill introduced in the US seeks to strengthen the pharma supply chain by increasing penalties for counterfeiting. Introduced by Republican Leonard Lance in May, the new bill looks (HR 2376) to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act so that the penalties dished out to common counterfeiting medicines are on a par with criminals who divert legitimate drugs. Currently there is a discrepancy between the two crimes. If a person is found guilty of producing and distributing counterfeit drugs in the US they can expect to receive no more than a year in prison with fines up to $1,000. In contrast, diverting US-made drugs for foreign markets back into the US can carry a 10-year prison sentence with fines reaching $250,000. Meanwhile, cases where drugs are manufactured overseas and destined for foreign markets but which get diverted to the US are treated leniently with individuals slapped with a simple misdemeanor.According to the new bill, dubbed the Drug Diversion and Counterfeit Crackdown Act of 2017, there is no grounds for differing penalties. “There should not be unequal treatment of counterfeiting and diversion, enabling criminal enterprises to exploit statutory loopholes and jeopardise patient and consumer safety without fear of significant penalties,” the bill says, calling for the penalties against counterfeiters to increase to 10 years to match the penalties for diversion.”Counterfeit drugs are flooding into the US and too many Americans are falling victim to knock-offs that have infiltrated the US supply chain,” Lance said in a statement.Meanwhile, some states in the US have taken legislative measures into their own hands to crackdown on counterfeit opioid drugs. Florida, for instance, has passed a bill that adds fentanyl and other synthetic opioids to the state’s drug trafficking statute as schedule I controlled substances, which will result in stricter punishment for dealers, including 25 years behind bars for possession, along with a fine of between $50,000 and $500,000, and a first-degree murder charge in the case of an overdose death.  [For more: Retail Gazette UK]Data loss prevention and cybersecurity: A Practical GuideCybercrime has become a focal point of national security and a frequent topic in discussions of risk management. News about major corporate and government breaches affirms that no organization or public agency is immune to a persistent, skilled attacker. Critical infrastructure is also increasingly becoming an attractive target for criminals due to its growing reliance on technology. Adapting and responding to evolving cyber threats and protecting critical infrastructure and proprietary business assets are essential for both government agencies and businesses. Postmortem analyses of breaches offer a treasure trove of lessons learned and reveal attack tactics, techniques and procedures.Cyber criminals leverage technology vulnerabilities and trickery to exploit the human-technology gap, by targeting sensitive passwords, data and applications regularly used by staff. Data theft is the goal of most recent breaches. Cyber criminals typically break into vulnerable systems and pivot between systems using stolen credentials or posing as a third-party contractor to gain access to valuable data. Targeted confidential data comprises personnel records, public billing information, credit card numbers, financial or health records and more. The theft of your city’s legally protected data can result in significant regulatory fines, loss of public trust and damage to the city’s reputation. estimates that in 2016, the cost of data breaches averaged $4 million dollars or $158 per record. Medical history, credit card data and Social Security numbers have the highest cost per stolen record at $355.No amount of funding or technology tools can prevent all data breaches. However, cities can significantly reduce the risk of data breaches by raising employee awareness through cybersecurity awareness and data hygiene training, creating strong policies around PII data, scanning and removing outdated and duplicate data and implementing protocols to
prevent data from leaving the agency.  [For more: USA Today] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Employee Accused of Making Illegal Audio Recording during Theft Investigation

first_imgA Walt Disney World employee made an illegal audio recording of her interview with Disney security officials while being questioned about thefts at the theme parks, according to prosecutors.Alicia Reese later shared that secret recording with Patrick Spikes, a former Disney employee who is accused of breaking into a theme park attraction and stealing props, deputies allege. Prosecutors have charged Reese with an illegal interception of oral communications, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.Reese and Spikes have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Reese, who had been an employee of ESPN Club restaurant at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, was interviewed by two Disney security investigators in March about thefts from the company. A human resources representative and a union representative were also present during the interview, which reportedly took place in an office inside the Disney restaurant. According to authorities… Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Treat Fundraising Like Enterprise Sales (And Glengarry Glen Ross)

first_imgVenture Capital Is Just One Funding Option, Rem… edith harbaugh Related Posts Harver is on the Way to Reinvent High-Volume Hi… Tags:#Fundraising#Guest Posts#Venture capital center_img 4 Painless Ways to Pay off Small Business Loans… Guest author Edith Harbaugh is the CEO and cofounder of LaunchDarkly, a service that helps software teams launch, measure, and control their features.As I was going through my fundraising for LaunchDarkly, I was surprised by my friends reactions of “Oh, it’s just like Shark Tank; you pitch four VCs on live TV and they make a snap decision.” This isn’t true. Seed fundraising isn’t like Shark Tank. It’s much more like enterprise sales. Survival Of The FitFundraising is about finding a good fit between a company that wants money to grow faster and investors who want to put their money to work with a high return. Enterprise sales is similar—a company is investing in a vendor that will help them achieve high returns for their own business. In both cases, there’s a funnel with leads, a champion, a sales process, and a close. Below is the sales process I used to raise raising $2.6 million, with bonus help from ’90s classic movie Glengarry Glen Ross. Hollywood mythology has the CEO drive down to Sand Hill Road, pitch a partner meeting, and walk out with a check for millions. Actually, the partner meeting is the very last step in the process. You start out with all your leads—VCs you think might be interested in buying what you’re selling. But wait, I’m not selling anything! I hear you thinking. Oh, but you are! VCs are buying a chunk of your company in the hopes that you will return their investment by 10x or more. Not every buyer persona matches what you’re selling; you are looking for a VC who understands your market and your vision, and buys into the possibility that you will make them look prescient and rich.Qualifying Leads“The leads aren’t weak—you’re weak.”Pro tip: Know your target market and look for VCs who know your market well. My screen was having investors with experience working in software development. Make a lead list of everyone you know who fits your ideal lead profile. Define your target market for leads—investors who have a thesis that matches your space and its size. AngelList, CrunchBase and funds’ own websites are very helpful for knowing what investors invest in. For example, if they usually invest in hardware router makers that need a Series D—a big-dollar, late-stage investment—they’re unlikely to invest in your seed-stage home-decorating consumer app. Next, make your email pitch with a short blurb of who you are, what you’re doing, and why it’s interesting. The goal of the email pitch is not to have someone drop you a check (only a Sith Lord does that), but to get a meeting with the investor.Once you’re in the pitch meeting, it’s a two-way street. The investor is assessing whether you have a quality pitch, team, interesting market, and product demo. At the seed stage, the VCs are looking for promise and something that excites them personally. As the CEO, you are looking for the right fit to take your company forward. Mike Beebe, a Jedi fundraiser, told me, “You will get the money—you’re assessing if this is the person you want to get money from.” I had a pitch meeting where the partner had never heard of Stack Overflow. My own product is a developer tool that helps with getting features to real users faster, and the partner hadn’t heard of one of the most popular developer sites. Not a fit.Another said they loved me and my story personally, but didn’t understand B2B and would invest if I was doing a B2C company. The Art Of The Follow-Up“A guy don’t walk on the lot lest he want to buy.”Pro tip: Always ask. Always. You don’t know if someone is a yes unless you ask.The first pitch meeting went well, there’s mutual interest, now what? Now comes the follow-up. Tom Drummond, Heavybit managing director, told me that “VCs take 20–30 meetings a week and have hundreds of emails. You need to force your way to be top of mind. Email them, follow up.” Once I knew it wasn’t a negative signal to follow up, I used TalentBin founder Peter Kazanjy’s advice:“Touch a lead six times before they’re cold.” After the pitch meeting, send a follow-up. Mine reiterated key points, expanded on anything I felt I hadn’t covered well, and included a customer case study. I asked for next steps. Sometimes the response was “We don’t want to continue.” Sometimes it was “Here’s what we need to move forward,” but at least I knew.Dave McClure, founding partner at 500 Startups, only invested after I followed up. I’ve known Dave since 2008, when I worked at an Internet of Things startup. He said, “If you ever start a company, I’d invest.” My response was, “I don’t even have an idea, much less a company.” But he said, “The person is more important than the idea.”When I exhibited at WebSummit Dublin in 2014, I tweeted him to come by the LaunchDarkly booth. He came by, dropped a card, and jetted off. I was disappointed—now I had a company, shouldn’t he have offered to invest? Then I reframed it. He’d taken the time to come see me, and I hadn’t made the ask. I emailed him, “Are you ready to make your bet on me?” He responded instantly, saying yes, he was interested, and he’d assumed I wasn’t fundraising because I hadn’t asked him. Do Due Diligence“Always be closing.”Pro tip: Ask a VC to walk you through their due-diligence process. If the VC can’t answer, this is a huge red flag. If they ask for 50 different documents including SEC filings and you’re raising seed, it’s not a good match. If they start to ask for things not in the original plan, ask them why. Usually, it’s cold feet.Due diligence is often the most confusing phase for entrepreneurs.. As VCs are parting with a significant amount of money, they want to vet you. Angels who are investing $10,000–$50,000 can go on gut, but the more money is at stake, the more vetting will take place. Every investor has an ever-amorphous idea of what due diligence they need to feel comfortable with you. Some will want to talk to your customers, some will want you to talk to their portfolio companies to see what they think, some will want you to talk to industry experts, some will want to talk to all your old bosses, and some will want to see five years of financial statements, board meeting notes, and your seven-year business plan. Match the amount of vetting with the size of investment, and push back on unusual requests.If a VC asks you to meet with someone before they’ve invested, treat these meetings as what they are—sales calls. The investor will not invest until due diligence is complete, so do not blow these meetings off or treat them casually. They are not a time to let it all hang out and expose the warts of your business. They are steps in a sales process. Impress the due-diligence people as much as you impressed the original VC. Bring your A-game as to why your company is important and valuable. Due diligence can drag out, mislead, give false hope, and be harmful. I had an investor who wanted to talk to two customers. He missed both meetings because he was late. When he did eventually show up, he wanted to meet with more customers to “feel convinced.” I didn’t want to burn my customers with a flaky VC who would miss meetings. He never did end up investing. Another startup CEO had six separate meetings with one VC firm. He didn’t meet with other firms, as in his mind, this firm was about to invest. Startup advisor Sean Byrnes gave him a cold dose of reality: “If after that many meetings they haven’t invested, they won’t. They’re using you to educate themselves on the market.” To reframe this in enterprise sales terms, if you’re spending all your time on bad leads, you’re not making good leads work.The Close “Coffee is for closers.”Pro tip: Always know who your champion is. If you don’t know who it is, you are fighting solo, as no one has an incentive to help you.You’ve made it through your initial pitch meetings, due diligence, and now it’s time for the final hurdle—the partner meeting. Many think this is the first step, but it is actually the last one. This is the meeting where you pitch to the entire partnership. The most important person in the pitch meeting isn’t actually you, but your champion. The champion is the partner who heard your pitch and has the reports back from due diligence. They are trying to get the deal done as they think you’re a killer investment that will make them look good. Andy McLoughlin, a venture partner at SoftTech VC, says, “If I’m the champion of an investment deal, I’m even more invested than in vendor selection at an enterprise. The companies I invest in are my product.” The champions are there to help you. Use them! They want you to look good, as otherwise they get razzed for backing a loser company. Most firms invest in less than half of companies that pitch the partnership, and it’s not expected everyone will be in favor.Ask the champion what you should show in the partner meeting. Let the VC run interference on objections. Without a champion, meetings are at best neutral and at worst openly hostile.In sum, fundraising is hard, but it shouldn’t be a mystery. It’s a sales process, so treat it like that. 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first_imgRecently, the Intel® SSD “ruler” form factor won the International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) Gold Award for 2018. This award, distributed by the International Designers Society of America (IDSA) to 24 products this year, is a “benchmark of design and is unweathered by shifting fads or transitory styling”. The IDSA website states that “Gold winners are housed in the permanent collection at the Henry Ford Museum, remaining an ever-present symbol of ingenuity and mastery of craft. Excellence is exemplified”. Being awarded this honor poises the Intel® SSD “ruler” form factor to become an icon in the storage industry.Intel® “ruler” form factor is purpose-built, inspired by customers, and optimized for data centers. Breaking free from legacy form factor constraints, the “ruler” form factor is capable of much more than its predecessors.While having previously unrealizable efficiency in capacity, operations, and management, the “ruler” form factor was made with design in mind. This innovative form factor was the culmination of a three-year collaboration across various Intel groups, as well as in partnership with Huge Design, to rethink data center storage for flash.Now built on EDSFF* standards, this sleek SSD form factor improves density, manageability, and serviceability in tandem with an efficient thermal design that is revolutionizing server design. In 2019, data centers will be able to fit a petabyte of storage into a single 1U server rack, replacing 24 1U servers.Implementing serviceability into a new form factor was a key driver for the team at Intel during creation of the “ruler” form factor. The Intel® “ruler” SSD is the first drive with serviceability built into the unit. Eliminating SSD carriers not only reduced cost, but enabled greater system density as well. Storage has not ventured into integrated serviceability in this way before. Thus, the first drive in the history of SSDs with integrated serviceability winning an industrial design award sets a high bar for all to come.Other products that have been given the honor of the IDEA Gold Award are the Square Register*, Google Home Mini*, and Microsoft’s Surface Laptop*. For Intel’s “ruler” form factor to stand alongside these other breathtaking products is a testament to its design appeal. Products like Dell’s EMC PowerEdge R740 Rack Server* and Intel® SSD “ruler” form factor being awarded by the IDSA shows a shift towards intentional industrial design in the storage industry. All products that have received this award can be found here in the IDEA gallery.last_img read more