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Groups in Australia and Japan join forces to highlight damage caused by their nations’ coal trade

first_imgGroups in Australia and Japan join forces to highlight damage caused by their nations’ coal trade Australia InstituteCivil society groups in Australia and Japan have teamed up to release a new report that examines the damage caused by coal mining in Australia and coal consumption in Japan, shining a light on the costs of Japan’s reliance on Australian coal.The report by the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Australia Institute and major Japanese climate organisation Kiko Network highlights the impacts on the climate, human health, ecosystems and wildlife habitats as a result of Japan’s use of Australian coal.Japan is the world’s fifth largest greenhouse gas emitter. More than 60% of the coal it burns is imported from Australia. Australian coal burned in Japan produces around 490 million tonnes of greenhouse gas per year that contribute to global climate change.Japan is Australia’s biggest coal customer. Coal demand from Japan is a key factor in the expansion of coal mines and Australia’s coal export industry.In recent years, the expansion of Australian coal mines has affected the Great Barrier Reef, critically endangered animal species, forests (including koala habitats), rivers, farms, rural communities, human health and First Nations rights.Burning Australian coal contributes to the poor air quality in Japan’s cities. It is estimated that at least 60,000 premature deaths occur from air pollution in Japan every year.Japanese companies own stakes in many coal mines in Australia, including some of the most controversial mines in the country.The Australian Conservation Foundation’s Gavan McFadzean said:“This report brings to light the true costs of Australia’s coal trade with Japan – on koala habitats, water resources, human health, rural communities and First Nations’ rights.”Kiko Network’s Kimiko Hirata said:“Japan relies heavily on coal, but people in Japan barely know the impacts incurred in Australia due to our consumption of coal. We need to end the utilization of coal power by 2030 – not only for the climate, but also for nature and the people of Australia.”Richie Merzian, Director of the Climate & Energy Program at The Australia Institute, said:“Australia is the third largest exporter of fossil fuels in the world, yet the government is only interested in further growing its coal and gas exports to the region. As a result, Japan and Australia both suffer more climate damage. The emissions in Japan from burning Australian coal are roughly equivalent to all the climate pollution emitted in Australia every year.”The groups, which are calling for Australia and Japan to phase out their coal trade by 2030, will use the new report to raise public awareness as part of their advocacy for the move from dependence on high-risk coal and nuclear energy to a sustainable future based on clean, safe renewable energy sources. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:air pollution, air quality, Australia, Australia Institute, Australian, Australian Conservation Foundation, climate change, conservation, Government, Great Barrier Reef, human health, Japan, Japanese, public awareness, renewable energy, sustainablelast_img read more

Saunders one back at Barbasol Championship

first_imgOPELIKA, Ala. – Australia’s Mark Hensby birdied three of the final four holes Friday for a 7-under 64 and a share of the second-round lead in the inaugural Barbasol Championship. Hensby matched South Korea’s Whee Kim at 9-under 133 on Grand National’s Lake Course in the PGA Tour event for players who failed to qualify for the British Open. ”I played well. I gave myself a lot of chances,” Hensby said. ”I hit a couple of wayward ones, but I haven’t played in a tournament in quite some time. You get a little nervy in the middle, but then kind of settled down and hit some good shots.” The 43-year-old Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic for his lone PGA Tour title. He has fought rotator cuff problems in his right shoulder and has limited tour status. ”I had some injuries and the last two years I’ve been healthy, but I missed second stage of Q-school last year, so that gives you nothing,” Hensby said. ”There’s just nowhere to play. I’ve played a couple mini-tours here and there, but this is my first tournament in quite some time. It’s good to be back.” Kim shot a 66. He’s playing his 19th event in his rookie season on the PGA Tour. ”I just tried to keep it in the fairway,” Kim said. ”If I miss the fairway for tee shots, going to be really tough to get to the green. So, I just tried to focus on the fairway.” Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 98, shot a 66 to join first-round leader Sam Saunders and Charlie Beljan at 8 under. Saunders, Arnold Palmer’s grandson, followed his opening 64 with a 70. ”I really didn’t play a whole lot different today than I did yesterday,” Saunders said. ”The angles were a little off today. Hit it over a couple greens that I thought were good shots, and then I hit a couple of good shots that ended up in some funky places. That’s golf.” Beljan had a 64. ”I was 3 over yesterday after my first nine and kind of just kept on doing the same thing and a couple putts went in and we built some momentum and here we are at 8 under,” Beljan said. ”It’s not an easy course. You’ve got to drive it well because you have to be able to control your shots into the greens with the quadrants the way they are.” David Toms topped the group at 7 under after a 66.last_img read more

Partnerships for Schools: How to get our fingers burnt

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Seward Highway Reopens After Wildfire Closure

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享8:20pm Update: The Department tweeted: “The AFD and Forestry units involved in the fire suppression effort are having success. APD is enroute to assist with traffic control. The road restriction is still in place since fire crews are working on and near the highway. Thank you for your continued patience as we deal with the situation.” The Department of Transportation reports flames next to the road, just east of the Falls Creek Trail. The highway is closed and emergency vehicles are on the road. The Anchorage Fire Department says the wildland fire attack at mile 105.5 of Seward hwy is progressing well. Original Story:The Seward Highway was closed at MP 105 close to 7pm tonight (Thursday), near Indian for a 50 yard wildland fire moving up the hillside. Motorists are asked to avoid the area until the road has been re-opened. The cause isn’t yet known. The U.S. Forest Service is expected to take over from the AFD at 9pm.center_img The Anchorage Fire Department has responded and requested assistance from the Alaska Division of Forestry. Refresh for updates. The fire is reportedly under control. The highway is reopening and traffic is moving slowly through the area. The Alaska Division of Forestry will remain on scene for several hours, mopping up. 8:10pm Update:last_img read more

Marshfield boys swimming wins two events in loss to Stevens Point

first_imgTigers are at Rhinelander on SaturdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Brian Engel won the 100 freestyle in 54.81 seconds for one of Marshfield’s two event victories in a 96-74 loss to Stevens Point on Monday at the Marshfield High School Fieldhouse.Marshfield’s 200 freestyle relay team of Scott Thompson, Ben Donahue, Zach Hanson, and Calden Wojt also won in 1:45.18.Wojt was second in the event in 58.53, Engel took second in the 100 backstroke (1:10.45), and Thompson was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.45) for Marshfield.The Tigers’ 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay teams of Engel, Colin Thomasgard, Wojt, and finished second in both events.Marshfield, 1-2 in Wisconsin Valley Conference dual meets, will be in action Saturday at the Rhinelander Invitational.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com)last_img read more

Innovation Leading Us into the New Year

first_imgFollowing are a few article summaries that can provide you with a small taste of the original content available to you every day through our daily digital offerings, which are offered free through LossPreventionMedia.com. In addition to our daily newsletter, a comprehensive library of original content is available to our digital subscribers at no cost. Simply visit our website to gain free and ongoing access to all our content. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.Adding Value through Emerging Loss Prevention Technology and Data AnalyticsBy Mike Limauro Loss prevention technology, especially analytics, has evolved exponentially over the past few decades. And as this technology has evolved, the most recent solution—prescriptive analytics—combines all these ideas to identify opportunities for improvement and takes the next step, making suggestions designed to remedy these opportunities and capitalize on them. Ensuring corrective action is taken to address the identified problem is what makes prescriptive analytics more effective than a traditional data reporting solution. By automatically turning data into understandable insights and placing them directly into the hands of those who can impact your business, this solution will dramatically help optimize results.Opening the DoorsUp until recently, exception-based reporting was in the hands of a limited number of people, making the investment one of the best-kept secrets in the company, thus missing the true potential to maximize the return on investment. The data mining solution was used in a very limited capacity to identify dishonest behavior. The problem with this strategy is that it virtually eliminates the chance for loss prevention technology solutions to add value in other departments.- Sponsor – To combat this, we need to think differently about how we use these technology investments, searching for new ways to use old ideas. At a time when the face of retail is changing so rapidly and many companies are cutting expenses in order to either stay competitive or simply survive, it has become critical for every asset protection team to add value throughout the entire organization. In today’s environment, it is critical to offer services the company simply cannot live without, and the best way to achieve this is to embed your culture, knowledge, services, and technology throughout the entire enterprise. It’s no longer enough to simply protect profits; it’s time to start thinking about how you can expand them.Increasing ValueIn my previous role, I utilized a prescriptive analytics solution, partnering with a company that had a very progressive view on how data could be used to expand a company’s profitability. We trained employees across all departments on how to use the solution to enhance daily functions. Each user was looking at something completely different than the next. But by sharing our loss prevention technology and our expertise, the solution’s value increased exponentially. In addition, the company looked at the department in a different way because we were able to assist in creating a broad range of successes by targeting individual requirements and unique challenges.Don’t limit yourself. The more data you push through your analytic software, the more uses you will discover. Imagine how the senior executives will perceive your department when you can say your team helped increase sales and that you have processes in place to monitor for any missed opportunities that occur in the future.Building a Strong PlanBefore you begin, you will need to educate yourself on which technologies are right for you and your organization. What current technology do you have, and how can it be used in a different way? What new technology will your company benefit from? Selecting your solution provider is a critical step in this process as they can make or break a program implementation.Finally, embedding your technology into other departments is not as easy as it may sound. Take the time to share your information in a manner that promotes partnership and teamwork. As loss prevention technology becomes increasingly useful across all departments within an organization, the opportunity to elevate your department grows. By capitalizing on basic data that is readily available and using it for purposes outside of the traditional asset protection wheelhouse, you will drive improved results and increase efficiencies in other departments, thus earning respect and adding value across the entire enterprise.Botched Crisis Management at Wells Fargo?By Bill Turner, LPCRecently, the news seems to be reporting one crisis after another. The effectiveness of a company’s crisis management plan and execution can be a virtual make-or-break situation. Let’s take a closer look at Wells Fargo regarding unethical sales practices and the creation of phony accounts to boost sales numbers. All indicators are that Wells Fargo’s management scored poorly in their crisis management response. In fact, the Dow Jones business news called their efforts “a textbook case of botched crisis management.”Senators from both major parties have chastised Wells Fargo’s then-CEO John Stumpf over the company’s sales practices. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called it “gutless leadership and fraud.” The Wells Fargo team seemed unprepared and did not answer many questions from legislators about faulty sales practices. This ineffective response led to a $185 million fine.In the opinions of several former Wells Fargo executives, the root of the debacle stemmed from an insular culture that left it ill-prepared to effectively deal with a major crisis. Wells Fargo did respond by firing some 5,300 employees, but those layoffs only represented about 1 percent of its employee base. The bank would neither confirm or deny any wrongdoing, and Stumpf showed zero empathy, never saying he was sorry. At one point, an Oregon senator accused Stumpf of “scapegoating people at the bottom.”Wells Fargo’s crisis management missteps continued as it was reported that Stumpf became aware of the faulty sales practices as early as the fall of 2013. When he appeared before the Senate Banking Committee, he had few concrete answers.New CEO Tim Sloan got off to a rocky start when he announced a drop in profits while analysts were demanding more information on the crisis that had prompted his appointment. On the call, Sloan continually deflected questions and referred to the board’s continuing investigation.Wells Fargo’s crisis management efforts, at best, have been ineffective and, at worst, inexcusable for a company of its size. While crisis management and communication can be complicated, there are basic dos and don’ts that Wells Fargo seemed to be ignorant of or just disregarded. It is important that, in any major crisis, the top officer in the company is visible and is effectively communicating their response and direction. No executive should be expected to go it alone. Done right, effective crisis management takes a whole team that represents all critical functions of a company and prepares for a wide variety of issues that might arise in the future.While it is unclear if Wells Fargo has such a team or if they drilled to develop effective crisis management processes, it is clear that their actions have served to make the crisis worse, not better. Rarely is a company in a position to “tell all” during a major crisis. But they need to make every effort to show some transparency, empathy, and cooperation. “No comment,” especially from the top, doesn’t do any of that.Wages, Employee Performance, and Retail Industry Trends: Looking at Walmart’s New ApproachBy Jac Brittain, LPC Following an important topic that has been widely discussed throughout 2016, recent retail industry trends have explored the relationship between wage increases and the impact on employee performance. And as many employees and other interest groups across the country have expressed their opinions about wage increases and their impact on all involved, a recent New York Times article explored the subject and the potential impact that wage increases can have on employee performance by taking a closer look at the world’s largest retailer.A few years ago, Walmart, which once built its entire branding around a big yellow smiley face, was creating more than its share of frowns. Shoppers were fed up. They complained of dirty bathrooms, empty shelves, endless checkout lines, and impossible-to-find employees. Only 16 percent of stores were meeting the company’s customer service goals. The dissatisfaction showed up where it counts. Sales at stores open at least a year fell for five straight quarters; the company’s revenue fell for the first time in Walmart’s forty-five-year run as a public company.To fix it, executives came up with what, for Walmart, was a revolutionary idea. In early 2015, Walmart announced it would actually pay its workers more. That set in motion the biggest test imaginable of a basic argument: what if paying workers more, training them better, and offering better opportunities for advancement can actually make a company more profitable, rather than less?The results are promising. By early 2016, the proportion of stores hitting their targeted customer-service ratings had rebounded to 75 percent. Sales are rising again. At the store level, managers describe a big shift in the kind of workers they can bring in by offering higher pay rates. “We’re attracting a different type of associate,” said Tina Budnaitis, a Walmart manager. “We get more people coming in who want a career instead of a job.”From a loss prevention perspective, results from the annual National Retail Security Survey (NRSS) and other research conducted by Richard Hollinger, PhD, often considers the relationship between employee satisfaction, employee wages, and the impact of these critical retail industry trends on employee theft. How exactly would higher retail wages impact shrink in retail stores? Would higher wages influence overall store performance?Similarly, the research and content supported by Read Hayes, PhD, and the Loss Prevention Research Council also looks at retail industry trends and the many influences that support the motives behind employee theft, including employee wages and job satisfaction.In a volatile corporate world, an unexpected recession or management change, or rise of a new competitor, could upend any plans. But in the short term, the Walmart experiment shows pretty clearly that paying people better improves both the work force and the shoppers’ experience.As retailers look for answers to the ongoing threat of theft, fraud, and the many factors that impact retail shrink, let’s hope that these recent retail industry trends can have a similar impact on the loss prevention industry and our ongoing battle with retail industry shrink.Amazon Continues to Reshape the Retail IndustryBy Bill Turner, LPC The idea of shopping online for groceries is not new. Retail technology companies have tried over and over to fix what people hate most about grocery shopping—long lines, slow moving cashiers, and now the long wait for chipped credit cards to process. As history has seen, however, the retail industry is slow to change on one issue that is critically important when it comes to groceries—touching and feeling the product. There have been many technological advances to improve the grocery shopping experience. Some have worked; some have not.Self-Checkout. It has worked reasonably well for some retailers. But grocery checkout is often more complicated. Weighing produce, having to wait for clearance when purchasing alcohol, and malfunctioning scanners are all major frustrations for consumers. Many grocery chains are removing or scaling back on self-checkout.Delivery. Once upon a time, most grocers delivered. But the rise of supermarkets and the automobile virtually ended the practice. In the late 1990s, Webvan had some success in web-based grocery delivery. But they lost millions of dollars and went bankrupt in 2001. There have been others. Even some large supermarket chains began experimenting with online order and delivery. Arranging delivery windows and guaranteed availability of items ordered online have been major problem areas. Plus the consumer can’t squeeze the melons.Self-Scanning. Europe has seen some modest success around having customers self-scan grocery items with their smartphones and using apps for mobile payment, thus avoiding checkout lines altogether. Meanwhile, the US retail industry remains skeptical.Dash Away. Amazon took a swing at the online grocery market in 2015 by launching its Dash button. The WiFi-enabled devices are branded with specific products, and the customer simply clicks the button to reorder from their Amazon account when needed. But adoption of the concept has been far from overwhelming.Smart Appliances. The idea of your refrigerator keeping track of food inside and having a food purchase app is novel. Samsung has been pushing hard in this area. However, to date, technical glitches and the continual need to update software have been major hurdles.Mobile Payments. Mobile payments are catching on rapidly but still only represent 19 percent of all purchase payments. Again, technical glitches have prevented widespread adoption. The requirement to have a relatively new and sophisticated cell phone and concerns over privacy and data security are also major issues.Delivery Drones. Again, the retail industry remains skeptical. Amazon is hard at work trying to iron out logistical and regulatory issues to bring it to reality, but progress is very slow.The widespread adoption of online shopping for groceries isn’t here yet. But as we know, Amazon never gives up thinking about how to make shopping more convenient for the consumer. The Amazon Go grocery store is now in the testing stage. It is still some ways away as the concept is grounded in a brick-and-mortar store. The idea is to allow shoppers to walk into the store, select items, and walk out, totally skipping the checkout process. Everything selected gets automatically charged to the customer’s credit card. The system relies on a series of cameras and microphones. A customer’s smartphone is “tagged” when entering the store using the Amazon Go app. The system tracks the customer’s movements throughout the store. The customer’s selection of an item or returning it to the shelf is closely tracked by cameras. Payment is automatically calculated for all items selected and charged to the customer’s account. The customer simply leaves the stores with their purchases.The concept uses the latest technology to make grocery shopping more seamless for the customer. Will it happen? Maybe. But as we have seen, the US retail industry customer is skeptical. Loss of control, privacy issues, and other concerns still need to be overcome in order to make technology-assisted grocery shopping a reality. And how do you squeeze the melons? Time will tell.For more original news content, see the following articles:How the Right Retail Cash Management Solution Can Minimize the Costs of CashWill the Retail Industry Become Cashless?The Holidays Are Here. Are Your LP Plans in Place?Unreported Cargo Theft Incidents Make it Difficult to Grasp Scope2016 Data Breach Statistics by the NumbersBlack Friday, Other Retail Industry Holiday Shopping Trends ShiftingRFID Technology and Asset ProtectionCredit Card Fraud Goes Online for the Holiday SeasonAwareness of E-commerce Security Issues Is the First Step75 Years Ago: Pearl Harbor AnniversaryLP Magazine 2016—Wow! What a Year!E-commerce Has Not Killed Brick and MortarProfessional DevelopmentLP101 Investigations and Retail FraudKeeping Your Loss Prevention Job Search ConfidentialLP101 Safety in the Workplace: Program ElementsLP101 Safety in the Workplace: Safety Compliance InitiativesLP101 Safety in the Workplace: Identifying HazardsHow to Snag a Loss Prevention JobLP101 Safety in the Workplace: Safety Performance MeasurementsLPM VoiceYour Safe Can Do What? LP with Cloud-Based ManagementCan a Smart IP Video Solution Help You Solve Problems?Pre- and Post-incident Actions to Rebuff Negligent Security LawsuitsHoliday Crooks Are Here; Get Ready Inside and OutShould You Pay for Security Technology the Same Way You Pay for Theft?Has the Time Arrived for RFID?  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_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 [email protected]  [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: NJ.com]- 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. Fortune.com 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

PostPost Fixes Twitter’s Sucky Search

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Twitter’s features need some work. It has search, and it has a discovery tab, but they’re weak. Twitter is so focused on what’s happening right this second that it lets deeper searching and browsing go by the wayside.Enter PostPost. It has been around for a while as a Twitter search engine that actually remembers things that happened more than a couple days ago. But now it has a new feature called the Timeline Topline, which surfaces topics discussed by the most important people in your stream. jon mitchell The Twitter search page says, in huge letters, “See what’s happening right now.” It’ll show you that, sure. But if you’re looking for something more than moments old, good luck. Twitter is working on search, buying start-ups and so forth, but we’re still waiting on results. Twitter search can be useful, but it’s severely limited. If you use the tools Twitter provides, tweets that are more than few days old fall off the edge of the Earth.In December, Twitter launched its latest redesign, centered around the “Discover” tab. “Discover” shows trends, hashtags, popular and promoted stuff. It’s the ads page. There aren’t many compelling reasons to use it for discovering anything, especially considering what kinds of mind-numbing topics tend to trend on Twitter.Twitter’s Discover tab. Feel yourself getting dumber?PostPost is better than Twitter itself for solving both of these problems. The search, which I’ve been using for a while, is especially good. It’s not just that it finds older content; I think the PostPost algorithm provides more accurate results than Twitter search. Just type in a word, name or hashtag, and the results come back at lightning speed. You can also filter results by ‘”Everything,’ ‘Links,’ ‘Photos’ and ‘Videos.’The new “Timeline Topline” feature builds on those algorithmic smarts to surface more topics to explore. It’s personalized to you, unlike Twitter’s Discover tab. It picks out 150 people who are most relevant to you, mixing people you mention most and people who are popular globally. The Topline displays topics in red, but it also shows via links for the people who are talking about them.As you can see, not all the topics are clickable. But they’re better than #TenAttractivePeopleIFollow, and I know who the people are, so I’m still inclined to see what @fromedome has to say about love.PostPost’s Timeline Topline. Hey! I actually care about those people and things!Why 150? Dunbar’s Number, the theoretical limit of the number of people with whom anyone can maintain a relationship. It’s the same limit Path imposes on the number of friends.This is a light discovery tool. It’s not the deep-diving Twitter sonar offered by Bottlenose. But I think of PostPost as a more digestible add-on to Twitter that doesn’t dispense with the past. It’s simple and Twitter-like, it just does things that Twitter, for some strange reason, doesn’t do itself.Image of Henry Rollins’ back tattoo via Rawfit Tags:#Product Reviews#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

IRS Proposes Increased User Fee for Offers in Compromise (NPRM REG-108934)

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe IRS has proposed an increase in the user fee for processing a taxpayer’s offer in compromise. The current user fee is $186 and the IRS proposes to increase the fee to $300 for offers submitted on or after February 27, 2017. However, no fee is charged if the offer is based solely on doubt as to liability, or made by a low-income taxpayer.The actual cost of an offer as of 2015 was $2,450, and although agencies are ordinarily required to charge full cost, an exception applies in the case of offers in compromise. The increase is an attempt to recover more of the actual cost of processing the offer.Comments must be received by November 28, 2016. Submissions should be mailed to: Internal Revenue Service, CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-108934-16), Room 5203, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044. Submissions may also be hand-delivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-108934-16), Courier’s Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, D.C. 20224 or sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov (indicate IRS and REG-108934-16).A public hearing is scheduled for December 16, 2016, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Main IR Auditorium of the Internal Revenue Service Building, 1111 Constitution Ave NW., Washington, D.C. 20224.Proposed Regulations, NPRM REG-108934-16, 2016FED ¶49,715Other References:Code Sec. 7122CCH Reference – 2016FED ¶41,120BTax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC IRS: 42,100last_img read more

2nd India Art Festival: A mix bag of striking artworks

first_imgBy Rajan SharmaNew Delhi, Jan 22 (PTI) From nail art to mughal mirror painting, from the portrait of a cow to etching on stones, the second edition of the India Art Festival that began here yesterday, is a mix bag of eye-catching artworks by both veteran and emerging artists.Mumbai-based artist Wajid Khans unique iron nail art grabbed eye balls as the 35-year-old artist captures the finest of the human expressions in his portraits made by hammering nearly one lakh iron nails into a hard acrylic foam sheet.Khans works, that include portraits of Mother Mary with Jesus Christ and Mahatma Gandhi, are being represented by the Mumbai-based Masterpiece gallery.”We are only featuring works of Wajid Khan because it has been our vision to bring those artists in the forefront who have have mind boggling ideas and innovative art talent but do not have the means to exhibit their works on a global platform,” a representative from the gallery told PTI.Mirror paintings by Indore-based Sunita Fakriya gives takes viewers on a walk through the intricate corridors of the Mughal era.The artist has used mirror as a canvas to create paintings using a mix of natural colours and acrylics while giving a three-dimensional look to her artworks.”Mughal mirror art is reflective in the literal and metaphorical sense and has been a part of the Indian tradition. Most of the paintings here depict the passion, grace and beauty which is reminiscent of the Mughal grandeur,” says Fakriya.Painter and sculptor P Gana is showcasing sculptures of cows while using a perfect synthesis of technique, colours, perspective and emotions.advertisementCow is a recurrent subject in Ganas works, owing to his childhood memories associated with the animal.”I have a reverence for the cow, since it has been part of my childhood memories as I grew up in a small town in South India. It is the animals nature and cultural sanctity which induced a spark in me to paint it extensively. We have an adulation for cows since we decorate and worship it. Being auspicious, it also serves a part of several important festivities in India,” says the Singapore-based artist.When asked about his views on the ongoing debate over Jallikattu, extended his support and said that the bull-taming sport depicts the cultural sanctity and should be seen with goodwill.Reviving the early man age is city-based artist Noor, who has etched images of some of the extinct animal species on thinly sliced slabs of stones. (MORE) PTI RJS TRS TRSlast_img read more