Former PM Chairs Meeting on Commonwealth Membership

first_imgAdvertisements Former PM Chairs Meeting on Commonwealth Membership UncategorizedDecember 7, 2006 RelatedFormer PM Chairs Meeting on Commonwealth Membership RelatedFormer PM Chairs Meeting on Commonwealth Membershipcenter_img RelatedFormer PM Chairs Meeting on Commonwealth Membership FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Former Prime Minister, P. J. Patterson is chairing a meeting on Commonwealth membership, in London.Mr. Patterson chairs the Committee on Commonwealth membership that will focus on issues concerning membership of the organization.The two-day meeting, which began on December 6, is being held at the Commonwealth Secretariat’s headquarters in Marlborough House, London. The Committee was mandated by the Commonwealth Heads of Government at their summit in Malta last year. Its report will be presented at their next meeting in Kampala, Uganda, in 2007.Commonwealth Secretary-General, Don McKinnon said ahead of the meeting, that there was growing interest in the membership of the Commonwealth.“The Commonwealth has not admitted any new member since 1995. With growing interest in the Commonwealth from many countries, including outstanding applications to join, it is time to look again at the issue of membership and how the Commonwealth interacts with non-members,” he said.last_img read more

It’s a frog’s life: World Frog Day heralds bumper season for local frogs

first_imgIt’s a frog’s life: World Frog Day heralds bumper season for local frogs This World Frog Day (Friday March 20) it’s worth celebrating a bumper spring and summer for frogs in the Central West and Northern Tablelands. Doctor Joanne Ocock, Project Officer with the National Parks and Wildlife Service said native frogs have a range of strategies to deal with dry and wet cycles.“All the frogs in our area need water to lay eggs and allow tadpoles to develop into new frogs, but not all have the same strategy for surviving when the water starts to dry up.“There is not one secret formula for surviving as a frog in the Central West and North West Plains, it is inevitable that the dry will happen and they all approach it in different ways.“Frogs like the barking marsh frog or salmon-striped frog, lose water through their skin quickly so need to stay close to damp areas. They survive dry times by sheltering near remaining waterholes or creeks, down muddy cracks and in the middle of wetland reeds and rushes.“Tree frogs are the ones people see more often around the house, like the Peron’s tree frog or green tree frog. These frogs have a slightly different skin type so don’t lose water as easily. They also make sure to shelter in places with low wind exposure and high humidity, like a drainpipe. This means they can roam further from water and survive for long periods until the rains come again.“But the most extreme strategy is employed by the frogs who burrow underground and make a cocoon from layers of their own skin!“Frogs like the water-holding frog and striped burrowing frog, then wait out the dry for up to two years in a type of hibernation called aestivation when all bodily functions virtually shut down. Once they sense the rains have returned, the frog will eat the cocoon and dig its way back out, ready to soak up some water have a feed and get back to business. Until it dries out again.“The Central West and North West Plains are somewhat unique in the high numbers of each type of frog occurring here. This is due to the range of habitats from creeks and streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and temporarily flooded depressions, providing perfect habitat for all sorts of frogs.“Get out and explore your local national park. Stop and listen for frogs, especially at dusk. You’ll hear a different chorus from those at your back window and will start to appreciate the variety of frogs in your local area,” Dr Ocock said.Not quite sure what you are hearing? The Australian Museum runs a fantastic identification app https://www.frogid.net.au/ /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, business, Central, deal, doctor, environment, exposure, Government, habitat, house, National Park, New South Wales, NSW, project, season, Water, wetland, wildlife, worldlast_img read more

Crime Watch – A literal falling out

first_img It’s a good thing that Santa Monica Police have LAPD to help them. Anonymous says: HomeBad BehaviorCrime Watch – A literal falling out Jan. 16, 2020 at 6:00 amBad BehaviorCrimeCRIME WATCHFeaturedNewsCrime Watch – A literal falling outeditor1 year agoarrestcrimesanta monica policesmpd On November 10, 2019 at approximately 10 p.m.In the area of Lincoln and Broadway, a female was driving her boyfriend to an area in Los Angeles. While driving, they got into an argument about the boyfriend’s use of narcotics. He became upset and slapped her across the face. He then punched her and attempted to strangle her. The female grabbed her boyfriend’s phone threatening to throw it out the window if he did not stop attacking her. The boyfriend stopped his attack and opened up the car door. The female then drove off causing her boyfriend to fall out of the car. She was able to call the police. Police were unable to find the suspect that evening and placed a want in the system. On January 1, 2020 LAPD arrested the suspect and brought him to the Santa Monica Jail for booking. Chase Farrington McFadden, 32, of Los Angeles was arrested for inflicting corporal injury on spouse/cohabitant/Etc. Bail was set at $50,000.Tags :arrestcrimesanta monica policesmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment Comments are closed. January 17, 2020 at 4:43 AM 1 Comment Man Sentenced for Shooting at Venice BarWoodacres sale price: $20 millionYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

Assistant or Associate Clinical Professor of Acting & Program Head BFA, Acting-Film, TV, VO & Comm

first_imgAssistant or Associate Clinical Professor of Acting andProgram Head, BFA in Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs, andCommercialsThe Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA), housed in theDyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University, andlocated on the University’s campus in lower Manhattan, invitesapplications for the position of Assistant or Associate ClinicalProfessor of Acting and Program Head of the BFA in Acting for Film,Television, Voice-overs, and Commercials. (Rank dependent onexperience.) The position reports to the Executive Director of PPAand collaborates with the other PPA program heads and productionteam.The ideal candidate is innovative, inspiring, and committed toPace’s motto of Opportunitas, with experience in anti-racistteaching, mentoring, and administration as a color-conscious leaderwho promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in education andtheater. The position consists of a combination of teaching,administration, departmental service, and directing/producingprojects within the program.Principal Duties and Responsibilities:RecruitmentCurriculum oversightStudent advisement/mentoringFacilitation of faculty assignmentsMentoring of facultyOutreach to industry/guest artistsQualifications:MFA in Acting2-3 years’ experience teaching at the professionalstudio/theater and/or university level.Extensive experience in the on-camera and microphone mediums,whether being in front of the camera, behind the camera, in thecasting room, or in production.To apply, please visit: https://careers.pace.edu/postings/17394Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diversestudent body for a lifetime of professional success as a result ofits unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-worldexperiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college inthe nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’sOpportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education theUniversity provides.From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace hasgrown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s,master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors andprograms, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business,health care, technology, law, education, and more. The universityalso has one of the most competitive performing arts programs inthe country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in NewYork City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next toWall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County,New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a LawSchool in White Plains.Pace University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Actionemployer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals withdisabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged toapply.Pace is committed to ensuring the safety and security of thestudents, faculty, staff and visitors to the University. Incompliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus SecurityPolicy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University’s Safety andSecurity department publishes an Annual Security and Fire SafetyReport, which can be accessed here. The report contains informationon security policies as well as crime and fire statistics for theUniversity.last_img read more

Madonna-Whore Dichotomy associated with patriarchal views and reduced relationship satisfaction for men

first_imgShare Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img The “Madonna-Whore Dichotomy” describes the belief that being nurturing and being sexual are mutually exclusive options for women. New research indicates that this belief is associated with ideologies that reinforce male dominance.But the findings, which appear in Psychology of Women Quarterly, suggest that endorsement of the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy can have personal costs for men as well.“One of the things that I find interesting is how some people react to the female body when it is portrayed in a sexualized versus a motherly context,” said study author Rotem Kahalon, a graduate student at Tel Aviv University and member of Nurit Shnabel’s “Improving Social Relations” Lab. Email “For example, why is it OK for some people (both women and men) to view sexualized women with revealing cleavages in sexualized commercials, yet when it comes to breastfeeding in public, they are repulsed. After all, it is the same breast.”“In other words, we wanted to understand why for some people it is hard to view the ‘tender’ and ‘sensual’ dimensions of women’s sexuality as united, and what are the consequences of such a dichotomous view of women,” Kahalon said.For their study, the researchers surveyed 123 Israeli heterosexual women, 242 U.S. heterosexual women and men, and 351 German heterosexual women and men regarding how they perceived a woman’s sexuality, whether being nurturing and sexual are mutually exclusive, and whether chaste women have more positive traits than others.Kahalon and her colleagues found that individuals who endorsed the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy also tended to endorse ideologies that reinforce inequality. In other words, both men and women who agreed with statements such as “A sexy woman is usually not a good mother” and “Women are typically either very liberal or very conservative sexually, but not in the middle” were more likely to also express sexual double standards and sexist attitudes.“Stereotypes men and women hold about women’s roles — whether they are positive, such as portraying women as ‘good,’ chaste, and pure ‘madonnas,’ or whether they are negative, such as viewing women as ‘bad,’ promiscuous, and seductive ‘whores’ — police women and limit their sexual freedom,” Kahalon told PsyPost.Men, however, were more likely than women to endorse the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy.In a previous study of 108 heterosexual Israeli men, the researchers found that the endorsement of the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy was associated with reduced relationship satisfaction. Their new study replicated those results among male — but not female — participants.“Ironically, a dichotomous view of women as belonging to one of these two roles can have personal cost for men, as men who view women in such a dichotomous way show lower levels of sexual and relationship satisfaction,” Kahalon said.“The positive lesson from our research, is that endorsing more egalitarian social ideologies and gender roles can predict more stable and sexually satisfying heterosexual romantic relationships. Our results suggest that reducing gender inequality, and the ideologies that support it, can be in the best interest of both women and men.”More research is needed, however, to confirm whether the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy causes men to have worse relationships or whether men with worse relationships become more likely to endorse the belief. Future research could also examine how men’s endorsement of the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy affects their romantic partners.“We hope that understanding the social psychological motivations underlying this dichotomous view of women could help address social phenomena, such as people’s tendency to accept the public display of women’s breasts when used in a sexualized manner (e.g., through media representations) but not maternal behaviors (such as breastfeeding),” Kahalon added.“We also hope that knowledge of the social construction of the MWD may reduce women’s feelings of guilt or shame about their bodies and sexuality, particularly those feelings that stem from cultural expectations regarding maternal modesty.”“Finally, we hope that our work will encourage both men and women to hold more complex and realistic beliefs about sexuality, which may allow them to experience more sexual freedom and more satisfying romantic relationships, even after the transition to motherhood (when the MWD can be especially problematic),” Kahalon said.“Sexual therapists and clinicians who work with couples or men who experience difficulties in their romantic relationships, could also use the knowledge gained in the current investigation to create helpful interventions to change existing beliefs about sexuality.”The study, “The Madonna-Whore Dichotomy Is Associated With Patriarchy Endorsement: Evidence From Israel, the United States, and Germany“, was authored by Rotem Kahalon, Orly Bareket, Andrea C. Vial, Nora Sassenhagen, Julia C. Becker, and Nurit Shnabe.last_img read more

PH headed for dismal SEA Games finish

first_imgRhezie Canama Aragon of the Philippines (left) unloads a kick against Marsha Halindak of Indonesia in women’s taekwondo -53kg finals on Monday night, Aug. 28. PHILIPPINE SPORTS COMMISSION [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’PH headed for dismal SEA Games finish ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/sports-ph-dismal-1030×687.jpg’ attachment=’115722′ attachment_size=’large’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Team Philippines may end up with a dismal finish when the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia formally closes tonight, with only several events left. At press time, the Philippines was stuck in sixth place with 24 gold, 30 silver and 59 bronze medals behind Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and Indonesia.If the Filipinos cannot add more gold medals, their haul will be less than the 29 the Philippines won in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games – and much less than the predicted 50.Dines Dumaan, a native of Roxas City, Capiz province, on Tuesday captured a gold medal in men’s tanding pencak silat 45-50kg event, beating Firman of Indonesia 4-1.Rhezie Canama Aragon, meanwhile, failed to deliver a gold medal after losing to Marsha Halindak of Indonesia 9-4 in women’s taekwondo -53kg on Monday night.With the scores tied 3-all at the opening, Halindak delivered body shots on Aragon in the second and third rounds to create a gap. The latter tried to cut the deficit but failed to break the Indonesian’s defense.“Sa laban, palagay ko po naman ay patas lang kami. Kaya lang naunahan ako at malakas din yung depensa niya. Babawi na lang po ako sa susunod kong laban,” said Aragon, who was playing at the SEA Games for the first time.Geylord Coveta also settled for silver after failing to sustain his strong start in men’s windsurfing RS One. Natthaphong Phonoppharat of Thailand took home the gold.Ryan Jakiri bagged a bronze medal in 63.5kg muay thai. Cambodian opponent Khun Dima knocked him down in the second round.Also taking home bronze medals were Francis Agojo in taekwondo, Robert Garcia in squash  men’s singles, Jemyca Aribando in women’s squash, and Princesslyn Enopia in pencak silat tanding./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Mike Sorensen: College hoops not big draw

first_imgIt really struck me a couple of weeks ago when I was covering the Utah-Wyoming basketball game at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyo.The Double-A, as it’s called, is a 15,000-seat arena in a town with a little more than twice that many people. The day I was there, it was barely one-third full, leaving vast open spaces of yellow and brown seats.It’s not much different here in the Salt Lake valley where nearly a million people live. The University of Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center, a near-replica of Wyoming’s arena, though built a decade earlier, has been losing fans for the past dozen years from a high of 14,200 to the present 9,500. Even though the Utes are fighting for a Mountain West Conference title this year, they can’t even draw 10,000 fans to many games.Down in Provo, 10,000 seats sit empty for most BYU games. The Cougars have won back-to-back MWC titles, but averaged 12,073 and13,518, respectively, those two seasons and have fallen back to 12,185 this year in an arena that seats 23,000.Or how about Weber State, where the first-place Wildcats draw 4,412 fans per game in an arena that seats just under 12,000? Only once in 31 years since the Dee Events Center opened, has the average attendance topped 8,000.The exception is the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, which opened in the same period as the Huntsman Center and Marriott Center, 38 years ago. It is the smallest of the three, with a capacity of 10,270, but now it looks like Utah State got it right with a cozy rectangular arena that has been 70 to 85 percent full throughout its existence.My question is, what is the future for these large, cavernous arenas, which often have as many empty seats as occupied seats for games? We can’t do like professional sports, where stadiums and arenas are regularly replaced with newer and bigger venues, and bulldoze these arenas in favor of newer, fancier, smaller venues.When the Huntsman Center was built in the late ’60s, it cost less than $10 million for the arena and surrounding athletic complex. These days it would cost more than 10 times as much just for a new arena. Look at New Mexico, which is merely renovating The Pit. Cost? $60 million.I asked Utah athletic director Chris Hill and BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe last week about their basketball attendance challenges and about any plans to downsize or renovate. Holmoe calls the Marriott Center “a great arena” and reminisces about the days he went to school in the early 1980s when it would regularly get sellout crowds.He remembers well. From 1979-80 to 1983-84, BYU averaged between 20,000 and 22,500 and ranked either second or third in the nation each year in attendance. However, only twice since 1984 has the Marriott Center averaged more than 20,000 for a season.But the Marriott Center is different than a lot of sports arenas in that it is used for a lot more than basketball, including weekly student convocations that sometimes draw capacity crowds. For graduation ceremonies each spring, “every single seat” is filled, according to Holmoe.”We have absolutely no plans for a smaller venue,” Holmoe said.At Utah, the university does have plans for renovation of basketball offices and practice facilities next to the Huntsman Center over the next three years. However, Hill can’t see much possibility of building a smaller arena or making big changes to the Huntsman Center.”We’ve talked from time to time about what kind of improvements we could make with the building, whether it’s the right size, or whatever,” Hill said. “I’m not going to say we need to make any major changes in the Huntsman Center just yet, but I’d be open to it if it made sense.”Both Holmoe and Hill believe they can get fans to come back and fill their arenas if they do the right marketing and produce winning teams. However, winning teams in recent years at BYU haven’t made much difference and a winning team and the best home schedule in school history this year, hasn’t spiked Utah’s attendance at all.I’m afraid it’s all a part of a trend in sports and that college basketball may never get back to the glory days of packed houses.If you look at the crowds at local college basketball games, the majority of the fans are people 40 and older with a fair amount of folks over 65, who have held their season tickets for 25 or 30 years.Younger fans are flocking to see sports us older folks never dreamed of, such as Motocross, X-Games and Ultimate Fighting. Just the other night, the E Center hosted indoor beach volleyball competition, complete with sand.The other culprit is television. Nowadays nearly every game is televised and instead of a handful of stations we now have hundreds.Last Wednesday, local fans could have started watching the BYU-Colorado State game at 6 p.m. on The mtn., switched over to the Jazz-Lakers game on KJZZ at 7 when the Cougars game got out of hand, switched back and forth between the Jazz game and the Utah-San Diego State game, which started at 8. After the Jazz game ended, there was still 45 minutes of action in the Utah-SDSU game.Why bother going out on a cold winter evening when you can watch three different local games on your new 50-inch Plasma HD-TV?There are other factors that may be keeping fans from coming out and filling our big college arenas. But I fear that someday we may have to find other uses for these large buildings we use to watch men and women throw balls into a hoop.e-mail: [email protected]last_img read more

Haywood County family members sentenced

first_imgOn Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Mark Goodson, his wife Janet Goodson and (Mark’s) brother William Richard Goodson Junior all plead guilty in Haywood County Superior Court to their involvement in a series of breaking and enterings which were brought to light in May 2016.The B&E’s spanned a near 3 year time period, affecting 16 businesses and homes in Maggie Valley and Waynesville.Working together, the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and Waynesville Police Department were able to recover and return large quantities of stolen property including weapons, tools and other various home goods. Collectively, more than $100,000 in stolen property was recovered.The Goodsons were placed into the custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections as Mark and William Goodson were sentenced to a minimum of 84 months and a maximum of 173 months in prison. Janet Goodson was sentenced to 18 months of probation time.last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: August 16, 2018

first_imgForty-one arrested in undercover shoplifting stingIn an initiative called “Operation Broken Cart,” police and loss prevention specialists in Richmond, Kentucky, spent three days targeting individuals stealing from seven stores in the Richmond area. Suspects were seen taking a variety of items, including electronics and cosmetics. One of the participating retailers was Kroger, which has staff dedicated to preventing losses. “It affects everybody. It affects the store’s bottom number with the shrink and loss of products,” Kroger retail crime manager Terry Young said, “It affects the consumers who buy the products because they have to pay more to cover the issues that we’ve lost.”At the end of the operation, 41 people were arrested for stealing and charged with shoplifting, drug offenses and other charges. Police and loss prevention specialists recovered nearly $2,500 worth of stolen property and seized $30,000 in narcotics. The Richmond Police Department says it will continue to crack down on shoplifting and plans to work with the Kentucky Organized Retail Crime Association for future operations.   [Source: WKYT News]WATCH: Gang hit a flea-market shop for $750,000 in jewelryA gang of five pulled off a retail smash-and-grab at The Village Flea Market and got away with $750,000 in jewelry, police say. But they did leave two faces behind on surveillance video. The video, released Monday by Miami-Dade police, shows several robbers climbing over the counters at P&S Jewelry around 5 p.m. last Tuesday. Overwhelmed by numbers and surprise, the plucky staff couldn’t prevent the criminals from smashing into some of the display cases and making off with jewelry.- Sponsor – Police say the group left the flea market at 7900 NW 27th Ave. in a white Ford Crown Victoria. Video stills show two robbers before they jump the rear counter. One wore ripped blue jeans, a black hoodie declaring “Just Do It,” and a hat in Florida State’s garnet and gold colors, but with a Chicago Bulls-like bull in gold. The second wore beige khakis, a gray stocking hat, and a black Adidas jacket with white stripes down the arms.  Anyone with information on this robbery can anonymously contact Miami Crime Stoppers at 305.471.TIPS (8477); via text message at 274637 with “CSMD” and the tip; or the Miami Crime Stoppers website.     [Source: Miami Herald]July retail sales rose 0.6%July retail trade sales rose 0.4% from June 2018, and 6% year over year, while e-commerce sales rose 0.8% from June and 8.7% from last year, according to the latest monthly report from the U.S. Commerce Department’s census bureau. Excluding automobiles, retail sales fared a little better, rising 0.6%, but June retail sales were revised down from a 0.5% rise to 0.2%.Furniture and home furniture sales fell 0.5% from June but rose 3.5% year over year; health and personal care sales fell 0.4%, rising 5% year over year; and sporting goods, hobby and book sales fell 1.7% from June and 4.9% year over year. Other categories fared better: Clothing and accessories sales rose 1.3% from June and 6.4% year over year; department store sales rose 1.2% from June and 0.3% year over year; and electronics and appliance sales rose 0.1% from June and 4.2% year over year.The news came as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data reported Tuesday that total U.S. household debt rose by 0.6% or $82 billion to $13.29 trillion in the second quarter — the 16th consecutive quarter with an increase. Overall household debt is now 19.2% above the post-financial-crisis trough reached during the second quarter of 2013, according to the report.   [Source: RetailDIVE][text_ad use_post=’128086′]Employee arrested on suspicion of embezzlementAn Elk Grove, California, retail worker is in custody at the Sacramento County Jail after allegedly embezzling from her employer. Just after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, Elk Grove Police responded to the Kohl’s department store on Calvine Road. Loss prevention associates at the store had detained Justina Chaplain, also known as Justina Irena Baker, for alleged embezzlement.Responding officer discovered through a record check that the suspect was also on active parole. A search of Champlain led to the discovery of narcotic paraphernalia. Chaplain is held on a bail of $550,000 but is not eligible for release because of a parole violation.    [Source: Elk Grove News Net]Australians who won’t unlock their phones could face 10 years in jailThe Australian government wants to force companies to help it get at suspected criminals’ data. If they can’t, it would jail people for up to a decade if they refuse to unlock their phones. The country’s Assistance and Access Bill, introduced this week for public consultation, strengthens the penalties for people who refuse to unlock their phones for the police. Under Australia’s existing Crimes Act, judges could jail a person for two years for not handing over their data. The proposed Bill extends that to up to ten years, arguing that the existing penalty wasn’t strong enough.The Bill takes a multi-pronged approach to accessing a suspect’s data by co-opting third parties to help the authorities. New rules apply to “communication service providers”, which is a definition with a broad scope. It covers not only telcos, but also device vendors and application publishers, as long as they have “a nexus to Australia”.These companies would be subject to two kinds of government order that would compel them to help retrieve a suspect’s information. The first of these is a ‘technical assistance notice’ that requires telcos to hand over any decryption keys they hold. This notice would help the government in end-to-end encryption cases where the target lets a service provider hold their own encryption keys.But what if the suspect stores the keys themselves? In that case, the government would pull out the big guns with a second kind of order called a technical capability notice. It forces communications providers to build new capabilities that would help the government access a target’s information where possible. In short, the government asks companies whether they can access the data. If they can’t, then the second order asks them to figure out a way….. [Source: Naked Security]Man attempts to shoplift; leaves car keys behindTaken from the Tukwila police blotter: “A male from Seattle, Washington, attempted to shoplift then fled the store when contacted by loss prevention. He got into his getaway car but realized that he had left he car keys in the shopping cart. He re-entered the store to look for his keys which loss prevention had already taken. When he realized the situation wasn’t looking good for him, he fled on foot only to turn around when he spotted an arriving officer. He attempted to hide in another business, which didn’t work out so well for him. He was located and arrested.”   [Source: Tukwila Reporter] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more