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Breaking News in the Industry: July 18, 2018

first_imgSuspect drags LP associate through mall parking lotA Florida man was arrested on multiple charges after dragging a Dillard’s loss prevention associate from his car in the Melbourne Square Mall parking lot. Melbourne police said that 42-year-old Cleon Demitris Leeks, of Palm Bay, was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Driving on a Suspended License, Leaving a Scene of a Crash with Injury, Petit Theft, and Resisting an Officer.On Saturday, at approximately 2:00 p.m., a loss prevention associate observed Leeks conceal a pink Ralph Lauren polo shirt in his shorts. Leeks then left Dillard’s and entered the driver’s side door of a 2016 Kia as the LP associate ran after him. As Leeks backed up, the door struck the associate, knocking him down to the pavement. “He was then dragged approximately 10 to 15 feet,” police said. Leeks also ran over the associates’s ankle, failing to stop despite pleas to do so. The LP associate was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center. A few miles away, Melbourne police found Leeks and initiated a traffic stop where he was arrested. Bond set at $31,500.   [Source: Palm Bay Daily]Pair suspected of using children in retail robberiesDarrell Campbell, 32, and Jeammie Preston, 31, both of Moreno Valley, are facing charges of conspiracy, second-degree robbery, child endangerment and grand theft, and they’re being held at Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning in lieu of $245,000 and $210,000 bail, respectively, according to online jail records. They were arrested Thursday.- Sponsor – Campbell and Preston are scheduled to make a court appearance Tuesday at the Riverside Hall of Justice, jail records state. In June, sheriff’s deputies in Moreno Valley began investigating multiple commercial robberies in the city, according to a Riverside County sheriff’s news release. Deputies learned a man and woman, later identified as Campbell and Preston, conspired to commit robberies and used children to carry stolen merchandise out of major retail businesses, the release stated.In some cases, the man directed the children to grab specific merchandise and then walk out of the business to a waiting vehicle where the woman waited as the getaway driver. While exiting the business, loss prevention officers were threatened with a knife, according to the news release. Investigators found evidence that the couple conducted similar thefts as far back as October in Menifee, Eastvale, Riverside, Lake Elsinore, Glendora and San Bernardino, the release said. During the investigation, deputies gathered significant evidence against the suspects and identified the two adults and juveniles.On Thursday, Campbell and Preston were arrested in the 25000 block of Alessandro Boulevard in Moreno Valley, according to the news release. Child Protective Services took custody of three children, the release stated. Anyone with information about the investigation can call Officer June, of the Robbery and Burglary Suppression Team, at the Moreno Valley station by calling 951.486.6700. Citizens can also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.   [Source: The Press-Enterprise]Gas pump hackers chargedWayne County Illinois Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged two men for allegedly hacking a Detroit gas station and stealing over 600 gallons of gas. The incident occurred on June 23 at a Marathon gas station in the 17800 block of W. Seven Mile on the city’s west side. Reginald Hollien, 34, and Damon Blocker, 29, both of Detroit, are charged with use of a computer to commit a crime, organized retail crime and larceny of $1,000 to $20,000. “The alleged actions of these defendants show a critical need for the protection of businesses in Wayne County,” Worthy said in a release. “We must ensure that businesses in this County are fully supported and protected.”While at the gas station, the defendants allegedly sold and accepted cash for the gas, a press release states. Once gas attendants discovered what was happening, they attempted to disable the pump by computer. The attempt was unsuccessful and eventually, the attendants had to activate an emergency shut off, that’s when the suspects fled. They were then arrested by Detroit police on July 9. Hollien and Blocker were arraigned on Wednesday, July 11. Blocker received a $75,000/10 percent bond, while Hollien received a $50,000/10 percent bond.   [Source: WXYZ Detroit News]Police arrest three for stolen lingerieThree women from outside of Wichita Falls, Texas, reportedly from Georgia, Florida and New York, have been arrested and charged with organized retail theft, accused of taking nearly $700 in merchandise from Victoria’s Secret in Sikes Senter Mall. Located in their purses, according to Wichita Falls police, were anti-theft deactivation instruments.Wichita Falls Police Information Officer Harold McClure said officers responded to a theft from Victoria’s Secret shortly before 4 p.m. Friday. According to McClure, when the officer arrived, law enforcement was told that three Hispanic females suspects had left in a red vehicle. The officers located the vehicle in a nearby shopping center parking lot where three Hispanic females exited the vehicle.When the three were asked where they were coming from, they said they were driving from Atlanta on their way to Houston. Once the officers informed them they had received a call that a theft had been committed from the Victoria’s Secret and that they matched the suspects’ descriptions, they became very nervous, McClure said. When the suspects were asked if there was anything illegal or stolen in the vehicle, all three shook their heads yes, McClure told the Times Record News.The officer, McClure said, located a large duffel bag with 10 pairs of Victoria’s Secret pants with the tags and anti-theft devices inside valued at $695. The officers also located two purses that were lined with anti-theft deactivation instruments. The officers also located a magnet instrument used to remove anti-theft devices from merchandise. A loss prevention associate arrived on the scene and stated that they observed two of the suspects enter the store while the third stood outside as a lookout. All three were arrested and charged with Organized Retail Theft and Possession/Manufacture/Distribution of items used to commit theft.   [Source: Times Record News]Employee facing several counts of fraud after stealingA Louisiana woman is facing several counts of fraud after authorities say she stole money from a pizza restaurant. On Monday, police were notified of a theft by fraud that occurred at the Baker Domino’s on Main Street. According to the arrest report, an employee had stolen over $3,000 in funds from the business over the course of two weeks. The thief was identified as Jacobi Duncan.A district manager contacted authorities about the theft. Authorities say the district manager discovered the theft after receiving e-mail statements from the owner of the store. While completing the monthly audit, the manager discovered excessive mileage payouts for employees of the Baker store that were three times above the average for store employees. When the employees were asked about the payouts, they said none of them had received any additional funds above their normal salary pay.Reports say that Duncan was an assistant manager at the store and had access to the records, and the power to change them. During an investigation, it was discovered that there was an excessive amount of cancellations for orders that had been made in the store, which averaged between five and eight cancellations per night. It was also discovered that all of the cancellations had been paid for in cash. Records show that Duncan handled the cancellations. Duncan is charged with 68 counts of computer fraud, 33 counts of access device fraud, and 35 counts of public payroll fraud.    [Source: WBRZ2 News]UPS launches pilot to deliver packages in apartment buildingsUPS has launched a pilot program to deliver packages inside apartment buildings in New York City using Latch, a smart lock system, according to a press release. Through the program, a UPS driver receives credentials to enter apartment buildings that have Latch devices enabled, allowing the driver to deliver packages when residents are not home. UPS will only enter apartment buildings, not individual residents’ units. UPS started the pilot in Manhattan in March and recently expanded to Brooklyn, with expansion into other markets expected in the future. Latch said 20 million multi-family residential units exist across the U.S.    [Source: SupplyChainDIVE] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Salesforce opens up Lightning Bolt portal templates for specific business needs

first_img Posted on 15th September 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingSalesforce opens up Lightning Bolt portal templates for specific business needs Salesforce opens up Lightning Bolt portal templates for specific business needsYou are here: Salesforce has added bolts to its Lightning.Last year, the company released generalized self-service portal templates using its Community Cloud, for businesses’ customers, partners, and employees.The templates were built with the company’s Lightning framework. Lightning enables portals for web and mobile apps to be readily assembled via the use of drag-and-drop functional components, like an organizing tool for community events or the ability to share files among a team.Nearly a thousand Lightning communities were created by businesses with these templates. European telecommunications firm Sky, for instance, created a community of its users, while Unilever employed it for Employee Communities that spanned brands.Salesforce says its research shows that, for such uses as case resolution, employee engagement, partner sales, and customer satisfaction, online communities can boost performance by 40 or more percent.Now, Salesforce has launched the next phase of portal templates, called Lightning Bolt.A componentized portal building tool was made available to ten Salesforce partners — including Accenture, Deloitte, and Cognizant — to create a dozen business-specific portal templates that include built-in logic and workflow, like recommendation engines, e-commerce, and case management. Like the original templates, these are integrated out-of-the-box with Salesforce’s popular customer relationship management (CRM) system and with the Community Cloud, and can be connected via API to other systems.The new Lightning Bolt templates include:an insurance company community for its agents;a store operations platform for internal communications;a B2B e-commerce community between sales reps and suppliers;a community of customers and partners for manufacturers;a portal for patient health;a chatbot that connects retailers with customers, partners, and employees;access to customer information and purchase history by retail store managers.In each case, the design, functions and business logic has been tailored for that specific business need. Salesforce’s AppExchange will now host a new Lightning Bolt category so more partners can build, market, and sell other portal templates.SVP Mike Stone told me that about 60 percent of the Bolt portal templates “are ready to go.” The others can be customized by businesses working with the original partner-creators, or through their own developers.From our sponsors: Salesforce opens up Lightning Bolt portal templates for specific business needs Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

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Ind vs Aus 1st Test: India have the edge on Day 1

first_imgIndia paceman Umesh Yadav went full throttle even as old warhorse Zaheer Khan made a slow start but managed to silence his critics during the India vs Australia Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday. Score | PhotosIt was due to their combined effort during Day 1 of Ind vs Aus Test that the Aussies were reeling on 205/5 before lower-order batsmen Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin made amends to push the Australia total to 277/6 at stumps.Together Yadav (3) and Zaheer (2) scalped five wickets between them with R Ashwin claiming the last wicket of the day in the form of debutant Ed Cowan, who made a fine 68 at the top of the heap.No doubt the Aussie total of 277/6 looks respectable at a glance, but considering that their bowlers are inexperienced and lack the firepower, the visitors very much fancy their chances at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Electing to bat the hosts didn’t get the sort of opening they would have desired as India pacer Umesh Yadav got rid of opener David Warner and an over later sent one-down batsman Shaun Marsh packing on a duck to reduce the Aussies to 46/2.Later former Aus skipper Ricky Ponting and opener Ed Cowan combined to provide the much-needed stability before rains stopped play minutes before lunch when the score was 68/2.An hour later the covers were removed and match resumed with Ponting and Test debutant Cowan batting steadily to negate the effects of the adverse weather conditions. As the weather conditions improved the two started batting at ease even as the Indians continued to bowl a probing line.advertisementSoon the former Aussie skipper Ponting completed his half-century in style off R Ashwin’s turner. No wonder the man wanted to put to rest all voices that demanded his ouster. He was well supported by southpaw Cowan, who too completed his half-century a little later.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni utilised a pacer and a spinner in tandem to break Ponting and Cowan’s stand, but his efforts came a cropper looked at ease and batted with confidence. Interestingly, their 100-plus stand didn’t see a single aerial shot being played.But eventually Dhoni’s did pay off with Yadav increasing his victims tally to three. An edge off Ponting (62) was nicely lapped up by VVS Laxman in the slips cordon and his 113-run stand with Cowan came to a close as Aussies lost their third wicket on 159. At tea, the hosts were batting on 170/3.The third session saw the Aussie score that was once reeling on 46/2 swell to a good 200-plus. But just when things were settling down for the hosts, Zaheer Khan struck to remove Aussies skipper Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey on consecutive balls to reduce the hosts to 205/5. Zaheer got his first wicket, nice and clean, dislodging Clarke’s stumps but the second one was a bit iffy. Television replays showed that Hussey hadn’t nicked the ball to Dhoni. Unfortunately for Hussey there’s no DRS in this series.Two quick wickets and India were back in thick of things and that’s when offie R Ashwin, who was bowling in tandem with Zaheer struck to send dangerman Cowan back to the pavilion. An edge off his turner was cleanly taken by Dhoni and the man was walking back after a fine 68 and Australia were looking in bad shape with 214/6 on board.Finally Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin added 63 runs for the sixth wicket to push Australia’s total to 277/6. The two were unbeaten at close.last_img read more

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BPL drops bomb on free electricity promise

first_img Related Items:#BahamasPowerandLight, #BPLonfreeelectricitypromise, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 18, 2017 – Nassau – The promise of free electricity attracted scepticism and another bust to the PLP leader’s bubble when Bahamas Power and Light or BPL on Thursday night issued statement that they know nothing of the free electricity deal promoted by PM Perry Christie.The power supplier said in a statement, “please be advised that information contained in (today’s) Tribune is unknown to us nor was it provided by the company.”  BPL has completely distanced itself from the campaign promise of Mr. Christie and added, “Our goal at BPL is to provide consistent, reliable, affordable electricity service to our customers, while maintaining a viable operation…”#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasPowerandLight#BPLonfreeelectricitypromise Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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England vs Ireland Only Test 5 things to watch out for in

first_imgThe Irish team posing for team photograph at Lord’sTwitter/IrelandCricketEngland have won the World Cup but far from being done for the season, they now embark upon their other big challenge – regaining the Ashes. Before they come face to face with the Australian Test side, though, they have to deal with Ireland.This match might be regarded as a warm-up for England but for the Irish, it will be a momentous occasion. They would be playing a Test at Lord’s for the first time ever. Their players will have the opportunity to occupy the same dressing room and walk through the same long room that has hosted some of the greatest names in the game.So, what to expect from this contest? Obviously England are expected to win but it won’t be the result alone that everyone would take note of. There are several other questions that need to be answered regarding the two sides. Here is a look at 5 most important things to watch out for in this one-off Test. Will Jason Roy get a chance?Twitter/Cricket World CupEngland’s opening conundrumEver since Andrew Strauss retired after the English summer of 2012, England have been struggling to find a replacement for him. Even before that search ended, Alastair Cook also retired from Test cricket. So, England are now searching for not one but two openers. In their last Test series, in West Indies, Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings occupied those positions. While the former still seems capable of becoming successful, Jennings looked hopeless in West Indies. With the Ashes Tests just one game away, England desperately need answers for the question of who could be a reliable opener. The selectors have decided to give an opportunity to Jason Roy and Joe Denly. Will the dashing ODI opener prove to be equally effective in the longer format? Or will Denly prove his credentials? Let’s wait and watch! Moeen Ali would look to gain some formReutersWho’ll be the English spinner in the Ashes?Moeen Ali and Jack Leach are both in the squad for the Ireland Test. While Ali has been performing consistently for some time, including in the series against West Indies, Leach bowled brilliantly against Sri Lanka last year before getting injured. So, who will England opt for in the Ashes series? Though Moeen has been a capable batsman as well, he is not very dependable these days. It’s quite possible that he will have to rely on his spin bowling to get into the playing XI. There, Leach will present a tough challenge. So, the performance of the spinner or spinners in this match will also be something to watch out for. Anderson’s injury is causing concerns for EnglandReutersAnderson’s fitnessIt goes without saying that James Anderson would be the key to England’s success in the Ashes. But, unfortunately for the English team, the man with over 500 Test wickets had sustained an injury while playing for his county team, Lancashire. Selectors have picked him in the team for the Ireland series and are hoping that he would recover in time. The level of Anderson’s fitness would be keenly watched by everyone. Olly Stone will be exciting to watch if he playsTwitterWill Stone and Gregory shine?England never have a dearth of good swing bowlers. But what they have been wanting for many years is a genuinely quick pacer. Olly Stone seems to be the one who can answer that question. In the county circuit, he has been regarded as among the fastest bowlers. England may just give him a chance in this match to show his skills. Lewis Gregory, on the other hand, is the typical English seam bowler who has got into the team thanks to his great run of form in the county game. With the likes of Chris Woakes and Sam Curran in the side, one wonders whether he will get an opportunity. If he does, let’s see what happens. Fans would hope for an encouraging performance from IrelandTwitterWill Ireland rise to the occasion?In their very first Test, Ireland showed great fight and at one stage, had Pakistan worrying a bit about their situation. In the end, they lost that Test but still suggested that, at home, they can be competitive. Their performance against Afghanistan in Asia wasn’t anything to write home about. This is another opportunity for the new entrants to prove their worthiness. They have some quality players like Andy Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brian and Boyd Rankin. It’s important for them to show fight, even if they don’t win. Individual good performances would be hoped for as that will set the base for future success. Cricket fans would observe Ireland’s performance closely.last_img read more

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Difficulties Faced by Food Stamp Recipients Poorly Understood

first_imgNatalie Hickman, a 23-year-old resident of Baltimore City, makes $8 an hour working at a McDonald’s located in BWI Airport. Only afforded four hours of work a day, Hickman spends as much time commuting to and from her job on public transportation as she does working her shift. She makes less than $480 a month. She receives a food stamps benefit of $347 per month to feed herself and her six-month-old daughter.How far does that monthly benefit stretch? “It never lasts,” says Hickman. For many Baltimore City residents like Hickman, food stamps provide a vital if inadequate supplement to their monthly income. While economists have found that food stamps do effectively pull people out of poverty, they have also found that the benefits often do not last the month, an indictment of not only how unreasonably low the official poverty line is, but of how inaccurate common perceptions of poverty are.In Baltimore City, 208,000 people receive food stamp benefits, a figure encompassing all members of a household, according to Brian Schleter, a spokesperson for the Maryland Department of Human Resources. The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service reports that only 58 percent of eligible working-poor in Maryland participated in the program in 2011, the last year for which figures are available. Participation is defined as receiving benefits, without specifying whether people remained in the program throughout their period of eligibility. In fiscal year 2013, the average monthly benefit in Maryland was $127.39 a month per person.The federal government, not the Department Of Social Services, a state agency, establishes benefit levels and income requirements.The USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has estimated that, for a woman between the ages of 19 and 50, a thrifty food plan – the least expensive food plan that still meets minimum nutritional requirements – will cost an average of $37.90 a week. Maryland’s monthly average benefit of $127.39 will not last four weeks at that thrifty spending level. For men between the ages of 19 and 50, a thrifty food plan costs $42.60 a week. For such an individual, Maryland’s monthly average benefit would only last three weeks.According to Ross Fraser, a spokesperson for Feeding America, a not-for-profit fighting hunger in the United States, food stamp recipients currently survive on an average of $1.40 per meal. Fraser believes if Americans had a better understanding of how food stamps recipients live, the public discussion about the program would be very different.For Dr. Robert Moffitt, Krieger-Eisenhower professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University and an expert on social welfare programs, the biggest misunderstanding about food stamps is that “it’s just not that much money and people simply need more help than that.”It was the last week of March when Hickman spoke to the AFRO. In her refrigerator, “three TV dinners, one pot pie, a Salisbury steak dinner, some salad, some salad dressing, some condiments, some milk . . . canned food, bread, and that’s all.” Hickman wishes she could afford something like crab leg or steak on occasion. In her life, she has never had either.Though her benefits do not last the month, she feels constantly at risk of having her benefits reduced by social services. “They say I make too much at work, and I don’t,” said Hickman. “I make nothing.”last_img read more

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Amazon Names James Farrell Head of International Originals

first_imgAmazon Studios has named James Farrell head of international originals. Previously head of content, international expansion for the e-commerce giant’s entertainment arm, Farrell will, in his new role, lead the international original teams in Japan, India, Europe, Mexico and Brazil as well as future locations.“We’ve had significant success in this area to date and, by streamlining our International Originals Team under one creative leader, we can strategically carry out our ambitious global vision and ensure our future growth,” said Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, to whom Farrell will report. “Breakout ideas can come from creators all over the world and, by ramping up global production and making Amazon Studios the home for creators worldwide, the possibilities are endless in terms of what we can bring our Prime Video audience.” With the move, Salke continues to fill out her team at Amazon Studios, which she joined earlier this year. She has moved to bring in multiple experienced television executives, including NBC veteran Vernon Sanders, whom Salke recruited as co-head of television to work alongside Amazon vet and former ABC digital chief Albert Cheng.Brad Beale, vice president of worldwide content licensing for Amazon Studios, will continue to oversee the acquisition and licensing of television and film for Prime Video globally.“The opportunity around the world to find top quality original content and deliver it to Amazon’s global customer base is absolutely huge. Our goal is to search out the most unique voices throughout the world and then move quickly to help bring their visions to life,” said Farrell. “We’re committed to finding the best stories, no matter their country of origin, and will be casting a wide net and moving very fast in the months and years ahead. There’s nothing I enjoy more than talking with creators in their offices and homes around the world, and it’s very exciting to be taking on this new role at Amazon Studios.” Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more