…brushes aside trade unions’ call for re-establishmentGTUC General Secretary Lincoln LewisDespite recent calls from trade unions for the Ministry of Labour to be re-established, President David Granger is of the view that there is no need for one.Speaking on his weekly television programme, “The Public Interest” aired Friday, the Head of State said if he felt there was a need for a Ministry of Labour then he would have created one.In fact, Granger believes the labour portfolio is appropriately placed under the Ministry of Social Protection which covers a broad area.“I think the labour portfolio is well placed. I think the duties within the Ministry of Social Protection are clearly defined and had made it clear why I felt that the name social protection is more appropriate,” he stated.According to the head of state, the idea behind putting labour under this ministry is to ensure the protection of workers. “When a worker dies in the mines, I feel injured and I want to see the Ministry of Social Protection, protecting workers. If a worker is treated unfairly in a foreign company be it a timber or mining company, it;s social protection,” the President stated on the programme.However, trade unions in Guyana are of a different belief with many of them calling for the establishment of a substantive Labour Ministry. Only Monday last, the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) had reiterated the need for a ministry of labour.The umbrella unions noted that with labour being reduced to a mere department, workers do not have an equitable chance of their rights being adequately represented since there seems to be a disjointed ministry for this purpose.GTUC’s General Secretary Lincoln Lewis had indicated that this was the first time the country is without a Labour Ministry. “What we are looking forward to is a Ministry of Labour, a ministry that addresses labour issues… It is the first time in the history of this country, even before independence, we have had a government without naming a Ministry of Labour,” he stated.With the Labour Ministry eliminated from this government, Lewis said this shows there is no emphasis placed on workers and more so a representation for their rights. This situation also resulted in less engagement with the labour movement and as such there is a reduced chance of having consultations and discussions to address issues within the sector.The GTUC head stressed that when issues arise in the union, there is no particular ministry that one can turn to, neither a minister which was chosen to independently represent public servants.The trade unionist further pointed out that labour is not an element of social protection as is considered by this administration. In fact he noted that it is the other way round.After taking office in May 2015, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change coalition government reconfigured and renamed a number of ministries.
Letterkenny Rovers advanced in the FAI Youth Cup with an emphatic win at Strand Celtic this afternoon.Strand Celtic 1 Letterkenny Rovers 6Conditions promised to make things difficult for both sides with almost storm force winds battering the scenic grounds under the shadow of Ben Bulben. It was the Donegal side who made light of those conditions when taking the lead after just two minutes when Nathan Plumb was quickest to react after Adam Yisau’s shot cannoned off the post after the lively winger did well to create the opening in the first instance.That start could have been built upon with the lively Jack Dwyer going close before Strand came into the game.The hosts looked extremely lively in an attacking sense and created a number of chances with Jimmy Monaghan, Matteo Melis and Eamon Flynn all forcing visiting goalkeeper Matthew Whoriskey into routine stops.At the other end, Gavin McGee and Plumb also came close to extending Rovers lead. With the wind increasing in strength it was imperative that Anthony Gorman’s charges would add to their lead before the interval.They hit a real purple patch hitting three goals in a ten minute spell right before halftime which almost killed off the Sligo teams hopes.A marauding run and cross from Leon Doherty saw set up Jack Dwyer who headed home on 34 minutes. Three minutes later, home goalkeeper Andrew Conway failed to hold Gavin McGee’s free kick and it fell to Plumb who was razor sharp in burying the rebound.Rovers were in dreamland on the stroke of halftime when Kieran Tobin fired low to the bottom corner after a neat swivel and turn. Strand hopes of staging a comeback were very slight and they were all but over when Dwyer struck just two minutes after the restart to make it 5-0. The Strand defence was in disarray after a back pass to their keeper and Dwyer nipped in to steal the ball and he had the easy task of firing into an empty net.Rovers added another through a Plumb free kick as he completed his hat-trick on 76 before Strand got a consolation late on when Caoilte Brannigan fired home from the spot after substitute Niall McDermott was upended in the box.A satisfying afternoon’s work for Letterkenny, who will be at home to Tipperarys Peake Villa or Greystones from Wicklow in the third round at the end of the month.Strand Celtic: Andrew Conway, Sam McDermott, Orin Mitchell, Max Stafford, Tom Gavin, Donnagh Flynn, Jimmy Monaghan, Luke McGlynn, Eamon Flynn, Caolite Brannigan, Matteo Melis. Subs used: Niall McDermott, Brandon Finan, Paul Gallagher, Kenny Ogu, Thomas Mulligan, Jack Murphy. Letterkenny Rovers: Matthew Whoriskey, Leon Dohety, Caolan McConnell, Fouad Bashar, Gavin McGee, Kelan Collier, Kieran Tobin, Adam Yisau, Jack Dwyer, Nathan Plumb, Sean McGinley. Subs used: James Gallagher, Nathan Bonner.Referee: Stephen McGarryPlumb hat-trick gives Rovers emphatic Youth Cup win in Sligo was last modified: November 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FAI Youth CupJack DwyerKieran TobinLetterkenny RoversNathan Plumb
On Monday, deputy sheriffs with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office took Brenton Hooper Wiseman of Cullowhee into custody as a result of a joint investigation with the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Postal Service. Wiseman utilized the United States Postal Service in order to transport Schedule IV Controlled Substances into Jackson County. His bond has been set at $10,000.
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Lutheran church, Johvi, Estonia. Autumn.Monsignor charged with stealing more than $500,000 from ArchdioceseThe former monsignor of a Philadelphia Catholic church was recently charged with stealing over $500,000. Msgr. William Dumbrow, 77, stands accused of taking the donated funds and allegedly using the money on expensive dinners and trips to casinos. The money was supposed to be used on the Villa St. Joseph retirement home that houses former priests. Dumbrow was in charge of allocating the funds.For over nine years, federal prosecutors say he wrote checks to himself, and is believed to have taken $535,258.11 during that time. He used that money to go to Philadelphia Pops concerts and to gamble at Harrah’s Casino. Eventually the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was alerted to the suspicious activity by the bank and immediately froze the monsignor’s account and contacted federal agents. Dumbrow faces up to eighty years in prison but is expected to enter a guilty plea according to his attorney Coley Reynolds. [For more: ABC6 News]Vape pen manufacturer Grenco Science wins $47 million counterfeit caseLast month, a federal judge in Illinois granted vaporizer manufacturer Grenco Science nearly $50 million in damages from online retailers knowingly selling counterfeit versions of its products. The Los Angeles-based company has been making vaporizers and personal vape pens like the G Pen and G Pro since 2012, and is well known for collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Burton Snowboards, HUF and others. This popularity drew the interest of overseas counterfeiters, who began creating and selling lower-quality knockoff versions of Grenco’s most popular products. The counterfeiters used the company’s logos, images, and trademarks in order to convince potential customers that the fakes were legit. However, the counterfeit products are lower quality than the originals, often using non-certified batteries that are potentially hazardous.- Sponsor – A federal judge sided with Grenco Science in the case, awarding them $47 million in damages. The judge offered the ruling to stop the defendants from continuing to sell these counterfeit products, as well as provide financial recompense. “I’m marking this off as another milestone in protecting what is ours,” Grenco Science CEO Chris Folkerts wrote in an Instagram post. “I will take the time to thank the attorneys and my team who worked so hard on this. Let it be known that this is the first of many. This win represents the first of many in a continued effort against counterfeiters unlawfully infringing upon our intellectual property,” said Anthony Marino, COO of Grenco Science. “And while we’re thrilled with this initial outcome, let this serve as notice that we’re only getting started.” [For more: MerryJane]The post-EMV fraud spike is landing at merchants’ feetThe global e-commerce market continues to expand. By 2019, it’s expected to be worth $2.4 trillion. But as the market grows, so does the opportunity for fraud (online fraud was up by 30% last year), and the sinister ways by which fraudsters commit their acts. While we can’t put all the blame on the EMV switch, we can attribute a big part of this growth in fraud to it. That rollout made fraud much more difficult to perpetrate at physical points of sale. As such, fraudsters adjusted their tactics to target online purchases, which is now perceived as an easier channel to attack.What is happening in tandem with the rise of e-commerce fraud is the increase in false declines. More consumers are having their legitimate orders marked as illegitimate, in an effort by the merchant to protect its bottom line (at the cost of a good sale). As fraud grows, false declines will continue to spell trouble for merchants and consumers alike. The onus is on merchants to prevent fraud, whether perpetrated online or in-store. Luckily, there are means by which merchants can protect themselves and their consumers. The fight against retail fraud is certainly a challenging one. Fraudsters are constantly evolving their tactics to commit fraud; merchants must follow suit and evolve their strategies to beat the fraudsters. These steps are a great place to start in preparing for the long battle against e-commerce fraud, and providing a seamless and profitable end-to-end customer experience. [For more: Payments Source]Three arrested after not dimming headlights, police find stolen clothing, marijuana, and toolsPolice have arrested three men on a charge of running an organized retail crime enterprise, and one of them faces additional counts of drug possession and possession of a device to shield items from retail security theft detectors. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials assisted as two of the men appear to be in the country illegally from Columbia, police said in a news release. Officers seized several bags of what appeared to be marijuana, several large bags of clothing, cologne and perfume with merchandise tags attached and with a retail value of more than $7,500. They also found tools that appeared to be for detaching anti-theft devices from merchandise.The incident began when police officer Richard Carlson stopped a car at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday on Endicott Street North near Tower Street for a minor motor vehicle violation. The 2005 Mazda 6, with a South Carolina plate, failed to dim its high beams as it passed the patrol car. The driver, Arturo Fabian Pineda-Otero, 30, of Flushing, New York, was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license. The bags containing what appeared to be marijuana were found on him, police said. The two other men arrested were Roger Bustos-Perez, 28, of Elmhurst, New York, and Herman Avendano-Martinez, 29, of Queens, New York. Bustos-Perez had an ankle bracelet monitoring device. Both said they were out on bail but didn’t have details for their crimes. They spoke only Spanish so officers had a language barrier in trying to communicate with them. A bag that apparently was designed to defeat retail security systems was made of duct tape and aluminum foil. Items containing anti-theft tags are sometimes put in such bags to prevent them from setting off alarm systems during shoplifting attempts. As of Wednesday afternoon, they had not been arraigned. [For more: The Laconia Daily Sun]Columbus Police looking for suspects who conned employees out of store deposit moneyColumbus, Ohio, police are looking to identify two suspects who reportedly tricked several Family Dollar employees into giving them money. Police say an unknown man called the store at 6480 Winchester Pike on Feb. 22, claiming to be from corporate headquarters. The man reportedly told a store employee to take money from the safe and put it into the night deposit bag.Some time later, a female came into the store and said she was a loss prevention officer. Police say she picked up the bag, which had nearly $2,000 inside. Police say the female suspect is connected to other similar thefts. Anyone with information on her identity is asked to contact Detective Grooms in CPD’s Property Crimes Bureau at 645-4624 or email@example.com. [For more: NBC4 News]More than 40,000 University of Maryland email addresses are for sale on the dark webOver 40,000 student email addresses from the University of Maryland were found to be up for sale on the so called “dark web.” David Maimon, a professor of criminology at the school, believes that criminals seem to be targeting universities in order to steal “.edu” addresses. Universities also are easy targets due to the large amounts of sensitive information stored in the systems, such as student names and social security numbers. Criminals have also found that student emails are more effective at phishing information as they appear more genuine. Furthermore, the student email addresses have an easier time bypassing spam filters.Data collected from the Digital Citizens Alliance reports suggests that not all the email addresses were stolen, but some were in fact sold by students. The university of Maryland previously suffered a data breach back in 2014, when over 300,000 student and faculty records were compromised. Jonathan Katz, the director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center said that the university looks for large amounts of suspicious activity on student accounts, which would indicate a student email being used to send spam. It has also been working on developing better secured programming language in order to prevent future attacks. Finally, students are told to be wary of potential phishing scams offering summer jobs and to avoid clicking on links from suspicious looking accounts. [For more: The Diamondback News]Ralph Lauren cuts another dismal signal for retailersRalph Lauren said it will close its flagship store in New York, underscoring the difficult climate for retailers that rely on store sales. The luxury clothing brand is closing its Fifth Avenue location as part of a $370 million restructuring as it tries to grow by instead improving its e-commerce strategy and eliminating jobs. Ralph Lauren lost its CEO, Stefan Larsson, in early February.So far this year, at least nine major retailers have already filed for bankruptcy in the grim environment for brick-and-mortars, including electronics retailer HHGregg, Limited Stores, Payless, Gordmans Stores and Wet Seal. Other companies that have filed for Chapter 11 in 2017 are Gander Mountain, BCBG Max Azria, Michigan Sporting Goods Distributors and RadioShack.The Ralph Lauren brand, with jeans that start at about $100, is also suffering from consumer trends favoring travel and restaurants over clothing and accessories. Consumers who are still buying apparel are favoring discount apparel. Discount retailers like Ross that have fast turnarounds for merchandise and lower-cost clothes are faring much better than expensive luxury brands in recent quarters. “This is more evidence that retailers, specifically apparel, are under tremendous pressure,” said Chen Grazutis, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst told Bloomberg. “People aren’t buying as much apparel as they used to.” [For more: Investopedia] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
A journey that started two years back will finally come to an end on Sunday in Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium.For the first time in the tournament’s history the World Cup, which has been the purview of a select few, will change hands and a new name will be imprinted on the trophy. There is, and will be, endless debate on who’s Cup it should be, and whether Diego’s darlings or Dunga’s devils ought to have been crowned champions. Or should Loew’s youth brigade have walked away with footballing glory. None of the three. At the final whistle well past midnight tonight, it will be either Spain or the Netherlands who will walk the cloud.This has been a World Cup of many firsts, and South Africa hosting it now seems to be just a sideshow. Dressing-room bustups, a team boycotting training sessions, last edition’s winner and runners-up both getting knocked out in the first round itself, just about every thrill a scriptwriter would need.And then, the march to the final by Spain, a team whose performance at the World Cups so far has been inversely proportional to the talent it produces. The pass masters, who conquered Europe two years back, now have the world for their taking. On the shoulders of midfielders Iniesta, Xavi and Busquets-all three playmakers of the highest order-lay the responsibility of taking their team to World Cup triumph. They have not disappointed so far, especially Iniesta and Xavi, who are also in the running for the Golden Ball-the player of the tournament.advertisementOn the other hand, the Netherlands have been at this stage before, when the ‘Flying Dutchmen’ were soaring over Europe and the world. But not even the Cruyffs or the Neeskens could manage to steer the Oranje past the final hurdle. The stage is now set for Wesley Sneijder and company to break that jinx.For a World Cup where a tentacled tipster named Paul hogged much of the limelight, it will need something special from the Dutch to prove him wrong.Bert van Marwijk’s team, which has exuded an air of harmony and commitment in contrast to previous Dutch sides that have possessed at least as much talent but also a reputation for internal squabbling, has persuasive arguments that it will be third-time lucky for the Oranje.In Sneijder they possess one of the few creative midfielders who can match Xavi and Iniesta for skill and ability to influence a match. The two teams have a similar commitment to keeping the ball-hardly a surprise given that this Spain team is built on the Barcelona model, which in turn has had a major Dutch influence since the days of Cruyff, who coached the Spanish club.A win for Spain will help lift the country-at least psychologically-from the ongoing economic crisis. Spain has one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe and the Socialist government in Madrid has introduced tough austerity measures, including wage cuts for public-sector workers, in a bid to prevent a Greekstyle debt crisis.Parties have been planned in both countries as the finale reaches fever pitch. Authorities are planning a boat parade in Amsterdam if the Dutch win, with a million people expected to turn out. In Madrid, players will be feted in a parade in an open-top bus even if their team comes up short. At least 150,000 fans of La Roja (the Reds) are expected to cram Madrid’s main Paseo de Castellana avenue to witness Spain’s maiden appearance in the final.Celebrations are not limited to the two nations. It has spread to other parts of the world as well. Hosts South Africa expect a massive surge of red and orange on its streets-where locals will merge with the foreigners-for the final. In places far away from the action, similar scenes aren’t ruled out either. The Monday blues from World Cup hangover are not just restricted to the workforce but also students. Hence in New Delhi, the Capital’s Vasant Valley School decided to postpone the start to Monday’s classes by two hours to facilitate students catch up on sleep after watching the final live on television. Over 500 million people across 215 countries are expected to tune in to catch the battle for the title.
Like millions of others, Ranveer Singh is an unabashed fan of Aamir Khan. Their entry on the India Today Unforgettables stage is accompanied by a theme music for his idol given by Ranveer. As he suggested, “Aisa grand music hona chahiye (there should be grand music like this),” Aamir quipped, “Mere mann mein bajte rehta hai (it plays inside my head).”ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh to Aamir Khan: Priyanka Chopra helped me understand why I’m so energeticAamir was curious to know how the outsider Ranveer made it into the film industry. “As far back as I can remember, the only thing I ever wanted to do, was not even become an actor… I wanted to become a Hindi film ka hero. Nothing captivated and fascinated me more than mainstream Hindi films. Not Hollywood films, not those offbeat films, but mainstream Hindi films… And I couldn’t think of doing anything else,” Ranveer revealed.Reminiscing what got him going in his school days, Ranveer said, “It was not sports. Kids used to play cricket and football but I used to sit in front of the TV. Even before cable television, I used to watch VHS tapes of Amitabh Bachchan films. In school also, I was not that good at maths and science. But my day to shine was not sports day or report card day, it was annual day. Drama, elocution, I was always into all of those things. I could see the signs, you know. Even, when these things weren’t happening, I was a constant nautanki in the class. You know, always trying to make some mischief, trying to make people laugh.”advertisementTo make a breakthrough in Bollywood for someone from a completely non-filmi background is not easy, and Ranveer revealed that he had his doubts. “In 10th standard, when you’re going from school to college, these things start getting pertinent – you don’t have a background in Hindi films. At that time, it was around the year 2000, the industry was very close. There was a lot of nepotism. I looked around me, and there weren’t really too many examples for me to go by, so I felt it was too far-fetched for me. So I said, let me do something else that I enjoy which is creative writing. I thought I’ll become a Copywriter and take up a job somewhere. I had gone abroad to study and in my second year, all the slots were full for all the classes and I had to fill the credit so I had to take one acting class. On the first day, that instructor said, ‘I don’t want to know your names or where you’re from, just go up and perform.’ I went up and I said Amitabh Bachchan’s dialogue from Deewar. And there were students who didn’t understand a word of Hindi, but I said it with so much passion, they started clapping. And I was like, this is it, man. I was able to evoke an emotional reaction out of a person. This is my calling. I don’t want to be 35 years old and say I never took my chances. So, I wanted to come back,” he said.Ranveer’s father was very supportive of his dreams, although he insisted that he finish his degree, just to have a back-up plan. Ranveer told Aamir about the journey from dream to reality: “I came back but I didn’t know how to go about it and get my foot in the door. I tried some theatre, some acting classes, tried to become an assistant director… Various things came on my portfolio. I went from office to office and one day, I got a call from Yash Raj Films saying that they’re looking for a new boy. I went and gave the audition and that was that.”ALSO WATCH: Aamir Khan and Ranveer Singh discuss their acting journey on India Today Unforgettables
NEW DELHI: In a major success in the crackdown on inter-state gang of narcotics smugglers, a team of Delhi police has arrested two narcotics smugglers identified as Rajkumar (33) and a resident of Hapur and Kanhaiya Lal (45) a resident of Bulandshahr along with a Tata Container truck having a built in secret chamber and recovered 205.100 kgs of Marijuana.DCP South East Chinmoy Biswal said, “A secret chamber has been built secretly to conceal the transported narcotics in the seized container truck. The secret chamber in the truck has an iron wall erected between the driver’s cabin and the container of the truck. The cavity was especially designed to hide/camouflage the narcotics. If checked, the container would appear to have been empty.” Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe South-East district, being a border district has been keeping a vigil over activities of drug peddlers and inter-state smuggling of narcotics across various states. Secret information was received by ASI Surender and ASI Ajeet posted at Govindpuri regarding transportation of Marijuana from Odisha and the same was to be delivered in Delhi NCR in Tata Container truck. On the intervening night of July 3 and 4, the team laid a trap near Okhla Round About, Okhla Estate Road. At about 2:30 am, a container truck was seen coming from Mathura roadside and was going towards Kalkaji. The team signalled the container driver to stop but the driver rather than slowing down the vehicle speed up the container. However, the team successfully intercepted the container and nabbed the driver and his helper.
CALGARY – Soaking up the rays or chilling in the shade?A University of Calgary study is looking into whether bucking bulls, arguably the most ill-tempered of rodeo animals at the Calgary Stampede, would be happier and perform better if they had a shady place to rest before the show.The bulls, weighing between 680 to 900 kilograms, are selected for their tendency to leap, plunge and spin when a rider is on its back. Around the middle of the 20th century, breeders began selecting bulls on the basis of their bad temperament.“The question about the care of the animals — whether these animals need shade or water — it’s always a question that’s asked by the public … We decided to set up a little trial and start looking at this question,” said Ed Pajor, professor in animal behaviour and welfare in the faculty of veterinary medicine.“It’s all about animal welfare, animal care.”Pajor said about two animals a day will be watched to see whether shade or sun has any influence on their behaviour and if there are any signs of heat stress.It will look at how easily the animals handle, how they move from the back pens to the bucking chutes and whether they are breathing quickly, panting or slobbering.Pajor said an infrared thermography camera will take the animal’s eye temperature and a nannycam will help monitor whether the bulls are hanging out in the sun or keeping cool.“We have a pen set up — half of it shaded, half of it in the sun — and we’re letting the animals tell us where they want to spend their time.”Pajor said it’s a preliminary study and, depending on the results, it might determine the scope of more extensive research next summer on the welfare of animals used in rodeos.The study’s results also may help to improve the safety of cowboys who climb aboard a bull before the gate opens, he added.“They all know these bulls and what to expect from these bulls,” Pajor said. “If the (animals) aren’t feeling right, then they may be harder to mount, so there is an element of cowboy safety in the chute.”He said he suspects bulls prefer to be in the shade, but nothing is conclusive yet.“Some people would claim that the bucking bulls here travel all around North America … from the southern states to up here in Calgary, and they’re pretty well adapted to these types of conditions,” Pajor said.“What has become obvious over time is there really is no data on rodeo animals. It is very, very understudied in terms of animal care and welfare.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter