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Matawan’s Clifton drafted by NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes

first_img Above: Matawan’s Connor Clifton dons the uniform of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, who drafted Clifton in the fifth round (133rd overall) during the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark. Clifton, a defenseman, played for Christian Brothers Academy in high school and was most recently a member of the United States National Team Development Program. Below: Clifton is handed a Coyotes jersey by general manager Don Maloney (l) during the draft. Being selected in a professional sports draft will always amount to a big day for an athlete, but to hear his name called in his home state in front of family and friends makes for an unforgettable moment. That was the case for Matawan’s Connor Clifton, who was chosen by the Phoenix Coyotes with the 12th pick of the fifth round (133rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark on June 30.“It was in the middle of my home state, and it was nice that it worked out that way, [being in] Newark,” the 18- year-old defenseman said. GETTY IMAGES Clifton, who ranked 88th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, waited a few hours for his selection. But that did not diminish the thrill of hearing his name called by the Coyotes.“When [my name] was finally called, we were really excited and happy,” Clifton said of sharing the experience with loved ones. “It was definitely a memorable moment.”Clifton comes off an impressive season in the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) as a member of the U-18 team. Over 66 games, he posted eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points, along with 114 penalty minutes. He also played for the United States at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 World Championship, where his lone goal in the tournament came in a gold-medal game loss to Canada.It was when Clifton first started with the national program in Ann Arbor, Mich., that he started to believe a career in the NHL was a possibility.“The first time I thought it could actually happen was at the beginning of this year when I joined the national team, and I figured it was one of my goals when I decided to go there,” he said.Previously, Clifton suited up for the New Jersey Hitmen of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, and he played high school hockey at Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft during his freshman and sophomore seasons.“It was a tremendous accomplishment for Connor,” CBA head coach Ryan Bogan said of Clifton being drafted. “We are so proud of his accomplishments on the ice.”Clifton, who considers himself a “physical, two-way defenseman” because he likes to take the body on defense and jump into the play offensively, acknowledged that he played a leadership role during his time at CBA.“I considered myself a leader on that team,” he said. “[The other] kids looked up to me.”“Connor was a leader as a young player at CBA because of his strength on the ice and his ability to take the game over with a big hit or a big goal as a defenseman,” Bogan said. “He is probably one of the most fearless players I have ever seen play the game. I can vividly remember Connor using his fearlessness and character in defense of his fellow teammates.”Clifton is the third member of the CBA program to be drafted into the NHL. Joakim Ryan was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round (198th overall) in 2012, while James van Riemsdyk was taken by the Philadelphia Flyers with the second overall pick in 2007.“Anytime you have the caliber of player like Connor come to CBA, the influence on future players is invaluable,” Bogan said.“I believe this influence was passed on to many Colts playing today and will be passed on to others in the future, as well.”Like many successful players, Clifton got his start in hockey at a young age. “I started at age 3,” he said. “My father taught me and my brothers how to skate. [Being from Matawan], hockey was not a big thing at all. It was just big within my family. It was really just us.“Since I started, it definitely became more popular. It seems like it’s still growing.”While he may now have a rooting interest in the Coyotes, his team of choice growing up was the New York Rangers, and he looked up to Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi.Clifton’s next hockey venture will be at the collegiate level with Quinnipiac University (Hamden, Conn.) Quinnipiac comes off a banner season in which the Bobcats advanced to the program’s first Frozen Four appearance in the NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Tournament. They fell in the finals to Yale University, 4-0.Clifton was also selected in the fourth round (75th overall) of the 2013 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection Draft by the Peterborough Petes, but Quinnipiac’s coaches, facilities and the ability to play on the same team with his older brother Tim made the institution a more alluring option for him.“I want to get in there and play my game, keep working on every aspect of my game and help the team out,” Clifton said.Clifton did get a taste of the NHL experience from July 8-12 when he took part in the Coyotes’ prospect development camp. With a chance to get acquainted to the organization and display his skills in front of management, coaches and fans, Clifton joined 35 other Coyotes prospects for drills and instruction both on and off the ice.“I’ve learned that all the coaches want to do is help you and develop your game,” he said.With each step in that development, Clifton grows nearer to putting the Coyotes jersey on for real game action one day in the NHL. By NEIL BORENSTEIN Staff Writer last_img read more

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Cypriot MMA star Philippou looking to get back to winning ways

first_imgBy Andreas VouCYPRIOT MMA fighter Costas Philippou is set to take on Lorenz Larkin on Saturday night in UFC Fight Night 40 at Cincinnati’s US Bank Arena.The 34-year-old is currently ranked No.12 in the MMA middleweight rankings and had gone on a five fight winning streak prior to his two latest defeats.The Limassol-native suffered a major setback to his title aspirations after his September defeat to Francis Carmont, followed up by another loss to Luke Rockhold in January’s UFC Fight Night 35 headliner.Philippou takes on 27-year-old Larkin who has not had the best times of late either, having lost two of his three latest bouts since joining the UFC.In October, he earned his first and only UFC victory in an impressive decision win against Chris Camozzi but that was sandwiched by two disappointing losses.His first defeat came on his UFC debut; as did Philippou, Larkin found Carmont too tough to stop while he then tasted defeat at the hands of Brad Tavares in January during UFC Fight Night 35.Both fighters have all the more reason to be motivated as they look to get back to winning ways but Philippou is the slight favourite with his added experience.Based in the United States, UFC is the most esteemed mixed martial arts organisation in the world, home to the elite fighters in the industry with each headlining event averaging in the region of four million television viewers.Philippou’s road to the very top has been anything but easy, leaving Cyprus shortly after meeting his coach and mentor Polis Potamitis in 1996, who bought him a ticket to travel to New York to pursue a pro career.The Cypriot soon faced his toughest bout, coping with tragedy. In September 2005, his coach who had become his best friend was shot and killed on the island, leaving Philippou in a dire psychological state.He showed immense character to pick himself up and eventually began climbing the ladder towards the top, eventually quitting boxing in favour of MMA in 2007.In May 2008, Philippou made his professional MMA debut, becoming the first ever Cypriot to do so when he competed for the ‘Ring of Combat’ promotion fight. Despite losing by a split decision on that occasion, he went on to win seven times and lost just once, earning promotion at the next time of asking.The Limassol star joined UFC in 2011 and, despite losing his first fight, bounced back, again, in the best possible way, winning his next five matches in a run which stretched from August 2011 to December 2012.Philippou has demonstrated formidable character by picking himself in times of adversity throughout his career. Despite his last two defeats, the Cypriot fighter is once again looking to bounce back.last_img read more

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Ched Evans latest: Oldham sponsor will be ‘out of the door’ if club signs striker

first_imgOne of Oldham’s main sponsors has said it will be “out of the door” if the club signs convicted rapist Ched Evans.Craig Verling, a director of Verlin Rainwater Solutions which sponsors a stand at Boundary Park, said the company would terminate its involvement with the Latics if Evans joins up with the League One outfit.Oldham are reported to be holding a board meeting to decide whether to pursue their interest in Evans, although no confirmation was immediately available from the club on Monday morning and the player was not part of the group which arrived at Boundary Park to make its way to the club’s training ground.Verling told Press Association Sport: “The club knows our stance and that is if they sign or allow Ched Evans to train we will be out of the door.“We had a conversation with the club when they considered allowing Ched Evans to train with them six to eight weeks ago, and we were led to believe they had listened to the general input.“But our sources have made it clear he will be training or signing for the club this week and it is not something we wish to be associated with.”Verlin signed a deal to sponsor one of the Boundary Park stands in 2013 with the club’s marketing executive David Broadbent then describing it as “fantastic for all parties”.But Verling said his company would have no hesitation in ending its support should the club reverse its original announcement that it would not pursue an interest in Evans.Verling added: “Ched Evans is a convicted rapist and while my personal view is that people should be given a second chance in life it is just not something with which we wish to be associated.“It is not a business decision, it is a personal one, and the fact is it just does not sit right with me.” 1 One of Oldham’s main sponsors has said it will be “out of the door” if the club signs convicted rapist Ched Evans last_img read more

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Special council meeting set for Tuesday

first_imgMONTEBELLO – The City Council has called a special meeting for 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers, 1600 W. Beverly Blvd. The items on the agenda include two closed session items on anticipated litigation and the discussion of Montebello Tomorrow, Inc., which is a non-profit corporation funded by the city and the redevelopment agency. The anticipated litigation concerns the group putting out a flier supporting incumbents Bob Bagwell and Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid in the Nov. 6 election. For information, call (323) 887-1363. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.last_img read more

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Pot plants catch fire in Studio City, arrest made

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champPolice confiscated 382 plants — about 48 pounds — found at the home, along with growing equipment, Lopez said. Eric Porter, who was renting the home, was later arrested and booked on suspicion of felony cultivation of marijuana, Lopez said. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, he said. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. STUDIO CITY – A 37-year-old man was behind bars today in connection with hundreds of suspected marijuana plants found growing in a Studio City home that caught fire, authorities said. The fire was reported at a home in the 3200 block of Dos Palos Drive around 7 a.m. yesterday, said Cecil Manresa of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters confined the blaze to the patio, Manresa said. While at the home, firefighters saw alleged marijuana plants, said Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez of the media relations section. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Big rig starts fire; I-5 is shut down 12 hours

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 carol.rock@dailynews.com (661)257-5252 CASTAIC – A big rig with a flat tire sparked a small brush fire early Wednesday morning on Interstate 5 near Smokey Bear Road. Michael Tatum, 25, was driving the J.B. Hunt semi loaded with 15 pallets of motor oil and 12 pallets of antifreeze when he got a flat and lost control of the truck, said California Highway Patrol Officer Wendy Hahn. The truck veered to the right, hit the guardrail and crossed the freeway to the center divider, where it caught fire. Tatum escaped uninjured. About 100 gallons of diesel fuel flowed into a storm drain leading to nearby Pyramid Lake, a leak monitored by officials with the state Department of Fish and Game, Hahn said. The fire ignited brush alongside the freeway where about a half-acre burned. The northbound side of the freeway was closed for 12 hours while the truck was unloaded and removed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Man City to offer £70m for Sanchez, progress made in Diego Costa talks – GOSSIP

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review 1 Here’s all the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Atletico Madrid are prepared to offer £50m to Chelsea for wantaway striker Diego Costa. The LaLiga club are still short of Antonio Conte’s £60m valuation of the player, but are slowly closing in on a deal. (Mail on Sunday)Manchester City will make an offer of £70m to sign Alexis Sanchez. The Chile forward is in the final year of his Arsenal contract, and Pep Guardiola is willing to offer big money to bring him to the Etihad. (Mirror)Sanchez will be handed a £400,000-a-week deal to sign for City. (The Sun)Antonio Conte is lining up a £200m spending spree ahead of transfer deadline day. The Italian is planning to sign Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal, and a trio of Southampton defenders: Virgil van Dijk, Cedric Soares and former Blue Ryan Bertrand. (Express)Chelsea are also interested in prising Toby Alderweireld away from Tottenham, as talks over a new Spurs contract progress poorly. An inquiry has been made apropos the centre-back’s interest in leaving White Hart Lane. (The Times)Barcelona are set to sign Jean Michael Seri from Nice, having decided to match his £36.7m release clasue. Seri was a reported target for Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool. (L’Equipe)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:Burnley have had a £15m offer for Chris Wood accepted by Leeds United. New Zealand forward Wood, 25, missed Leeds’ 2-0 Championship win over Sunderland on Saturday evening.Joey Barton has told talkSPORT he understands why Manchester City want to sign Jonny Evans from West Bromwich Albion.The Baggies have already rejected one bid worth up to £18m from Pep Guardiola’s side, though they are expected to submit a new approach this week.Manchester United are willing to sell David de Gea to Real Madrid should they complete a deal for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.Arsene Wenger was unhappy with referee Andre Marriner’s performance as Arsenal were defeated 1-0 at Stoke on Saturday, following missed penalty calls and an Alexandre Lacazette goal ruled out for offside.last_img read more

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McGhee: Scotland call-offs provide chance for others to step up

first_imgMark McGhee has admitted that four players withdrawing from the Scotland squad through injury is disappointing but said the challenge is for others to step up to the plate against Malta.Kieran Tierney, Leigh Griffiths, Kevin McDonald and James McArthur all left the squad with Hearts forward Tony Watt and Rangers defender Lee Wallace called up as replacements.“We’ve got to make sure it’s not a blow,” McGhee said. “We’ve got other people here that will step up.“You pick what you think is the best squad for the occasion so clearly losing four of them immediately is disappointing but we have to ask others to step up. “It gives other people an opportunity.”One player who could be given a chance to shine is Watt, who has impressed for Hearts in the early weeks of the season. Picked out by Gordon Strachan as a potential star earlier this year (http://stv.tv/sport/football/international/1346013-tony-watt-could-be-scotlands-zlatan-says-boss-gordon-strachan/), Watt was also on the receiving end of a rebuke from McGhee in March when the Scotland assistant said he didn’t train hard enough and had to prove he could be trusted with a role in the national team, despite his ability.McGhee now believes that trust has been earned after in-depth discussions with the player.“We’ve been big fans of Tony since we first saw him,” he said. “We brought him in for a training camp early and he had certain issues at that time. “It’s funny, I had a couple of conversations with Tony over the summer, quite long conversations, and I reported back to Gordon [Strachan] that what I was hearing was responsible, mature and there was a change, in a sense.“It’s no surprise to me that he’s doing well where he is and he’s at a level now where we can bring him in. He offers something a little bit different. We’re delighted to have that type of player in the sort of form that he’s in now. “He had his injury last season and that set him back a little bit but he should be capable of holding a place down in some of the teams down there as well. It’s irrelevant really where he’s playing, the important thing is that he is playing.“I’ve also had conversations with [Hearts director of football] Craig [Levein] about him and how they handle him.“I think they’re doing a brilliant job with him, giving him a bit of freedom and not trying to change him.They’re just trying to encourage him and emphasise what his abilities and strengths are.“I think that’s done him the power of good.”last_img read more

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Alternate Reality Games: What Makes or Breaks Them?

first_imgTags:#Trends#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) have become an incredibly powerful viral marketing and audienceengagement tool over the lastcouple of years. However, the elements of asuccessful ARG remain a mystery to most people. Some of the mostsuccessful ARGs that I have participated in over the past few years were theI love beescampaign for Halo 2, the Iris campaign for Halo 3, the political dystopia campaign, for NIN’s Year Zero,and most recently the Harvey Dent political campaign for the upcoming TheDark Knight movie.Even though I enjoyed participating in them,until recently I hadn’t really thought about what makes themcompelling – beyond their premise (i.e. the product they are basedaround).This is a guest post by Muhammad Saleem, a social media consultant and a top-ranked community member on multiple social news sites.Essential Elements of an ARGHere are few of the ‘must have’ elements for a successful Alternate Reality Game:1. Storytelling or narrativeEvery ARGshould have a captivating story to tell that extends beyond theproduct. For example, the Halo 3 guerrilla marketing campaign revealedspecific elements of the third installment in the series, which wouldbe interesting for people that are already fans of the game. These‘games’ often serve as prologues for the product or event that theyare ultimately marketing. Unlike with traditional advertising, thesestories make the product/event more dynamic and more appealing.Although ARGs are mostly used to market products that have found a loyalonline fan base (e.g. video games, movies, music, and television),they can be used to market almost anything – as long as you have astory to tell. We saw this in Audi’s “The Art of the Heist” ARG, whichwas made specifically to market the Audi A3, and Coca-Cola’s “Zerowill give you life as it should be” campaign for Coke Zero in Europe. muhammad saleem 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 2. Discovery/deciphering and documentation elementsAny well-executed ARG will play its cards close to its chestand reveal information slowly, sporadically, using different outlets/mediums, and over an extended period of time. The narrative should bebroken into smaller pieces, often obscured or coded in some way, sothat not only do they need to be found but also deciphered intosomething intelligible. As such, the discovery and deciphering elementsallow different people/sources to ‘discover’ new information andforces them to work together as a collective to help the story progress.While most people will be interested in closely following the story, totry and be the first to discover the next step (for fame/glory or just out ofcuriosity) there will be others that will play along just so they candocument the game, analyze the marketing strategy, and learn from it.3. Cross-medium interactivityFor an ARG to besuccessful, it has to use multiple mediums. It has to be pervasive andmust be available and accessible on as many different mediums aspossible. These mediums may include, but are not limited to: Articlesor bits of information seeded online on blogs and news outletsVideos(clips, trailers, commentary)Print ads in magazines and newspapersBillboardsPosters in shopsPeople with placards on the streetsPhone callsRadio or online audio broadcasts Email and snail mailThe more mediums you use, the more personal it becomes andthe closer it gets to reality. Furthermore, with each medium you tap apotentially unique audience that you may not be able to tap into usingother mediums (e.g. online/email versus offline/snail-mail).4. Blurring the lines between reality and fictionBecause ARGs allow you as an individual and community (working together) to make decisions that have visible andoften instantaneous results, or at least give the appearance ofinteractivity, they help blur the lines between reality and fiction. For example, for the Halo 3 campaign, real people took to the streetsand babbled indecipherable gibberish for days on end. Similarly, theHarvey Dent campaign was made to look like a real political campaignand at the same time required a ‘grassroots’ collective effort tounveil what was actually going on. When you walk into a store and arefaced with a vandalized display and a floor littered with “The Joker”playing cards, in a sense you step out of theatrics and into an alternatereality.Image from destructoid.comThings ARGs Should AvoidJust as there are some elements that any good alternate reality gamemust possess to engage an audience, there are other things thatcan completely turn an audience off. Here’s a look at some of theelements that ARGs must absolutely stay away from.1. Lack of interactivity, too linearToo many ARGsgive the appearance of interactivity and though it seems like the endresult depends on your participation, the games are actually linear‘journeys’ from point A to point B. No one wants to put hours intoa puzzle when they know that their individual effort doesn’t reallyaffect the outcome.2. Lack of a rewardPeople enjoy participating inARGs because each puzzle you unlock gives you a new piece ofinformation and helps progress a story. As I mentioned earlier, thesegames most often serve the purpose of a prologue. No one wants toparticipate if the reward is not tantalizing enough or there is noreward. The Coca-Cola Coke Zero campaign had this problem, because theparticipants ultimately realized that the campaign was merely foranother flavor of Coke – information that in itself isn’t ‘virally appealing’.3. No instant gratificationJust as important ashaving a reward is allowing readers to access it right away. We areliving in a Web-enabled world where instant gratification is key and delayedgratification is like no gratification at all.4. Too difficultYou don’t want to just throw awaythe prize, but you also don’t want to make getting to the prize sodifficult that nobody wants to participate. There have been ARGs whereI tried for a half an hour and then gave up, thinking that I wouldwait for someone else to solve the puzzle and just enjoy thefindings; or I didn’t bother going back out of sheer frustration. Findingthe appropriate level of challenge can be one of the more difficultparts of any ARG-based marketing effort.5. Same old game, different name The ARGs that everyonetalks about were successful because they innovated and came up withideas and ways to engage that no one had used before. If your game isstill using the same old tactics to market a different product, it’snot going to work. Try to come up with something new, because thenovelty value alone will be enough to draw in some people.6. Too scripted, too commercialAn ARG by its very naturehas to appear to be unscripted and non-commercial to succeed. Otherwiseit just becomes an advertisement that people have to work for to see.You have to keep in mind that on a very basic level, you must have apremise that people are interested in – or they could be interested in.Making an alternate reality game around cats will be difficult tomarket. It’s much easier to follow the 4 steps above and avoid the 6pitfalls mentioned, to take your good idea and make it a greatsuccess through ARG-based viral marketing.ilove bees image from mitchrukat.com Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: February 28, 2018

first_imgSporting goods retailer will stop selling assault-style riflesDICK’S Sporting Goods, the nation’s largest sporting goods retailer, will stop selling assault-style weapons like the one used in the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting. The company said it will also raise the minimum age for all gun sales to 21. DICK’S  will not sell high-capacity magazines that allow shooters to fire far more rounds than traditional weapons without reloading, as well as other accessories used with weapons similar to the AR-15. The Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz, bought a gun at DICK’S. The company said he did not buy the AR-15 that he used in the school shooting there. The company stopped selling those military-style semiautomatic weapons in its DICK’S-branded stores after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012, but it continued to sell those weapons at its 35 Field and Stream stores. Now it will pull those weapons from all of its stores. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer and a major seller of firearms, announced it would stop selling the military-style semiautomatic weapons in August 2015.There have been widespread calls for tougher gun control measures in the week since the school shooting. In a letter, DICK’S CEO Edward Stack said Parkland students’ calls for assault-style weapons bans are the reason the company is making this change. “We have tremendous respect and admiration for the students organizing and making their voices heard regarding gun violence in schools and elsewhere in our country,” he said in a letter released Wednesday. “We have heard you. The nation has heard you. We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens. But we have to help solve the problem that’s in front of us.” Stack, 63, is the son of the chain’s father. He has been CEO for 34 years. He noted that the Parkland shooter did not use the rifle he bought at DICK’S in the shooting, but he said, “It could have been. Clearly this indicates on so many levels that the systems in place are not effective to protect our kids and our citizens.”  [Source: CNN Money]Delivery employee accused of trying to steal jewelry valued at nearly $40kA FedEx employee was taken into custody after allegedly trying to steal nearly $40,000 worth of jewelry. Frederick Stewart was detained by security as he was trying to leave the facility on Sunday. According to police, Stewart transferred 40 14k rose gold diamond earrings into a plastic bag and then placed it in his own bag on his way out. Security noticed the items when the personal bag was placed on the x-ray machine, police said. Each pair was valued at nearly $1,000 a piece. Stewart was charged with theft of property.  [Source: News Channel3]- Sponsor – Program to speed border crossing advancesA renewed U.S.-Canadian effort to speed cross-border trade by pre-inspecting cargo at factories and other sites within the host country could boost productivity in the auto industry. After testing the waters for more than a dozen years, authorities are gearing up to put U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Canadian soil to clear shipments there, rather than at U.S. ports of entry — and vice versa for Canadian officers. The effort underscores the two nations’ deep-rooted economic relationship and interest in improving customs processes despite current friction over free trade. “This is really positive news because it shows that U.S.-Canada trade-related cooperation has a life outside of NAFTA, that the Trump administration is willing to work on border management and competitiveness in the movement of goods,” said Eric Miller, a trade and government relations consultant who heads Rideau Potomac Strategy Group. The U.S. and Canada have the world’s largest bilateral trade relationship, having exchanged $582.4 billion in goods and more than $80 billion in services in 2017. Formalizing cargo pre-clearance was discussed during an early February meeting in Washington between Ralph Goodale, Canada’s public safety minister, and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.Clearing cargo in advance is meant to relieve pressure on ports of entry where limited space and staffing shortages create congestion during peak traffic periods. But establishing a “reverse inspection” system, in which one country’s officials can inspect cargo in the other country, has been complicated by jurisdictional, legal and diplomatic issues. Yet a similar principle has long been at work in commercial air travel, with U.S. officers at several Canadian airports clearing about 12 million passengers a year before they even board a U.S.-bound plane. In 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection conducted a five-month trial at the crossing between Blaine, Washington, and Surrey, British Columbia, to test procedures and technologies for pre-inspecting cargo on trucks. The lessons learned were applied a year later to the much busier Peace Bridge crossing between Buffalo, N.Y., and Fort Erie, Ontario. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were stationed at the Canadian checkpoint to do primary inspections. When trucks reached the U.S. side of the bridge, they received a green light or were directed to a cargo lot for secondary inspection.  [Source: Automotive News]Fraud, cyber and security incidents reach all-time highThis was the first time in the 10-year history of the Kroll Report when information theft, loss or attack was the most prevalent fraud, according to a press release. It was cited by 29% of respondents, up 5 points from the 2016 report, and surpassed the theft of physical assets or stock, the most common type of organizational loss in the past, which this year ranked second, at 27%. Cyber attacks are one of the most persistent threats to confidential data, but the occurrences of every type of cyber incident included in the survey increased. In addition to the high incidence levels, survey respondents said the consequences of fraud, cyber and security events were also costly and wide-ranging. They affected employees and customers, as well as the organization’s reputation and bottom line. There are mounting concerns among executives in the sample about their companies’ potential exposure to fraud, cyber and security risks. Information-related risks are the top worries for respondents across every risk category, and 57% of respondents said their companies are highly or somewhat vulnerable to information theft, loss, or attack, which is a 6% increase from the previous survey.Former employees and insiders pose the greatest threat. Respondents reported that fraud, cyber, and security incidents are often inside jobs committed by management or current, former, or temporary and/or freelance employees. Of those who reported an incident of fraud, 81% said one or more insiders were perpetrators. Among those reporting cyber incidents, 58% said the perpetrator was an insider. Nearly all of the anti-fraud measures listed in the survey were widely adopted by over 70% of respondents. Information controls was the most widely implemented anti-fraud measure, by 78%. The top three cyber risk mitigation measures that executives expect their companies to implement in the next 12 months all address the problem of intrusions, including device-based intrusion detection systems (57%), endpoint threat monitoring tools (55%) and network-based intrusion detection systems (54%). “In the face of these mounting threats, organizations seeking to manage and mitigate the possibility of loss must take a holistic approach to enterprise risk management and implement diverse and layered measures that can enhance their ability to anticipate, detect, and respond to threats rooted not only in human error or intentional misconduct, but also in technological or internal control gaps,”David Fontaine, chief executive officer of Kroll, said in a statement.  
[Source: RetailDIVE]Popular goods sold through best-known online retailers are counterfeitsFederal investigators purchased counterfeit popular products, including cosmetics and electronics, on some of the biggest and best-known e-commerce websites, according to a new report. The findings highlight new challenges for U.S. agencies and businesses in protecting consumers from potentially dangerous goods. The investigators purchased a total of 47 products from third-party sellers hosted on five major e-commerce websites: Amazon, Walmart, eBay, Sears Marketplace and Newegg. Of those, 20 were determined to be counterfeit by the companies holding the products’ intellectual property rights, the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ nonpartisan investigative division, said in a report set to be released Tuesday. The products purchased included Urban Decay cosmetics, Yeti travel mugs, UL-certified phone chargers and Nike Air Jordan shoes. All 13 Urban Decay cosmetics purchased across the five e-commerce websites were determined to be counterfeit, as were 6 of 9 Yeti mugs and 1 of 10 UL-certified phone chargers, commonly used by iPhone users. All 15 pairs of Nike Air Jordan shoes were found to be authentic, per the report. GAO did not not specify which counterfeit items came from which online marketplace. But the report states the agency “purchased at least one counterfeit item and one authentic item from each of the five e-commerce websites,” as determined by blind testing by the companies holding the rights for each brand-name item. All 47 items purchased were advertised as new, brand-name items sold by third-party sellers with average customer ratings above 90 percent, and all items were shipped from U.S. addresses, according to the report, titled “Agencies Can Improve Efforts to Address Risks Posed by Changing Counterfeits Markets.” Counterfeit products can harm consumers, the report notes: an investigation of 400 counterfeit iPhone adapters found some “posed a risk of lethal electrocution.” Counterfeit travel mugs may contain higher-than-approved concentrations of lead and counterfeit cosmetics have been found by federal agencies to “contain hazardous substances, including cyanide, arsenic, mercury, lead, urine, and rat droppings,” the report found.  [Source: CBS News]A liquor store theft followed by a crashOne man is facing charges and another is on the lam after the pair allegedly stole from a Chinatown liquor store Thursday afternoon, then stole and crashed an Uber car nearby, injuring a pedestrian in the process, police said. The manager of the Wild Duck on Washington Street chased the two men out of the store around 5:30 p.m. after noticing the duo was trying to steal alcohol, said Boston Police Officer James Kenneally, a department spokesman. The two fled the store, and got in an Uber that was unattended outside, said Kenneally. They only drove the car about 100 feet before hopping a curb and crashing it, striking a female pedestrian in the process. The pedestrian suffered what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. The two men then ditched the vehicle and tried to flee on foot. A passerby grabbed one of the men and held him until police arrived, Kenneally said.  Police arrested Jonathan Pagan, 26, of Everett, and charged him with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, shoplifting under $50, larceny of a motor vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident after causing personal injury.  [Source: Boston Globe] 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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