For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son PVL: PacificTown-Army halts skid, blasts Chef’s Classics MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Using its quickness and high-octane offense, University of Santo Tomas rolled past University of the Philippines, 85-69, for its second straight win in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Growling Tigers went on a blistering 11-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers from Renzo Subido, to close the game.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption View comments Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Soulemane Chabi Yo anchored the Growling Tigers with 18 points and 18 rebounds, six of which were offensive, while Nonoy added 16 points.Subido finished with 13 points while Rhenz Abando and Dave Ando added 12 and 10 points, respectively.Reigning MVP Bright Akhuetie had 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Fighting Maroons who dropped to a 1-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT UP pulled within four, 67-63, before Brent Paraiso and Renzo Subido quickly turned things around with a couple of baskets that gave UST a 72-65 cushion.Mark Nonoy then, left UP in the dust with a quick transition layup followed by a triple that widened the Growling Tigers’ gap to 79-69 lead with 1:22 to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We won’t win based on capabilities alone, so what I told the players was us coaches prepared a game plan so the players just have to execute it,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo, whose squad rose to 2-0, said in Filipino.“My players’ mindset were just focusing on our objective and that is executing our game plan.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES
One man is confirmed injured following the explosion of the right wing of a Britten Norman Trislander aircraft at the hangar of Roraima Airways at the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara on Monday.The Trislander involved in the explosionHead of the local airline, Captain Gerry Gouveia, speaking with Guyana Times shortly after the explosion, confirmed that the injured engineer suffered burns to his hand and fractured ankles. He was taken to a private medical institution where he was admitted for treatment. His condition is listed as stable.Gouveia described the incident as a maintenance accident. He noted that it took place during a routine examination of the aircraft. The cause of the explosion is yet to be determined.Roraima, in a statement on Monday afternoon, stated that the company would be assisting the engineer with his medical care.“An investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident is currently underway by both our Maintenance Quality Department and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA),” the company added.Gouveia said the company was arranging for counselling for the maintenance team and all team members who were affected by the explosion.Guyana Times understands that a woman who was nearby at the time of the explosion suffered shock and trauma.Meanwhile, the company stated that while the temporary inability to use the aircraft was difficult at this point in time, its flight operations would not be significantly disrupted. (Bhisham Mohamed)
While Government has held consultative talks with the relevant agencies and stakeholders, no decision has yet been made on the future of the ailing sugar industry.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Friday said Government was seeking to giveMinister of State Joseph Harmonall stakeholders and relevant agencies a fair opportunity to peruse details of documents put forward regarding the future of the industry.The meeting, held on December 31, 2016, saw representatives from the parliamentary Opposition, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE). Also present were representatives of various estates across the country.The meeting, according to Harmon, came out of a Cabinet decision, after they would have considered some options and found that it was in the best interest that all stakeholders be part of a meaningful process of consultation. He said Government’s side provided information relating to the state of the industry and the possible options regarding the future of GuySuCo. The information was shared with the stakeholders and it was agreed that they be given an opportunity to peruse the documents and that another meeting would be held.“I wanted to make it clear that Government has not arrived at a decision on the matter and we expect that through these negotiations and consultations, we would arrive at a decision that is in the best interest of everyone”.Harmon said the sugar industry has been in existence for over a century and many families depend on it. He said those were all factors that could not be taken lightly.“So it was important that all the relevant documents be shared with the stakeholders,” he said.The Opposition team was led by General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Clement Rohee and included Irfaan Ali, Dharamkumar Seeraj and Juan Edghill. GAWU and NAACIE were represented by their heads, Komal Chand and Kenneth Joseph, respectively. Representatives from the various sugar estates including Wales, Albion, Skeldon, Enmore and Uitvlugt were also present.The Government team was led by Vice President and Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan and included Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Agriculture Minister Noel Holder; Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence; Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman; Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and Minister within the Finance Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma.The end-of-year consultations were held on the very day that sugar operations at Wales ceased.GuySuCo’s Finance Director, Paul Bhim had explained that some 100 of 1000 workers were identified for the conversion plans and noted that ploughing of land and husbandry practices – weeding and cleaning of canals were being done. Bhim had also shut down claims of weed overgrowth at lands prepared by the Sugar Corporation, but Komal Chand acting on reports he received, noted that only 35 out of 480 acres, were levelled off.The Wales Sugar Estate is the oldest of the country’s estates and the shutting down of sugar operations were only confirmed after the story broke in a Guyana Times report last year January.The closure has affected over 1000 workers directly and thousands more in the Wales area and surrounding communities.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo met with the workers and their families on Wednesday last. At that meeting, the workers expressed frustration about the uncertainly of how their future will unfold, while calling for subsidies for water and electricity to ease their burden as a result of the closure of the factory.
0Shares0000MANCHESTER, December 31- Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has warned rivals Chelsea that his side have the experience to chase them down in the race for the Premier League title.Manuel Pellegrini’s City trail Jose Mourinho’s league leaders by three points as they prepare to host mid-table Sunderland on New Year’s Day. City won the title last season despite having trailed both Arsenal and Liverpool for long periods during the campaign and Nasri believes that knowhow gives City an advantage in the current title race.“Everyone is stronger,” said the Frenchman. “We get older, we get more mature and stronger mentally.“You learn to deal with different situations. At this club we’ve been through all the different situations. We know how to deal with the pressure.“We know we are good at being second and chasing someone. We’ve done it before. We know how to deal with every situation and we are ready for it.”City spurned a good opportunity to cut Chelsea’s lead to one point on Sunday when they squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with struggling Burnley after the London club were held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton.It also meant Pellegrini’s men missed out on the chance to register a club-record 10th successive victory, but Nasri says the main focus now is on adding to their points total.“We’re frustrated,” he said. “We were aware of the Chelsea result and it was a great chance for us to be just one point behind.“Nobody talks about that record of 10 consecutive wins. That doesn’t matter. The most important thing was to finish the year at home with a win, with 45 points from the first half (of the season).“That would have been a good thing, but we didn’t do it. All we want to do is win. We couldn’t do that, so let’s be focused for Sunderland.”– Rodwell on standby –City striker Stevan Jovetic is expected to be fit enough to start the match against Gus Poyet’s team, having appeared as a substitute against Burnley.James Milner has been used as a makeshift striker in the absence of Jovetic and Sergio Aguero and Edin Dezko, both of whom remain out through injury.Fernando is unavailable after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season, meaning Frank Lampard could start in midfield.Meanwhile, Poyet has challenged Jack Rodwell to kick-start his flagging Sunderland career by showing former club City what they are missing.The one-time England midfielder has failed to impress since a £10 million ($15.6 million, 12.8 million euros) switch to the Stadium of Light in August, making just 10 league starts and scoring once.Rodwell might have hoped to prove Pellegrini wrong for showing him the door after an unhappy two-year spell at the Etihad Stadium.But the former Everton player has struggled to make an impact in the northeast and has managed just one substitute appearance in the last five games.The 23-year-old failed to even make the bench for the 0-0 stalemate at Aston Villa on Sunday that kept Sunderland four points above the relegation zone.But with midfielders Sebastian Larsson and Liam Bridcutt both injury doubts for Thursday’s trip to Manchester, Rodwell has been put on standby to face his old club.“I need him,” said Sunderland coach Poyet. “I’m sure he’ll bounce back and probably have a great opportunity on Thursday with the injuries in midfield.”Larsson is struggling with ankle ligament damage, while Bridcutt suffered concussion after clashing with Villa striker Christian Benteke as Poyet’s side fought out their 11th draw this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Marta, the captain of Brazil women’s football team, has won over fans with her dazzling performances at Rio 2016 © AFP / Raphael AlvesRio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 11 – Step aside, Neymar. There’s a new number 10 in Brazil.The fashion statement of the moment for Brazilians glued to the Rio Olympics is the national football team’s iconic number 10 jersey. But it’s not Barcelona star Neymar’s name they want on the back. It’s Marta, the captain of the women’s team, whose dazzling performances have outshone her male counterpart, who is yet to score at Rio 2016.The problem is, there are hardly any Marta jerseys to be found.Clothing and sports stores in Rio de Janeiro have racks and racks of green and yellow shirts with Neymar’s name on the back.But good luck finding a replica Brazil jersey for five-time World Player of the Year Marta.Her silky skills, two-goal display in a 5-1 thrashing of Sweden and down to earth nature have captured the hearts of Brazilians in need of Rio hero.A video of a young boy wearing a Brazil jersey with Neymar’s name crossed out and Marta’s scrawled in with a heart went viral after Neymar sulked his way through two scoreless draws to open the men’s quest for gold.Brazilian actor Alexandre Nero took to Facebook this week in bitter protest after trying and failing to find a Marta jersey for men.Brazil’s player Marta controls the ball during the Olympic Games Rio 2016 women’s first round Group E football match between South Africa and Brazil © AFP / Raphael Alves“I can’t have a Brazil jersey with the name of one of the world’s best footballers just because of some Medieval market notion that no man would wear a shirt with the name Marta,” said Nero, a 46-year-old prime time TV star and musician.– ‘Behind the times’ –Nike, the official supplier of Brazil’s kit, says it does not sell replica jerseys with names on them. Buyers can decide to add any name they like.There are no precise statistics available, but retailers clearly consider Neymar the name of the number 10, whether on official Nike jerseys or unofficial copies.More and more customers disagree.“Businesses are behind the times,” Paola Jatahy, saleswoman at a shop in central Rio told AFP.“There’s a lot of prejudice against women.”– ‘Marta is Marta’ –At a time of severe financial crisis in Brazil, where many believe the billions spent on the Games are an unneccessary luxury, there is more warmth towards the lesser known and significantly lower paid women than multi-millionaire Neymar – who has been pursued by authorities on both sides of the Atlantic in Brazil and Spain for tax fraud.Neymar of Brazil grimaces before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s first round Group A football match Brazil vs Denmark © AFP / Nelson AlmeidaSalesman Thiago Nascimento da Silva said Neymar gives everything when he plays for Barcelona, but not for the national team.“The money has gone to his head. He’s not committed to the national team. Unlike the women, who are thinking of their country,” said the 21-year-old.At a nearby store, a fellow saleswoman said she had just lost three potential customers who were looking at Brazil jerseys.“When they saw Neymar written on the back, they put them back because of the name,” 18-year-old Maria told AFP.At both men’s and women’s matches in the Olympics, a derisive chant has been in vogue with the crowds: “Marta is better than Neymar!”Marta doesn’t like the comparison.The 30-year-old striker, who plays for Rosengard in Sweden, has never liked her nickname “Pele in a skirt.”And she doesn’t like fans chanting that she’s better than 24-year-old named third best player in the world last year.“There’s no comparison. Marta is Marta. Neymar is Neymar,” she said after Brazil’s opening win over China (3-0).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan Wigan have signed Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan on a season-long loan.The 28-year-old Hungary international is surplus to requirements at Anfield after the arrival of Germany goalkeeper Loris Karius, together with the emergence of Wales international Danny Ward who overtook him in the pecking order towards the end of last season.Bogdan joined up with the Latics squad for Wednesday’s friendly at Macclesfield after undergoing a medical.“When we found out Adam was available, it was a move I really wanted to push through,” manager Gary Caldwell told wiganlatics.co.uk.“He has great experience and will add immense competition for both Jussi Jaaskelainen and Lee Nicholls, which is what you need to drive the club forwards.“He obviously knows Jussi from his time at Bolton, he knows the area, the training ground is familiar to him and I’m sure he will be a great addition to the squad.” 1
Erin Cahill, a recent graduate of Southwestern Community College was honored with a highly sought-after scholarship through the North Carolina Health Information Management Association.Cahill found out about the prestigious scholarship through SCC’s Health Information Technology Coordinator Penny Wells and decided to go ahead and apply for it because of her extraordinary GPA of 4.0. She doubted she would receive the scholarship, due to the fact that students all across the state of North Carolina would be applying, but to her surprise, NCHIMA emailed her with the news that she was the recipient of the $500 scholarship.While the scholarship helped her financially, Cahill cites the scholarship as something that helped her personally as well.“The scholarship helped my confidence in my future, and career, and showed me that hard work really does pay off, and that you should always keep your eyes on the prize,” Cahill said.Cahill was honored as the recipient of this scholarship at a luncheon for NCHIMA in Raleigh on May 3. As for future plans, Erin Cahill plans to take the RHIT exam, which would qualify her as an officially registered health information technician. She wants to work as a medical coder in the near future.For more information about the Health Information Technology program, contact Penny Wells at 828.339.4362.
Share This!Werewolves, vampires, and nightmarish creatures, oh my! Universal’s classic monsters are returning to Halloween Horror Nights. This and more inside this week’s Universal Orlando News update, if you dare. Classic Universal Monsters Return to Halloween Horror Nights 29Universal made their mark with their monster movies, and now those creations are returning to Halloween Horror Nights 29. Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, Wolfman, Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Mummy, and more return to an all new maze at HHN29. Relive the classic scenes from their movies and try to escape alive.Halloween Horror Nights 29 runs September 6 through November 2 on select nights. Select tickets and vacation packages are now available.Weekly Crowd LevelsDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Report Operating Hours & Early Park AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.AdmissionTwo-day, two-park tickets are $284.99 per adult and $274.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Showtimes and RefurbishmentsUniversal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration ShowtimesMay 4 – May 8: No Show, Under RefurbishmentMay 9: 9:00 p.m.May 10: No ShowUniversal’s Superstar ParadeMay 4 – May 9: 5:00 p.m.May 10: 2:00 p.m.The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts CastleMay 4 – May 6: Ongoing dusk to park closeMay 7: No ShowMay 8 – May 9: Ongoing dusk to park closeMay 10: No ShowComplete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.RefurbishmentsUniversal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration: April 29 – May 8Hogwarts Express: May 7Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)Upcoming & Ongoing EventsHard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Unplugged presents singer songwriter Seth Glier on May 10. Tickets start at $10 plus tax for standing room only plus ticket options for assigned tables that include a free round of drinks. Tickets are available online.See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag!
The 2016 National Retail Security Survey (NRSS) based on 2015 data from retailers was released at the recent National Retail Federation (NRF) PROTECT Conference held in Philadelphia. Now in its twenty-fifth year, the NRSS continues to be the bellwether survey that retail loss prevention executives use to compare themselves to other retail chains.This year’s NRSS survey was conducted during April 2016 in collaboration with the NRF. The full text, charts, and findings are available at nrf.com/resources/retail-library/national-retail-security-survey-2016.If your company is currently a member of the NRF, you can immediately download the survey by logging on with your member ID. If you are not a member, you can register yourself and then download the survey.- Sponsor – Following is a brief overview of the key findings of the research study. You can review all of these results on the survey PDF. Any questions can be directed to Bob Moraca, vice president of loss prevention at the NRF, at moracar (at) nrf (dot) com or to me. The impact of shrinkage on the retail industry continues to be sizeable. With an average shrink rate of 1.38 percent, this cost the overall US retail economy $45.2 billion in 2015. While the shrinkage percentage is identical to last year’s study, the dollar impact has increased due to the growth in retail sales. The good news is that the shrinkage percentage reported during the past two years is the lowest ever observed in the history of the NRSS.Overall inventory shrink increased 48.1 percent for the retailers surveyed. While this may seem counterintuitive to the increase in dollar losses, nearly half of major retailers seem optimistic in their efforts to lower shrinkage. One could conclude that leveraging technology is beginning to pay off on the bottom line.LP budgets remain flat as a percentage of sales. Unfortunately, most retail executives are still not satisfied with the resources they are being given to fight the war against retail loss. Nevertheless, the total number of LP personnel per $1 billion in sales did increase slightly from 32.47 in 2014 to 37.5 in 2015. As expected, most of the employment additions were in exempt positions; non-exempt employees declined slightly. Most retailers continue to rely on LP professionals to apprehend shoplifters. More than two-thirds of those surveyed said they limit apprehensions to trained LP personnel. The liability and physical risks of using sales personnel to make shoplifting stops is still too great to justify. For the second year in a row, shoplifting has slightly surpassed employee theft as the greatest cause of inventory shrink. The number of apprehensions without referrals and shoplifting prosecutions dropped slightly, while the number of shoplifting-related civil demands increased significantly. You may recall that until last year previous NRSS data indicated that dishonest employees comprised the largest share of the shrinkage problem. The growth in organized retail crime (ORC) has obviously changed this situation.The average loss was $377 per shoplifting incident, up nearly $60 from 2014. Despite huge ORC cases, the average shoplifting case continues to be relatively small in dollar loss. The amateur shoplifter continues to be a major problem in causing retail loss.The average loss from dishonest employee cases dropped from $1,547 to $1,234. While this is good news, the number of employee apprehensions increased. Prosecutions, terminations, and civil demands for these types of internal incidents dropped. Prosecution is apparently still too expensive to justify a criminal justice response. Many hiring practices retailers use to deter dishonest employees dropped. Only the use of credit checks and workers’ compensation claims increased. It appears that checking backgrounds of employees is still a questionable and controversial tool. Technology is increasing in use as a shoplifting deterrent, but some of the more advanced methods, such as facial recognition and RFID, are still not catching on in levels expected when introduced. Leveraging technology is still the best countermeasure to deter shoplifting, but not all can be justified using ROI. Methods of increasing LP awareness in the workforce are changing somewhat. Newsletters, periodic programs, and lectures increased while training videos and discussions during new-hire orientation decreased. There is little doubt that some of these communications are being transmitted by social media. When it comes to shoplifting deterrents, the more visible, the better. The use of uniformed guards is up, while the use of plainclothes detectives is down. Visible CCTV still provides a deterrent to both amateur and professional shoplifters.Robberies are a growing expense for retailers, costing on average $8,170 annually. Armed robberies are a troubling form of violent crime that still occur regularly, especially in urban areas where drug trafficking is a problem.Only eighty retail chains responded to the NRSS this year, down twenty from the previous year. While this decreasing number is disturbing, it is likely due in part to the shrinking number of retailers in business. As retail firms merge or go out of business, inevitably the survey will have fewer and fewer respondents.Men’s and women’s apparel was the most robust segment of responding retailers. Grocery and discount stores continue to be well represented. However, to increase the value of the NRSS in the future, more retail chains must be convinced to participate in this valuable study. Please remember this when you are asked to participate next year. 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Detex introduces a maximum security, multi-point lock so big and strong that it stands up to assault by the bad guys and reduces employee and customer theft.The ECL-230X-TDB is a heavy-duty, easy-to-install, three-bolt, multi-point lock whose construction takes panic hardware to a new level of toughness and eases your back-door security worries. It is designed with a larger deadbolt that goes deeper into the frame than other locks in the category. Connecting rods are solid steel, rather than the less-reliable hollow rod/cable construction. Life safety and code compliant, the new Detex ECL-230X-TDB serves as both panic hardware and a maximum-strength locking device.The ECL-230X-TDB includes a photo-luminescent sign available in more than 10 color/language combinations, 100-decibel alarm and three locking points per door.- Sponsor – Top Deadbolt – approximately 1” wide by 1/2” thick deadbolt, the top bolt provides additional stability to the top corner of the door.Side Deadbolt – 2-1/4” tall by 1/2” thick deadbolt with a 1” throw allows for 3/4” penetration into strike (Detex recommends Flush installation for maximum security). With 1.6875 square inches of bolt engagement, the side deadbolt provides superior defense against pulling and prying on the side of the door.Bottom bolt – 5/8” HEX bolt with 3/4” throw, engages the floor with 5/8” penetration provides better attack resistance and superior defense against the “peeling up” of the bottom of the door.Combining the ECL-230X-TDB with Detex’s DX Bolts provides an additional line of defense against break-ins via additional locking points. Even if the exterior door hinges are compromised the DX bolts keep the door locked and secure. These passive deadbolts are easy to install and offer another layer of attack resistance. Add suffix DX3 (ECL-230X-TDB-DX3) for 6 locking points for even stronger security.How tough is the ECL-230X-TDB? Independent laboratory testing proves a door secured by the ECL-230X-TDB, and when combined with 3 DX Bolts can withstand 16,000 lbs of pull force.Optional accessories include rod covers, bottom bolt guard, hinge side locking (DX) bolts, Battery Eliminator (BE-961), and inside pull handle. For outdoor installation, an adjustable gate plate is available. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now