Elegant Irish Tours has taken delivery of a pair of EVM Avantgarde minisElegant Irish Tours of Dublin, part of the Paddywagon group, has taken delivery of two Mercedes-Benz Sprinters with Avantgarde conversions, supplied by EVM (0845 520 5160).Each has 19 Executive Class seats finished in real leather and with three-point belts and folding armrests on the aisle side.The gangway of each is covered in carpet, while the remainder of the flooring is finished in wood-effect Tarabus non-slip material.At the rear, the OEM doors open to reveal a full-depth drop boot with a fold-out flap and a stainless steel protector. The rear row of seats is raised and there is a full-height partition.Panoramic double-glazed saloon windows are fitted, finished in privacy grey, along with an exterior chrome pack.
Briony ClarkePartner, Taylor Haldane BarlexIn the circuit judge exercise, solicitors represented 10% of applicants and 8% of recommendations. They represented 35% of recommendations for deputy district judge (magistrates’ court) posts. Those recommendations included Taylor Haldane Barlex partner Briony Clarke who, at the age of 31, became the youngest female judge in the country.Solicitors represented 10% of deputy high court judge recommendations. Those recommended include David Stone, global head of brands at magic circle firm Allen & Overy, and Rowena Collins Rice, director-general of the Attorney General’s Office. The figure does not include Andrew Henshaw QC, Peter MacDonald Eggers QC and Justine Thornton QC, who initially qualified as solicitors.In the high court exercise, 7% of applicants and one recommended candidate declared themselves to currently be solicitors.The small courts exercises attracted 16 solicitor applicants. Two of those recommended were solicitors.Applicants completing a diversity monitoring form are asked to choose one option specifying their current legal role. An individual who is already a judge is likely to choose ‘salaried judicial officer holder’, the Gazette understands – so if they have been a solicitor previously, their background will not be reflected in the statistics. This is most likely to occur for the circuit judge, section 9(1) high court, the grouped small court and resident judge tribunal exercises, where applicants were required to have previous judicial experience.Today’s report includes a table suggesting that solicitors are considerably less likely than barristers to be recommended in grouped court, circuit judge, deputy district judge (magistrates’ court) and deputy high court judge exercises. Source: Judicial Appointments CommissionBlack, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates represented 6% of the 149 recommended in the selection exercises. They were less likely to be recommended for appointment in three of the six larger recruitment exercises. This was ‘more evident’ in section 9(1) authorisations to act as a High Court judge, deputy district judge (magistrates’ court) and circuit judge exercises, the commission says.In the section 9(1) exercise, 12% of applicants and 3% of recommendations were BAME. In the circuit judge exercise, 12% of applicants and 5% of recommendations were BAME. They represented 23% of applicants and 6% of recommendations in the deputy district judge (magistrates’ court) exercise.The commission says BAME applicants were 46% less likely than white applicants to be recommended in the small court exercises and 61% less likely to be recommended in the circuit judge exercises.’Greater levels of disparity’ can be seen in the section 9(1) and deputy district judge (magistrates’ court) exercises, where BAME applicants were 77% and 79% less likely to be recommended than white applicants respectively.BAME candidates fared better in non-legal exercises, where they represented 36% of the 133 recommendations.Women made up 42% of applicants and 35% of those recommended in the selection exercises. They represented a higher proportion (45%) of recommendations in non-legal exercises.Where two or more candidates are assessed as being of equal merit, the commission can select a candidate to increase judicial diversity using the equal merit provision introduced by the Crime and Courts Act 2013.The commission used the provision to make 12 recommendations, of which 10 were for women and two were for a BAME person.A Law Society spokesperson said: ‘Our vision is of a judiciary that is as diverse as the society it serves. Each branch of the legal profession brings different skills and insight to the bench to the benefit of the justice system and society.’Everyone in the legal sector who has the desire and ability to be a judge should be able to work towards that ambition with confidence that it can be reached – regardless of gender, sexual orientation, class or ethnicity.’ Solicitors are still struggling to achieve judicial rank, according to latest figures published by the Judicial Appointments Commission, which says barristers are still more likely to be recommended for certain appointments.The commission’s latest statistics bulletin shows that the commission received 1,924 applications for selection exercises conducted between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. Of the 746 declared solicitor applicants, 14 were recommended for a judicial post.
Bordline ESS uses a modular concept to maximise standardisation at subsystem level while allowing easy scalability of both voltage and installed capacity. The equipment can be installed within an engine compartment, on the roof or under the floor.Centrepiece of energy storage system is the Bordline BPW battery module, which incorporates high power prismatic Li-ion cells using a Lithium Titanium Oxide anode. According to ABB, the characteristics of the LTO cell ‘fit very well with the demanding requirements of rail applications’, in particular the fast charge capability, low temperature performance and charge/discharge efficiency.Semi-automated production#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Recognising the growing pressure to decarbonise the transport sector, ABB has decided to expand its traction offering with a high-performance energy storage system for rail, road and off-road applications. This move into battery traction is designed to build on ABB’s core competence in the field of electric traction, where it supplies many of the converters used to feed traction motors.ABB has already received orders for its energy storage systems from vehicle manufacturers in several countries. Within Switzerland, they are to be used in new trolleybuses for Zürich, Lausanne and Fribourg. Bordline ESS has also been offered to Stadler as part of the project to modify 51 GTW diesel multiple-units used by Arriva Nederland. These diesel-electric units use ABB’s Bordline CC750 DE traction converters, which will be modified as part of the conversion to diesel-battery operation.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Traction equipment supplier ABB has inaugurated a battery production facility in Switzerland to support decarbonisation initiatives. Hans Weigum reports from Baden.,#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# ‘With our production facility for energy storage systems here in Baden, we are expanding our technology and market leadership in the area of sustainable mobility’, said Robert Itschner, CEO of ABB Switzerland, at the opening ceremony. ‘We are now able to supply the entire drive train including energy storage solutions for rail, e-bus, trolleybus and e-truck applications from a single source.’Assembly of the batteries takes place in a new production facility within ABB’s main plant at Baden, Switzerland, which was formally opened on October 31. Here the individual cells manufactured by an external supplier in Asia are assembled to create standard modules, which are then used to assemble the custom-designed storage packs for different vehicle types.The battery modules are produced in a semi-automated production line; robots pick and place the components, as well as undertaking welding and quality checks. The cells are laser welded, both to minimise the heat input, and to ensure precision and high repetition accuracy. The aim is to ensure a stable electrical connection with a low contact resistance and minimal degradation over time.According to ABB, the use of high quality cells should allow the batteries to last for about 10 years’ operation within a vehicle with minimum attention. Once the storage capacity has degraded to a certain level, the modules could then be reused for another 10 to 20 years for static energy storage in buildings, perhaps to balance the grid supply as cover for unpredictable solar or wind power or to store energy at off-peak times to reduce consumption during high tariff periods.Emphasising that the performance, life and safety of batteries are highly dependent on the temperature at which they are operated and stored, ABB has incorporated a thermal management system into the Bordline BPW battery modules. These are liquid cooled, using a patented concept, which the company believes offers a better thermal performance than forced air convection.ABB’s assembly facility includes precautions against the cells igniting due to electrical overload or mechanical damage, and special attention to prevent a fire from spreading within the batteries. This suggests that the risk is not negligible once the batteries have been installed on a vehicle, even with high quality batteries specially designed for the purpose.
Written By First Published: 19th May, 2020 07:30 IST COMMENT The odds were against NASCAR flawlessly executing its reopening plan, which was a potential standard-setting moment for other professional leagues to follow in this new normal of sports.No plan is ever perfect and all the assistance from outside health officials couldn’t protect NASCAR from the obvious flaw in its procedures: The system in large part is based on the honor code.A sport with a storied history of cheating, lying and sometimes stealing in the name of winning expects its participants to tell the truth if they aren’t feeling well, practice social distancing at the track and at the shop, and wear face masks.Cloth over your face for 12 hours under the South Carolina sun is not ideal. Yet everyone complied Sunday at Darlington Raceway and NASCAR — a series often criticized for being consistently inconsistent and making up rules on the fly —“They pulled this thing off and it feels a little like a Christmas miracle,” said driver Brad Keselowski.Things could have gone awry starting at sunrise when crews pulled off through an obscure entrance and into a gravel lot. Officials with clipboards and thermometers waited ahead.If NASCAR had not set staggered arrival times, the system could have broken right there with 900-something vehicles trying to enter at the same time. Instead, every entrant had their forehead scanned, temperature logged on a list and not a single person was turned away.NASCAR is not testing for COVID-19 but believes its social-distancing protocols ease the risks.“I think everybody found their groove,” said NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell. “Didn’t have to tell anyone or remind anyone to wear a mask. I think the industry really came together and did a tremendous job to enable us to get to the race.”There was no other choice for NASCAR, now in a survival mode approach to get cars back on the track. Money can’t be made if races aren’t run and a shutdown since March 13 wounded every area of the industry.Team owners stopped receiving sponsorship checks, promoters had nothing to promote and crew members took pay cuts, lost bonuses or were furloughed.Wallets already hit, few seemed daring enough to mess this up for themselves or the sport.Kevin Harvick had no true victory celebration for his 50th career win. On the desolate frontstretch, he noted the eerie silence of the empty grandstands in an “awkward” post-race session with Regan Smith, the only Fox Sports reporter sent to the track.“Usually you get out of the car and the crowd is screaming and yelling,” said Harvick, adding he was unsure what to do. “You’ve got Regan from Fox six feet away, a masked man, I didn’t know if I was supposed to put a mask on and talk to him.”Harvick noted his team didn’t get a chance to celebrate with the car, but “in the big picture of things, being able to do what we did — and that’s race — is what everybody wants to do.”The effort must continue to keep the engines running. NASCAR has eight more Cup Series races scheduled over the next 35 days and it includes three Wednesday night races. The Cup cars last ran on a Wednesday in 1984, Richard Petty’s 200th and final victory.It’s a heavy workload for race teams and stamina will be tested for drivers now running multiple times a week. But in getting past the first test, there is hope.“This was a really big moment for the sport to be able to pull this off,” said Keselowski. “Up until probably two or three hours before the race I was ready for something to go wrong. Like, alright, what is it going to be? Is someone going to be sick? Is there going to be somebody boycotting outside the race track? Nobody did. Nothing bad happened.“It would have been really, really easy to just say, ‘We will wait for the NHL, NFL or NBA to be the guinea pigs.’ (NASCAR) didn’t take that attitude and I have a lot of respect for them making that decision.” Last Updated: 19th May, 2020 07:30 IST NASCAR Managed Small Miracle In Problem-free Return The odds were against NASCAR flawlessly executing its reopening plan, which was a potential standard-setting moment for other professional leagues to follow in this new normal of sports. Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW US
Scott Eisen/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Despite comments made by White House Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway, there never was a massacre at the hands of Iraqi refugees in the city of Bowling Green, Kentucky.In fact there never has been a terror attack of any kind in the city of 60,000, and local officials are now rushing to assure everyone their town is safe – and always has been.“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized, and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green Massacre,” Conway said on MSNBC on Thursday night. “I mean most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”It didn’t get covered because it didn’t happen. There was no massacre.It is true – as ABC News first reported in 2013 – that in 2009 two al-Qaeda terrorists from Iraq were found to be living as refugees in Bowling Green. In court, they later admitted that they had attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq.The arrest of the two men, who are now in prison, led to a six month drastic curtailment and overhaul of the Iraqi refugee program in 2011.The entire saga played out in the small Kentucky town without bloodshed, much less a massacre.Conway’s comments marked another embarrassing on-air appearance for the senior white house counselor.On Jan. 22, Conway defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s claim that Trump’s inauguration saw “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.”Pressed by a journalist on the press secretary’s false characterization, Conway said, “you’re saying it’s a falsehood and they’re giving – Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.”On Friday, Conway’s false claim that a massacre took place in Bowling Green became the subject of widespread mockery on social media – replete with custom memes and a parody hashtag.But where there was humor, there was also drama.Early on Friday, Conway tweeted that she “meant to say ‘Bowling Green terrorists’,” during her live appearance last night.Not long after, Chelsea Clinton – daughter of Trump’s campaign rival, Hillary Clinton – tweeted in part: “Please don’t make up attacks.”Conway later said on the social network, “Instead of creating memes & phony outrage. It’s a dangerous world.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
Gardai are asking motorists to view dashcam footage following a suspected arson attack in broad daylight in Falcarragh.The blaze happened yesterday afternoon at around 3pm in the Derryreel area.Extensive damage was caused to an unoccupied bungalow but nobody was hurt in the incident. Gardai say early indications are that the fire was started maliciously and have appealed for anybody who was in the area at the time or may have dashcam footage to come forward.It is the second suspected arson attack on a home in the county in recent days.However, Gardai do not think the attacks are connected.Another fire gutted a family home in Kilmacrennan earlier this week. Advertisement A young family were due to move into their dream home before Christmas before it was torched on Sunday last.Gardai appeal for witnesses after second arson attack in days was last modified: December 24th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:arsonattackdonegalFalcarraghGardaiinvestigationkilmacrennan
Brand South Africa has saluted US media personality Oprah Winfrey, who will address an O You! event in Johannesburg on Monday, for “playing her part to empower and inspire South African women”.Brand South Africa said that Oprah, who has often described former president Nelson Mandela as her personal icon, “embodies the values of the South African spirit” (Image: University of the Free State)“As an international brand ambassador, Ms Winfrey has played her part to improve the lives of others around the world,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said in a statement on Friday.“In South Africa, she has provided a platform for aspirational leaders by opening a leadership academy for girls in Gauteng. The school is home to aspiring young female leaders who have excelled academically and who display great ability.“We salute Ms Winfrey for playing her part internationally to empower and inspire girl children, so that they know they are equal citizens of the world, deserving of equal opportunities,” Matola said.Brand South Africa said that Oprah, who has often described former president Nelson Mandela as her personal icon, “embodies the values of the South African spirit”.“Through her various platforms as a media entrepreneur, she has encouraged individuals to propel their personal development, and in so doing, play their part in building their communities around the world.”A number of experts and guest speakers will also address attendees at the O You! event, which is being hosted by O, The Oprah Magazine at Johannesburg’s Gallagher Estate.
Related Posts Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus. There has been a lot of talk latelyabout 2007 being the year when we will see companies roll out Semantic Web technologies.The wave started with John Markoff’s article in NY Times and got picked up by Dan Farber of ZDNet and in other media. Forbackground on the Semantic Web in this era, check out our post entitled The Road to theSemantic Web. Also for a lengthy, but very insightful, primer on Semantic Web see NovaSpivak’s recent article.The media attention is not accidental. Because Semantic Web promises to help solveinformation overload problems and deliver major productivity gains, there is a hugeamount of resources, engineering and creativity that is being thrown at the SemanticWeb. What is also interesting is that there are different problems that need to be solved,in order for things to fall into place. There needs to be a way to turn data intometadata, either at time of creation or via natural language processing. Then there needsto be a set of intelligence, particularly inside the browser, to take advantage of thegenerated metadata. There are many other interesting nuances and sub-problems that needto be solved, so the Semantic Web marketplace is going to have a rich variety ofcompanies going after different pieces of the puzzle. We are planning to cover some ofthese companies working in the Semantic Web space, so watch out for more coverage here onRead/WriteWeb.Hakia: how is it different from Google?The first company we’ll cover is Hakia, which is a“meaning-based” search engine startup getting a bit of buzz. It is a venture-backed,multi-national team company headquartered in New York – and curiously has former USsenator Bill Bradley as a board member. It launched its beta in early November this year,but already ranks around 33K on Alexa – which is impressive. They are scheduled to golive in 2007.The user interface is similar to Google, but the engine prompts you to enter not justkeywords – but a question, a phrase, or a sentence. My first question was: What isthe population of China? My next query was more pragmatic: Where is the Apple store in Soho? (anotherexample from Hakia). The answer was perfect. I then performed the same search on Googleand got a perfect result there too. Then I searched for Why did Enron collapse?. Again Hakia did well, but notnoticeably better than Google. However, I did see one very impressive thing in Hakia. Inits results was this statement: Enron’s collapse was not caused by overstatedresource reserves, but by another kind of overstatement. This is pretty witty….but I am still not convinced that it is doing semantic analysis. Here is why: that replyis not constructed out of words because Hakia understands the semantics of thequestion. Instead, it pulled this sentence out of one of the documents which had a highrank, that matches the Why did Enron collapse? query.In my final experiment, Hakia beat Google hands down. I asked Why did MarthaStewart go to jail? – which is not one of Hakia’s homebrewed examples,but it is fairly similar to their Enron example. Hakia produced perfect results for theMartha question: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As you can see the results were spot on. I ran the same query on Google and got verysimilar results, but sans flag. Looking carefully over the results in Hakia, I noticedthe message:“Your query produced the Hakia gallery for China. What else do you want to know aboutChina?”At first this seems like a value add. However, after some thinking about it – I am notsure. What seems to have happened is that instead of performing the search, Hakiaclassified my question and pulled the results out of a particular cluster – i.e. China.To verify this hypothesis, I ran another query: What is the capital of china?.The results again suggested a gallery for China, but did not produce the right answer.Now to Hakia’s credit, it recovered nicely when I typed in: alex iskold 1 Hakia is impressive, but does it really understand meaning?I have to say that Hakia leaves me intrigued. Despite the fact that it could notanswer What does Hakia mean? and despite the fact that there isn’t sufficientevidence yet that it really understands meaning. It’s intriguing to think about the old idea of being able to type a question into acomputer and always getting a meaningful answer (a la the Turing test). But right now Iam mainly interested in Hakia’s method for picking the top answer. That seems to beHakia’s secret sauce at this point, which is unique and works quite well for them.Whatever heuristic they are using, it gives back meaningful results based on analysis ofstrings – and it is impressive, at least at first.Hakia and GooglePerhaps the more important question is: Will Hakia beat Google? Hakia itselfhas no answer, but my answer at this point is no. This current version is not excitingenough and the resulting search set is not obviously better. So it’s a long shot thatthey’ll beat Google in search. I think if Hakia presented one single answer for eachquery, with the ability to drill down, it might catch more attention. But again, this isa long shot.The final question is: Is semantical search fundamentally better than textsearch?. This is a complex question and requires deep theoretical expertise toanswer it definitively. Here are a few hints…. Google’s string algorithm is very powerful – this is an undeniable fact. Anarrow focused vertical search engine, that makes a lot of assumptions about theunderlying search domain (e.g. Retrevo) doesa great job in finding relevant stuff. So the difficulty that Hakia has to overcome is toquickly determine the domain and then to do a great job searching inside the domain. Thisis an old and difficult problem related to the understanding of natural language and AI. Weknow it’s hard, but we also know that it is possible. While we are waiting for all the answers, please give Hakia a try and let us know whatyou think. Hakia experimentsNext I decided to try out some of the examples that the Hakia team suggests on itshomepage, along with some of my own. The first one was Why did the chicken cross theroad?, which is a Hakia example. The answers were fine, focusing on the ironicnature of the question. Particularly funny was Hakia’s pick: Tags:#search#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Leader of organized Lego theft ring had $50K in stolen sets at homeA Portland, Oregon, man was arrested for allegedly organizing a Lego theft ring and selling thousands of dollars in stolen toys online. Raji Afife Azar, 40, was arrested Thursday after buying approximately $13,000 in stolen toys from undercover investigators. During a search of Azar’s Southeast Portland home, detectives found at least $50,000 in Lego sets stolen from Portland-area Fred Meyer stores alone. They also found more stolen items from other stores, according to the Portland Police Bureau. Azar’s theft ring used a network of thieves, many of whom were addicted to opioids and other drugs, to steal Lego sets from stores, according to police. Azar met these people and arranged the thefts online through sites like OfferUp and Craigslist. Azar met with the thieves and bought the stolen Legos for a fraction of their retail prices, investigators said. He then put the stolen toys up for sale online and made a profit. A 2017 investigation found that Legos are the targets of professional thieves around the country because they are hard to trace and can be sold quickly on the black market. Some sought-after Lego sets can sell for over $1,000. Police began tracking Azar earlier this year, when Fred Meyer loss prevention investigators learned he was the leader of an organized theft ring responsible for thefts at Fred Meyer stores around the Portland metro area. Azar contacted undercover detectives, who he thought were prospective thieves, on multiple occasions, police said, and made a deal to buy stolen Legos Thursday morning, when he was arrested. He faces charges of first-degree aggravated theft, laundering a monetary instrument, 10 counts of first-degree theft and 15 counts of computer crime. [Source: KGW8 News]Driver who caused serious crash while fleeing police sentenced to prisonSteve McIntosh drove to the scene of a crash near the Lakeview Square Mall not knowing the condition of his wife. He asked police officers at the scene and they told him Kristin McIntosh was in the hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and he should go there. McIntosh returned to his car where the couple’s 10-year-old son was waiting. “My son looked at me and said, ‘Is mom dead?’ I didn’t have an answer and I didn’t know what to think or what to say,” he said Friday. They waited hours at the hospital for the doctor. “Thank God, he said ‘I think she is going to be OK. We went back and it looked like a corpse, blood and a mess everywhere and she wasn’t awake.” That was Nov. 10, 2016 and McIntosh said he spent nearly a year helping his wife recover from a head injury and broken ribs and pelvis and some permanent hearing loss. And he said the entire family has anxiety every time they are in the car and especially when they must drive through an intersection on Battle Creek’s south side. “My son would close his eyes and hold his breath because he didn’t want to go through it,” McIntosh said. McIntosh spoke to Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Sarah Lincoln about the crash which injured his wife as she sat in the first row of the courtroom gallery. They were there because the man convicted in March of causing the crash was being sentenced. Moments later Rayjan Heltzel, 20, of Kalamazoo, was ordered to spend 76 months to 10 years in prison. A jury convicted him of seven counts including fleeing from police, failure to stop at a personal injury accident, resisting police and retail fraud. He also must serve an additional two years for use of a firearm in the commission of a felony because he was carrying a handgun.Officers from several agencies were in the area working on a fradulent credit card sting when Heltzel stole the liquor and then refused to stop for officers. With two adults and a baby in a van he drove through three red lights and then caused a four-vehicle crash at the intersection where Kristin McIntosh was seriously injured. Heltzel then attempted to run from the scene, dropping a handgun, before he was arrested. Steve McIntosh said his family has suffered anger, frustration, sadness and depression because of the crash but “it is a blessing that she is alive and her with us and I am so thankful for that.” Heltzel turned to the couple and said he apologized to them and to his family. Defense attorney Susan Mladenoff said Heltzel exercised poor judgement. “He was 19 years of age and relatively young and did what a lot of young people do. He showed a lot of poor judgment.” Assistant Calhoun County Prosecutor Tammy Towns called his actions “egregious and appalling conduct. The conduct he did that night put many people’s lives in harms way and forever impacted people we have heard from.” In addition to the injuries, Towns said the crash cost families and insurance companies hundreds of thousands of dollars. Lincoln told Heltzel that, “I have rarely seen one person make a bad decision that led to this significant amount of destruction of property and injury to people. You made a decision that was so bad that you will end up in prison.” She said he put many lives in danger, including the mother of his child and the child who was in the van with him. “You took into consideration nothing but yourself,” she said. “I don’t know what type of person engages in that type of behavior with a baby in the car.” [Source: Battle Creek Enquirer]- Sponsor – Police nab duo accused of stealing from store and assaulting an LP associateAuthorities in New Hampshire arrested two individuals accused of stealing items from a Kohl’s department store. According to police, the incident happened around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Kohl’s Department Store on 200 Quality Drive in Hooksett. The woman who police identified as Amanda Bailey-Roberge, 32 of Weare is accused of tripping and assaulting an LP associate who tried to stop her from leaving the store with clothes and a TV. The vehicle Bailey-Roberge got into was recorded and a state-wide alert was sent out to police. Around 3:30 p.m. officers found the vehicle, where they located the two suspects. Police took the driver Joseph Hanright, 28 of Allenstown, and Bailey-Roberge into custody. Bailey-Roberge faces robbery, organized retail crime, willful concealment, and simple assault charges. Police say she is scheduled to be arraigned at the Merrimack County Superior Court today. Hanright was charged with organized retail crime and willful concealment, he is scheduled to appear before the Merrimack County Superior Court on April, 30. [Source: NH1]Fraudster pleads guilty to $179K credit card-related fraudA man waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of access device fraud, according to a federal press release. Between July 2014 and April 2015, Xiao Bin Xu, 22, of Bayside, N.Y., was a member of a group of individuals from New York who engaged in counterfeit credit card transactions at retail stores along the East Coast. Mei Bao Lu was the ringleader of the group, and Yang-Shi Lin was Lu’s second-in-command, the release said. As part of the scheme, Lu provided several individuals with counterfeit credit cards, produced from credit card information skimmed from cardholders, and directed the buyers to purchase gift cards and luxury merchandise using the counterfeit cards. Lu then sold the items to other individuals at a discount, to be fenced or sold on the black market, according to the release. Xu was one of the buyers in the group and also recruited other individuals to serve as buyers. The group engaged in fraudulent credit card transactions at retail stores in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In total, group members used 120 counterfeit credit cards, issued by 18 victim financial institutions, to make a total of approximately $179,000 in fraudulent purchases. The investigation began in February 2015 when the Clinton Police Department and other police departments in nearby Connecticut towns received several complaints from citizens about unauthorized charges on their credit and debit cards. An investigation revealed many of the complaining citizens had all dined at the same Clinton restaurant during a two-week period in early February 2015, the release stated. Xu is scheduled to be sentenced July 24 and faces up to 10 years in prison. He has been released on bail since his arrest. Lu and Lin, both of Flushing, N.Y., previously pleaded guilty to related charges. Lin was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, while Lu was sentenced to 18 months. Several other members of Lu’s group were charged and convicted of credit card-related offenses in state and federal courts in Maine, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia, the release said. [Source: The Middletown Press]Couple accused of spending $45,000 with fake credit cardsIn Maryland, a Bethesda man and a Germantown woman allegedly purchased more than $45,000 worth of merchandise with fake credit cards they set up using stolen personal information of 11 people. Jonathan Henry, 26, of Bethesda and Dominique Davis, 27, of Germantown were indicted Thursday on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Maryland. Between October 2015 and this April, Henry and Davis allegedly stole personal information from at least five people in Montgomery County, three others in Maryland, one in Virginia and two from California, according to the federal indictment. They then used the information for purchases at Best Buys, Verizon stores and other places in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, prosecutors claim in the indictment. In April 2016, Henry allegedly used the information of a Bethesda resident to open a Sam’s Club membership and store credit card in the victim’s name in Salisbury, and then used the credit card to spend $1,200. In December 2017, they reportedly spent $3,813 at the Bethesda Apple store using a Barclay’s credit card in a Virginia resident’s name. In some cases, they allegedly used the victim’s personal information to create fake driver’s licenses, and later used the fake licenses to apply for store credit cards and cell phone service accounts. The indictment did not specify how Henry and Davis stole the personal information to forge the credit cards and licenses. In total, Henry and Davis allegedly made $45,206.13 in fraudulent purchases of electronics and other merchandise. Both face up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud. Henry faces an additional 11 counts of aggravated identity theft, each of which carries a mandatory consecutive sentence of two years. [Source: Bethesda Magazine]Local business uses unique tactic to combat shopliftingShoplifting is a common problem across the country, but one Pocatello, Idaho, store owner is doing his part to combat the issue. We spoke with the owner of Enchantments in old town Pocatello who has a unique way of helping the police find shoplifters, but he says it’s not out of spite. He’s just trying to make the community a better place. Small businesses owners have a lot of fun serving their customers, and 95 percent of the customers that come through old town shops have just as much enjoyment shopping locally, but thievery and shoplifting are a prevalent threat that can ruin the trust between customer and owner. Ken Merhib, the Owner of Enchantments, said “As a small business it can be very harmful, it is actually quite harmful and it costs an awful amount of time and stress.” Shoplifting can be a problem everywhere but one local store has a very unique way to make the community better. Enchantments in Pocatello has taken to social media to share camera footage of any shoplifters. They’ve been able to help police close theft cases within 24 hours, and it helps deter those who would come into the store to shoplift. The owner also said “I think it’s helping a lot because i think that a lot of people now they see it on Facebook and they know we have the cameras so I think it deters a lot of people” But Enchantments is all about positive vibes. Words on the wall read keep your heart free from hate, and the shop keep takes the posts down as soon as a case is resolved… So it’s not used as a Facebook wall of shame. Merhib said, “I’m hoping that it helps the actual person that did the theft because hopefully they won’t do it again… So in the long run it’s not about spite. It’s about making the community better.” [Source: KPVI6 News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Aitor Karanka was sacked as Middlesbrough manager on Thursday with the Spaniard’s assistant Steve Agnew taking over with immediate effect, the Premier League club said.”Both parties have agreed that it is in the best interests of the club to make this change,” Middlesbrough said in a statement.The relegation-threatened club, promoted last season after a seven-year absence from the top flight, thanked Karanka for his work over the past three-and-a-half years.Middlesbrough are 19th in the 20-team Premier League.