Markovic sending off ‘an awful decision’, slams Liverpool boss Rodgers

first_img Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers 1 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was left to rue “an awful decision” which gave his side a mountain to climb in their crucial Champions League clash with Basel.A 1-1 draw at Anfield was all the Swiss champions needed to progress to the last-16 at the Reds’ expense, as the hosts crashed out of Europe’s premier competition despite captain Steven Gerrard’s late stunning free-kick.Basel took a deserved lead after 25 minutes, and Liverpool’s night went from bad to worse when half-time substitute Lazar Markovic was sent off just 15 minutes into the second period.The young Serb was shown a straight red card as he attempted to fend off Basel defender Behrang Safari and appeared to accidentally catch the defender in the face with his hand.The contact was minimal, though, and Rodgers slammed the decision after the final whistle.“I thought it was an awful decision,” said the boss.“Lazar Markovic gets sent off for that, his fingernail barely touches the nose of the defender and the defender is the guy who should be looked at for his reaction.“It was a really disappointing decision by the referee, and I thought the referee was disappointing on the evening to say the least.“Markovic came on and was bright, made a difference to the team, he was dynamic.“He had just taken a touch away, he’s obviously got his arm up, but if that’s a sending-off you are going to have two or three sendings-off every single game. It was a really, really poor decision.“I’m not even sure whether the referees have seen it, but I think he’s seen the player hold his face and lie down, but there was no way that was a sending-off.“But we really took the fight to them with ten men. In that final half hour we were outstanding.On going out of the Champions League, the Reds boss added: “We now have to fight going forward to be in it next season and obviously our performance level needs to improve over the course of the season.”last_img read more

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Leicester suffer HUGE blow as super scout who found Mahrez quits for Everton

first_img1 Steve Walsh Super scout Steve Walsh is leaving Leicester City to become Everton’s director of football.Walsh is currently working as joint assistant manager and head of recruitment for the Premier League champions.He is highly thought of by Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri and is credited with discovering a host of bargain signings, including Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez.Leicester handed the 51-year-old a lucrative new contract in May following his role in the club’s remarkable title success.But Walsh is now understood to have informed them that he wants to join Everton – and Leicester have reluctantly agreed to let him go.The Toffees’ majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has handed new boss Ronald Koeman a huge transfer kitty.He wants Walsh to work with the Dutchman in identifying top talents and develop one of the best player recruitment departments in the country.Walsh is ready to take on the challenge and is set to be confirmed in his new role at Everton later this week.last_img read more

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Pending sales have strong gain

first_imgThe Midwest did not gain any ground from July and fell 20.4 percent from a year ago. The same trend emerged in the San Fernando Valley, according to numbers, rather that a statistical model, tracked by the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. During August pending sales increased 12.2 percent from July and fell 29.5 percent from their year-ago level. Sales first declined on an annual basis last October and the year-over-year decline eventually mirrored August’s annual dip in pending sales. “I think things are beginning to stabilize or level off,” said Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president. Sales are not expected to increase anytime soon, but they won’t continue falling off a cliff, either, he said. Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge, also noted that interest rates have been coming down a bit, which could account for the uptick in pending sales. “That could have enticed some people back into the market,” he said. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pending home sales, a leading market indicator, made a surprisingly strong gain in July, suggesting that the housing slump might be moderating, the National Association of Realtors said Monday. The association’s Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed in August, rose 4.3 percent to a level of 110.1 from a reading of 105.6 in July. But it is still 14.1 percent lower than August 2005. An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2001, the first year to be examined, and was the first of five consecutive record years for existing home sales. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed and the transaction has not closed. The sale usually is finalized within a month or two of signing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“It’s certainly positive news but it’s coming off a large decline in July,” said Lawrence Yun, a senior economist at the association. “It implies there may be a few more months of weak housing figures but perhaps this is the first sign of some stabilization.” That would mean while sales might continue falling from their year-ago levels, the declines won’t be as steep as in past months. The index is a leading indicator for the housing sector, based on pending sales of existing homes. The West has the biggest PHSI increase in the nation, 9.2 percent, down 16.9 percent from a year ago. last_img read more

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Area businesswomen garner peers’ plaudits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Businesses nominated more than 75 professionals for the awards, which were presented at the Warner Center Marriott. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOODLAND HILLS – Six enterprising businesswomen earned recognition Wednesday for their efforts in categories ranging from nonprofits to government work at the fifth annual Women who Mean Business awards. Barbara Cesar of Syncro Aircraft Interiors Inc. won CEO of the Year; Marlee Lauffer of Newhall Land won Visionary of the Year; and Beverly Garland and Sandy Stein won Large and Small Business Owner of the Year, respectively. Susan Basler of Valley Village won the Non Profit Leadership category; and Jane Boeckmann of Galpin Motors won Philanthropist of the Year. Other finalists were Selena B. Birk of the Van Nuys Airport; Pam Corradi of Pamcoco Financial Services; Carole Elvington of Santa Clarita Little People Day Care and Preschool; Sherry Keowen of Dilbeck Realtors; Patricia Modrzejewski of Providence Saint Joseph and Holy Cross medical centers; Rochelle Scott of Godiva’s Secret Wigs; Deborah Shames of Eloqui; Maureen Tamuri of the city of Calabasas; and Berta Ujueta of La Creme Bakery. last_img read more

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Forecast: One in five kids will be obese by 2010

first_imgWASHINGTON – One-fifth of children are likely to be obese by 2010, yet the government killed a promising program that portrayed exercise as cool. Other efforts to turn the tide of childhood obesity are scattershot and don’t have enough money, the Institute of Medicine said Wednesday. The institute did find some encouraging signs that the threat to children’s health is being taken seriously. Programs that target youngsters’ growing waistlines are sprouting nationwide, it said. But no one knows which programs really help kids slim down, the institute said in calling for research to identify the best methods. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleMore troubling, the country lacks the national leadership needed to speed change, lamented an expert panel convened by the scientific group. “Is this as important as stockpiling antibiotics or buying vaccines? I think it is,” said Dr. Jeffrey Koplan of Emory University, who led the IOM’s panel. “This is a major health problem. It’s of a different nature than acute infectious threats, but it needs to be taken just as seriously.” To reinforce that point, Wednesday’s report spotlighted the government’s VERB campaign, a program once touted as spurring a 30 percent increase in exercise among the preteens it reached. It ended this year with Bush administration budget cuts. VERB encouraged 9- to 13-year-olds to take part in physical activities, like bike riding or skateboarding. Slick ads, at a cost of $59 million last year, portrayed exercise as cool at an age when outdoor play typically winds down and adolescent slothfulness sets in. The program’s demise “calls into question the commitment to obesity prevention within government,” the panel concluded. Koplan, a former CDC director, was more blunt, calling it a waste of taxpayer money to develop a program that works and then dismantle it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is “trying to do everything we can to package the research and lessons learned from VERB so it can inform campaigns local groups might take on throughout the country,” responded CDC spokesman Jeff McKenna. The report cites other examples of promising federal programs that have yet to reach their potential. Kids gobbled fruits and vegetables in an Agriculture Department school snack program, but it only reaches 14 states. And CDC’s main anti-obesity initiative had enough money this year to fund just 28 states starting childhood nutrition and exercise programs. The report also lauded some creative state and local efforts, including: A California program, started in Marin County, to build new sidewalks and bike paths that’s getting more children to walk or bike to school. A community garden in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood to increase inner-city youngsters’ access to healthful food and safe recreation. An effort by Arkansas schools to notify parents when students are overweight. Combined with new menus and physical activity programs, the initiative reported a leveling off of the state’s child obesity rate.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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Where did you you come in the Naomh Naille 5k?

first_imgDaniel Gallagher was first home in the Naomh Naille 5k in Mountcharles.More than 60 brave runners and walkers shook off the Christmas Day cobwebs to take part.Well done to all. Place Bib Name YoB Gender AG Club Time1. 5 Daniel Gallagher m Junior Men 22:082. 63 Michael Coughlan m Junior Men 22:373. 60 Lee McBrearty m Senior Men 22:414. 66 Des McGroarty m Senior Men 22:485. 39 Finbarr Gallagher m Senior Men 22:596. 51 Eunan Boyle m Senior Men 23:117. 56 Conor McLaughlin m Senior Men 23:138. 67 Michael Quinn m Senior Men 23:309. 12 Enda Lynch m Senior Men 23:4310. 43 Conal Gallagher m Senior Men 24:1311. 2 Jacinta Kelly f Senior Women 25:1112. 73 Rhyss Boyle m Junior Men 25:1313. 61 Patrick McGroarty m Junior Men 25:2914. 10 Paul McGuckin m Senior Men 25:4815. 72 Declan Boyle m Senior Men 25:4816. 25 Gerard Kennedy m Senior Men 26:3117. 29 Shona O Driscoll f Junior Women St. Nauls 26:3418. 30 Johnathon O Driscoll m Junior Men St. Nauls 26:3419. 31 Liam McGroarty m Senior Men St. Nauls 26:4520. 15 Darragh Burke m Junior Men St. Nauls 26:4921. 28 Sean O Driscoll m Senior Men St. Nauls 26:5422. 44 Niamh Boyle f Junior Women 26:5623. 48 Ronan White m Senior Men 27:3224. 23 Michael Kennedy m Senior Men 27:3325. 3 James McBrearty m Junior Men 27:4926. 53 Jimmy Meehan m Senior Men 27:5527. 62 Cathal McGroarty m Senior Men 28:0228. 18 Eilish Ward f Senior Women St. Nauls 28:1129. 27 Declan Callaghan m Senior Men 28:1730. 71 Abbie Boyle f Junior Women 28:2031. 70 Kate May North f Senior Women 28:3332. 37 Liam Burke m Senior Men St. Nauls 29:0833. 16 Patrick Burke m Senior Men St. Nauls 29:1934. 65 Ryan Coughlan m Junior Men 29:2135. 26 Angela O Donnell f Senior Women St. Nauls 29:2536. 35 Hannah Shallow f Junior Women St. Nauls 30:0137. 34 Catriona Shallow f Senior Women St. Nauls 31:4138. 4 Alisha McBrearty f Senior Women 31:4539. 57 Emma Kane f Senior Women 31:5540. 59 Aisling O Loughlin f Senior Women 32:1741. 14 Barry Burke m Junior Men 32:2742. 13 Kathleen Burke f Senior Women 32:2843. 45 Vicky Tierney f Senior Women 32:4844. 69 Kate Morgan f Senior Women 33:2545. 68 Nick North m Senior Men 33:2546. 22 Deirdre Kelly f Walker F 34:4047. 24 Fiona Kennedy f Walker F St. Nauls 34:4048. 58 Leonie Kelly f Senior Women 35:1149. 19 Brandon Armstrong m Walker M Four Masters 35:2750. 20 Yvette Armstrong f Walker F St. Nauls 35:2751. 42 Catherine Maguire f Senior Women 35:4552. 33 Peter Shallow m Walker M St. Nauls 36:3753. 38 Kathleen Campbell f Senior Women St. Nauls 38:0654. 64 Daniel Coughlan m Walker M 39:2855. 41 Aileen Gallagher f Walker F 42:5956. 40 Grainne Gillen f Walker F 43:3057. 52 Patricia Boyle f Walker F 44:4258. 8 Eimear Breslin f Walker F 46:2159. 9 Eamon N Breslin m Walker M 46:2160. 7 Kathleen Breslin f Walker F 46:3161. 50 Jessica White f Walker F 47:3262. 54 Shereen Meehan f Walker F 47:5763. 17 Danny Burke m Walker M 49:0764. 36 Shane Conneely m Walker M St. Nauls 49:4165. 11 Marie Gallagher f Walker F St. Nauls 51:3966. 46 Hugh Tierney m Junior Men 55:1667. 47 Oisin Tierney m Junior Men 55:17Where did you you come in the Naomh Naille 5k? was last modified: December 27th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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Injury-hit Harps host Drogheda United tonight

first_imgFinn Harps will attempt to record a second home win of the season tonight when Ollie Horgan’s side takes on Drogheda Utd in Ballybofey (kick-off 8.00). Harps will also be looking to make it back-to-back victories after that history making first ever away win over Derry City at Maginn Park last Friday.Drogheda is an unpredictable outfit who are two places behind Horgan’s men in the Premier Divison table but they still have recorded significant wins including the defeat of Shamrock Rovers. Harps will be hoping Pete Mahon’s side doesn’t produce their ‘A’ game at Finn Park with so many of the players from the host club missing due to injury.But, Horgan is keen to point out that it is a big opportunity for those players who have had little game time so far this season to now impress enough to nail now a regular place in the first eleven.Drogheda are looking for their second away win of the season and will fancy their chances due to the opposition’s injury woes. Harps are two points ahead of tonight’s visitors and will be aiming to extend that advantage out to ten by the time the final whistle is blown in Ballybofey.Note tickets will be on sale from the porch of Barca Bar (this replaces the previous outlet beside Yummy).  As usual, tickets are available in advance from: Michael Murphy Sports, Letterkenny, Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, Kernans, Newtown, The Coachhouse, Donegal Town, McCauley’s Restaurant, Lifford, Macs Newsagents, Buncrana.last_img read more

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Strong Scirocco-R Cup debut for SA teen

first_img6 May 2013Teenager Kelvin van der Linde flew the South African flag high at the opening round of the international Volkswagen Scirocco-R Cup at Hockenheim in Germany on Saturday with an impressive fourth place on his first visit to the historic German circuit.It was the 16-year-old’s his first outing in the international one-make series, which is being contested by 19 young drivers from 10 countries. Former drivers from Formula 1, DTM, rallying and other motorsport disciplines, as well as former champions from other sports, like skiing, and media personalities also take part in the races.Victory went to former German Touring Masters (DTM) champion and ex-Formula One driver Nicola Larini (49) of Italy, who was competing in the Legends Cup for former winners of the DTM and guest drivers from other racing disciplines.Second, and the first of the regular Scirocco R-Cup contenders, who are aged between 16 and 22, was Kasper Jensen (21) of Denmark, who was followed across the finishing line by fellow Dane Michelle Gatting (19).QualifyingVan der Linde, the reigning South African VW Cup champion, had impressed with second place behind Larini in qualifying on a wet circuit on Saturday and briefly led the race on the opening lap until being slowed by the loss of his car’s power steering.“It was a great experience,” he smiled afterwards. “I quickly settled into the Scirocco after Friday’s practice and qualifying.“It’s a great race car and not that different to the Ferodo VW Golf I drove in the South African production car championship, although it’s a lot more sophisticated.Power steering problemHe added: “I thought I had a good chance of winning the race, which was run on a dry track, but the loss of power steering made the car very difficult to drive and I had to work very hard to finish third among the regular Scirocco R-Cup drivers.”Van der Linde concluded on positive note, saying: “I’m looking forward to the rest of the nine-race series and am confident we can pull off a win before long.”The next round of the Volkswagen Scirocco-R Cup, which features two races, takes place at the Red Bull Spielberg circuit in Austria on 1 and 2 June.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Trump announces US grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX planes

first_imgThe US has grounded all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft while the Federal Aviation Administration investigates new evidence there may be similarities between two fatal crashes involving the aircraft in less than five months.President Donald Trump announced the grounding of all US Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 aircraft Wednesday US time, saying authorities had received new information from the Ethiopian crash site “and other locations”.Boeing subsequently announced it had recommended that the global MAX fleet be grounded “out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety”.The US  is one of the last countries to ground the type in the wake of the fatal crashes of Lion Air Flight JT610 last October and Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 on Sunday. All 189 passengers died in the Lion Air crash, while 157 died in the Ethiopian tragedy.READ: Pilot of fatal Ethiopian flight reported technical difficulties.Citing the safety of Americans as a paramount concern,  Trump said the grounding meant any plane currently in the air would go to its destination and be grounded until further notice.“The FAA is prepared to make an announcement very shortly regarding the new information and physical evidence we’ve received from the site and from other locations and through a couple of other complaints,” he said.“We’ve had a very, very detailed group of people working on the 737-8 and the 737- 9 new airplanes. We’re going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 Max 8 and the 737 Max 9 and planes associated with that line.”Trump said he had spoken with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, acting Federal Aviation Administration head Dan Elwell and Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg and they were in agreement with the action.“Airlines have been all notified, airlines are agreeing with this,” he said. “The safety of the American people, and all people, is of paramount concern.”The US president expressed sympathy for the Lion Air crash last October and Sunday’s crash of Ethiopian Flight 302, which klilled157 people.“Boeing is an incredible company, they are working very, very hard right now,” he said. “Hopefully they’ll come up with the answer but until they do the planes are grounded.”In its emergency order of prohibition, the FAA said the new information related to the aircraft’s configuration just after takeoff and refined data from satellite-based tracking of the aircraft’s flight path.Taken together, it said, these indicated some similarities between The Lion Air and Ethiopian accidents “that warrant further investigation of the possibility of a shared cause for the two accidents that needs to be better understood and addressed”.“The agency made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today,” the FAA said in a statement.“This evidence, together with newly refined satellite data available to FAA this morning, led to this decision.“The grounding will remain in effect pending further investigation, including examination of information from the aircraft’s flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders.“An FAA team is in Ethiopia assisting the NTSB as parties to the investigation of the Flight 302 accident.”The FAA  had been under increasing pressure to ground MAX aircraft amid increasing public concern about their safety.READ: Europe, US at odds over 737 MAX groundingsIts decision came after Canada decided to ground its MAX aircraft, joining other countries around the world ordered operators to take the new 737 variants out of the air.The FAA had previously argued there was not sufficient evidence to take the action and media reports in the US claimed Boeing’s Muilenburg had lobbied against the grounding.Boeing said in a statement that it continued to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX.But it had decided after consultation with the FAA and the US National Transportation Safety Board to recommend to the temporary suspension of the entire global fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraft.“We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution, ” Muilenburg said.“Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes and it always will be. There is no greater priority for the company and our industry.“We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again.”US airlines reacted quickly to comply with the grounding. American Airlines, which has 24 737 MAX aircraft, said it operated 85 flights a day using the plane out of 6,700 daily departures.It said it regularly monitored its aircraft,  including extensive flight data collection, and this gave it confidence in the safe operation of all its aircraft while contributing to its exemplary safety record.“American has flown more than 2.5 million passengers — during 46,400 operating hours encompassing nearly 18,000 flights — safely on our MAX 8 fleet since the first one was delivered on Sept. 2017 and began commercial service later that November,” it said.Southwest Airlines said its 34 MAX aircraft accounted for less than 5 percent of its daily flights.“While we remain confident in the MX 8 after completing more than 88,000 flight hours accrued over 41,000 flights, we support the actions of the FAA and other regulatory agencies and governments across the globe that have asked for further review of the data — including information from the flight data recorder — related to the recent accident involving the MAX 8,” it said.Meanwhile, an Ethiopian Airlines spokesman said the crashed plane’s black boxes were heading to Europe to speed up the analysis of the crucial information they contain.While investigators have yet to determine the cause of the Ethiopian crash, it has been revealed that one of the pilots told air traffic controllers the plane had “flight control problems” while requesting permission to return to Addis Ababa.The Wall Street Journal reported Ethopia had asked France’s Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses  for assitance in analyzing the flight recorders. .last_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: December 13, 2018

first_imgGood Samaritans help foil $4,000 shoplifting spree; 2 injuredPolice in Greenwood, Indiana, said they have arrested two women after their mall shoplifting spree Saturday turned downright violent. The alleged thieves were accused of using pepper spray and their vehicle as weapons once they were confronted by witnesses. Residents were relieved to hear that police caught them. Police said they believe 29-year-old Dominique Sheridan and 44-year-old Tina Rabiu went inside Sears and stole three carts filled with merchandise totaling more than $4,000.One man followed the women out of the store and called security. When security tried to stop them from loading the stuff into their car, investigators said, Rabiu sprayed the man using pepper spray. “Wow. That’s insane. I didn’t realize that it escalated to a dangerous situation,” said Jeff Miner, who works nearby. Police said Sheridan then got behind the wheel and ran over the security guard’s foot and then hit another shopper causing her to land on the car’s hood. Witnesses said Sheridan drove about 9 feet before the woman fell off of the car. An off-duty officer arrested both Rabiu and Sheridan after seeing them speed off. No serious injuries were reported, and the merchandise was returned.   [Source: WISH8 News]‘Wrong Way’ chase after fleeing suspectA Lakewood, New Jersey, man is in custody after leading police on a high-speed pursuit that police called off at least once to protect other drivers on the road. Dante Holly, 28, was eventually arrested after the chase that started around 5:50 on Saturday evening when police were called to the Jackson Premium Outlets on a reported shoplifting. An officer heading to the outlets reported hearing “the revving of a car engine and screeching tires” as he drove on Cassville road.- Sponsor – The officer then reported seeing a silver Nissan driving south in the northbound lanes, causing oncoming traffic to swerve out of the way, police said. When the officer attempted to stop the Nissan, the driver sped away, continuing to cross double lines and endanger other drivers, according to police. The original officer stopped the pursuit due to heavy traffic, but the Nissan was again spotted by another officer on West Veterans Highway  as it was going 80 mph in a 50 mph zone, according to police. A brief pursuit resumed again but was quickly called off due to unsafe driving conditions.While the search for the suspect continued, police returned to the outlets to gather more information, at which time Holly was identified. With the help of the Lakewood Police Department, both Holly and the car were found in the neighboring town. Holly was taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest, speeding, reckless driving, careless driving and other offenses. Police also impounded his vehicle as part of the investigation.   [Source: NJ 101.5 News]One city’s zero-tolerance shoplifting policy; does it work?When the number of shoplifting cases surged in the city of Auburn, Maine, earlier this year, the police department instituted a new, no nonsense policy. Police started arresting and charging people and posting their mugshots on Facebook. “For the months of February and March there was a 178% above last year when it came to shoplifting incidents.” Chief Moen says.The chief says the department decided to get proactive and institute a zero tolerance shoplifting policy. If you’re caught you’ll be arrested and brought to jail. And your mug shot will be posted on the police departments Facebook page, which reaches up to 15 thousand people. “If they know they’re going to end up on Facebook with the arrest info, hopefully that will deter them from doing that.”It’s been a little over 6 months and the new policy is starting to work. he says “we’re seeing a 25% decrease in our monthly average.” Fewer shoplifting cases is good news for Auburn’s overall crime rate and a big benefit for local businesses. Quentin Chapman is a loss prevention specialist at Roopers Redemption. “After he put that policy together we saw our theft decrease exponentially. It was impressive.” Chapman says he appreciates Auburn PD’s policy because it sends more than just a message. “If you do something you need to own it and be held accountable and what they’re doing is holding them accountable.” Chapman says “theft is theft, it’s not a victimless crime. If I lose a $60 bottle, at 15% i’m selling 6 or 7 before I make a profit again. So it costs somebody somewhere.”Chief Moen says no matter what a persons motivation is to steal, turning to crime is not the answer. “There are resources out there that you need to use and committing a crime is not one of those resources.” Police say the spike in shoplifting, is in part, fueled by drug use. Another growing method of shoplifting is “skip scanning”. When shoppers go to a self-checkout and don’t scan or pay for all of their items. [Source: NewsCenter Maine]Three arrested after multiple jewelry store robberiesPolice in Knoxville, Tennessee, have arrested three suspects for multiple jewelry store heists that span several states. One suspect was spotted grabbing two rings and fleeing the Kay Jewelers on Knoxville Center Drive Monday afternoon. “An individual had gone in there and asked to see a couple different types of jewelry. When the clerk showed it to him, he grabbed them both and ran,” said Brian Foulks, an investigator with the Knoxville Police Department. The suspect was seen robbing a Zales Store in West Town Mall hours later. Officers continued to track the suspect until he was seen again inside a Kay Jewelers on Parkside Drive. This time the officers were waiting for him. He was arrested without incident.“Internally different stores were talking to each other as well,” said Foulks. Then officers discovered a car with two men sitting behind the building across from the Kay’s. The other two suspects tried to flee and committed a hit-and-run near Campbell Station Road in an attempt to evade arrest. Officers stopped them about a block away. When the officers investigated the car, they discovered hidden car tags and a pair of stolen earrings from Zales.“Sometimes they’re pawned, sometimes they’re traded for different items, drugs or what not. Some people pay cash for them,” said Foulks. Kordarious Childs, 24, was charged with theft. John Brown, 30, is also charged with theft with other outstanding warrants. Xavier Carter, 23, is charged with theft, felony evading and leaving the scene of an accident. All three suspects face additional pending charges, with multiple cases pending from Shelby, Hamilton and Davidson counties in Tennessee. They also face charges stemming from other incidents in Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi.   [Source: ABC6 News]Fraud indictments for 8 Rutgers football playersEight Rutgers football players who were charged over the summer for a credit card scheme have been indicted, according to NJ.com. Through an Open Public Records Act request, the report states that the players were indicted on nine counts of credit card fraud.Linebacker Brendan Devera, who was dismissed from the team earlier this year, faced the most serious charge, but that was dropped. He was tabbed as an “organizer” of the scheme and was hit with second-degree charges of fraud. According to police, Devera recruited the seven other players to help steal $11,450 from the alleged victims. “We’re excited that the grand jury decided not to indict Mr. Devera on the most serious charge,” Ron Ricci, DeVera’s attorney, said.K.J. Gray, who was also dismissed from the team, is facing six third-degree charges, two fourth-degree charges and a second-degree charge of promoting organized street crime, NJ.com notes. Malik Vaccaro-Dixon, Edwin Lopez, Kwabena “Kobe” Marfo, Syhiem Simmons, Christian “C.J.” Onyechi and Naijee Jones all face several third- and fourth-degree charges. They also were suspended from the team. The court date for all eight players will be on January 3 at the Middlesex County Superior Court.   [Source: Sporting News]New pot shops bring in $7 million alreadyThe two Massachusetts marijuana retail shops that are open have brought in a total of $7 million since opening on November 20. Numbers released by the state’s Cannabis Control Commission say the two stores pulled in $2.2 million over seven days in December. That’s on top of $4.8 million they took in the first two weeks of operation.The two open stores are Cultivate in the Worcester County town of Leicester and New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Northampton. They sold a total of 57,127 “units,” or measured-out marijuana and marijuana products, like chocolate bars and lotions, between December 3 and December 9. The stores are taxed, with the 6.25 percent sales tax, a 10.75 percent excise tax, and a 3 percent local tax. The commission released the numbers the same day that regulators gave a third shop in Salem, Alternative Therapies Group, the okay to open later this week, making it the first one in eastern Massachusetts.   [Source: MassLive] 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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