first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of State in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Hon. Laurence Broderick, has lauded the safety record of the local mining industry.Speaking at the National Minerals Industry Safety Awards banquet, recently at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites in Kingston, Mr. Broderick pinpointed the work ethnic in the sector in terms of discipline and safety.He said that, visiting bauxite plants, he observed the respect that the heads of the companies had for security and safety.“Not only were we given a thorough lecture, we were given the boots, the hat, the goggles,” the State Minister reflected. He said he was also impressed with the fact that the management also practised the safety measures outlined to visitors.Minister of State in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Hon. Laurence Broderick (left), in discussion with Executive Director of the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), Mr. Parris Lyew-Ayee, prior to the start of the National Minerals Industry Safety Awards banquet, held recently at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, in Kingston.He praised the industry for having kept a low injury index and few deaths, noting that the safety practices employed were models that should be promoted.He suggested that tours be arranged for children, to enlighten them on how a disciplined entity operates and how they should conduct themselves.On the status of the bauxite/alumina industry, Mr. Broderick said that despite the downturn, there will be opportunities for Jamaicans, as the Government seeks new markets and forge new partnerships when the industry rebounds.“As we look down the road, we see an industry that saw alumina plummeting to a low of some US$1,200 per tonne, we saw it creeping back to US$2,000, we know it came from a high of US$3,000 but, if we are thinking people, we will understand that we are not far from the horizon,” he projected. RelatedBroderick Praises Safety System in Mining Sector Broderick Praises Safety System in Mining Sector MiningDecember 1, 2009 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedBroderick Praises Safety System in Mining Sector RelatedBroderick Praises Safety System in Mining Sectorlast_img read more

first_imgThe French president argued that Europe must seize its own destiny and not let others decide its economic, security and climate future. “We have in front of us a big menace,” Macron said. “The question posed to us now is whether we want to take it, accept others’ rules or whether we want to choose for ourselves, for a European sovereignty.”Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on the balcony of the town hall of Aachen after Macron received the International Charlemagne Prize at a ceremony on May 10, 2018 in Aachen, Germany | Lukas Schulze/Getty ImagesIn a familiar note that sounds sour to some countries, Macron reaffirmed his support for a “multispeed Europe.” This could see a core group of nations, like France and Germany, move ahead on European integration in a way that makes the leaders in Poland or Sweden, for example, uncomfortable. “I don’t believe in Europe perpetually waiting for 27 countries to agree before moving forward,” he said.In another thinly veiled dig at Eastern European countries that have opposed Brussels on migration and pushed back against criticism over their alleged backsliding on rule of law, Macron called out the “music of nationalism [that] is resounding everywhere in Europe,” adding that division is “like leprosy.”“Barbed wire reappears everywhere in Europe, including in the minds,” he cautioned, adding that he would “yield nothing” in the fight with Hungary and Poland over European values.But the French president concluded on an upbeat note. “Let’s not celebrate yesterday’s symphonies. Let’s write a new musical score,” he said, adding, “Europe is Utopia … [but] utopists are pragmatists, and realists”Pierre Briançon in Paris contributed to this article. Emmanuel Macron isn’t giving up his ambitious visions for Europe — no matter what Germany thinks.The French president delivered this message in Aachen, a city in western Germany, with the principal block to his reform agenda — Chancellor Angela Merkel — looking on. Here was a vivid example of Macron’s ability to use prominent media stages to push his ideas on a skeptical audience, as he did during his underdog run for the French presidency last year.But the realities of European politics give Merkel — who introduced the visiting Frenchman effusively — and Berlin the upper hand in this ongoing sparring match with the young, new leader in Paris. An economically robust Germany is the dominant power in the EU. And while Merkel has made a public show of her enthusiasm for Macron personally and for the fresh direction that France has taken domestically, she hasn’t indicated any willingness to back his most audacious ideas for EU reform — particularly those that are bound to put German taxpayers on the hook for others in the club. Macron didn’t sound deterred by the pushback from Berlin in recent months. In a speech to accept the Charlemagne Prize, the French president laid out four commandments for Europe — “Let’s not be weak, let’s not be divided, let’s not fear, let’s not wait” — before reiterating his now familiar ideas for reforming the EU and the eurozone. Macron wants to create a eurozone finance minister with the power of the purse and a large rainy-day fund for eurozone countries hit by financial crisis; Berlin is cool on both.“Europe is Utopia … [but] utopists are pragmatists, and realists” — Emmanuel MacronThe French president appealed with what some heard as a backhanded compliment to his hosts: “Some in France tell me Germany is selfish and doesn’t want to reform Europe. I know this isn’t true,” he said.To German opponents of his proposals he added: “Wake up, France has changed.”In Merkel’s footstepsThe Charlemagne Prize has been awarded by the city of Aachen annually since 1950 “for work done in the service of European unification.” Previous laureates include Pope Francis, European Council President Donald Tusk, former European Parliament President Simone Veil and Merkel herself.In their citation for the prize, the prize’s board of directors wrote: “On the offensive like very few others, President Macron has made the European idea the focus of his political commitment; on the offensive like very few others, he has sought confrontation with those who would question the project that has brought our Continent the longest period of peace in its entire history.”center_img Also On POLITICO For Macron, Charlemagne has a whiff of consolation prize By Pierre Briançon Europe at large Emmanuel Macron’s coalition of the willing By Paul Taylorlast_img read more

first_imgRELATED: Race results | Stage recaps | At-track photos | Detailed breakdownSHOP: Truex Jr. gearKANSAS CITY, Kan. – Martin Truex Jr. survived a restart penalty and an unscheduled pit stop to return to what has become a thoroughly familiar locale — Victory Lane — in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.In a dramatic race that brought Truex his seventh Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season, calamity eliminated four drivers from the series Playoffs. Jamie McMurray, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Matt Kenseth and Kyle Larson all saw their postseason hopes end with the final event in the Round of 12.The shocker was Larson, who fell out of the race on Lap 77 when his engine exploded on the frontstretch after dropping a cylinder a few laps earlier. The driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet finished 39th in a 40-car field and dropped to ninth in the standings, nine points behind Jimmie Johnson.The seven-time champion moved into the Round of 8 despite spinning twice in the space of five laps late in the race. But Johnson was the prime beneficiary when NASCAR parked Kenseth, after a massive wreck on Lap 198, for a violation of the damaged vehicle policy — specifically having too many crewmen over the wall to work on the car on pit road.MORE: Multi-car stack-up sidelines severalRacing just hours after Furniture Row Racing road-crew fabricator Jim Watson succumbed to a heart attack, Truex finished 2.284 seconds ahead of runner-up Kurt Busch to become the first driver to sweep both Kansas races in the same year. The victory was Truex’s second at the track and the 14th of his career.“Just can’t say enough about all these guys on this Furniture Row/Bass Pro Toyota,” Truex said. “Just really proud of them. Definitely racing with heavy hearts today with losing Jim (Watson) last night. Want to send our condolences to his family and all of his friends. He was a heck of a guy and a great worker and put a lot of speed in these Furniture Row Toyotas, so glad we could get him one here.“Excited to get another one here at Kansas. This feels really awesome. It’s really Furniture Row’s home track (closest to the team’s Denver, Colorado, headquarters). It just feels really good to finally get – to finally get another one here. We got that one in the spring after so many heartbreaks, and then today it looked like it was going to happen and we just persevered.”Ryan Blaney charged from a 40th-place starting spot — the result of an inspection failure after qualifying — to finish third and cruise into the Round of 8.“We started off in the back, and I was able to make some good ground early,” said Blaney, who starts the Round of 8 as the seventh seed, 60 points behind Truex, who increased his series-leading playoff point total to 69.“We were able to run up through there and made good adjustments throughout the day, which got us in a spot to be up toward the front towards the end and advance. It was a solid day for our team. We overcame a lot coming from the back, and they should be proud of that.”Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin ran fourth and fifth, respectively, to advance to the Round of 8. Kevin Harvick also stayed alive in the postseason with an eighth-place result, as did Kyle Busch with a 10th-place finish.Johnson came home 11th after avoiding serious damage during his two spins, the first of which sent his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet sliding across the frontstretch grass.WATCH: See Johnson’s spinsIt wasn’t a problem-free race for Truex either. On a Lap 36 restart after a competition caution, Truex dipped below the white line on the apron before reaching the start/finish line—a point of admonition in the drivers’ meeting earlier in the day.RELATED: Truex commits restart violationAfter serving a pass-through penalty, Truex remained on the lead lap and began to work his way forward, but an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 91 because of a loose wheel put the No. 78 Toyota a lap down. Brett Moffitt’s crash into the Turn 2 wall with four laps left in Stage 2 kept him on the lead circuit after the other contending cars had come to pit road for green-flag stops.“Just couldn’t believe some of the things that were happening and thought there was no way that we were going to win that race at some point,” Truex said. “That first restart violation really caught me by surprise and that hurt, but that wasn’t the last blow we had to take. There was the loose wheel we had to pit for under green and getting a lap down and being able to stay out through that last stage and get that lap back was crucial.“Without that, we didn’t have a shot. Then we got back mid-pack and had a couple really good restarts to get some track position and then really fought the car through that part of the race and had to make some big adjustments. I felt like at the end we got dialed in pretty good. I’m pretty happy with that.”last_img read more

first_img Jason Holder (captain, Barbados), Sunil Ambris (St Vincent), Devendra Bishoo (Guyana), Kraigg Brathwaite (Barbados), Roston Chase (Barbados), Shane Dowrich (Barbados), Shannon Gabriel (Trinidad and Tobago), Jahmar Hamilton (Anguilla), Shimron Hetmyer (Guyana), Shai Hope (Barbados), Alzarri Joseph (Antigua), Keemo Paul (Guyana), Kieran Powell (St Kitts and Nevis), Kemar Roach (Barbados), Jomel Warrican (St Vincent and the Grenadines). “Jamaica has the most players playing first-class cricket across the Caribbean; we have more players in the CPL (Caribbean Premier League) than any other territory,” he said. “So we are producing players that are playing, not just in the Caribbean, but globally. We also have a lot of players in the Windies ‘A’ team, so it means we have a number of players in the next tier. It means that maybe in another year or two, if they continue to invest in the players and those guys are putting up the performances, they will have their chance.” But Francis said that the squad named perhaps suggests that the JCA needs to look into whether there is an aspect of talent development it needs to improve. “Maybe we need to have a little discussion with CWI as to what we need to do to ensure that our players get in line with their standards,” he said. Jamaicans in the CPL: Jamaica Cricket Association’s (JCA) chief operating officer Courtney Francis says he does not believe that Jamaica is being victimised by Cricket West Indies (CWI) after no local player was selected for the upcoming Windies tour of India in October. Francis said that it would be unfair to accuse CWI of ‘ill will’ towards the nation as it has certain selection criteria that most are not aware of, and also it is aiming to select the strongest possible squad for victory. “People could say ‘why is Nikita Miller not in the team, as against Jomel Warrican? Why is John Campbell not there as against someone else?’ but I am not au fait (best informed) with the selection policy and I do believe that in all instances, CWI is going to try and pick its best team,” Francis told The Gleaner. “If it so happens that the best team includes no Jamaicans, then that’s how it is.” However, Francis said that he sees strong reasons for selecting Jamaicans in the squad, even if he does not know CWI’s selection policy. MOST FIRST-CLASS PLAYERS Windies squad: – Chadwick Walton (Guyana Amazon Warriors) – Andre Russell (Jamaica Tallawahs) – Andre McCarthy (JT) – Kennar Lewis (JT) – Krishmar Santokie (JT) – Oshane Thomas (JT) – Rovman Powell (JT) – Chris Gayle (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots) – Brandon King (SKNP) – Fabian Allen (SKNP) – Christopher Lamont (St Lucia Stars) – Odean Smith (SLS) – Nikita Miller (Trinbago Knight Riders)last_img read more

first_imgBack for its eighth year, World Information Architecture (IA) Day Ann Arbor is the annual one-day conference created by the Information Architecture Institute and produced by local volunteers.Organized by School of Information students at the University of Michigan, this year’s event with the theme “Design for Difference” will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019. The Ann Arbor event is one of 60 World IA Day 2019 events being held around the world. What is World IA Day?The event is open to everyone interested in learning to organize, structure, and label information in a way that people can understand where they are and what they can expect.World IA Day focuses on building local communities of practice, with the goal of teaching, learning, and shaping the future of information architecture.Whether you’re anInformation architectUser experience professionalDesignerDeveloperContent StrategistDigital MarketerStudentCommunity memberyou’re invited to attend World IA Day Ann Arbor and learn how information architecture can make a difference in our communities and our lives.Details and ScheduleWorld IA Day Ann Arbor 2019 is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required.The event will be held at the Ann Arbor District Downtown Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan (map and directions to the library) from 9:30am to 1:45pm Eastern Time.Doors open at 9:30am and the program begins at 10:00am.As of February 11, 2019, the schedule hasn’t been posted, but speakers include:Jan Berliss-VincentMacKenzie DeWittviewMike OsswaldNisreen SalkaAmbika VohraFrom 10:30am to noon, the Ann Arbor Accessibility Group will be hosting the Deque Empathy Lab, an immersive accessibility experiences, at World Information Architecture Day Ann Arbor.From the lab description, At the Empathy Lab, you’ll gain a whole new perspective by interacting with real assistive tools and learning how different disabilities can impact how we experience technology.History of World IA DayFirst World IA Day Ann Arbor in 2012Curious how World IA Day came about?The first World IA Day was held in 14 cities in February 2012, marking the anniversary of the release of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, written by Peter Morville and Lou Rosenfeld, known by many in the information architecture field as the polar bear book.With this year’s event, World IA Day has spread to 60 locations around the world!Wrapping UpWorld IA Day is an excellent way to learn about information architecture and connect with others in the community who want to design for difference. I’ve attended several World IA Day Ann Arbor events and I’ve enjoyed every one.Hope to see you on February 23rd!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWorld Information Architecture Day Returns to Ann Arbor on February 24Returning for its seventh year, World Information Architecture (IA) Day Ann Arbor is a free one-day conference featuring presentations, lightning talks, and afternoon workshop on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Hosted by the Information Architecture Institute and organized by School of Information students at the University of Michigan, the Ann Arbor…In “Conference”World Information Architecture Day Ann Arbor Returns for Sixth YearBack for the sixth year, World Information Architecture (IA) Day Ann Arbor returns to Ann Arbor, Michigan on February 18, 2017 for a full-day of inspiring presentations and hands-on sessions. Hosted by the Information Architecture Institute and organized by University of Michigan graduate students, World IA Day Ann Arbor joins…In “Conference”World Information Architecture Day 2015, Ann ArborWondering what information architecture is all about? Join me this Saturday, February 21 when World Information Architecture Day returns for its fourth year to Ann Arbor, Michigan. World Information Architecture (IA) Day, Ann Arbor is one of 38 cities across 24 countries holding a one-day free conference to bring together…In “Conference”last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts richard macmanus Tags:#Knowledge Management#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Some quotes on the theme of content management (CM)…Gerry McGovern: “The Web may have been the almost exclusive domain of techies. Today, it is increasingly the domain of communicators.”Bill Gates: “Whether it’s handling a classified ad or handling editorials, the authoring tools for these things no longer require an IT department to be involved. The actual tools that the reporters, the managers are working with can understand XML.”Matthew Berk: “In five years, content management functionality will move in two directions: out to the desktop in the form of software like Office 11, and down to the infrastructure in the form of file systems that implement the essentials now seen in content management packages.”***The quote below from Dan Gillmor doesn’t obviously seem to fit under the topic of “content management”. But think about why Google bought Blogger:Google = Read; Blogger = Write. Read + Write (seamlessly) = the future of Content ManagementDan Gillmor, writing about Blogger and Google: “The first order of business for Evan Williams and his team was to upgrade the blog-posting software, and to put the Blogger-hosted weblogs on Google’s more reliable server computers. But Williams said the team is also looking hard at the element of the read-write Web that Google does so well — finding stuff.”last_img read more

first_imgI’m back at SXSW as one of the RWW contributors covering the interactive festival. This afternoon I attended Jason Fried’s presentation on “Stuff We’ve Learned at 37 Signals“. 37 Signals is a software company headquartered in Chicago, IL that started as a interactive design company and has since become one of the leading software companies for personal productivity software. Currently over one million people and businesses use their productivity applications (including RWW, which is a paying customer of Basecamp). They also are responsible for creating and then open sourcing the popular web developer language Ruby on Rails. Jason Fried is the company’s founder. As a company I’ve long respected, it was interested to hear him discuss some of the things he’s learned developing 37 Signals. Lesson 1: Ignore The Great Unknown Jason started his presentation talking about “the great unknown,” which he defined as the things that hang over every entrepreneur’s head when they are starting a company. For example, “what about when we have 1M customers or 100 employees.” Jason encouraged people to ignore these concerns and focus on the now. He pointed out that often as entrepreneurs, we worry about the impact of our decisions rather than just making the right decision. He asserted that this is crazy, because decisions made today don’t have to last forever – we “must optimize for today.” Lesson 2: Watch Out for Red Flags The next point was about interpersonal dynamics in the workplace and watching out for what he called ‘red flags.’ Red flags are basically words or phrases that end up causing problems in communications. For example, at 37 Signals they learned to be careful with the words: need, can’t, easy, only, and fast. For example saying, how easy someone else’s job is or that they can’t ship a product without one feature. Lesson 3: Be Successful and Make Money by Helping Other People be Successful and Make Money He talked about the powerful reaction people had to Basecamp when they first released it (Basecamp is a very lightweight project management tool). They realized this was because the tool was helping other people do their job better. This has become part of their philosophy, looking for opportunities in the marketplace to “spot chain reactions and be the catalyst” around helping others. Lesson 4: Target Nonconsumers and Nonconsumption This is actually a concept that Jason borrowed from Clayton Christensen (a famous professor at Harvard Business School) in the books Innovators Dilemma and Innovators Solution. The idea is that there exists an entire market of nonconsumers, or people who have a need but existing players aren’t targeting these people. The advantage of targeting this segment is that you minimize the chance for competition from entrenched players. Lesson 5: Question Your Work Regularly At 37 Signals, Jason reported they are always asking questions to make sure they are doing the right things. Internally, this list of questions includes: why are we doing this? what problem are we solving? is this actually useful? are we adding value? will this change behavior? is there an easier way? what’s the opportunity cost? is it really worth it? Lesson 6: Read your Product Given the firm’s background, this was a lesson I found particularly interesting. Jason claimed that the “Biggest sin on the internet right now is bad copywriting … paying too much attention to pixels and not enough attention to words.” Beyond this he pointed out that words are actually less expensive to correct and improved copy will make doing the design second result in a stronger design. Lesson 7: Err on the Side of Simple As surprising as I found the last lesson, this one was probably the most obvious given 37 Signal’s business. Jason pointed out that you should always “start with the easy way.” The interesting and non-obvious point was that he extended this beyond product issues. For example, he recommended people start a company by setting up an LLC, until they need a C Corp. Lesson 8: Invest in What Doesn’t Change Jason said that this is the “best business advice he’s gotten in some time.” It interesting because this isn’t something that is intuitive, when you think about tech companies which tend to be focused on what is new and upcoming. However, Jason pointed out that principals can last. For example at 37 Signals, he said they anticipate in 10 years “simple, affordable software” will still be worth investing in. Lesson 9: Follow the Chefs Jason called chefs the smartest business professionals. He explained this is because they are aware that you become famous and successful by giving knowledge away. For example, chefs have cooking shows and write cook books. Yet it doesn’t stop their restaurants from being successful. In fact, he claimed they are probably more successful because of their sharing. Lesson 10: Interruption is the Enemy of Productivity Originally David Heinemeier Hansson (Jason’s partner) and Jason didn’t live in the same city. They eagerly awaited David moving to Chicago and being able to get even more done. Interestingly, when David arrived they actually found productivity decreasing. At 37 Signals, they have come to believe that this was due to the increased interruptions; and so they ended up favoring passive communication like email versus things that are more instantaneous but also interrupt your workflow. Lesson 11: Road Maps Send You in the Wrong Direction When talking about business plans, financial projections, or features for products 37Signals believes road maps are bad, because “they lock you into the past.” The only exception is APIs, because people are counting on it. Instead he said your expectation should be “do the right thing at the right time.” Lesson 12: Be Clear in Crisis At the beginning of this year, 37 Signals had some infrastructure problems that resulted in a few hours of unscheduled downtime. This was widely discussed on the internet. They quickly posted about what had happened and during the technical problems kept they the homepage updated with status messages. Through this experience, it reinforced their belief that people love you even more if you are open, honest, public and responsive during a crisis. Lesson 13: Make Tiny Decisions Rather than trying to make major decisions, when possible, Jason encouraged entrepreneurs to break problems down to the atomic level. In web properties, this is especially powerful because they’ve been able to break features down to the atomic level and then launch them one at a time. This is good because the team can gain momentum and celebrate little launches. However, it’s also good because “when you make tiny decisions, you can’t make big mistakes.” Lesson 14: Make it Matter Jason ended his presentation by encouraging the audience to make sure their work was significant. He talked about how meaningful he felt the products they were creating were for individuals. Before opening it up for questions, he said that “everything you do should matter.” Conclusion One of the things I love most about SXSW is the transparency with which so many leaders share about their business. At last year’s festival, two of my favorite panels were: Web App Autopsy and The Figures Behind the Top Web Apps. We’d love to hear any good case studies or lessons you’ve learned running startups or in business. Please share them in the comments below. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sean ammirati Tags:#conferences#SXSW 2008#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgThe mobile phone is also more than just a phone, Davis reminded the audience. It can also be a media consumption device, a media production device, a sensor in a sensor network, and even a social and cognitive prosthetic device that enables our collective embodied intelligence. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Future of Mobile-FirstWhen you think about the things that make the mobile phone different, you can start to create experiences for these devices that go beyond what could ever have been created for the desktop. We already saw one example of this at the Expo when Heroes creator Tim Kring spoke about his new creation, the “mobile immersive experience.”Of course, Davis used the new Yahoo! mobile web site at new.m.yahoo.com as an example of the mobile-first experience done right. He also pointed to the Tagmaps Proptype, a map service that provides information about places to go and things to see with changes based on what time of day it is. For example, during the day in San Francisco, you might be recommended to go check out Alcatraz, but at night, you’ll be pointed to restaurants and nightclubs instead.These sorts of new experiences are just the beginning, says Davis. In the future, we’ll see mobile-first offerings that combine the real-time web and the world, introduce augmented reality applications, extend the internet of things, and more. But in order for us to get there, developers need to stop thinking of the mobile web as just the portable internet. They need start designing applications for the unique platform that is the mobile web. sarah perez Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces On Thursday at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Yahoo’s Marc Davis spoke about the mobile internet and the future of the mobile industry. As the mobile web evolves, he said, it’s no longer good enough to simply port the PC experience to the phone’s small screen – it’s time to start building “mobile-first” products instead. What are “mobile-first” products? They’re services designed to take advantage of the strengths and abilities of the mobile devices themselves, leading to entirely unique creations that can only be found on the mobile web. Mobile First ExperiencesThe mobile web is not just about accessing the internet from your phone. It’s an entirely new platform for communication that’s transforming our experience of the web, the world, and ourselves. Our mobile devices have unique sociological and technological attributes while also being a highly personal extension of ourselves, noted Davis. When developing applications for these devices, developers should take advantage of these differences. To understand how “mobile-first” experiences differ from those on the desktop, you must understand what these unique attributes are. A “mobile-first” experience is:Location AwarePersonal and Personalizable24/7 and Temporally SituatedOpenVoice EnabledIt also connects the web and the world in ways that have never happened before. Mobile First Experiences Include Who, What, When, WhereDavis also introduced the concept of “W4” which is unique to the mobile. W4 means that on the mobile, you can combine the spatial, temporal, social, and topical experiences into one. Or, in more simple terms, a mobile experience includes the Who, What, When, and Where. A mobile phone knows the answers to these questions: it knows who you are, when you are, where you are, and what you’re doing. If, as a developer, you know these things, you can improve the user experience and content through ad targeting, personalization, and recommendation. Tags:#mobile#news#Trends#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgFollowing are a few article summaries that can provide you with a small taste of the original content available to you every day through our daily digital offerings, which are offered free through LossPreventionMedia.com. In addition to our daily newsletter, a comprehensive library of original content is available to our digital subscribers at no cost to you. Visit our website to gain access to all of our content. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.Security Footage Sinks Employee Lawsuit Targeting Bag ChecksBy Garett Seivold Nike has prevailed in a class-action lawsuit filed by hourly retail workers demanding that the company pay them for the time they spent waiting for loss prevention inspections after clocking out and before leaving stores.According to Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Nike’s attorneys in Rodriguez v. Nike Retail Services, the court decision was influenced by the retailer’s time and motion study that showed associates spent an average of 18.5 seconds in off-the-clock employee bag checks—and that 60.5 percent of all exits required zero wait time. US District Judge Beth Freeman said Nike store employee Isaac Rodriguez didn’t submit evidence contradicting the Nike Retail Services study, which was based on 700 hours of security footage.- Sponsor – That length of wait is too trivial and difficult to capture to require payment, the judge suggested. “Evaluating Nike’s evidence under the de minimis defense, and recognizing that daily periods of up to ten minutes have been found to be de minimis, Judge Freeman ruled that the workers hadn’t shown that their off-the-clock exit time was close to meeting that threshold,” according to Nike’s attorneys.“As the court found, brief exit inspections are a modern business reality that most retailers, like Nike, use for the legitimate reason of reducing theft,” Nike spokesperson Greg Rossiter told Law360.Although Nike employees lost their claim, the California Supreme Court is reviewing the de minimis doctrine in a separate legal case against Starbucks. Troester v. Starbucks claims the company violated the California Labor Code by failing to pay an employee for the brief time he spent closing up the store after he clocked out at the conclusion of certain shifts. In granting Nike summary judgment, the judge said she was compelled to apply existing law to the case and would not “predict how the California Supreme Court will rule.”“For the moment, this ruling is good news for employers who can put away their stop watches when small increments of off-the-clock time are irregular and difficult to record,” according to Seyfarth Shaw. “But keep your eye on the ball because the California Supreme Court will be making the final call on the de minimis doctrine and whether or how it applies in the state.”In a similar case, DICK’S Sporting Goods (DSG) has asked the Eastern District of California to stay a workers’ suit while waiting on the California Supreme Court to rule on the Starbucks case and a related case against Apple. DICK’S workers countered that the court should not stay their class action, alleging that their claim is different than the two other wage suits before the state’s highest court. In addition to claiming they should be paid for time spent in store security checks, which also involves visual inspections of workers and the physical inspection of personal belongings other than bags, DSG workers are asking to be reimbursed for clothing-related expenses (Greer et al. v. DICK’S Sporting Goods).Employees have raised the matter of unpaid time during security checks in several venues, with courts typically siding with employers. In 2015, for example, a California judge denied a plaintiff’s request for class certification in a lawsuit accusing Nordstrom of failing to pay its workers for time spent waiting in line and undergoing bag checks during their work shifts. Although the loss prevention checks were alleged to be mandatory, the employee admitted in her deposition that employee bag checks could be avoided if employees refrained from bringing bags into the workplace.Employees have also lost cases involving longer wait times. For example, employees of a nuclear power station sued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for compensation for the ten to thirty minutes per day they spent passing through multiple layers of security, which included waiting in line for badge inspections, random vehicle checks, passing through radiation detectors and x-ray machines, and waiting to use the biometric handreader.While the appeals court noted “some force” to the workers’ claim that security is becoming increasingly invasive, layered, and time-consuming, it ruled that passing through security isn’t covered by the FLSA because it’s not a “principal activity” of the job, noting that facility visitors—not just workers—were required to go through the same security measures (Gorman Jr. et al. v. The Consolidated Edison Corporation).What Happened to Toys”R”Us?By Bill Turner, LPCSeptember 2017: Toys”R”Us declares bankruptcy.Early 2018: Toys”R”Us announces the closure of 180 stores.February 2018: Toys”R”Us announces the closure of 200 more stores.March 2018: Speculation abounds that Toys”R”Us will close all US stores and liquidate.March 14, 2018: Toys”R”Us announces that it will close or sell all 800 of its US stores.I would bet that everyone reading this article has either shopped at Toys”R”Us or received a gift from Toys”R”Us. Founded in 1957 and morphing into its current format in about 1969, Toys”R”Us became the first mega “category killer” toy store. Most kids in the seventies, eighties, and nineties begged their parents to take them to Toys”R”Us. I know; I was one of those parents. The Toys”R”Us dominance of the toy market made small toy stores and hobby shops almost obsolete. Even KB Toys couldn’t keep up.So what happened? What went wrong? Some say bad planning. Some say bad luck. Probably both, but the real beginning of the end was the leveraged buy out of Toys”R”Us in 2005 by Bain Capital and KKR & Co. That leveraged buyout resulted in a staggering debt load of $6.6 billion for the company. This resulted in management distraction and put Toys”R”Us in a constant refinancing mode.The tremendous growth in competition from Amazon and Walmart made things worse. With much deeper pockets, both retail giants began heavy discounting of toy prices to get parents to switch loyalties.Then add kids’ changing tastes to the mix. Toys”R”Us said “kids never want to grow up.” That may be partly true, but online video gaming and phone apps have taken a huge chunk out of the physical toy market. The financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 didn’t help matters.The irony is that Toys”R”Us still sells millions and millions of dollars’ worth of toys, and toy sales rose 5 percent last year. But continued aggressive competition and the Toys”R”Us financial difficulties have taken their toll. Toys”R”Us continuing as a going concern is in doubt by most of the financial community. But there’s still hope. As of this writing, Toys”R”Us has officially announced the company’s liquidation, but it’s working on a possible plan to keep about 200 of its most profitable US stores open, according to CNBC. Can they make it? Maybe. Plans continue to evolve, and as of now, it’s unclear when exactly the doors will close.Stop Basing Your Loss Prevention Procedures on Sticky MythsBy Mike Giblin, LPRC “Wait, I’m thinking about this all wrong.” Even the most careful and logical among us catch ourselves on occasion. We thought something was true, but we learned that it wasn’t. Further, we realize that our thought process had been illogical. In some rare instances, that realization is fleeting, and we end up reverting back to what’s familiar and comfortable. Some habits, some beliefs, and some trains of thought regarding loss prevention procedures we choose to follow die hard.Take a common example. Most of us are aware that science has debunked the myth that “lightning can’t strike twice in the same place.” There are hundreds of recorded incidences proving that it can and has. In fact, it directly defies logic, not to mention defeats the purpose of lightning rods, to think that lightning won’t choose the highest and most conductive target over and over again. It’s not just untrue; it’s illogical, and we know it. Yet that truth hasn’t really stuck with us as well as the myth has.This happens for three reasons: the myth came sooner, the myth sounds right, and the myth is simpler.The “First Thing” Is Sticky. The first way that we’re able to conceptualize something in the world around us becomes our default, whether it’s true or not. Much of the first explanations presented to us were correct, like learning about light refracting to form a rainbow in grade school.Especially if It Sounds Right. Some explanations we heard first, like the stork explanation for where babies come from, are simple enough but start to attract attention as we grow our knowledge database. If it starts to sound wrong, we become willing to allocate the cognitive resources necessary to attend to it and seek to replace it with a new conceptualization. But without those red flags, myths tend to stick around. Even when you’ve heard they aren’t true.Simple Is Also Sticky. Simpler can mean more parsimonious overall, or it could mean a better fit into the rest of your worldview. It’s simpler to think that the cold weather causes us to fall ill (it doesn’t) than it is to conceptualize the seasonal lifecycles of viruses and the complex epidemiology of bacteria and the spread of disease.Five Myths That Still Inform Many Ill-Advised Loss Prevention Procedures Myth 1: Thinking a Strategy Works or Doesn’t Work Based on Anecdotal Evidence. If someone wore a seatbelt but was still injured in a car accident, we don’t say, “Seatbelts don’t work!” We know better, and yet all of us hold on to a few lurking beliefs that are predicated on a single event or a funny story. Stop and ask yourself why. Why do you think EAS is ineffective? Is it because you’ve looked at the overall statistics, or because of a small handful of events?Myth 2: An All or Nothing Mentality with Solutions. If it can’t stop everyone, it can’t stop anyone. If I can’t use it to protect everything, it’s not worth anything. All LP solutions can be defeated. Every single one. Most in multiple ways. The question is, how far can a given technology move the needle? That’s a function of both how many categories it can protect and how well it protects them. How does that compare to your current state?Myth 3: My Current Solution Stopped 0 Percent of the Thefts That Happened. It’s easy to watch endless hours of video of offenders walking right past your solution. It’s much more difficult to quantify and focus on who it successfully stopped. The consequences of removing a solution are just as important as the consequences of introducing a new one. Your loss prevention procedures should require that both are studied with the same rigor.Myth 4: Opportunity Starts at the Door. An offender doesn’t pop into existence when they walk through your door. They walked through your parking lot, they live in a community that’s likely nearby, and you’ve been touching their lives for as long as you’ve been in business. Think about it: those friendly commercials your company airs on TV, that news story saying your company is cutting 1,200 employees, their friend who works for you complaining about how they’re treated-all of these are opportunities to affect the offender’s perception of whether you are a suitable target for them.Myth 5: Offenders Are Stupid and Irrational. An irrational decision is not always indicative of an irrational decision process or of stupidity. Remember when you had that dessert you probably shouldn’t have? Looking back, that was an irrational decision. That doesn’t mean you’re an irrational person. Instead, you had competing goals: being healthy versus enjoying the moment. The second won out. Your decision process was still a rational and intelligent one, and is still one that can be studied and understood. If you understand a behavior, you can affect that behavior.To follow the sixty LP research projects that are underway from the LPRC in 2018 and to learn more about key theories, visit lpresearch.org.Rhett Asher Joins Cyber Security Firm to Develop Retail-Specific ServicesRhett AsherRhett Asher, a well-known executive in the retail loss prevention industry, has been hired as the executive vice president and director of retail solutions for Fortalice Solutions. He will be responsible for working with the Fortalice team to develop and refine service offerings specific to retailers and creating the company’s entrance strategy to the retail industry.“I could not be more thrilled about joining the Fortalice team,” said Asher. “My passion is retail and doing everything I can to help protect the people and businesses that represent this industry. Being able to work with and learn from such a talented and knowledgeable team is an exciting opportunity for me.”Fortalice Solutions was founded by former White House CIO Theresa Payton who has assembled what she believes are the sharpest minds in cyber security to protect people, businesses, and nations from the world’s most sophisticated adversaries. Fortalice services are grounded in a practical, real-world understanding of the threats in today’s environment. Payton will be a keynote speaker at this year’s NRF PROTECT conference in Dallas this June.Asher brings more than thirty years of retail operations, business development, and trade association experience in the retail industry. He has previously served as director of business development for CONTROLTEK USA; vice president of asset protection, data security, and crisis management at the Food Marketing Institute; vice president of LP for the National Retail Federation; a cofounder of the non-profit Loss Prevention Foundation; and vice president of LP for the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more