first_imgLuepke grabs D-2 195-pound title at WIAA State Individual Wrestling TournamentBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — Spencer/Columbus Catholic junior Hunter Luepke became the first athlete in the history of the Spencer program to win a WIAA state individual wrestling title as he dominated previously undefeated Lucius Rinehart of Evansville/Albany 8-1 in the Division 2 195-pound championship match at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament on Saturday night at the Kohl Center.Luepke, who earned a fifth-place medal last season, now has a gold medal to add to his collection.Spencer/Columbus’ Hunter Luepke salutes the Rockets’ faithful at the Kohl Center in Madison after his victory in the Division 2 195-pound championship match at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.“It’s amazing,” Luepke said. “I’ve been working for it all year, pretty much all of my life. It’s finally good to get on top of the podium.”Luepke trailed 1-0 early in the second period before taking it into a different gear.Luepke earned a takedown and three-point nearfall in the final 15 seconds of the second, and he earned another takedown late in the third against Rinehart (38-1) to pull out the win.Luepke finishes the year with a 39-2 record, winning his final 16 matches of the season, including three at the state tournament.“I felt like my set-ups were good, I had him guessing the whole time, and I was always going,” Luepke said.Coach Jake Zschernitz said he saw this moment coming for Luepke as soon as he put on the Rockets’ singlet.“He felt it out a little bit, and once he got comfortable, he just continued to dominate like he pretty much has been all year,” Zschernitz said. “He’s taken it to every opponent and really getting after it.“He’s a gifted athlete and works incredibly hard. It was a given it was going to happen. We felt that it would happen, and we’re real happy for him.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_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

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#New Media#news#NYT#web YouTube has quietly begun offering a variety of movies and TV episodes available for rental at youtube.com/store. After experimenting with $5 rentals of Sundance Film Festival movies this January, the site is now offering 48 hour rentals mostly between 99 cents and $3.99. Rental fees are paid through Google Check-out. Independent, Bollywood, Manga and documentary films dominate the charts so far. We expect a formal announcement from YouTube about the store soon, we were tipped off to its opening this morning by reader Ron Ilan, creator of children’s video aggregator site creator Totol. Gigaom’s video industry blog NewTeeVee reported that YouTube expanded its rental program in February beyond the Sundance films, but didn’t make a whole lot of money on early experiments with paid viewing. Video rentals have been available in iTunes for two years now. Microsoft has also seen some success in renting videos for more than 3 years through its XBox Video Marketplace.Are you interested in renting videos from YouTube? I am. Every time I open up one of those Netflix envelopes and stick a disk into my computer, I wonder “how much longer are we going to be using these physical media to transport video?” The end is clearly in sight for that method. YouTube is a great lightweight video community. If existing channel producers leverage the rental store on occasion, it could be a nice win for everyone. Bring on the rentals!last_img read more

first_imgselena larson Tags:#IAC#Justin Matten#lawsuit#Sean Rad#TechCrunch Disrupt#Tinder#Whitney Wolfe Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tinder CEO Sean Rad didn’t say much about the recently settled lawsuit between his dating company and former marketing executive and disputed cofounder Whitney Wolfe at TechCrunch Disrupt on Wednesday. Wolfe accused cofounders Rad and Justin Mateen of sexual harassment, including a “barrage of horrendously sexist, racist, and otherwise inappropriate comments, emails and text messages.”But he did say that Mateen has resigned—something that occurred around the same time Tinder’s majority stake-holder, IAC/Interactive Corp., settled the sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit for an undisclosed amount of money. “Justin has resigned to focus on Justin,” Rad said on stage in an interview with TechCrunch reporter Jordan Crook.See also: The Bathroom Lines At Tech Conferences Could Use Some DisruptionTinder, one of the most popular free mobile dating apps in the U.S., allows users to quickly flip through photos of potential dates, using a finger to swipe right on a picture if interested, and left if not. Users who swipe right on each other’s profiles are notified of their mutual interest.Rad also avoided the question about whether or not Wolfe was a cofounder of the company. In the lawsuit, Wolfe claimed she was stripped of this credit. Additionally, Rad wouldn’t comment on the fact that the suit was settled with no admission of wrongdoing on Tinder’s part. “Whitney was hired to work on marketing,” Rad said. “She did a phenomenal job, particularly with respect to executing our strategy on college campuses.”Tinder has become a very public example of the poor treatment women in tech experience. And considering Tinder is reportedly raising another round of funding at a valuation of $750 million, Rad is likely trying to put the lawsuit behind him and the company. Instead of talking too much about the settlement, he provided some advice for startups who are building their company with friends. “When you have that kind of relationship and closeness within your team … the lines get blurred,” Rad said. “Creating boundaries earlier on would be healthy.”Boundaries? You don’t say.Rad said that in the wake of the settlement, he is working with the Tinder team to ensure everyone knows their place in the company, and is pushing forward to achieve what the company set out to do—which is enable people to date by swiping “yes” on a mobile app.Lead image by Selena Larson for ReadWrite.last_img read more

first_imgIowa has updated its rules for deducting certain depreciable business assets. Iowa conforms to recent IRC Sec. 179 deduction changes but has adopted state specific limitations on the deduction in some years.The rules also implement the new special election available to taxpayers who receive the deduction from pass-through entities. Updated examples are also included.Iowa Limitations on Deducting DepreciationThe deduction allowances for individuals and pass-through entities in Iowa are:in 2017 $25,000 limitation and $200,000 reduction limitation;in 2018 $70,000 limitation and $200,000 reduction limitation;in 2019 $100,000 limitation and $400,000 reduction limitation; andin 2020 and later the Iowa limitation are the same as Federal.The deduction allowances for corporations, and financial institutions subject to the franchise tax, in Iowa are:in 2017 $25,000 limitation and $200,000 reduction limitation;in 2018 $25,000 limitation and $200,000 reduction limitation;in 2019 $100,000 limitation and $400,000 reduction limitation; andin 2020 and later the Iowa limitation are the same as Federal.Rules 701—40.65(422), 53.23(422), and 59.24(422), Iowa Department of Revenue, effective December 26, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

first_imgTaking an exception to Wipro Chairman Azim Premji’s questioning the priorities of the government in view of the huge money spent on the Commonwealth Games, Sports Minister M S Gill on Sunday said the industry should look what it was doing for sport, before criticising.Premji in a recent article in a leading national daily had said that the thousands of crores of rupees being spent on Games could have been used for building schools and improve infrastructure in the poor parts of the country like Bihar.Gill was obviously not pleased with what Premji wrote.”Let (Indians) industry look what they are doing. The sportsperson of the country need money. My (message) for big captains (of industries) is that they should come forward,” Gill said on the sidelines of the National Sports Awards ceremony here.Sports Minister M.S. Gill.Premji, who heads India’s one of the largest software development companies, is the currently second richest person of the country with a personal wealth of USD 17 billion.The Sports Minister cited example of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates for his charity works for USA and asked the Indian industry to follow suit.”I do wish to say that the Industry should contribute towards promotion of sport and spokespersons. I look at Bill Gates. He is doing so much, lot of charities and things which interests him for America,” he said.Initially the budget of the Organising Committee was 655 crore but the total spending now is estimated to be Rs. 11,494 crore.advertisementAnd it will be close to 28,000 crore if the additional amount of Rs. 16,560, spent by Delhi government for the development of infrastructure in the capital is added.”Is this drain on public funds for the greater common good? How can we forget that we could have established primary schools and health centres in tens of thousands of villages? Can we ignore this splurge the next time a malnourished child looks at us in the eye?””India needs more schools, and the existing schools need better infrastructure and more teachers. To not have this, and to instead spend on a grand sporting spectacle sounds like we have got our priorities wrong,” Premji had written.Gill on his part, spoke about industry houses like Tata Steel Limited, who were presented ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Puruskar’ for their contribution in development of sport in the country.”We have started recognising, from last year, to recognise the industry houses (who are doing something for sport). Tata got their second award today,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit Mongolia, on Sunday visited the ancient Gandan Monastery and also presented a sapling of the revered Bodhi tree to the chief abbot of the Buddhist temple.Modi was later accorded a ceremonial welcome at the State Palace in Mongolia. The Indian prime minister told his Mongolian counterpart Chimed Saikhanbileg that India is privileged to be considered as Mongolia’s spiritual neighbour. Key agreements were also signed between the two. Here are the LIVE updates:Modi addresses Mongolian Parliament: Highlights – The convergence of Buddhism and democracy provides us a path to build an Asia of peace and cooperation, harmony and equality, says Modi.- India is the bright spot of hope to become the new locomotive for global economic momentum. – The 8 fold path of Buddha prescribes not just the path to happiness of individuals but also guide to well being of societies and nations. – In less than an year, India has emerged as one of the fastest growing major economies of the world. – A year ago, a nation of 1.25 billion people voted for change and progress in the largest democratic election in human history. – While the human bonds have been strong, our economic ties have been modest. – In turn, time and again, you have stood in solidarity with us, in the United Nations and elsewhere. – Five decades ago, we stood firmly with you, as you sought membership of the United Nations as a proud and sovereign nation. – We are celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations but our ties are timeless in spirit. advertisement- Everything I see and experience here, speaks clearly of unlimited goodwill for India, I bring greetings of 1.25 billion spiritual neighbours.- Mongolia is the new bright light of democracy in our world. – I’m deeply grateful for your generosity in hosting me on a Sunday, I’m humbled by the wonderful hospitality. – It’s an honour to address the Parliament of Mongolia, it’s a special privilege to do so on 25th year of democracy in Mongolia. – Your country reminds us how beautiful this world is, says Modi. 08:40 am: PM Narendra Modi at State Great Khural, will address Parliament of Mongolia. Prime Minister Narendra Modi.07:25 am:  We will take our economic partnership to a new level: PM Modi in Mongolia.Here is the full list of agreements signed between India-Mongolia 1. Joint statement for India-Mongolia strategic partnership.2. Air services agreement between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia.3. Agreement between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia on cooperation in the field of animal health and dairy.4 Treaty between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia on the transfer of sentenced persons5. Memorandum of Understanding between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia on cooperation in the field of traditional systems or medicine and homeopathy.6. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Justice of Mongolia for enhancing cooperation in border guarding. Policing and surveillance.7. Programme of cooperation between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia in the field of culture for the Years 2015-2018.8. Memorandum of Understanding between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia on the establishmeni of cyber security training centre in the Ministry of Defence of Mongolia.9. Memorandum or Understanding between the foreign service institute of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the diplomatic academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.10. Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the Ministry of foreign affairs of Mongolia.11. Memorandum of Understanding between the ministry of new and renewable energy of the government of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Energy of the government of Mongolia on cooperation in the field of renewable energy.12. Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation between the National Security Council of the Republic of India and the National Security Council of Mongolia.13. Memorandum of Understanding between the government of the Republic of India and the government of Mongolia on the establishment of India-Mongolia Friendship Secondary School in Mongolia14. India-Mangolia sign key agreements. Memorandum of Understanding Between Tata Memorial Centre of India and National Cancer Center of Mongolia for Gifting of Bhabhatron-II Terecobalt Unit along with a radiotherapy simulator.07:15 am: Modi is also expected to meet President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and attend a banquet lunch in his honour.07:08 am: The prime minister will also lay the foundation stone for an IT centre and attend a mini Naadam festival – a national sporting festival and watch wrestling, archery and horse racing events in an open arena.advertisement07:07 am: Modi will also address a community reception and banquet in Ulan Bator.07:00 am: Mongolia, a landlocked country between China and Russia, has a population of over 2.9 million. More than half of the population follow Buddhism, and about three per cent follow Islam and 2.2 per cent Christianity, while 2.9 per cent are Shamanist.06:55 am: Modi arrived in Mongolia from China in the second leg of his three-nation visit. This is the first ever Prime Ministerial visit from India to Mongolia pic.twitter.com/4taJE1UgUd&; Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) May 16, 2015last_img read more

first_imgBelgium moved ahead of Germany into second place in the updated FIFA rankings released on Thursday after the world champions had points devalued from last year’s triumph in Brazil.Argentina still top the rankings ahead of the European duo, with Chile, who beat Gerardo Martino’s side in the final of the Copa America last month, moving back into the top 10 at the expense of Netherlands, who fell seven places to 12th.Mexico rocketed up 14 places in the rankings to 26th after they lifted their seventh Gold Cup last month, while beaten finalists Jamaica moved up 21 places to 55th after their surprise run.Also read: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers: India announces list of 28 probablesOf the 29 matches that were played in the ranking window, 26 of them were at the Gold Cup, with fellow CONCACAF sides United States (29th), Costa Rica (38th) and Trinidad and Tobago (55th) all seeing ranking improvements following their play in America.Mexico now are the top rated side in the region, with Algeria (19th) leading the way in Africa, Iran (41st) in Asia and New Zealand (135th) in Oceania.Elsewhere, Wales moved up to a best-ever ranking place of ninth, just one spot behind rivals England.Austria (14th), Slovakia (14th), Albania (22nd), Congo (43rd) and Guam (146th) also achieved their best ever ranking.last_img read more