Sen. Jerry Moran distributes food, thanks volunteers at Hocker Grove as part of Shawnee Mission meal program

first_imgSen. Jerry Moran Monday morning helped provide food to Shawnee Mission families at Hocker Grove Middle School, in concert with the district’s meal distribution program.As Senate Hunger Caucus co-chair and a representative of an agriculture state, Moran said he loves seeing opportunities to connect food producers to those in need. He thanked volunteers and food service employees for their efforts, and said there are always ways for those who want to help to get involved.“Generally, there are lots of opportunities for Kansans and Americans to step forward and make a difference in their community,” Moran said. “While I work at trying to make sure what we do in Washington, D.C., is helpful, we really solve problems in our communities from person to person, from charity to person who’s in trouble, who’s challenged.”The Department of Agriculture provided waivers to allow food service programs to adapt to current needs amid the pandemic, Moran said. One of these waivers open up the opportunity to all families, not just those who qualify for reduced or free lunches, he said.Moran packs a meal for a Shawnee Mission family to pick up.As Moran visits these programs — he previously visited one western Kansas — he speaks with food service program directors to determine any problems or challenges. If something needs to be changed or is slipping through the cracks, Moran said he wants to know how he can help.With families struggling across the state, Moran said hunger is an issue the community and its leaders should be able to address. Additionally, meal distribution programs provide families in need with some comfort knowing that children are still being cared for, he said.“The best solution to problems in Kansas is when we all work together,” Moran said. “This is a really good example of that.”Shawnee Mission’s meal distribution program will continue through July 24. The program takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Families receive two days of breakfast and lunch on Mondays — per child, who does not have to be present to pick up the food — and three days of breakfast and lunch on Wednesdays. Below are the meal distribution locations:Comanche Elementary, 8200 Grant StreetRosehill Elementary, 9801 Rosehill RoadShawanoe Elementary, 11230 W. 75th StreetHocker Grove Middle School, 10400 Johnson Drivelast_img read more

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GOP Convention: Doom and gloom at home, clamor for Trump

first_imgGOP Convention: Doom and gloom at home, clamor for Trump Published: July 18, 2016 10:43 PM EDT Updated: July 19, 2016 6:33 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE CLEVELAND (AP) – Painting a bleak picture of America’s future, Republicans promised a new era of security with Donald Trump as president as they opened a four-day convention against the backdrop of an unsettling summer and deep party divisions.The doom-and-gloom message was expected to be offset later Monday night by the candidate’s wife, Melania Trump, who was taking a rare turn in the political spotlight to show a kinder, gentler side of her brash husband. In an unusual step for a candidate, Trump announced he would come to Cleveland and introduce her.Mrs. Trump was the first of several family members and friends who will take the stage in Cleveland during the convention that officially kicks of the businessman’s general election battle with Democrat Hillary Clinton. But many of the party’s past and future stars are glaringly missing from the lineup, underscoring the concerns GOP leaders have with closely aligning themselves with Trump.Republican divisions erupted briefly on the convention floor Monday afternoon after party officials adopted rules by a shouted voice vote. Anti-Trump forces seeking to derail his nomination responded with loud and angry chants, though they were quickly quieted and there were no lingering signs of the protests as delegates returned to the cavernous convention hall for the evening program.Trump hoped the chaos would be little more than a footnote. Despite persistent party divisions, his campaign is confident Republicans will come together behind their shared disdain for Clinton.The theme of the opening night was “Make America Safe Again” and a parade of speakers told emotional stories about loved ones killed while serving in the military or at the hands of people in the United States illegally.Republicans also highlighted at length the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, while Clinton was serving as secretary of state. The mother of one of the victims choked back tears as she personally blamed Clinton for her son’s death and giving a false explanation for the attack.“If Hilary Clinton can’t give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency,” Pat Smith said.The convention comes amid a wrenching period of violence and unrest, both in the United States and around the world. In a matter of weeks, Americans have seen deadly police shootings, a shocking ambush of police in Texas and escalating racial tensions, not to mention a failed coup in Turkey and gruesome Bastille Day attack in Nice, France. Three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the eve of the convention’s opening day.Convention speakers relentlessly cast the troubling times as a result of ineffective leadership by President Barack Obama and Clinton, who spent four years in his administration.“Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted. Her judgment and character are not suited to be sitting in the most powerful office in the world,” said Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, according to excerpts of her speech released in advance.Clinton, during remarks Monday at the NAACP’s annual convention, said there was no justification for directing violence at law enforcement.“As president, I will bring the full weight of the law to bear in making sure those who kill police officers are brought to justice,” she said.Trump has been vague about how he would put the nation on a different course, offering virtually no details of his policy prescriptions despite repeated vows to be tough.Campaign chairman Paul Manafort said Trump would “eventually” outline policy specifics but not at the convention. However, Trump said in a Monday night interview with Fox News that his convention speech Thursday would discuss a “major, major” tax cut, immigration, getting rid of burdensome regulations and taking care of veterans.While Trump has been a highly unorthodox candidate, his convention opened in a traditional manner. Sign-waving delegates decked out in patriotic colors filled the arena, leaping to their feet in frequent bursts of applause.Yet the line-up of speakers and no-shows for the four-night convention was a visual representation of Trump’s struggles to unify Republicans. From the party’s former presidents to the host state governor, many leaders were staying away from the convention stage, or Cleveland altogether, wary of being linked to a man whose proposals and temperament have sparked an identity crisis within the GOP.That left Trump with an eclectic array of validators, including Scott Baio and Willie Robertson, star of “Duck Dynasty,” who took the stage with an American flag bandanna wrapped around his head.“No matter who you are, Donald Trump will have your back,” Robertson said as he opened the evening program.Trump’s team insists that by the end of the week, Republicans will plunge into the general election campaign united in their mission to defeat Clinton. But campaign officials undermined their own effort Monday by picking a fight with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is not attending the convention and has yet to endorse Trump.”Manafort, in remarks to reporters at a Bloomberg breakfast, called Kasich “petulant” and said the governor was “embarrassing” his party in his home state.Even some of those participating in the convention seemed to be avoiding their party’s nominee. When House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke to Wisconsin delegates Monday morning, he made no mention of Trump in his remarks.Ryan, asked at a later event whether Trump was really a conservative, said: “Define conservative; he’s not my kind of conservative.”last_img read more

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Sprinter on the start line

first_imgNETHERLANDS: Harry Hondius MSc rides the first of NS Reizigers’ new-generation of Sprinter EMUs, which are due to enter service between Den Haag and Utrecht this year.,Dutch train operator NS Reizigers will shortly take delivery of the first of 99 Sprinter EMUs which will form the next generation of rolling stock for suburban stopping trains in the Randstad region. Orders have been placed for 494 cars so far, in a mix of four-car and six-car units, but with options the fleet could ultimately reach 835 vehicles. The first order was placed in July 2005 for 18 four-car and 17 six-car sets worth a total of €248m (RG 9.05 p541). They are being supplied by a consortium of Bombardier Transportation (leader) and Siemens, whose shares of the initial order amount to €104m and €144m respectively. A further 32 sets of each type were ordered on September 21 2007, under a deal worth €163m for Bombardier and €237m for Siemens. This brings the total to 50 four-car sets designated Class 2400 and 49 of the longer Class 2600 sets, to be delivered by November 2010.These orders were placed following a European tendering procedure based on a functional specification. This was the first time since the start of 1·5 kV DC electrification in 1924 that NS did not largely engineer the EMUs itself. The last NS-engineered trains will be a final build of 50 VIRM-double-deck EMUs from Bombardier and Alstom, fitted with RMO-Stork Flexy-bogies built under licence, which are due to start rolling out of Bombardier’s Aachen works in June.Conceptually, the new Sprinter is based on Deutche Bahn’s ET425 regional EMU, of which Bombardier and Siemens have delivered 236 four-car sets since 1999. NSR wanted a ‘proven design’, but the Sprinter has been customised heavily to meet the Dutch requirements. A major change has resulted from the adoption of crashworthiness norm EN 15227, collision scenario 3m, to meet the TSI for conventional railways. Not only did this require a reinforced front end, but also strengthened car bodies. The windows and door positions are also different. The trains are the first NS multiple-units since 1937 to be built without toilets – apart from a batch of 30 old-generation Sprinters dating from 1975-80, and for the same reason. NSR regards the Sprinter as a ‘super-metro’ trainset, and given the short average journey length it felt that the space taken up, loss of a clear passage through the train and the cost, by far outweighed the advantages of providing toilets. The trains are being built to very high fire-protection standards, which will be a combination of UIC 564-2, EN 5510, level 3 and the French standard NF F16-101.As leader of the consortium, Bombardier is responsible for the vehicle engineering, and builds the bodies for the four-car units in Hennigsdorf, although the trains are finally assembled in Aachen. Bombardier is supplying the two static converters and a new generation of train control and communication system, known as Mitrac CC. This provides complete train management, fault diagnosis and track-to-train communication systems using GPRS technology. The passenger information system has been designed in detail by NS and Bombardier jointly and will provide a high degree of flexibility.Siemens is building the six-car units in Uerdingen, and is supplying all the bogies from Graz. The Sitrac traction control, the two Sibac Compact inverters per train and the six or eight water-cooled traction motors per unit are coming from Siemens’ Nürnberg plant.Bombardier-built trains 2401 and 2402 were initially tested at the 4·5 km Velten test track, along with Siemens set 2602, while 2601 will go to Wildenrath. Three of the four pre-series sets are expected to continue type-testing and commissioning in the Netherlands while series production gets underway at both Hennigsdorf and Uerdingen. Technical variationsThe bogies and gearing are largely derived from the ET425. However, the wheelbase of the Sprinter bogies has been lengthened by 100 mm to improve the riding qualities. The end motor bogies have a wheelbase of 2 300 mm and the intermediate articulation bogies are 2 800 mm. Siemens has also improved the suspension qualities of the primary springs.Here the motor is suspended from the bogie frame, and drives via a toothed coupling to a half-suspended Flender gearbox, which is supported from the frame on one side and rests directly on the axle – unlike the arrangement adopted for DB’s new ET 422 units (RG 2.08 p80).The windows are double-glazed, and Hübner double folding bellows are used between the vehicles. The Sprinters have roof-mounted Liebherr air-conditioning units similar to those of the ET425, but with increased cooling and heating capacity. The braking resistances are also roof-mounted, but most of the traction equipment is placed under the floors of the end cars. The static inverters are installed below centre cars C and D. Floor height is 800 mm above the railThe sets are equipped with Bombardier’s ATB-EG automatic train protection system, and designed to take the new ATB++ system which will providing ATP below 40 km/h and could be upgraded to ETCS standards. Cars C or D are designed to accommodate a 25 kV 50 Hz transformer or a 3 kV down-chopper, but no concrete steps have been taken as two-system operation is not envisaged for the foreseeable future. As with the VIRMs, the cost of equipping the sets to accept 25 kV was considered to be very high without any real likelihood that the Dutch system would be re-electrified at a higher voltage. Trains of up to 16 cars can operate in multiple, formed of four Class 2400 or two 2600 and one 2400. The dynamic braking is primarily regenerative, but brake resistors are fitted for use in the event of a lack of receptivity in the overhead line. Electro-pneumatic brakes are blended in below 15 km/h, or at higher speeds if the required deceleration rate is not being achieved. Each bogie is assigned its own electro-pneumatic compact control system, and the air compressor is oil-free. All wheels are braked, and the end bogies are fitted with spring-applied parking brakes. No sanding equipment or flange lubrication is envisaged, as Bombardier believes that the braking system meets the specified demands under adhesion conditions required for TSI certification. However, two magnetic track brakes are fitted on the central articulation bogie, and can be lowered pneumatically into place as required. These would be used more for cleaning the railhead than for their braking ability. Discussions with IVW will determine whether all non-driven articulation bogies (two for the 2400 and three for the 2600) should be equipped with track brakes. Bombardier has selected Lloyds Register Rail as the Notified Body for the processes required to achieve IVW approval in the Netherlands.The new Sprinter will meet the European TSI Noise standards. The author measured an interior noise level of between 62 and 65 dB(A) when running at 105 km/h. In the cab, the level was just 51 dB(A) when accelerating, but without the ventilation running. The electric motors are quite noticeable when starting and the static converters are not silent. Overall, the new trains are extremely good looking, and should be well received by passengers. The first sets are due to enter service on stopping trains between Den Haag and Utrecht in the autumn. CAPTION: Four-car Sprinter 2401 at HennigsdorfCAPTION: The cab layout is very spaciousCAPTION: The Sprinters are being delivered in four and six-car formationsCAPTION: Two of the three articulation bogies are powered CAPTION: The warm interior colour scheme is likely to be welcomed by passengers, but there are no toilet facilities on board Photo: Harrie PetersMain technical data for NS Sprinters Class 2400 Class 2600 Length over body m 68·9 100·1 Width mm 2840 2840 Axles Bo'(2)'(2)’Bo’Bo’ Bo'(Bo’)(2)'(2)'(2)'(Bo)’Bo’ Power kW 6 x 250 8 x 250 Power kW/tonne 11·62 11·36 Doors per side mm 6 x 1300 10 x 1300 Door height mm 2200 2200 Weight empty tonnes 129 176 Weight kg/m² 663 619 Seats, first class 40 56 Seats, second class 144 208 Average price 25975 €/m², including spares for 10 yearslast_img read more

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Looby rolls up to take victory

first_imgDenis Lea.The Tara Court Golf SocietySunday, Dec. 17, Green Valley – StablefordA Flight1st Nick Looby (13) 40pts 2nd Andy Featherstone (5) 37pts3rd Nick Caulfield (5) 36ptsB Flight1st Denis Lea (15) 35pts2nd Donal McGuigan (19) 34pts3rd Joe Peters (24) 32ptsIt was another cool day for golf and we again had some very good scores.  Nick Looby had his first outright win with us for this trip with an excellent forty points in A flight and as usual Andy Featherstone was in the prizes and today he was second with thirty seven, one ahead of Nick Caulfield in was third.Denis Lea was the winner in the B flight with thirty five points.  Donal McGuigan was second one point in arrears and Joe Peters was third with thirty two.For the second Sunday in a row we had no ‘2’.Tuesday, Dec. 19, Pattavia – Stableford1st Kevin Blake (8) 39pts2nd John Chambers (11) 34pts3rd Ken Hole (18) 32pts4th Russell Gilroy (18) 32ptsIt was quite a cool day today and with a very strong wind and between that and the lightning fast greens it meant that with one notable exception the scoring was low.None of that bothered Kevin Blake who was a very clear winner with a brilliant score of thirty nine points and he also had the only ‘2’ of the day.John Chambers has been playing steady since he arrived for this trip and today he was second with thirty four points, a good score under the conditions.  We then had three players on thirty two points, Sean McNamara has just arrived from Ireland just lost out on count-back to Russell Gilroy and Ken Hole.Thursday, Dec. 21, Bangpra – StablefordA Flight1st Andy Featherstone (5) 34pts2nd Shaun Merriman (11) 33pts3rd Michael Healy (14) 31ptsB Flight1st Ritchie Martin (27) 34pts\2nd Ken Hole (18) 28pts3rd Joe McArdle (16) 28ptsIt was more like the middle of low season than a few days before Xmas when we arrived here in Bangpra today to find the place deserted.  The course was in very good condition with very fast greens and as the fairways had also dried out it meant that what is a very long course was playing much shorter than usual.In the A flight, which was up to fourteen handicap, Andy Featherstone was the winner with thirty four points and posted the joint best score of the day.  Shaun Merriman came second with thirty three and we then had two players on thirty one points, Michael Healy winning the count-back over John Chambers to take the third place and he also recorded the only ‘2’ of the day.In the B flight, Ritchie Martin was a very popular winner with thirty four points and we had two players with twenty eight where Ken Hole won the count back to get second place ahead of Joe McArdle.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho: Not thinking about Madrid, I want to stay at Man United

first_img On Cristiano Ronaldo he added: “Ronaldo is one of the best players of all time, nobody can say anything else, it’s as simple as that.” Upd. on 23/10/2018 at 10:58 CEST Asked about going bak to Real Madrid, who are poised to sack coach Julen Lopetegui, Mourinho said: “No. My future is here – I have a contract and until the final of my contract I only think about Manchester United. I am happy to stay here longer than that.” Mourinho: “No pienso en el Madrid, quiero seguir en el United” IN SPORT.EScenter_img 22/10/2018 Jose Mourinho is not thinking about Real Madrid. Or at least, so he says in his press conference. The Manchester United coach spoke to the media ahead of his team’s Champions League clash with Juventus on Tuesday. Pol Ballúslast_img read more

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St Pat’s shave, to be sure!

first_imgFriday’s Shave for a Cure had an Irish flair at Lifestyle Officer. At a St Patrick’s Day function, three of…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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St. Joseph’s College, Galway Fly The Flag For The Republic Of Ireland

first_imgLIST OF PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS Christina Brothers School, Omagh, Tyrone                            Northern IrelandSt. Thomas More School                                                                EnglandYsgol Cyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr                                                WalesSt. Joseph’s College, Galway                                                       Republic of IrelandSt. Ninian’s High School, Giffnock                                              ScotlandHolyrood Secondary, Glasgow                                                    Scotland JOSEPH’S COLLEGE, GALWAY jetted off to Glasgow last evening  in preparation for the Allen McKinstry Cup which kicks off this weekend. Sunday, May 27, 2018 KO 10.30amPositional Play-Offs 1 vs 2 andTeams finishing in places 3-6 after day 2 will be paired with a team they have not yet played on day 1 or day 2.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The three day event will see the FAI Schools representatives take on two qualifiers from Scotland and Wales while they hope the results go their way for the positional play-offs on Sunday morning as the impressive Toryglen Regional Football Centre plays host. Fixtures | Toryglen Regional Football CentreFriday, May 25, 2018, KO 4.30pmSt. Ninian’s HS, Giffnock vs Ysgol Cyfun Gymraeg PlasmawrHolyrood Secondary, Glasgow vs St. Joseph’s CollegeChristian Brothers School vs St. Thomas More School Saturday, May 26, 2018 KO 10.30amSt. Ninian’s HS, Giffnock vs Christian Brothers SchoolHolyrood Secondary, Glasgow vs St. Thomas More SchoolYsgol Cyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr vs St. Joseph’s College Scotland as host nation can select two representatives to participate in the competition which will see two Glasgow based schools do battle as Holyrood Secondary and defending Champions St. Ninian’s High School selected. Other competitors include Christian Brothers School, Omagh, Tyrone (Northern Ireland), St. Thomas More School (England), Ysgol Cyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr (Wales) as well as the Galway men all in contention for title honours.Now in its eleventh year, the Republic of Ireland representatives have had some notable successes winning on three occasions.FAI Schools hosted the tournament in 2016 which saw St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny go all the way and claim glory with Douglas Community School coming runners up that season.Oranmore’s Calasanctius College were crowned Champions having captured top spot in Belfast three years ago.  Those included in the squad that day were Adam Rooney, Aaron Connolly and Ronan Manning.Previous to that, when FAI Schools last hosted on home soil in 2012, it was the turn of Ulster crew St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny taking the title as the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh facilitated the tournament with St. Joseph’s College, Galway coming a gallant fifth that year.  Stars like John Kennedy and Conor Melody lined out that weekend for the Bish and it is ironical that they’re both back in the management setup at the School now coaching the future generation.Similar to the Bish, St. Brendan’s College, Killarney have qualified twice for this tournament and were runners up four years ago and managed a fourth place finish last season.The Galway crew under the stewardship of Robert Grealish and Barry McDermott will be hoping to replicate their extraordinary Cup form with some top class performances over the coming days.Captain Gary Higgins and his charges will be looking forward to the challenge having captured the Bank of Ireland FAI Schools First Year Boys National Cup title last season which saw them qualify for this eventBuilding on their superb 2016 campaign, the same panel of players claimed National Cup success last month when they captured the Under 15 National Minor Cup, the next grade up. The momentum is with the lads now and they need to get points on the board early. The Galway side will face Holyrood Secondary in the first outing on Friday evening while they’re pipped against Welsh side Ysgol Cyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr on Saturday morning before the play-offs on Sunday.#AllenMcKinstryCupJOSEPH’S COLLEGE, GALWAY | Darragh O’Leary, Aaron McHugh, Matthew Mulvaney, Keane Griffin, Ciaran Kinsella (GK), Calum Loomes, Benicio Sehe, Brian Okoye, Aaron Kavanagh, Gary Higgins (Captain), Liam Melody, Darragh O’Malley, James Egan (GK), Adam White, Luke O’Gorman, Rory O’Brien, Conall Gallagher, Harry Browne, Churchill Idemudia, Ronan BambaraMANAGEMENT STAFF | Robert Grealish, Barry McDermott, Cathal McGinn & John Kennedy KIT MAN | Neil Alonelast_img read more

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Spurs to meet with Inter over Moussa Dembele, according to reports in Italy

first_imgTOTTENHAM will meet with Inter Milan transfer chiefs over their interest in Moussa Dembele, according to reports.Corriere dello Sport claim Piero Ausilio is heading to London to see if a deal can be done for the Belgium midfielder.4 Moussa Dembele has let his Tottenham contract run downCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe Italian paper insists the former Fulham man has told the North London side that he wants to move on.And, in reply, Spurs have slapped a £26million pricetag on the playmaker who is entering the final year of his contract.Dembele is in World Cup training camp with his national side and told Belgium reporters on Tuesday that there have been no talks over a contract extension.He said: “We have not really talked about an extension of my contract.4 Mauricio Pochettino will have the final say on the Spurs midfielderCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd4 Could Moussa Dembele have played his last game for Spurs?Credit: AFP or licensors“At the beginning of the season, I said ‘I had physical problems, I want to see at the end of the season how I feel’. That’s what the club and I decided by mutual agreement.“If we talk about a new contract in the middle of the season, it will cost energy. Imagine that a player feels not appreciated after a disappointing proposal, it can disrupt his game.DON’T BLOW MY CASH Jose Mourinho warns Man United board not to blow his budget on Gareth Bale4 Dembele is away with Belgium team-mates Kevin de Bruyne and Vincent KompanyCredit: AFP“At this moment, I am very happy at Tottenham. I do not lie when I say that I do not think about a big transfer. I want to play a World Cup and afterwards we will see.“Really, I’m not aware of the interest of other clubs. And, besides, I told my agent to wait for the summer to tell me about any offers.“For now, I’m only focussing on Tottenham. Maybe this is my last season.“Or maybe I’ll sign a new deal. We’ll see.”How to claim your FREE £10 bet1 Register for Sun Bets here2 Bet £5 or more3 Sun Bets will stick a £10 bet in your accountIs Mousa Dembele now Tottenham’s best player, even better than Harry Kane or Dele Alli?last_img read more

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Pitfalls of Business Travel

first_imgModel car on mapThese and many other expressions are used in the circles in which we travel, whether it is retail or not, whether we are young or old, new to the management ranks or a C-level executive. Everyone should understand what these expressions mean. But living up to those expectations, is entirely something else.This article is intended for the loss prevention professional, whether you are a single unit manager, district or regional level, or corporate executive. Regardless of whether you have two years experience, or 32, this is a subject we all need to think about.EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written by a senior loss prevention executive in one of the top 100 retailers in the United States. Because of the nature of the topic, getting corporate approval to publish this article under his or her name would be impossible. However, we believe the topic is important to the LP industry and, therefore, have chosen to publish this article anonymously- Sponsor – Issues of PerceptionIn our first experience in management, no matter where we started, we quickly encounter hypocrisy and issues of perception. Not that we are running for political office, but we might as well be.Excessive drinking, rich foods, and who knows what else. This can be life on the road when there is nothing better to do except work…and that can be done tomorrow or the next day, not tonight.One of our primary priorities in loss prevention is to identify employees who are doing things dishonestly or unethically, bring the behavior to light, and, in some cases, see that the employee is terminated. Then, how often do we leave work and engage in behaviors that make the employee we fired earlier that day look like a choirboy?Essentially, we are role model by day and hypocrite by night.Ask yourself this question. Have you ever read the newspaper headlines about a sports hero who does something stupid, says the wrong thing, or goes to the wrong place, damaging his career, and we mutter under our breath, “That idiot.” In fact, we may engage in similar behavior, not get caught or identified, and be completely oblivious to our own conduct…and the hypocrisy rolls on.The First-Time ManagerNow that I have sufficiently and unfairly lumped all good LP professionals in with the bad, let’s start from the beginning and set a course for behavior awareness and modification.The loss prevention executive most frequently starts his career in a single unit with a five- to six-day work week, basic store hours, a few nights here and there, a couple of overnight surveillances, and that’s about it. But soon, here comes the company traveler with news from far away places. This guy is an investigator, district or regional director, or from headquarters. He has a company credit card, a daily allocation for meals, and complete freedom to come and go as he pleases. To the store-level executive, he is “the man”—a real player.The store guy, from hereon referred to as Joey, soon starts to emulate him, talk like him, act like him, and treat him as a role model. The next thing you know they are having a beer after work, talking about life on the road, and all the stuff that has very little to do with loss prevention or the company that they work for.Soon, Joey starts imagining himself in that role. He figures a couple of good inventory results, the right connections, a good presentation or two, a handful of quality employee interviews, and the resume is complete. Time for a spin in the company car.So our guy lands the job. He is promoted in the organization, or maybe to a new company. Armed with nothing other than a briefcase and a questionable sense for prioritization, he begins his multistore career—and here is where the real story beginsLessons of the RoadThe first thing that he realizes is that it is not all that it’s cracked up to be. It can be a lonely place on the road. But he has a solution for that, he calls his wife, girlfriend, or significant other 27 times on his first day. But that starts to wear off once they have exhausted topics that range from what they ate for lunch to who was on Oprah.The next thing he discovers is that nobody is monitoring him, and he does, in fact, have the freedom that he anticipated. But is that freedom a good thing? It differs from the structured life of a single-unit manager. When are the meetings? Who to have lunch with? Conference calls? These things happen on the road, but far less frequently.He notices that his boss calls once or twice a week, checking on mostly surface issues. It soon becomes apparent that he is responsible for his own actions and that he will have to establish his own disciplines. However, he is not at that point yet. He is still searching, exploring, and learning.One of the first things he discovers is extra sleep. Most of his stores open at 10:00 a.m. He used to report for work to his single unit at 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. How else do you use those two extra hours, but for sleep?Then he learns the timing issues. Always plan and execute early checkout of the hotel. You want no checkout receipts with a 9:30 a.m. time on them. No breakfast receipts like that either. He finds that he can take advantage of the free breakfast to avoid the receipt issue entirely as well as save his allowed meal money for dinner. It is kind of like Rachel Ray’sBest Eats in Town for $40 a Day.He also learns that his boss rarely calls him on the cell or at the hotel in the early morning hours. Why? Who knows? It just doesn’t happen.All of this thought, planning, and behavior to get a couple of extra hours sleep and avoid sending emails, answering voice mails, prepping for the day, and setting priorities. Why? Because nobody told him any differentlyThe Work DayJoey arrives at his first location promptly at 10:30 a.m. Nobody notices. Nobody says anything. His boss doesn’t know. All is good. The plan works to perfection.Joey soon considers that an equal amount of planning for the end of the day should work as well, if not better. Depending on where the corporate office is located, or where his boss is headquartered, East or West Coast, dictates how long the working day will last.If Joey is based in the West with his boss in the East, Joey will be hard to find or track by cell after 3:00 p.m. Pacific time. This aspect of the home office work ethic develops due to the lack of phone calls or emails requiring an immediate response in the late afternoon. This turns into a habit that causes him to become increasingly less productive as he is left to his own devices. He wants to be managed. He wants some structure. But he just doesn’t know it yet.Some managers inadvertently foster this behavior because they are fearful of being labeled a “micro-manager.” So they steer clear of conducting the required and needed check ups, task assignments, and other management interaction that is part of their supervisory role that ensures the person works a full day. The lack of direction further encourages Joey’s behavior.Ready for the NightNow that he has managed a typically under-productive business day, it is time to get focused on his social calendar, which continues to grow in importance. You see, Joey has learned to prioritize what is important.Occasionally these “social get-togethers” will involve a fellow LP staff member, sometimes the local district sales manager, or even store associates are in play. Joey is looking for some company to alleviate the loneliness, and any port in the storm will do. The wife is 500 miles away and suspects nothing. Excessive drinking, rich foods, and who know what else are in the cards. This can be life on the road when there is nothing better to do except work—and that can be done tomorrow or the next day, not tonight.So, a late night of foolishness develops, full of comments that may come back to haunt him, behaviors that will tarnish his reputation and can not be easily corrected, not to mention the potential damage to his physical well being.This night is not an isolated incident either. It more than likely becomes a chain of behavior that folds one day over the next, week in, week out, becoming a habit that puts his health, family, and career in jeopardy.Taking ResponsibilityNow, before you think that this article is transitioning to a warm-and-fuzzy self-help piece focusing on nutrition and exercise, it is not. We need to save Joey from himself, and we cannot get there with that as a focus. The focus needs to be on us—the managers and executives responsible for the Joeys in our organization.We need to help salvage his career before it ends all too quickly. And it will end for one of a variety of reasons. It may be because the abuse is detected by an inquiry of the travel expenses or investigative surveillance by the managers who failed Joey. Sometimes, Joey himself may recognize the abusive behavior and without any will power or ability to change, he is forced to take a dramatic step. He quits, saying the travel is getting to him. What was probably getting to him is the financial trouble for the unreimbursed bar bills and other extravagances. Or his wife forces a change because he inadvertently communicates how much fun he is having away from her and the kids. If that’s the case, Joey can’t confess to the abuse to his boss, so he takes the safer path and quits, takes a lesser job, and rationalizes the reduction in travel as an improvement in the quality of life.Maybe that is the case, but it didn’t have to be that way. The loss prevention professional on the road needs coaching on how to travel, how to function away from home and office, and what he or she will encounter and how to deal with it. They need planning skills to help them manage both their business and personal life.They need tips on how to deal with the spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend, and how to be a good partner and parent who must travel often. For example, if you constantly mention how much you hate the travel or hate being away from them, they will commiserate with you and that is not helpful. Calling from a restaurant at 11:30 p.m. is a bad idea no matter how you put it—“The flight was late,” “Traffic was terrible,” “Bad weather.” It becomes just another excuse, and it wears on them. You see, they, too, are lonely, and they don’t need to hear it.On the other hand, if you catch a sporting event on the road or enjoy a great dinner, downplay it. No need to lie, just emphasize how you can’t wait to get home, because, hopefully, that is the truth.It is, however, essential to mention the importance of what you are doing, because your family needs to know that you believe in what you are doing. You are working for both your future and the collective benefit of your family. But don’t over do it. It is not necessary to call multiple times day. And gifts, such as flowers for the wife or knickknacks for the kids, are okay once in a great while, but they are expensive and unnecessary. They are perceived as you are expecting or hoping for forgiveness, and you can not keep it up over time. Once you stop bringing home a gift, they will think something is definitely wrongTraining Young ManagersI said above that those of us in management and executive positions need to be responsible for helping young professionals manage their work life on the road. How do we do that?In researching this article, I hoped to find training materials or other articles where others who are much smarter than me have compiled all the guidance necessary to help us give our people the direction they need. I found none. Perhaps you have suggestions. However we come up with the information, the loss prevention industry needs to have answers for this situation.I’ll throw out a few suggestions to start. Hopefully, you will respond with more ideas.To begin with, senior executives need to set an example. Limit alcohol consumption. Don’t dismiss erratic or unprofessional behavior as an isolated incident, and certainly don’t instigate unprofessional behavior yourself. Ensure that you treat your staff members in a business-like way, even in social settings.Dedicate time at your local and regional meetings to discuss travel and expenses and the importance of responsibility and good judgment.Develop procedures for monitoring mileage logs and post-travel expense statements. More importantly, communicate that travel and expenses are monitored for abuses as a standard rule. If travelers know they are monitored, they will develop good spending and behavior habits.  Provide alternative suggestions for promoting healthy, positive behaviors on the road. Good eating and exercise suggestions are available to help travelers maintain their physical and mental health   (see “Fitness Balance at Home and on the Road”).Living up to PerceptionThis article was not about being good at the job. Most organizations spend a lot of time, energy, and resources making sure our people are good at what they do. But there are far too many Joeys in our business, and we need to stop the trend. We need to direct them better, monitor them more closely, guide them to avoid the pitfalls that have befallen those who came before them, never assuming that they will get it on their own.They need to understand that perception is important. After all, the loss prevention industry stands for integrity in the workplace. We need to provide our people with the tools to live up to that perception, not only to those we associate with in the business world, but also those who rely on us at home, those who look up to us as Mom or Dad, and, maybe most importantly, those we look at in the mirror. 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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Employee and Accomplice Charged with Embezzling about $110K from Department Store

first_imgTwo women were charged with felony embezzlement after they told police they had worked together to steal as much as $110,000 from a James City County department store.Jessica Chenise Bartlett, 41 of York, and Tamniqua Juavonne Fields, 36 of James City, were charged with felony embezzlement and conspiring to commit larceny, according to filings in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.On November 1, both women were interviewed by James City County investigators and admitted in separate interviews they had worked together to steal merchandise from the Belk store at the WindsorMeade Marketplace in James City County, according to the court documents.- Sponsor – Fields told police she had stolen about $30,000 worth of merchandise and Bartlett said she had worked with Fields to take about $80,000 worth of merchandise since November 1, 2018, the filings said. Both women told police they had worked out a scheme where… The Virginia Gazette 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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