Indonesian activists protest China-funded dam in orangutan habitat

first_imgBanner image: A male Tapanuli orangutan in the Batang Toru forest. Image by Tim Laman via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0). Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The Chinese government plans to fund a massive hydroelectric power dam in the Batang Toru ecosystem in North Sumatra, Indonesia, where the newly described Tapanuli orangutan lives.Activists staged a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta on May 8, coinciding with a state visit by Premier Li Keqiang, to condemn Beijing’s involvement in the project.In a letter submitted by the demonstrators to the embassy, they demanded China withdraw its support for the project due to the massive environmental threats posed by the endeavor. JAKARTA — Activists in Indonesia have called on the Chinese government to withdraw funding for a hydroelectric dam that threatens to fragment the only known habitat of the most endangered great ape on Earth.Representatives of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) staged a demonstration on May 8 outside the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta in protest at Beijing’s planned funding for the $1.6 billion project, which is part of China’s Belt and Road initiative.The protesters argued that the North Sumatra Hydro Energy project threatened the Batang Toru forest in North Sumatra province, home to the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), a species described just last year but already perilously close to extinction with a population of fewer than 800 individuals. Over the course of three generations, the ape has lost 83 percent of its population as its habitat in the Batang Toru ecosystem has been fragmented.The protest coincided with a state visit to Indonesia by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, where he was welcomed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to discuss a slew of bilateral partnerships that have flourished since China introduced its Belt and Road initiative in 2013.Dana Prima Tarigan, the executive director of Walhi’s North Sumatra chapter, told reporters that the protest was meant to “convey our aspiration to save the Batang Toru forest in North Sumatra province, where China is funding the development of a hydroelectric dam.”The protesters also sought to submit an open letter to the embassy in which they asked embassy officials to facilitate talks with Chinese investors and funders of the project in order to make them aware of the environmental and social risks posed by the project.“We believe that every foreign investment in our country, whether from China or elsewhere, shouldn’t contribute to the erosion of people’s livelihoods and more importantly to the extinction of a critically endangered species,” the letter read.The protesters, however, failed to meet with embassy staff and were removed from the premises by security officers because they did not have a permit to stage a protest.Demonstrators from the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) hold a banner protesting China’s planned funding for the Batang Toru dam project in front of the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by Hans Nicholas Jong for Mongabay.Habitat fragmentationThe planned hydropower plant was announced in 2012 and will be the largest on Sumatra once completed by 2022 as planned. The Indonesian government considers it a priority project under the Jokowi administration’s wider infrastructure-building push.The project will occupy 6.45 square kilometers (2.5 square miles) of land along the Batang Toru River in South Tapanuli district. It will involve the construction of a powerhouse, a substation, headrace and tailrace tunnels, a reservoir, spillway and related infrastructure, the installation of turbines, generators and transformers, and the laying of transmission lines.Major lenders have stayed away from the project, likely because of the potential environmental damage, with the World Bank backing off from funding the project.But this hasn’t slowed down Chinese developers. The state-owned Bank of China has pledged financing for the dam, while state-owned Chinese utility Sinohydro has signed on to handle the construction.The project would dramatically change 96 square kilometers (37 square miles), or about 8 percent, of the Tapanuli orangutans’ range in the next four years, according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology. Long before the dam goes into operation, its construction would impact the orangutans’ habitat by carving through the forest to open up access roads and pathways for power lines. Such openings increase the odds that farmers will clear more land for agriculture or hunters will enter the area.“More than 50 hectares [124 acres] of forest have been cleared [for the project] and each month, the forest clearing intensifies,” Walhi’s Dana said.While an 8 percent reduction in habitat might not seem significant, the ape’s remaining habitat is already compacted into a tiny area less than a tenth the size of Sydney, Australia.“If it proceeds, the dam will flood crucial parts of the ape’s habitat, while chopping up its remaining habitat with new roads and power lines,” Jatna Supriatna, an author of the new study and researcher at the University of Indonesia, said in a statement.Land cleared as a staging area for the building of a new hydroelectric dam. New orangutan species discovered in Batang Toru, North Sumatra. They are on the brink of extinction due to a hydropower dam project. Contact: Helen Buckland SOS. Picture: Andrew WalmsleyThe project also threatens to displace indigenous communities, who refuse to sell their lands at the prices the developers have offered. Last year, a protest by locals from three villages against the development of the dam turned violent.Activists are also alarmed over the project’s environmental impact assessment, known as the Amdal, which contains disturbing details on how the dam would wreak havoc on locals’ farms, according to Dana.“The dam will siphon river water for 18 hours, so around 1,200 hectares [2,965 acres] of farms on the riverbank will be dried for 18 hours,” he said. “And then during the next six hours, the sluice will be opened, flooding the farms.”Dana said this would threaten 100,000 people whose livelihoods are dependent on the farms and other resources provided by the Batang Toru ecosystem.There are also key omissions in the environmental impact assessment document, including the fact that the project site sits on top of a tectonic fissure.“The document doesn’t mention anything about risk of earthquakes, while under the project lies the Toru [fault],” Dana said. “Meanwhile, the project includes the digging of a tunnel, which will increase the risk of an earthquake. But this risk wasn’t studied. And other risks on the loss of livelihoods weren’t studied either.”Operations from a nearby gold mine, operated by PT Agincourt Resources, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed miner G-Resources Group Ltd., could exacerbate the environmental damage from the dam, Dana said. He noted that the Amdal document contained an agreement for PT Agincourt Resources to dump its waste through the dam. In 2012, the company temporarily stopped the operation of its Martabe gold mine following an ongoing dispute with local residents over the firm’s waste management.“Once the sluice gate is opened, the waste from PT Agincourt will be dumped,” Dana said. “We can see how dangerous it is for the river ecosystem and people living on the riverbank.”Map of the Batang Toru ecosystem, home to the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) in Sumatra.Lawsuit threatDana said Walhi might file a lawsuit against the dam developer if the project went through, on the basis of irregularities in the Amdal document.“We’ll go to the state administrative court to stop the permit if the financiers don’t cancel the project,” he said. “As I said before, the Amdal document doesn’t contain any assessment on the risk of earthquakes and the impact on people living on the riverbank.”While the central government has not made a decision on the future of the project, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has acknowledged the issues and vowed an assessment of the potential impact from the power plant project on the orangutan habitat.“It’s better for all parties to sit together to share information comprehensively,” Wiratno, the ministry’s director general for ecosystem and natural resource conservation, told reporters on Tuesday. “I’m ready to facilitate the meeting [between all stakeholders].”Previously, he said he’d see the impact of the project first before deciding on whether to allow it to proceed. Animals, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Deforestation, Endangered, Endangered Species, Energy, Environment, Forests, Indigenous Peoples, Infrastructure, New Species, Orangutans, Protected Areas, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Article published by Hans Nicholas Jonglast_img read more

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Disneyland Preview — Week of October 28

first_imgRemember, Dreams Come True Fireworks1100001 As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsAt Disneyland Park, Space Mountain will be down on Wednesday to remove the Ghost Galaxy overlay, it’s a small world is closed from October 23 through some time in November, and River Belle Terrace is indefinitely closed. At California Adventure, Goofy’s Sky School is currently closed, and It’s Tough to Be a Bug! is also undergoing a brief closure from until November 3.  Everything else is currently open.As always, you can see the full slate of refurbishments by checking here.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike! Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments! Share This!Halloween season comes to a close, and Disneyland wastes no time in getting into the Christmas spirit! Read on to find out what to expect in this week’s Disneyland preview!Special Events and NotesJust a few more days in the Halloween season at Disneyland, so if you want to enjoy the seasonal treats and decor (like the incredible Haul-o-Ween overlay at California Adventure), you need to get over there soon!  Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy runs through Tuesday and will be down on Wednesday to remove the overlay and return to the classic version. Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout will continue its very popular monster-themed overlay — Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark — through Tuesday as well. In fact, while it normally only runs in the evenings, it will be in monster-mode all day on Halloween to give everyone plenty of time to get in one or two more rides for the season. Expect long lines and snag a FastPass if you can.Also, Disney’s California Adventure is currently showing a special sneak preview of Thor: Ragnarok at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. The movie opens on Friday, so it’s a great time to get in and check it out! The preview lasts about 15 minutes.Mickey’s Halloween Party wraps up this week, with the final (and only remaining) party Tuesday.  Anyone lucky enough to have tickets (it’s sold out) should check out Guy’s preview before going.It’s also the last opportunity to check out the Halloween treats. Guy has sampled them and has provided an excellent guide to the best of the best so you’ll to know where to focus your attention with the clock running down.Finally, Halloween is Tuesday, which believe it or not means that Christmas decor should be up as soon as Wednesday. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more holiday happenings are announced!CrowdsAs per usual, the weekends see the highest predicted crowds, with the week much lighter.  On the whole, though, it looks like a great week from a crowd standpoint — even the “big” crowds on the weekends are still very manageable.Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherWeather is MUCH more temperate this week after last week’s punishing heat.  The weekend is pretty warm, but the week is going to be very pleasant, with cooler temperatures and only the shadow of a chance of rain.As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsPretty light show schedule during the week, with a full battery of shows on the weekend. Note that special shows will run at Disneyland Park for Tuesday for the Halloween Party. Detailed show schedules, including smaller productions like Storytelling at Royal Theatre, can be found here. California Adventure8-118-1110-89-910-810-89-10 Fantasmic!2200002 Disneyland8-128-129-108-69-99-99-12 Admission and HoursDisneyland Park will be closing early on Tuesday for Mickey’s Halloween Party. It’s sold out, so if you don’t already have tickets, be aware that you’re not going to be able to go to Disneyland Park that night. California Adventure, however, will be open as normal.The same schedule that has been in place lately continues: Southern California Passholders are blocked out on Saturday, while Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out on Saturday and Sunday. All other Annual Passports will be honored all days of the week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Regular cost ($110 adult/$104 child) Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remaining days of the week.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: Mickey’s Soundsational Parade2211112 ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri World of Color1111111 SatSunMonTuesWedThurFrilast_img read more

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Vimeo Releases New Player with Improved Accessibility

first_imgMy Past Experiences with Vimeo CaptioningIn 2008, I started captioning videos for the short promotional videos we published on the college website. Our web team explored using Vimeo, but discovered there was no support for captions.Despite multiple messages and forum posts, I could never get a date from Vimeo support on when the captioning feature would be available on their player. We ended up using JW Player and eventually YouTube for the college videos.The New Vimeo PlayerThe new player uses HTML5, has faster playback, and better sharing options. In terms of accessibility, there are a couple issues to be worked out in the player. In the comments of Vimeo’s announcement, Jason Kiss pointed out the lack of visible keyboard focus for the player controls as well as lack of normal tab key order.Be sure to check out Vimeo’s new captions and subtitles page.Have you used Vimeo’s new player to caption your videos? Share your experience in the comments.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…RelatedKey Takeaways from HTML5 Video AccessibilityLast week I attended the HTML5 Video Accessibility: Updates, Features & Guidelines webinar from 3Play Media. Guest speaker John Foliot, W3C contributor and accessibility expert at Deque Systems, discussed guidelines for making videos accessible and shared his tips and insights on HTML5 video. Check out the recording of the webinar…In “Accessibility”Google and Adobe on Video AccessibilityThis week I attended the Google and Adobe Share Their Video Accessibility Strategies webinar from 3Play Media with guests Naomi Black, Accessibility Engineering Program Manager at Google and Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager Accessibility at Adobe Systems joining Josh Miller, co-founder of 3Play Media to discuss video accessibility strategies, impact…In “Accessibility”Accessibility in Google AppsAt the September 21, 2011 webinar, Google staff discussed the importance of accessibility at Google as well as the challenges. Naomi Black of the Google Accessibility team shared the accessibility features and functionality in Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Sites and Calendar. Google is focusing on two areas to advance accessibility for…In “Accessibility” After years of saying accessibility was on their road map, Vimeo released a new player this week with improved accessibility features, including the ability to add captions. I was thrilled when I read the news about Vimeo’s new player and I’m looking forward to working with it. According to Vimeo’s announcement, the new player provides:Keyboard navigationWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines(WCAG) AA supportBetter support for screen readersSupport for VoiceOverAbility to add closed captions and subtitles, supported in all desktop players, Mobile Safari on iOS 7, Chrome on Android tablets, and Kindle Fire.Support for SRT, WebVTT, DFXP/TTML, SCC, and SAMI formatslast_img read more

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Loyal eliminates Columbus Catholic in WIAA Division 5 girls basketball regional semifinal

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterLOYAL — Loyal started the game with a 17-3 run in the first quarter and cruised to a 51-25 victory over Marshfield Columbus Catholic in a WIAA Division 5 girls basketball regional semifinal on Friday night at Loyal High School.The Greyhounds pulled ahead 31-16 by halftime and put the game away by holding Columbus to three points in the third quarter.Loyal (21-3) will take on Abbotsford (15-9) in a Division 5 regional final Saturday night at Loyal High School.Morgan Reinwand scored 18 points to lead Loyal.Abby Baierl hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points, and Jess Trad added eight for the Dons (12-12). Columbus shot just 7 of 41 from the field and made only two 2-point baskets in the loss.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Greyhounds 51, Dons 25Columbus Catholic 3 13 3 6 – 25Loyal 17 14 7 13 – 51COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (25): Meena Thill 1-5 2-4 5, Alexandra Hutchison 0-3 0-0 0, Alishia Reigel 0-2 0-0 0, Kendra Baierl 0-1 0-0 0, Jess Trad 2-5 3-3 8, Abby Baierl 3-12 0-0 9, Natalie Pospyhalla 0-2 0-0 0, Hannah Stratman 0-7 1-2 1, Marissa Immerfall 1-4 0-0 2, Bailey Neider 0-0 0-2 0, Neale Tracy 0-0 0-0 0, Morgan Albrecht 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 7-41. FT: 6-10. 3-pointers: 5-15 (A. Baierl 3-8, Trad 1-2, Thill 1-2, Stratman 0-1, Pospyhalla 0-2). Rebounds: 25 (A. Baierl 6). Fouls: 6. Fouled out: none. Record: 12-12.LOYAL (51): Amanda Zettler 1 0-0 3, Devyn Schoonover 1 0-0 2, Jaedyn Pieper 3 0-0 0, Jaelynn Young 2 0-0 5, Morgan Reinwand 7 0-0 18, Ryleigh Wilke 0 0-0 0, Jackie McPherson 0 0-0 0, Missy Benz 2 2-3 6, Katie Hoeser 1 0-0 2, Karsyn Rueth 3 0-0 6, Amber Acker 0 0-0 0, Bailey Parker 0 0-0 0. FG: 20. FT: 2-3. 3-pointers: 9 (Reinwand 4, Pieper 3, Young 1, Zettler 1). Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 21-3.last_img read more

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Breaking News in the Industry: July 25, 2018

first_imgFamily-run store sold items shoplifted from big retailersA brother and sister who own a Somerset County, New Jersey, store and four employees were charged with running a retail theft ring in which they sold items shoplifted from major retailers like Target, Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond. David Rubin, 59, and Sheryllee Rubin, 58, both of the Somerset section of Franklin, own Everything Wireless in Franklin, authorities said. They were charged with being the leaders of an organized retail theft enterprise and being the leaders of organized crime racketeering, the county prosecutor’s said in a statement.Four employees of Everything Wireless were charged with receiving stolen property and dealing in stolen property. Lisa Rubin, 54, of Franklin; Batsheva Rubin-Rivera, 23; of New Brunswick; Andre Watts, 29, of North Brunswick, and Dunia Patricia Hernandez, 31, of Franklin. Lisa Rubin is David Rubin’s wife. Batsheva Rubin-Rivera is David’s daughter, according to prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Jeanne Trillhaase.Everything Wireless knowingly bought items from shoplifters that were stolen from stores such as Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes and Bed Bath & Beyond before re-selling them either in their store or over the internet, authorities said. In all, the store took in about $14,000 in stolen goods. The six were arrested June 4 following a seven-month investigation. Anyone with more information is asked to call  the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Burglary Task Force Unit at 908.231.7100 or Franklin police at 732.873.5533.   [Source: NJ.com]- Sponsor – Drugstore employee faces larceny chargeA drugstore employee has been arrested in Connecticut for alleged theft of prescription medications. Police say 39-year-old Samantha Jordan, of Norwalk, turned herself in Sunday in at police headquarters for an active arrest warrant in connection to prescription medications stolen at a Westport CVS pharmacy where she worked.Officers responded to a report of employee theft of the drugs on June 25, and say Jordan stole four prescriptions from the pharmacy over the course of a month. She is charged with larceny and has been released after posting a $5,000 bond. Jordan is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Court in August. An attorney for Jordan could not be immediately identified, and a working number for her home could not be found.   [Source: WTNH News8]Uber drivers accused of ‘Vomit Fraud’ by overcharged passengersSeveral Uber customers are warning their fellow passengers to check their bill after their next ride. Customers of the ride hailing service in Florida told the Miami Herald they had been falsely charged for cleaning fees of messes they never made. Drivers are being accused of “vomit fraud,” as many of the Uber drivers allegedly claim their passengers threw up in the car after being picked up from a night of partying. “It was a total fraud by two different drivers. They have everything planned for the fraud,” Miami resident William Kennedy told the Herald.Kennedy told reporters he was overcharged twice in the same night, after both drivers added $150 charges to his bill. Both Uber drivers, who each took Kennedy on a $20 ride, claimed he vomited in the two vehicles. The Miami man says it took “numerous emails” to Uber to get them to refund the $300. “I immediately contacted Uber through the app. I told them that I was alone, sober, that I was not carrying any drinks and that it was impossible for me to have caused that damage,” Andrea Pérez also said to the Herald’s Spanish language reporters. “But every new email from Uber came from a different representative and always favored the driver.”Uber had emailed Pérez a bill with a $98 cleanup charge and a photo of vomit on the seat of the SUV she had used. However, Uber reportedly never refunded the Miami woman’s money and instead her credit card company intervened to return her $98. “They’ve been doing it for a long time,” an anonymous Uber driver admitted to reporters. “Many people don’t review their emails or credit card statements, so the drivers wind up pocketing the $80 or $150.”“My advice for other people would be to take a video when you get out of your Uber,” passenger Crystal Drake told CBS Miami in 2017 after being charged $150 for another fictitious mess. “With 15 million trips a day, Uber is unfortunately not immune to these types of incidents,” Uber officials said while claiming that the “vast majority” of cleaning charges were legitimate.    [Source: CBS New York]Good Samaritan struck by vehicle during C-store theftA man was knocked to the ground by a vehicle Monday as he attempted to intervene in a theft at a Topeka, Kansas, convenience store. About 4 p.m., the Topeka Police Department responded to a theft and aggravated battery call at Murphy’s Express, 1531 S.W. Wanamaker, Lt. Aaron Jones said in a news release.Officers learned that a 58-year-old man attempted to intervene in the suspected theft. He was knocked to the ground by the suspect’s vehicle in the parking lot, causing minor injuries, Jones said. Authorities are looking for a person of interest who was captured in surveillance video. The vehicle involved is described as a late 90s dark blue Chevy Cavalier. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 785.234.0007.   [Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal] Store manager stole thousands in cash and clothingA 26-year-old man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise and cash while employed as a manager at a clothing store in Southlake Mall in Illinois. Thomas S. Poston, of Olympia Fields, was charged Friday in Lake Criminal Court with seven counts of felony theft and three counts of misdemeanor theft.Hobart police were contacted in May to investigate theft allegations at the DTLR clothing store in Southlake Mall, court records state. A loss prevention associates told authorities she learned May 16 the store was short $800 on its deposit. She reviewed surveillance footage, which showed Poston, a store manager, allegedly placing money from the store’s safe into his backpack during a May 13 shift.The loss prevention associate said she also learned Poston rang himself up for thousands of dollars in merchandise and then manually changed the price of the items so they cost almost nothing. He also substantially reduced the price of merchandise for three other employees, records state. One employee, who purchased $694 worth of store merchandise on May 18, told police he paid Poston $300 in cash for the merchandise. He said he believed Poston was using his management discount and customer coupons to reduce the items’ prices.Altogether, the store lost $11,788 in merchandise and cash through Poston’s alleged thefts, records state. Hobart Police Lt. James Gonzales said Monday his department did not pursue charges against the three employees who allegedly benefited from Poston’s thefts. “The employees thought they were just getting the manager’s discount, which is against store policy,” Gonzales said. “No state laws were violated that we could prove against them.” A warrant for Poston remained active Monday, records state. His surety bond is $50,000. A manager for the clothing store said Monday Poston and the three employees were all terminated.   [Source: NWI Times]Jersey Shore town implementing ‘zero-tolerance’ shoplifting policyOne Jersey Shore town is trying to crack down on shoplifting after a “season uptick” of local businesses getting hit. Sea Isle City Police Chief Tom McQuillen, who was sworn in earlier this year and has already tried to tighten enforcement of drinking on the beach, said in a Facebook message Friday that the department has decided to alter its policy on how it responds to shoplifting calls.“Our goal is very clear and straightforward: To reduce the incidents of shoplifting thru [sic] an educational program, followed by a zero-tolerance policy on offenders and working with the court system to hold offenders responsible to the fullest extent of the law,” McQuillen wrote. He also added that officers will be checking in with local merchants and giving them tips on how to prevent shoplifting in the first place.He also encouraged parents to talk to their kids about the consequences of stealing. The crime, McQuillen explained, can take a huge toll on businesses. “These thefts, which can be for something as simple as a stolen item of clothing, can really hurt a small business owner’s ability to stay in business,” McQuillen wrote. As previously noted, McQuillen had started his tenure as police chief by preaching a tough, no-nonsense approach. Before Memorial Day weekend, the department warned that they’d be strictly enforcing quality of life issues like open containers of alcohol and noise violations.   [Source: Philly Voice] 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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UK ambassador to US quits days after leaked cables on Trump

first_img(AP) – The U.K. Foreign Office says Britain’s ambassador to the United States has resigned just days after diplomatic cables criticizing President Donald Trump were leaked.Kim Darroch said in a letter Wednesday that even though his posting was due to end this year, he believed “in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador.”Darroch said he is “grateful to all those in the UK and the US, who have offered their support during this difficult few days.”Prime Minister Theresa May said it was a “matter of regret” that Darroch resigned.Darroch’s forthright, unfiltered views on the U.S. administration – meant for a limited audience and discreet review – appeared in leaked diplomatic documents that were published in Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper.last_img read more

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Aussie John Dawes to be India’s new bowling coach

first_imgFormer Australian first-class pacer Joe Dawes will take over as the Indian cricket team’s bowling coach after Eric Simons’ tenure comes to an end at the completion of the ongoing tour of Australia.”Joe Dawes has been appointed the Bowling Coach of the Indian team, for a period of two years,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.A right-arm paceman, Dawes represented Queensland in Australia’s domestic circuit in the late 1990s and early 2000s.The 41-year-old got into coaching subsequently and is Queensland Cricket’s player professional development manager.He has also had stints as bowling coach of South Australia and Adelaide Strikers (Big Bash League). In the 76 first-class matches he played, Dawes picked up 285 wickets at average of 25.Simons, who joined the Indian team in January 2010 for a two-year term, is also the head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Daredevils.He had been drawing criticism after Indian pacers were found wanting in the Test whitewashes at the hands of England and Australia despite helpful conditions in both the countries.last_img read more

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