First Lady joins Woodley Park Primary to usher in Christmas

first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger today joined with students and teachers of Woodley Park Primary School, West Coast Berbice, Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica) to usher in the Christmas season at the school’s annual Christmas party.Students of the Woodley Park Primary School at their Christmas partyThis little boy was happy to receive his present from First Lady Sandra GrangerThe First Lady was given a warm welcome when she arrived at the school. “I’d like to thank the headmistress of Woodley Park Primary for inviting me here today… and to wish you all a very merry Christmas. I’m very happy to be here,” the First Lady said.The party opened with a medley of Christmas carols, such as “Away in a Manger” and “Joy to the World” sung by the Grade Six choir. Petite Leanna Bharrat charmed the audience with her confident recitation of the poem “The Day Before Christmas”. Her performance was quickly followed by the recitation of another poem by duo Zarefa Salick and Trishana Bharrat. The First Lady then assisted in the distribution of gifts to the children before the close of the party.Acting Headmistress Savitri Khan, Grade Six Teacher and Choir Mistress Shivonne Williams, other teachers and Carol Smith-Joseph, Regional Councillor and Administrator of the Hugo Chávez Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintegration, along with several members of staff from the Centre also attended the party.last_img read more

Whittier boy makes cut

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I was a coach for Whittier High School, and his brother played football,” John Jones said. “I guess he inherited it from me and his brother.” Jones decided to enter his son in the local contest at Adventure Park on a whim a few months ago. He said Jayson was entered to make up for being unable to play tackle football. At 9 years old, Jayson is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, too big for his age class in tackle ball. Instead, his family signed him up for another year of flag football, and enrolled him in the contest. At Adventure Park, he played against 15 other boys, ages 8 and 9. “I wanted to see how it was,” Jayson said of the competition. “I thought I wouldn’t win, because sometimes I get nervous.” But Jayson did win and qualified to compete regionally in Los Angeles. There he punted, passed and kicked against 35 other boys, and to his surprise, was given a place in the competition at Qualcomm Stadium, against four other finalists. Ralph Jones, 18, is Jayson’s brother. He practices with Jayson in the family’s backyard and accompanied the family to watch Jayson compete at Qualcomm. “I’m proud of him because he went so far,” Ralph Jones said. “He did way more than I would have done at his age. He’s a great athlete.” He also practices a lot. Jayson said he plays at least one hour every day. His father said he spends at least 10 hours a week playing football. Jayson also plays basketball and baseball, but said football (where he is most often quarterback) is his favorite. According to John Jones, he used to bring his son to practice with the Whittier High School football team. “I had no baby-sitter, so Ralphie would watch Jayson and he would play,” Jones said. “He would work out with the varsity team when he was 4 or 5.” Jayson’s distances have not been released officially yet, but John Jones said his son kicked at least 30 yards in the competition, which includes 3.4 million boys and girls ages 8 to 15, nationwide. His results from Sunday’s competition at Qualcomm will be tallied and compared to the winners for the other 31 pro teams. The four best scorers will be flown, with their parents, to the American Football Conference Championship game. Jones said he thinks his son has a good chance at qualifying. “This will boost his confidence a little more, see what kind of competition there is out there,” Jones said. Ralph Jones said he thinks his brother has a bright future in sports. “Look out when he gets to high school,” Jones said. airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photo Gallery : Whittier boy chosen for Pepsi challenge Video: Whittier boy competes in Pepsi challenge A 9-year-old Whittier boy was chosen as the representative for the San Diego Chargers this week in Pepsi’s Punt, Pass, Kick contest. Jayson Jones’ scores will be tallied against 31 others nationally, each representing a pro football team, to determine whether he will be invited to compete in the contest’s national championship. Jayson said he loves football and plays every day. His father agreed, and said the game is in his blood. last_img read more

Arsenal XI v Everton: 19-year-old starlet to start?

first_imgArsenal are looking to get their season back on track when they take on Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League this weekend.The Gunners have dropped out of the FA Cup and the Champions League in the space of a week, leaving the Premier League as their only remaining chance of silverware.They head to Merseyside without a victory in their last three league fixtures, having lost twice and drawn once since beating league leaders Leicester on February 14.The Toffees will pose a threat to Arsene Wenger’s men, and the French manager will know his team will have to deal with some of the best attacking players in the league.Wenger will know that a loss in this game may rule them out of winning the Premier League, so who will he call upon to lead the Gunners to victory?Click the right arrow above to see talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal line-up for their clash with Everton. 17. Alexis Sanchez (right wing) 11 11 11 11 11 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 11 11 23. Danny Welbeck (striker) 11 34. Francis Coquelin (defensive midfield) 4. Per Mertesacker (centre back) – check out the full line-up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 11 35. Mohamed Elneny (defensive midfield) 13. David Ospina (goalkeeper) 45. Alex Iwobi (left wing)last_img read more

Back to the future

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Young, hip and an aspiring urbanite, Brian Jones surveys his North Hollywood neighborhood with impatient optimism. By summer, tall wooden skeletons off Lankershim Boulevard will become apartment buildings. New residents will spill out onto the now wide, empty sidewalks. Red and Orange Line commuters won’t always hurry to their cars and drive away — there will be more funky shops, chic restaurants, coffeehouses, perhaps a movie theater, enticing them to stop and stay awhile. And a night on the town won’t mean driving to some other town. “I want to see more of a young, urban type of area and less of a bedroom community and less suburbia,” said Jones, 34, who bought a house near the Red Line station, takes the subway to his computer programmer job downtown and fully embraces the metropolitan vision of NoHo. “I want to go out and have a good time and just hang out after dinner For me, to get into my car to go to Hollywood and West Hollywood is a drag.” Six decades after its heyday as the Valley’s commercial center, there is a buzz around North Hollywood and a hope that this ‘burb will once again be the bustling town it once was. From the 1930s, so many new homes and businesses were built over farmland that the area became the first in the region to have number addresses. The Post Office declared North Hollywood the fastest-growing community in the nation. Business was booming, too. Rathbun’s department store on Lankershim was among the busiest independent retailers in the nation and plans were in the works for the nation’s biggest shopping center west of the Mississippi River. But by the mid-1960s, residents, business and investment began moving west to newer communities. Property values were less than half what they were in 1945. North Hollywood’s businesses began to close and the once-lively neighborhoods deteriorated. Now a long-stalled redevelopment effort is coming to fruition and a hot real estate market is fueling the NoHo renaissance. In the last two years, nearly 1,600 new residential apartments and condominiums have been built or are under construction within a half-mile of the Red Line subway station and the Orange Line busway. Some 88,000 square feet of commercial space has been built in the same area, with a new grocery store, coffee shops and restaurants planned. Private investors have spent an estimated $350 million in the community. “I am elated to see North Hollywood finally have its turn to shine,” said Robert “Bud” Ovrum, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. “It’s the classic case study of an urban village and a transit-oriented development. You look at the great cities of Europe and its residential on top of retail. It’s clearly new for Southern California sprawl, but it’s existed in other places for hundreds of years.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has singled out North Hollywood as a model for the kind of “smart growth” he wants the city to adopt to accommodate roughly 500,000 additional Angelenos that the Southern California Association of Governments predicts will inhabit the city within two decades. Think high-rise apartments, condominiums and lofts above shops. Grocery stores and movie theaters within walking distance. And public transit to whisk residents to work. The goal, planners say, is to create a community where residents can live, work, shop and socialize; where they can leave the car in the garage, forgo the backyard and use public transportation. If it works in North Hollywood, then Reseda, Canoga Park, Studio City or Panorama City could be next. “In limited areas, this is the future of the Valley,” said Cliff Goldstein, a managing partner of JH Syder, which is developing more than 740 new apartments in North Hollywood. “We’re not convincing everybody to give up their single-family home and giving up their car. We’re only looking for a small percentage of people that this lifestyle is attractive to have an impact.” The test of North Hollywood will be how it can accommodate an urban, high-rise core capable of accommodating thousands of new residents while preserving the surrounding suburban, single-family home neighborhoods of backyards and swimming pools that defined the Valley for much of the last 60 years. That balance is important to people like Cary Adams, who grew up in North Hollywood and owns a home on a quiet street there today. The Midtown North Hollywood Neighborhood Council President hopes to maintain that suburban feel he feels is threatened by encroaching apartments and traffic congestion. “We need to concentrate the development at the transportation hubs. This is exactly what we should have. We need high-density housing around the subway station to retain the funky nature of the rest of the community.” Adams also wants NoHo to have a center, like Old Pasadena or Studio City, with shopping, theater, nightlife and a park that gives North Hollywood an identity and a sense of community. “People are looking for centers. People want to be back together in communities. There’s that tendency as you get bigger, you want to be smaller,” Adams said. Look at the some of the densest cities — such as New York or Paris — they have distinct neighborhoods, each with their own center. That helps keep large cities livable and on human scale, says Julianna Delgado, a professor of urban studies and planning at California State University, Northridge, and a San Fernando Valley native. “Human beings are advanced, but socially we haven’t evolved much. We’re emotional and social. We like to gather,” Delgado explained. “Los Angeles grew so quickly that we lost the public realm. The Valley is almost 2 million people now, and we like to be able to walk, hang out and people watch.” But that comes at too great a cost, for some. Mona Gruzdis is watching her single-family neighborhood get swallowed up by apartment and condo complexes. Her corner of North Hollywood is losing the qualities that made it flourish in the 1940s — its quiet residential streets, classic homes and mature trees. In front of her 1929 Spanish-style home on La Maida Street, she points to three similar houses — all slated for demolition, including her own. In their place, a developer is planning to build condominiums. “I prefer the charm of the older houses. When they’re done, it’s going to be a big city — more traffic, less charm and more crime,” Gruzdis said. Another test of North Hollywood will be whether these new residents embrace public transportation. The urban North Hollywood model puts the subway and the Orange Line at the center, with shoppers, residents and workers able to step off transit and walk to their destination, just as people did using the Red Car trolleys before the automobile became affordable and ubiquitous. NoHo is not there yet. “I haven’t had anybody walk in and say I took the subway here. I don’t see a lot of foot traffic and I don’t see a lot of people coming to North Hollywood to shop,” said Taree Harrington, who owns the vintage clothing shop Age of Innocence on Magnolia Boulevard. But she’s hopeful. From her front window, she can see the skeletons of new apartment towers, adding some 200 units. More residents bring more services, more restaurants, more nightlife and more foot traffic. “I welcome it. It’s nice to have these things on this side of the hill.” — Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Senior Menu

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Sites closed for Labor Day holiday. Tuesday: Beef and mushrooms with pearl onions, vegetable blend California, peas. Wednesday: Boneless chicken fricassee, green beans, yellow wax beans. Thursday: Stuffed cabbage rolls, broccoli, vegetable blend California. Lunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. All meals are served with whole-grain bread, green salad, yogurt, cottage cheese or cheese stick, fruit and low-fat milk. Friday: Vegetable lasagna with fire-roasted vegetables, peas, green beans.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Choose from seven nominees for Sports Person of the Week, with O’Reilly’s

first_imgIT WAS A busy week for sport in Donegal – and we have seven nominees for this week’s Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub Sports Person of the Week, in association with O’Reilly’s.Each weekly award winner will receive a kitbag, a jacket and a bobble hat, supplied by O’Reilly’s.The award winner will be chosen via a public vote from a shortlist selected by our panel. O’Reilly’s Sportswear was founded in 2017 by well-known Twin Towns sporting brothers Steven and Martin O’Reilly.This week’s poll closes at noon on Friday – cast your vote! Please note that our voting system allows only one vote per IP address.CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTEDaniel Brennan (St Naul’s) St Naul’s ended their Intermediate Championship hoodoo on Sunday as they defeated Cloughaneely 1-10 to 0-10 in the final. Daniel Brennan arched over two superb points at the end to seal the deal. It was Brennan who scored the first half goal that ultimately proved the key score in the game.Dylan Browne-McMonagle (Letterkenny)AT Navan last Wednesday, Letterkenny jockey Dylan Browne-McMonagle bagged his first track winner when he guided 20/1 shot Jumellea to victory. Browne-McMonagle followed that up on Sunday by taking 5/4 Njord to a win at the Curragh.Natasha Kelly (Finn Valley AC)At the Donegal Novice Cross-Country Championships last Sunday in Mullaghderg, Finn Valley AC won the individual and team events in the male and female categories. An impressive display by Natasha Kelly saw her win the women’s race and also lead the way for her team.Evelyn McGinley (Termon) AFTER a four-year absence, Termon are back in the Ulster senior final again after eking out a 1-9 to 2-5 win over St Macartans on Sunday at The Burn Road. Geraldine McLaughlin did the bulk of the scoring, with a deadly 1-8, but Evelyn McGinley had a powerful hour in the maroon. McGinley had an excellent hour, constantly driving Termon forward.Caolan McGonagle (Buncrana)BUNCRANA came from four points down to defeat Letterkenny Gaels in Saturday’s Junior final in O’Donnell Park. Caolan McGonagle led the comeback for Buncrana. The Donegal player landed a couple of majestic scores at critical times and it was his lung-bursting run that teed up Darach O’Connor’s goal in added time.Caroline Sharkey (Naomh Muire Ladies) It was a historic Sunday at The Banks as Naomh Muire defeated Con Magees from Antrim to reach the Ulster Junior Ladies final. It will be Naomh Muire’s first time at provincial final level and the Lower Rosses side had to do it the hard way as they needed extra time. Caroline Sharkey scored one of the extra time goals and also hit the net in normal time.Susanne White (Killybegs)ALTHOUGH Killybegs lost out to Milford in Sunday’s minor ladies semi-final, Susanne White had the shooting boots on. White scored a stunning 3-11 for Killybegs. While Milford won 6-6 to 3-14, White’s tally was one of the weekend highlights.CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTEChoose from seven nominees for Sports Person of the Week, with O’Reilly’s was last modified: October 16th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:O’Reilly’sSports Person of the Weeklast_img read more

Cape Town Jazz Safari, with Andulela Experience

first_imgTour operator Andulela Experience offers visitors to Cape Town an interactive trip through the Cape jazz scene, which reflects life in the Mother City. (Image: Andulela Experience)• Monique Le RouxAndulela Experience+27 82 695 4 695monique@andulela.comLorraine KearneyFresh from another spectacularly successful Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Mother City is plunging into Jazz Appreciation Month, and as always, it is offering a good, jazzy night out.There are, of course, the various clubs and pubs, led by the notable The Crypt at St George’s Cathedral and Straight No Chaser in the city bowl, as well as the veteran spots like Swingers in Wetton. But for something more intimate, try a jazz safari for size.The 15th annual jazz festival took place on 28 and 29 March at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), and all tickets were sold out by 3 March, according to organisers ESPAfrika; the two-day passes for the entire festival were sold out by 7 January. It’s a popular weekend indeed.On the programme were national and international maestros, with the likes of Abdullah Ibrahim; Erykah Badu; Jonas Gwangwa; Mike Rossi Project; Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra, allowing virtuoso Marcus Wyatt to pay tribute to the original South African sextet, whose compositions they played on Saturday night; Shane Cooper Quintet; and, Jimmy Nevis among them. At 87, pianist Randy Weston led his trio towards the sublime at 2.30am on Saturday morning. But for many, the standout performance was Kyle Shepherd and Bokani Dyer.And there was the Sounds Fringe Cape Town. Though not officially part of the festival, it added to the atmosphere. There were also workshops for musicians, producers and journalists, and performances at venues around Green Market Square and at various hotels. At least 15 000 people were at the opening night, as always held in Greenmarket Square. At the main stage at the CTICC – there were five stages in all at the venue – 20 000 people turned out for the shows. On Sunday, venues in Paarl and Wynberg were included.It kicked off a good month: April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), recognised around the world, culminating in International Jazz Day on April 30.The American Jazz Museum explains that JAM highlights the glories of jazz as both “a historical and a living treasure. Here is one special month to draw greater public attention to the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz… The story of America is embedded in the spirit and rhythms of jazz; captured in beats that have travelled through the African Diaspora and a spirit of freedom that has impassioned slave and free born, immigrant and migrant since America’s founding.”Indeed, the African diaspora has brought jazz to all corners of the world, and April 30 was declared International Jazz Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in 2011. It is led by Unesco Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, the jazz muso. Osaka, Japan is the 2014 global host city. Presented each year in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the day “encourages and highlights intercultural dialogue and understanding through jazz, uniting people in all corners of the globe. The celebration is recognised on the official calendars of both Unesco and the United Nations,” says the organisation. On safariThis all makes April the best time to book a Cape Town Jazz Safari, run by Andulela Experience. Cape Town’s jazz is a special sound. Andulela explains that South African jazz was forged in a climate of rebellion. “In the Johannesburg of the forties and fifties, the swaggering, cosmopolitan sophistication of African American bebop culture was adopted wholesale by the township youth; its style and lingo becoming a form of defiance against oppression. Artists, journalists and political activists came together around the music in the shebeens of Sophiatown, where the pioneers of northern ‘marabi’ jazz were making their names.”Down south in Cape Town, meanwhile, a different sound was emerging as American sailors brought the new jazz into harbour with them. “Somewhere between the docks and the Cape Flats, it was infused with the Mother City’s own charismatic melange of musical traditions, cross-pollinating with the carnival music of the “Cape Coons” and drawing on the rhythms of Europe, Asia, and all Africa. Thus Cape Jazz came into being.”In the 1960s and seventies, many local musicians fled oppression at home, going into exile, and much of South Africa’s jazz was better known abroad. Even after the 1994 democratic elections, the Cape jazz scene remained an elusive subculture. But in the past few years, with the exiled musicians returning, it has been claiming its place in the sun.Andulela co-founder Monique le Roux says the idea is to give to travellers something they would not usually get. “We are interested in real life stories, in visiting and getting to know people in their homes and working spaces,” she explains. The company began a decade ago, offering Malay cooking safaris – essentially tours of the historical heart of the Bo Kaap and its stores, notable the spice emporium, ending with a cookery lesson led by a local woman, in her home. Then, about nine years ago, it began offering jazz tours too, taking visitors “right into the fabric of the city’s musical spirit, at the same time giving back to the local music scene”. Mac McKenzie’s goema sound was a major contributor to Cape jazz. Mac McKenzie is “a guardian of goema music and its greatest innovator to date, re-imaging the boundaries of this style”. (Image: Andulela Experience) What’s onThe first visit is to the home of a professional musician, such as well-known pianist Hilton Schilder. Dinner, drinks, and exclusive performances in their homes are followed by a trip into the city to enjoy live jazz at a nightspot, or a saunter across town for a nightcap at the home of a second musician.“We deal in universal themes – music, food, the arts. If you have something in common, it is easier to exchange,” Le Roux explains. The company has Fairtrade certification, and 80% of its business is done with families in need. “Responsible tourism is a personal passion. We try to look at how to access another culture from a different socio-economic community in a realistic way. It is a delicate balance between contributing financially and cultural interest.”The walking tour component allows the visitor to feel, smell and listen more closely. The emphasis is on fun, real-life inspirational stories: the musician also talks about life and culture. And while it is primarily a listening experience, musicians on the tour are welcome to join in and jam. Responsible experienceThe jazz safaris operate on Fairtrade principles. It has several hosts who rotate the tours between them so that work is created over a wider area. The tours take a maximum of 12 people, but the ideal for a more intimate experience is eight. Taking place in the evening, from 7pm to 11pm, they cost R895 per person.Included in the price are dinner, transport and a guide, as well as wine – though you can bring your own too. “It is even interesting for non-jazz lovers,” Le Roux points out. “You can look at it as a specialised music experience, or as a cultural experience.”The hosts are icons of jazz in South Africa, she emphasizes. As the name Andulela stresses – it is a classical isiXhosa term for “to be the first” or “pioneer” – the company is offering a first in Cape Town, while punting the idea of responsible tourism. “The tours not only benefit the hosts financially, but there is also a cultural exchange. Seeing the world through their visitors’ eyes also broadens their horizons. It is an enriching, diverse experience from many sides.“Tourism as an experience is growing in popularity, with more and more people wanting more than simply to go somewhere to lie on a beach,” she concludes.last_img read more

Small SA supplier signs deal with Massmart

first_img24 April 2014 A small factory in the Amathole District in the Eastern Cape is using green energy to manufacture cooler boxes for international retailer Massmart, bringing “significant benefits” to the regional economy, the provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism announced on Tuesday. The R4-million Ikusasa Green manufacturing plant in Stutterheim in the Amahlati District was officially opened on Tuesday by Mcebisi Jonas, the Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC. Jonas said the project was an exciting example of what could happen when a SMME partnered with big business. The plant would create 20 jobs in the Stutterheim area, with an additional 10 to 15 permanent jobs within the first two months of its operation, Jonas said.Green energy The cooler boxes, manufactured using green energy and using an innovative roto- moulded process, will be available for sale around the world, said Mkululi Pakade, a director of Ikusasa Green. The project has received an investment of R4-million from the department’s Local and Regional Economic Development (LRED) Fund, with assistance from the Massmart supplier development fund. The LRED Fund aims to support the development of new sources of economic activity in small towns as well as new technologies that include energy efficiency. “The Ikusasa project is a combination of innovation, commitment and sufficient motivation from the concerned entrepreneurs,” Jonas said. “This is a demonstration of people who have not waited for government but took the initiative to unleash the potential of business through using the available mechanisms for business support” He said “locally entrenched” industrialisation could serve to reignite the province’s manufacturing sector, which has experienced many job losses “even before the recession. Innovation The company handed over its first two cooler box units off the newly installed production line to Massmart at the opening. Ikusasa will hand over 700 units to Massmart for their initial order, worth R610 000. Moshisi Lehlongwane, supplier development manager at Massmart, said the partnership was a reaffirmation of the company’s commitment to buy from small- and medium-suppliers anywhere in South Africa. “They had the right product with innovation and not only will we list their roto- moulded cooler boxes in our stores, but we are putting them under one of our trusted brands, Camp Master. “Through our supplier development fund we have committed to work with Ikusasa Green to remove challenges such as securing the right moulds, ensuring that their factory complies with national standards, and that they have the right machinery to keep up with orders from Massmart.” SAinfo reporter and the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourismlast_img read more

Is There a Punishment for Shoplifting If Merchandise Is Recovered?

first_imgMany are under the assumption that a retailer does not sustain any damages if the merchandise stolen in a shoplifting incident is recovered in merchantable condition. However, this is not the case. Just because the merchandise is not damaged does not mean there are no legal damages.Our “Of Counsel” attorneys for each state have advised us that in order to establish an injury giving rise to a right to recovery, the retailer need only show an invasion of a legal right. Upon a showing of theft, the majority of state statutes allow a retailer to request actual damages, if any, and statutory (penalty) damages. These statutory damages help reimburse the retailer for loss of the stolen item for any amount of time and cost of business damages. In any theft incident, the retailer suffers actual and business damages in the form of lost employee time, security costs for equipment and personnel and loss of the item for the period of time that the stolen item was not available for sale to the public. Additionally, general loss control devices such as electronic article surveillance (EAS) and video camera systems can be amortized annually over their respective life expectancy and then divided by the average number of shoplift apprehensions to get an estimated “per stop” cost. These proportional costs could also be argued as additional actual damages.Even if there is no physical damage to the property and the property is returned to the retailer in merchantable condition, or restitution is paid, the retailer has nonetheless suffered a legally compensable injury in the form of an invasion of a legal right to ownership of and control over the property that was the object of the theft. This invasion of a legal right constitutes an injury and usually provides the owner of the property with a cause of action.- Sponsor – If a statute is clear on its face, you do not need to look further than the statute to understand and enforce the law.1 While many state statutes are clear regarding the retailers’ right to request statutory civil damages when merchandise is recovered in merchantable condition, there is also some particularly good case law that supports this position. For example, in Louisiana, while the statute speaks in terms of requiring an unlawful taking of merchandise from a merchant’s premises, case law suggests that even if a shoplifter does not physically remove merchandise from the store or the merchandise is returned in merchantable condition, statutory penalty damages can still be properly sought provided the individual takes possession of the property without consent and with the intent to permanently deprive the merchant of its full retail value.2 The court stated that “…the legislature obviously understood the cost to merchants to catch shoplifters, prosecute claims, and appear before the criminal courts…the legislature has allowed a civil penalty pursuant to La. R.S. 9:92799.1(A) to defray the costs that merchants incur, which is separate and apart from any cost of damage to the stolen goods and any criminal fines that may be imposed as a result of prosecution.”3Making statutory civil damages requests also helps deter future theft and shifts the tremendous cost of theft and the resulting security costs from the honest consumer (through higher retail prices) to the offenders who are creating the problem. Typically, the amount demanded by the business establishment under civil penalty statutes is not to compensate for the item, which may or may not have left the store, but for the act committed against the store. Whether the item was or was not damaged, or whether or not it was returned to the store has little, if any, bearing on the demand amount. A court in North Carolina confirmed a widely held theory that civil recovery helps spread the cost of losses while noting that the civil penalty statute “has a remedial effect in that it allows merchants to recover for their losses attributable to others’ misconduct.”4A court in Wisconsin also supported an award of legal damages when merchandise was not physically harmed when it held that the store owner was entitled to actual damages, even though the merchandise had been recovered undamaged and unused; and that the store owner could seek an award of exemplary damages including wages paid to its employees for time spent in processing retail theft, even though the customer had been subjected to civil forfeiture in the criminal prosecution for the alleged shoplifting incident.5 Similarly, a Connecticut court awarded a retailer punitive damages of $300 along with costs and attorney’s fees under C.G.S.A. § 52-564a in a case where the stolen property was recovered by the retailer.6In addition to case law interpreting civil statutes, some Attorneys General have provided opinions interpreting various civil theft statutes and given persuasive guidance regarding damage requests when merchandise has been recovered in merchantable condition. In California, one Attorney General Opinion clarified that merchandise does not need to be physically damaged in order for a merchant to recover in a civil action under the civil remedy portion of California Penal Code § 490.5.7 Furthermore, in the state of Washington, which recently amended its civil recovery statute to allow for larger civil penalty awards, the Attorney General went so far as to indicate that the penalties prescribed in both the adult civil penalty provisions and the parental civil penalty provisions clearly apply whether or not actual damages exist.8Legal Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general information purposes and is not legal advice or to be construed as legal advice. In states outside of the author’s licensure, consultations were made with Of Counsel attorneys to help ensure accuracy of the information.United States v. James, 478 U.S. 597, 606 (1986)Ourso v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 998 So. 2d 295, 301 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2008)Id.State v. Beckham, 558 S.E.2d 255, 258 (N.C. Ct. App. 2002)Shopko Stores, Inc. v. Kujak, 147 Wis. 2d 589 (Wis. Ct. App. 1998)Belli v. Kmart Corporation, 1997 WL 94257(Conn. Super.)Op. Atty Gen. Cal. No. 86-8051979 Op. Atty Gen. Wash. No. 11 Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Slack Is Releasing Botkit To Make Bots Easier To Build

first_imgWhy Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… How AI is Learning to Play with Words owen thomas These Mistakes Can Derail a Legacy Software Con… Related Posts center_img Tags:#api#April Underwood#Atlassian#Ben Brown#Dylan Field#Figma#Hipchat#HipChat Connect#Howdy#Howdy.ai#messaging apps#Slack#Slack Platform#Slack Technologies#Stewart Butterfield#Team Collaboration Slack, the increasingly popular team-messaging software, wants more developers to build apps that hook into its work-chat software.So it’s announcing new software, Botkit, to simplify the building of such apps; a directory to make it easier to find them; and an investment fund to back developers, particularly ones building apps solely for Slack. (Slack executives are expected to make the announcements at an event in San Francisco Tuesday evening.) See also: For Slack’s App Builders, The Message Is The PlatformSlack is also planning to reveal that it now has 2 million daily active users. While not all of those pay for the service, that represents a healthy audience for app developers, particularly ones that must identify groups of people working together as teams.In other words, Slack is putting together all the pieces needed for a successful platform: distribution, exposure, and tools.The Botkit And Kaboodle Slack “worked closely” on Botkit with Howdy, a startup focused on building chat-based Slack apps, according to April Underwood, Slack’s head of platform. Slack and Howdy are releasing Botkit under an open-source license.“I want every [business-to-business] and enterprise developer to have a bot, and I want that bot to be in Slack,” said Underwood in an interview Tuesday morning.Bots aren’t the only way Slack works with other apps, but they’re perhaps the most intriguing new interface Slack presents. Messaging apps in Asia have shown that users are willing to get updates and even chat with business accounts run by software. With Slack, the notion is that a user who’s chatting with colleagues can easily switch to chatting with a bot without the mental overhead of context switching.Building a bot may sound easy—we’ve been building chat bots since the 1960s, if you remember Eliza, as I do, from the days when you would type in Basic programs from printed computer books.Howdy CEO Ben Brown says it’s harder than it sounds. Coding a bot to send a user a direct message in Slack, for example, requires accessing three different APIs. And simply listening to users requires a bot to constantly monitor Slack channels and parse messages for relevance. Botkit lets developers skip that work and get down to more interesting features—what Brown calls the “functionality and personality” of bots.Brown is also hoping to set standards or “design patterns” for bots. Think of Botkit as baking in some basic etiquette for bots built on top of it. Among other idea, Brown thinks all bots should be able to exchange pleasantries like saying hello, and identify who created them and where their software is running.Underwood says that developers are already building bot-based apps for functions like expense reporting and employee feedback collection.A Platform Which Needs A Few More PlanksThis is pretty much what Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield hinted at two months ago when he said the company’s goal was to make other business apps better, not compete with them.Obviously Slack’s just getting started here. But there are a few more things Slack could be doing to jump-start development on its platform.IdentityOne example of a developer who’s gone all-in with Slack is Figma, a collaborative design app. Figma CEO Dylan Field chose Slack as Figma’s primary sign-in option. It’s easy to see why: Slack accounts usefully define the scope of a specific business team in a way that email-based options like Google Apps or Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory don’t.Underwood said that she primarily expected “Slack-first” developers to use Slack’s login service. For those developers, whose apps live as bots within Slack, it doesn’t make sense to have separate logins. But it will be interesting to see if more developers follow Figma’s example and use Slack login, not because it’s their only option, but because they see it as their best one.PaymentsSlack doesn’t make money directly from developers or apps today. But it does benefit from them. Slack strictly limits the number of “integrations,” or add-on apps, that its free users can use. So there’s a pretty direct link between how Slack makes money from paid subscribers and how many developers are building on top of Slack.Slack has a credit card on file for most if not all of its paid users. Just as with Apple’s App Store and Google Play, it’s intriguing to think what might happen if Slack started letting users buy apps instead of just install them.Slack As A ServiceWhile Botkit simplifies the building of chat bots, it doesn’t actually run the bot for developers. They still have to find a home for it, like Amazon Web Services or Heroku. Slack, whose infrastructure is finely tuned for messaging services, could offer up a version of its own infrastructure for developers. In particular, Slack might share its technologies for signaling, presence detection, and notification delivery.Chatting Up The CompetitionSlack isn’t the only player in the chat wars. Atlassian, which recently went public and is now trading at $5.5 billion, has a team-messaging service named HipChat, which is integrated into its other tools like Jira, a bug-tracking service, and its (mostly awful) wiki software, Confluence. In November, Atlassian released HipChat Connect, an API which allows developers to build more visual apps with distinctive interfaces within HipChat. As Fast Company recently pointed out, Slack and HipChat often end up courting the same developers. But overall, I suspect Slack has the better approach here, by emphasizing the primacy of the message as the universal software interface. (Indeed, Slack might be well-served by deemphasizing its geeky “slash” commands, a legacy of older chat tools that inspired Slack, in favor of chat.)It’s going to be an interesting battle for the hearts, minds, and code of developers. I imagine we’ll have a lot to chat about for a long time to come. Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…last_img read more