In the late eighties, former Leicester and Liverpool striker Emile Heskey appeared on kids TV show EMU-TV with Rod Hull and Emu.And when video of the popular player’s starring role emerged a number of years ago, it was widely shared on Facebook and Twitter.Representing the Eighth Leicester Boys Brigade, Heskey, whose name was pronounced Emily, nailed the assault course in the Emu Challenge to win money for a local bible society.Heskey has admitted it really is him in the video and later revealed he’d received some stick from Michael Bridges when the pair were playing together for Newcastle Jets in Australia.“Bridges gives me flak for being on the programme, but back then that was the biggest show for kids on telly,” he explained in 2012.“You were either on it or you were watching it.”
CASTAIC – Outside the well-traveled truck stop, a phone booth stands with a filthy paper plate and an empty soda bottle inside. The pay phone itself is nowhere to be found. Down the way, two more pay phones sit. One doesn’t take coins. The other is busted. It’s a sad state of affairs these days for the old pay phone, almost fossils in today’s world of cell phones and wireless technology. At one time, people lined up to use them. But now, these landmarks are fading from the American landscape, going the way of record players, Atari games and typewriters. “If you really needed a pay phone, you’d be in trouble,” said Brad Baker, a trucker from North Carolina with a wireless phone clipped to his ear. “They are still around. There’s just not as many as there used to be.” The 44-year-old Baker based his observation on his 2,000-mile trek across the country each week. He stops along the way in cities like Santa Fe and St. Louis – places where he used to pull over and use pay phones, before he went cellular. His conclusion rings true with reports from the pay phone industry. The number of pay phones nationwide has plummeted by half over the past nine years, with about 1.1 million of them still in operation, according to the American Public Communications Council, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association for independent pay phone operators. Cell phones are the primary reason for the pay phone decline, said Willard Nichols, president of the trade group. About 45 percent of pay phones outside convenience stores, coin-operated laundries and taco stands are run by independent operators, in some cases where Mom does the books and Dad does phone repairs. Big-time phone companies, such as MCI and Verizon, own the rest. But with the focus these days on other speedy technologies, some of these telecommunications heavyweights have less incentive to maintain their coin-operated pay phones, leaving broken ones broken, dirty ones dirty. However, the need for these phones still remains, as nearly 5.1 million American households don’t have even residential phone service, much less cell phone access. What used to be a simple stroll to the corner market to use a pay phone can now be a multimile odyssey to find one that works. The demand for reliable land lines also appears when tragedies strike, such as 9-11 or the Northridge Earthquake – times when cell phone power is immediately knocked out. Suddenly, pay phones, with zero bling, flash or rhinestone covers, become attractive choices once again. “Cell phones remained down for several weeks after Hurricane Katrina, but pay phones continued to work,” said Nichols. “So the role is different today than it was 10 years ago, but we believe it remains critical.” As familiar as pay phones are to adults, they are unfamiliar territory to today’s iPod-toting teens. Sixteen-year-olds Joslin Hadley and Kristine Covert shot quizzical looks when asked about the last time they used pay phones. It was in sixth grade for Covert, who was lost with some friends in a new part of town and had to call home from a 7-Eleven. But first they had to find change, she recalled. Hadley remembered using one as a kid with her grandmother whose car had broken down. They called an uncle to pick them up. “I use my cell phone every day,” Hadley said with a shrug. Then thinking about how much in pocket change yesterday’s pay-phoning teen would need to keep up with her own cell phone use, Hadley added, “That would cost a kid a lot of money.” While pay phones are disappearing in some places, they are remaining largely visible at airports and other travel spots where cell phone reception usually is poor, if it comes in at all. Pay phones in these locations likely have about 10 times the call volume, but they, too, are experiencing a decline in use, said Mark Gram, president of Smartstop Inc., a Portland-based company that owns pay phones in travel spots. Prison remains the only other big demand for pay phones, he said. Cell phones are also wiping out the need for all 3,100 call boxes along Los Angeles County’s bustling freeways. During the call box heyday of the early 1990s, residents made about 100,000 calls from them each month for help with flat tires and leaky radiators. Now there are about 6,000 monthly call box calls, said Kali Fogel, field operations manager for L.A. Safe, which administers the call box program. Still, as cell phones have given pay phones a run for their money, some in the industry are hoping for a comeback with new technologies, like Wi-Fi connections. About 40 pay phones recently launched at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas now also operate as Wi-Fi spots. Wal-Mart may be next in line. So anyone looking to download music or access the Internet from laptops while sitting in the parking lot there could find access points through these pay phones. “This is breathing new life into the pay phone industry,” said Torre Mercogliano, CEO of Intera Group, Inc., which works with this technology. This could help rebound pay phones from where they’ve fallen today as garbage receptacles of greasy fast-food wrappers, cigarette butts and beer bottles. Outside a coffee shop they frequent, Valencia’s Richard Stubbs, 66, and friend Gus Ruiz, 69, couldn’t recall the last time they used a pay phone. “I see a lot of kids playing with them,” Stubbs said. “A lot of times I walk by and have to hang one up.” email@example.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The girl, who had scars on her back where a potential customer stabbed her, was arrested on two prostitution warrants, one from Los Angeles and one from Palmdale, from arrests where she failed to show up in juvenile court. Timothy Goldman, 21, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property: a rented carpet shampoo machine he failed to return. Gray’s and Jones’ three children were taken into protective custody. LANCASTER – Deputies investigating drug-sales complaints at a downtown apartment found a 15-year-old runaway living with a couple who drove her to the Los Angeles area to work as a prostitute. Deputies arrested the girl, the couple and a young man who lived with them at the Beech Avenue apartment, where authorities had received complaints of drug sales. “The whole home reeked of marijuana,” Sgt. Steve Sylvies said. “We’ve been getting numerous complaints and making a lot of arrests of people purchasing rock cocaine there.” Jennifer Gray, 29, and Lee Jones, 34, were arrested on suspicion of possession of rock cocaine for sale and furnishing a child for lewd purposes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible
Kick It Out’s Troy Townsend on racism in Bulgaria vs EnglandThe Bulgarian Football Union has been charged by UEFA for the racist behaviour of their fans, throwing of objects and disruption of a national anthem, as well as showing replays on a giant screen.Bulgaria have been sanctioned for racist behaviour before, and 5,000 seats were closed off against England as punishment for the actions of their supporters in the June Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Kosovo.Mings has confirmed discussions were held at half-time over refusing to go back out for the second half.“We had a conversation regarding did we want to go back out, and everyone made a unified decision to go back out and play,” the Aston Villa defender told talkSPORT.Mings, who was making his England debut, has said he hopes what happened on Monday can be a turning point. Getty Images – Getty 2 2 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:20Loaded: 4.96%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:20 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen A spokeswoman for Bulgarian ministry of the interior said: “The operation of Sofia metropolitan police is still ongoing. At this stage four males are detained.“The work is ongoing to establish whether they were involved in this incident. The operation continues during the day.”England players Tyrone Mings, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford were among the players targeted by a section of the home support, who made monkey noises in Sofia.Further shocking scenes captured on TV saw some of the crowd doing Nazi salutes throughout the match, with fans showing complete contempt for UEFA’s anti-racism protocols.Mings made an official complaint to the assistant referee 28 minutes in, with the centre-back saying, ‘hey, did you hear that?’, to the official.Play was stopped for the first time, for six minutes, when Three Lions skipper Harry Kane and boss Gareth Southgate reported the incidents to referee Ivan Bebek and the fourth official and the game was again held up shortly before half-time. Police in Bulgaria have arrested four men in connection with the appalling racist chanting aimed at England players during the Euro 2020 qualifying match on Monday.The game was twice stopped during the first half as part of UEFA’s three-step protocol system to deal with racial abuse, and though the chants were less prevalent in the second half, they could still be heard. Getty Images – Getty Tyrone Mings was one of the players subjected to racist abuse Nazi salutes and racist chanting marred England’s thumping 6-0 win in Bulgaria “It’s happened before but we have protocols in place which helped throughout the game.“I mean it’s difficult; I don’t want to categorise the whole country by saying that its racist, but there were obviously elements of the crowd making those chants.“But the second half was a lot better.“I don’t know if it was a turning point, but hopefully.”
Hearts boss Ian Cathro remains relaxed about the criticism he faces after his side were beaten by League Two side Peterhead in the Betfred Cup. The Jam Tarts went down 2-1 to the Blue Toon at Balmoor, putting them under pressure to quality from group B.Kyle Lafferty made it four goals in three games for Hearts to level after Jason Brown headed the Blue Toon in front but Rory McAllister scored a late penalty to turn up the heat on Cathro. He said: “I’m not going to stop it so let it be. We’re disappointed and our expectations are to do better. “We need to make sure we’re ready for Saturday first and foremost. The demands we put on ourselves mean we want to beat Dunfermline but we now need to do so to progress in the competition. That’s the reality.” Peterhead boss Jim McInally was full of praise for his players.He said: “I was going to take Rory McAllister off but I remembered that if we made it to the final whistle we’d have had penalties – he’s our number one penalty taker.“I wanted the players to go out and show they can play but to win is a massive bonus. We’ve now got a chance of going through if we beat Elgin on Saturday. “Everybody had written us off and you get annoyed because you don’t get respected at this level. “I read the press today and nobody even mentioned Peterhead so I told the players to go away from here with people talking about them and they’ve done just that.”The result leaves Hearts and Peterhead level on six points going into the final fixtures on Saturday.Dunfermline, who sit top of the section on eight points, travel to Tynecastle, while Peterhead are away to Elgin. “We didn’t start particularly well and it allowed Peterhead to be motivated to keep fighting and keep pushing. “We probably got ourselves on top but we need to make better decisions to make sure we can create the opportunities and be more efficient in taking them.”He added: “We were looking to put ourselves to the top of the group and haven’t done that so we’re disappointed. “But we also respect that we have a number of new players in the team and there are relationships building.
A wanted Florida man was caught after an extensive manhunt in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday. On February 16, 2017, a park ranger pulled over a car at Little River Road near the Meigs Falls area at around 3 p.m. Officials said the adult male driver ran through the woods across Little River Road. The man was identified as Noah J. Davis of Putnam County, Florida. Authorities said Davis was wanted on an active warrant for violating parole conditions. Great Smoky Mountains officials worked with Knox, Sevier and Blount County officers throughout the night to search for Davis using canine units, aerial support, and the forward looking infrared radar to find Davis. Officials said Davis is being treated for minor injuries.
If connectivity in today’s digital world represents “everything,” then surely the opposite must be true of disconnectivity.As we immerse ourselves in the 21st century and the Internet of Things—the symbiosis between design and device—and live our lives according to the new laws of online and omni-channel retailing that are but a few steps away from artificial intelligence running our lives for us, it has become harder to remember when we did not function with such real-time immediacy.Indeed, we may have come so far into this brave new world that we can no longer function without smart technology.- Sponsor – If we were suddenly to switch them off, would we suddenly cease to function as a society, or would life simply revert to factory settings?A philosophical debate rages around the enablement of modern life as we know it and the theory that it has been subverted (or disrupted) by organized cyber gangs making use of the so-called dark web to turn connectivity into criminal gain. They are suspected of cyber warfare, the disruption of democracy, and denial of service attacks against other countries’ vital infrastructure.How would switching off the technology affect our relationship with the latest must-have generation of mobile technology? Denial of service certainly has far-reaching implications, but is everything as it seems? In a world where opposites attract, denial of service could be a force for good and put to commercial use, particularly in retail where organized retail crime gangs and opportunist thieves have had a free hand at disrupting legitimate business.Loss Prevention ApplicationsBetter still, not switching technology on in the first place could be a game-changing disruptive technology in the world of loss prevention, which arguably has not had any major developments since electronic article surveillance (EAS) debuted in the 1990s. Enter point-of-sale activation (PoSA), winner of the 2017 RILA (R)Tech Asset Protection: Innovation Award. It has been heralded as a kingmaker and the latest generation of disruptive technology.EAS relies upon a retrofit or source-tagged RF or AM device—it is a passive technology that has to be fitted to high-value merchandise. Theft of items may trigger an alarm at the EAS gate, which can lead to retrieval of the goods. But in many cases, in today’s noise-polluted world where alarms are seldom responded to, more and more items are merely written off as shrink.Point-of-sale activation, on the other hand, is a proactive technology designed to offer complete supply-chain and in-store protection against shrink. Its focus is on intelligent devices: high-value consumer electronic devices that are digitally locked at point of production and activated by a code provided on the customer receipt at the point of sale (POS).In short, the device is “dumb” or simply does not work until it is activated, rendering it useless until purchased. It allows for open display and customer interaction, but any unwanted attention by shoplifters is rewarded with blank screens and zero functionality once removed from the store.According to Professor Adrian Beck from the University of Leicester, “this is a benefit-denial technology that is digitally designed to disrupt crime by reducing the value of a smartphone from hundreds of euros to around a five-euro recycling value because it will simply not work until activated.”The technology, created by US company Digital Safety (DiSa), allows products to be serialized (uniquely identified) through the use of software and packaging changes, including the use of a GS1 data barcode. Upon scanning at the POS, the technology uniquely requires a single scan as opposed to the current industry standard of two scans. This also enhances the customer experience in speeding up the transaction in the first instance.Each barcode includes three data elements captured by the POS as part of that single scan. These data elements are sent to DiSa’s digital center, the central repository of the retailer’s transactional records, which in turn can support decisions for returns, warranty, and product care plans (PCP).Capturing the unique code—its unique digital fingerprint—at the POS also highlights the fact that any fraudulent return would be identified because it includes details of the store or online channel where it was purchased—and even if it has ever been sold, as opposed to stolen, in the first place. This eradicates those instances where shoplifters pick up the item and brazenly take it to the cashier for a refund without the receipt.“Return or refund fraud is the fastest-growing fraud, and this is a disruptive technology that puts the power back into the hands of the retailer to validate or deny the transaction; they will have all the facts available on that product at the point of sale,” said Adam Hartway, former CEO of global retail at DiSa Digital Safety USA. “This prevents people from simply grabbing something in store and taking it to the counter.”This in effect means that point-of-sale activation has the ability to be disruptive in a completely different and preventative way, which could effectively impact the illicit markets in search of stolen goods to fence or sell on. Once the technology becomes mainstream, thieves will have worked out that the return on investment for stealing the item is simply not worth the risk.“This is a game-changer as far as the illicit market is concerned,” Hartway continued. “If people do steal the items and try and sell them on unauthorized websites, for example, the fact that it does not work because they do not have an authorization code will mean that it is useless. It will kill the market.”The Journey to Point-of-Sale ActivationGetting to the point where PoSA is now—used by the largest US retailer, Walmart, and under review by a number of retailers in Europe—has been a long and circuitous journey. Embedding benefit-denial technology in process-driven devices at the point of manufacture (source tagging) has been DiSa’s goal since the early Aughts, but getting the first retailers to buy into the holistic concept was a slower burn.According to Hartway, it needed partners with vision to understand its true potential. “We have been very lucky with PoSA, but there have been learnings at every stage of the journey.”In 2009, Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, began showing an interest and began working with PoSA to help make the technology, which was still in its infancy, more scalable and affordable. It wasn’t until 2016 that the retail giant put it into a full-concept operation in Store Number 1 in Arkansas, where senior management could watch from Walmart’s head office just six miles down the road. There, the first test purchases were carried out in September 2016, more than a decade after the original concept was developed.Walmart, which previously had a policy of putting high-value items in secure cabinets, worked with some of the larger tablet manufacturers to test the technology. After a series of tentative steps, the first signs of progress were made. It was also externally tested through the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), which published positive results after single-store proof of concept and expanded store trials.Dr. Read Hayes with the University of Florida and LPRC said, “Studies show an offender steals to use or sell what they took. Taking away their motive is the key. LPRC scientists have worked on benefit-denial technology since the early 2000s. Over the years, solution providers have unsuccessfully tried to implement deployable, digital benefit denial (BD). Our research team has been working with DiSa USA and several major retail partners to implement effective, scalable, new BD technology that renders high-value electronics unusable until unlocked after a purchase. Small and large-scale LPRC testing show good effectiveness in reducing losses and boosting sales.”In terms of products point-of-sale activation can work with, retailers are only limited by their imaginations. The growth of smart technology through the Internet of Things means that most products with an on-off button have processing and communication capability.Clear MessagesThe secret to point-of-sale activation technology’s success will be in its message. The more people—honest and dishonest alike—who understand how it works, the better. Knowledge is power, which the devices cannot have until they are legitimately purchased. Thus, the ultimate result of the denial of service technology is slowing the rate of shrink.Professor Beck added, “This is a very strong technology, but in the first instance it relies upon the retailer to take a strong leap of faith. Potentially, they will lose a lot of product in the first instance until the message gets out there. But for those who hold their nerve and recognize that this is only a transitional phase, benefit-denial technology is an absolutely fascinating game changer.”Messaging is therefore everything, particularly when you are working with less-than-honest customers. To that end, DiSa is looking at its packaging and signage, including the use of strong warning colors—a waspish yellow and black, for example, to make sure the sting in the tail is obvious from the get go.Unlike CCTV, which legally requires signage to alert store visitors of its presence, there are no data protection issues with PoSA because customers are not giving away any personal data that can be stored beyond the transaction itself. The signage merely advertises the fact that their shiny new product can only work when it is legitimately processed through the POS, which relays both a positive and a negative message, depending upon the motivation of the “customer.”Where EAS has wider application-from clothing to computing and integration into RFID technology in retail—its early application shows that point-of-sale activation has deeper capabilities. EAS may alert security that an item is being stolen, but PoSA encourages customer interaction and takes away the need to raise an alarm. Going one step further, the technology can detect fraudulent returns and will have a profoundly disruptive impact on the market the thieves seek to benefit from.To use a medical analogy, taking the tablets in the short term may make sense but not in the mid- to long-term when they can do more harm than good. In the digital world, PoSA proves taking smartphones, tablets, and other intelligent products has no future and is nothing more than a prescription for failed enterprise.This article was originally published in LP Magazine Europe in 2017. This excerpt was updated February 4, 2019. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
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Mizzou Art History Professor Anne Rudloff Stanton“It’s one of the primary historical structures in Paris and probably one of the three most famous churches in Europe,” she says. “It’s not just the building that is being lost. I’m reading the stain glass windows are gone. There might be some danger to a lot of the treasures that are held in the Treasury, which include old reliquaries, sculptures and many works of art. It’s a tragedy.”About 13 million people visit the Cathedral each year and mass was still being offered there on Sundays. Renovations were underway at the church.Rudloff Stanton, who has visited the Cathedral twice, recalls the smell of the building – the old stones, the centuries of incense from church services and sweat from summer visitors.“They provide a particular kind of perfume of the past when you’re inside,” she says.Rudloff Stanton remembers the relics of the Passion of Christ. The pieces were from the Crown of Thorns and the Holy Nails claimed to be from the crucifixion cross of Jesus. She says the relics had been brought into France by Louis IX in the 13th Century and were held at an important Medieval structure, called the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.“Some of them are now in the Treasury at the Cathedral of Paris. I very much hope that they were not lost in this fire,” she says.The Cathedral was also damaged during the French Revolution in the early 19th century when Napoleon crowned himself Emperor at the Cathedral of Paris.“He cut this huge chunk out of one of the entryways so that everything would fit through that opening for his grand entry into the church,” she says.After Victor Hugo published The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Rudloff Stanton says the French began to consider the Cathedral as an important aspect of their cultural heritage.The Cathedral is one of the primary monuments in the development of French Gothic architecture. She explains the building’s pointed arches and flying buttresses inspired the design of several Midwestern churches.“There are a lot of buildings in a medieval and often a gothic style in Missouri in the late 19th and 20th centuries. There are structures in St. Louis,” she says. “For many Americans, particularly I think in the Midwest, the style of the great European churches built in the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries is really what a church looks like – the pointed arches, spires and things like that.”Rudloff Stanton says old European buildings are made of massive timber structures to support the roof and vaults. Former Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Gregg Favre, explains why Medieval structure fires are tough to fight.The cause of Monday’s fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral is unknown. (Missourinet) The most-visited monument in Paris has been extensively damaged by fire – during the Notre Dame Cathedral’s busy Easter time tourist season. Mizzou art history professor Anne Rudloff Stanton says she’s in shock the 13th century landmark is gone.
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