Residents turn out for Farmers’ Market in St. Mary

first_imgRelatedResidents turn out for Farmers’ Market in St. Mary FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail PORT ANTONIO – Residents from various communities in St. Mary turned out for the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) farmers’ market held last Friday March 4 at the Trinity Boxing Plant in Port Maria. The market was the third such event organised by the St. Mary Office of RADA since the start of the year, as part of the national effort to assist farmers to get rid of the oversupply of certain crops. The others were held on January 28 and February 11. Speaking to JIS News, RADA Marketing Officer for St. Mary, Alfred Dunkley, said the event was a success, with some 20 farmers from St. Mary and St. Ann participating. He said that more than 12.5 tons of produce including vegetables and ground provisions were sold. He informed that some 800 residents from across the parish made purchases throughout the day, taking advantage of the abundance of produce being sold at affordable prices. Noting that the market was better planned and more properly organised than the ones previously held, Mr. Dunkley said that every effort was made to meet the demand of patrons for more ground provisions. He informed that a fourth farmers’ market will be held on March 18, while another is being planned for April. CONTACT:  ASTON G. BAILEY                     JIS REGIONAL OFFICE Residents turn out for Farmers’ Market in St. Mary AgricultureMarch 12, 2011 RelatedResidents turn out for Farmers’ Market in St. Mary RelatedResidents turn out for Farmers’ Market in St. Mary Advertisementslast_img read more

UPDATE: Missing woman, 56, in Elkhart as been found

first_img Twitter UPDATE: Missing woman, 56, in Elkhart as been found Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – February 4, 2020 0 323 Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/Elkhart Police Department) UPDATE: Connie Spaulding has been located, according to Elkhart City Police who issued a statement on Wednesday, Feb. 5.ORIGINAL STORY: The Elkhart Police Department is asking for your assistance in locating Connie Spaulding who was listed as a missing person on Feb. 3.She was last seen walking away from her residence in the area of Elkhart Ave and Johnson St.Spaulding is a 56-year-old white woman. She’s 5’ tall and 120 lbs., with curly blonde hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a Green Bay Packers jacket with a light green knit hat and camo pants.Spaulding’s family is concerned for her welfare.Anybody with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Elkhart Police Department at 574-295-7070. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleOnline reporting available in St. Joseph County for theft, vandalismNext articleDemocrats lay big caucus egg: No results from Iowa election Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Liam Fox says media would rather Britain fail than Brexit succeed

first_imgAndrea Leadsom, the leader of the House and former environment secretary, told the BBC last month that journalists should be “patriotic” rather than question Brexit negotiations.In parliament Thursday, Fox said: “It does appear that some elements of our media would rather see Britain fail than see Brexit succeed … I cannot recall a single time in recent times when I have seen good economic news that the BBC didn’t describe as ‘despite Brexit.'” Also On POLITICO UK slated to lead EU military mission — after Brexit By Tom McTague and Nicholas Vinocur LONDON — Parts of the British media would rather see the U.K. fail than Brexit succeed, Liam Fox said Thursday.The international trade secretary told MPs he could not recall good economic news being reported without the words “despite Brexit” attached.Fox’s remarks, made during a question and answer session on trade in the House of Commons, were prompted by Conservative backbench MP Nigel Evans, who said he thought the potential for trade with Commonwealth countries post Brexit was “very exciting” but the story was being reported “very negatively” on television and in newspapers.last_img read more

In Iraqi Kurdistan, hope tainted by disappointment over European response

first_img Also On POLITICO US demands Iraqi Kurds cancel vote on independence By Nahal Toosi Kurdish party suspends activity in Turkish parliament By Carmen Paun * * *On the morning of the vote, the region’s top politicians filed into a large reception room at the Rotana Hotel, most with families in tow, to cast their ballots. Among them was Falah Mustafa, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) department of foreign relations.The voting booths were, in fact, little more than tall cardboard boxes spaced out across the patterned gray carpet. As with most buildings in Erbil, a portrait of Masoud Barzani — the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan region — hung in the lobby. The cult of personality is strong in Kurdistan.The real action took place elsewhere, at a small table draped in white cloth at the other end of the room. On it sat an inkwell and two boxes of tissues. The process was simple: a long line of voters approached the table, dipped their index finger in the ink, took their ballot paper to the booth to mark it and returned to drop their sealed vote into a large plastic box. All this took place in front of a thicket of cameras and microphones.It has taken centuries to get to this point, and the Kurds were making a show of it. One man approached the ballot box and dropped his vote inside. “Goodbye, Iraq,” he said with a smile.A young boy walks past voting booths as people cast their referendum vote at a voting station on September 25, 2017 in Kirkuk, Iraq | Chris McGrath/Getty ImagesThe referendum — which marked the culmination of a centuries-old call for independence — was controversial, to say the least. But Bakhtiyar was also keen to look to the future. “We hope that after the vote they will now support us. The Europeans must choose between the democrats of Kurdistan of the dictatorship of Turkey.”And he was clear on the benefits that an independent Kurdistan can offer the EU. “In Kurdistan we are building a democratic state — this will help the EU. What is better for Europe: For us to become a Pakistan or Afghanistan or a democratic state?”He continued: “We have proved our Peshmerga army is great. We have proved our worth in fighting terror. We are also rich in natural resources that will be beneficial for the EU. Kurdistan is in a very favorable geopolitical position, bordering Iran, Turkey and Syria, and if it becomes democratic it may well influence its neighbors.”The Kurdish region is largely secular, which would “benefit a region filled with religious and sectarian states,” he said. “We have a saying here: ‘Democracy for all, religion for individuals.’”“The European powers supported dictators in the Middle East for 100 years,” he told me, a wry grin spreading across his face. “Maybe now its time for them to experiment with supporting democracy.”David Patrikarakos is a contributing writer at POLITICO. Both the European Union and the United States want to preserve the territorial integrity of Iraq. From Berlin to Washington, the predominant fear is that Kurdish independence could further destabilize a region already ablaze with violent conflict. Threats from Baghdad of air blockades and from Turkey of a trade ban point to the potential for escalating tensions in the region.Before the vote, both the U.S. and the United Kingdom called for the referendum to be “postponed.” Germany warned against Erbil making a unilateral decision. “Redrawing the lines of the state is not the right way,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said ahead of the vote.Politicians of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) pleaded for those who did not support their bid for independence to at least refrain from overt opposition.Baghdad, meanwhile, denounced the referendum, as did neighboring Iran and Turkey. With the almost single exception of (rhetorical) support from Israel, the decision to hold the referendum isolated the Kurds utterly. Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani pressed ahead anyway.The mood on the day of the vote was jubilant. Leaving Rotana, I traveled across Erbil, its cityscape of sandy beige and gray buildings submerged in a sea of green, white and red — the colors of the Kurdish flag.But the Kurds were not entirely happy. They are pro-Western and take great care to publicize their cause and promote their image across European capitals. The tepid response emanating from Europe was a disappointment. ERBIL, Iraq — His index finger was raised skywards as if he were making tawhid, the declaration of faith that often accompanies a call for jihad. But here in Iraqi Kurdistan, the man’s gesture meant something else. His fingertip was coated in dark ink. He had cast his vote and was raising his hand proudly for all to see. It was a great inversion — a gesture not of war, but of democracy.The man was one of approximately 3.3 million inhabitants in the region to vote in a referendum on Kurdish independence. The question at hand was contained in a single sentence: “Do you want the Kurdistan region and the Kurdistani areas outside the region’s administration to become an independent state?”On September 25 — in what will be a historic day for the Kurdish peoples — that question was answered: Around 72 percent of voters turned out, and just over 92 percent voted in favor of independence. I was there to meet Mala Bakhtiyar, who heads the executive body of the party’s political bureau. His office was filled with books. There were PUK and Kurdish flags on the wall, and bowls of sweets and a patterned, wooden box of tissues of the type seen from Tehran to Beirut on the coffee table.Bakhtiyar, too, was keen to talk about Europe, and he was, initially, diplomatic. “[The EU] wants Iraq to be united, and it said nothing more, and it said it respectfully,” he said.There are two main reasons why the EU doesn’t back Kurdish independence, he said — “oil and ISIS.”“Oil is a powerful weapon to have, and Iraq has lots of it; ISIS is a threat to the EU — the war against it is finished in Kurdistan but not Iraq and Syria so they said we should wait [until that, too was completed].”Europe owes a debt to the Kurds, he told me, recalling the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement between Britain and France that redrew the map of the Middle East. “They really, really betrayed the Kurds and Palestinians,” he said. “Sheikh Mahmud [Barzani, the Kurdish leader who led a series of revolts against the British mandate in Iraq] should have been made king of Kurdistan, but instead they split the Kurdish region.”Iraqi Kurds sit in a cafe in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 26, 2017, the day after they voted in a historic independence referendum | Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty ImagesIn 1920, Britain, Italy and France promised the Kurds a referendum on independence in the Treaty of Sèvres but bowed under pressure from other Arab countries and Turkey. “Sèvres was then broken by the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne in which [Turkish leader Kemal] Ataturk separated the four parts of Kurdistan,” Bakhtiyar reminded me. At a polling station set up in the Sabat School (most votes took place in schools and other public buildings), I spoke to Rehaz Azad, a station supervisor. He, too, was disappointed with the EU’s stance on Kurdish independence.“The EU should accept and support our struggle for independence,” he said. “We suffered a lot — we were the only forces fighting ISIS [untrue but a common refrain across Kurdistan], and we welcomed millions of refugees from central and southern Iraq. We have shown what a good nation we are; the EU should welcome a country like us in the Middle East.”* * *Erbil is the home base of Barzani’s party, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).Sulaymaniyah, southeast of Erbil, is the stronghold of the region’s other major political force — the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by Jalal Talabani, who ruled Iraq between 2005-2014 and is considered the second most powerful figure in Kurdish politics after Barzani.The PUK’s headquarters sit in a large lime green building flanked by heavily armed guards on a busy street in Sulaymaniyah’s center. Its design reminded me of Soviet chic with a Middle Eastern twist.last_img read more

NRF Return Fraud Survey Seeking Input from Retail Organizations

first_imgThe National Retail Federation’s 10th annual Return Fraud Survey is currently under way, and we are looking for your participation to help provide the entire retail industry with the most complete and productive survey to date.Return fraud costs retailers billions of dollars every year and continues to present challenges for retailers and their loss prevention/asset protection teams. The methods currently being used to perpetuate return fraud are only growing more sophisticated as criminals look for new methods to return stolen merchandise, manufacture and use counterfeit receipts, or return items previously worn or used that are not defective. As a result, honest and legitimate customers often face difficulties such as shorter return windows, limitations on the types of products that can be returned, and other inconveniences as retailers attempt to respond to potential return fraud issues.Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, operating more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments and supporting one in four U.S. jobs—42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is the daily barometer for the nation’s economy.- Sponsor – As retail continues to evolve, it’s important to gather thorough and inclusive data that represents the needs and perspectives of the retail industry as a whole. In response, the Return Fraud Survey is seeking senior loss prevention executives representing the spectrum of retail to include discount stores, department stores, drug stores, supermarkets, specialty retailers, chain restaurants, internet retailers, and any and all other retail formats that experience return fraud issues to participate in the annual poll.As a thank you, those who participate by November 10 will be entered into a random drawing to receive one full registration pass to NRF Protect 2016. Your feedback is pertinent in developing best practices in all areas of retail asset protection and helping our leaders in Washington understand the gravity of some of retail industry’s issues.As to not duplicate answers from companies, only the most senior loss prevention leaders or equivalent within your company should complete the survey in order to limit responses to one per company. NRF will also make sure to send survey respondents a copy of the full report once it is released in December.The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants, and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. To learn more or to receive a PDF copy of the Return Fraud Survey, please contact Bob Moraca, vice president of loss prevention for the National Retail Federation at [email protected] You can also access the survey directly by clicking here. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Interview and Interrogation Training: Fact-Finding Interviews

first_imgThis week’s International Association of Interviewers interview and interrogation training tip provided by Wicklander-Zulawski, has Dave Thompson, CFI, introducing fact-finding interviews.A fact-finding interview, one in which we try to gather information, is extremely important in a thorough investigation. But fact-finding interviews need to be strategically planned. The investigator should do a thorough investigation–before that interview takes place–to try to identify what pieces of information that they need to fill in. Investigators should also try to determine: Are there any loopholes, exceptions, or explanations? Are there any gaps in the investigation that need to be filled?We want to make sure those gaps are filled with relevant, reliable, and truthful information. So even during a fact-finding interview, when we get additional information from the subject, it’s important that we further investigate and substantiate that admission afterward.- Sponsor – It’s also important that we do not have tunnel vision during a fact-finding interview. These interviews are intended to get as much information as possible. The more information an investigator has, the easier it should be to close a successful resolution on the case. Fact-finding interviews should include open-ended questions. Allow the subject to tell their version of the story. Listen for different words and qualifiers used by the subject so you can further probe those areas of investigation. Fact-finding interviews are more about the subject’s perception of what happened and should never be about the investigator’s tunnel vision.Fact-finding interviews are a very important part of a thorough investigation. Next time you’re in the middle of an investigation and you don’t have a ton of information or physical evidence, consider how important and how helpful it could be to talk to other employees, witnesses, and other potential victims to get more information to help solve the case.Never shortcut an investigation if your goal is to get the truth.Every loss prevention investigator should continuously strive to enhance their investigative interviewing skills as part of an ongoing commitment to best-in-class interviewing performance. This includes holding ourselves to an elite standard of interview and interrogation training that is ethical, moral and legal while demanding excellence in the pursuit of the truth. The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) and Wicklander-Zulawski (WZ) provide interview and interrogation training programs and additional guidance to investigators when dealing with dishonest employees, employee theft, sexual harassment, policy violations, building rapport, pre-employment interviewing, lying, denials and obtaining a statement.By focusing on the latest information and research from experts in the field as well as academia, legal and psychological resources, these video tips provide interview and interrogation training techniques that can enhance the skill sets of professionals with backgrounds in law enforcement, loss prevention, security, asset protection, human resources, auditors or anyone looking to obtain the truth.To learn more about interview and interrogation training and how you can further develop your professional skill sets, please visit www.w-z.com or www.certifiedinterviewer.com for additional information. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Aston Martin reveals DB9 GT, the most powerful DB9 yet

first_imgAston Martin has revealed the specifications of its latest and most powerful DB9 till date which will be launched at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed.The newly tuned 6 litre V12 engine of the DB9 GT produces 540 HP, an additional 30 HP over the previous model. It also features Jaguar’s six-speed Touchtronic II transmission.Visual aspects of the car have also been upgraded with the front getting a new splitter and the rear getting a new diffuser. The alloys also get a make-over with the new DB9 sporting new 10-spoke wheels.The infotainment system in the car gets upgraded to the company’s new AMi II. This upgrade has been done on the 2016 Vantage and Rapide S models.The DB9 GT is now available for order and the car’s base price in US is $199,950.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea fought off big Serie A trio to keep hold of Emerson Palmieri

first_imgChelsea fought off big Serie A trio to keep hold of Emerson Palmieriby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea fought off big competition to keep hold of Emerson Palmieri this summer.TMW says Juventus, AC Milan and Inter all made attempts for Emerson in the past summer.The fullback’s involvement in Chelsea’s Europa League title win last season caught the eye of Serie A clubs.But Chelsea’s high valuation – over €25m – and the club’s transfer ban, hindered his possible sale.Emerson is now in advanced talks over a new contract. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

WSJ Feds investigating Wells Fargos wholesale banking unit

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The Justice Department is investigating potential employee fraud at Wells Fargo & Co.’s wholesale banking unit, according to a published report.Citing unnamed people familiar with the probe, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that investigators are trying to determine whether management at the bank pressured employees to improperly alter customer information without consent.The investigation stems from revelations that employees in the wholesale banking unit, which caters to corporate customers, added Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other customer information to documents in a bid to beat a regulatory deadline, the newspaper said.The matter initially involved Well’s business banking group, which focuses on companies with annual sales of $5 million to $20 million, but further reviews by the bank discovered that the problems were more widespread, according to the Journal’s report.Wells Fargo declined Thursday to comment on the investigation or to go into details about what happened in its wholesale banking unit. But Wells spokesman Alan Elias said the matter involved a new process and a new required document that the bank’s employees had to complete “to help ensure we know our customers.”“We’ve recognized that in certain circumstances additional training and new procedures were needed and have now been applied,” Elias said, adding that the matter “has not negatively impacted our customers.”The Justice Department did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday.San Francisco-based Wells Fargo has been plagued by scandals in recent years, including employees opening millions of fake accounts for customers without their authorization and the bundling of auto insurance policies on to auto loans when customers did not need them.Last month, the lender agreed to pay a $2.1 billion fine to settle allegations it misrepresented the types of mortgages it sold to investors during the housing bubble that ultimately led to the 2008 financial crisis.Wells Fargo shares slid 1.7 per cent to $57.93 Thursday. The stock is down 4.5 per cent this year.last_img read more