Outside looking in: Analyzing the four drivers below cutoff line

first_imgCONCORD, N.C. — Eight drivers will advance to the third round of the NASCAR Playoffs, and four drivers are on the outside looking in following the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Only nine points separate Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the bottom third of the playoff standings. On the heels of Jamie McMurray (final spot), Kenseth and Keselowski are one and two points, respectively, behind the cutoff mark.Here’s a quick look at the four drivers below the line:MORE: Updated playoff standings | Playoffs pulse following Charlotte9. Matt Kenseth: 3,043 points (-1 from cutoff)Kenseth, driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota, ran in the top five early at Charlotte, but finished in 11th place — his second consecutive 11th-place finish in the NASCAR Playoffs. With Talladega on the horizon, the veteran knows his team must find more speed if they are to advance to the next round.“It was really frustrating, really puzzling,” Kenseth said following the race. “We were running third that one run, catching both leaders and the end of the run thought we were pretty close, just wanted a little adjustment. I don’t really know what happened. We took off the next stop and it was just totally out of control. It was just so loose you just couldn’t drive it. We got a little bit better that last long run. We’re going to get back up in the top 10 there somewhere, it’s just I couldn’t restart either. It was just a frustrating day all around.”10. Brad Keselowski: 3,042 points (-2 from cutoff)Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Ford, completed a lackluster performance at Charlotte with a 15th-place finish — the lowest run of the current first four drivers out. He dropped nine spots from his qualifying position (sixth). The four-time Talladega winner understands what’s at stake if he turns in another average performance next weekend.“It wasn’t the day we wanted … so we’ve got two races left to go and we need to have two strong races,” Keselowski said. “It seems like Charlotte and Kansas we have just not been able to connect what we’re looking for here the last two fall races. Hopefully, we can go to Talladega and connect with what we’re looking for.”11. Ryan Blaney: 3,039 points (-5 from cutoff) Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Ford, landed his highest finish in the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs with an eighth-place run at Charlotte. He also was the first to cross the start/finish line of the current first four drivers out, but was unable to capitalize on any stage points, something the team hopes to change.“It stinks we couldn’t get any stage points, especially in that first one, but I thought we did a good job of getting better throughout the race,” Blaney said. “We were a lot better at the end of the race than what we were at the beginning. That says a lot about the team and hopefully we can keep it up and run decent the next two weeks. I’m proud of the effort to get better and the hard work, so that’s what we needed. We just need to start better.” 12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 3,034 points (-10 from cutoff)Stenhouse Jr., driver of the No. 17 Ford, squeaked into the Round of 12, but cruised to his best finish of the playoffs by finishing 13th. Like Blaney, Stenhouse Jr. did not collect any stage points in the Bank of America 500. However, moving up the grid was a crucial tactic late in the race for the No. 17 team’s success heading into Talladega – a track they know quite well.“We definitely brought a better Ford to the track this weekend than we did … at Chicago,” Stenhouse Jr said after the race in discussing the two 1.5-mile tracks. “I’m happy with our better effort. We thought if we could be 15th to 10th it would be a good day for us. We didn’t get any stage points, which was a bummer, but we rebounded there on that last restart, which was key.”last_img read more

TV Helicopter Pilot Saves Stranded Deer Blowing it off Ice

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA deer was trapped on an icy pond and couldn’t get its footing. A TV chopper pilot had the bright idea of using the blades of his helicopter to blow the deer to the shore. Sure enough, it worked!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Proposed amendments to the appellate rules

first_img9.140(c)(3), Appeal Proceedings in Criminal Cases; Appeals by the State; CommencementScrivener’s change to correct cross-reference 9.330(d), Rehearing; Clarification; Certification; Exception; Review of District Court DecisionsProhibits motions for clarification addressing three specified circumstances to reflect the holding in Jackson v. State, 926 So. 2d 1262 (Fla. 2006). RULE/FORM CHANGE 9.210(a)(5), Briefs; GenerallyClarifies that tables of contents and citations to authorities, and certificates of service and compliance are excluded from brief page computation. 9.900(j), FormsChanges to conform to Supreme Court forms changes. 9.130(a)(3)(C)(iv)Provides for a nonfinal appeal of an order determining a party’s entitlement to an appraisal under an insurance policy. Proposed amendments to the appellate rules P roposed amendments to the appellate rules The Florida Bar’s Appellate Court Rules Committee (committee) has submitted to the Florida Supreme Court its regular-cycle report of proposed amendments to the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure. The Court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendments, which are summarized below and reproduced in full online at http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the Court on or before April 1, 2008, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Steven L. Brannock, P.O. Box 1288, Tampa, FL 33601-1288, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case for June. Further, if comments are directed toward the proposed amendment to Rule 9.130(a)(3)(C)(ii), Proceedings to Review Non-final Orders and Specified Final Orders; Applicability, the certificate of service shall also verify that a copy has been served on the proponent of the amendment, Gregory Grossman, Astigarraga, Davis, Mullins, & Grossman, P.A., 701 Brickell Ave., 16th Fl, Miami, FL 33131. If comments are directed toward the proposed amendment to Rule 9.210(a)(5), Briefs; Generally, the certificate of service shall also verify that a copy has been served on the proponent of the amendment, Louis K. Rosenbloum, 4300 Bayou Blvd., Suite 36, Pensacola, FL 32503-2671. If comments are directed toward the proposed amendment to Rule 9.310(b)(2), Stay Pending Review; Exceptions; Public Bodies; Public Officers, the certificate of service shall also verify that a copy has been served on the proponent of the amendment, Lawrence Sellers, Holland and Knight LLP, P.O. Box 810, Tallahassee, FL 32302-0810. If comments are directed toward the proposed amendment to Rule 9.430, Proceedings by Indigents, the certificate of service shall also verify that a copy has been served on the proponent of the amendment, Nancy S. Isenberg, Senior Trial Court Staff Attorney, Second Judicial Circuit, Room 342, Leon County Courthouse, 301 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301. The committee chair has until April 21, 2008, to file a response to any comments filed with the Court. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s administrative order In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA RULES OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE, CASE NO. 08-147 9.130 Proceedings to Review Non-final Orders and Specified Final Orders; Applicability – (a)(3)(C)(ii)Allows appeals from nonfinal orders granting, modifying, dissolving, or refusing to grant, modify, or dissolve writs of replevin, garnishment or attachment. 9.200(a)(3), The Record; ContentsScrivener’s change to correct cross-reference. March 1, 2008 Regular News 9.310(b)(2), Stay Pending Review; Exceptions; Public Bodies; Public OfficersEliminates an inconsistency with F.S. Chapter 120, and clarifies that no automatic stay may be had when a notice for stay is filed in administrative actions under the Administrative Procedure Act, when public bodies or public officers seek review. 9.800, Uniform Citation SystemScrivener’s change to correct cross-reference. 9.600(d), Jurisdiction of Lower Tribunal Pending ReviewScrivener’s change to correct cross-reference. 9.370, Amicus CuriaeAdds a new subdivision to allow potential amici, when a party has invoked the discretionary jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, to file a notice of intent to file an amicus brief on the merits should the court accept jurisdiction. 9.430, Proceedings by IndigentsChanges to reflect different treatment of original proceedings from appeals under this rule and changes to conform rule to statutory and Supreme Court forms changes. Scrivener’s change to correct cross-reference. 9.130(a)(5)Clarifies rule by referencing the right to immediate review of any authorized motion for relief from judgment rather than specifically identifying a particular rule. Clarifies that motions for rehearing directed to orders under the rule will not toll the time for filing a notice of appeal. 9.050, Maintaining Privacy of Personal Data New rule protecting privacy of personal data -prohibiting counsel from including certain information in briefs, petitions, replies, motions, notices, responses and attachments. 9.010, Effective Date and ScopeScrivener’s change to correct cross-reference.last_img read more

Why are blacks at higher risk for cognitive impairment?

first_imgLinkedIn Share Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img Social and economic disadvantages play a significant role in why blacks face a much higher risk than whites of developing cognitive impairment later in life, indicates a national study led by a Michigan State University sociologist.The odds that blacks will develop cognitive impairment, including dementia, in later life were 2.52 times greater than the odds for whites. Much of that racial disparity was explained by childhood disadvantages, such as growing up poor and in the segregated South, and lower socioeconomic status in adulthood, particularly educational attainment.Surprisingly, racial differences in health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, and health behaviors, such as smoking and drinking, did not explain much of the racial gap in cognitive impairment, said Zhenmei Zhang, MSU associate professor of sociology. While the findings do not fully explain blacks’ higher risk of cognitive impairment, they point to a strong need for policymakers to focus more on reducing racial gaps in socioeconomic resources over the lifespan, she said. The federally funded study is published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.“Social policies such as increasing educational resources in low-income communities, providing economic support to poor students and their families, improving graduation rates in high schools and colleges, and eliminating discrimination against blacks in the job market may significantly reduce racial disparities in cognitive impairment in later life,” Zhang said.Zhang and colleagues analyzed survey data from 8,946 participants in the Health and Retirement Study. The information was collected in multiple waves over a 12-year period (1998-2010); participants were aged 65 or older at the start of the study.Once the researchers took into account the various socioeconomic factors, which include childhood disadvantages, the odds ratio of cognitive impairment between blacks and whites – or the racial gap – was reduced considerably, from 2.52 to 1.45. That means socioeconomic factors explained a significant amount of the racial gap.Cognitive impairment among the elderly is a growing problem – spending on dementia care alone exceeds $100 billion a year in the United States – but it hits blacks particularly hard, Zhang noted. The Alzheimer’s Association has identified Alzheimer’s disease among blacks as an emerging public health crisis.“As people live longer and longer, it becomes an even bigger issue,” Zhang said. Emaillast_img read more

Today in sports history – 26 March

first_imgAs sport grinds to a halt all over the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve decided to have a daily look back at those “simpler” times, when there was triumph, drama and disappointment on various fields and arenas.This is today in sport history…1959Mushtaq Mohammad, the fourth brother of Pakistan’s five-man Mohammad cricketing dynasty, becomes the youngest cricketer to play Test cricket – at 15 years and 124 days. Not known as the most gifted of the siblings, Mushtaq eventually became the most prolific stats-wise.He made 72 first-class centuries and ended with a Test average in excess of 40, just below legendary older brother Hanif. Two years after his debut against the Windies, he became the youngest player to score a Test century in the cauldron that is Delhi against an Indian team that dominated the game.Mushtaq’s record stood till 1996, when fellow countryman Hasan Raza – 14 years 227 days – eclipsed him. As we’ve learned previously though, never quite trust a Pakistan birth certificate…1974A rampant George Foreman, who the previous year clinched both the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles, travels to Caracas to defend his belts against Ken Norton. There was quite a buzz in the build-up as Norton had seriously discomforted Muhammad Ali in two bouts, winning one on split decision. He also memorably broke Ali’s jaw.But the fight in Venezuela’s capital was a non-starter, Foreman landed a third consecutive knockout win in merely two rounds in a relentless display. Norton was knocked down three times before the referee stopped proceedings. Farcically, the aftermath of the bout was dominated by the Venezuelan government reneging on an agreement that the purse would be tax-free.Both Foreman and Norton were detained at the airport and ordered to post bonds. Norton did so immediately, but Foreman only got out of the country after five days of negotiations.1992“Iron” Mike Tyson is sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for the rape of Desiree Washington, an 18-year-old beauty pageant winner. The legendary heavyweight boxer maintained his innocence throughout his trail, but he was eventually found guilty despite the jury deliberating almost ten hours.An appeal was dismissed, though he only served three years of his sentence. During his time in prison, Tyson converted to Islam.2006Retief Goosen steadily emerges from pretty much nowhere to claim second place in the Players Championship. The only problem was that he was still six shots behind eventual winner Stephen Ames, the Canadian claiming the biggest victory of his career.2007South Africa had steadily become more used to success in the pool as the initial success of Penny Heyns in the 1996 Olympics was followed by a fine generation of new male swimmers coming to the fore. Roland Schoeman had spearheaded SA’s charge to gold in the 4×100 freestyle relay in a world record time of 3:13.7. He then claimed the world title in the 50m butterfly a year later in Montreal.Then, during this relevant year, made more history, becoming the first South African to ever retain a world title by edging out Ian Crocker. He entrenched his national hero status by continually turning down lucrative offers from Qatar to represent the Gulf nation.2011 Third time’s the charm for Takalani Ndlovu as he finally wins the IBF super bantamweight title against Canadian Steve Molitor in Nasrec. In 2007, his first shot ended in a majority decision against him in Ontario, before befalling the very same fate at the same venue three years later.But on home soil, the “Panther” was in compelling form, eventually triumphing via an unanimous decision. It proved to be a bit of a false dawn in the end. Despite retaining his new title later that year in Mexico against Giovanni Caro, he relinquished it against fellow countryman Jeffrey Mathebula in 2012 and never scaled great heights again.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Law hails ‘quality’ WI captain Holder

first_img The tour of England represents one of the toughest challenges of Holder’s captaincy, especially with the youthful side – inexperienced in English conditions – already being written off by pundits. But Law said such was Holder’s character that such criticism only served to motivate him. “He takes it with a pinch of salt, the things said about him and this team and uses it to drive him and them forward,” said Law, who took over the side last March. “He’s got experience. He’s done it at this level, and I’m looking forward to how he performs.” The Windies take on England in the day/night opening Test starting tomorrow at Edgbaston. LONDON (CMC): Head coach Stuart Law has praised the character of Test captain Jason Holder and says he could be an effective leader over the next decade in West Indies cricket. The 25-year-old all-rounder is preparing to lead West Indies in the opening Test of a three-Test series against England in which the visitors have been labelled as rank underdogs. “It is a lot of responsibility, and he does it with fantastic integrity,” Law said here. “He’s a young man, but very intelligent and high quality. He’s doing everything to make sure he captains this side not just this series but for 10 or 15 years.” Holder was named Test captain two years ago, just a year after he was given charge of the one-day team, and has come in for widespread praise for his maturity despite the side’s losing slide. Under his watch, West Indies have won just two of their 15 Tests but have shown signs of development and professionalism. They stunned Pakistan last November in the United Arab Emirates to win the final Test despite losing the three-Test series, and also took a Test off the Pakistanis on the recent home tour as they again went down 2-1. TOUGH CHALLENGElast_img read more

Columbus Catholic soccer rolls past Northland Lutheran in conference opener

first_imgTorbey scores twice for DonsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterKRONENWETTER — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team evened its record at 2-2 with a resounding 6-2 victory over Northland Lutheran in the Central Wisconsin Conference opener for both teams on Monday.Nadim Torbey had two goals, and Calvin Brown added a goal and four assists for the Dons.Torbey scored at the 4:50 mark, and Noah Hansen, Kevin Nguyen, Brown, and Torbey again each scored before halftime.Evan Dieringer finished off the scoring for Columbus with a goal five minutes into the second half.The Dons open their home schedule Thursday at Griese Park against Gresham/Bowler.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 6, Wildcats 2Northland Lutheran scoring not reported.First half: CC, Nadim Torbey (Calvin Brown), 4:50; CC, Noah Hansen (Brown), 13:36; CC, Kevin Nguyen (Brown), 22:26; CC, Brown (Evan Dieringer), 26:16; CC, Torbey (Zach Olson), 34:56.Second half: CC, Dieringer (Brown), 50:01.Total shots: Columbus Catholic 23; Northland Lutheran 12.Shots on goal: CC 14; NL 7.Corner kicks: CC 10; NL 1.Records: Columbus 2-2, 1-0 Central Wisconsin Conference; Northland Lutheran 0-1 overall and CWC.last_img read more

Weekly Wrapup: Special Chrome Edition

first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYWeb TrendsPoll: Which Word Processing Tool Do You Mostly Use? We ran a poll a year ago asking which word processing tool you used the most. What we were really driving at was: how many of you are using an online word processing service (Google Docs, Zoho, ThinkFree, etc) as your main tool, instead of a traditional desktop one (MS Word, OpenOffice, etc). We ran the same poll this year: Does Google Have Rights to Everything You Send Through Chrome? Our coverage of Chrome initially touched on issues like browser performance and business implications for Firefox – but one thing we picked up on shortly after was a curious section of the Chrome Terms of Service.The terms include a section giving Google “a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.” That seems pretty extreme for a browser, doesn’t it?Later in the week Google removed the offending section of the Terms of Service. It seems that the default Google service TOS includes these kinds of claims, even though they may not be as appropriate in some circumstances as in others. We’re not sure when such claims would be justified but we’re glad they’ve been removed from Chrome. Here’s the original version of the End User Licensing Agreement.Note: be sure to check the comments of this post for a rigorous debate!See also:Google and Privacy: A History and It’s Time for a New Terms of Service RegimeSerious Security Flaw in Google ChromeIt wasn’t all good news for Google. Ryan Narraine, a security evangelist at Kaspersky Lab, reported that Chrome also inherited a potentially serious security flaw from the old version of WebKit it is based on. An attacker could easily trick users into launching an executable Java file by combining a flaw in WebKit with a known Java bug and some smart social engineering. Security expert Aviv Raff, who first discovered this flaw, set up a demo of the exploit here. (Note: This page will automatically download a Java file onto your desktop). You can safely click on the download, as it only opens up a notepad application written in Java. But Wait, There’s More…Video of Google Chrome AnnouncementChrome Is Coming To AndroidChrome To Get Extensions – Just Not YetChrome: 1% Market Share In Less Than a DayChrome Not Ready For Enterprise Did Anything Else Happen This Week?Google Video for Business Launches: YouTube for Enterprise This week Google launched a new product for the enterprise market, Google Video for business. It’s a new application in the Google Apps office suite, enabling workers to upload and share videos inside their organizations. Videos can be shared on an individual, group or company-wide basis. Google sees it being used for such things as executive communications, product training, trip reports, “social videos” for the company intranet. We think this has the potential to break open the Web Office market, because up till now nobody has done rich media for the enterprise as an easy to use browser-based package. Google Video for Business manages to do this, mostly because of YouTube’s influence. Join us now for our weekly review of Web Technology news. This week was dominated by the launch of Google’s new open source browser Chrome. As the Ed tweeted during the week: how often does a major Internet company launch a brand new browser? Check out our extensive coverage and analysis below. This week we also reported on another major announcement from Google: a YouTube-like app for Google Apps. Finally, check out our poll – it asked our readers what word processing tool they mostly use. The results may surprise you…Google Launches Open Source Web Browser, Chrome In what may be the story of the year in Web tech, this week Google launched Chrome, its open source app browser. Can Chrome kill IE? Will it kill Firefox? Or will it go the way of Google Base, Google Sites and other Google Flops? The browser became available for Windows users in 100 countries and 43 languages this week. It’s Live now at google.com/chrome.As mentioned, we at ReadWriteWeb extensively analyzed this big news. Here is our coverage…Chrome News Leaked in Comic Book FormThe news first leaked on Monday morning via Google watchdog Phillipp Lessen, who scanned and posted a printed comic he received in the mail from Google. You can view it here. In the comic, Chrome was framed as a browser for applications instead of just web pages. Tags:#Features#web#Weekly Wrap-ups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The best of the online word processers was still, you guessed it, Google with their Docs program at 17% at time of writing. But Microsoft still dominates this market, polling at 48% of our readers using it as their main tool.For further analysis of the poll results, see: Word Processing: Most of You Still Use Desktop SoftwareSEE MORE WEB TRENDS COVERAGE IN OUR TRENDS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Test Drive Google Chrome With RWWAs soon as Chrome was made available as a download, the ReadWriteWeb team took the new browser for a spin. We walked through it live and shared our screen as soon as the browser became available. The video of our session is posted below. Thanks to DimDim for help with this.You can also see the slideshow from the press conference here:last_img read more

How Women in Loss Prevention Really See the Industry

first_imgLoss prevention has evolved significantly over the past several decades. Today’s loss prevention professionals are expected to be multidimensional, open minded, global thinking, enterprising, and intelligent. Company leaders now understand and respect the importance of protecting the company’s assets against the challenges of total retail loss (rather than simply making shoplifter apprehensions), recognizing the value of training and awareness, and respecting the benefits of partnerships and diplomacy. This has encouraged a new and improved retail industry where effective loss prevention strategies are echoed from the C-suite and entwined in the retail business model.Yet as far as we have come, there are still mountains to climb. Talented, driven, intelligent, and capable women have long been an integral part of the loss prevention industry, but the profession is still largely male-dominated. Why?Is it the general perception women have of the profession? Is it the potential physical aspects of the job, the culture of the times, or other choices available to women? Is it the way women in loss prevention are treated or perceived? Is it something else?- Sponsor – As women in loss prevention continue to perform and excel, every opportunity should be taken to ensure that everyone on our LP teams is treated fairly, equally, and respectfully regardless of gender-or other bias. This commitment must be shared across the loss prevention community, supported by company leadership, and equally respected by both the men and women of our organizations. While many individuals and organizations do an outstanding job, others lag behind. Either way, there are always opportunities to learn and improve.How do women feel about their role in loss prevention? We spoke directly to the women of loss prevention to find out.The SurveyLP Magazine’s Women of Loss Prevention survey, sponsored by Tyco Retail Solutions and Protos Security, provides a unique, comprehensive look at how women view their current roles in our industry, how they feel they are perceived as industry professionals, the role they feel gender and gender bias has played in their ongoing career opportunities, and the responsibility that every LP professional holds to remain accountable for their own career growth and development.The goal of the 2018 survey was to provide an objective window into the thoughts, ideas, and opinions of the women of LP regarding these key areas and to open doors for additional discussion. By offering an anonymous venue for women to openly voice their views on these topics, we gained a more complete and comprehensive understanding of how the women of loss prevention perceive these important questions and perhaps can spark fresh thoughts and ideas on how we can best address these topics to further enhance our LP teams.Survey QuestionsThe survey was constructed by women for the women of loss prevention. We began by approaching approximately twenty prominent women in leadership roles across the loss prevention industry, asking them to provide a list of questions they felt represented important and productive topics relevant to the industry. Several of these leaders further encouraged women on their teams to participate in the process, resulting in a wide spectrum of topics.For practical purposes, their feedback was narrowed to a pool of fifty questions, with the final product submitted to these leaders for additional feedback prior to distribution. All the women participating in the question-writing process remained anonymous.Survey DistributionInvitations to participate in the Women of Loss Prevention survey were extended through different outlets. Participation was limited exclusively to women with experience in the profession. In order to most accurately represent the thoughts and opinions of all women in loss prevention, the magazine did not further limit participation based on experience levels or other qualities. All participants were informed that their participation would remain anonymous to further encourage honest, open, and complete responses.The survey distribution process uncovered an initial, critical finding—as we contacted loss prevention leaders from across the industry, we were met with overwhelming support for the survey process. Every comment was positive, every response cooperative and encouraging. As leaders distributed survey information to the women on their teams, many shared additional words of support and encouragement for their participation.This response displayed much more than a willingness by loss prevention leadership to participate in the process; it appeared to be a genuine sign of interest with what the women of loss prevention have to say. Opening dialogue and committing to the process is a constructive step forward that should be recognized and applauded across the LP community.Collecting and Reporting Survey ResultsConstructing the survey and collecting results was managed through a professional survey platform to further protect result accuracy, process integrity, and respondents’ anonymity. Only minor edits were made to respondents’ comments to correct spelling and grammar, further protect anonymity, and alleviate similar concerns. Otherwise, the thoughts and opinions shared in these comments are strictly those expressed by individual respondents. The content summarized here represents a high-level overview of the survey results. Those interested in a more detailed perspective of survey results and comments should download the full report here: “The Women of Loss Prevention: Survey Results Reveal How Women View Their Current Roles in the Industry.”The RespondentsApproximately 500 women participated in the fifty-question survey. These respondents represented diverse experience levels, backgrounds, positions, aspirations, and career responsibility within the industry, which provided comprehensive views and opinions of the various subjects discussed from within all levels of the loss prevention structure.Every level of professional experience was well represented, providing a broad spectrum of perspectives from those just launching their careers to those who have dedicated their professional lives to retail loss prevention.Women in loss prevention roles from store-level to department pyramid heads participated in the survey, offering perspectives within these different roles, in different settings, and while holding different levels of responsibility.Approximately 90% of respondents reported that loss prevention was not their original choice as a career path. One in four participants started their careers in retail loss prevention and have remained in that role. Nearly three out of four indicated they began their careers in an area outside of loss prevention, with approximately half indicating they started their careers in retail but in a function other than loss prevention.Respondents would be considered well educated, with nine out of ten indicating at least some college education and nearly three in five a bachelor’s degree or higher.Career AdvancementDo the women of loss prevention believe they have the support of their companies in terms of professional development and career advancement? Several questions focused on gauging women’s responses concerning this topic.The women who participated in our survey overwhelmingly felt they have the opportunity to further their careers in loss prevention if they choose to do so, with 90% of respondents agreeing that advancement is attainable.The majority of respondents felt they have the same opportunity to further their careers in loss prevention as a man would have, with 70% voicing their agreement.A large majority (79%) felt their companies are doing an effective job of recruiting female talent into loss prevention.Similarly, a large majority (78 percent) felt their companies are doing an effective job of developing female talent for loss prevention leadership roles.A larger majority (82 percent) also felt their companies are doing an effective job of promoting gender diversity within their loss prevention programs.Despite these encouraging outcomes, some areas resulted in very mixed responses.The respondents were evenly split when asked whether they felt they missed out on a raise, promotion, key assignment, or chance to get ahead simply because they were female, with 53% agreeing and 47% disagreeing that this had been an issue.Similarly, they disagreed on whether an opportunity for a position or promotion was negatively impacted due to gender, with responses divided between those who agreed (40 percent) and those who disagreed (60 percent).As one might expect, respondents’ comments were also diverse, many offering incidents, examples, and/ or beliefs based on their personal experiences. Looking at the comments as a whole, most seemed to agree that the overall effectiveness of these efforts depended largely on the leadership within the department and the culture of the organization.Being Part of the TeamDiversity and inclusion in the workforce have long been recognized as critical aspects of professional success, increasing our creativity and problem-solving, enhancing our learning experiences, shaping new attitudes, increasing flexibility, and improving workforce quality. This must be channeled through every member of the team—celebrating our differences and seeing the value that every individual brings to the table is a shared responsibility as much as it is an individual point of view. However, it’s just as important that we see our similarities and share a common respect for one another.When it comes to being a member of the loss prevention team, our survey respondents said they believe they have the support and respect of the men that they work with.They overwhelmingly felt they belonged as part of the loss prevention team, with 96 percent indicating that they agree.Participants left no doubt they feel as capable of performing their job responsibilities as their male counterparts, with 100% in agreement on the issue.When it comes to sharing opinions and speaking their minds, respondents overwhelmingly felt (88%) they have an equal voice to their male counterparts.Nine out of ten respondents felt they have the respect and support of their bosses regarding their career aspirations. When asked if it mattered whether their boss was a man or a woman on this subject, 80 percent indicated that it didn’t matter. Eighty-one percent of women indicated that their boss was male, while 19 percent reported to a female.The vast majority (92%) of respondents agreed they have the support and respect of their male peers, with 82 percent also believing they have the support and respect of their male subordinates and 10 percent reporting they do not have subordinates.Do women feel they are often asked to perform assignments that are more stereotypical for women such as the note taker or activity coordinator? Responses to this question were very mixed, divided between those who disagreed (63%) and those who agreed (37%). By the same respect, when asked if women often volunteer to perform assignments that are more stereotypical for women, there was a similar division between those who agreed (55%) and those who disagreed (45%).When asked if there were situations where they felt more at risk as a woman, the respondents also had a very mixed response, divided almost equally between those who agreed (49%) and those who disagreed (51%). The comments provided were also somewhat diverse based on personal experiences, with many women indicating that pregnancy was a primary reason they felt more at risk. Others were more inclined to perceive a risk of losing their job rather than a risk of personal safety.Professional DevelopmentNearly eight of ten (77%) responded that they aspire to reach senior loss prevention leadership roles during their careers. While several shared they didn’t feel it was likely they would assume a senior leadership role, several others shared they had already reached a senior leadership position during their careers.These women overwhelmingly indicated they believe they have the opportunity for a productive and long-term career in loss prevention if they choose to have one, with 95 percent of respondents agreeing that career options in the profession will remain available and attainable. Eight-six percent felt they would continue to hold positions in loss prevention five years from now, while many who disagreed did so based on retirement. Others said they might explore other areas of retail to help further advance their careers, while some felt that workforce reductions might impact the profession. Most expressed that they really enjoy working in loss prevention.Participants overwhelmingly stated that they have established a personal plan for their professional growth and development (96%).They indicated strong belief that it’s important to develop their own skills and abilities as part of career growth, rating the importance as a nine on a scale of one to ten. As one might expect, there were some strong responses regarding the need to take personal responsibility for one’s own growth and development.The vast majority (94%) stated that they seek out opportunities for continuing education to support growth and investment in their careers. Industry certifications were offered as the most frequent option for continuing education, followed by formal college education, online courses, company courses, industry conferences, and more informal means such as reading books and staying current through industry newsletters.A majority (83%) recognized the importance of the various industry certifications for growth and investment in their careers. The most frequently identified certifications that participants have obtained or were pursuing included (in this order) the LPCertified (LPC), Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI), Wicklander-Zulawski Interview and Interrogation (W-Z), LPQualified (LPQ), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).Approximately 85 percent stated they seek out professional networking opportunities that could benefit their careers. The most frequently identified networking opportunities included national conferences, followed by local and regional events. LinkedIn was also a popular networking venue, followed by organized retail crime associations (ORCAs) and company-sponsored events.Approximately nine in ten participants stated they use online tools and social media such as websites, newsletters, and similar resources to educate themselves and stay current as loss prevention professionals.A large majority (90%) also said they volunteer to get involved in tasks or special projects in the workplace.Mentors and SponsorsEffective leaders must possess integrity and humility, recognizing the importance of having others who can help them grow and develop. Our willingness to take advice and direction greatly impacts our ability to expand our talents and make a difference. By the same respect, a leader must be willing to help others to act, assuming the responsibility to nurture others in a way that will help them grow. We must seek out and accept mentors while also undertaking the guidance and responsibility of mentorship, assuming both roles with equal passion, enthusiasm, and accountability.Approximately 78 percent of participants indicated they have an individual who has served as a mentor during their careers, with 13 percent stating that their primary mentor is a woman, 30 percent a man, and 35 percent revealing they have had both male and female mentors. Highlighting a clear area of opportunity, approximately one in five indicated they do not feel they’ve had mentors who played significant roles in their careers.A sponsor is someone who can both advise you on your career and help to advance it. They promote, protect, prepare, and push you. Similarly, more than half of the women surveyed indicated they do not feel they’ve had sponsors who have played significant roles in their careers.Work-Life BalanceThere was a time not long ago when the boundaries between work life and home life were fairly clear. But the world has changed, and unfortunately for many of us, the lines that once defined those boundaries have blurred. As a result, finding common ground and a viable work-life balance has become more and more challenging. All of us must learn to manage our work-life balance better and more efficiently, finding harmony between our personal and professional responsibilities.Approximately 78 percent of participants responded that they are currently satisfied with their work-life balance at some level. Most of the comments focused on the demanding schedule, rigorous hours, and regular travel hours that they felt can lead to stress on occasion.On a positive note, an overwhelming majority (96%) felt that their families are supportive of their careers.Industry SupportA large majority of respondents (89%) said they believe the industry has become more inclusive for women since they’ve joined the profession. While many felt the industry has made great strides, others believed there is still somewhat of a “glass ceiling,” especially at the upper levels of management.Approximately 72 percent of respondents felt gender biases remain in the loss prevention industry today. Many of the comments throughout the survey referenced an ongoing “good old boys” network that they believed still exists.On a scale of one (poor) to ten (excellent), respondents gave the industry an average score of approximately a seven in its treatment of women in loss prevention.Respondents perceived the ability to influence change across the industry, overcoming misconceptions and stereotypes, inspiring others, and injecting a different approach and perspective as important aspects that women offer to the industry.Looking at some of the greatest hurdles, the most common responses included work-life balance, self-confidence and self-advocacy, and the ongoing need for mentors and strong female leadership. Additional remarks included salary issues, sexism, overcoming stereotypes, and overall respect as a general theme.Responses were mixed as to whether being a woman provided any particular advantage or disadvantage as an LP professional. Many indicated they didn’t feel that women face hurdles any different than those that men face, with some further stressing the need to embrace our differences and have greater self-confidence. “We stand in our own way” was a repetitive theme.When looking at the perceptions and stereotypes that the women in loss prevention feel they’ve had to overcome, many commented on the difficulties of leadership in a male-dominated profession, salary and promotional disparities, and stereotypes of women being “too soft,” “too emotional,” or “too sensitive.” Additional remarks included issues with appearance, sexual harassment, and other inappropriate comments and behavior.What’s Next for Women in Loss Prevention?What are the next steps? How will loss prevention leadership, retail organizations, and the loss prevention industry in general respond to the Women of Loss Prevention survey? Who is responsible for moving the conversation forward? How should the discussion move forward? What action if any should be taken? Information provides a vehicle for change, but it’s still up to us to take the wheel.Editor’s Note: To read the full article, including insights from women in loss prevention on finding common ground and predictions for the future of the industry, check out “Women of Loss Prevention,” which was originally published in 2018. This excerpt was updated February 21, 2019.Don’t Miss Your Chance:Your participation in LP Magazine‘s 2019 Survey will allow you to share your opinions on the state of the industry and contribute to some important research. We look forward to hearing from you! Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up nowlast_img read more

James’ Arts & Culture Revival – Celebrate with Hispanic Heritage Month

first_img Feria Del Barrio Sunday, September 18 Taller Puertorriqueño 5th Street between Lehigh & Cambria Avenue Join Taller Puertorriqueño as they present Feria Del Barrio, a community festival complete with Latin cuisine, artists, singers, dancers and much more! Families and friends can stroll along the the golden sidewalks of El Centro de Oro, the heart of Philly’s Latino community and enjoy this fantastic day-long celebration full of the colors of Philly and Latin America. Creatures of Culture: Central and South America Saturday, September 17 & 18 The Philadelphia Zoo 3400 West Girard Avenue On September 17 and 18, The Philadelphia Zoo’s Creatures of Culture series highlights the beauty of Central and South America’s endangered species and focuses on things we can do to help. Visitors also get a chance to taste the delectable cuisine of Latin-America and experience the talents of local performance groups. 49th Annual Regional Puerto Rican Day Parade Sunday, September 25 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Back for it’s 49th year, The Puerto Rican Day Parade is a staple of the Philadelphia cultural landscape. The largest and oldest celebration in Philadelphia celebrating Latin heritage, this vibrant and music-filled parade begins at noon at 16th and JFK Boulevard and marches along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, ending with a party at Eakins Oval by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Center City District Restaurant Week September 12 – 16 & 18 – 23 Foodies can get in on the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration too! Taste mouthwatering and delectable dishes during Center City District Restaurant Week, when more than 100 restaurants offer three-course lunches for $20 and three-course dinners for $35. Experience Latin flavors with the Restaurant Week menus at plenty of local favorites, like Alma de Cuba, Amada, Chifa, Cuba Libre Restaurant, El Vez, Lolita, Tinto and more! Nightlife – Salsa Dancing Celebrate Philly’s Latin flavor with Hispanic Heritage Month! Starting September 15, the city kickoffs a month-long celebration of Latin heritage with an abundance of art, music, festivals and of course some delicious Latin cuisine. There will be tons of events happening all across town, like Taller Puertorriqueño’s exhibit Este Lado del Paraíso, The Phillies’ Latino Family Celebration at Citizens Bank Park, and the 49th Annual Regional Puerto Rican Day Parade – just to name a few! Even the city’s With Love, Philadelphia XOXO®is joining the fun! Each week during Hispanic Heritage Month, Philadelphia’s official Facebook and Twitter pages will feature Con Cariño, Philadelphia XOXO® love letters, highlighting Philly’s rich Latino culture and neighborhoods! This city-wide festival runs through October 15, so be sure to get out there and experience Philly’s Latino flavor, culture and style! Here are a few of my top picks to get you started!James’ Hispanic Heritage Month Top Picks:last_img read more