EC ramps up pressure on Chinese kit vendors

first_img Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more The European Commission today said it has taken a “decision in principle” to investigate the import of mobile network infrastructure from China, but said it will “not be activated for the time being to allow for negotiations towards an amicable solution with the Chinese authorities”.The value of telecoms network equipment exported from China to the EU was put at “just over €1 billion per year”.The Commission said it is set to launch an “ex officio” trade defence action, which means it comes without an official complaint having been made by the EU industry. It said that this practice is “particularly important as it offers a ‘shield’ when the risk of retaliation against European companies asking for trade defence instruments is high”.Major European suppliers such as Ericsson, NSN and Alcatel-Lucent have been unwilling to lodge a formal complaint as they all have significant business interests in China, previous reports said.The statement made today, from trade commissioner Karel De Gucht, follows months of speculation that an investigation into the practices of Huawei and ZTE was in the pipeline, centring on whether they have used illegal state subsidies to undercut rivals.Correspondingly, Huawei and ZTE have made significant investments in Europe in order to support their operations.De Gucht has previously called for European suppliers to be given a 30 per cent share of China’s telecoms market, and for Chinese vendors to raise the price of their products by 29 per cent, which (unsurprisingly) sparked anger from the Chinese authorities. Previous ArticleSingTel sets aside S$2B in hunt for growth opportunitiesNext ArticleLG debuts enterprise-focused smartphone Former Ericsson employees charged in bribery case FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Steve Costello Alcatel-LucentChinaECEricssonEuropeHuaweiNSNRegulatoryZTE Ericsson, Leonardo team on 5G products Author Home EC ramps up pressure on Chinese kit vendors Tags Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 MAY 2013 last_img read more

60,000 reasons to smile this Christmas

first_img Share 115 Views   no discussions Share Digicel’s christmas promotion launch with sponsors HHV Whitchurch and staff of DigicelA joint promotion between a telecommunications company and a supermarket will, this Christmas season, offer patrons sixty thousand (60, 000) reasons to smile.Digicel and Whitchurch IGA Supercenter has rolled out their “60,000 reasons to smile this Christmas” promotion on Friday November 30th in Roseau.In this $60,000 promotion there will be three grand prize winners.The first grand prize winner will walk away with $10,000 in cash plus a Whitchurch IGA Supermarket sweep of up to $10,000.The second and third prize winners will each win a Whitchurch IGA Supermarket Sweep of up to $10,000.In addition to the three grand prizes, fifteen customers will each get a chance to win $1,000 daily for the fifteen days countdown to Christmas on 25th December.Forty-two persons will receive grocery vouchers redeemable at Whitchurch IGA Supercenter Roseau and Portsmouth branches.Customers are also eligible to win credit and state of the art handsets compliments Digicel. Communications Manager at HHV Whitchurch, Kira Thompson-Aird noted at the official launching of the promotion on Friday November 30th that Whitchurch IGA Roseau and Portsmouth’s decision to partake in this promotion was an “easy one” since she believes that both brands; Whitchurch IGA and Digicel are synonymous with great value.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet LocalNews 60,000 reasons to smile this Christmas by: – November 30, 2012last_img read more

15th ranked Men’s Soccer stifle Chargers on the road

first_imgNext Game: Live Stats Preview Watch Live at West Alabama 10/20/2019 – 3:30 pm Full Schedule Roster Huntsville, Ala.- A goal in each half propelled the 15th ranked West Florida Men’s Soccer Team to a 2-0 victory over UAH on the road Friday night at Charger Park in a crucial Gulf South Conference contest for both teams.The win moves UWF to 9-1-1 on the year and 5-1-1 in the GSC while the loss slips the Chargers to 4-6-1 and 2-2-1 in conference.The first half of the match was dominated by the Argonauts has they were able to outshoot UAH by a total of 12-7 and earn five corner kicks as opposed to zero for the home team. Despite the number of chances, it looked as though the match would head to halftime scoreless though.Fortunately for the Argos, redshirt senior Sean Hoffstatter came through in the 44th minute off an assist from Davi Alves. The goal from Hoffstatter is his fifth on the season, enough for the team lead and he also leads the team in points with 11.The second half was a different story as Alabama Huntsville controlled the play in the early portion of the second half with UWF goalkeeper Jihad Gomes again having to make big saves to help his team until the offense was able to get rolling again.  That moment came in the 77th minute when Teavon Spencer scored his fourth goal on the year to make it 2-0 and put the game out of the reach.  Spencer now jumps to second among all Argos in points with 10 only behind Hoffstatter.Next Up: The Argos return to action on Sunday, October 20th against West Alabama.  Kickoff vs. the Tigers is slated for 3pm.Fans can follow along with the Argos by visiting, or by following the team on Instagram and Facebook @UWFSoccer or on Twitter @UWFMSoccer. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Gasol ties career-high, leads Grizzlies over Pistons

first_imgMOST READ Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol shoots while defended by Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond. APAUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Marc Gasol knew his shot would come back eventually.It didn’t take long.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Gasol was the only Grizzlies player to reach double figures until JaMychal Green got there with 1:03 to play.Van Gundy had planned to change his starting lineup after three straight losses, but Jon Leuer missed shootaround after being in a car accident. Leuer played, scoring 18 points, but Van Gundy decided to hold off on starting him until Friday against Golden State.“Jon’s been our most consistent player lately, so we wanted him on the floor as much as we could,” Van Gundy said.Reggie Jackson also scored 18 for the Pistons, while Andre Drummond had 13 points and 19 rebounds.“This was definitely a step in the right direction,” Jackson said. “We need to get better, but we battled tonight. The effort was better than it has been. We just made too many mistakes.”For much of the first half, it looked as though the Pistons were headed for another blowout loss, as they trailed by as many as 18 points. A 16-2 run cut the deficit to 42-38, but Memphis pushed it back to nine at halftime.Detroit made another run in the third quarter, but was never able to get enough stops to pose a serious threat. Gasol scored 14 in the period – his second double-digit quarter – and Memphis took a 79-63 lead into the final 12 minutes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments Harden, Gordon catch fire as Rockets down Suns Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young After shooting 29-percent during a three-game losing streak, Gasol went 14-for-17 and matched a career high with 38 points as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Detroit Pistons 98-86 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).“I knew I just had to keep shooting and keep trying to help the team as much as I could until things starting falling,” said Gasol, who went 18-for-62 during the slump. “Tonight I got going, and my teammates kept finding me. When you are making shots, everything seems easier.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliMemphis coach David Fizdale wasn’t surprised that his team turned things around one night after losing in overtime to the Boston Celtics.“This group never stays down for long,” he said. “It’s a tough-minded team and all I have to do is keep them coming back.” Detroit dropped its fourth straight, all by double figures.“I was getting good looks, but everything was going in and out, which happens in this league,” said Marcus Morris, who was 1-for-11 from the floor and guarded Gasol. “Marc’s a bad boy. He’s 7-foot-1 and he’s pump-faking before hitting 3s. That’s tough to guard.”Detroit’s defense, which had infuriated coach Stan Van Gundy over the last three games, improved against Memphis. The Grizzlies shot 42.7 percent from the field, but hit 40-percent of their 3-pointers and added 22 points on 17 Pistons turnovers.“I thought the defense was good enough to win, even with Marc having a career night,” Van Gundy said. “So that was a positive, and I thought we got good looks. But we couldn’t put the ball in the basket and we turned it over way too many times, so we’re still frustrated on offense.”Memphis was boosted by the return of Chandler Parsons, who missed the previous 17 games with a bone bruise on his left knee. He had two points and two rebounds in 15 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

Warburton: Dumbarton thumping shows new arrivals have to earn place

first_img“You saw the commitment of the players and whoever comes to the club has to justify their position in the team.”Speaking about the performance against Dumbarton, Warburton praised his players  – highlighting the challenge of playing on a difficult pitch.“It was a very satisfying display,” he said. “This is a difficult place to come and the pitch was really heavy and the wind was blowing. “We worked them in the first half but we didn’t get the goals we wanted. But we got our rewards in the second half and that was really pleasing.  Mark Warburton says Rangers’ 6-0 thumping of Dumbarton should serve as a warning to any new arrivals set to arrive at the club over the next month.Harry Forrester put pen to paper on a six-month deal with the Ibrox side earlier in the week, but Warburton was keen to stress that he will need to earn his place in the team.“A lot of work has been done already and a lot more work will be done because we said we’ll strengthen and bring in players, and that’s what we’ll do,” said the former Brentford boss. “We want to get our business done early and hopefully we’ll get a lot more done this week. But no player comes in and walks straight into the team.  “We spoke before and after about the importance of building on the win and the performance against Hibs.“That was the message. Whether there are 52,000 inside the ground or just 2,000, nothing changes. “It’s about the standards, it’s about dominating the football and getting the rewards.”last_img read more

Universal Orlando Preview — Week of March 31, 2018

first_imgPark Hours and AdmissionCityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.Single-day park tickets are at Anytime pricing this week. Single-day base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure are $124 per adult and $119 per child (plus tax). Two-day, two-park tickets are $265.99 per adult and $254.99 per child (plus tax).Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).Voodoo DoughnutVoodoo Doughnut at CityWalk Orlando soft opened Saturday March 24, offering their unique and crazy donuts to guests. Individual donuts cost between $1.50 to $3.80 (depending on size and toppings) and bakers dozen boxes of donuts cost between $15 to $28 depending on the types of donuts included. A $139 Coffin of Doughnuts option includes three bakers dozens of donuts and a wooden coffin for your burial after eating said donuts.Voodoo Doughnut is open for limited hours each day, subject to change. Stay tuned for news on an official opening date and hours.Exterior of Voodoo Doughnut. Image from Inside Universal.Interior of Voodoo Doughnut. Image from Inside Universal.Selection of doughnuts offered. Image from Inside Universal.Voodoo Donuts merch and the $139 Coffin of Doughnuts. Image from Inside Universal.Halloween Horror Nights 28Image copyright Universal Orlando.Mark your calendar as Halloween Horror Nights returns for its 28th year, running select nights September 14 – November 3. Universal is offering a buy one night get the second night free Flex Ticket option until June 6. Tickets are available online only $77.99 per person plus tax.Mail BagYou ask, I answer! Questions come from the TouringPlans Forum, Universal Orlando Lines App chat, and comments on articles. To have your questions answered leave a message in the comments below or visit the forum.This week’s question comes from padfoot86:Does UOR do character dining like Disney? When, where, cost, how far in advance to book, and other information would be helpful.Universal offers two character dining experiences.Loews Sapphire Falls hosts a Despicable Me character breakfast every Saturday morning from 7:30 am-8:30 am, 9:00 am-10:00 am, and 10:30 am-11:30 am for $34.99 per adult plus tax and $20.99 per child plus tax. Meet Gru and the Minions while you load up your plate with pancakes, eggs, and bacon. It is best to purchase ahead of time by visiting the website, but a quick glance shows availability for this weekend.Islands of Adventure features a Marvel Character Dinner weekly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5:00 pm until park close. Park admission is required plus dinner reservations costing $49.99 per adult plus tax and $24.99 per child plus tax. Captain America, Spider-man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and Rouge greet guests in Cafe 4 while a buffet of pastas, pizza, chicken, and deserts are offered. Book ahead of time online and call (407) 224-3663 24 hours prior to confirm the reservation.Upcoming Events & HighlightsUniversal’s Mardi Gras returns nightly February 3 through April 7. Catch a nightly Mardi Gras parade with Greek mythology-themed floats and a New Orleans carnival with food carts and a brass band. Admission to Mardi Gras is included with standard admission to the parks.That is all for this week. See you next week and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag! Share This!I’ve been informed by my boss that this week I need to cover Voodoo Doughnut soft opening at CityWalk Orlando. I can’t say no to doughnuts! Plus we have news on Halloween Horror Nights 28 dates and another question in our mail bag.Weekly Crowd LevelsDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weather Reportlast_img read more

Uganda’s Mt Elgon gets a million trees

first_imgWomen carry firewood out of a forest in eastern Uganda. Officials say a high population density in the Mount Elgon region had put a lot of pressure on the area’s ecosystem.(Image: Irin)A three-year project to increase forest cover and help local communities in eastern Uganda adapt to climate change has been launched. “The planting of one million trees has started to sustain an area of tropical forest in Africa the size of Wales,” said John Griffiths, counsel-general of the Welsh Assembly, which is supporting the project.“These trees will not only absorb carbon but provide shade for crops.”The US$1-million (R6.8-million) Territorial Approach to Climate Change project, launched in the eastern town of Mbale on 28 October 2010, is also supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UK government. It will be implemented in the districts of Bududa, Manafwa and Mbale.“Mount Elgon’s ecosystem plays a crucial role in determining the weather in eastern, central and northern Uganda and western Kenya,” said Bernard Mujasi, the Mbale local council chairman.“We hope that by protecting and restoring the forest cover of the mountain and protecting the environment, we will help mitigate the challenge of climate change.”Lebogang Motlana, Uganda country director for UNDP, said the country was highly vulnerable to climate change as illustrated by a landslide in Bududa near Mbale, earlier this year, which left at least 300 people dead and was attributed to deforestation and unseasonable rain.Twenty-first century threatKate Wedgwood, from the UK Department for International Development, said: “We very much hope this project will enable the people of Mbale region to provide the rest of the country with a vivid example of how to creatively mitigate against the effects of climate change in a way that also contributes to economic growth.“Climate change is the biggest health threat for the 21st century, the effects are all around us – increased rainfall causing floods and drought causing hunger,” Wedgwood added.According to multinational NGO Oxfam, Uganda loses 800 000ha of crops annually to natural disasters.Most of Mbale region’s 955 247 people are subsistence farmers and are extremely vulnerable to changes in weather patterns. The region has the highest population density of 1 000 people per square kilometre and a population growth rate of 3.4% per annum.Joseph Wesuya, an official of the African Development Initiative – a community organization in Manafwa district – said high population density in the Mount Elgon region had put a lot of pressure on the area’s ecosystem.“Our environment is depleting at a fast rate; people are cutting down trees up the mountain, encroaching into wetlands,” he said. “The snow caps high on Mount Elgon are melting and you hardly see frost.”Gabriel Buyera, an official of the Shunya Yetana community conservation group in Bududa, said they had planted 1 500 tree seedlings along the slopes of Mount Elgon.last_img read more

Readying Retail for Terrorism’s New Battleground

first_img“Everything changed after 9/11” was a frequently heard refrain—from the president and other politicians and in law enforcement and private security circles. The same may, in time, be said of the Paris attacks in November. Targets included restaurants and bars and seemed to cement a disturbing trend: public spaces and private businesses have become the battleground of choice for international terrorists. While symbolism surely still matters, a preference has emerged for attacking vulnerable locations that can yield a high casualty count as opposed to well-fortified sites. When the goal is simply to spill as much blood as possible, private businesses, including retailers, are more likely to be attacked than government facilities.Shopping centers and other hard-to-defend commercial places—such as large restaurants, department stores, and supermarkets—have occasionally been the subjects of alerts from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and in congressional testimony from government officials. Terrorists themselves have said they’re targets. Al-Shabab, the Somali terror group behind the days-long attack in 2013 on a Westgate mall in Kenya that left more than sixty dead, issued a video in 2015 threatening to attack shopping malls in the US, Canada, and England.It has started to take a toll. In a recent research note, Jeffries financial analysts identified the Paris attacks as a contributing cause to soft sales at Tiffany’s. Starbucks closed all its stores in Belgium after the recent attacks there, as did Domino’s. And while most Americans feel safe while shopping, 18 percent said they don’t always feel secure in a store or mall, according to a survey conducted by consumer insight and consulting firm C4 post-San Bernardino.- Sponsor – The rise of the Islamic State (IS) group is increasing the risk, according to a new report by the House Committee on Homeland Security (Terrorism Gone Viral, March 2016). IS has been linked to at least seventy-five terrorism plots against Western countries with the US as its main target. IS-related plots more than doubled between 2014 and 2015 from nineteen to forty-eight, according to the study. “ISIS has reached an unprecedented level of terror plotting against the United States and our allies,” said US House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX). “The group’s focus on ‘do-it-yourself’ jihad has allowed them to franchise their attacks worldwide, achieving a tempo of violence that has surpassed even al-Qaeda’s most violent years.”Bob MoracaBob Moraca, CPP, CFE, MBA, the National Retail Federation’s vice president of loss prevention, promises that retailers recognize the risk, as well as “their unique responsibility” in preparing for threats and emergencies. “Retailers will remain vigilant and proactive as they work with each other and domestic and international law enforcement agencies to bolster their security preparations after events like what took place in Brussels,” said Moraca.Vigilant—but undoubtedly still vulnerable, said one Northeast retailer responding to a survey by Security Director’s Report (SDR). “Retail stores are tempting targets because people congregate there and there’s essentially no security. Can you imagine a suicide bomber exploding in a crowd during a grand opening or Christmas rush?”Indeed, there is some suggestion that the retail industry—perhaps because of its extreme vulnerability and a lack of clarity on how to address it—has not always been aggressive in response to the terrorist threat. For example, a majority of retail industry chief financial officers in a survey by Financial Executives International after 9/11 said they were not changing security as a result of the attacks. Some 63.8 percent of retailers would keep security “as is,” they said. By comparison, only 41 percent of communication companies said the same. Retail also lags behind general industry in conducting terrorism risk assessments (see Figure 1). The low-likelihood but high-cost of a terrorist event has made—and continues to make—retail terrorism protection a risk-management conundrum.For some potential targets action is clearly necessary (see case study), but for many it remains unclear what, if anything, they should do. Some businesses in select industries have been forced to comply with new security regulations, but retailers don’t operate under a specific mandate for action—no minimum standard to achieve. Brian Jenkins, a terrorism expert and one of the most interviewed sources on the subject, noted to SDR that terrorism defies risk models that security professionals are comfortable using. He asked, “How much security is enough? What is the optimum allocation of security dollars? What is the best combination of risk avoidance, insurance, security, and response preparedness?” And he added, “These are tough questions.”Maximizing Value from Anti-terrorism MeasuresRisk assessment is the most assured way to minimize costs as it focuses anti-terrorism where it’s most needed. Risk assessments serve as the foundation to mitigation and prevention, which makes it critical that they be accurate, detailed, and frequently updated. They should encompass external factors—country and city terror risk ratings, average emergency response times, the government’s capacity to disrupt terror plots—as well as store-specific factors, such as its proximity to high-value targets, standoff, and foot traffic. “More than likely, a terrorist isn’t going to target a Staples in Peoria or a Starbucks in Austin. They will probably target a mall in a major metro region or a high-profile store like Tiffany’s and Macy’s in New York City,” said Ronald Margulis, a retail consultant and managing director of RAM Communications. (And even that is less true than it used to be.)Figure 1.A robust intelligence pipeline will keep security levels properly aligned with the threat (and prevent overspending out of fear). Loss prevention executives have a responsibility to stay effectively plugged into the threat-communication network, such as through a local joint terrorism task force and via contact with industry counterparts and law enforcement, so as to receive early warnings in time to take appropriate (not excessive) countermeasures.Aiming security at the most likely attack scenario also helps to minimize terrorism prevention spending. But what is it? In a follow-up survey to SDR’s Corporate Anti-terrorism Benchmarks report, retailers said the most likely incident to impact them was the same in 2012 as back in 2006: disruption of a major event. They think the most likely attack method on a retail store is a knapsack suicide bomber or a shooter. But how—without breaking the bank or disrupting business—can retail locations protect against a suicide attack? Staff already drawing a paycheck may provide the best opportunity.A suicide bomber is unlikely to blend seamlessly with the crowd and may exhibit “multiple anomalies,” according to training guidance by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Prevention may hinge on including suicide bomber awareness and response in loss prevention agents’ training and insisting that contract guards have such training.Consultant Arik Arad, former head of shopping-center security in Israel, said the best way to stop or preempt an attack is to make “soft contact” by walking up to a suspect and asking, “Can I help you?” He said it’s often enough to force a bomber to abandon his plan and that foiling suicide bombers is about training, not guns.Spotting indicators of terrorist planning is another key topic in counterterrorism training. Since 9/11, the pre­paratory conduct of terrorists has been the subject of significant study. A terrorist might loiter for weeks near a target to observe entry points and security measures, per­haps by posing as a panhandler or flower vendor. According to one study, excluding outliers, the average pre­paratory behavior phase for a terrorist attack is fifty-four days (Pre-Incident Indicators of Terrorist Incidents: The Identification of Behavioral, Geographic, and Tempo­ral Patterns of Preparatory Conduct, Dept. of Justice). Security officers know to keep an eye out for anything sus­picious—it’s at the core of their job—but refresher training should outline and em­phasize the range of behaviors and specific activities that demand reporting (see “Counterterrorism Training Points”).Simultaneously, loss prevention teams might assess if their suspicious activ­ity reporting processes need refinement. A security camera might catch someone peeking in the store window after hours. A sales associate might tell an agent that a strange guy was hanging around the store all day. But then what? Corporate security teams need to examine their processes for encouraging reporting of suspicious activity; getting those reports into a written, trackable form; iden­tifying patterns of clusters of pre-incident indicators; and delivering relevant informa­tion back to people in the field.Finally, focusing on security strategies that serve a dual purpose can enhance terrorism prevention while mitigating its expense. For example, many of the same security strategies that reduce shoplifting and parking lot assaults can reduce the likelihood of a successful terrorist attack.Possible Store-Level SolutionsImprove coordination with others with whom you share a responsibility for security. In the aftermath of a scare at IKEA, in which explosives were found inside two IKEA stores, Sears said it had “stepped up its relationship with mall security.” Forging closer ties is an important prevention tool for all types of crime.Use bike patrols, marked security vehicles, or parking lot attendants to control large parking areas. These measures could push a car bomber to a softer target. It can also keep fire zones clear of parked cars, improve shoppers’ experience by improving the flow of traffic, prevent car break-ins, and limit parking garage or parking lot assaults—the top location for incidents resulting in negligent security lawsuits. Outside patrols also expand the detection perimeter, which is the best way to identify and intercept a suicide bomber before the store’s front door.Use vehicle-halting planters or concrete bollards to prevent trucks or cars from getting too close. In addition to limiting damage from a truck bomb, such devices can reduce pedestrian-vehicle accidents.Tighten parking controls. Simon Property Group, which owns or has an interest in 325 malls or shopping centers nationwide, instituted a ban on overnight parking in response to the terrorism threat. Such a policy may also prevent after-hours crime.Enforce access restrictions. Controlling access to restricted areas within stores can prevent theft as well as prevent a terrorist from gaining access to a store’s heating and air-conditioning system where there is the potential for introducing poisonous gases.Place uniformed guards in plain sight. Visible security on patrols in shopping areas was once bad for business, but perhaps not any more, say experts. Bringing officers out into the open helps them control crowds and keep a closer eye on shopping-area crime, as well as giving a potential target-seeking terrorist pause. Jenkins suggests supplementing visible security with plainclothes agents. “Their presence, occasionally publicized through arrests, greatly increases uncertainty on the part of would-be bombers.”Get employees to be on the lookout for individuals leaving behind packages. Such security awareness may help foil a terrorist bomb plot, but will more likely engender customer goodwill and save money. (Although there’s no need to isolate an area for a suspicious package.)Let law enforcement review your evacuation plan for a special event to help save lives in the rare event of a terrorist strike. It can also help protect individuals in more likely crises: power failures, earthquakes, or weather events.Employ visible video surveillance and enforce routine camera inspection schedules. CCTV is a vital tool to prevent many types of crime, and in plots in which an escape is planned, terrorists do seem to avoid security video. “One jihadist manual advised would-be terrorists to avoid train stations with CCTV cameras, which sug­gests that the cameras have some deterrent value,” a recent report concluded (Carnage Interrupted: An Analysis of Fifteen Terrorist Plots Against Public Sur­face Transportation, Brian Jenkins and Joseph Trella, Mineta Transportation Institute, April 2012).Employ store greeters to spook or spot suspicious persons as well as enhance customer service.Review shipping and receiving security. Pre-schedule loading dock deliveries, make trucks subject to search, accept deliveries at the side of the store instead of underneath it, insist on identification, and use cameras to record delivery areas. Stricter access controls in sensitive areas such as delivery zones and loading docks reduce the risk of a catastrophic terrorist event while curbing theft during shipping and receiving.Plan and practice for going on high alert. Confusion and unnecessary spending go hand in hand, so preparing for coordinated attacks on several targets in different locations (a multiple dispersed attack) could help check costs. For example, if a suicide bomber attacks a retail strip in Las Vegas, retailers elsewhere might mobilize security staff to conduct security checks at entrances, check delivery drivers’ IDs, inspect truck trailers, and conduct spot checks of customers’ bags. Ask yourself these questions: Would we immediately learn of an attack? Would we be able to quickly make a decision about procedures to implement? Could we efficiently communicate the alert to every store location that needs to know? Are those store units prepared to quickly implement our high-alert security procedures?Case Study: What Can You Take from Israeli-Style Security?The Mall of America is big—520 stores, eight acres of skylights, and 42 million annual visitors big. With the public encouraged to enter through any of its twenty-four entrances and shop at its 4.3 miles of total storefront footage and as a symbol of America’s consumer culture, it is a stereotypical terrorist target. It faces all the risk of a retail location—multiplied.Doug ReynoldsSo on what does the Mall of America (MOA) rely for protection? A lot of it derives not from the latest technology but from the sharp eyes and quick intervention and interviewing skills of the officers in its Risk Assessment and Mitigation (RAM) unit. “We didn’t want all the facial recognition and metal detectors that the mall wanted to buy us after 9/11,” said Doug Reynolds, direc­tor of security. Instead, the security team looked to a model of counterterrorism used to protect Ben Gurion Airport in Israel that centers on behavior detection and assess­ment (BDA). Naturally, the MOA uses the typical layered security approach to prevent crime, but it’s behav­ior detection that is central to its effort to minimize the damage and potential for a terrorist attack. The mall’s RAM officers spot anomalous behavior and quickly move in to interview subjects.Within the timeline of a typical attack, there are just a few chances for a target’s security team to intervene: (1) when at­tackers conduct surveillance ofthe target; (2) when they conduct a rehearsal of the attack; and (3) during the actual execution. It is within these smallMichael Rozinwindows that RAM officers have an opportunity to thwart a potentially deadly incident. “There is no possible way, operationally, that you can racially profile—there are too many mo­tives, too many types of individuals,” said Michael Rozin, president of Rozin Security Consulting LLC, who helped the MOA set up its behavior detection program. Instead, RAM officers focus on detecting intent—one thing that all attackers have in common.How do RAM officers detect intent? It starts by understanding the normal, legiti­mate behavior that exists within each area of the mall. (Normal behavior in the amusement park differs from that in shopping areas, for example.) It’s up to RAM officers—in the fifteen or so seconds they usually have—to notice individuals exhibiting atypical behavior, whether in their body language, what they are carrying, or their attire. If something seems amiss, RAM officers—skilled in security interview­ing—talk to the individual to probe the situ­ation and determine if a legitimate threat exists.Case in point: On January 29, 2011, RAM officers noticed an individual exhibiting atypical behavior at a Government on Display event, includ­ing frequent touching of various body parts and other signs of nervousness. He also appeared to be carrying a concealed item. A RAM officer approached, and the suspect ran. Caught later by Bloomington police, he turned out to have a loaded gun and was a “sovereign citizen” (a group that denies the legitimacy of the U.S. government).Making It WorkWhether or not a threat is successfully (a) noticed and (b) investigated depends foremost on the extent and quality of the specialized training that officers need to receive in behavior detection and interviewing. However, there are also program obstacles and best practices, and Reynolds and Rozin shared them at a recent national security conference.Stick with It. A behavior detection program requires ongoing atten­tion, frequent retraining, and continuous improvement. “Everyone loves a puppy,” warned Reynolds, noting that the program is not a good fit for a security department looking to implement a counterterrorism program and then forget about it.Hire the Right People. Security in­terviews are central to the program’s effectiveness, and the vast majority of them are conducted with legitimate visitors who happen to exhibit suspicious behavior. Be­cause of this, Reynolds said interviews need to be conducted in an open and friendly manner, and MOA hires people specifically suited to that type of role. “Most of them have a sales background or other social contact positions. We want individuals who can find a way to socially engage anybody they come across.”Implement an Organization-Wide Behavior Detection Culture. “A RAM unit alone is by itself insufficient,” noted Rozin. RAM officers may undergo ten to twelve weeks of training. But everyone—from housekeeping to amusement ride operators—might need one to two days of training to implement a culture change. Appropriate groups also receive training specifically tailored to the inter­section of their jobs and terrorism: human resources and insider threats, the leasing department and applicant screening, events staff and security design and threat detection, and so on. The RAM unit is the heart of the program but “to a lesser degree everyone is involved in RAM,” said Reynolds.Adopt a New Attitude Toward PR. The MOA secu­rity department had a typically adversarial relationship with the media but now uses the media as a tool to promote the work of the RAM unit and the mall’s concern for visitor safety. MOA was specifically named in a 2015 video by al-Shabab, a Somali terror group. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson then told CNN, “If anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particularly careful.” Facing the prospect of shoppers staying away, MOA undertook a very public campaign to reassure potential shoppers that the mall’s security was up to the job. It invited in news media for a rare inside look at its operation, resulting in numerous reports on its diverse protection measures, including bomb-sniffing dogs, bike patrols, social media monitoring, hundreds of cameras, and explosives screening of delivery trucks. And promoting security may have worked. Despite the very specific and public threat, subsequent headlines such as “Mall of America shoppers take terror alert in stride” were commonplace.Define the Information-Sharing Pro­cess. How and to whom will you report information that a RAM unit learns?Reinforce Vigilance through Red Teaming. MOA uses individuals to probe for holes in the security defense and test whether RAM officers identify the problem. “It’s not easy to leave an unintended bag or to act nervous in the MOA and not get noticed,” said Rozin. “Again, though, secu­rity can’t get it done all by themselves.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

How Silicon Valley’s Most-Connected Exec Does His Hiring

first_imgTags:#How To#start Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Auren Hoffman is the CEO of Rapleaf, a personal-data aggregator that has been the subject of a remarkable amount of controversy but is wildly useful as a data provider to must-see apps like Rapportive and Gist.While Hoffman’s company may know a lot about you as a web user and person, he knows a lot of people himself the old-fashioned way, in real life. Introduced before keynoting at Austin, Texas’s Capital Factory Demo Day as “the most-connected person in Silicon Valley,” Hoffman gave a really interesting talk about how he handles hiring at his company. I live blogged his talk on Google Plus and offer my notes below.Auren Hoffman on hiring people to work in tech startups.Discrimination on the basis of race, gender or sexual orientation is wrong, but you’ve got to be discriminating on other grounds, Hoffman said. “We discriminate in favor of people who work really long hours” – the people we hire are people who want to work long hours, we tell them how much we work.A position player (specialist) vs an all-around athlete: they do one thing really well and they are really expensive. For a lot of startups, you think you’re playing football but you’re actually playing hockey. If you know what you’re doing for the next 3 years, hire position players. But if you don’t know what you’re going to do – then you should be investing in really smart people who can move as you do.Targeting and getting back to people: when you get a resume, you should treat it like it was a sales lead. Get back to them right away, and if they aren’t the right person as 95 or 99% won’t be – let them know right away. They are putting themselves out there, do the right thing and get back to them – it will pay itself back in spades over time.Successful people work long hours and return calls. “Are they successful because they get back to people or the other way around? I don’t know, but I wouldn’t chance it.”Interview process: searching for Class A people, how do you do it? Resume, references: sure. The #1 way to know is to have worked with them in the past. Unfortunately you don’t necessarily have that option. A resume is one big lie. Just because they worked at Google doesn’t mean they are good. They are probably more likely to be good but it’s no guarantee.Instead, ask a person to communicate something really difficult and make things better. If they can’t explain things to you it doesn’t mean they are smarter than you about technology. It’s important they should be able to communicate with you.The number 1 stat that people brag about that I hate is % of people who accepted a job offer. It should be below 50%. You are making a quick decision, they can do all kinds of due diligence on you – they can make the right decision about you. You want to make sure you give them enough chances to opt-out so you don’t have to fire them later.After people finish college, they probably grow (in their professional capacity) about 10% a year – learning and earning double in 7 years. As a startup, you can’t afford to do it that way. You need to invest in them and get them to grow faster. Spending time with them is key.Work/life balance: you can’t change the world on vacation. Gandhi and MLK – those guys weren’t working 40 hour weeks. Maybe you’re just making a photo sharing app but you want passionate people. Look for great people, optimize for working with great people.Question: How do you grow people faster than 10% in a year? Challenge them, don’t give them anything at their level – but one or two levels above. Try it out, see where they break. Then you know where they’re at. Now we’re going to overcome this next thing together and then let’s find the next breaking point.Give early employees as much equity as you can – and reup them over time.On equity and pay: It’s never going to be perfect but you should try your best to do the right thing.The importance of cultural fit: every culture is different (eg geeky board games, gin tasting or yelling) – hiring isn’t a zero sum game because someone might just not be right for you. There are a lot of people who work at Google that I’d never want to hire – and a lot of people at Google who would never want to work for me.(Audience question about facilitating growth in remote employees) Growing remote staff members: I don’t know, I think it’s probably much harder. We don’t outsource anything. I’d love to try it some day. But I think you’ll probably need a whole lot more process. Those side conversations don’t happen as much. Doing something after work. Where a lot of bonding might happen.(Audience question – how do you convince a prospective employee to work for you instead of launching their own startup?) How do you hire someone against their own startup: It’s really hard and I’ve been super unsuccessful. Certain situations I used to try to convince people and now we just say “we wish you luck, we hope you’re super successful – if in the extremely unlikely event that you’re not – please come talk to us.” It comes up all the time because a lot of the best people you want are entrepreneurial.Tips on transitioning people from big companies to small companies: It’s very hard to be successful in a big company if you’re not a position player. If you’re successful in a big co that’s probably what you are. Some people can do both but you have to spend even more time with that person. Give them lots of chances to opt out.The biggest trouble in making that transition is telling time, an audience member asserts. Hoffman agrees: at small companies you need people who think in seconds and minutes, not days and weeks or years.And that’s a wrap – good talk by the CEO of one of the most interesting and controversial companies on the social web. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Marketing Day: Twitter gets audio, Facebook Instant Experience ads & more

first_img Posted on 8th September 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Marketing Day: Twitter gets audio, Facebook Instant Experience ads & moreYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Twitter gets audio, Facebook Instant Experience ads & more Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Ogilvy’s Michael Tidmarsh: Creative agency models are changing to accommodate growing use of techSep 7, 2018 by Robin KurzerAgencies are shifting from traditional AOR relationships with a substantial retainer to ‘much more project work, much more bespoke work.’Twitter adds audio-only broadcasting for iOS app, PeriscopeSep 7, 2018 by Robin KurzerResponding to user demand, Twitter gets in on the rising popularity of audio.Facebook renames Canvas ads ‘Instant Experience’ ads, gives them pixel capabilitiesSep 7, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesThe full-screen mobile ad can now be used in retargeting campaigns.Find anomalies in your campaign spending with this Google Ads scriptSep 7, 2018 by Daniel GilbertContributor Daniel Gilbert shares a customizable script that lets you check for overspending or underspending in your Google Ads account by finding changes in spending.6 ways the August core algorithm update impacted local businessSep 7, 2018 by Joy HawkinsWas your site affected by the recent core algorithm update? Here’s a look at the changes made to local and small business sites after the update.Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:US Chamber of Commerce calls on feds to preempt CA privacy lawSep 7, 2018 by Greg SterlingPressure is building from business interests for new federal privacy legislation.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:Facebook quietly parts ways with employee tied to its data scandal, Fast Company9 Smart Ways You Can Reduce Your Content Marketing Budget, Jeff BullasHow Brands Integrate Content on their eCommerce Category Pages, Seer InteractiveHow to Use Snapchat: A Detailed Look Into HubSpots Snapchat Strategy, HubspotHunting for brand dollars, podcasters turn attention to measurement and attribution, DigidayJust How Much is Your Website REALLY Worth? A Simple Valuation Guide, AhrefsLinkedIn Advertising vs Facebook – Through the Eyes of a B2C Marketer, PortentThe FCC chief’s call for cracking down on tech companies is not only laughable, it’s the ‘height of hypocrisy’, Business InsiderThe post Marketing Day: Twitter gets audio, Facebook Instant Experience ads & more appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Marketing Day: Twitter gets audio, Facebook Instant Experience ads & morelast_img read more