LP Challenges In A “Secure” Environment

first_imgParadies Lagardère is the North American division of Lagardère Travel Retail. We have 10,000 associates in more than 850 retail stores and 170 restaurants and bars in 100 airports across North America. Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions—a favorite local concept or a highly desirable international brand—that exceed expectations for our airport partners and travelers. Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: dining, travel essentials, and specialty retail. Within travel essentials and specialty retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories, including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs. Paradies Lagardère also delivers high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national, and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options.In the Beginning, There Was RetailChris RathgebWhile attending college, I began working for JCPenney in the credit and catalog department. This was the start of my retail career. While at JCPenney, a store loss prevention officer (LPO) approached the credit and catalog department team about a credit card fraud case that we might come into contact with and asked us to inform them if the person showed up to retrieve a catalog order. I ended up being the person who waited on them. I can still remember the feeling when I heard the name and turned around to find the order and realized who I was assisting. It was at that moment—and the moments after as that situation played out with the arrest of the person by law enforcement as they exited the doors of the store—that I thought of loss prevention as a position I would enjoy.I would have to wait another year before getting the opportunity to transfer schools and begin working at a different JCPenney. At my new store, I discovered they didn’t have any loss prevention presence and inquired with the store manager about the possibility of adding the position. We were nearing the holiday season, so he agreed to place me in the role. I stayed in that store for several months, and during that time I realized catching shoplifters was a lot more difficult than I understood. I ended up transferring back to my original store and met with my first loss prevention teacher, Marcia Rexford. She was the LPO who worked on the credit card fraud case and ignited my passion for loss prevention with her guidance. She was instrumental in helping me understand what to look for in a shoplifter, including behavior and actions, but it was just scratching the surface on how loss prevention impacts companies.- Sponsor – After four years with JCPenney, I accepted an entry-level LP role with Famous Barr, a division of May Company, and met the manager that had the biggest impact on my development and understanding of loss prevention, Mark Stebbe. He and John Lillard, the vice president of loss prevention, had created a team environment and a culture of learning in which I thrived. I decided during my time at Famous Barr that loss prevention was going to be the career for me.The Airports Came Calling After spending some time at Famous Barr, I decided to join a loss prevention program in the airport concessions industry. That was nearly twenty years ago, and I have never had any doubt that I made the right choice. I worked for HMSHost as they were restarting their loss prevention department. I was given the opportunity to create a program for a single airport with about thirty different restaurant concepts. Through a promotion to my first regional loss prevention manager role, I was able to expand the program to a group of airports in the company. After a year at HMSHost I was approached by the new director of loss prevention at The Paradies Shops. He was tasked with building a loss prevention program from the ground up and believed I would be a good fit to assist him. It’s not often that you are given an opportunity to create a department’s mission and purpose through ideas you have crafted in your mind on “how I would do it” from its inception. It was too good an offer to pass up. Fast forward almost nineteen years later, and I am now the senior director of loss prevention/safety and lead a team of thirteen professionals in the areas of loss prevention, safety, general insurance claims management for worker’s compensation, general liability, auto, and property, and lead business continuity for the organization. In addition, I oversee facilities management for our three support center offices and supply chain for our retail division.Some Things Never ChangeThere are several similarities between airport concessions and conventional retail and restaurants in the LP world. Airport concessions offerings have evolved over time to stay current with popular street retail and restaurants. Paradies Lagardère’s stores sell high-end electronics such as MacBooks and iPads in our iStores, premium apparel in our Brooks Brothers stores, and high-end handbags and jewelry in our Brighton Collectibles and Pandora stores. You can also find must-have travel products in our CNBC, Trip Advisor, and locally themed travel-essential stores.We have losses that include outright theft from registers, failing to record sales, taking merchandise, fraudulent refunds, moving items across multiple checks, bartering in exchange for goods, or giving away items or meals, as well as shoplifting. Customers and airport workers have stolen from us. Granted, it isn’t to the degree that you see street side, but it does happen.We experience credit card fraud, primarily in our retail division. We have had organized retail crime groups buy cheap airline tickets with the sole purpose of defrauding us. Some will simply go through security with their boarding passes, make a number of fraudulent purchases, and exit, never stepping foot on a plane. Others will make multiple stops across the country and make purchases along the way.One of our core roles is the identification and resolution of internal theft. Our ability to prosecute is based on knowing the jurisdictional guidelines of all the airports we support. In most cases, local law enforcement patrols the concourses. We build relationships with law enforcement as part of our routine. While they vary from state to state and province to province, we must know each jurisdiction’s requirements. Our ability to leverage the criminal justice system is dependent on the relationships we build with law enforcement. We established a process in the last four or five years where we will meet with local law enforcement prior to interviewing a dishonest associate. This may seem counterintuitive to contact them before you interview, but we recognized that officers are fluent in the law but not necessarily retail or restaurant theft. By taking the time in advance of our interview to explain what is happening, when it’s happening, and how we are handling it internally, it makes the after-interview process much quicker and more successful. It has been well received by our law enforcement partners in the airport.We experience operational loss such as short shipping, receiving mistakes, and so forth. Stock shortage, because of operational inefficiencies, is a part of any retail landscape including an airport environment. We are challenged with training gaps, employee turnover, and typical receiving mistakes that hamper any retail operation. We have established a corporate committee specifically designed to look at operational loss related to process gaps. This has been a significant cross-functional effort that has yielded favorable results and systemic improvements. We are constantly focused on training and use audits to help gauge compliance.Some Things Always ChangeTo help explain our specific challenges, I think it is important to provide a landscape of operating in an airport. As concessionaires, Paradies Lagardère has two customers. We have the customer who comes into our store or restaurant and pays for merchandise or services rendered. We also have a second customer, which is the airport governing body that decides which concessionaires get to do business at a specific location. Both of those customers are equally important to our success. So much so that our mission statement is “to maintain first-class standards that exceed the expectations of the customers and business partners we serve.”Street retailers often purchase the store site or negotiate a lease for a space. In the airport concessions environment, we are unable to make site purchases. Our business is dependent on a multiyear store lease based on winning a contract through a request for proposal. At the conclusion of the lease, other airport concessionaires may bid on new lease options proposed by the airport governing body. Paradies Lagardère’s retail and restaurant models are always in a state of renewal, and I need to make sure the loss prevention and safety strategies are meeting the needs of this changing environment.No two airports are the same, and no two restaurant or store layouts are the same either. We fit our stores into the space provided by the airport. Because each restaurant or store has a different layout, we have to adjust to each space. We must customize our camera design and integration, which requires an additional labor investment for each store opening.We allow a high degree of functionality on our registers for our associates. Our customers are looking for speed of service. They are typically waiting to catch a flight and can’t be held up waiting on a supervisor to approve the transaction of an associate. This allows opportunity for our associates to conduct fraudulent activity in our stores.Big Airports, Big ChallengesOur stores and restaurants are open 365 days a year. In our largest operations, we have over forty stores and restaurants. These facilities are spread out to presecurity and postsecurity and could be spread over several concourses or terminals. The concourses and terminals, at times, are not physically connected to each other. The opening and closing times of our operations vary within in each airport. This can change if we experience airline delays. We are there to provide service to the traveling public, so our hours of operation remain fluid to allow for these changes. All of these factors can make communication with our team members a challenge. Communication has to be filtered through others. It can be difficult to ensure that the original message gets to everyone in the same context. Because of this, we have to be strategic about our messages to the team.In larger airports, most of our inventory is stored at an off-site warehouse anywhere from five to twenty minutes from the airport. We can’t secure our inventory by locking or sealing the transport truck because the truck must be inspected before it can enter airport space. We have had instances of those trucks making unscheduled stops along their route to the airport to offload product to a waiting vehicle. Once the product arrives at the airport, it can go directly to a store or be placed in on-site stockrooms throughout the airport. In street retail, it is typically contained within four walls. In our environment, it can be spread between an off-site facility, on-site stockrooms, and multiple stores of an airport. This product is moved around between concourses and stores, depending on where it is needed, and we can lose visibility to where that product goes. On the street side, unpaid-for product has no reason to leave the four walls. In our environment, it will leave one lease line and be moved to another lease line with potentially a lot of space between the two.Giving Credit Where Credit is DueEvery great leader hasgreat support. The leaderswho report to me include:■■ Lilly Noyan-Paddyfoote,safety and loss controlmanager, who hasresponsibility for safety andclaims management (worker’scompensation, generalliability, auto, property) forthe organization.■■ Billy Childers, lossprevention and safetyoperations manager, whohas responsibility for lossprevention/safety centralizedprograms and services,CCTV, and retail supply chain.■■ Annette Barry, regional lossprevention/safety managerof dining, who has alignmentwith the western half of thedining division.■■ Doug Martinez, regionalloss prevention/safetymanager of retail, who hasalignment with the westernhalf of the retail division.Doug is supported bymarket managers Eric Tullisin the Texas and Southwestregions, Diane Valdezin the California region,and Rick Wittman in theMountain Plains and WesternCanada regions.■■ Bret Graddy, regional lossprevention/safety manager ofretail, who has alignment withthe eastern half of the retaildivision. Bret is supportedby market managers MarcosLozano in the Southeastand Florida regions, SteveMathieu in the Great Lakesand Eastern Canadaregions, and Martin Davisin the Northeast and OhioValley regions.The Secret to Having No SecretsOur approach to loss prevention in our retail and dining divisions is transparency. We openly discuss internal theft. We list in our internal employee communication the different ways employees can steal. We do this for multiple reasons. Our thought is that dishonest employees already have that knowledge of how to steal, but our largely honest population may not recognize what they are seeing when another associate commits an act of theft. By providing this information to our associates, we now have 10,000 people understanding how theft in the workplace occurs. When they observe it, they will know how to respond. This also shows the dishonest associate that we’ve seen it before. It’s not new. We want them to know they aren’t the first and won’t be the last. Finally, it shows a level of trust with our employees. The team recognizes we are equipping all of our associates with understanding on how to steal. But when you show trust in your employees, amazing things can happen. They feel empowered and more connected to the organization. This fits with Paradies Lagardère’s core values of TRIFIC: trust, respect, integrity, first class, innovation, and commitment.To go along with our transparency approach and emphasize the company stance on theft, Paradies Lagardère made the conscious decision to prosecute those who defraud the company. That decision is known throughout the organization. The financial dividends obtained through our shrink results reinforce this was the right decision. Since making this change five years ago, we have seen a steady decline in our shrink number. With each successive year, we have broken the record set in the previous year for lowest shrink number in company history.Another important point in how we achieve success is our relationships with our business partners. The entire team recognizes the role we play as a support function. The team develops strong relationships with their operations partners, HR partners, and LP/safety team members and works regularly in cross-functional committees to strengthen and create new and existing relationships.Tapping into the Hub of KnowledgeSince the restaurant industry is so much different than retail, I find it essential to surround myself with experienced restaurant-specific professionals that I can connect with through the Restaurant Loss Prevention and Security Association (RLPSA).Networking with like-minded professionals is the key to any loss prevention leader’s success. Attending the RLPSA’s annual conference has provided me with not only an unprecedented networking ability but also education and insight from other restaurant loss prevention programs facing similar challenges. To me, that is invaluable. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Dybala: ‘Juve showed experience’

first_imgPaulo Dybala feels Juventus “sent a signal, we have the necessary experience” to turn around difficult situations after his brace beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1. The Russians had taken a shock lead after 30 minutes, but La Joya scored at the 77th and 79th to transform the Champions League match in Turin. “I really needed these two goals. It was a good result for me and for the team, as we suffered, but have the necessary experience to keep calm and find a way through,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia. Does this show that Juve can play with Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo together? “We can work on it, the Coach has his ideas and we’ll work on them in training to improve together.” The Bianconeri are still unbeaten in all competition this season, dropping points only to Fiorentina and Atletico Madrid. “We sent the usual signal, which is that this is not a Juventus side without experience or talent. We can have our say.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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6 days agoEx-Liverpool striker Sturridge scores first Trabzonspor goal

first_imgEx-Liverpool striker Sturridge scores first Trabzonspor goalby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge scored his first goal for Trabzonspor as he helped his side to victory against Gaziantep.He opened the scoring for the six-time Turkish champions, firing into the bottom corner from just inside the box.Five minutes later, the 30-year-old provided the assist for on-loan Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth to score their second.Sturridge joined Trabzonspor in August having been released by the Reds.The England international – who also played for Manchester City, Chelsea, Bolton and West Brom – won the Champions League with Liverpool last season.Trabzonspor are top of the Super Lig having picked up 15 points from their opening eight matches. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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JT Barrett picks up records awards early in career

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Kent State Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 66-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has made quite the impact during his first three weeks as a starter.The Wichita Falls, Texas, native joined fellow Texan Kenny Guiton atop the OSU record book when he tied for the most touchdown passes in a single game as he tossed six against the Kent State Golden Flashes.Barrett also became the first Buckeye to throw for more than 300 yards in a game since Troy Smith did it in 2006 against Michigan. Barrett finished with 312 on 23 of 30 passing.Because of his performance, Barrett was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, in addition to earning his second Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Week honor.The young quarterback became the first Buckeye to win the Big Ten offensive Player of the Week award since running back Carlos Hyde won it following a Nov. 16 win against Illinois in which he rushed for 246 yards and scored five total touchdowns.Barrett said after the win against Kent State on Saturday that he feels like he is improving game by game.“I feel like I’m progressing each week. I’m just trying to get better each week,” he said. “I definitely feel more comfortable every week as I get more reps. Things are starting to slow down for me in the game.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he purposely put the ball in Barrett’s hands early and often against the Golden Flashes so he could further evaluate the young quarterback’s progression.“I wanted to force him to make plays, and receivers — it’s not just him, it’s the whole combination of quarterback/receivers,” Meyer said Saturday. “I thought he played good. I thought there was a couple misses, too, now that we could have had.”The misses that Barrett made were minimal, but he attributes the limited mistakes to getting used to the speed of the game.“That is one thing (senior quarterback Braxton Miller) told me,” Barrett said. “He said ‘at first, everything is going to be flying around, and you will be really unsure and things like that but as you go, it starts to slow down,’ and that is just game experience.”Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has caught four touchdowns from Barrett in OSU’s first three games, said he believes in the quarterback’s abilities.“J.T. is a real mature guy. We hold each other accountable and trust each other,” Thomas said. “I trust him and tell him I’ve always got his back out there.”That trust has been evident on the field as Thomas is currently the Buckeyes’ leading receiver with 11 catches for 214 yards and the four scores.Going forward, Meyer said he, as well as his coaching staff, is looking for more ways to put Barrett in a position to succeed.“We actually did some empty (formations), I think he’ll be a good empty quarterback, five receiver set, so we’re still, once again, figuring out exactly how we’re going to be moving the ball as an offense once we start getting to the Big Ten season,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes are set for a bye week before taking on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. read more

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Football JK Dobbins recognized as Big Ten CoFreshman of the Week

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the third quarter of the 2017 OSU- Army game in Ohio Stadium on Sep. 16. OSU won 38-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRunning back J.K. Dobbins continues to make his presence felt this season as he was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week Monday. The recognition follow his performance Saturday against Army, when the true freshman ran for 172 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown. He shares the honor with Rutgers quarterback Johnathan Lewis.This is the second week the award was given to Dobbins as he was was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week following a record-breaking performance in which he rushed for 181 yards on 29 carries against Indiana. That was the most rushing yards ever by an Ohio State first-year running back in his debut.Dobbins has not only been a key cog in Ohio State’s offense so far this year, but he has also been among the most productive running backs in the nation. His 451 total rushing yards are eighth in the country, and his average of 7.73 yards per carry sits at 13th-best among FBS players.Dobbins joins only Archie Griffin (1972) and Maurice Clarett (2002) as the only two freshman to total 170 yards in a game twice in a single season. Neither former Buckeye running back reached a third game with that total.Dobbins will attempt to become the first Ohio State freshman running back to do just that when he and the rest of the Buckeyes take on UNLV Saturday in Ohio Stadium at noon. read more

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Mens Soccer Ohio State hosts Cleveland State in 17th annual Connor Senn

Ohio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-7-2, 0-3-1 Big Ten) returns to the pitch Friday night as it takes on Cleveland State in the 17th annual Connor Senn Memorial Match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The match will feature a tribute to the legacy of former Ohio State men’s soccer player Connor Senn, who collapsed during a match at the University of Akron in 2001, and died later that evening. Cleveland State (2-5-1, 1-2-1 Horizon) comes to Columbus fresh off a victory over the University of Illinois at Chicago, powered by a hat trick by junior midfielder/defender Vlad Jandric.Between the pipes, Cleveland State has trotted out a pair of freshmen this season, alternating between Nicklas Rulle and Alex Gyerman. Gyerman has played almost twice as much as Rulle and has compiled a 1.32 goals against average and a .759 save percentage. Meanwhile, Rulle comes into Friday’s match with a 2.40 goals against average and a .417 save percentage.On the other end of the field, one of the strengths of Ohio State has been the play of redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried. Siegfried has a 1.44 goals against average and a .681 save percentage.He said has continued belief and confidence in the 10 teammates in front of him. “It’s about getting our confidence back. I don’t think there’s a game this year that if we didn’t play it over we have a good chance of winning,” Siegfried said. “I think that everyone feels that, coaching staff feels that, players feel it and so just getting that confidence when we roll the ball up Friday night, just having that for 90 minutes is going to do it.”Offensively, the Viking attack is spearheaded by two players, Jandric and junior forward Gabriel Pewu, both of whom have three goals on the season.Ohio State head coach Brian Maisonneuve talked about the offensive skill that Cleveland State possesses.“Cleveland State’s a good team, I mean they’re very good going forward. Similar to Rutgers is they can hurt you going forward, they have some really good pieces, some good athletes and good soccer players and they’re dangerous on the offensive side,” Maisonneuve said.Maisonneuve also said the team hopes for an improvement after an exhibition match that occured between Ohio State and the Vikings this past spring.“They like to possess the ball but yet they’re athletic enough to go direct, so they’re going to cause some challenges,” Maisonneuve said. “I know we played them in the spring, and the result didn’t go our way, so the guys know what they’re all about, and I think they scored 5 on us in the spring, so they’re a dangerous attacking team for sure.”The Buckeyes and Vikings are scheduled to start at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. on Friday. read more

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Review Liverpool – Brighton

first_imgMohamed Salah broke Premier League’s goal record as Liverpool cruised to a 4-0 victory at Anfield.Most of the Liverpool players who were present from the first minute in the loss to Chelsea started this game as well. The only changes Klopp made was dropping Milner and Clyne. Alexander-Arnold was the right back, Henderson and Wijnaldum were the only true midfielders, while Solanke got a rare chance to lead the attack. Izquierdo, Ulloa, Gross and Saltor were absent from Chris Hughton’s lineup that took the field a week ago at Manchester City. Locadia, March, Kayal and Schelotto were brought in instead.There was a penalty claim for Liverpool in the 9th minute, when Alexander-Arnold’s cross hit Shane Duffy on the arm. The referee could’ve calmly shown on the penalty spot. Duffy was lucky that Kevin Friend decided to keep quiet. Nine minutes later, The Reds had another penalty claim. I don’t know what was the referee thinking, but it was a clear penalty. Duffy was the guilty party again, as he tripped Salah inside the box. A terrible decision. Salah and Klopp were understandably unhappy. A minute after that, Sadio Mane had an excellent opportunity to score. He was one-on-one with the goalkeeper, yet shot the ball straight at him.Brighton was barely connecting passes, as Liverpool had full control of the possession and pressured immediately upon losing it. In he 26th minute we had the first goal of the game and guess who scored it? Yes, you’re right. It was Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian broke the Premier League record for goals in a season with 32. He managed to break free inside the box for just a second. It was enough for Alexander-Arnold to find him and for him to fire a low left-footed shot that Mathew Ryan was unable to reach.A couple of minutes later, the score should’ve been increased to 2-0. A failed offside trap left Mane and Salah all alone with Brighton’s goalie. Mane could’ve taken a shot, but decided to set up Salah instead. Ryan used the fact that the strikers were close next to each other and saved Salah’s attempt. The ball rebounded back to the record-breaker, who shot again. A Brighton defender threw his body in the way and blocked the shot at the goal line. An unbelievable miss. By the 30th minute, the home team had 10 attempts on goal. Brighton had none.Scotland’s Robertson hopes for a positive result against Belgium Manuel R. Medina – September 7, 2019 Scotland was defeated at home 2-1 by Russia in yesterday’s 2020 European Championship qualifiers, and the team is almost out of the race for a spot at the Euros.Wijnaldum and Firmino had chances to score as well. The Dutch international’s strike from inside the box was a weak one and right up the middle, while the Brazilian’s flew over the bar. Liverpool finally got that second goal in the 40th minute. Brighton cleared the ball during a corner kick, but it came right to Van Dijk, who passed it on to Robertson. The left back then sent a cross, Dejan Lovren flew in and headed the ball home. The two teams were simply classes apart.At the beginning of the second half, Firmino and another Liverpool player took the ball away at midfield. Liverpool’s #9 was the one who took it, ran with it and then fired a long-range shot that forced Ryan to make a save. Klopp’s decision to start Dominik Solanke paid off as the youngster scored his first goal for Liverpool after 26 appearances, mostly short cameos. It was the 54th minute when Firmino gave the ball to Salah at midfield. The Egyptian magician dribbled past a couple of challengers, pushed the ball forward and then passed it to Solanke on the right side of the box. The tall attacker set himself up and blasted a powerful shot that shook the inside of the cross bar before hitting the net.Pascal Gross and Glenn Murray came in as substitutions after the goal. Two consecutive mistakes by Bong and Schelotto left Firmino with a perfect opportunity to further Brighton’s misery. He placed his shot, but the placement wasn’t good enough, as Matt Ryan made the save. Sadio Mane received a standing ovation for his tremendous season in the 74th minute, as he was walking off the pitch to make way for Adam Lallana. In the 84th minute, Salah received the most well deserved standing ovation of the season when was substituted by 18-year-old Ben Woodburn. Firmino left the pitch as well. Ings replaced him.Not long after the changes, Liverpool’s slow build-up play ended with a cross that was deflected right onto Robertson’s left foot. The extraordinary left back scored to make it 4-0. That’s how it stayed until the final whistle. The Reds were close to sealing a direct berth to the Champions League group stage through the league, but Tottenham somehow managed to defeat Leicester City 5-4 in order to finish 3rd. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic season for Klopp and his squad that is now going to get ready for one of the most anticipated finals in CL history.last_img read more

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Provide basic requirements security to Rohingya children

first_imgParticipants at the roundtable jointly organised by Prothom Alo and UNICEF at the Prothom Alo office in the capital on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloDiscussants at a roundtable stressed that the Rohingya children should be provided with basic education, food and other necessities as well as proper security as long as they are in Bangladesh.The roundtable was jointly organised by ProthomAlo and UNICEF at the Prothom Alo office in the capital on Sunday. Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Qayyum moderated the roundtable.Chief guest at the roundtable, Bangladesh Human Rights Commission chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque, said almost 400,000 Rohingya children took shelter in Cox’s Bazar since the latest crisis began with violent attacks in Rakhine on 25 August.Speaking about providing legal assistance to the Rohingyas in Bangladesh, assistant external relations officer of UNHCR Souvik Das said Bangladesh lacks any kind of refugee law. However, identifying the newborn Rohingyas in Bangladesh and providing them with birth certificates can help them, he added.He also mentioned that the majority of the Rohingya female refugees were pregnant or were child brides.He also said most of the children in the camps were traumatised following the atrocities they witnessed in Myanmar and proper security for them has to be ensured in the camps.Speaking about the latest condition of the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, executive director of Coast Trust, Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, said Bangladesh should have two types of plans for managing the current refugee crisis.He said, plan A should be providing basic education for the Rohingya children and also ensuring long term education programmes in the refugee camps, so that the refugee children can get a stable future.He said plan B should be to continue pressure on Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas.Special guest additional secretary of social welfare ministry Khairul Anam said the Rohingya influx into Bangladesh has continued for the last 40 years. He also appreciated the fact that different local as well as international organisations were working along with the government to cope with the crisis.Khairul Anam said currently there are a total of 10 Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf where a total of 12,000 children have been registered till now.Among others, programme coordinator of BRAC M Nazrul Islam, child protection expert of UNICEF Monira Hasan, head of child rights and protection, Plan International, Tania Nusrat Zaman, national program officer (adolescent and youth gender) of UNFPA Humaira Farhana, deputy director of community development center Tsadduk Hossain, and deputy country director of Handicap International Sharmin Khan, also addressed the roundtable.last_img read more

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4yrold girl killed in gas cylinder blast

first_imgA four year-old girl was killed in a gas cylinder explosion at Pathbari here on FridayThe deceased was Toha Khatun, daughter of Badsha Mia of the area.The gas cylinder went off with a big bang when Toha was playing in the kitchen, leaving her burn injured, said family members.Later she was taken to a private hospital in the district town where the physicians declared her dead.last_img

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Man Flees After Shooting Involving HPD Officer In West Houston

first_imgHouston Police Department via TwitterHPD Chief Art Acevedo briefs local media after a shooting that occurred in west Houston on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo informed Tuesday afternoon that a shooting involving an HPD officer occurred at the intersection of Beechnut Street and Wilcrest Drive, in west Houston.During a media briefing held on the scene of the shooting around 4:00 p.m., Acevedo explained the officer was rendering assistance to a man at a pharmacy and heard shots across the street, on the parking lot of a gas station that is being built.Acevedo said that when the officer approached the man who had fired the shots he tried to engage him and, at that point, the officer shot one round, although the HPD Chief believes the suspect wasn’t hit.The suspect, who Acevedo described as an Asian or Hispanic male between 20 and 30 years-old, fled in a black Ford F-150 pick-up truck.The HPD Chief detailed the suspect has black hair and was wearing a long sleeve flannel shirt.The officer, who has been with HPD for about 10 years, wasn’t injured and will be placed on administrative duty pending some additional investigation which, as Acevedo noted, is “normal protocol” for the Police department.HPD Chief @artacevedo briefs media on officer-involved shooting in 10900 block of Beechnut https://t.co/ochi1USmsz— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) June 5, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

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