The Most Dangerous Cities In The U.S.

first_imgThe National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) has published a study unveiling the most dangerous cities in the United States. By analyzing publically-available FBI crime data and population figures, the NCHSS has created a report that highlights the cities with the highest rate of crime per capita and those with the most significant increase in violence throughout the, the official site of the NCHSS, has announced the following cities as the most dangerous in America.Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S.1. Anniston, Alabama2. Bessemer, Alabama3. Florida City, Florida4. McKeesport, Pennsylvania5. St. Louis, Missouri6. Detroit, Michigan7. Baltimore, Maryland8. Memphis, Tennessee9. Camden County, New Jersey10. Opa Locka, FloridaThe complete report contains this list as well as others that include additional variables such as cities with larger populations, police adequacy scores, and year-over-year changes in crime rates.To see the full study and all its details, click through to the study here: NCHSS has obtained these rankings by analyzing the most recent data made available by the FBI and combining it with current population figures for these US cities. Lists were then created based on the crime rate for all cities, “large” cities (populations over 100,000), and for cities most trending towards crime. Lastly, cities with a population under 10,000 were discarded, as well as the few cities that did not submit complete crime reports to the FBI.last_img read more

2015 GRAORCA Conference

first_imgIt was a great day for the Georgia Retail Association Organized Retail Crime Alliance (GRAORCA) Conference in Atlanta—nice and rainy so you wouldn’t miss the heat outside.  After attending this conference for the past three years, I can safely say that it gets better each year.  With increased attendance, influential speakers, and a growing vendor showcase, the only thing that doesn’t change is the key message—Partnership is key when it comes to fighting Organized Retail Crime.Chief George Turner of the Atlanta Police Department got the day started by discussing new partnerships and additional changes being made in his department (to include improved technology and additional resources) to keep driving the crime rate in Atlanta to record lows.   Vic Reynolds, the Cobb County District Attorney, echoed Chief Turner by stating that no retailer is immune to ORC and working together is the only way that we can make an impact.  While the sharing of information between private businesses and public agencies can potentially present a challenge, increased information sharing gives everyone a better and more complete picture, which in turn leads to successful arrests and prosecutions.  Sharing information was no issue for the leadership panel.  With leaders representing retail, law enforcement and the vendor community, diverse perspectives were provided on leadership and leading teams.  Each offered their own insight and experience while providing the audience with a number of take-aways.  I personally came away with a list of books to read thanks to Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson, who stressed the importance of accelerating your learning and leadership development by reading books authored by those discussing their leadership experience.- Sponsor – Meanwhile Shawn Blankenship, vice president of asset protection at The Home Depot, conveyed the importance of communication as a leader as a means to ensure your team understands the end goal.  Communicating your plan allows the team to support the journey and helps with making the right decisions along the way. District Attorney Vic Reynolds agreed with Shawn, adding that it’s important to train your people to learn and understand the right standards, creating the support that helps develop leaders for the future. With sessions focused on post-ORC actions like “Creating Successful Partnerships for Building Cases” and “Using ORC and RICO Statutes” it was also refreshing to have sessions that discussed prevention of ORC incidents.  The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) was on-hand to help introduce the concept of taking a scientific look at deterrence and best practices for identifying and interviewing a booster once they are in custody.  The day ended with what may have been the most interesting session of the day.  The LPRC introduced four of the boosters they work with to serve as a panel moderated by Kyle Grottini. The session allowed attendees to hear “straight from the horse’s mouth” how they select their targets, along with their methods and motivators.  There were likely more than a few in the audience that did not like to hear the details and impressions of their stores expressed by the boosters, but the insight and candid responses were informational and prompted an interesting Q&A session at the end. With such successful past conferences, the 2015 GRAORCA Conference did not disappoint and I look forward to what 2016 has to bring.      Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Looking For the Next Big Thing: Amazon Announces Fifth Annual AWS Start-up Challenge

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts dan rowinskicenter_img Tags:#Amazon#cloud computing#web Amazon announced today its fifth annual Amazon Web Services Start-up Challenge for entrepreneurs using AWS. This year the contest has been expanded globally and will reward 15 regional semifinalists, five each from the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe/Middle East/Africa. This time Amazon has teamed with, a global entrepreneurship network and contest platform to help administer the contest. Past finalists of the AWS Start-up Challenge include (in 2007), cloud-computing email productivity service Sonian Corp. (2008) and Yieldex.AWS and other cloud providers like RackSpace have been pivotal in the next-generation explosion of web and mobile applications that have changed the dynamic of the current era of technology disruption. Amazon’s ease-of-use and elastic pricing model has lowered the bar for startups looking to experiment with their products and scale quickly. By opening the contest to a worldwide audience this year, Amazon has set its sights not just on the Silicon Valley crowd but also on disruptive developer hotbeds across the globe.One of the purposes of Amazon’s contest is not just to find new startups using AWS, but also as a way to keep its nose on the ground floor of innovation. The current tech giants not only want to grow their own product offerings but also find the next Google or Twitter in the rough, especially those that are already using the company’s existing infrastructure. Imagine if Apple had invested in Google in 1998 (which could have easily happened) and the two companies grew within each other over the past 13 years. Of course, no one can tell what kind of course each would have taken (maybe AdWords is never created and Google just becomes an interesting algorithm in the footnotes of history) but the thought is intriguing to the more successful companies like Amazon as well as angel investors and venture capitalists.Sonian is an interesting example. Its goal is to archive electronic communications, files and unstructured content to create actionable intelligence (decision making through data analysis). After a couple of false starts, Sonian and CTO Greg Arnette were able to employ AWS in a cost-effective way that makes Sonian an interesting archiving engine and example of the powers of the cloud. Arnette frequents speaking engagements to help to explain businesses how to institute a cloud strategy and what the pitfalls will be with any cloud infrastructure, especially a third-party one such as AWS.Each of the 15 finalists will receive $2,500 in AWS credits and six finalists will be awarded a $10,000 package including credits and a trip to Palo Alto, Calif. for the final round of judging. The winner will receive $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in AWS credits. Entrants must have made $10 million with their product but also not have accepted more than $10 million in venture funding. This way Amazon can whittle down potential winners or acquisitions by those that have had a degree of success but are also still in early-stage funding rounds, hence ripe to be integrated into Amazon, should the company choose. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Manchester City paint Premier League blue with 2nd title in 3 years

first_imgSamir Nasri and Vincent Kompany scored the goals for Man CityManchester City won the Premier League for the second time in three seasons on Sunday, completing its campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham that lacked any of the drama of its previous title.The Engineer Who Fixed Man City’s WoesUnlike the stoppage-time comeback required in the 2012 title decider, goals either side of halftime by Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany provided a more serene end to what had been an exhilarating season.”You can’t repeat what happened last time,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said. “This year, we’ve really come on strong at the end when we needed to.”Two years ago, City won the title on goal difference ahead of neighbor Manchester United after coming from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers on the final day. Sunday’s victory, though, meant Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Newcastle at Anfield was meaningless as City finished two points above the Merseyside club.As soon as the final whistle was blown, thousands of fans flooded onto the Etihad Stadium pitch, setting off blue flares. For a club that has spent so much time in the shadow of United – last year’s champion – it was just the fourth time in its 134-year history that fans could celebrate a league title.Just 15 years ago, City was playing in the third tier of English football, but the club’s fortunes were transformed after the influx of Abu Dhabi cash following a 2008 takeover.Making this victory all the sweeter is the fact that United, which beat City to the title by 11 points last May, ended this campaign in seventh place after imploding in the post-Alex Ferguson era.advertisementAlthough City spent just 15 days at the summit during a campaign when the lead changed hands 25 times, Manuel Pellegrini’s side surged to the top when it mattered most. The 60-year-old Chilean is ending his first season in English football as a double winner, having already won the League Cup victory over Sunderland in March.However, the league title looked out of reach for City just weeks ago after losing to Liverpool at Anfield. However, Liverpool collapsed toward the end with a loss to Chelsea and a draw at Crystal Palace which meant City only needed a draw at the Etihad to secure the title.But after an edgy start, Nasri scored with a shot from outside the area in the 39th minute and Vincent Kompany added the second from close range shortly after the break to let fans celebrate for much of the second half.”Liverpool’s game against Chelsea, I think that’s the twist of the season,” Nasri said.All City required was a draw, but after an edgy start this energetic and attacking team seized on the opportunity to finish the season in style. Against an uninspiring West Ham, City was in complete control, calmly knocking the ball around the pitch.However easily City unpicked the West Ham defense, finding a route to goal was proving more difficult. David Silva, so dynamic in this title-winning side, lashed the ball over from distance and Aleksandar Kolarov had a long-range strike tipped over by goalkeeper Adrian.But the goal that settled nerves in the stands came in the 39th minute, with Yaya Toure teeing up Nasri, who took two touches before curling the shot into the net off the inside of the post.Although Silva was denied by the woodwork in stoppage time, City’s second came just four minutes into the second half. From a corner, the ball bounced off striker Edin Dzeko, and the unmarked Kompany swept in City’s 102nd league goal this season from close range.The captain slid across the pitch in celebration, and the party truly started in the stadium. Unlike the rollercoaster season finale against Queens Park Rangers here two years ago, it was job done for City.West Ham was never going to spoil these celebrations, and City is at the pinnacle of English football once again. The challenge now is retaining the trophy for the first time, and replicating the electrifying domestic form in Europe to conquer the Champions League.These title celebrations, though, could be short-lived in the City boardroom, with UEFA on the verge of imposing sanctions on the club for overspending in breach of Financial Fair Play rules.last_img read more

a month agoBournemouth boss Eddie Howe: We face West Ham in best form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: We face West Ham in best formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe is excited to be facing West Ham in the form they’re in.Howe believes Bournemouth go into the West Ham game in confident form, despite the Hammers’ positive start to the campaign.He said, “It’s important we don’t forget the positivity of the early season form, the result games Everton, the result against Southampton.”So from my perspective it’s in the lead up to West Ham and I’m looking for the players to put on a really good show for the fans.”It’ll be a really good game, two teams that will want to play their football and obviously we want to come out on top.”From our perspective we are looking to find a bit of consistency that eluded us at times last season – everyone is fighting for that but we would love to win three in a row and it would be the first time we’ve been about to do that for a while so it will be a huge incentive.” last_img read more

UCP member apologizes for unintentionally comparing pride flag to swastikas

first_imgA member of Alberta’s United Conservative Party is apologizing for making what he says was an unintentional comparison between the rainbow LGBTQ pride flag and swastikas in a speech this weekend.John Carpay issued a statement Sunday evening, saying he wished to clarify the remarks he made at a conference organized by the conservative news outlet Rebel Media in Calgary the previous day.In the statement, Carpay says he was discussing the nature of totalitarianism when he “referred in the same sentence” to the rainbow flag and the flags bearing Nazi and communist symbols.In doing so, he says he “unintentionally drew a broad comparison” between them.He says he meant to stress the need to defend fundamental rights such as free speech, and that slogans touting diversity and inclusion have been abused in ways that undermine those freedoms.Carpay, a lawyer and president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, is behind a legal challenge to Alberta’s law on gay-straight alliances.The law bans schools from telling parents if their children join the peer groups meant to make LGBTQ kids feel welcome and to prevent bullying.A video of Carpay’s remarks, posted on YouTube by Rebel Media, shows him discussing the court case and suggesting the law on gay-straight alliances is “a type of law that they would have in Nazi Germany of Communist Russia.”He later says: “How do we defeat today’s totalitarianism? Again, you’ve got to think about the common characteristics. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a hammer and sickle for communism, or whether it’s the swastika for Nazi Germany or whether it’s a rainbow flag, the underlying thing is a hostility towards individual freedoms.”Rebel Media has come under fire for its coverage in the past, with several conservative politicians — including UCP Leader Jason Kenney — denouncing its editorial direction in the wake of last year’s protests in Charlottesville, Va.At the time, Kenney said on social media that he had “publicly condemned their alt-right editorial direction of recent months.”last_img read more

Indigenous activists eye oil spill at Kinder Morgan pumping station

first_imgAPTN NewsIndigenous activists are keeping a close eye on an oil spill near Barriere, B.C., days before Kinder Morgan’s so-called deadline on its $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion project.On Sunday, the provincial Ministry of Environment said a flow meter leaked about 100 litres of crude oil into the ground at the Darfield Pump Station.Crews started cleaning up the site and monitoring the area.“The station was quickly isolated and as a precaution, the main Trans Mountain Pipeline was shut down,” a statement reads, adding crews started the pipeline just before 3:30 p.m. that day.Kanahus Manuel, who’s spearheading the Tiny House Warriors movement in an attempt to block the pipeline, was on site during the cleanup – and plans to keep monitoring the area.“When the pipeline spills like that on our land, if we don’t mobilize and if we don’t go there and if we don’t show our presence, then they can continue to do this and get away with it,” she said.Kinder Morgan has threatened to back out of the expansion project by May 31 if Ottawa, B.C. and Alberta can’t come to an agreement. Meanwhile, a B.C. court quashed two legal challenges by the City of Vancouver and Squamish Nation, but a number of other lawsuits are still pending.Meanwhile, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May pleaded guilty to criminal contempt after she protested at the Kinder Morgan construction site, violating a B.C. court injunction. She must pay a $1,500 fine.“I made a promise to the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueum First Nations that I would stand with them in opposing this disastrous pipeline and tanker project,” she said in a press release. “To keep that promise, I made the choice to undertake an act of civil disobedience. I knew the consequences and, in pleading guilty today, I accept the consequences of my actions.”On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated that his government is “going to get this pipeline built,” but offered no news on the matter days before Kinder Morgan’s deadline.“We continue to engage in financial discussions on the way we are going to do that,” he said. “When we have something to announce you can be sure we will announce it.”Until then, Kinder Morgan has stopped all non-essential spending on the pipeline expansion project that will triple the flow of diluted bitumen from Edmonton to Vancouver.Manuel is preparing for a battle this week, as she expects the federal government will manage to greenlight the project.“They’re going to go full force,” she said. “They want to see this pipeline completed.And we’ll do whatever it takes to stop it and block it.With Files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Van Bommel named new PSV Eindhoven boss

first_imgNetherlands legend Mark van Bommel has been appointed the new manager of PSV Eindhoven on a three-year contract following Phillip Cocu’s departureThe 41-year-old is currently working as Bert van Marwijk’s assistant at Australia for the World Cup and will officially assume his new role at PSV at the end of the Socceroos’ World Cup campaign.“You cannot set the date to start a career as head coach. I think I have the experience to meet this new challenge”, Van Bommel told the club website.Tahith Chong, Manchester UnitedReport: Chong feels he is making progress at United George Patchias – September 5, 2019 Tahith Chong feels that he is making progress and moving up the ladder at Manchester United.It was reported recently here at that Chong…“We will only keep our focus on the World Cup.”Meanwhile, Cocu has since been named the new manager of Turkish side Fenerbahce after leading PSV to the Eredivisie title last season and leaves the club after five years.The Dutchman is reportedly set to bring Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel with him to the Super Lig after having worked with the playmaker over the course of last season.last_img read more

Report Mousa Dembele close to completing £11m move to China

first_imgTottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is reportedly closing in on an £11m switch to Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super LeagueThings haven’t gone so well for Dembele this season with just seven starts in 10 Premier League appearances due to the strong competition at Spurs and his own fitness problems.The Belgium international has been sidelined since injuring his ankle against Wolves at the beginning of November.And, with his contract due to expire this summer, Dembele and Dutch striker Vincent Janssen are expected to leave Spurs during this month’s transfer window.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Now the BBC reports that Dembele is on the brink of sealing an £11m move to China with Beijing Guoan.This comes despite Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claiming to be unaware of any interest from China in Dembele on Monday.Since arriving from Fulham in 2012, Dembele has managed 12 goals and 12 assists in 243 Premier League appearances for Spurs.last_img read more

Reds can win the double Henderson

first_imgJordan Henderson feels Liverpool have what it takes to complete a Premier League and Champions League double this season.Heading to the tail end of the campaign, the Reds are still in the driving seat to win the title and equally fancy their chances of winning the Champions League.Speaking to the media ahead of Tuesday’s game, Henderson described the clash with Bayern as “the biggest of the season” and promised to carry on with that mentality till the end of the campaign.“If we had to choose, we’d choose both,” he replied when asked which competition he would rather win.“We prioritise game by game, no matter what competition it is, so Tuesday night for us is the biggest game of the season. And then so on and so on.“It’ll be like that until the end of the season, that’s how we approach every game.“That’s what we need to do, it’s not about favouring one competition.“I feel we have a good enough squad to be able to challenge in both competitions as best we can, and hopefully at the end of the season we see we’re champions of at least one, if not both.”Bookmakers fancy Klopp’s men to scale through to the quarter-finals, considering the Bavarians inconsistent form this season.Henderson, though, thinks Bayern should not be written off ahead of the clash.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…Daily Mail: Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson eyes Premier League and Champions League glory #lfc #ynwa— Liverpool News 365 (@iLiverpoolApp) February 18, 2019“It’ll be very tough,” the England midfielder added via FourFourTwo.“They’re only two points off Dortmund in the domestic league and have been consistent finalists and semi-finalists [in the Champions League].“They’ve got world-class players so we know how difficult it will be but having said that we feel confident in the group that we can go and hurt them.“It’s up to us to show that tomorrow night.“The amount of big games we played last year can only help us.”Up next after Bayern is a big clash away to bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday.last_img read more