FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Former owner of the famous Little Pub Hotel and Restaurant in Ocho Rios, Keith Foote, told the FINSAC Enquiry Tuesday (March 8) how a $5 million National Commercial Bank (NCB) loan cost him his $10 million penthouse apartment in 2002, after he had repaid over $40 million. Mr. Foote was one of two witnesses testifying at the enquiry being held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston. Commissioners Worrick Bogle, chairman, Charles Ross and Justice Henderson Downer are reviewing the impact of the 1990s financial meltdown, the Government-owned Financial Sector Adjustment Company (FINSAC) and the sale of the non-performing loans to Texan firm Jamaica Redevelopment Foundation, Inc. The other witness, businessman Albert Jonas, said his family is on the verge of homelessness, as their home in Irish Town, St. Andrew is being auctioned to repay a $500,000 loan which has grown to $2.5 million. Mr. Foote was a popular St. Ann tourism figure up to 2002, when fire gutted the Little Pub Complex in Ocho Rios, leaving him with $20 million in losses, just four years after he had borrowed $5 million from NCB to repair the complex following Hurricane Gilbert. He said he serviced the loan for several years until FINSAC took over the NCB. “The rapidly rising interest rates had made it virtually impossible for me to keep up with the payments. I remember a time in the 1990s when interest rates rose to 90 percent,” Foote told the Commission. By that time, he had repaid $15 million, but at a meeting in Kingston, arranged by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) to help him, he was told he still owed $33 million. “I tried to urge the FINSAC representatives to grant me some reprieve, as I had by now paid more than three times the amount I borrowed. This was to no avail. FINSAC demanded that I pay $33 million to settle the debt,” he informed the Commission. He said that faced with the prospect of losing his business, he went to Capital and Credit Merchant Bank and borrowed $30 million. He paid $26 million to FINSAC on his debt, and used $4 million for bank charges, quantity surveyors, accountants and property taxes. However, he admitted that he lost a number of those documents in a fire in 2004. He said that with the $26 million payment, he had repaid over $41 million on the principal debt of $5 million. However, FINSAC insisted that he pay an outstanding $7 million, or face the prospect of losing the Complex. He was given two weeks to pay. He said he told FINSAC’s representatives that he could not find the remainder, and was told the only option would be to transfer his penthouse apartment at Fisherman’s Point to FINSAC. “I pleaded with them to allow me to keep my apartment and to settle the remainder by paying in monthly installments. They refused to allow this,” he stated. Mr. Foote said that his “back was against the all”. “I could not afford to lose the complex, which was the source of my livelihood. I had no choice but to accede to FINSAC’s demand. I transferred the apartment to FINSAC in about 2002 and moved out,” he told the Commission. FINSAC sold the apartment, which he valued at between $10 million and $12.5 million, for $3.3 million to a real estate broker. He noted that after the sale, the purchaser of the apartment secured a mortgage for $10 million on the security of the property. The property was again mortgaged for $14 million in December, 2007. Mr. Foote said he felt he was treated unfairly by FINSAC, as he was coerced into giving up his home, even after he had paid in excess of 75% of the amount “which they claimed I owed.” “Other FINSAC debtors got write offs of over 98%, what would have operated to disqualify me from a 25% write off? What were the qualifying criteria for write offs?” the hotelier asked the Commission. Mr. Jonas, who had borrowed $500,000 from the Jamaica Citizens Bank in 1995 to import a 1988 Ford pick-up for his family handcraft business, says he still owed the Jamaica Redevelopment Foundation $2.5 million in October, 2010. “I am now faced with the prospect of homelessness, in the event that my home is sold. I would have nowhere to go,” he informed the Commission. He said he is “desperately seeking help to find any means, measures, policies or help” to be spared homelessness. RelatedLittle Pub owner tells how he lost his apartment RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History RelatedLittle Pub owner tells how he lost his apartment Advertisements Little Pub owner tells how he lost his apartment InformationMarch 10, 2011 By BALFORD HENRY, JIS Reporter & Editor
Show Closed This production ended its run on March 31, 2019 View Comments Zach Adkins(Polk & Co.) Zach Adkins Original Anastasia company member Zach Adkins takes over the role of Dmitry full-time on March 27. Derek Klena played his final performance in the hit musical at the Broadhurst Theatre on March 25.”I’m so grateful for the opportunity to step into this role after being part of this company for the past year,” said Adkins in an exclusive statement. “I’ve learned so much from this cast and creative team, and getting to continue telling this important and timeless story every night is such a privilege.”Anastasia marked Zach Adkins’ Broadway debut. His other credits include the first national tour of Kinky Boots as well as regional productions of Murder Ballad, Sweeney Todd and Spring Awakening.Anastasia follows a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. The show features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Anastasia is directed by Darko Tresnjak with choreography by Peggy Hickey.The cast of Anastasia also includes Broadway.com Star of the Year Christy Altomare in the title role alongside Max von Essen as Gleb, John Bolton as Vlad and 2017 Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil as the Dowager Empress. Vicki Lewis will join the musical in the role of Countess Lily at a date to be announced. Anastasia Star Files Related Shows
Blue Water will be responsible for all transport-related assignments, warehousing and quayside crane operations. The project will involve many of the company’s worldwide offices to arrange a large number of time-sensitive shipments by both air and sea.Blue Water has provided transport and logistics services in connection with yard stays for several other Maersk Drilling rigs before.Thomas Bek, global head of oil, gas and industrial projects at Blue Water, said that the company’s previous experience was important when it comes to complex projects like this. “When coordinating the transports of spare parts and other services in connection with yard stays for these rigs, there is no room for error,” he said. www.bws.dk
Sadio Mane says he will “understand” if Liverpool are denied winning the Premier League title due to the coronavirus outbreak. Jurgen Klopp’s runaway leaders looked destined to lift their first top-flight trophy in 30 years until English football was brought to a halt amid the pandemic which has gripped the world.As it stands the 2019/20 campaign has been suspended indefinitely and will only resume when it is deemed safe and appropriate to do so, although calls have been made to make the season null and void.That would stop Liverpool winning the title, despite their huge 25-point advantage over second-placed Manchester City and being just two wins away from being crowned champions.“I want to win the games and I want to get the trophy, it’s what I would love,” Mane said. “But with this situation, whatever happens I will understand.“It has been difficult for Liverpool, but it has been more difficult for many millions of people around the world. Some people have lost family members and that is the more complicated situation.“But for myself, it’s my dream and I want to win it this year. If that’s not the case, I will accept, it’s part of life. Hopefully we will win it next year.”Liverpool were handed a boost on Tuesday when UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said he could see “no way” that Klopp’s side could finish the season without the Premier League title.Meanwhile, in Belgium, Club Brugge could be crowned champions early after the Jupiler Pro League’s board of directors recommended the season should be ended early.The recommendation still needs to be endorsed at a general assembly meeting on April 15, with Club Brugge, like Liverpool, runaway leaders, holding a 15-point advantage at the top of the table.Mane, though, insists he does not yet feel like a champion, adding: “I think not yet. I love my job and I love football, I want to win on the pitch.”
And so he should after netting two well-taken goals against Cheltenham Town in Tuesday night’s (July 10th) pre-season friendly.Both of the winger’s goals came in the first half as he helped City to a 4-2 win. He first rifled in a back-post volley before timing a run to perfection and chipping the ball over the onrushing Cheltenham keeper.The team – new signings and youngsters included – look assured and spirits are naturally high, just weeks before the start of the new season.Speaking after Tuesday’s ‘Johnson Cup’ victory, Eliasson said: “I thought it was a great game, the team played really well and I scored two goals as well so I am happy.”‘WORKING HARD TO GIVE MYSELF A CHANCE'”I feel great,” he added. “I’ve been working really hard this summer to come back fit and to give myself the best opportunities for the season. I feel in good shape but it is still early and we have a couple more weeks before we start the season but I feel good.”There’s an atmosphere in the camp which is certainly being reflected on the pitch too, Eliasson said.He continued: “We have a great group, all the news lads have settled in quickly too. We’re all helping each other and I think this will be a great year for everyone.”BACK TO THE GATECity host Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, July 14th (1pm kick-off) – their first match of pre-season at Ashton Gate.Eliasson said: “It’s been a couple of months [since we last played at home] so hopefully we will have a good game on Saturday. We hope to see a lot of fans turning up as well.”CITY V SHREWSBURY TOWN – TICKETS
I was glad that we all agreed in the finle and did not let the seduction down. We split our work together, tilo master from 2015.Tour de France m do ech. You can also take part in oursThey fulfilled their cooperation before the start. The reason was simple: to compete with the numerous strongholds of the Hradec Králové district Elkov-Kasper.They took a big lead at the Vako toilets with Zdek tybar, Jan Hirt or Josef ernm and took care of the pace.We rode no one to seduce, Alpecin-Fenix described the rider. At the end, I saw the possibility of flow, but unfortunately it didn’t work out.17. July 2020 at 16:43, pspvek archivovn: 23. august 2020 at 12:10When Vako rose from the saddle for the last hundred meters, Elkov caught his ascent. I tried it on the team, I couldn’t do anything about it, he was a twenty-eight-year-old seducer.Adam Oupalk, who was 22 years old, eventually finished for the triumph. He repented to a suitable baldness, took about 150 meters before the duty and left behind even the tightening tybar.Hats down before him, as he managed, Vako slipped in front of the new master. Before the seduction, I told myself that he was probably the biggest adept at what he confirmed. In the twist, he showed that he was in great shape and that he would beat him.From extreme to extremeRoman Kreuziger and Slovk Peter Sagan did not take part in the Republic’s ampion, their darkness before blc did not want to take the risk of the Tour de France. I get it, to Vako. Even with us they are equipped with enough psn.Not only security measures, another thing that I know in the coronavirus seasons this year, is also a tough calendar.The team puts off all the deferred spring races for the second year of the year, so after the restart of the season, the time to rest is full.It’s a lot of nron, it’s kind of from extreme to extreme. Nothing happened for a long time and I’m practically under on the road, k.In August, he first completed the classic Strade Bianche in Italy, after going to the Czech Republic on the Cycling Tour, followed by one trip to Italy, where in quick succession he gave you the classics, and returned to the Republic Championships. On Monday, go to the European Championships de Plouay in France.It’s a bit complicated with travel. We may be allowed to fly from the dark, but the possibilities are very limited. We will only fly to you in Europe to Pae, from there we will drive, lil.However, Vako does not stand for the nron program, on the contrary. Hopefully it will stay that way and I will be on the road until June, hope.With increasing sweat confirming the case of the disease, for example in Europe, there is a growing increase in the fact that some leads are postponed or canceled again.We dream not to think about it, but of course it’s hanging in the air, v. It was the most stressful before dark, not the season. We traveled to Italy and said to each other: It is easy that we will leave here only two seductions and it will be over.ance pijdethat the season will not stop again, hopefully also because for Alpecin-Fenix it should peak and buy in June.The second team did not receive a wild card for the Grand Tour, so the lights are mainly aimed at the famous one-shot club.Almost everything goes to Ardennes and checkered classics, it could also be read that even the most important seductions for us are Vako.1. July 2020 at 15:19, pspvek archivovn: 23. august 2020 at 12:10Mathieu van der Poel, the Dutchman, should be the biggest star on them. The eclipse of the team after the restart of the rink stalk, the best was the aunt at the Italian Gran Piemonte.Mathieu is a super dark park and a great seducer. It is a quill with nm u just thorn, then seduce. Unfortunately, Bohuel did not have the best results, but he got into shape. I think that in other races it will show and start to heat the horse, in the Czech rally.but Vako should also get it.I think I could have more freedom in the Ardennes races first. But to go, I don’t know exactly how we will be fulfilled. So much has changed, he thought. I could get the first year at the Tour Poitou-Charentes (Europe Tour, France, tyetapov seduction). Bude ji chtt vyut.
print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Colaiste na Coiribe have been beaten by Borrisokane Community College in the All Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior C Hurling Final this afternoon. The Galway college found themselves behind from the start as Borrisokane took an early lead in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe. Despite a second half rally for the Galway side it ended Borrisokane Community College 1-22 Colaiste na Coiribe 1-12.
January 2018 will have two full moons. There will not be a full moon in February but there will be two full moons in March. Monday at 5 P.M. the moon will be 221,588 miles from the earth. This is the closest the moon has been been to the earth since 1998. Officially at 9:24 p.m. Eastern Time the moon will be a full moon. This will be the biggest full moon of 2018 and is thus dubbed as being the Wolf Moon. The size of the moon will be 7.3 percent larger than normal. This is hard to notice a larger moon unless you are expecting it. The larger size is most easily detected just as the moon rises or sets on a distant horizon. On January 31st there will be another Full Moon which will be called a “Blue Moon” (just like the song says) However the Blue Moon this January will coincide with a total lunar eclipse. On March First there will be another full moon which is called a Worm Moon. The second full moon in March will be on the 31st. Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson stated the difference will be about the same as comparing a 14 inch pizza to a 15 inch pizza.
In every issue of the print magazine since 2001a and now in our digital magazine LPM Onlinea we have conducted an executive interview with some of the top professionals in loss prevention, retail, and a few outside the industry. These exceptional individuals have much to say about a wide range of subjects. And much of what they say is well worth paying attention to.I recently took a stroll through the past few years of interviews and have pulled together some excerpts that I believe deserve repeating. Please take a few minutes to reread the quotes. And if you haven’t read the full interviews recently, we’ve given you the information to find the interviews in your print library or on this site.- Sponsor – Robert “Bob” Oberosler, group vice president of loss prevention for Rite Aid, from March-April 2012OBEROSLER: I’m not the zero-shrink guy. If you want to try to get zero shrink, hire somebody else. I’m going to aim at getting shrink down below a certain percentage number where we have that careful balance between maximizing sales and controlling shrink. You have to understand the customer shopping experience. You are going to have some shrink if you want your customers to have a great shopping experience.I tell my people, “There’s not a mistake you can make in doing your job that I can’t help fix. So, don’t be afraid to go out and push the edge of the envelope. That’s how you learn and make an impact.”In addition to being smart, I really want someone who has a very strong voice. Having a strong voice, being able to express yourself, having confidence in your data, and having the ability to motivate people are all important components of leadership, which, when it comes down to it, is one of the most important characteristics for success: leadership, hunger, and passion.Bob Vranek, vice president of loss prevention for Belk, Inc., from September-October 2012Vranek: Belk has changed dramatically over the years, and the LP department has evolved dramatically with those changes. We have literally reinvented ourselves three or four different times. So, I’ve not been running the same program for twenty years. The program we run now looks nothing like the program we originally started with. If we hadn’t changed LP as the business changed, I likely wouldn’t still be running the LP organization.Certainly one of the most noticeable changes in our industry is the pure professionalism of the LP team. Everyone acknowledges that we’ve moved past the focus on catching shopliftersa the old cops-and-robbers mentality. We go through cycles. We’ll focus on shoplifting, then it’s on internal theft, then it’s to ORC. In a year or two, I think we’ll be talking about the omni-channel challenges that will have remade our retail operations and opened up new vulnerabilities for us to manage. The LP team we had twenty years ago couldn’t handle the current challenges today. They couldn’t understand the technology. They wouldn’t be able to master the technology and develop the tools we would need to control losses. Not so with the people we have now. They are very professional. They understand the inventory systems. They understand the technology. I have a great deal of confidence in them dealing with unusual situations and being able to step in and drive shortage down.David Lund, CFI, LPC, vice president of loss prevention for DICK’S Sporting Goods, from March-April 2013Lund: From a leadership perspective, I try to provide opportunities for people to grow through certification and education inside or outside of our department, because I want people not only to feel valued, but I know that education will translate to happier people and bigger dividends in what they can do for our company.I would tell you that anybody on this planet can run a 26-mile marathon. They might not run it in two and a half hours, but they’ll definitely be able to finish if they put in the time and energy to training. Like almost anything in life, if you create a plan, you’re dedicated to that plan, and you stick to it, you can do it.Mark Stinde, LPC, vice president of asset protection for 7-Eleven, from May-June 2013Stinde: The expectations of an asset protection executive in this organization will consist of three things. First, you must be a great leader, be good to people, and work well with others. Second, you must have a strong business acumen; not just asset protection acumen. You have to understand why it’s important for the operator to be selling fresh food, understand margin, and understand what a P&L looks like and how to contribute to the P&L. And third, and least important of the three, is that you are a highly functioning asset protection practitioner.Early on in my career, I learned to distinguish between a relationship and a partnership. You can have a relationship with someone, and yet you’re not always mutually committed to the resolution of something. For me, a partnership consists of shared goals, shared responsibility, and shared accountability. To get there you have to both understand what you’re trying to accomplish, to make sure everyone buys in and is committed to their role in success, and to make sure we are holding each other accountable for the outcomes.Dan Provost, LPC, vice president of global loss prevention for Staples (right), from July-August 2013Provost: The thing that I love the most about loss prevention is the ability to be strategic. In store operations, it can be really difficult to plan a five-year strategy and see it through, but in LP, you really can create a solid five-year plan, execute it, and witness the results. It’s very rewarding. We’ve had a lot of success over the years as an organization.The LP Foundation is the only industry organization that focuses solely on the personal and professional development of the individual. Once I understood that, I was hooked. I am a true believer in the mission and goals of the Foundation. I am extremely proud to be a member of the board of directors, and I preach the word everywhere I go.Rosamaria Sostilio, vice president of asset protection for Hudsonai’s Bay Company, from May-June 2014Sostilio: Diversity is defined in so many different ways. I like people with diverse backgrounds on my team. I have a woman on my team that runs investigations who is a former prosecutor. I have a woman on my team who is a CPA. I have a gentleman on my team who is getting his masters in technology. I try to bring in people with all different types of backgrounds. I can teach anyone the fundamentals of asset protection and how it fits into our team and into our company. That’s easy for me to do. I’ve been doing it for 25+ years.I want people who think differently than I think. I like to be challenged. I focus on diversity in thought, and that is very, very important. There are still challenges for women in asset protection. There are people who still don’t want to take you seriously. That’s something that I’ve always had to overcome. I dig my heels in deeper and just move forward. I don’t focus on negativity. I surround myself with people who are positive. You need to have faith in yourself. Rebecca “Becky” Halstead, retired US Army Brigadier General, from September-October 2014Halstead: The reason I say that we all have at least one person to lead and that is yourself is because I’ve run into a lot of people who say that leadership doesn’t come naturally to them. They’re not comfortable with it. I’ve always believed that that was a bit of a copout. I think that people fail to own their decisions and their choices and they just say, “I’m not a leader.” But in reality, they are, because everyone has to lead themselves.Most surveys say that the number-one thing that people want to see in their leaders is integrity. That’s true, but the only way to have integrity is to be disciplined, because it’s too easy to not have integrity. It’s too easy to take a shortcut. It’s too easy to not quite tell the whole truth. Integrity can be inconvenient. It can be uncomfortable. But choosing this harder right is what we’re supposed to do as leaders.I think that more of us should think about the legacy that we want to leave, and the legacy that we are leaving. Because I think what happens is it makes you start to think about your values, and whether your behaviors are reflecting those values. Because if they are, you’re going to touch lives. And when you touch lives you’re going to make a difference. That brings purpose to your life, and what greater position is there to be in than to have purpose?Three long-time loss prevention industry veterans representing a retailer, a solutions provider, and an entrepreneur, from November-December 2014RETAILER: Another dynamic is how young people think about jobs differently today and have different motivations than we may have had years ago. You can’t just say, “Well, they’re not like me, so they can’t be good.” That’s not true at all. You have to be open to that difference. Anybody who is in a senior position better pay attention, because this is the wave of the future. You have to keep up.SUPPLIER: One of the things that I would advise, as a mentor of salespeople, is to always understand and embrace who’s coming up the food chain. The person you have a great relationship with is not always going to be there. When I talk to an LP executive, I always ask, “Who are your best people?” Then I try to build a relationship with their direct reports, their up-and-comers, because someday, I will probably be selling to one of them.ENTREPRENEUR: I think that it’s critical to have a strong IT partner, just as it’s critical to have a strong procurement partner. Because most of the things that are being installed and purchased today are connected to the internal networks, you have to have a strong IT partner who understands what it is you’re trying to do and can support you in getting the solutions implemented.James “Jim” Lee, LPC, executive editor and cofounder of LP Magazine, from September-October 2016Lee: An LP executive who is successful understands why, not just what. Knowing what to do is completely different than knowing why we do something. I think LP executives who understand why you do something are successful.I think being the top LP executive in any retail company is a hard job, and I think clearly it is often an underappreciated job and often misunderstood by the C-suite. It’s primarily misunderstood because most of the C-level folks don’t take time to get to know their LP executive and understand the strategy behind running an LP program. And as a result, sometimes C-level people change their LP executive out of an arrogance or out of a self-serving motivation on their part because maybe the results aren’t as good as they would like. But it clearly is out of a lack of understanding the LP executive. And sometimes they make a change that gets them no further ahead. They were just as well off having the previous regime in power.Stacie Bearden, director of asset protection, field for The Home Depot; Tim Belka, senior director of global security for Walgreens; Art Lazo, director of asset protection for 7-Eleven; and Brian Peacock, director of asset protection, US operations for Rent-A-Center, from March-April 2016Stacie BeardenBearden: Broader business experience is extremely valuable within the organization. While there is a significant piece of what we impact that is theft and fraud related, there are other completely controllable operational factors. Business acumen is not only beneficial but also necessary as one seeks to change processes and vie for funding.Tim BelkaBelka: Our profession has progressed significantly in the development of diverse thought and background of the people who pursue loss prevention careers. However, in retrospect it would have benefited the industry to aggressively pursue diversity of thought and background to make us more effective and relevant.Art LazoLazo: The last several years have shown that companies continue to assess their LP programs. It is the role of LP leadership to continue to seek out opportunities to address challenges that may be outside of the normal LP channels. Retail is constantly changing, and we need to be able to adapt accordingly and show value in our roles.Brian PeacockPeacock: Today I see a lot of great educational programs for someone starting out in a loss prevention career. I think it is critical to continue to push yourself to stay in tune with what is trending in your field and to be aware of the changing landscape of retail and the new skills sets needed to stay relevant.Richard “Dick” Hollinger, PhD, professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville, from May-June 2016Hollinger: The main trend that I’ve seen over the yearsa leveraging technology, moving away from people catching people toward technology catching peoplea has been geared primarily toward the shoplifter. I think employee theft is the hardest of the pieces of the pie to have a direct impact on because of that.When retailers have a highly ethical management team, pay a living wage, give sick leave, provide daycare, provide their employees with the kinds of expectations that one gets in a genuine career, then shrinkage is under control, and profitability goes up.C-level executives oftentimes tend to look at “What have you done for me lately?” or maybe, “What have you done for me in the last hour?” as opposed to “What is the overall trend?” and looking at the bigger picture of how to reduceshrinkage.Scott Glenn, JD, LPC, chief security officer for Sears Holdings, from March-April 2017Glenn: As well rounded as many of our retail LP and AP leaders are today on the operational aspects of the businessa certainly more so than ten or twenty years agoa it’s still a completely different perspective when you have a mentor who is a merchant, CFO, or an operator, somebody that has four-wall accountability and is making corporate-wide decisions.Speaking of planning and discipline, it’s more than a talking point. People in our industry deal with a lot of high-stress, high-risk situations day in and day out, especially our field and store personnel. As important as everything seems to us at work, which of course it is, you must have a level of work-life balance, or you will not be long for this industry. So my parting advice would be to make time for your family; make time for yourself. You have to make time for the things that you like to do to be able to decompress and have a life outside of work.Mike Combs, director of asset protection, global supply chain for The Home Depot, from May-June 2017Combs: I would agree that nine years ago there were probably only a few places doing much more than physical security. To some extent there’s still a lot of focus on security. But absolutely now things are much more automated. There’s much more data. There are more systems. Now there are more people trying to leverage those to craft a better strategy to look at everything end to end versus just the four walls of that warehouse.I think that millennials might possibly change the world for the better. I’m not as pessimistic as other people looking at this new generation. I see things in them that really make me proud. They love their work-life balance, and they see the big picture there. Everybody loves hard work, and they’ll work hard, but they also appreciate friendship and compassion because usually a lot of their relationships have been strong. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Google#mobile#web Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement jon mitchell Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Google has launched GoMo, an initiative to mobilize websites for better user experiences. It features compelling graphics, tips about why and how to go mobile, case studies and a site tester, as well as a list of featured paid vendors who make mobile sites.Google reports that 61% of users are unlikely to return to a site that’s not mobile friendly, but user engagement increases by 85% with a mobile-friendly design. That trend is appearing around the world; consumers are way ahead of businesses on mobile. GoMo is a concerted effort to help companies catch up. As we reported when we discovered GoMo pre-launch yesterday, it’s in Google’s interest to get businesses onto the mobile Web as an advertiser and a commerce platform. It offers a free mobile site builder as part of Google Sites to build quick, standalone sites. But GoMo is a major marketing effort to get businesses to buy top-quality mobile sites.The directory of mobile site developers offers browsing by service type (do-it-yourself or full-service), annualized cost and timeframe for build. Google’s own free Site Builder is listed, along with a handful of featured shops.Do you think that websites are slow to adopt mobile versions? Share your thoughts in the comments.