Company Gives Employees $1,000 for a Job Well Done

first_img”The talent we place in jobs at our client companies are valuable members of our team, so we wanted to recognize their hard work and commitment to our ‘expectations of excellence’ culture by doing something over and above what we normally do on Employee Appreciation Day,” added McNett. “Paying one’s largest monthly expense seems fitting.”Winners since November include Austin McCain, who works at the ABR Appleton office, Andrea Mora, in Stevens Point, and Megan Patza, who works for the Sturgeon Bay location.ABR Employment Services has been placing employees at companies throughout Wisconsin since 1987.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Last week, ABR surprised the February winner, Joseph Beyer, presenting him with a giant check in the break room of his job in La Crosse, Wisconsin. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn the six months leading up to Employee Appreciation Day on March 6, ABR Employment Services has been surprising their employees with big checks in a campaign called “Free Rent and a Job!”Each month a winning employee was randomly selected to receive $1,000 to help pay their rent or mortgage.“We value our employees and wanted to do something big as a gesture of appreciation,”said ABR CEO Jim McNett.POPULAR: Company Harvests Tons of Crops, Saving it from Wasteto Give it All Awaylast_img read more

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Andy Short To Leave Bristol Rugby

first_imgThe winger – who has made forty-two appearances since a debut in 2013 – has agreed terms to join another club in the Greene King IPA Championship.Short has scored eighteen tries in the blue and white hoops, including four during the current season.“We’re disappointed to see Andy leave because he has worked hard to gain a regular first team place at Bristol – we feel he has developed well here,” Director of Rugby Andy Robinson told bristolrugby.co.uk.“We are absolutely focused on our season goals and we can’t afford to have anybody in the squad who isn’t wholly committed to that aim.“That’s nothing personal to Andy who is a good professional, but agreeing to join a promotion rival at such an important time of the year could serve as a distraction.“As a result, we will be exploring loan options elsewhere for Andy for the remainder of this campaign.”Short added: “I’d like to thank the coaches, players and supporters at Bristol Rugby. I’ve had a fantastic time at the Club and I’m grateful for the opportunities I have been given. “I’ve enjoyed my rugby here and my experiences in the blue and white hoops have been a positive one.”last_img read more

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MLB wrap: Ronald Acuna Jr. delivers walk-off hit as MVP hopes remain alive

first_imgEveryone thought Ronald Acuna Jr. was going to be good, but it would have been bold to say he’d be in an MVP race in just his second season.That is exactly what is going on, though, as Acuna is batting .296 with 36 home runs, 88 RBIs and 29 stolen bases in 128 games this season. Oh, and for good measure, he also delivered a walk-off single in a 3-2 win over the Marlins on Thursday. It’s late and @ronaldacunajr24 was feeling sweepy.#ChopOn pic.twitter.com/CjINDKgZ9o— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 23, 2019Acuna has been everything Braves fans have wanted, and more, and his last two Augusts have shown just what he can do. This month, Acuna has 11 home runs and 23 RBIs. That’s to go with a slash line of .325/.391/.759.As impressive as that is, it should almost be expected. Last August, Acuna’s rookie year, the then 20-year-old batted .336/.405/.698 with 11 home runs, 21 RBIs and six stolen bases. This young man is good, but again, we all saw it coming. Related News The challenge for him this year, though, is two-fold. While he is undoubtedly in the MVP discussion, defending National League MVP Christian Yelich and Dodgers star Cody Bellinger are having better years and will be hard to catch in a race.And secondly, teammate Freddie Freeman has also been awesome as he is batting .304 with 34 home runs and 103 RBIs. He could very well steal some MVP votes from the 21-year-old.But no matter what, Acuna has emerged as one of the best players in MLB and has moved far beyond simply being a great young player.Studs of the NightAstros left fielder Michael Brantley went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to 15 games in a 6-3 win over the Tigers.Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks threw seven shutout innings while allowing three hits in a 1-0 win over the Giants.Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick went 3 for 5 with three RBIs in Washington’s 7-1 win over the Pirates. Dud of the NightAstros reliever Joe Biagini gave up three runs and three hits (including two home runs) while nearly blowing Houston’s 6-0 lead in the ninth against the Tigers. Closer Roberto Osuna came in with a runner on and two outs, walked a batter to put the tying run on and nearly allowed a three-run homer to tie it, so he’s not free from criticism, either.HighlightJ.D. Davis is playing in a big park in New York, so he figured he’d make an over-the-shoulder catch.J.D. Davis or Willie Mays? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/zxszSryF5l— MLB (@MLB) August 23, 2019What’s NextNationals (70-57) at Cubs (69-58), 2:20 p.m. ET — In what very well could be a preview of the National League wild-card game, Washington will face off with Chicago in a three-game series starting Friday. The Cubs can still win their division and the Nationals have an outside shot to win theirs, too, but they’ll have to win series like these if they want to have a chance to do that. Ryan Pressly injury update: Astros lose reliever (knee) for 4 to 6 weekslast_img read more

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of October 21

first_imgDisney Cruise Line: In The NewsCastaway CayThis week we have a few important itinerary changes to report, provided by Scott Sanders of the Disney Cruise Line Blog. The Caribbean islands of St. John and Tortola are still rebuilding from damage sustained by Hurricane Irma, which is delaying cruise activities returning to the island nations. Currently, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic are the only ships affected by these changes. If there are further changes, we will update you here with that information.Disney Magic – November 26th sailing from New York, New York will now visit Antigua in place of the scheduled stop at Tortola; via Disney Cruise Line BlogDisney Magic – December 1st sailing from San Juan may utilize scheduled Tortola stop as a Sea Day if the island is not ready for tourists; via Disney Cruise Line BlogDisney Fantasy – December 16th sailing is changed to a Western Caribbean Cruise visiting Cozumel and Grand Cayman in place of St. Thomas and Tortola; via Disney Cruise Line Blog Share This!Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of October 21st! I’m Brandon Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. We’re back this week with a look at some of the exciting events coming to the high seas in the next few weeks.Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)Sint MaartenDisney Magic 21 October – New York (77/57, 0%)22 October – At Sea23 October – At Sea24 October – Charlottetown (66/59, 10%)25 October – Sydney, Nova Scotia (68/57, 20%)26 October – Halifax, Nova Scotia (65/60, 60%)27 October – At SeaDisney Wonder21 October – At Sea22 October – San Diego (80/60, 0%)23 October – At Sea24 October – Cabo San Lucas (89/76, 0%)25 October – At Sea26 October – Ensenada (85/63, 0%)27 October – San Diego (75/62, 0%)Sint MaartenDisney Dream21 October – Nassau (87/79, 80%)22 October – Castaway Cay (86/78, 20%)23 October – Port Canaveral (85/75, 20%)24 October – Nassau (87/78, 20%)25 October – Castaway Cay (85/74, 80%)26 October – At Sea27 October – Port Canaveral (77/69, 0%)Disney Fantasy21 October – Port Canaveral (83/76, 20%)22 October – At Sea23 October – Cozumel (86/76, 80%)24 October – Grand Cayman (86/81, 40%)25 October – Falmouth (89/77, 50%)26 October – At Sea27 October – Castaway Cay (83/76, 20%) Disney FantasyCondé Nast Traveler readers have voted for the 30th annual Readers Choice Awards, which netted Disney Cruise Line top honors in a couple categories. The Disney Cruise Line received the highest reader score for Large Cruise Ship Lines (Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy), as well as placing top six in the Medium Cruise Ship Lines category (Disney Magic and Disney Wonder). Over 300,000 readers participated in the voting, which spanned categories including destinations, lodging, transportation, and much more. Disney Cruise Line ranks remarkably high in most ratings circles, so it comes as no surprise that they would continue to receive top honors once again. Story via Disney Cruise Line Blog.The Disney Parks Blog has released the next installment of its “Beyond the Curtain” series, focusing on the rehearsal aspect of their Broadway-style productions. This piece specifically mentions Beauty and the Beast, which is set to debut in November exclusively on the Disney Dream.Disney Cruise Line is holding a Family Memories at Sea contest where you can enter to win a 3-night Bahamian Disney Cruise Line vacation for up to 4 people! All you have to do is follow the link and upload a photo or video of a special experience or adventure you had on a Disney Cruise. Best of luck to anyone who enters!Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:MoanaBeauty and the BeastBorn in ChinaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCars 3Spider-Man: HomecomingFor future reference, films debut on the Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Disney on Broadway: Stars Set Sail will conclude its performance series aboard the Disney Wonder on October 27th, as Jenn Gambatese of Tarzan: The Musical fame takes the Walt Disney Theatre stage.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationIn the past, we’ve mentioned our fondness for the cocktail tasting courses aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships. Now, we have learned of a new offering currently in testing aboard the Disney Magic. The Disney Cruise Line Blog is featuring a guest review of the experience, which pairs a traditional cocktail tasting with a painting course. Cocktails and Canvas – Beauty and the Beast is a two-hour painting class featuring three of Disney Cruise Lines’ signature cocktails. At the time of testing, the course cost $45 and required pre-booking. With the theme being Beauty and the Beast, attendees painted the iconic enchanted rose encased in its glass protector. Beauty and the Beast has been a major success for Disney as of late, with the Broadway style musical set to debut on the Disney Dream next month. It remains to be seen whether this test will lead to further implementation on the other Disney Cruise Line ships as a permanent addition, but with the popularity of cocktail tastings and painting classes in American culture, I feel this would be well received as a permanent offering.Did you know there are ten categories of staterooms on the Disney Cruise ships? On the TouringPlans blog, Tammy Whiting recently covered the Best Staterooms in Each Category. This is a helpful resource so you can find the best room for your needs.Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time deciding which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!That concludes this week’s preview of the Disney Cruise Line. Join us next Friday as we take a look at what happens in the world of Disney Cruise Line over the next week. In the meantime, check out the latest edition of The Saturday Six from author, illustrator, and masked luchador Derek Burgan. Special thanks to Derek Burgan, Julia of Best Week Ever fame, Rikki Niblett, and Scott Sanders of the DCL Blog for their assistance on this article. You can follow Scott on Twitter @TheDCLBlog for daily updates on the cruise line. Tune in to the Be Our Guest WDW Podcast to hear Rikki discuss topics covering all things Walt Disney World.last_img read more

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Interview with Neil Young on Music Piracy, MP3 Hell and Finding Freaks on the Web

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Analysis#Features#music#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Here at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco Neil Young just announced that his whole life’s work will be made available on in a dynamically updating collection delivered on Blu-ray disk. After his Keynote announcement I was fortunate enough to participate in a small group interview with a handful of other bloggers. Young offered interesting replies to questions about Trent Reznor and music piracy, about MP3 sound quality and about the way the web enables his extensive work on electric cars.The short version is that Young fully expects his collection to be sent all over the web for free, he hates MP3s and he loves finding freaky scientists on the web and offering them profiles in his next movie.Free MusicI elbowed in between elder bloggers Tim O’Reilly and Dan Farber in the interview to ask what Young thought of Trent Reznor’s giving away free music and RadioHead’s saying they aren’t going to do so anymore. At first I thought he wasn’t going to give me anything good, saying: “The recording business is going somewhere but I don’t care about that, I try to remove myself from the business part. The artistic part of me tries to. The world will work it out.”He went on though to point out that his project Living With War always was and still is fully listenable for free on his website. It delivered a message he wanted to get out, he said. His thoughts about the content included in his giant life collection? Blu-ray may be riddled with DRM but Young doesn’t think that will be an issue.“Ten Blu-ray disks doesn’t lend itself to P2P,” he pointed out. “They [the fans] are going to do that anyway – people are going to copy all this music. We don’t have to deal with that. All we’re doing is supplying the mother-lode, trying to give them quality whether they want it or not. You can degrade it as far as you want, we just don’t want our name on it.”More than just indifference, Young was downright enthusiastic. “It’s up to the masses to distribute it however they want,” he said. “The laws don’t matter at that point. People sharing music in their bedrooms is the new radio.” Go Neil! MP3s Sound Like ShitWonder how Young feels about the ongoing debate over the impact of the MP3 format on sound quality? He’s pretty clear on it. [When it first came out] “digital music sounded like shit,” he said in the interview. “It was no fun to listen to turned up. Instead of water poured on you it was like being attacked with ice picks. [His recordings on Blu-ray] are like snowflakes.”“I don’t listen to music, it’s in my head. Putting on headphones is like hell for me. I can hear an mp3 from a half mile away because the air has a chance to make it sound natural.”Young said that MP3 was convenient – but that it’s like a vision of paradise that’s only inches deep and slams you in the face when you try to walk into it. “I’m a music guy, a sound guy – I went through hell in the 80’s,” he said. “Now we’re coming close, climbing up the quality wall. I make all my music analog, when a new format comes along I will dump all my music to it.” Would he advise other musicians to do the same? He said that wasn’t realistic. “I’m too rich and elitist, most people can’t afford the machines [for analog recording] and the people to take care of them.” Young says he’s been hoarding tape for a long time, sometimes recording over content that didn’t work out. Finding Freaky Scientists on the InternetYoung spent much of the interview talking about his work building an electric car that users don’t have to plug-in to a wall. The end of roadside refueling is his ultimate goal. He and Tim O’Reilly discussed the plans in some length and it was fun to listen to. Nothing else Young talked about is nearly as important. It’s also not very relevant to RWW, except for his thoughts on how the web has assisted his work on the car.“The internet is a fantastic place to find science experiments,” he said. “That’s my favorite thing about the internet. People who are kooks in their garages – the tools are here for us to look to the edge of the scientific world. You can seek them out and tell them if you think their ideas will work. You can tell them you’d like to connect them with other scientists in other parts of the world and if the work succeeds or fails you’ll put them in a movie about the project.”That’s not a perspective I’ve heard about the web before, and I like it.Neil Young was a personable, intelligent and well spoken interview subject. I’ll remember getting the chance to interview him fondly for the rest of my life.If you enjoyed this post, please click here to digg it!Disclosure: Sun is a client of my personal consultancy and paid my travel expenses to JavaOne. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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LP Hotlines Are Heating Up

first_imgSarbanes-Oxley has turned the attention of top management to a loss prevention standard, the anonymous hotline.Twenty years ago, the concept of providing an anonymous, third-party hotline for reporting theft and other abuses was a tough sell. Fortunately, a handful of progressive loss prevention professionals, primarily in the retail and food service industries, were able to convince their companies to buy this new tool. Over the next ten years, hotlines gained acceptance as peers shared success stories.By the early 1990s, most retailers large enough to have a loss prevention professional had a theft hotline of some type. Even as hotlines became widespread, it was rare for a company to promote the hotline to home office employees, and it was certainly not a topic on the agenda for the board of directors.- Sponsor – Hotlines have truly come a long way. Corporate scandals like Enron, WorldCom, and Tyco inspired the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and hotlines became a hot topic. Sarbanes-Oxley’s whistle blower protection language requires publicly traded companies to offer employees a process for reporting financial irregularities while remaining anonymous. In this legislation, congress acknowledges the value of anonymity in enabling employees to take action to end a cycle of wrongdoing, especially if it is perpetrated at the highest levels of the organization. Anonymous hotlines open a unique line of communication that enables management to learn from front-line employees about all the many issues that threaten profitability or your corporate reputation.Sarbanes-Oxley has created a new wave of interest in hotlines, driven by the boards of directors. Loss prevention professionals are likely to be the most knowledgeable managers in the company regarding best practices in offering a hotline that will achieve a variety of corporate objectives.The situation becomes more complex as finance, legal, human resources, and audit join loss prevention as consumers of information provided through an anonymous hotline. Loss prevention is likely to have the most experience managing an effective hotline, making this an apt time to think about best practices in operating an anonymous reporting mechanism.Hotlines 101The most effective way to learn about internal theft or fraud is to provide employees, suppliers, and other stake holders with a variety of methods for reporting their concerns about illegal behavior. Interactive communication, like a face-to-face conversation or a hotline interview, generates more detailed information than one-way communication, like an anonymous note. While some individuals may feel comfortable coming forward through an open-door policy, others may not. The hesitation some employees feel about revealing their identity may be due to fear of retaliation for reporting a peer or manager. In these situations, the hotline interview is the best option for the company, because an interview conducted by an experienced interviewer results in the most actionable information possible.When many shrink cases are investigated, it is learned early on in the investigation that coworkers were aware that something was not right and had information that could have led to earlier detection of the fraud. What was not present within these organizations was a hotline.The lack of a hotline allows for illegal activities to go undetected longer and increases the magnitude of the loss. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) 2002 Report to the Nation, fraud that is reported via a tip resulted in losses that were 50 percent less than fraud that was detected via other methods. This is presumably because the fraud schemes were uncovered at an earlier point via the inside information. The ACFE also reports that the leading method for detecting fraud is a tip from an employee, a supplier, or another interested party. Clearly fostering tips is in the best interest of every retailer.Sarbanes-Oxley has changed the nature of managing anonymous communication channels. What was once the domain of loss prevention has now become a broader effort involving legal counsel, auditors, and the board of directors.As you consider options for opening lines of communication between employees and loss prevention, there are many questions you should ask that will help you implement an effective procedure.Do you have an anonymous hotline?Although theft hotlines are a proven tool for loss prevention, there are some chains that still do not have an anonymous hotline. An open-door policy and a suggestion box are both good ideas, but they are not enough. The financial investment in a hotline is small in comparison to the potentially disastrous results of malfeasance that continues undiscovered. Beyond the obvious financial benefit of stopping fraud in its early stages, a hotline can give the company the opportunity to limit liability regarding offenses such as discrimination. Finally, in the case of a white-collar crime, uncovering and dealing with issues before they are exposed in the media can protect the company’s reputation from a disastrous blow.Is the hotline run professionally and answered by a trained interviewer?Many companies set up a hotline number that is routed to a junior employee or a voice mailbox somewhere in the company. There are several issues with this solution. The most serious is that employees may not be comfortable calling an internal number, because they may fear their identity will be traced. Other issues include inconsistent handling of sensitive calls and callers encountering voicemail. An anonymous caller is generally fearful and cautious about leaving a recorded message. If they do leave a message, it is likely to lack important details that enable the company to investigate the allegation. If the caller is reporting a Sarbanes-Oxley issue, such as audit irregularities, an internal hotline leaves the company vulnerable to charges of covering up an issue involving management.There is no substitute for human interaction when dealing with an anonymous caller, because there may never be another chance to gather the information. An anonymous caller may feel threatened and be in an emotionally charged state. Because of this, he or she tends to give information in a disorganized manner and is likely to leave out details that will help you investigate the allegation. A professional interviewer will ask questions that help the company gain enough information to be able to investigate. The goal should be to get complete and accurate information during the interview, so that you can conduct a meaningful investigation of the allegation.Are complaints received around the clock?To be effective, hotline callers must reach a live interviewer 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Nearly 50 percent of hotline calls happen outside of regular business hours, and these calls deserve the full attention of an experienced interviewer. Many employees can’t or don’t want to call from work, and they won’t usually leave a message. So the best way to ensure your hotline yields quality information is to have a professional interviewer available to answer the call 24/7.How many hotline numbers do you really need?Many retailers are finding themselves in the situation of having multiple hotlines that employees use to report different issues. For example, there may be one phone number for reporting harassment, another for reporting theft, and a third for safety issues. Multiple numbers are typically difficult to communicate and confusing to employees. They may not understand which number to call for the issue that concerns them, so employees will use whichever hotline number they know to report any issue that makes them uncomfortable.Offering one hotline for a host of complaints makes communication simple for callers. At the same time it reduces the burden of communicating about the hotline. A professional hotline provider should be able to automatically disseminate reports to different departments within your organization based on the type of issue reported, so that the appropriate people learn quickly about complaints that pertain to their area.Issues like discrimination and sexual harassment are high-liability situations that need to be addressed rapidly. If you offer a theft hotline that turns away these calls because “this isn’t the right number to call,” you may alienate the employee, who has made the difficult decision to take action. Most companies prefer to learn about any high-liability issue as early as possible, so damage control can begin and potential legal action can be averted. Simply having a general ethics hotline in place gives the company an opportunity to limit their liability regarding offenses such as harassment or discrimination.Do employees know their options for reporting illegal or unethical activities?A common failing of an ethics program is insufficient communication to employees about their options for reporting issues. They must be periodically reminded of open-door policies, ethics officers and ombudsmen, and the anonymous hotline number. It is important to provide options for reporting illegal activities and then to make sure they are aware of those options. For retail organizations, where turnover is a constant challenge, communication must be repeated several times a year, and should be a permanent topic for new employee orientation.Do employees know which behaviors are not acceptable?A comprehensive hotline program includes frequent communication to employees about the behaviors that are unacceptable. Posters in break rooms, articles in employee newsletters, and pages on corporate intranet sites all help to create awareness of ethical issues and act as a preventative device. This communication reinforces the employee’s perception that the company wants to know about illegal and unethical activities, and helps an employee decide to make the call.Employees may need special communication from the company that explains the nature of issues related to shrink. Define terms like “time-card fraud” and “kickbacks,” which may not be clear to all employees. If your hotline is intended to support Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, you should create educational tools that clarify what activities constitute falsification of company records, accounting irregularities, and insider trading. Finally, emphasize that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act makes it illegal for the company to retaliate against an employee who reports accounting or audit irregularities. The new law includes substantial penalties for executives found guilty of whistle blower retaliation, including sentences of up to ten years in prison.Should the hotline offer rewards for information?Employees are motivated to speak up about illegal activities if they know they can be rewarded for doing so. It is interesting to note that not all hotline callers are anonymous. Approximately 50 percent of hotline callers give their names, and roughly one-third of hotline callers report they have previously informed management of the situation. These callers use the hotline as an additional mechanism for reporting issues they feel have not been handled adequately through face-to-face reporting. If a problem of shrinkage persists and management has not acted upon internal reports, the offer of a reward can only be more encouragement for the concerned employee to report any wrong doing.A properly communicated and managed reward program can be highly effective. Consider the case of one leading national retailer that recently conducted a compelling test of rewards. They offered two different hotline numbers, one offering a reward for information and the other without rewards. The company’s hotline provider managed the reward program so that anonymity could be preserved throughout the entire cycle of paying out the reward. The hotline with the reward program showed the average dollar amount for each case uncovered increased by 250 percent. The reward program has now been implemented across the entire chain.What levels of management should be notified about allegations?One of the most important aspects of having a hotline is deciding where to send information that is received. If you are expanding your LP hotline to handle Sarbanes-Oxley issues, dissemination of reports becomes a very sensitive issue. Top management found guilty of retaliating against a whistle blower facestiff penalties. Report dissemination procedures should protect employees from retaliation and protect management from accusations of improper handling of the investigation.To ensure that allegations reach the right people, rather than being intercepted and covered up, hotline incident reports can be automatically routed to one or multiple members of management within the corporate structure. A report dissemination routine should be set up with the hotline administrator so that the appropriate investigators receive reports of theft or shrink.Dual dissemination can help ensure complaints don’t fall through the cracks. A system of dual dissemination involves having an ethics or compliance officer receive copies of all reports as a secondary layer of dissemination, beyond the report sent to the person responsible for investigation. For example, reports of internal theft would be sent to a designated loss prevention manager as the primary recipient of the information, with a copy to the ethics officer as the secondary recipient. Dual dissemination acts as a protective device in case a report is sent to the accused party. If a report is received by only one person, and that person has a motive for preventing an investigation, the system is vulnerable.Anonymous hotlines open a unique line of communication that enables management to learn from front-line employees about all the many issues that threaten profitability or your corporate reputation.Is there a process for sending questions to anonymous callers after they hang up?The critical issue when dealing with an anonymous caller is gathering enough information to begin an investigation. One of the most important aspects of an anonymous hotline is a process in which the caller is given a unique code that correlates to his or her report and is asked to call back after a predetermined interval. This enables the employee to call back to offer additional information while maintaining anonymity. This also gives investigators a chance to review the information and provide questions that will be asked of the caller if he or she calls back as agreed. This process can be very helpful as an investigation unfolds. While the call-back process can enhance an investigation, roughly two thirds of anonymous callers never callback, so the quality of every interview is of critical importance.How do we document our response to a tip, especially if it is a Sarbanes-Oxley issue?The Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires a process for the “retention and treatment” of complaints of financial irregularities. It is important to understand the company will continue to receive anonymous information through a variety of channels, including voice messages, letters, and faxes. Information received through any channel should be funneled to the same people who receive hotline reports. Ideally, this information should be maintained in the same case management system with hotline reports to provide insight into all issues reported, regardless of the source. Given the risks of failing to comply with this legislation, now is probably a good time to review how you document investigations. If you don’t already have a centralized case management system for documenting investigations, your hotline administrator can provide a tool that will make it easy for all investigators to document activities in a single system, improving the consistency of your documentation.Should we publicize the hotline to anyone other than employees?The short answer is yes. Hotlines area well-established tool for detecting illegal activities, and the best return on investment from a hotline will come from spreading a wide net. If the company is being swindled by a supplier, chances are there are employees working for the supplier who know about it and are bothered by the illegal activity. Listing the hotline number on checks issued to suppliers is an inexpensive action that has helped other companies uncover fraud.Loss prevention professionals are likely to be the most knowledgeable managers in the company regarding best practices in offering a hotline that will achieve a variety of corporate objectives.In the same vein, investors may be aware of a corrupt buyer who receives kickbacks from a vendor, and publishing the hotline number offers them a convenient way to communicate to the board. Informing investors about a hotline number tells them you’ve complied with this aspect of Sarbanes-Oxley and validates the company’s commitment to uncovering fraud.The ultimate goal is to give employees, suppliers, and other stakeholders every possible means for coming forward, so they report information to top management or to the board of directors, rather than turning to the media. The hotline will likely uncover more sensitive situations from employees than are reported face-to-face, but it is far better to learn about these situations from a hotline than from a surprising telephone call to the CEO, or worse, from a newspaper headline. When a concern is reported internally, the company can investigate and take corrective action, potentially avoiding the additional threat of devastating negative publicity.What is the best way to launch a hotline?Like any new initiative, a hotline will be destined to fail if it is not launched properly. The initial communication should include an announcement by top management about the goals of the program and the reason for implementing it. Employees should be told that the company is providing every opportunity to report problems and that the information will be sent to top management and/or to the board of directors. Information about the program should be posted on the company’s intranet site, in break rooms, and should be introduced in face-to-face meetings wherever practical. Every employee in the company should receive a letter or flyer announcing the program, and ideally this packet should include a business card that they can keep in a wallet or purse as a reminder of the phone number. New employees must receive this information as part of their orientation.Finally, the purpose of the hotline program should be mentioned in periodic “refresher” communications. An experienced hotline provider will be able to assist you in developing effective messages and vehicles for launching the hotline, and can develop a plan that is appropriate based on the unique needs of your organization. Planning for ongoing communication should happen at the inception of a hotline, to ensure that awareness of this communications tool remains strong. If reminder messages are not included in the initial launch plan, the program will lose steam.Are time-sensitive incidents promptly disseminated?Although many hotline reports do not require immediate notice 24/7, sometimes high-risk situations are reported that dictate immediate response. These incidents or allegations should be considered prior to hotline implementation, so the management team has a shared understanding of how such a situation will be handled. Procedures that must be followed when time-sensitive issues are reported should be set up during the planning stages. The group responsible for setting up the hotline must agree upon a list of issues that are sufficiently critical to require immediate notification 24 hours a day.Reports generally resulting in immediate notification include:Threat of physical harm to employees or customers,Threat of business interruption, andNotice that a high-risk incident is expected to happen within the next 24 hours.A comprehensive hotline program includes frequent communication to employees about the behaviors that are unacceptable.When a report is designated for escalation, the hotline provider should call company representatives immediately by referring to predetermined list of key contacts’ home and cell phone numbers. In the case of a report received at 11 p.m. on a Friday night, immediate notification enables the company to take preventative action rather than discover the report on Monday morning, which may be too late to address the issue.The key to effective fraud prevention is not just quick detection, but rapid response to reported incidents. Waiting until the next business day is not the practical way to address incidents. Any delay allows for the potential loss of evidence. For example, if an employee was reported for having plans to pick up stolen merchandise that was earlier placed in a dumpster, local police could be notified after the report was escalated. If the incident is addressed the next business day, the thief has the time to pick up the stolen goods as originally planned.Sarbanes-Oxley has changed the nature of managing anonymous communication channels. What was once the domain of loss prevention has now become a broader effort involving legal counsel, auditors, and the board of directors. This cross-functional group would do well to heed the advice of experienced LP professionals as they establish channels of communication for employees who wish to remain anonymous. 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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Dan Dakich Got In A Twitter Argument With The Mayor Of Champaign, Illinois Over Controversial Technical Foul

first_imgFoul shots in Illinois-Michigan State game.GFYCatThe ending of this afternoon’s Illinois-Michigan State game featured a very controversial technical foul against the Illini with 33 seconds remaining. After the release of a free throw by Michigan State’s Travis Trice, Illinois’ Jaylon Tate was called for the foul while going to attempt to box out the shooter.Illinois had a 55-53 lead at the time, and wound up hanging on for the win, but the three free throws and possession given to Michigan State had Illini fans very nervous. After the game, ESPN analyst Dan Dakich, who was on the call, shared his opinion of the call on Twitter, and got into a pretty nasty argument with Champaign, IL mayor Don Gerard.Hitting a defenseless ft shooter below the belt w ur arm hand or rear end has ALWAYS BEEN and will ALWAYS BE a foul..— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) February 7, 2015Simple call..Shooter has to be protected..can’t hit him below the belt finishing shot..ez call n tough spot..some of u should not b muting— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) February 7, [email protected] I’m wrong – the refs are wrong yet ur right.. Politicians..always full of stuff..u may b a mayor I’m glad ur not my mayor— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) February 7, [email protected] keep turning down jobs..mine is too good..un mute would help you..cuz u don’t know much apparently..keep posturing skippy— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) February 7, [email protected] again a mayor knowing nothing..or lying ..Stumpy?? 6′ 5″ and long!! HAHA..— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) February 7, [email protected] ur seriously the mayor? U retweet fake accounts pick battles over things u know nothing about..whatever it takes I suppose— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) February 7, 2015Lying again Mr Mayor? Said u mute..ur so easy/simple “@DonGerard: @dandakich .seriously, you tweet like a 13-year-old #commentarysimilartoo”— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) February 7, 2015Eventually, Dakich posted the statement from the referees and decided that he was done with the back-and-forth.Here ya go pic.twitter.com/eltiEyA6Oi— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) February 7, 2015Another day another ridiculous mayor w egg on his face!! It’s what I do!! Enjoy ur evening I’ve got @CuseSB to watch— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) February 7, 2015Dakich is no stranger to getting into arguments on the internet, but we don’t usually see him go after local politicians.last_img read more

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Code of Conduct to Set Standard for FX Market

first_img Meanwhile, the BOJ Governor explained that B-FXITT, which is a tool used to facilitate the buying as well as selling of foreign exchange, is designed to foster more competitive behaviour among authorised dealers and cambios. Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), Brian Wynter, says the Foreign Exchange Code of Conduct, currently being crafted, will bring greater order and standard to the foreign exchange market. The Foreign Exchange Code of Conduct is being drafted by a subgroup of the Foreign Exchange Market Development Committee, which consists of market intermediaries such as banks, authorised dealers and cambios. Story Highlights Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), Brian Wynter, says the Foreign Exchange Code of Conduct, currently being crafted, will bring greater order and standard to the foreign exchange market.He noted that while there are excellent institutions operating within the market, the standards are not consistent across all entities.“So we are looking at creating some common standards that will assist in an effective market from the consumer’s point of view. It will also have parts that deal with how dealers should interact with each other and with the central bank,” he noted.Mr. Wynter was addressing a forum hosted by the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on October 18 to discuss, among other things, the BOJ’s recently introduced Foreign Exchange Intervention and Trading Tool (B-FXITT).The Foreign Exchange Code of Conduct is being drafted by a subgroup of the Foreign Exchange Market Development Committee, which consists of market intermediaries such as banks, authorised dealers and cambios.The BOJ Governor said the final draft, which is expected to be completed in a few months, will be presided over by the central bank.He explained that all major markets have codes of conduct governing foreign exchange, and that a global foreign exchange code of conduct was recently introduced.The FX Global Code was drawn up over the past two years by a coalition of central bankers known as the FX Working Group.The code’s 55 principles lay down international standards on a range of practices, from the handling of confidential information to the pricing and settlement of deals.Meanwhile, the BOJ Governor explained that B-FXITT, which is a tool used to facilitate the buying as well as selling of foreign exchange, is designed to foster more competitive behaviour among authorised dealers and cambios.“The process should reward the dealers who provide the best service and the best margins to customers, and disadvantages those who do not,” he contended.B-FXITT corrects weaknesses in the old selling mechanism. In a dynamic market, using the previous day’s weighted average selling rate would not always reflect the true market price on a day of transaction.This would mean that some institutions may have bought foreign exchange from the central bank at a price too expensive or too cheap, compared to what they might have paid in the open market.B-FXITT mitigates certain issues and levels the playing field for all participants. Through the new foreign exchange system, BOJ now sells foreign exchange at market-determined rates, and the average daily rate at those times is now at a more accurate reference rate.The JCC forum was organised with a view to encouraging dialogue around B-FXITT, and provided an opportunity for business operators to exchange their thoughts with the central bank’s head.last_img read more

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With eight starters departing what will Ohio States offense look like in

OSU then-redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) celebrates after a touchdown during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. OSU won 42-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe window for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft is officially closing Monday, which means the list of Ohio State football players departing the team for the next level is all but set in stone.And it is an expansive one.In all, 18 seniors, seven of which were starters, and nine underclassmen from the 2015 team will not be back in Columbus for another campaign.The result of this mass exodus of talent is gaping holes across coach Urban Meyer’s depth chart and, for fans, a lot of uncertainty surrounding the future of the team.Meyer is tasked with the onerous operation of filling the voids, which he will do throughout spring practice and fall camp. The first practices for next season aren’t until March 8, and the regular-season opener against Bowling Green is nearly eight months away, but questions about who will be on the field next year are present.In an attempt to provide answers to such questions, The Lantern is taking a look at which players are poised to replace the eight departed starters on each side of the ball, beginning Tuesday with the offense and concluding Wednesday with the defense. Pass catchers In Meyer’s spread offense, four pass catchers top the depth chart — two wide receivers, one H-back and a lone tight end.Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall, Braxton Miller and Nick Vannett — the four players who occupied those spots last season — all will not be back in 2016, which translates into plenty of playing time for their replacements.The man likely leading the receiver corp in 2016 will be redshirt sophomore Noah Brown. Brown did not play a snap last season, but his name is one that was often talked about.The  6-foot-1, 240-pound New Jersey native was poised for a huge 2015 campaign, according to his coaches, but a broken leg days before the regular-season opener vitiated such plans. Back at full health, Brown should emerge as a trusty target for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett.At the second starting receiver spot, there is a bevy of potential contributors. It could be redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell, who predominantly saw the field on special teams last season but did play some receiver, or it could be redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson.Gibson, the five-star quarterback-turned-receiver, had a troublesome journey as a freshman and is really raw technique-wise, but he is an elite athlete with great measurables (6-foot-4, 205 pounds). If he has learned the position well enough after a year, he could make a splash. Beyond those three players, redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin, junior James Clark and freshman Austin Mack could all fill in.Sliding in at tight end for the Buckeyes next year will be junior Marcus Baugh. Praised for his blocking in the run game, Baugh saw the field a decent amount this season. He will, likely, be a part of the passing attack more than Vannett was in 2015.As for who will replace Miller at H-back, that appears like it will be Dontre Wilson. The senior has been a contributor since first arriving in Columbus three seasons ago. He has dealt with injuries off-and-on during his career, but he has all the physical tools to regain his status as an offensive weapon.If Wilson isn’t the H-back, it will probably be junior Curtis Samuel, but Samuel’s more-likely role will be addressed later in the article. There is certainly talent within the pass catchers for next year’s team, but it is fair to say the best thing this group has going for it is that Barrett will be the one throwing the passes.Because of that, the aerial attack should be all right.Ground game The hole in the running game created by Ezekiel Elliott’s departure is massive. Of course, Barrett’s legs will be an asset on the ground for the offense, but he can’t run the ball every down.Who, then, will Barrett being handing the ball off to?It might be redshirt freshman Mike Weber, who battled injuries early in 2015 that set the stage for a redshirt season, but the second option — one that makes plenty of sense — is having Samuel return to backfield, where he played during the national championship run.With Elliott emerging as one of the nation’s premier running backs, Samuel may slide over to H-back in order to see the field with more frequency. A player with the game-breaking ability of Samuel needs to be touching the ball as much as possible, which is why putting him at H-back in 2015 made a lot of sense.But now, with Elliott out of the picture, starting Samuel at running back seems like the best option for Meyer. In two seasons, the Brooklyn, New York, product has accumulated 515 rushing yards on 75 carries. He has 33 catches for 384 yards, too.Samuel is versatile, with a propensity for explosive plays, and Meyer will want him to touch the ball as much as possible, which lends itself to the idea that No. 4 will return to the backfield in 2016.In the trenchesRegardless of who is trying to catch passes or run the ball, if the offensive line does not supply the needed protection in the trenches, it won’t matter.In order for that to happen, OSU will have to find a way to replace three starters along the O-line. Left tackle Taylor Decker, a probable first-round pick in the NFL draft, is gone, as well as center Jacoby Boren and right tackle Chase Farris.Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the two offensive lineman they do have returning are top-tier players. Redshirt junior left guard Billy Price and senior Pat Elflein are both set to be third-year starters.Elflein, who had previously been a right guard, is moving over to center, which is a huge boost for the offensive line, but that means both tackle spots and right guard are the positions that need replacements.Junior Jamarco Jones is pegged to take over for Decker at left tackle. It’s a tall task, no question, as Decker is one of the more well-respected O-linemen in OSU history, but Jones has the makings of a rock-solid replacement.The 6-foot-4 four-star recruit will have a lot of learning to do, but if he absorbed even half of Decker’s knowledge of the position, he should be a sturdy replacement.The other tackle spot will probably be occupied by sophomore Isaiah Prince. The 6-foot-7 Maryland native was a top 10 offensive tackle prospect and saw the field last season, albeit sporadically.Who will be next to Prince, however, is a little less clear. The top two candidates appear to be redshirt freshman Matthew Burrell and redshirt sophomore Demetrius Knox. The four-star recruits will spend spring practice and, potentially, fall camp battling it out for the offensive line’s final spot.The OSU offense finally got clicking in the final two games of 2015 and many of those key cogs will no longer be around. It would usually be safe to assume some drop off in performance when eight players depart, but Meyer is still at the helm and Barrett is back under center, so things might just be OK for the Scarlet and Gray. read more

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Strategic Vest Jim Tressel accepts job as Akrons vice president of strategic

Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was introduced Thursday by University of Akron President Luis Proenza as the school’s new vice president of strategic engagement. Reaction from OSU students regarding Tressel’s new job is mixed.   Just days removed from an unsuccessful run at the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching job, Tressel will begin his new role at Akron on May 1, 29 days shy of the one-year anniversary of his forced resignation at OSU. Tressel, who began his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant at Akron, will earn $200,000 annually in his new role at Akron. The position is a newly created one at the university.  “That Akron experience is something I look forward to sinking my teeth into,” Tressel said at the Thursday press conference at Akron. In his job, Tressel will “identify, recommend and support strategies and efforts that promote success in all facets of student life, including alumni and friend engagement, and collaborations and partnerships with community organizations that have an influence and impact on UA students and their futures,” according to the university’s website.  “Jim has touched thousands of lives in positive ways,” said Proenza. “He has incredible energy and demonstrates leadership, passion and compassion for students. We feel fortunate that he has decided to bring that dedication here to the University of Akron. Our students will be the beneficiaries.” In Tressel’s final game coaching the Buckeyes, he led the team to a 31-26 victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl in the Louisiana Superdome. That game, along with the entire 2010 season, was later vacated by OSU as part of its self-imposed penalties for violating NCAA policies. Tressel’s decade-long reign at OSU ended when he was forced to resign from his post with the Buckeyes on May 30. On Dec. 19, Tressel was issued a five-year show cause penalty by the NCAA for not properly reporting NCAA rules violations that he was aware of during the Buckeyes’ 2010 season. The show cause would result in penalties for any member institution that hired him as a coach. Tressel remains one of the most successful coaches in OSU football history, having led the team to a national championship in 2002, a 94-21 overall record and an 8-1 record against rival Michigan. Dmitri Dulgov, a first-year in biology at OSU said he was shocked that Akron hired Tressel. “He lied to college football’s face,” Dulgov said, “and he put our university in a bad position.” Travis Tray, a third-year in communications, said the arrival of new Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer makes Tressel‘s return to a college campus tolerable.  “It’s a good position for (Tressel),” Tray said. “I’m over the whole situation — we have the best coach in the nation now.” read more

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