7 June 2007The goverment is finalising a greenhouse gas inventory which will inform South Africa’s first ever long-term national climate policy.“This process will outline the range of ambitious but realistic scenarios of future climate action, notably long-term emissions scenarios and their cost implications,” Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told the National Assembly in Cape Town this week.The policy is expected to be published in 2008/09.Delivering his department’s budget vote, Van Schalkwyk said the policy recognised the need for integrated government planning, which was currently being carried out through a body called the national climate change committee.He added that various national departments, provinces and cities were refining their plans in line with the national climate change strategy, which would eventually culminate in a national adaptation plan.According to Van Schalkwyk, nature-based tourism and wildlife were cited as key attractions by about 30% of South Africa’s international visitors.“With tourism contributing just over 8% to our GDP [gross domestic product], the economic impact of climate change on tourism could be very large indeed,” he said.“Globally, by mid-century, 20% to 30% of plant and animal species are likely to be at increased risk of extinction as a result of climate change.”The intergovernmental panel of climate change has also indicated that between 25% and 40% of animal species in national parks in sub-Saharan Africa would become threatened.“South African fynbos and the succulent Karoo ecosystem seem particularly vulnerable, and for a mean global temperature increase of between 2º and 3ºC during this century, we stand to lose between 50% and 65% of our unique fynbos,” Van Schalkwyk said.“In order to conserve our magnificent heritage and key environmental assets, and ensure that these are passed on intact to the children and grandchildren of our nation, and indeed the world, we have to recognise that our knowledge base is incomplete.”He added that his department would focus on enhancing research on the impacts of climate change on key environmental assets and biodiversity management on land and in oceans.This would in turn inform ecosystem planning, biodiversity management, the management of marine resources, park management and climate change adaptive plans.Source: BuaNews
Store owner smashes getaway car after theft [Video]The owner of Flight Deck Hobbies in Clovis, California, is asking the public to see whether they recognize a theft suspect captured on surveillance video. You see him approach the counter looking as if he is going to purchase a pair of drone VR goggles valued at $250 before running into a getaway car waiting outside. The employee quickly grabs a bat and smashes the back window of the car as the suspects drive off. This is just the latest in a string of burglaries at the shop. Over the past couple months, Flight Deck has been targeted at least five times with hundreds of dollars worth in stolen merchandise being taken each time. [For more: ABC30 Action News]Deputies arrest two men accused of trying to steal from Home DepotTwo men were arrested in Clark County, Oregon, for retail theft and burglary, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to a report of a theft in progress at the Home Depot on July 11. A probable cause affidavit said store loss prevention called authorities when they saw a man was placing several items into the cart he was pushing. The loss prevention staff recognized the man from a notification they received identifying the man as a suspect in other Home Depot thefts, and contacted law enforcement when the suspect left the store without paying for the items in his cart. When the suspect was confronted, he left the cart and items and began running through the parking lot.Deputies said he entered a black Toyota sedan and the driver attempted to back out of the parking spot before he realized a patrol car was parked behind him. He then put the vehicle in park. The driver of the sedan was driving while suspended, deputies said. Both the driver and the theft suspect were detained. Police identified the theft suspect as Tuan Vo and the driver as Thang Nguyen. Vo told officials he was at the store to steal because he wanted money. He said Nguyen knew why they were at the store and knew what he was doing. Vo said Nguyen told him to call when he exited the store. The two suspects were taken into custody. Vo and Nguyen were arrested on charges of organized retail theft II and burglary II. [For more: KATU2 News]- Sponsor – Florida men charged with credit card traffickingTwo South Florida men were arrested Wednesday on trafficking in fraudulent credit cards after an Interstate 75 traffic stop uncovered gas pump keys, scores of fake cards and more. Yordan Carreras Cespedes, 29, of Hollywood, and Carlos Jose Cespedes, 42, of Miramar, were pulled over on I-75 northbound near mile marker 378 based on a traffic violation, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report. Yordan Cespedes was driving the black Ford F-150, and Carlos Cespedes was in the front passenger seat of the truck.During a search of the vehicle, police found 80 fraudulent cards in a paper bag, two wallets with seven fraudulent credit cards, a credit card encoder, gas pump keys and other devices related to fraudulent card activity. The seven cards in the wallet had numbers written on the back that appeared to be ZIP codes. In a recording from inside a police vehicle, “both made statements acknowledging the presence of the fraudulent credits,” the report states. They did not wish to speak with police. They were charged with trafficking in counterfeit credit cards and encoding fraudulent cards. On Thursday morning, both men were being held in Alachua County jail in lieu of $70,000 bond. [For more: The Gainsville Sun][text_ad use_post=’128086′]Employee at local sporting goods retailer sentenced in $275,000 theftAn Olathe, Kansas, man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison, convicted of stealing more than $275,000 in merchandise while working at a sporting goods chain catering to runners. Craig W. Sullivan, 41, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., to a year and a day in prison after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud. Prosecutors said Sullivan stole the merchandise while working at Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, which has five locations in the Kansas City area. Sullivan oversaw merchandise arriving at the chain’s store in Overland Park and was responsible for distributing it to other locations.In pleading guilty, Sullivan admitted that he stole Garmin GPS devices and sold them to a buyer in California through Craigslist. The buyer used PayPal to send Sullivan $275,780 in 51 separate payments. The thefts were discovered when Garmin wrote a letter saying Gary Gribble’s was being terminated as a retailer because the GPS devices were being sold on eBay for less than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. In addition to the prison sentence, the court ordered Sullivan to pay back the full amount from the thefts. [For more: The Kansas City Star]Michigan man wanted for several felonies flees police, causes head-on crashA 32-year-old Holland, Michigan, man who fled from police ended up causing a head-on collision minutes later. The man, wanted on several felonies in Ottawa and Allegan counties, was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth hospital following the 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 crash. Holland police said he was driving south on 120th Avenue, passing other vehicles, when he tried to use the center turn lane to continue passing vehicles. His vehicle crashed head-on with another vehicle.Police said they had been looking for the 32-year-old man for several weeks because he is a suspect in several crimes in Holland and Ottawa and Allegan counties. On Tuesday, police learned he was involved in a reported retail fraud at the Meijer store on Westshore Drive. The person fled on foot from an Ottawa County sheriff’s deputy near the store, then was able to reach his vehicle parked at a nearby apartment complex. At that point, he drove south on 120th Avenue and police say the crash happened soon after. The driver of the vehicle struck in the turn lane was taken to Holland Hospital for treatment. [For more: mLIVE]Parolee on GPS tether from previous crime arrested for stealing gun, $30K worth of diamondsPolice said a man was arrested two weeks ago after he stole $30,000 worth of diamonds and a gun from a man who advertised them online. Police said they tracked the criminal because he was on parole and had a GPS tether from a previous conviction. The incident began outside a Dave and Buster’s, where a man tried to sell a bag filled with $30,000 worth of diamonds to another man. “Originally it appeared someone stole the diamonds by breaking into the Jared’s, is how I understood the call to be coming out,” Utica Detective Greg Morabito said. Police said the seller posted an online ad for the diamonds two weeks ago, with photos of the rings and necklaces included. The seller and Mike Thornton, 27, met in the parking lot of Dave and Buster’s, and Thornton asked for more time to get the money, police said. When the two men parted ways, Thornton followed the seller, who parked outside Jared’s Jewelers and went inside, police said.Thornton smashed the back window of the seller’s SUV and grabbed the bag of jewelry. He also grabbed a gun from inside the SUV. But the diamond seller knew who Thornton was, and Morabito discovered Thornton was on parole with a GPS tether, police said. Morabito called the Michigan Department of Corrections, which easily traced the man to his house in Redford Township. Police kicked down the door and arrested Thornton, but the diamonds weren’t there. “By the time we made the arrest, the transaction happened in another city,” Morabito said. “In Pontiac.” Officials said they were able to track Thornton’s movements to a pawn shop in Pontiac, where they recovered the diamonds. In all, the entire incident took just a few hours. Thornton is charged with larceny of $20,000 and larceny of a gun. If convicted, he’s expected to spend many years in prison because of his criminal history. Thornton has also been convicted of felony larceny, vehicle theft, assaulting and resisting a police officer and retail fraud. [For more: ClickOnDetroit]Illinois man had 47 counterfeit credit cards during traffic stopAn Aurora man pulled over for a traffic stop was found to have 47 fraudulent credit cards in his car, Naperville police and DuPage County court records show. Termaine D. Brown, 34, of the 2000 block of Foxpointe Drive, has been charged with felony counterfeiting or possession of a counterfeit credit or debit card with the intent to defraud. Brown was driving a 2009 Jaguar about 12:30 a.m. June 29 when a Naperville police officer ran a check of his license plate and found Brown was allegedly driving on a license revoked for DUI, court records said. Brown was pulled over near near Liberty Street and Commons Drive, where the office also found him to driving without insurance or valid registration, Naperville police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said.A subsequent search of the car yielded “47 altered credit cards, where the number of the magnetic strip did not match the number on the front” of the cards, according to a report in Brown’s court file. Cammiso said he did not know if Brown altered the cards himself or was part of a ring dealing in stolen or counterfeit credit cards. Brown is also awaiting trial on charges of DUI and trying to flee or elude police, court records showed. Brown is accused of being intoxicated and running from Illinois State Police on Aug. 8 on Interstate 88 at speeds as high as 88 mph, according to records. Brown is being held in DuPage County jail. He is scheduled to be in court Monday for the Naperville case. [For more: Chicago Tribune] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Lukaku set to miss Solskjaer’s Man Utd kickoffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is struggling to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge.The Daily Mail says it’s understood that Lukaku has spent this week on compassionate leave and is unlikely to return to the club until Boxing Day. He will not be available to Solskjaer until United face Bournemouth on December 30. The news is a blow for the 45-year-old Norwegian, who started a six-month stint in charge of United on Thursday. Solskjaer is expected to restore Paul Pogba to the line-up at Cardiff on Saturday after telling the squad they will have a “clean slate” under him. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Modric rejects Real Madrid contract offer after Inter Milan proposalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuka Modric has rejected a new contract offer from Real Madrid.Telemadrid says the midfielder has rejected the first proposal from Real – with a lucrative offer from Inter Milan already on the table.Modric is tied to Real until 2020 and wants to give Real the chance to up their offer.However, Inter’s package is tempting, being worth €10m-a-year and with the option to later play in China for their sister club Jiangsu Suning.Modric feels Real should hand him a significant pay-rise after winning the Ballon d’Or this month.
Fosun International keen to sell stake in Wolvesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFosun International are seeking fresh investment in WolvesBirminghamLive reports the Chinese conglomerate took control of Wolves three years ago after buying out Steve Morgan and the club’s ascent towards the upper echelons of English football under their ownership has been rapid.Since appointing Nuno Espirito Santo as head coach in 2017 Fosun have bankrolled transfer deals totalling in excess of £180million, including the £32.6million club-record acquisition of Mexican forward Raul Jimenez from Benfica.Owner Guo Guangchang is believed to be willing to give up a stake in the club whilst retaining overall control.It’s being reported elsewhere that Fosun value Wolves at £350million and are open to negotiating the sale of a 20 percent stake with potential investors. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bruce happy with Newcastle’s market approachby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is happy with the club’s market approach.Now working alongside Steve Nickson, Newcastle’s head of recruitment, Bruce believes the club’s current transfer policy is the way forward.“I agree with the policy. I agree with it because it’s everybody’s policy. There’s not many that want to spend big, big money on a 29-year-old,” he told reporters ahead of Sunday’s game against Leicester City.”Tottenham is the same, Man U is the same. We’re not alone in this. If you’re going to spend big, big money then it makes sense to spend it on a younger one than someone who is 29 or 30.”All the Premier League teams really are looking at that. If there is one out there who is a Bosman, an Andy Carroll, or Fede [Federico Fernandez], we’ve bought experienced ones, too.”If you’re going to really, really spend, big money, you’re going to spend it on a young one. I agree with that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd launch Maddison charm offensiveby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United remain hopeful of completing a deal for James Maddison.The Manchester Evening News says the Leicester playmaker has caught the eye with a host of eye-catching performances which have seen him called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate.The report also claims Harry Maguire, a close friend of Maddison, could help get the deal over the line.United tried their luck in the summer but to no avail and they’re expected to return for the midfielder.Old Trafford sources believe United’s England contingent of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard helped sway Maguire amid competition from Manchester City, who outlined their intention to move for Maguire on the day United agreed an £80million fee with Leicester.
YouTube has reached a landmark one billion unique users per month with nearly half of the world’s internet users now accessing the site.Announcing the milestone figure, the Google-owned video site said that its monthly viewership is now “the equivalent of roughly ten Super Bowl audiences” and said that if YouTube were a country, it would be “the third largest in the world after China and India.”It added that the US’s top 100 advertising spenders, as ranked by AdAge, all now run campaigns on the site.
Portuguese telecom regulator ANACOM and media regulator the ERC have launched a public consultation on the future of the country’s digital-terrestrial network.The move follows a call by the country’s deputy minister responsible for media, Miguel Poiares Maduro for the DTT platform to be revitalised and for more content to be made available on it.The consultation will consider questions including whether more content can be added and whether existing services should be launched in HD, as well as whether there is a case for a pay option on the platform.The consultation will run until May 26.
UPDATE MARCH 19, 2018: Jeffrey Sanders was found guilty of two counts of felony murder Monday afternoon.His sentencing will be held in April.MORE INFORMATIONMan on Trial in 2012 Murder Case, 3 Others Already Behind Bars: March 12, 2018James “Applejack” Morris Pleads Guilty to 2012 Greta Johnson Murder: Dec. 6, 2016The trial for the last defendant in one of the longest unresolved murder cases in Tuscaloosa county continued today.Jeffrey Sanders is facing capital murder charges in the 2012 murder of disabled army veteran Greta Johnson.Johnson’s body was found beaten beyond recognition inside in abandoned mobile home on Sanders Ferry Road in Tuscaloosa County.Investigators testified this week that murder weapons including a ceramic jaguar statue and a wooden table leg.Sanders’ defense attorney argued there’s no way the jury can find his client guilty of capital murder because there’s no DNA evidence tying him to it.The prosecution presented evidence claiming Sanders beat Johnson one week before her death, putting her in the hospital because she owed him drug money. They also said sanders paid someone to bail Johnson out of jail and bring her to him before she was taken to the abandoned mobile home.The defense called zero witnesses, while the prosecution called 18, and 88 pieces of evidence were introduced during the week-long trial.Sanders’ co-defendants Cynthia Red Mack, her husband Leroy Hines and James Morris Jr. all pleaded guilty to murder.