What Are LIBA’s Strategies for Greater Liberian Participation in the Economy?

first_imgThe Executive Committee of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) has reiterated its call for greater Liberian participation in the economy.LIBA President Dee Maxwell Kemayah, addressing a meeting of the Executive Committee last Wednesday, said the organization advocates “for indigenous (or Liberian-owned) businesses to take over the country’s economy,” but lamented the targeting of Liberian businesses in times of crisis. This tends to undermine the efforts toward achieving LIBA’s goal, he warned.The meeting was apparently called after the destruction of houses and businesses belonging to one of LIBA’s key members, Prince Howard of Ganta. Mr. Howard is the proprietor of the Alvino Hotel in that city which was attacked by hooligans in the recent violent demonstration there. The demonstrators accused him of being involved in the death of a motorcyclist in Ganta on September 30. Putting the country’s economy in the hands of Liberians remains LIBA’s primary objective, declared Mr. Kemayah.The question is, what strategies has LIBA put in place for achieving this objective?The reason we raise this question is that we still see Liberians missing in the grocery and general trading businesses, especially near the main market centers in Monrovia. These include the markets at Sinkor Old Road, Jorkpen Town, Rally Time,Waterside, Douala and Red Light markets, where market people get their supplies for retail selling.The Lebanese and other stores supplying marketers, especially market women, get their goods from the same wholesalers found across the bridge on Bushrod Island. Granted, the Lebanese and Indian wholesalers may have special prices from some of these outlets that are patronized by the market women. But this is where LIBA can come in and negotiate with the wholesalers to ensure that Liberian stores receive the same prices offered the foreign traders. The stores from which the marketers get their goods also supply middle class Monrovia families on a monthly basis. Liberian business people could do the same thing and develop a clientele not only from the marketers but also from those customers who buy their goods on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. What is LIBA doing to introduce Liberian business people to this market, which encourages Liberians to open stores near the market centers and enjoy the steady stream of market women coming in to buy goods for retail sale in the market places? Also, when was the last time Mr. Kemayah or any of his officials visited Camp Johnson Road? President Ellen Johnson herself noticed a few years ago that Camp Johnson Road is now dominated by Liberian-owned businesses and she stopped by to patronize several of them. But a close look at Camp Johnson Road today shows that many of these stores are closed—why? Has LIBA taken note recently? Has it investigated this? If so, what have been its findings and what is the Association doing about them?Several months ago we advised LIBA in an editorial that it should give great encouragement to Liberian businesses in the counties. Yes, they are encouraging Prince Howard in Ganta. But what of business people in Kakata, Margibi County, Gbarnga, Bong County, Kpain and Tapita, Nimba County, Zwedru, Tchien and Putu, Grand Gedeh County, Karweaken and Fish Town, River Gee County, Barclayville, Grand Kru County and Gedetarbo, Pleebo and Harper, Maryland County?There are the major cities and towns in the other counties in western Liberia—Clay and Tubmanburg in Bomi, Bo Waterside and Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount, Vahun, Foya District, Kolahun, Bolahun, Vezala, Voinjama, Zorzor and Salayea in Lofa County.What of Buchanan in Grand Bassa, Cesstos City in River Cess, Greenville, Juazon and Butaw in Sinoe?In all of these cities and towns, local entrepreneurs are in charge. But one can see that they are struggling. Has LIBA any plans to visit these areas and check out its members and other business people there to find out how they are faring and what are their challenges?It seems to us that LIBA needs to come forward with some clear strategies to improve and enhance Liberian participation in the business sector in Monrovia, the capital and around the country. We have seen that the government cannot do it alone, nor does this seem to be one of government’s top priorities. At a recent LIBA meeting some Liberian businesspeople lamented that it is people in the very government of Liberia that are doing everything to frustrate and undermine Liberian businesspeople.LIBA cannot sit supinely and see this happen. The Association needs to find some means of combating this problem and giving Liberians a competitive edge in business both in the public and private sectors. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reducing child mortality

first_imgBased on official statistics released recently, over the past 25 years or so, the world has made commendable progress in saving young children’s lives; but there is still a far way to go in terms of drastically reducing newborn and child deaths. The rate of child mortality fell 62 per cent from 1990 – 2016, with under-five deaths dropping from 12.7 million to 5.6 million. However, it is also quite clear that this progress has not been universal, as some countries, including Guyana, are still lagging behind.A new report from UNICEF and its partners in the Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME), Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2017, shows the full scope of child and newborn mortality across the world. The data reveal that the rate of newborn deaths is not decreasing as quickly as that of children aged one to five. As a result, newborns account for a growing proportion of child deaths with each passing year. For example, according to UNICEF, in 2016 alone, 7,000 newborn babies died every day.Newborn deaths made up 46 per cent of all child deaths, an increase from 41 per cent in 2000. According to the report, most of these deaths are entirely preventable. WHO has noted that prematurity; complications during labour and birth; and infections like sepsis, pneumonia, tetanus and diarrhoea are among the leading causes – all of which can be treated, or prevented with simple, affordable solutions.It must be mentioned, too, that these children are dying because of who they are and the environment they were born into – whether it be an impoverished family, a marginalised community, or a country consumed by conflict. Children in the poorest households are nearly twice as likely to die before the age of five than those from the richest households.It must be noted that the vast majority of newborn deaths take place in developing countries, where access to health care is low. Most of these newborns die at home, without skilled care that could greatly increase their chances of survival.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), skilled health care during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the postnatal (immediately following birth) period prevents complications for mother and newborn, and allows for early detection and management of problems. WHO and UNICEF now recommend home visits by a skilled health worker during a baby’s first week of life, to improve newborn survival. Newborns in special circumstances, such as low-birth-weight babies, babies born to HIV-positive mothers, or sick babies, require additional care, and should be referred to a hospital.The WHO has suggested that with an increasing share of under-5 deaths occurring within the neonatal period, accelerated change for child survival requires a greater focus on building strong health services, ensuring that every birth is attended by skilled personnel, and making hospital care available in an emergency.Here, in Guyana, despite progress achieved during the last decade, this country continues to experience one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a maternal mortality rate estimated at 121 per 1,000 live births and an infant mortality rate at 22 per 1,000 live births.In 2016, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) had approved an US$8 million loan for a programme to help reduce maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in Guyana. The focus of the programme is to improve the quality of care at 140 health facilities and in 88 communities, benefitting at least 140,000 women and 9,000 newborns per year.The initiative was designed with the aim of supporting and improving maternal and child health care geared towards improving access to quality neonatal health services and providing a better path to, and quality of, reproductive and maternal health services. Efforts such as these must be commended.That said, the most recent report by UNICEF has made some useful recommendations, which the Government here should seriously consider. Diligent efforts must be made to continue reducing newborn and child deaths. We believe that once there is a concerted, coordinated effort among policymakers, businesses, healthcare workers, communities and families, we can achieve the desired results as those relate to reducing child mortality rates.last_img read more

PPP/C, WPO Industry groups award top NGSA 2017 performers

first_imgFifteen top performers from the community of Industry, on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), who all excelled at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA), were on Sunday afternoon delighted to be awarded for their hard work.The event which has been held for the past six years by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) through its women’s arm – the Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO) and its groups in the area – seeks to show appreciation for, and act as a motivator, for the students of the area to excel.The awardees along with Dr Frank Anthony, his daughter Ashley and others at the eventThe students including the country’s second place top performer Xiana Chablial along with Rebecca Seepersaud, Mehendra Pooran, Rajid Shafie, Deonarine Gowkarran, Richard Sharma, Priya Persaud, Crystal Vasconsellos, and others were all presented with trophies and other tokens which were donated by persons in the said community.Speaking on behalf of herself and fellow awardees, Xiana Chablial thanked the PPP/C and the WPO for their generosity. Former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony in his remarks at the event, underscored the importance of not only having a sound education but also a vision.According to Dr Anthony, without a vision, although being very bright, it can cause many to lose sight of what it is they want to do.“You need to think about 10 years from now and what it is that you would want to become and if you can do that, then you can also think about what sort of qualifications you need to achieve to get it. And if you can do that then it becomes easier because you’ll know where to place your efforts,” he told the students.“Successful people are those who always think ahead; years ahead,” he told the students.“Successful people always think ahead… that is, what it is that they would like to do with their lives. They just don’t go through life on a day to day basis. You have to constantly think about your future and start working to achieve that and that is called vision. If you have a vision for your life that is what will determine your approach.”Dr Anthony’s daughter, Ashley, who copped seven grade ones in this year’s Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination (CAPE) exams, also spoke at the event where she gave the young students a ‘pep talk’ on how to continue to excel. “For you to become successful, it depends on yourself. You Xiana have to know yourself and determine what it is that you need to do to get where you want to be. Everybody is different so what works for you, works for you,” she urged.She also congratulated the students and encouraged them to continue to pursue greatness. (Kizzy Coleman)last_img read more

Settlement reached in crash involving Hilton-owned car

first_imgDelgado works as a nurse, according to a woman who answered the telephone at Delgado’s home last October and identified herself as her mother. The couple’s son, Nicholas Alvarez, was with them in the car and was less than a month old when the accident happened, according to their court papers. The lawsuit does not state whether the father or son were injured, and Delgado’s mother said she was unsure if either was hurt. The lawsuit was filed in May 2006 in Pomona Superior Court, but Judge Robert A. Dukes transferred the case to the West Covina courthouse five months later after finding that damages in the case did not exceed $25,000.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – A settlement was reached in a lawsuit by a couple who claim they were injured in a Baldwin Park traffic collision involving a car owned, but not driven, by Paris Hilton, according to court records obtained today. The settlement was announced by attorneys Friday in a hearing before West Covina Superior Court Judge Michael M. Duggan, who vacated the scheduled Sept. 10 trial date and set an Aug. 29 hearing for a formal dismissal of the case. Terms of the agreement were not contained within court records, and attorneys could not be immediately reached. Ivan Alvarez and Monica Delgado of West Covina sued Hilton and her cousin, Brooke Ashley Brinson of Indian Wells, for personal injury, negligence and property damage. Brinson was driving a Mercedes-Benz that belonged to the heiress when it rear-ended another car on the eastbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway west of Francisquito Avenue on May 30, 2004, according to the lawsuit. Hilton was not present. The car that the Mercedes hit then struck the couple’s car and one other car, both of which were in heavy traffic ahead, according to court papers. The lawsuit alleges Brinson did not slow down in time. Brinson was later charged with drunken driving, according to the celebrity Web site tmz.com Delgado, 32, claimed she suffered back pain and had medical bills of $1,300. last_img read more

Projects at Universal will hurt quality of life

first_imgWHEN NBC Universal and Thomas Properties Group announced their integrated plans to build two massive development projects at the small Universal City MTA site and the larger NBC Universal Studios, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was absolutely giddy. Knowing that they must undergo the normal course of review, comment and approval, the mayor nevertheless pre-emptively declared the plan a “blockbuster, a transforming project, a city-making project.” The mayor seemingly had no concerns that the projects were proposed for one of the most congested commuter corridors in the region (the Cahuenga Pass and the Barham Corridor), and offered no comprehensive mitigation for the effects of thousands of new cars and commuters in and around the development. The combined projects seek more than 3 million new square feet of commercial space, with half of that (the multi-high-rise MTA portion) jammed into 10 acres, dwarfing the historic Campo de Cahuenga. On the other side of Lankershim Boulevard, the companion Universal Studios project would spread an equal amount of square footage over more than 400 acres. Villaraigosa also seemed unconcerned that the two projects would forcibly transform communities of single-family homes, neighborhood parks and “mom and pop” businesses into a forced new, urban environment. And he failed to mention that the proposed Metropolitan Transportation Authority project (to be built on public land) would not face a competitive bidding process thanks to a “right of first offer” agreement between the MTA and Universal Studios. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnd while the MTA plans did not heed the mayor’s oft-stated goal of providing mixed use/residential space around transit hubs, he seemed to have no problem with dropping close to 3,000 new residences – and the cars that come with them – on the Universal backlot, on top of the already gridlocked and dysfunctional Barham Boulevard corridor. Officials in the Villaraigosa administration have continued his fight to force a new urban image on existing suburban communities. Apparently, part of this plan, as we revealed in a recent Planning and Land Use Management Committee hearing, is to literally force people to use public transportation, no matter how woefully inadequate it is, by allowing profiteering real-estate developers to build intense and dense projects without providing sufficient parking. We are glad that NBC Universal wishes to continue its long-term investment in Los Angeles. We are dedicated to working with it as neighbor partners in shaping projects that answer its business needs, but also preserve and enhance our quality of life and leave the surrounding communities better for the investment. In their P.R. offensive, NBC Universal and Thomas Properties Group have turned to Page 1 in the Real Estate Developers’ Handbook by touting the thousands of jobs that these projects would bring to the community. We support the creation of opportunity and enrichment, but not at the expense of destroying the quality of life of Universal’s taxpaying neighbors. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and City Councilman Tom LaBonge have both declared the current Universal MTA project as too massive and unacceptable. They are right. It’s time for the mayor and others to stop pretending that these projects are part of some greater vision for the future of L.A., and acknowledge that as now proposed, they are too huge and do not offer any realistic plan to ensure that sufficient mitigation measures could be in place before any new building is occupied. Roy P. Disney is general chairman of the NBC Universal/MTA Project Community Working Group, a coalition of neighborhood and business organizations which geographically encircle Universal Studios and the MTA site, www.universalworkinggroupnews.org160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

talkSPORT Transfer Centre PODCAST, July 21 2016

first_imgJoin talkSPORT’s Warren Haughton and Tom Bellwood as they discuss all the latest breaking transfer news. You can hear the talkSPORT Today Transfer Centre every day at 1pm on talkSPORT 2.last_img

Sport Magazine Podcast, episode 3: Big Sam, Women’s Sport Week & Jonny Bairstow

first_imgThis week’s issue of Sport magazine features interviews with downhill mountain biking sensation Rachel Atherton, England right-back Kyle Walker and Jonny Bairstow, England’s incumbent wicket-keeper batsman in Test cricket.In Women’s Sports Week, the editorial team discuss those articles and plenty more besides.last_img

Levein welcomes return of goalscorers to Hearts squad

first_img“My reason for getting a little bit happier is that Jamie Walker has a history of scoring double figures in the Premiership. Steven Naismith has a history of scoring double figures in the Premiership. “So they’re nearly back and I don’t expect them to go from being injured to banging in hat-tricks every week but it’ll feel much more comfortable to have people at the top end of the pitch who can score.”The Hearts boss admitted it may take a while for his side to climb the table but that he felt the worst of the crisis is over.“The frustration for me is that I feel at times we’ve had eight starting players sitting in the physio’s room,” Levein added. “It’s really difficult to perform at your best when that’s the case. Craig Levein has said the imminent return of Jamie Walker and Steven Naismith brings a proper goal threat that will make him and his players “much more comfortable”.Hearts have been plagued with injuries to important players this season and seen results suffer as the manager has sought to cope with absences throughout the side. Levein revealed that players were starting to get back to fitness and that Walker and Naismith were now in full training and could make their returns this week.“I thought it was a below par performance against Kilmarnock but since then we’ve had two tough, competitive performances,” he said.  “I would like to get Souttar and Halkett back, I would like to get Conor Washington back as well as other players but I have to be more patient. “The Livingston game was the one where I thought we had enough injuries and then we lost Jake and Aidy White. “Now, we’re starting to see the green shoots of recovery, I hope.”last_img read more

UW-Marshfield’s Hayley Bunnell named WCC West women’s basketball player of the year

first_imgFive Marauders in all earn men’s and women’s all-conference honorsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County’s Hayley Bunnell was named the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference West Division women’s basketball player of the year and was a first-team selection on this year’s all-conference team.Bunnell averaged 12.7 points, 10 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game for the Marauders, who finished in third place in the WCC with an 11-5 record and ended up 12-6 overall after losing in the state tournament semifinals.Carrie Stroetz and Allie Paitel were second-team picks for Marshfield. Stroetz averaged 11.2 points and 7.5 rebounds a game, and Paitel averaged 9.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game.Joe Estrict was a first-team pick, and Hunter Busse was an honorable mention choice for UW-Marshfield to the WCC West Division all-conference team.Estrict averaged 21.6 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Marauders, who finished 4-6 in conference play and 5-12 overall. Busse averaged 10.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists a game.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2015-16 All-Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Basketball TeamsMen-West DivisionFirst team: Kyle Murphy, UW-Barron County; Montrell Pressley, UW-Rock County; Joe Estrict, UW-Marshfield/Wood County; Safari Hunt, UW-Rock County; Diondre Howard, UW-Richland.Second team: Albi Maksuti, UW-Marathon County; Nathan Kunze, UW-Marathon County; Brian Wilder, UW-Richland; Luke McGowan, UW-Barron County; Jake Joslin, UW-Marathon County.Honorable mention: Dierre Crayton, UW-Baraboo; Marcus Ott, UW-Marathon County; Hunter Busse, UW-Marshfield/Wood County; Hudson Barness, UW-Baraboo; Joe Freeman, UW-Rock County.Player of the Year: Kyle Murphy, UW-Barron County.Coach of the Year: Bill Gibbs, UW-Marathon County.—Women-West DivisionFirst team: Hayley Bunnell, UW-Marshfield/Wood County; Talyn Jones, UW-Marathon County; Kenzie Trumm, UW-Richland; Shauni Fink, UW-Richland; Hayley Schipper, UW-Richland.Second team: Carrie Stroetz, UW-Marshfield/Wood County; Baylee Luedke, UW-Marathon County; Brittany Stuckey, UW-Rock County; Katie Popanz, UW-Rock County; Allie Paitel, UW-Marshfield/Wood County.Honorable mention: Janni DeHaan, UW-Richland; Adrianna Truax, UW-Marathon County.Player of the Year: Hayley Bunnell, UW-Marshfield/Wood County.Coach of the Year: Derek Staley, UW-Marathon County.last_img read more

Staying Informed: Is It Really That Important?

first_imgIf it wasn’t your company, would it matter to you which retailers were breached over the last six months, or how it has impacted their business? Do the latest statistics or industry trends really change the way you approach your job? Does it really matter whether or not you were able to attend an industry conference this year? How does a cargo theft or robbery halfway across the country influence what happens in your back yard? How many times do we need to hear that credit card fraud is a problem in the stores? How often do we need to read about the latest technological gadget or industry training seminar? Are you as informed as you should be? Does it matter, and why should it matter to you? We all know what the answers are supposed to be. But is that a true reflection of how we really feel? If we’re honest with ourselves, the answers might not play out the same way. We might think that it doesn’t matter whether or not we could have learned or gained anything by attending an industry conference because we didn’t have the opportunity to attend. We may rationalize that industry problems are only important when they occur within our own companies. We can believe that some problems are going to exist no matter what we do, and we may just be spinning our wheels. We can minimize the importance of progress or squander the opportunity to learn for any number of self-serving reasons. In some way, shape, or form, we’re all guilty of this way of thinking at some point. That’s not necessarily an indictment of our character or a reflection on our work ethic. It’s just that none of us are that good. None of us are that informed. We get tired. We get busy. We get to a point where we suffer from information overload and just can’t seem to accept one more piece of information. We disengage and get involved in some other aspect of our lives. Some of us may have a greater desire or make a bigger effort. Some of us may have a higher capacity for absorbing the information. But we simply can’t, don’t, or won’t be that informed. We may make the effort, but no matter what we’re told or what is preached to us, it’s just not in our nature or capability to know or learn everything that we should.A Tool for Every JobSo, what do we do? It isn’t a revelation for any of us to hear that information is important. Of course we understand the value of staying informed, and how these events and this information will directly or indirectly impact all of us. We know that information is power in many different ways. In response, what each of us does is set priorities. We determine what is most important to learn. We look at what’s most valuable to us, we consider our options, and we make decisions. But fortunately—or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it—there’s a tremendous amount of information that we must sort through, decipher, and absorb. Therefore, we seek out tools to help us manage this plethora of information and decide what is most valuable. And that’s where social media gives us a boost. That’s why digital dialogue is so critical. Social media is an ever-evolving collection of online tools, platforms, and applications that enable all of us to interact with one another and share information. By using web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue, it creates an effective channel for individuals and groups of people to connect, interact, create, and share. The question then becomes, are you using the right tools? Are you taking full advantage of the tools that are available to you? If you couldn’t attend a conference that interested you, did you visit the conference website? Often, many of the presentations are made available following the presentations, which was the case for the primary conferences held thus far this year. LP Magazine also shared newsletters and videos as well as content on the app and home page to help keep you informed of these events. There were other media outlets as well. Have you signed up for the LP Magazine app? Do you receive our weekly newsletters? Are you a member of the “Powered by LP Magazine” group on LinkedIn? Are you a member of any LinkedIn groups? There are more than fifty groups dedicated to loss prevention alone that can provide you with regular postings and emails designed to keep you informed on critical topics. What about Facebook or Twitter? These and others can provide fast, effective, and focused information as well as network building. Now let’s take a moment to pause for the excuses, since this is where they start to flow. ■ I don’t have time. Really? These tools are designed to gather important and relevant information and present that content to you in a way that is convenient, easy, organized, and swift. Are you really that busy that you don’t have time to read a headline and make a decision as to whether an article might hold value? Are those two seconds really that critical to your everyday work schedule? Sorry. You do have to open it up to take a look. We’ll stretch it to five seconds. ■ I don’t need or want another app on my phone. Would that be because “Angry Birds” or “Candy Crush” is that much more valuable to your professional growth? If there are really so many apps on your phone that it’s difficult to manage, maybe there’s another issue. There’s a reason that it’s called a smartphone. Think about it. ■ It’s just another email that I have to manage. If the topic of an email doesn’t hold interest or value to you, just hit “delete.” We all do it every day. But the content we’re referencing is professionally-based, and focused on subjects directly related to what you do for a living. What if the topic does hold interest or value? What if it makes you better or makes your life easier? Isn’t it much wiser to allow yourself the option? ■ I’m just not that interested. At least it’s an honest answer. But keep in mind the power of information. Access to information is half the battle. This approach is not information management—it’s information avoidance; and there are potential consequences. Leaders pride themselves on making informed decisions. This is an opportunity to make an informed decision about information. What choice will you make? If you have a strong argument for not remaining informed, we’d love to hear it. In fact, we’d be happy to discuss it in our digital media, discussion groups, or our next column in the print magazine. The stage is yours.Diversity Remains the NormOnce again our news stories have been diverse and worldwide. For example, six suspects were charged with operating an illegal prescription drug ring out of a Bronx grocery store. In Sydney, Australia, a five-day operation targeting shoplifters resulted in the arrest of 110 people. A shoplifter was stripped naked and beaten in Ghana. A U.S. corporation claimed that a former software engineer stole the company’s technology and used it to help a rival company in China. Over four hundred counterfeit items were seized from a California sporting goods store. A fugitive fraudster involved in a multi-million-pound scam was arrested in the United Kingdom. Over $1 million worth of merchandise that was stolen as part of a cargo-theft operation was recovered in Toronto. To round out our international field, we also had a runway model who has appeared in fashion shows for an Argentine clothing designer charged with shoplifting junk food and three boxes of Pop-Tarts in a Manhattan court.- Sponsor – Kudos to the ConferencesEspecially considering the demands of the audience, our conference hosts in 2014 worked hard to offer content that was current, relevant, and important to the attendees. Our presenters found creative ways to introduce the subjects and engage the audience, and the attendees served as attentive and active participants in the sessions. Many of the presenters, participants, and solution providers have graciously agreed to provide additional content through both our digital channels and print magazine, which we look forward to bringing to you over the coming months. Dog Days of SummerFinally, we have a compelling story that involved a dumb crook…and a smart dog. Following a report that the man had shoplifted a burrito from an area store, an officer approached the suspect and attempted to place him into custody. A fight ensued, and the officer deployed his K-9 partner to assist with the arrest. During the fight, the suspect reached into his pocket and pulled out a handgun. At this point, the K-9 bit onto the arm of the suspect so that he couldn’t fire the weapon. When the officer saw the firearm he then drew his duty weapon and fired, striking the suspect, who died at the scene. What drives a man to risk that much over a burrito? It’s another striking reminder that there is no such thing as a “routine” shoplifter apprehension, and no limits to the depths of poor decisions. Perhaps a more difficult question is where would we be without the support and loyalty of our four-legged companions on the police force? Let’s hope that the officer stopped for T-bones on the way back to the station. 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