A few months ago, Martin Ludlow’s political star shone brighter than the heavens. He was hailed as the savior of unions, the defender of the rights of the poor and downtrodden, L.A.’s consummate political kingmaker and a negotiating whiz. Many credited him with almost single-handedly torpedoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s November special-election ballot measures. Most of all, Ludlow was viewed as the much-needed breath of fresh air to revive a moribund local black leadership. Now Ludlow – forced to step down from his position as head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor because of a federal criminal investigation into union campaign contributions during his 2003 City Council race – is but another pitiable saga of the declining fortunes of black leadership in Los Angeles. During the last decade, the number of black politicians and leaders in the greater L.A. area – including the mostly black and Latino cities of Inglewood, Compton, Carson and Lynwood – who have been indicted, jailed, or accused of financial improprieties has piled sky-high. All, like Ludlow, were once hailed as the best and brightest among political newcomers. When they were popped, they wailed that they should not be held to a higher standard of accountability than white officials. Yet black leaders should be held to a higher standard. Their mostly black constituents view them not as politicians, but as leaders and advocates. They look to them to represent their interests and to confront institutional power. Any legal smear on these politicians soils their name. Black officials, whether they are labor leaders or politicians, will continue to be keenly watched for any hint of impropriety. Ludlow knew about the rules and the scrutiny. If union officials slip, as Ludlow apparently did, they will be swiftly be called on the legal carpet. The burden of proof, then, is on black leaders to prove to their constituents that they will do all they can to avoid even the slightest hint of scandal. That may be unfair, but it’s the price they must pay to be credible and honorable black leaders and advocates. In the cheerleading speech he gave on resigning his labor post, Ludlow apologized to all for his mistakes, and then solemnly promised to be a better leader. He’ll be closely watched to make sure that he makes good on that promise. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a political analyst, social issues commentator and frequent contributor to the Daily News.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But it’s not just scandal that hurts black leaders. The race card hurts, too. In far too many cases, black politicians accused of wrongdoing reflexively deflect, dodge and muddy the charges and accusations against them by screaming racism. They strongly imply that racist prosecutors unfairly targeted them. They then promptly wrap themselves in the martyr’s cloak of persecuted civil-rights fighters. Ludlow came perilously close to doing that when he surrounded himself with a bevy of civil-rights advocates, ministers and black supporters to announce his resignation, invoking the name of Martin Luther King Jr. There is certainly nothing wrong with Ludlow stirring the troops to rally to his defense, especially since he has not been convicted of any crimes. But using the imagery and icons of the civil-rights movement is a blatant bit of pandering that attempts to suggest that one man’s fight to stay out of jail is something bigger than a simple political corruption case. This is not a small point. During the 1990s, former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds played the race card when he was indicted, tried and convicted of sexual-assault charges. Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry cried racism when he was indicted, tried and convicted on a drug charge. Compton Congressman Walter Tucker and other city officials convicted of bribery charges all loudly shouted racism. Even though their knee-jerk cry of white persecution did not fly, these politicians played the odds and reminded blacks that President Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department initiated dozens of corruption probes against black elected officials during the 1980s. Given the Reagan administration’s perceived indifference to civil rights, it was easy for many blacks to believe that some of these cases crossed the thin line between legitimate concern for the law and racially motivated political harassment of black leadership.
Young woman is stealing goods in a shopUse of force by LP agents is a persistent concern for loss prevention executives. With it comes the potential for excessive force, a lawsuit, and safety risks to all parties—LP agents, store associates, perpetrators, and bystanders.In The Handbook of Security, Read Hayes, Ph.D., CPP, director of the Loss Prevention Research Council, describes the stakes. “Because of their role in deterring and apprehending dishonest customers, store detectives can either add value to an organization or create serious liability, making detective selection, training, and management very important.”How to Catch Someone Stealing: Start with the Right TrainingOne critical element of training is on the subject of customer contact, according to Hayes. A retailer must train LP personnel on what to do when confronted by a non-compliant shoplifting suspect. LP officers should be able to answer: ‘If the customer resists my lawful apprehension attempt, should I (a) just let them go, or (b) attempt to physically restrain them?’- Sponsor – While it’s critical to develop clear guidelines on the use of force, the mere existence of a policy—even one that is well communicated to LP officers—doesn’t guarantee that they’ll respond appropriately during a highly emotional event. Officers also require practical training, so that they develop and sharpen the tools that allow them to follow store policy.Hayes suggested that retailers could do better on this front. “Even many uniformed security guards (often provided by third-party companies or off-duty law enforcement officers) lack the training and temperament needed to handle risky theft situations,” he writes. Because regardless of what a retailer’s policy might say, it is easily forgotten in the heat of the moment.What to Do“Addressing concerns [over use of force] is impossible without a systematic structure that ensures officers are adequately trained and equipped for the job-related activities that they must conduct,” notes recent research published in the Southern African Journal of Criminology. “A use-of-force preventative training model for law enforcement and security practitioners.”Security training professionals typically recommend active learning, such as scenario training, over static instruction, such as lecture and video instruction, especially when the subject has a physical response component, such as stopping an intruder or addressing a shoplifting suspect.This research project, which examined excessive force by police and private security, supports that advice. In it, researchers conclude that “it is paramount to give officers the tools they need to manage their emotions when tested in real events.” It further advises that active learning is central to officers’ gaining competency.More than lecture, video, or online instruction and pen-and-pencil testing, situational exercises or scenario training provides supervisors with a picture of how ready an officer is to handle an event. Active training is also more likely to break store detectives of bad habits. That is important because industry research has shown that previous loss prevention experience is often tied to worse job performance. The reason? Store detectives with prior experience may come with bad job habits that they learned in their previous job. Poorly performing store detectives often make a habit of moving from company to company.So what are some keys to the “how to catch someone stealing properly” scenario training? Here are a few questions to help get it right:1. Do they get it? Classroom or computer learning lends itself to post-training written testing. While it’s more challenging to test after scenario training, it’s equally critical. Hands-on training resembles practice, but testing still needs to be part of the use-of-force training module, concludes the research. “This research indicated the need not only for an integrated system of training and acclimatization (familiarization) to the use of force, but also for a model of assessment that measures use-of-force competency.”2. How long ago was it? Trainers favor active learning because, among other reasons, it has proven to enhance retention. But that does not mean that LP agents won’t forget their scenario training on use of force. “The perishable nature of use-of-force skills means that training should expand to include on-going refresher and skills training as well as regular competency assessments,” researchers concluded.3. Does it seem real? Active training on use of force should approximate the real-world events for which you’re trying to get your LP team ready. “The need to train officers for the ‘real thing’ is of paramount importance,” said the study. “They need to be taught to manage adrenal response in order to perform effectively under the extreme duress of an attack situation.”But is that possible? Can a mock confrontation with a potentially violent shoplifter truly approximate the real thing? Yes, suggests another new research study, which examined the scenario-based use-of-force skills refresher program conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, “Monitoring the Impact of Scenario-based Use-of-force Simulations on Police Heart Rate: Evaluating the RCMP Skills Refresher Program,” published in Western Criminology Review.Using heart rate monitors, the researchers measured the physiological stress reactions of 132 officers undergoing several use-of-force training scenarios, including a ‘break-and-enter in progress’ scenario, as well as a control scenario in which no use of force was required. Data was collected on the officers at several points during the scenarios, including 10 minutes prior, during, and 10 minutes after. Analyzed in comparison to real-world data, the researchers found that scenario training was almost like the real thing.“This examination demonstrated that the current scenario-based use-of-force skills refresher program produces heart rate patterns that are consistent with the elevated physiological stress produced by real-world policing as demonstrated in prior field research.” Like the other study, the RCMP program review noted the importance of regular refresher training to keep officers primed to handle use-of-force situations. “Given that these use-of-force situations occur infrequently, the skills refresher training that they undergo must be relevant to ensure that police officers are optimally prepared to act under the high stress they will encounter.”There is, of course, a significant problem with active training and scenario-based exercises. They are more time consuming and labor intensive than officer training that simply requires a manger to press “play.”To make room for additional scenario training, LP organizations might examine their current training programs with an eye on eliminating common areas of program waste. LP teams could look to eliminate…All training that is not sufficiently business specific and too generic so as to be meaningful for trainees.All training that lacks specific objectives or does not match a true business need.All training that lacks learner participation to the point that it is probably worthless.All training that does not fill a specific gap in knowledge, base, or skill and is done, instead, because of performance problems that are more likely due to morale or other systemic issues.This post was originally published in 2018 and was updated April 4, 2019. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. 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Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Matias Vecino expects “a very physical match” between Inter and Torino this evening, especially after a day of heavy rainfall. It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. “I saw my teammates fired up and ready for tonight,” the midfielder told Inter TV. There were some suggestions the game could be postponed, as there is a red alert in place for storms and potential flooding in Turin. “We expect a very physical match, so we must be ready for the individual duels and tackles for every ball. It’s not ideal that it has been raining so hard, as it will inevitably damage the turf, but we have to adapt and make it work for us. “The real disappointment is having so many players out injured. We hope to get them back as soon as possible, because there are many games to be played in a short space of time.”
Pakistan remains in isolation as an international cricket venue with the ICC deciding not to allot any event to the trouble-torn country until 2015.The ICC on Thursday announced its events and host countries until 2015 and Pakistan does not feature in the list at all although the ICC has awarded the next two World Twenty20 Cups to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2012 and 2014.Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board said Chairman Ijaz Butt had shown interest that Pakistan should be given at least one ICC event after 2012 but the ICC members didn’t respond positively.”The 2013 Champions Trophy was on the minds of the PCB but apparently nothing has happened to convince the ICC that international teams can resume touring Pakistan by next year or in 2012,” the source said.Pakistan supported the stance taken by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in rejecting the nomination of former Australian prime minister John Howard for the post of ICC Vice-President.”But this didn’t lead to any support from the other Asian countries on the ICC board to allot an event to Pakistan in the period until 2015,” the source said.Pakistan was stripped off the Champions Trophy hosting rights and the 2011 World Cup in 2009 after terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March last year.”The PCB should have taken a stronger stance and officially announced its intentions to host an international event if not immediately sometime in 2013 or 2014 but unfortunately we remain isolated as an international venue,” former chairman of the board Tauqir Zia said.advertisementHowever, there was some good news for Pakistan cricket on the sidelines of the IC and Asian Cricket Council meetings as sources said newly-elected ICC President Sharad Pawar had told the PCB chief that he would make efforts to resume bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan as soon as possible.
The QSST Fire have dominated the National Youth Championships at the Sunshine Coast Stadium, winning both Boys and Girls divisions today.The QSST Girls proved far too good for the Sharks, winning the decider in convincing fashion and they took no time in getting themselves on the scoreboard, with Abby King crossing just 14 seconds into the match.The Sharks with some quality field position levelled the scores after three minutes when Laura-Jane Cashman found an outstretched Ellie Draper to get the ball down, but with eight players backing up from the recent Youth World Cup it didn’t take the Fire long to respond as Player of the Series Leesa Mi Mi hit Kirralee Costelloe with a long ball to re-establish the lead. A lead they wouldn’t relinquish.Kaitlin Shave scored the first of her double to take the score along to 3-1 and the lead extended further when Player of the Final, Taylah Connell crossed. Connell was at it again when she laid it on a platter for the Fire to go 5-1 and tries to both teams just before the break saw QSST take a 6-2 lead into half-time.The Sharks had to be the first to score to keep in touch with the Fire, but after holding them at bay for the first four minutes of the second half, some smart play saw Queensland’s Kaitlin Shave run the length of the field to score her second for the match. A five-try lead quickly became six and seven as the Fire put on a masterclass for the crowd, eventually running out winners 10-3.The Boys’ affair was a much tighter one, with the QSST Fire defending their title with a come-from-behind 5-4 win over NSWCHS.The opening half was a tough one, as both teams traded blows in an entertaining end-to-end battle that couldn’t be converted into points as both teams’ defence held firm. The tight tussle saw the tempers flare at times and it wasn’t until Brad Russell stripped the NSWCHS short side of defenders to send Drew Price across for a 1-0 lead which the Fire took into half-time.The scoring opened up in the second half and it didn’t take long for CHS to level it up when Kyle Latina and in the blink of an eye found themselves in front 3-1 after a sublime short ball from Conor Hickey to Tom Leaney.Queensland had to be next to score and they did that as Hayden Rowbotham found himself on the end of an equally great pass to stay within striking distance. Both teams traded tries to move the score along to 4-3 as the final entered the last quarter of the match.Player of the Final, Cooper Marshall (pictured), strolled through the middle of the ruck to draw Queensland level and the momentum started to swing in the local’s favour on the back of a very vocal Sunshine Coast crowd.Back-to-back penalties four minutes from time gave Queensland possession in attacking position and they made CHS pay full price when Lachlan Watt crossed to hit the front for the first time in the second half. NSWCHS had a last-ditch lunge at sending the final into a drop-off but fell just short as QSST held onto to defend their NYC title.To read the list of all the Players of the Finals and Series for NYC and NSC, click here.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Closer? Chelsea and AC Milan agree ‘loan’ swap for Higuain and Morataby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan expect Gonzalo Higuain to join Chelsea in the coming weeks, it has been revealed.Sportmdiaset says Alvaro Morata and Higuain are set for a sensational swap deal – with the Spanish flop all set to join AC Milan.Chelsea striker Morata has been linked with a January move away from Stamford Bridge, after failing to impress under Maurizio Sarri.It’s suggested AC Milan striker Higuain’s departure is ‘inevitable’ with the deal all but ‘agreed’.They claim Higuain will move on a sixth-month loan to Chelsea, which they could extend if he’s a success.Morata on the other hand will move on an 18-month loan to Milan, cutting out Higuain’s parent club Juventus completely.
Chelsea want Arsenal keeper Cech on coaching staffby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea plan to hand Petr Cech a coaching role at the club after the goalkeeper announced his retirement on Tuesday. The 36-year-old will retire once his contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season.According to The Times, Chelsea are desperate to bring a club legend back to Stamford Bridge.Cech won 13 major honours during a trophy-laden 12-year stint in west London.Announcing his intention to retire, Cech said: “This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of the season. “Having played 15 years in the Premier League and won every single trophy possible, I feel I have achieved everything I set out to achieve. “I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Glare Final FourThe Final Four is underway in Houston, and while the action between Oklahoma and Villanova has been great thus far, the reviews of those watching the game haven’t been as stellar.Many people have voiced complaints about the yellow-ish glare on the TBS broadcast of the game. The glare was visible in several places on each side of the court and apparently isn’t as noticeable when viewing the game on TNT or TruTV. Wow. Glare/shadows on the #FinalFour floor look bad on TV. Wonder if players notice.— Scott Hanson (@ScottHanson) April 2, 2016The glare on the court is horrible. It’s so bad the coaches have a freaking shadow. #FinalFour @TBSNetwork pic.twitter.com/honwg30Mln— Peter Robbins (@gatortakes) April 2, 2016What’s with the glare on the court? I didn’t expect to see shadows on the Final Four floor.— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) April 2, 2016Holy cow. Brutal glare and shadows on this #FinalFour court. Incredibly distracting. Wonder if players are bothered at all??— Chris Long (@ChrisLongKSTP) April 2, 2016Did they not test the lights on this court? Looks awful on TV.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2016If the glare on the court is driving you crazy like it is me, then watch the game on TNT. It looks much better. #FinalFour— Shannon The Dude (@ShannonTheDude) April 2, 2016If you can’t deal with TBS’s awful camera angle, the TNT or TruTV feeds are your savior: pic.twitter.com/VTiVSoIxWB— Deadspin (@Deadspin) April 2, 2016We’ll see if this is something that can be corrected as the night goes on.