An off-duty officer spotted two suspicious people driving a truck early Wednesday in an area under construction on Peach Tree Drive in Chatham.Chatham-Kent police reportedly found the truck leaving the area at a high rate of speed with the tailgate down and several sheets of plywood in the back.The officer who began a traffic stop saw 11 sheets of plywood in the box of the truck valued at approximately $500.A 34-year-old Wallaceburg woman was arrested and charged with theft under $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000. She was released with a court date.The second woman, a 38-year-old woman of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with theft under $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000. She was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to attend court. She was held for bail.Assault chargeA vehicle parked without permission in a person’s driveway sparked a Tuesday night argument between the property owner and his unwanted visitors.A female passenger in the vehicle exited during the squabble and allegedly struck the man. The vehicle then fled prior to police arrival.Through investigation, police identified the woman and she was arrested later that night.The 23-year-old woman was charged with assault and released with a court date.Man charged with theftPolice responded to a shoplifting complaint last week at Sobeys in Blenheim.Through investigation, police identified the man wanted for allegedly stealing $190 worth of groceries.On Tuesday afternoon, police found the man in Chatham and he was arrested.The 33-year-old Chatham man was charged with theft under $5,000. He was released with a court date.Warrant arrestOn Tuesday night, police arrested a man wanted for reportedly breaching conditions of his probation order.The 25-year-old Chatham man was arrested and released with a court date.The man, also wanted by the OPP, was then turned over to their officers for court purposes.Crash investigatedEmergency crews responded to a two-vehicle collision on Communication Road near Drury Line Tuesday morning.Two vehicles were travelling south on Communication Road when one vehicle rear-ended the other, causing it to hit a hydro pole, police said.A 24-year-old Chatham woman and her two-year-old daughter were taken to hospital as a precaution.A 29-year-old Chatham man was charged with careless driving.Total damage was estimated at $25,000.Tool theftSome time over the past couple of days, someone entered a shed on Dufferin Avenue and stole a welder, two chainsaws and various tools.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Kyle Bakker at email@example.com or 519-436-6600 ext. 87320.Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.Break and enterPolice responded to a break and enter Wednesday morning at the Subway restaurant on St. Clair Street in Chatham.Damage to the front glass doors was estimated at $1,000.Police believe the suspect is a thin, 5’6″ white man in his early 20s. He was last seen wearing a red bandana, a red ball cap, a black hoodie, baggy dark-coloured pants and white running shoes.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Will Sharrow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-436-6600 ext. 84996, or Crime Stoppers.
14 February 2006A South African consortium has struck a US$1.5-billion (R9.25-billion) deal to modernise India’s Mumbai airport.The consortium, made up of Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), Bidvest Group Limited and Indian infrastructure company GVK, beat nine other bidders to win the tender.Known as GVK-SA, the consortium will modernise, operate, develop and manage the airport for a concession period of 30 years, with the option of a further 30 years.During that time the Indian government will retain a 26% shareholding in the venture, with GVK holding 37% and Acsa 10%.South African Transport Minister Jeff Radebe welcomed the deal, saying it was “just the beginning” of Acsa’s global expansion. He said upgrading airports and other transport infrastructure to be efficient and well-managed was crucial for development.“This deal is not only important because of the money involved, but also because transport is important for the realisation of the Nepad [New Partnership for Africa’s Development] goals and objectives,” Radebe said.“As government we want to encourage Acsa to embark on more projects such as this, both in Africa and abroad.”Airport know-howMonhla Hlahla, managing director of Acsa, said the company would provide the project with know-how on policies and procedures, IT solutions, quality and environmental management, maintenance and engineering, safety, service standards, capacity planning and master plans, project management, route and traffic development, ands stakeholder management.Acsa will also provide technical exchange programmes as part of its skills transfer initiatives within various functional areas.“However, I must hasten to mention that the learning experience will be a two-way process for Acsa and the Mumbai International Airport employees,” Hlahla said.“Through these initiatives the company will gain invaluable experience from exposure to the Indian environment. This transaction will enrich all employees and partners involved.”The deal will also create jobs within Acsa, as seasoned professionals are to be regularly posted to Mumbai.She added that Acsa could also earn money for the Indian government through other commercial activities, as the company was positioned to “realise an all-encompassing commercial transformation for Mumbai International Airport”.The “remarkable” growth of commercial revenue has contributed significantly to Acsa’s financial success over the years.It has grown by 364% in the last eight years at a rate nearly three times that of the company’s air-transport revenues, Hlahla said.She explained that GVK had been chosen as a partner because of the company’s commitment to the deal and experience of various infrastructure projects in India, such as in the power sector, toll-roads and urban infrastructure.GVK has also had successful partnerships with credible international partners such as the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, its ability to raise debt finance in the Indian market, its approach of an equal partnership with the South African consortium and its shared values of corporate governance.Source: BuaNews
The Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles being deployed to search for MH370. Photo: Ocean Infinity. Deep sea search company Ocean Infinity has confirmed it has inked a deal to continue the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and says the search will start “imminently” in the zone identified by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.The company said the project’s sophisticated surface vessel, Seabed Constructor, was now close to the search area and the “no find, no fee” sweep, which was expected to last 90 days.“We are pleased that our offer to continue the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been accepted by the Government of Malaysia, who I would like to thank for giving us the opportunity,’’ OI chief executive Oliver Plunkett said.“Whilst there can be no guarantees of locating the aircraft, we believe our system of multiple autonomous vehicles working simultaneously is well suited to the task at hand.“I wish our team the best of luck in their endeavours and sincerely hope that we will be able to play a part in providing some answers to the many people affected by this tragedy.”The company also confirmed it would use up to eight Hugins autonomous underwater vehicles capable of operating to depths of 6000m and already tested to just above that limit.The company did not give any details of the agreement but Channel News Asia reported earlier today that it was a tiered arrangement that would see the company paid up to $US50 million if it is found in the ATSB search area and $US70 million if it is found beyond that.The report said the it would be paid $US20 million if the plane, which went missing in 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board, was found in first 5000 sq. km.The search will begin in a 25,000 sq. km area designated by experts in 2016 as the most likely crash site.Drift modelling and analysis of satellite imagery significantly boosted confidence among Australian experts that the wreckage of the Boeing 777, which went missing in March 2014, is in the southern half of a 25,000 sq. km.Scientists identified a location at latitude 35.6°S and longitude 92.8°E, near the seventh arc defined by satellite data, as the most likely location for the missing plane.However, if the wreckage is not found in the 25,000 sq. km search area the vessel will head north to areas proposed by other experts.Ocean Infinity said the use of “free flying AUVs” meant they were not tethered and could collect higher quality data.The AUVs are equipped with side scan sonar, multi-beam echo sounder, sub-bottom profiler, HD camera, conductivity/temperature/depth sensor, self-compensating magnetometer, synthetic aperture sonar and a turbidity sensor.They can scour up to 1200 sq. kms a day, meaning the initial search area could be covered in about three weeks.The discovery of the wreckage will leave the Malaysian Government facing the question of how to retrieve the debris and particularly the crucial flight data and cockpit voice recorders.The quickest way to start the process would be to use the Seabed Constructor.The Seabed Constructor. Photo: Swire Seabed.Sources have told AirlineRatings the sophisticated vessel is carrying remotely operated vehicles and a 6000-metre rated recovery winch capable of retrieving debris at the kind of depths at which it is likely to be located.They also saw the Seabed Constructor as the “asset of opportunity” if the wreckage is located before the winter weather sets in.Crucially, the ship is equipped with a dynamic positioning system that allows it to stay on station above the tethered robots as they work.Also on board to assist with analysis of sonar data are staff from Deep Ocean Search, a company which focuses on “ultra-deep water services” in depths of up to 6000m.DOS was instrumental in finding the SS City of Cairo, sunk by a German U-boat in 1942 while carrying 100 tonnes of silver coins from Bombay to England.Under contract to the UK government, DOS and recovered tons of silver coins from a depth of 5150m, a world record at the time and more than 1300m deeper than the Titanic.DOS told AirlineRatings it was unable to answer questions because it had signed a non-disclosure agreement with Ocean Infinity.But its website indicated operating at extreme depth was not without “serious technical difficulties’ which resulted in multiple breakdowns but were eventually resolved.ROV’s differ from the torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater vehicles being deployed in the search in that they are tethered to the ship by a cable and operated in real-time from consoles.They have cameras and often come equipped with sonar as well as thrusters and often manipulating armsSensitive electronics and data storage on deep water ROVs are protected in titanium vessels and an expert said every connector, cable and device had to withstand the pressure.He said there were many ROVs designed to run at a depth of about 3000m but very few work class ROVs rated for 6000m.However, he said the technology for deep dives was mature.“The ones around that can be used for this sort of thing are typically designed for something other than the oil and gas industry,’’ he said.Much deeper dives were conducted by the bathyscaphe Trieste in 1960 and by movie director James Cameron in 2012. Both dived on the Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench and reached depths of almost 11,000m .A Japanese remotely operated underwater vehicle called Kaiko established a depth record for umanned probes in 1995 when it reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep. Others to explore the abyss were Japan’s ABISMO, the US hyrbrid ROV Nereus and China’s Haidou-1.
Feds investigating fatal shooting of suspected shoplifterFederal atuhorities have launched an investigation into possible civil rights violations by a Deptford, New Jersey, police officer who fatally shot a suspected shoplifter who they allege aggressively drove toward him as she attempted to flee. The review comes nearly five months after a grand jury in Gloucester County declined to recommend charges against Sgt. Kevin Clements in the death of LaShanda Anderson in the June 9 confrontation outside the Marshalls store at Deptford Crossing.In a March 15 letter to the lawyers representing Anderson’s family in a potential civil suit, Paul D. Colangelo, first assistant county prosecutor, advised that “the Federal Government is reviewing my office’s investigation to determine if Sgt. Clements committed any civil rights violations in his use of deadly force that resulted in Ms. Anderson’s death.” County Prosecutor Charles Fiore and federal authorities declined comment on the letter and documents obtained by The Inquirer under the state’s Open Public Records Act.The letter was in response to a request seeking the prosecutor’s complete investigative file into the case, which Fiore denied. Clements fired, striking Anderson, 36, of Philadelphia in the left side of her head and arm, authorities said. She died at the scene. Two alleged accomplices in the $3,400 shoplifting spree were eventually taken into custody. [Source: The Inquirer]- Sponsor – Shoplift arrest uncovers 8 warrants in 4 countiesIt was a “see something, say something” moment for some Roseville, California, retail employees that led to the arrest of a man with eight warrants out in four counties. On Tuesday morning, Roseville police say employees saw a man, later identified as David Franklin Tietjen, apparently casing some items at a store. Another man, Nathan Mark Gallagher, was seen circling outside in a car.When officers arrived, Gallagher took off. But he eventually pulled over and officers found over $2,000 worth of stolen items in his car. Gallagher, as officers also found he had 8 warrants for his arrest from 4 counties. Tietjen also led officers on a short foot chase but was also soon arrested. Both men have been booked into jail facing charges of organized retail crime. [Source: CBS13 Sacramento]Shoplifting trio have their ‘case filed’The cases of three people arrested for shoplifting at the Kohl’s store at Rhode Island Mall on March 9 have been filed for one year. Richard Irvin, 28; Tristan Irvin, 25; and Alisha Leonard, 30, all pleaded no contest to various misdemeanor charges stemming from their theft of more than $500 in merchandise from the store.Third Division District Court Judge Joseph Ippolito Jr. handed down the ruling on March 21 for each charge of conspiracy and removal of an anti-theft device against Richard Irvin, of Hyde Park, MA, imposed a no-trespass order, and ordered Irvin to pay $186.75 in court costs. In a separate court hearing on March 11, Ippolito filed charges of shoplifting and conspiracy against Tristan Irvin, of West Warwick, and imposed a no-trespass order and $186.75 in court costs. The third person, Alisha Leonard, also of Warwick, received a similar judgment on March 21. Under Rhode Island state law, the cases can be reinstated if the three are arrested again within the next year, or fail to pay court costs. [Source: Warwick Post]Felony theft increase ready for House voteA Florida House proposal that would increase a threshold for felony theft charges from $300 to at least $1,000 passed its final committee Wednesday, preparing it to go to the House floor for a vote. Efforts to raise the threshold amount for the first time since 1986 have stalled in the Legislature in the past. This year’s proposal (HB 589) has steadily moved forward in the House, as criminal-justice reform advocates say there is momentum to pass such measures. Yet, past arguments against the proposal have re-emerged during this year’s Session, as demonstrated during a House Judiciary Committee debate Wednesday.The Florida Retail Federation, whose members include Target, Walmart and Walgreens, opposes easing retail theft sanctions. James Miller, a spokesman for the organization, said his group’s focus is “specifically on strengthening punishment for organized retail crime and the repeat offender.” Under the bill, someone who steals retail property that is valued at $300 or more could still be charged with a third-degree felony if the offender coordinated with other people to commit the crime or if the offenders stole another item from a different store within a 48-hour period. [Source: FLAPOL]Traveling group charged with ORCOn March 16, at about 6:52 p.m., police were dispatched to a report of theft at a Michael Kors outlet in North Bend, according to Snoqualmie police in Washington state.. The officer took a report, and after viewing high quality video, took still photos from the footage of the suspects to reference later on. The officer, while driving by another store, located the four suspects, three females and one male, and observed them speaking with each other through the clear windows of another business. He witnessed the suspects split up inside the store, a common practice in organized thefts, authorities said.The officer waited outside the storefront. Two of the three females exited the store and were detained. Back-up officers arrived and the lead officer entered the store, taking the male suspect into custody for theft. The final female suspect was also detained. Among the items stolen were apparel, shoes, purses and sunglasses taken from the Nike store, Coach, Michael Kors, Under Armour, Cutter & Buck, Eddie Bauer locations in the Premium Outlet Mall. The four suspects have long criminal histories that include prior theft charges, possession of stolen property, residential burglary, forgery and ID theft. The investigation remains open and the charges have been referred to the King County Prosecutor’s Office. [Source: Valley Record]Rumpus with shoplifters ends in 2 arrestsPolice in University Heights, Ohio, were called to Macy’s, where loss prevention associates were engaged in a struggle with a man, 19. The man was subsequently subdued and arrested on a charge of grand theft. Also with man was a girl, 17. She was charged with theft and robbery. The names of the subjects were not released. [Source: Cleveland.com] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Brian Forde brought a background in technology to his run for Congress. Q: You’ve said Zuckerberg’s testimony was an embarrassing example of how poorly Congress understands tech. What will it take to close that gap?A: I think that we are going to need more congressional hearings that look like the Zuckerberg hearing, in which Congress makes a fool of itself with regard to science and technology. Once we have more of these examples, it becomes part of a greater national narrative of what we need in Congress.Q: How can scientists help?A: The thing about technology is that before the ink is dry on a piece of legislation, the technology has already changed. So you need people who understand where it’s going and can see around corners. The problem is that if the only thing a member of Congress has heard about technology are 4-minute attacks from people who don’t know what they are talking about, it’s going to be very hard to have a productive conversation with that member in a way that helps Americans.But here’s a thought: How many scientists have sent their member of Congress a one-pager, a blog post, or a research paper with a note that says, “Here’s a quick way to help you get up to speed on this issue, because I heard you say something that wasn’t quite accurate? Or would you like me to host a roundtable, bringing together people with expertise on this issue?”Those types of efforts can massively impact the perspective of an elected official—or even a candidate. Of course, there’s still the question of whether the member or the candidate is willing to listen.Q: What’s next for you?A: It’s too soon to say. I haven’t even talked about it with my wife [Alison Grigonis, a lawyer who also worked in the Obama White House as a liaison between the president and his Cabinet]. But I’m effusively supportive of Katie [Porter] and have told every one of my supporters that I would appreciate if they would consider doing so, both in terms of financial support and in volunteer hours. And I’ll do anything she asks of me, because the most important thing is to flip this seat. Forde for Congress By Jeffrey MervisJun. 28, 2018 , 8:30 AM For many first-time congressional candidates with science and technology backgrounds, fundraising can be a major obstacle. Not to Brian Forde, who was once a senior technology adviser to former-President Barack Obama. Forde managed to outpace his Democrat rivals by raising some $1.5 million for his southern California House race, including more than $300,000 in contributions via cryptocurrencies.But on 5 June Forde received only 6% of the vote, leaving him a distant fourth in the open, top-two primary to represent California’s 45th congressional district in Orange County. Democrat Katie Porter, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), edged out fellow UCI law professor Dave Min for the right to challenge incumbent Republican Mimi Walters in the November general election.The 38-year-old Democrat stands by his message that Congress needs more technologists to do its job. Exhibit A, he says, are all the legislators who struggled to keep up with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg when he testified this spring. But the knowledge gained from a tech career that gave him the chance to brief Obama on the emerging world of cryptocurrencies—and then to create a digital currency initiative within the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge—wasn’t nearly enough to win a seat in Congress. 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Science candidates: High-tech smarts aren’t enough for defeated Obama aide Q: Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?A: I would have started running earlier. [Porter and Min declared in April 2017, and Forde jumped in last summer.] As a first-time candidate, it’s like when you’re a child, and every month of growth is massive. Being naturally cautious, a scientist or technologist might be inclined to wait and not jump in until you have everything lined up. But you need to let go of that idea and realize that you’re going to learn a lot once you start running.Q: How did you go about attracting support from a community that has traditionally stayed away from politics?A: You have to give them a compelling reason why something they care about is under attack. And if it’s not, then what are you fighting for that they care about?For example, I was running against a candidate who fundamentally doesn’t understand, or care to understand, cryptocurrency. [Min ran an ad that accused Forde of taking crypto donations from “Bitcoin speculators that oppose cracking down on drug deals and human trafficking.”] And while most people in that space haven’t been active politically, they were more than happy to contribute to my campaign because the alternative was having someone who clearly did not understand this emerging technology and who perpetuated lies about the technology. Follow our rolling coverage of 2018’s science candidates. Meet the scientists running to transform Congress in 2018 The science vote The science candidates: races to watch in 2018