Setting the tone

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ararao nips Garcia for Southern Series title; Pamplona tops Pro class LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ray Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt doesn’t matter that Blackwater will be bringing in a new dimension to its attack with rookie Ray Parks finally suiting up. As far as Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone is concerned, it doesn’t matter who the Kings open their PBA Commissioner’s Cup title defense against.“Whether it’s Blackwater, San Miguel or TNT … It’s really a first step and we’re [just concerned] about getting off the right foot,” Cone said on Thursday, ahead of the team’s clash with Blackwater at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday. “[We hope] to make sure we set the tone for the whole conference.”ADVERTISEMENT “We put the bull’s-eye squarely on our chests,” he said. “Everybody knows Justin (Brownlee). Everybody’s having their scheme against [him].” The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Read Next NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu “Hopefully we come out with a good defensive mind-set,” he added. “That’s what we want to do in the first game and its first few minutes.”Parks and import Alex Stepheson provided the firepower for the Elite in their victory over Meralco and rookie coach Aris Dimaunahan—a former Ginebra guard—hopes the two will come out blazing against the Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We’ll make up the best game plan possible, so we could hopefully get another win,” he said.The Kings will be prepared for that. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Liberia Scores High Marks in Financial Sector

first_imgAt the just-ended meeting of the Inter Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering (GIABA), held the Ivorian political capital, Yamoussoukro, Liberia scored high marks, a release issued has said.GIABA is a specialized institution of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), responsible for facilitating the adoption and implementation of anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) measures in the sub-region.Their meeting was held from May 18 to 23, 2015, during which the GIABA Plenary commended Liberia for taking “significant steps at the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing in the country.”Plenary therefore maintained Liberia on the Regular Expedited Follow-up Process and requested the country to submit its 5th Follow-up Report to GIABA Secretariat Plenary. Additionally, the release said, Plenary requested Liberia to submit a progress report to GIABA Secretariat before November this year in order for the Plenary to criminalize the outstanding predicate offences, including illicit trafficking in stolen and other goods; illicit arms trafficking; counterfeiting and piracy of products. GIABA will also amend existing anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) laws adequately to empower Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to confiscate property and or proceeds of crime. The plenary will also establish robust procedures and mechanisms for implementing United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1267 and 1373, whose procedures and mechanisms should, amongst other things, highlight procedures for considering de-listing and requests for freezing funds; effective systems for communicating actions taken under the freezing mechanism to reporting entities, etc.Liberia’s delegation to the GIABA Ministerial Committee (GMC), comprising the Ministers of Finance, Planning and Development, Justice and Internal Affairs, was headed by the Justice Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannon. Other members included Deputy House Speaker, Hans Barchue, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia and Board Chair of the Financial Intelligence Unit of Liberia (FIU), Charles Sirleaf, among others.The FIU is the central, national agency of Liberia responsible for receiving, requesting and conducting preliminary investigation, analyzing and disseminating information concerning suspected proceeds of money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial crimes. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ousted FIFA ethics heads were investigating Infantino- sources

first_imgHe and Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German former judge, were removed from their posts in May.Contacted by AFP on Monday, FIFA did not provide any reaction.The investigation stemmed from evidence provided by African representatives, a source close to FIFA said.Several African witnesses had been set to travel to FIFA headquarters in the Swiss city of Zurich but at least one of them had their summons cancelled after Borbely was removed from his post, the same source said.British newspaper The Guardian reported on Sunday that Infantino was being investigated for claims he had promised, along with FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura, to accelerate payments of development money to national football associations if the presidents voted for Ahmad.“It is an open secret that president Gianni Infantino and general secretary Fatma Samoura did everything to get the Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad elected,” another source close to FIFA said.The same source indicated that Infantino wanted rid of previous CAF chief Issa Hayatou, who had not backed the Swiss-Italian when he stood for the FIFA presidency in February 2016.Cameroon’s Hayatou, 70, had been in the post for 29 years and had been censured by the International Olympic Committee in 2011 for receiving money from ISL — the Swiss marketing firm was in charge of rights for FIFA before going bust in 2001.“The work in support of Ahmad was carried out by the Congolese Veron Monsengo, Infantino’s Mister Africa,” said the same source, adding that “it was prepared during a visit by Gianni Infantino to Zimbabwe.”That visit took place just before the CAF election.FIFA announced their decision to remove Borbely and Eckert during the organisation’s congress in Bahrain last month.Borbely said the decision was “a setback in the fight against corruption” as there were “several hundred cases” of corruption pending.The duo were replaced by Colombian magistrate Maria Claudia Rojas and Vassilios Skouris of Greece, a former president of the European Court of Justice.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino, pictured on June 18, 2017, was under investigation by the FIFA ethics team for allegedly attempting to influence the outcome of the Conederation of African Football’s presidential election © AFP / Roman KruchininLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jun 19 – FIFA’s ethics team had been investigating the role played by the organisation’s president, Gianni Infantino, in the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections before being removed from office, sources said on Monday.Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely, who was chairman of the ethics committee’s investigatory chamber, had opened an invstigation into suggestions Infantino might have sought to influence the election of Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad as president of CAF in March.last_img read more

Man United were far superior in summer transfer market, concedes Liverpool boss Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United enjoyed more success with their summer dealings than the Reds.However, he has laughed off claims there is an imbalance in what his club can achieve in upcoming windows compared to his arch rivals.While the Reds Devils succeeded in bringing in the likes of big name players Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, Rodgers failed to land his number one target Alexis Sanchez – who preferred a move to Arsenal.The Northern Irishman instead spent the money received from Luis Suarez’s exit to Barcelona on eight new first-team players to strengthen his squad.But after a disappointing start to the season, with the Reds knocked out of the Champions League group stages and currently sitting mid table in the Premier League, Rodgers’ attempt to build on last season’s success seems to be falling short.And, despite the Red Devil’s new signings seemingly finding their feet and hitting form which has culminated in a five match winning streak to lift Van Gaal’s men to third, Rodgers refuses to admit they are worried about what other clubs around them do.“For us at Liverpool we don’t compare to anyone, we look to ourselves and all you can do is make sure you remain solid inside of your work,” the Anfield boss said.“There will always be things written on the outside and spoken about by people paid and unpaid to be critics but you can’t really affect that.“They [United] have some outstanding players. They had a good squad before that but they have brought in some very good players and got a very experienced manager leading them.“But my focus is only on the players we were able to get and work with them.”When asked if he regrets padding his squad out with potential stars rather than proven quality Rodgers added: “That is what the club tried to do.“It wasn’t for the want of trying that the club looked to do that but we end up with the squad we have and we will improve those players with the staff like we have done over the last couple of years.“We believe there is talent which has come into here that will grow over the next number of years to show they are top-class talents.“Consequently the team will improve.” 1 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers last_img read more

Schalke 0-2 Real Madrid: Ronaldo nets in Champions League last-16 tie

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo returned to goal scoring form and Marcelo was also on target as holders Real Madrid opened their Champions League last-16 tie with a 2-0 win at Schalke.Ronaldo ended a rare drought of three games by heading Real ahead in the first half at the Veltins-Arena before Marcelo made victory safe with a fine second late on.Schalke proved much tougher opposition than last year, when they were thrashed 6-1 at the same stage by the same opponents, and rattled the bar at 1-0 down through Felix Platte.Timon Wellenreuther, a 19-year-old goalkeeper pressed into action due to injuries, also impressed but ultimately Roberto Di Matteo’s side could not deny Real a 10th successive win in the competition.Schalke, deploying a five-man defence, made an encouraging start and contained their visitors in the early stages.They also had some early chances as Dennis Aogo fired a free-kick into the wall and then missed the target after being picked out by Marco Hoger.Former Real striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had the first serious effort on goal from distance but Iker Casillas saved well to his left.It then seemed Schalke’s good early work had been undone as Real grabbed the lead through Ronaldo after 26 minutes.Ronaldo, who had shot wastefully wide from distance moments earlier, timed his run superbly to meet Dani Carvajal’s curling cross and head past Wellenreuther.It was the world player of the year’s sixth goal in seven Champions League appearances and sent an emphatic answer to recent critics of his form.Real almost had a second soon after as Karim Benzema broke through but Wellenreuther just got enough on his shot.Things got worse for Schalke as Huntelaar was then forced off injured after a clash with Raphael Varane.Ronaldo wanted a second from a 30-yard free-kick before the break but Wellenreuther tipped away his curling effort.Schalke tried to force their way back into the game in the second half but Kevin-Prince Boateng spurned a good opportunity when he shot over.Real threatened again when Gareth Bale neatly combined with Isco outside the area but the Spaniard shot over.Schalke served the champions a warning after 74 minutes as substitute Platte struck the crossbar with a fierce effort. Atsuto Uchida was quick to the rebound but could not trouble Casillas.That prompted Real to step up the tempo and they took a firm grip on the tie 11 minutes from time as Ronaldo cut in from the left and beat two defenders to find Marcelo on the edge of the area.The Brazilian gave the Germans no chance as he took a touch and clipped a superb shot over Wellenreuther.The goal deflated Schalke, who then switched to damage-limitation mode for the remainder of the match. They had not been outplayed like last season but were still left facing a huge hurdle at the Bernabeu in the second leg.Elsewhere, Porto and Basel drew 1-1 at St Jakob-Park in the night’s other match. Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid 1last_img read more

Stabbing suspect identified

first_imgThe man fired three shots, hitting a second deputy in the upper torso. A third deputy then returned fire, hitting the man, the account said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Deputies said they got a 911 call about 3:25 a.m. Sunday about a domestic violence incident at a house on Dunmore Avenue and were told the suspect had left carrying a knife. Another 911 call then came in saying that a man with a knife had just stabbed people in a home in the 3100 block of East Avenue Q-4, a couple blocks from the first call, sheriff’s officials said. Once at the Avenue Q-4 home, deputies were told that the assailant was returning to his house on Dunmore. When deputies got to the Dunmore home, they saw a man – later identified as Mora – inside the house holding a knife and with blood on his clothing, according to a sheriff’s department account released to the news media. Fearing that the man was about to harm family members, the deputies went inside, where the man grabbed one deputy’s gun and a struggle ensued, the department account said. PALMDALE – A 23-year-old Palmdale man was identified Monday as a stabbing suspect shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy after he allegedly grabbed another deputy’s gun and started shooting inside a house. Juan Alberto Mora was killed in a 4 a.m. Sunday shooting that is now under review by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials as well as by officials of the Los Angeles County District Attorney and Office of Independent Review, officials said. One deputy was hit by a bullet fired by Mora but it was stopped by the deputy’s protective vest, officials said. The deputy was treated at a hospital and released. Three people stabbed by Mora at a second house a couple blocks away were reported in critical but stable condition at a hospital, deputies said. Their names were not released. Sheriff’s officials also did not release the names of the deputies involved in the shooting. last_img read more

Leeds go top of Championship with win over Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield

first_imgLeeds were nearly in just before the half hour mark but Hernandez’s clipped ball heading towards Patrick Bamford was brilliantly intercepted by Jon Gorenc Stankovic.But the best chance of the half fell to the Terriers, with Luke Ayling bailing out Casilla when he cleared Karlan Grant’s goalbound effort away after the goalkeeper made a mess of a long ball.Marcelo Bielsa’s men upped their level after the break and took the lead in spectacular style.A corner was only half-cleared by Huddersfield and Alioski’s left-footed volley went through a crowd and into the net. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 3 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Leeds smelled blood and Bamford was unlucky not to have doubled their lead. He put the ball in the net but Stuart Dallas was ruled offside in the build-up. Replays show that the Northern Irishman was actually onside.And this could have proved very controversial as Huddersfield failed to equalise with a huge chance – Casilla somehow denying Elias Kachunga from point blank range.But Leeds didn’t mess about after that and the victory was sealed on 77 minutes when Hernandez nodded home Jack Harrison’s delicious cross from the left.Huddersfield will rue some of their missed opportunities with Grant and Matty Daly putting good chances wide before the end of the game but Leeds were good value for their win. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship on target Alioski gave Leeds a spectacular lead Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta statement Getty Images – Getty 3 Danny Cowley’s men are two points above the relegation zone appointed targets center_img latest Getty Images – Getty Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future stalemate However, Danny Cowley and his players will feel they could have got something out of the game as they were guilty of lacking composure in front of goal.Huddersfield and Leeds have had contrasting fortunes this season but both sides were evenly matched in the first half and had good chances to break the deadlock.The visitors almost scored when a clever short corner went to Mateusz Klich, whose effort cannoned off the post on 15 minutes.Kiko Casilla was then called into action moments later as he tipped Steve Mounie’s header over the bar. update Leeds moved to the top of the Championship for 24 hours at least after getting the better of Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield with a 2-0 win at the John Smith’s Stadium.Goals from Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez in the second half means Marcelo Bielsa’s men leapfrog West Brom, who host Swansea on Sunday, in the table. Getty Images – Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 3 rookie error Alioski took his goal very very Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ last_img read more

HIV stabilising, but ‘more must be done’

first_imgThe HIV prevalence among women in the 30 to 34 age group showed an increase, from 39.6 percent in 2007 and 40.4 percent in 2008 to 41.5 percent in 2009. The department will observe this age group closely to assess what impact ARV treatment has. 12 November 2010 As in previous years, KwaZulu-Natal had the highest HIV prevalence, followed by Mpumalanga and Free State, with overall prevalence greater than 30 percent. The North West, Limpopo, Gauteng and Eastern Cape had prevalences of between 20 percent and 30 percent. The survey, released in Pretoria this week, shows that South Africa’s HIV prevalence has remained constant at around 29 percent over the past four years. Motsoaledi noted that KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape had the same socio-economic conditions when it came to HIV. “This is the most important group to provide evidence when monitoring new HIV infections,” Motsoaledi said. He added that it remained to be seen how far South Africa was from achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in this age group – the MDG target for 2015 is a reduction by 25 percent, to an HIV prevalence rate of 17.3 percent. Motsoaledi acknowledged that while he was satisfied that the government had done everything possible with regards to HIV/Aids intervention on paper, he was concerned as to whether it was being implemented on the ground. Socio-economic factors “We are reviewing this,” he said. The report, presented by Motsoaledi on Thursday, showed that HIV prevalence remained constant among 15- to 24-year-old pregnant women, with 21.7 percent in 2009. This was the same as the figure in 2008, which was a decline of 0.4 percent from 22.1 percent in 2007. The Northern Cape and Western Cape were the only provinces that had HIV prevalence rates below 20 percent. While South Africa’s latest antenatal prevalence survey shows a stabilisation in the country’s HIV prevalence rate since 2006, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi wants more to be done to implement the government’s plans to combat the epidemic. The 2009 National Antenatal Sentinel HIV and Syphilis Prevalence survey was conducted in all nine provinces and 52 health districts, where 337 841 pregnant women booking into 1 457 public antenatal clinics for the first time were sampled during October. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Will You Be My “Friend”?

first_imgAs HR professionals, a challenge we all face is how do we strike a balance between being open, approachable, and relatable to all while maintaining healthy professional boundaries? Are we supposed to be everyone’s friend or no ones friend at all? I have learned over the past few years that there is a lot of gray area in our field, especially when it comes to this topic. Luckily, if you’re like me, most of us chose this profession because we like complex social situations and don’t mind ambiguity.Behavioral research tells us that building trust requires openness and vulnerability but how much is too much? This can be challenging for any HR professional, especially those of us who are early in our careers and making the transition from being a peer to being someone in a supervisory role.In the digital era, we have a whole new set of challenges to overcome. It is no secret that we live in a society where “friending” someone on social media as soon as you meet them has become the norm. As HR professionals, we are thrust into a unique situation that requires us to carefully consider, and at times overthink, each invitation we receive before determining whether to accept or decline.There are of course the obvious legal risks such as exposure to information protected under Title VII, but what about the less obvious risks? Connecting with our employees is important, but why expose ourselves to every detail of our employees’ personal lives? If an employee calls in sick and then spends the day posting selfies at the beach, do you really want to know about it? I sure don’t!I firmly believe in keeping work and personal life separate to a certain extent.As an HR professional I want to be seen as a resource for my employees; someone who can coach them through difficult times and help them reach their full potential, not a rule enforcer who is watching their every move. If you know too much this can sometimes be challenging, but I do want to encourage them to speak openly with me about their concerns and trust that I will do my best to help resolve them.How can we build this positive relationship with a generation is accustomed to be so interconnecting with everyone they know without crossing a line?Ask them how their day is going and show a genuine interest in their wellbeing. Allow them to share but maintain a professional tone and healthy boundaries. Listen to their concerns and offer solutions. Steer the conversation back on course if it veers towards TMI topics.If you do make the choice to decline an invitation to connect, make it a universal decision to not connect on social media with anyone at work. Don’t pick and choose. That way you can do it tactfully while still being cordial.That being said, it can get lonely at the top. Build your network of HR professionals who are dealing with or have dealt with similar situations and be open with them about your struggles. It is so beneficial to have people you trust outside of your organization that you can lean on when you need advice or just need to vent or laugh about your day over a good glass of wine.If all else fails, delete your social media accounts and get a flip phone. Just kidding…sort of.last_img read more

Random Lessons from the Room: Part Four

first_imgWe ended our last column with a short discussion of the value of developing a timeline of events to organize the case and help to link relationships. There are a number of investigative link tools to illustrate relationships between people and businesses, which can help to flesh out the timeline of events and give a visual representation to an investigation. These can be easily found with a search for investigation link tools.Develop a Theory of the CaseSir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes said several interesting things about developing a theory of a case. While the detective was fictional and Arthur Conan Doyle was not an investigator, he was still able to capture fundamental truths about conducting an inquiry. While many cases are not real mysteries, those that are can be solved using Holmes’ process to deduce the solution.“It’s a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgement.” – Sherlock Holmes in A Scandal in Bohemia- Sponsor – First, understand the problem that must be solved. Here, we are considering more complex investigations than producing a simple refund or register void. In a complex investigation, there needs to be a complete understanding of the loss and how it was able to occur, and it must be addressed by thinking globally about the implications to the organization including any legal issues. This will potentially require research into the process involved and the culture surrounding it. Much of that information can be mined from company data and interviews with those involved in the process, but the information must be collected in a systematic way making no assumptions. The organization has a tremendous amount of information available to the investigator about process culture and persons, which can be important to reaching a successful conclusion.Collect the Facts“As a rule, when I have heard of some slight indications of the course of events I am able to guide myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my memory.” – Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Blue CarbuncleAs we begin the collection of our facts in the investigation, it does not mean we ignore our investigative experience in doing so. Cases tend to evolve in similar ways and circumstances, which can streamline our selection of what is likely to be important. As we begin to collect evidence and understand process and the culture in place, it is important to remember the people that work in the area are there every day imbedded in the work. There is policy and how the company thinks a task is accomplished, and then there is what really happens, which can be a very different thing.“One should always look for a possible alternative, and provide against it. It is the first rule of criminal investigation.” – Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of Black PeterWhat on the surface might look like incriminating circumstantial evidence may mean something entirely different if looked at from a different perspective. Take the time to evaluate evidence in other ways to try to prove the person innocent.“Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing,” answered Holmes thoughtfully. “It may seem to point very straight to one thing, but if you shift your point of view a little, you may find it pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something entirely different.” – The Boscombe Valley MysteryWhen investigating a case, it is the investigator who is the outsider, the novice, who must be taught by the “experts” how the process works and perhaps its many permutations. It’s always better to watch something take place rather than simply being told about it since that is often how the task is most often accomplished.“I am glad of all details,” remarked my friend, “whether they seem to you to be relevant or not.” – Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Copper BeechesAlways probe for the exceptions to what is always done and what happens before or after these exceptions to fully understand why they occur. It’s possible exceptions are the result of extra work, delays, or someone triggering them to take advantage of the situation. As the inquiry evolves, collect evidence, documents, forms, or samples that may become relevant later. Remember that later may be too late to recover them. Consider if diagrams or photos might be useful in adding context to a process or alibi. And note how people interact—this can speak volumes about internal relationships at play.Develop Theories to Explain the FactsWhen a fact appears to be opposed to a long train of deductions, it invariably proves to be capable of bearing some other interpretation. If a fact is opposed to our theory, we must reexamine our view and modify our conclusions to take it into account.“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” – Sherlock Holmes in A Scandal in BohemiaIt is the investigator’s responsibility to modify a theory so that it fits the facts, not to ignore the facts because they don’t suit his thoughts. This should make us look at other possibilities to explain the facts available. This might result in discovering an error in the “fact” or a mistake in our interpretation of it. Either way, the case is strengthened in searching for the truth.Eliminate the Least Likely TheoriesUnfortunately, some of the recent miscarriages of justice in the United States were the result of failing to reexamine the theory of the case when there were facts that didn’t support the conclusion the prosecution proposed.“Eliminate all other facts, and the one that remains must be the truth.” – Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of Four“It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” – Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Beryl CoronetSometimes there is a nagging hangnail in an investigation that just doesn’t seem right. These always bear looking at since anyone defending the target of the inquiry is going to rely on this detail to refute the investigative conclusion. Examining this fact from every angle will help protect the integrity of the investigative conclusion and show its unbiased nature.“… but none the less you must come round to my view, for otherwise I shall keep on piling fact upon fact on you until your reason breaks down under them and acknowledges me to be right.” – Sherlock Holmes in The Red-Headed LeagueBy looking at this errant fact in great detail, we can accomplish several things. First, we may correct investigative assumptions and conclusions, opening a new theory of the case. Second, we may find that the “fact” was incorrect and does not support our case theory. Third, we may limit the possible usefulness of the contrary fact to the subject or his attorney by eliminating all the possible excuses it might imply. And finally, the further investigation and examination of these facts establishes the fair nature of the investigation.“Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.” – Sherlock Holmes in Silver BlazeWorking with another investigator or supervisor who plays devil’s advocate strengthens a case by forcing the investigator to answer the difficult questions and look at the case from an opponent’s point of view. The military often uses a “red team” to examine a possible strategy or to plan for an enemy response. Answering questions shows the weak areas of the investigation and helps the investigator prepare for the case presentation to management, prosecutors, and ultimately the subject himself.This presentation to another will help the investigator become prepared for possible explanations by the subject as he protests his innocence. The investigator has completed the investigation and his confidence in the outcome should be buoyed as he prepares to meet with the guilty party.“It is more than possible; it is probable.” – Sherlock Holmes in Silver BlazeA case prepared carefully—where all the facts lead to a single conclusion, and possible excuses have been prepared for—is a mighty force for the subject to deal with in the interview room or at a hearing. The investigation has discovered and established the solution.“What one man can invent, another can discover.” – Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Dancing Men Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more