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first_imgWorld of Warcraft is hearthing back home again with ClassicGame director Ion Hazzikostas reflects on the genesis of Classic, its challenging development, and the importance of a unified communityRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterMonday 26th August 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleActivision BlizzardIt’s fitting that World of Warcraft game director Ion Hazzikostas’ community alias is “Watcher,” complete with the staring eye of an Old God as his identifying avatar.Originally, this came about because he was “watching” raid testing as part of his job when he first joined the team during Wrath of the Lich King. Now, he has a view of the entirety of World of Warcraft, from the expansion he started in to its latest endeavor: World of Warcraft Classic, a return to the game as it was when it first released in 2004.The idea of a place where players could experience World of Warcraft as it was in its early years isn’t a new one, with private servers dedicated to recreating “Vanilla” World of Warcraft having existed for some time. And it’s from the popularity of such servers that a longer conversation about an official version gained broad traction in the community. For a long time, Hazzikostas says, the team was dismissive of the idea despite community interest, simply because Blizzard was more focused on expanding. But continued conversation began to change the minds of the game’s developers all the way up to executives like Mike Morhaime.One major catalyst occurred in 2016, when a cease-and-desist letter from Blizzard prompted Nostalrius, by far the most successful of the private Vanilla servers, to shut down. A popular petition and community discussion prompted Blizzard to meet with the Nostalrius team to discuss the viability of official servers, but the gears for Classic didn’t begin turning right away, a delay that Hazzikostas says was mostly a matter of technical challenges.”Every time the idea came up, we couldn’t find a viable path to make it work” “A big part of why there had never been any meaningful traction was that this was not an easy thing for us to do. Every time the idea came up, we couldn’t find a viable path to make it work. We had the old client, but it was basically full of bugs and exploits and incompatible with the modern hardware we use to run the game, and there was no clear path other than literally redoing ten years plus of engineering work that led to the evolution of the client to get from there to here.”Obviously, ingenuity happened: the idea of using our modern codebase and teaching it to speak the old data, finding some old backups we thought had been lost, all this came together to make us think that this is something that could become a reality. It was just over two years ago that this project was truly born. Summer 2017 was when we realized, after a lot of discussion, over a year after Nostalrius came out and met with us, that we actually had a viable path to make this real.”For the most part, the version of World of Warcraft that launches tonight as World of Warcraft Classic remains unchanged from the game that existed during Patch 1.12 in 2006. The game is based in the current, modern client, but Hazzikostas said the team effectively deleted most of the modern conveniences that come with that, such as the system for allowing people to find random party members to complete dungeons. The biggest difference, says Hazzikostas, is the game’s integration with Battle.net and the social features that accompany it.”For the team it was whether [Battle.net integration] was consistent with the spirit of the original Classic experience, and communication across games whether back then using AOL, IM, ICQ, or whatever else wasn’t that uncommon. And we know that people tell you to use tools like Discord or whatever else to talk to friends, so actively isolating people from their friends who are playing Overwatch and not letting you talk to them in-game didn’t feel like it did a whole lot to [disrupt] the nature of the Classic experience.”Before new expansions brought new hubs and areas to explore, World of Warcraft’s capital cities were noisy centers for players to find groups, friends, and adventuresOther tweaks include what Hazzikostas calls “add-on level conveniences” such as a feature that made removing items from in-game mailboxes simpler. But that isn’t to say Blizzard has left in everything modern that might make World of Warcraft Classic a smoother experience. The team has said before that they’ve had to effectively “recreate” certain bugs that were a notable part of the original experience, and an amusing post on the official forums notes a long list of reported bugs that are actually just features.For Hazzikostas and Blizzard, it’s all about preserving the original experience.”Some of the things that were hard to justify preserving but that we had to preserve were things that were technical limitations at the time that no longer apply to us, but which had mechanical impacts on the way the game was played,” he says. “An example that came up is that various characters have the ability to put debuffs on their targets. There was a limit of 16 total on an enemy target in Classic. And the raid content was designed for 40 players, so you have 40 players, many of whom require putting debuffs on their targets to actually be effective, and a small number of them were actually allowed to do so. That was not because the original developers thought the game was better that way. It’s because there were memory restrictions.”We understand there are going to be some who look at it and say, ‘Cool, that was a good nostalgia trip, I’m leaving'” “Years down the line, that number was raised to 255. We easily could make that change, but the original class balance of the game and the way encounters play out was tuned around the understanding that you can only have 16 debuffs on the boss. So we’re going to keep the game as it was, even though we could do better.”The fact that World of Warcraft in its original form was a bit of a tedious, buggy experience isn’t lost on the community, with one of the main criticisms both from within and without being that players are likely to pick up the game with rose-colored memories of their first experiences in the game, only to drop it five minutes later when it’s far more frustrating than they remember.It’s not lost on Hazzikostas, either, who agrees that “a good number of people” will probably be disillusioned and walk away. But he also thinks a number of people who step in just for a look will find themselves staying for the long haul — which is part of the reason for tying in Classic’s subscription to that of the current, main World of Warcraft game.”All the folks who are playing Battle for Azeroth, there’s no barrier for them to go check it out. We want to make sure we have enough capacity in our servers on launch day so people can get in and play the game, but we understand there are going to be some who look at it and say, ‘Cool, that was a good nostalgia trip, I’m leaving.’ Or those who run away screaming in terror the second they see quest text start to scroll one character at a time across their screen.”But there will be others who go in skeptical, and this is a story we’ve heard time and time again across some of our recent stress tests and our beta, those people end up loving it. We want to make sure we have healthy communities in the long run, which is why we’ve been very conservative with how we’ve been introducing servers, the servers are going to be very crowded up front and we’re kind of accepting it as a downside and a cost that is worth it to make sure we have thriving, healthy communities months and years down the line.”Onyxia is one of several original raid bosses making a return in World of Warcraft Classic for players to fight in the challenging way she was originally intendedHazzikostas may be optimistic, but the flurry of interest in Classic’s launch (and the resulting addition of numerous new server realms over the last week to handle the load) still doesn’t guarantee long-term success. And it’s tough to gauge, at least from the outside, what success for Classic would mean. Because Classic access is bundled into the subscription for the current game at no additional charge, and because Blizzard hasn’t released subscription numbers for the last several expansions, it will be challenging if not impossible to tell what both the short and long-term response to Classic is outside of anecdotes and PR claims.That’s even more eyebrow-raising this year, a year that Activision-Blizzard has said will be a quiet year for releases especially on the Blizzard front. That’s because the company is restructuring following a “record year” for profit that nonetheless saw it lay off approximately 800 people back in February. Looking from the outside, this makes World of Warcraft Classic a perplexing choice, as it requires personnel and resources to create but may not necessarily drive a dramatic uptick in subscriptions.”We want to reduce the barriers between what we see as the parts of a single, larger community, rather than asking people to choose whether they’re a part of one or the other” There isn’t a lot about that narrative that Hazzikostas is in a position to answer specifically as game director. But he does reassure me on two fronts: first, that Classic is more about supporting and further building the existing World of Warcraft community than about creating a new revenue stream, and second, that it isn’t a resource-intensive project (and will be even less-so after launch).”We want to reduce the barriers between what we see as the parts of a single, larger community, rather than asking people to choose whether they’re a part of one or the other — it’s a single World of Warcraft community,” he says. “Obviously we have other efforts going on, supporting Battle for Azeroth, working on a new expansion to follow that.”The team is as large as it’s ever been. Classic is a very different sort of effort. It’s not like half the team is making Classic. Classic is largely an engineering-focused effort, because the game already exists. It’s our programmers getting the client and server architecture up and running, a handful of people, such as me, I’ve been consulting and helping make design decisions in terms of what is in and what is out along the way, our QA resources support finding and fixing bugs, but it’s not something that detracts from our efforts on the main World of Warcraft going forward. It’s just a cool project we’re excited to bring to a wide range of fans new and old.”That also begs the question of future plans, as Hazzikostas mentions multiple times that Classic is a long-term project he expects to go on for years. At the moment, Blizzard has approximately two years of content planned out by releasing the original Vanilla raids and related updates bit by bit so players can tackle them in order. But beyond that, what does Blizzard do? Leave the game as it is? Start releasing expansions indefinitely until the game catches up to the current one?”If you gain a reputation for being a jerk, you’re going to have a harder time engaging in those group activities because your name and reputation follow you” Hazzikostas answers that at the moment, the team is just focused on the launch this week. But once the community has been established, Blizzard plans to let them dictate the future of the game.”Once the community is there and they’re inhabiting this new Azeroth we’ve unfolded, then we’ll be listening to them. We’ll be paying attention to our players and trying to get a sense of where they want to go next, what they see as the future of Classic. There are a few different options we could explore, but I think that’s a discussion we’ll have once Classic is out there and stable.”Aside from the necessity of a healthy in-game player population, another key factor in building the Classic community is adapting to how online community interactions have changed in the last 15 years. Current reporting and cheat detection tools will remain in place, which Hazzikostas says is a necessity given that GM tickets opened back in 2005 normally had a five- to seven-day wait time for a response — not helpful if someone’s harassing you.Thousand Needles is flooded in modern World of Warcraft, a change that added new content but also removed some stories from the game entirelyBut Hazzikostas also notes that in one way, World of Warcraft Classic’s limited features may also help improve community interactions. While the current game allows for groups to gather and tackle content across servers, in Classic, you can only join parties, do dungeons and raids, and communicate publicly with those on the same server as you. Back in the day, this meant that server groups were tighter-knit communities where those who exhibited bad behavior could become community pariahs who no one would group with, and Hazzikostas suspects we may see the same thing happen again in Classic.”I’m geeking out over what 15 years of knowledge is going to do to the endgame of Classic” “We see the phenomenon time and time again that when people feel they’re truly anonymous and can say something without consequences or repercussions, trolls tend to be trollier, and it brings out the worst in some people,” he says. “But because of the nature of closed communities where your reputation matters, if you gain a reputation for being a jerk, being someone no one wants to group with or being someone who is offensive or hurtful or doesn’t play well with others, you’re going to have a harder time engaging in those group activities because your name and reputation follow you.”Additionally, Hazzikostas says that revisiting the ideas behind those server communities for Classic has led to the team brainstorming ways they could recreate a similar experience in modern World of Warcraft.”There’s value in going back and charting the course that WoW’s communities have taken from the very server-based origins that they had back in 2004 to the much more interconnected world we live in today. On the one hand, while yes, you probably don’t have that sense of reputation on your server anymore, on the other hand, if you meet someone in real life and learn that they play World of Warcraft, they’re not going to tell you they’re on a different server than you are and therefore you’re never actually going to play with them even if you might like to do so. Today you actually can bridge those boundaries.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “There are cons and benefits on both sides. But thinking about those and digging into the social systems and support features has spurred a lot of conversation around the office and raised questions about ways in which we might try to recapture some of the best parts without sacrificing the things we’ve gained in modern World of Warcraft.”The knowledge and perspective gained from revisiting the original version of a 15-year-old game goes both ways, too. Hazzikostas didn’t join the Blizzard team until the lead-up to the second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, so while he’s certainly played (and is excited to play again) the original World of Warcraft, he says there’s a lot of excitement at the studio to see how an old game recreated as faithfully as possible will nonetheless look different simply by virtue of the passage of time. And it sounds like he’ll be doing a lot of his namesake activity — watching raids.”From a development perspective, I’m geeking out over what 15 years of knowledge is going to do to the endgame of Classic,” he says. “We have a pool internally on how long it’s going to take for the first group to kill Ragnaros. The first time Classic launched [November of 2004], I think it took until April of 2005 — granted, there were some bugs along the way. This time it’s going to be measured in days, not months. That’s going to be fun.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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A valueless tax

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

first_img AFP or licensors Ferguson has won plaudits for his impact over the past couple of weeks, inspiring Everton to a win against Chelsea and a draw with Manchester United before a late fightback against Leicester in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday ended with a heartbreaking defeat in a penalty shoot-out.The Scot was already a hero on the blue half of Merseyside for his two spells as a combative striker and his emotional touchline antics have left no one in any doubt how much the club means to him.Letting Ferguson go would be a hugely unpopular move for the new manager to make, and the 47-year-old said : “Nobody knows the players better than me.“I’ve been with the players for many a year and hopefully, whoever the new guy is, he uses me.” Duncan Ferguson has impressed during his interim spell in charge of his beloved Everton Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:30Loaded: 6.61%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Getty Images – Getty 2 2 Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Serie A side Napoli just over a week ago Duncan Ferguson said he has not yet spoken to Carlo Ancelotti and doesn’t know anything about Everton’s search for a new manager.Ferguson will remain in charge for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal – which is LIVE on talkSPORT. But his fourth game in the hotseat looks set to be his last, with reports suggesting Ancelotti could be appointed over the next couple of days.Asked what he knew about the situation, Ferguson said: “Just the same rumours as everybody else has heard. We’ll just have to wait and see. I haven’t spoken to anybody.”Ferguson has been part of Everton’s first-team coaching set-up for nearly six years, working under four different managers.He said of Ancelotti: “Obviously the guy is an incredible manager, he’s won everything.” Alan Stubbs hails Duncan Ferguson and says Carlo Ancelotti will be a great appointment for Evertonlast_img read more

first_img27 July 2006South Africa’s Ombudsman for Banking Services is experiencing an increase in complaints from consumers who have run into financial trouble after taking up unsolicited offers of credit from the country’s major banks.This is according to the Ombudsmans’ complaints investigation manager, Advocate John Simpson.Simpson told the SA Press Association (Sapa) on Wednesday that once people started falling behind with their repayments, the interest and legal costs snowballed, often leaving the borrower with a lifelong financial burden.“We suspect, from what we have heard, that the banks are engaging in an all-out drive to gather as many clients as they can ahead of the National Credit Act coming into force in June 2007,” Simpson told Sapa.The new law aims to stamp out “reckless lending”, which includes entering into a credit agreement likely to leave the consumer over-indebted.The Act will also prevent credit providers from increasing borrowers’ credit limits without first complying with prescribed formalities.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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The Year Ahead in LP

first_imgThis is truly a transformative time in retail. With mounting expectations on product availability and escalating demands on service and convenience, the way people shop is changing—and with it the strategies necessary to attract and retain customers. Innovation has become a requisite to retail survival, with new technology offering both our greatest opportunities and our greatest challenges. But the changes that we face are more than just a few new and different widgets that will push the envelope. This is all part of an evolving retail culture that is changing the way that we do business.What does this mean for loss prevention? What are the primary challenges the industry may face this coming year, and how might we rise to meet them? For perspective and input into where 2018 may take LP, we turned to executive leadership from three leading retail solution providers to help identify some common themes.- Sponsor –  Was there a key trend or development in 2017 that you think will drive the loss prevention agenda in 2018? Or might something new steal LP’s focus in the year ahead?CARTER: With a reduction in overall brick-and-mortar growth and an increasing aim at omni-channel expansion, loss prevention will need to realign their resources more toward product visibility and inventory controls. Individual consumer buying habits continue to evolve, and there is a growing need for more visibility of the available inventory. As consumers, we’ve already done our research and know what we want. We want to experience the purchase in-store but know it’s there before we go.With this increased transparency comes inherent risk. Credit card and cyber security threats are on the rise and can severely affect profits but more dramatically alter brand loyalty and future purchases. Loss prevention must continue evolving preventative measures for protecting these critical areas of the business.Terrorism, active shooters, and the opioid epidemic are all growing and raising substantial concern for employee and consumer safety. Planning and preventing these types of safety threats is a monumental challenge for loss prevention and if done inaccurately can shake the stability of the brand, personnel, and future offerings. Security measures, training, and working in conjunction with law enforcement can help, but it will be loss prevention’s preparedness and responsiveness that will best reflect community responsibility.SANTANA LI: We are once again moving forward in a new age of technology, and this will continue to demand our focus and attention. In 2017 we began scaling operations of autonomous security robots nationwide after numerous successful deployments in California and believe this will be an escalating trend in 2018. We’ve been able to assist law enforcement in issuing an arrest warrant for a sexual predator, helped loss prevention apprehend retail thieves, helped stop a vandal at a corporate campus, and put a stop to a fraudulent insurance claim. We’re just getting started in providing our nation’s more than 2 million law enforcement, loss prevention, and private security professionals new, unprecedented capabilities in situational awareness—new tools to help them to do their difficult jobs much more effectively.TONKON: Inventory accuracy and visibility will continue to drive the loss prevention agenda as retailers address the complexities of omni-channel commerce. This is vital to developing a winning retail strategy today and directly benefits loss prevention efforts by helping organizations understand what items are missing. Inventory accuracy is critical for supporting an omni-channel solution that provides real-time visibility to a single view of products across all channels. It begins with data integrity throughout the merchandise supply chain and the ability to track at the item level what happens from when it arrives at the store.As you look over the risk landscape in 2018 and consider the many challenges currently facing LP, are there any areas where you think LP might need to step up its game?SANTANA LI: Implementation of technology, which is a two-fold problem. First, having the courage to take on new technologies proactively and aggressively—the pace is way too slow, and there needs to be a much greater sense of urgency. The second is much more complicated—the lack of innovative technologies to actually implement. This is an industry starving for real game-changing innovation but also an industry starving for those willing and able to drive that same innovation. This needs to change.It’s also infuriating that we live in a society where going to work, going to the mall, going to a movie theatre, or even going to school comes literally with a risk of being shot or killed. A fundamental change is required. I can assure you that no amount of “thoughts and prayers” from our political leaders is going to fix this growing problem. LP folks need to think broadly about risks—not just losses.TONKON: Technology is being embraced more rapidly than ever before, and the race to support the many facets of an omni-channel solution is driving most retail investments. But as history has shown, this race can lead to the need for greater loss prevention efforts because some retailers’ risk assessments were not fully considered at the time of implementation. As a result, initiatives such as “buy online/pick up in-store” and touchless in-store purchasing have exposed greater risks than initially understood.Another key trend is in the world of big data, moving beyond data analytics to prescriptive analytics and the need for qualified professionals. Over the last four years, we have worked with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) to mentor students at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business Master of Science in Business Analytics program. This leading global program develops data scientists that RILA matches with major retailers to analyze major loss prevention challenges. With efforts like these, all industries will enable the faster transition of data into actionable information.CARTER: We as an industry are unprepared for the opioid epidemic, which doesn’t discriminate and can affect any individual and community. It’s unsafe and creates uncomfortable and challenging situations for us all. As loss prevention professionals, we will need to identify with it, accept it’s here, learn more about it, and figure out how we can adapt to provide a safer and more secure shopping environment for our communities.Technology advancements are coming fast and furiously. As you look at the year ahead, do you see technology reshaping retail or loss prevention? If so, how?TONKON: Retail is already being reshaped by changing consumer expectations. Organizations need real-time visibility and location solutions, which transform the physical to digital, so they can sense what’s happening in their operations, analyze that data to deliver insights, and act on those insights to make smarter decisions. Retailers specifically require real-time visibility across all purchasing channels to ensure they have what the shopper wants when and how they want it, or shoppers will buy somewhere else.In loss prevention, this transition is well underway as companies move to utilizing technology and analytics that will sense, analyze, and notify store associates to act immediately on a real-time situation. These actions are geared to prevent a loss or situation from occurring in the first place because of the ability to capture data and recognize that an occurrence outside of a certain threshold is taking place so that a message can be sent to a store associate equipped with the mobile device to take action in real time.The proper training of store associates will be the last step to make this ubiquitous. We’re seeing the emergence of new technologies such as robotics, advanced video analytics applications, behavior recognition, and the application of blockchain for food safety benefit loss prevention as well as other functional areas of retail.SANTANA LI: We here in Silicon Valley are working on game-changing technology that will drastically impact the entire LP landscape in the future—but would challenge the premise of the question as it’s not as fast as it needs to be. Our long-term ambition is to make loss prevention the hero in the organization. What happens when the technology is mature enough to effectively eliminate the majority of shrink—and that massive amount of money goes straight to the bottom line of an organization? What if most losses were eliminated, and we could reduce prices of goods for everyone nationwide? When that happens the shopping experience, financial performance, job satisfaction—all of it changes dramatically.CARTER: Artificial intelligence (AI) applications and augmented-reality shopping experiences are going to continue to reshape our buying habits and purchase landscapes. As more transparency is shown during a customer’s journey, such as inventory availability, store accessibility, and un-attended kiosks, the more opportunity can arise for risk and shrink. We all want to have the latest and greatest smart devices, apps, and experience, but at what point is the experience leading us versus us leading it? These are interesting questions to be posed and prepared for, and solutions designed to help support our evolving technology.There is a lot of industry talk about changes in retail strategies to drive revenues. Do you see any emerging retail strategies impacting loss prevention?CARTER: Loss prevention will need to realign resources more toward protecting product visibility and inventory management. Having a transparent inventory knowledge bank that is accessible to any consumer could result in future threats, shrink, and inventory shortages in brick-and-mortar, further driving consumers toward omni-channel solutions. As loss prevention puts more emphasis on protecting the entire supply chain, better controls for omni-channel accessibility, diversified sales platforms, and transparency will continue to meet the ever-growing demand. I also believe that ongoing cultural changes, collaborative communities, and experiential visitations will also help to regain brick-and-mortar presence, delivering quality of experience or quantity of availability.SANTANA LI: We are currently working on (not yet released) an AI concierge feature to add to our autonomous security robots allowing for a two-way dialogue between the machine and a human. What if the loss prevention team could provide a unique and engaging shopping experience while simultaneously securing the facility? There’s nothing like the ROI on a safe and happy customer.TONKON: Let’s start with the touchless checkout that’s been implemented by many retailers, which eliminates the need to go through an associate-staffed point-of-sale. Depending on company policies, there are different methods for assessing and minimizing risk, but a standard method has not yet been established. Former methods for lowering risk associated with certain high-priced items are being challenged so that retailers can provide a more engaging experience, requiring that different prevention factors be implemented that utilize new technology. The good news is that these emerging technologies can be applied to a wider and more effective set of retail situations and ultimately lower the total loss factor at retail. This will be exciting for the loss prevention leaders of tomorrow. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_imgJuventus concerned over Aaron Ramsey strugglesby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus management have concerns over Aaron Ramsey’s season start.The Wales international left Arsenal in the summer and moved to Turin on a free transfer.The Daily Mail says with just three starts across all competitions so far this season, Ramsey is just an added cost to the income statement and has not yet proved the value the Old Lady had hoped for.Juventus have, so far, not been satisfied with their summer investment.Since his injury as an Arsenal player away to Napoli in April in the Europa League, Ramsey has played just a handful of games. The Caerphilly-born midfielder is muscular yet fragile and at the age of 30, he finds rapid physical recovery difficult to achieve. Then there is a secondary layer to his struggles. It seems to those at the club that Ramsey has not understood the correct rhythm and demands of Italian style training. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

When the Columbus Blue Jackets conclude the 2009-10 season, they’ll likely want to get as far away from the disappointing campaign as possible.The NHL made that task easier for the Jackets, who will kick off their 2010-11 season in Stockholm, Sweden, the team announced Tuesday in a press release.Columbus will play a pair of games against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 8 and 9.San Jose (39-11-9), first in the Western Conference with 87 points, has knocked off the Jackets in the first two of the teams’ four meetings this season.Columbus, with 57 points, the second-lowest total in the conference, currently sits at the bottom of the Central Division. However, the team has won both of its games since firing coach Ken Hitchcock last Wednesday.The Jackets and Sharks square off again tonight at Nationwide Arena at 7. read more

Shelby Lum / Photo editorKevin McGuff is scheduled to begin his Ohio State coaching career on Nov. 8 when he leads the women’s basketball team on the road to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown.McGuff, who joined the Buckeyes in April from the University of Washington, will face a tough non-conference schedule that includes seven NCAA tournament teams.Highlighting the non-conference slate is a showdown with the defending National Champion Connecticut Huskies on Dec. 1 in Springfield, Mass. The game is scheduled to be the feature contest of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge and will be aired on ESPN2.OSU will also play Monmouth Nov. 22, Marist Nov. 23, and Bowling Green Nov. 24 as part of the Hall of Fame Challenge. The Buckeyes will then finish the month with a home game against Lehigh on Nov. 27.OSU will play Florida Atlantic on Nov. 10 in their 2013-14 home opener. Next, Virginia Commonwealth travels to Columbus Nov. 14 to take on the Buckeyes.Next up, OSU will face a stiff challenge when it hits the road to take on the Georgia Bulldogs Nov. 17. The Bulldogs made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament last season and return two of their top players in Tiara Griffin and Shacobia Barbee.After closing out the Hall of Fame Challenge against Connecticut, the Buckeyes will travel to Maryland to take on the Terrapins on Dec. 5 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. OSU will then come home for two games against Gonzaga Dec. 8 and Army Dec. 13.The final non-conference road game will take place against state rivals Cincinnati on Dec. 15. The Buckeyes finish their non-conference slate with three home games against Tennessee Martin Dec. 17, Appalachian State Dec. 20 and North Carolina Central Dec. 29. read more

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