Security was called after a man was caught rifling through another passenger’s cabin baggage. Photo; Faiz Mokhtar/Facebook. Airline passengers have been warned to keep a wary eye on cabin baggage after a man was filmed allegedly stealing from a business class overhead locker on board a Malaysia Airlines flight.Faiz Mokhtar was on a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur with four business partners when one of his colleagues noticed a man brazenly taking Mohtar’s laptop bag out of the overhead locker and taking it to his seat in the fourth row.Mokhtar, who cataloged the theft on Facebook and was in the second row, caught the man rifling through his bag and about to pocket euros and US dollars.“I confronted him with the rest of my partners surrounding us,’’ he said. “I did a thorough checking of my bag because my biggest concerns were my traveling documents (passport etc.) and whether he had implanted any illegal items in an attempt to use me as his transporter (read: drug mule syndicate).”Cabin crew were alerted and quickly took action to call in security and police.The plane had yet to depart and the man was taken off the flight.“Apparently, the crew informed us, there is a syndicate that has been conducting this modus operandi on China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam flights,’’ Mohtar said. “That guy was from Hong Kong and he is flying to KL with no return ticket, probably his route depends on his ‘loot’.”READ MH370 is one of 83 missing aircraft since 1948. Authorities have been warning for some time about an increase in cabin baggage theft and that criminal gangs are targeting passengers.Hong Kong police reported a 25 percent rise in the number of cabin robberies in 2015 to 60 reported incidents, according to an article in The Economist that pointed to a Turkish businessman who lost $US260,000 in cash and goods during a flight to Hong Kong.The South China Morning Post also reported criminals were working flights coming into Hong Kong and Middle Eastern countries in a first-hand article published earlier this year.The Post quoted statistics showing 77 reported cases in 2015, although this dropped to 22 in 2016 and six in the first 11 months of 2017.Mokhtar praised the professionalism of the Malaysia Airlines cabin crew and particularly the head flight attendant, who offered to remain in Vietnam to make a police report on his behalf.He said this was not necessary because he was able to do it in-flight.He warned that the syndicate was “quite bold” because there was no inflight CCTV footage and played “the language barrier”.“So everyone, please be careful of your belongings, and use extra safety tool, i.e. bag lock, and do travel in groups when possible,’’ he said.In a statement to media, Malaysia Airlines said the crew had lodged a report with Vietnamese authorities and were trained to handle situations such as this.It reminded passengers to keep tabs on their valuable items and to avoid keeping them separately.
It makes me happy to think about journeying to Orlando in less than two weeks to attend my second SHRM Annual Conference. Having experienced my first last year, I now know that the event is much bigger than the sessions held in the conference center. The variety of events that occur along with the conference bring opportunities for not only learning, but fun as well. I’ve heard some discount the importance of these events, but they are an important element of advancing our profession.The ‘H’ in HR stands for “human” (at least in most places!) and we as HR professionals do not always do a good job reaching out to those who can help us when we face situations that we haven’t encountered before. Building relationships is essential to learning and seeing things from a different perspective. While chatting with people in sessions and on the exhibit floor can begin the process, establishing genuine connections takes more time and sharing common experiences can lead to continued dialogue and bring people closer.Even if big parties and crowded events are not your thing, there are many opportunities to connect with small groups of people and expand your own network and build the value you can bring to those you support in your business. If you’re not one to find people on your own, I can certainly recommend the Meet to Eat Program that SHRM does each year. My own network benefits from people I met during a SHRM Diversity Conference at such an event.One important reminder; take off your SHRM badge before you go out! Introduce yourself in person, not by your credential.To read the original blog post, please click here. read more
richard macmanus In September 2009, TweetDeck added “full powered Facebook” support. That featured the ability to view Facebook photos, videos, links, wall posts, comments and more in TweetDeck. At the same time, TweetDeck added MySpace to the app. LinkedIn was added in November that year, in-app YouTube and Flickr support in February 2010, and Google Buzz and Foursquare in May 2010.As well as expanding its support of services other than Twitter, TweetDeck continued to adapt to whatever changes Twitter made. For example, TweetDeck added support for Twitter lists in October 2009.At the end of the year, ReadWriteWeb named TweetDeck one of its Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009. 2010-2011: More Apps (iPad, Android, ChromeDeck) & Pushing Twitter’s Boundaries2010 was mostly focused on expanding the list of devices and platforms that TweetDeck covered.TweetDeck for iPad arrived in April 2010, making “full use of the iPad’s large screen size and gesture-based Multi-Touch navigation.”Another milestone was the first browser-based version of TweetDeck, with the launch of ChromeDeck in December 2010. As the name suggests, it brought TweetDeck to Google’s Chrome browser. The beta of TweetDeck Web was released in April 2011, bringing TweetDeck to other web browsers. Also in 2011, TweetDeck turned its attention to pushing the boundaries of what Twitter offers. TweetDeck launched a feature called Deck.ly in January this year, which allows users to post tweets that are longer than the traditional 140 character limit. It’s been arguably the most controversial thing TweetDeck has done, but it may well be something that Twitter eventually adopts – whether or not it acquires TweetDeck.It should be noted that TweetDeck has had technical road bumps along the way, particularly dealing with Twitter’s API limits. There have also been issues with the app itself, particularly problems with large spikes in CPU and memory usage. But overall, the product has been one of the best examples of innovation in the social media era of the Web.TweetDeck’s Search for The Holy Grail By its 2nd anniversary in July 2010, TweetDeck had firmly established itself as the leading consumer app for Twitter. At that stage the desktop TweetDeck app had been downloaded over 15 million timesand the iPhone version over 2.5 million times. To this day Facebook and the other non-Twitter services are still a peripheral feature of TweetDeck. Most people use TweetDeck primarily to manage their Twitter account. The Facebook integration is merely a handy, probably not well used, feature. Nevertheless, as early as March 2009 TweetDeck was clearly building a product with a lot of promise. I’d argue that TweetDeck was building the Holy Grail of web apps in the social networking era: a single place to interact with all of your different social networks and social media services.In July 2010, TweetDeck stated that its goal was to become a “true multi-stream” service. It claimed that “the intersection of social networks, can be infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. […] TweetDeck should be more about what your friends are saying rather than the networks they are using to say it.”Twitter: Oh No You Don’t…It’s a nice dream, but Twitter won’t want that reality to happen. That’s because to Twitter, the networks that people are using does matter. Specifically, Twitter doesn’t want Facebook to usurp it for real-time updates. It’s possible that Twitter will require TweetDeck to drop support of other services entirely. More likely, Twitter will allow TweetDeck to keep developing its central social networking hub – but it will find ways to ensure that Twitter remains front and center in the app. That isn’t a big change from what TweetDeck is now, because as noted above most TweetDeck users still use the app primarily for Twitter. However, it will certainly restrict the future TweetDeck. If TweetDeck had continued to be independent, or even if UberMedia had succeeded in its earlier bid for the product, we (the users) would eventually have gotten a much more expansive TweetDeck. Probably a more exciting product too. Definitely it would’ve been one with the potential to change the Web ecosystem.There’s no way that will happen if Twitter buys TweetDeck, as seems likely to be confirmed any day now. That’s sad for Web innovation. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… One of TweetDeck’s defining features on launch was its ability to create groups of Twitter users, to better allow you to filter your Twitter experience. Dodsworth explained to Louis Gray that “segmenting my friends out to a separate area was the catalyst for the creation of groups (a first for twitter applications afaik) and required a new approach to the UI.” This UI was inspired by financial dashboards, which Dodsworth had “been involved in building and evolving before TweetDeck.”2009: TweetDeck Expands Beyond Twitter; to Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn & MoreAlthough TweetDeck was originally conceived as an application to manage your Twitter reading and writing, Dodsworth soon saw the potential to expand it to other social media services. Dodsworth wrote in mid-09 that he had “a bigger vision [for TweetDeck], to become a new browser for the real-time Web.” To fuel that ambition, Dodsworth took seed funding from Betaworks in January 2009. We profiled Betaworks in September last year – it’s a seed-stage investor in a range of real-time web companies, such as Tumblr, Twitterfeed, Superfeedr and Songkick.In March 2009 TweetDeck added its first integration with Facebook. It featured a new column showing status updates from your friends, along with the ability to update your Facebook status from within TweetDeck. In June 2009, TweetDeck went mobile with the announcement of an iPhone app. It belatedly launched an Android version in August 2010. Version 2 of the iPhone app followed in April 2011. Tags:#Real-Time Web#social networks#twitter#web TweetDeck, the leading third party Twitter client, has been acquired by Twitter – according to Techcrunch. As of writing, neither Twitter or TweetDeck have confirmed the deal. If it does go through, it will spell the end of TweetDeck’s grand plan to become the central hub for social networks. In other words, the Holy Grail of the social Web. While it started out as just a third party Twitter client, for most of its nearly 3 year existence TweetDeck has been building itself up to be a “a new browser for the real-time Web.” Since it added Facebook support in March 2009, TweetDeck has aimed to be a central app from which people can interact with all of their social networks. That’s a potentially massive commercial opportunity for a startup. Imagine being able to control your Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn and other social services using the one interface. That’s precisely what TweetDeck does right now, only it’s not quite fully functional yet and people haven’t gotten used to the concept. Unfortunately, the acquisition by Twitter will put an end to TweetDeck’s ambition and we’ll have to wait for another startup to chase that Holy Grail. Here’s how this all played out and our guess at what will happen next…2008: Multi-Columns For TwitterTweetDesk was developed by Iain Dodsworth from England, at first as a desktop app for Twitter powered by Adobe AIR. TweetDeck was released as a public beta in July, 2008. “I originally built TweetDeck to solve my problem of being overwhelmed with Twitter,” Dodsworth later told tech blogger Louis Gray.ReadWriteWeb reviewed TweetDeck when it launched. Frederic Lardinois noted at the time:The major difference between TweetDeck and other Twitter clients like Twhirl, Snitter, Twitteriffic, and AlertThingy, is that it displays more than one column of information at a time. In TweetDeck, you can define columns for your replies, numerous searches in Summize, as well as groups. You can define up to 10 different columns. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit read more
CCH Tax Day ReportThe Colorado Department of Revenue has adopted an emergency amendments to a regulation outlining the due dates for employers to file wage and tax statements with the department and their employees in order to conform to recent legislation passed by the United States Congress. Under the amended regulation, annual reconciliation reports are due on or before the last day of January (previously, February) following the close of the calendar year or within 30 days of cessation of the employer’s business. Additionally, a copy of a wage and tax statement must be filed with the state by the date prescribed in IRC Sec. 6071 for the filing of similar statements, and if required, must include the annual reconciliation report. State copies of wage and tax statements were previously due on the last day of February.The emergency rule will be in force and effect for a period of 120 days from the date of the notice, unless terminated or replaced by a permanent rule.Reg. 39-22-604.6, Colorado Department of Revenue, effective February 9, 2017 read more
(AP) Disney is closing its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business in a move set to shake up the media landscape.The deal paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year.By buying the studios behind “The Simpsons” and X-Men, Disney aims to better compete with technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers’ attention – and dollars.Disney needs compelling TV shows and movies to persuade viewers to sign up and pay for yet another streaming service. It already has classic Disney cartoons, “Star Wars,” Pixar, the Muppets and some of the Marvel characters.With Fox, Disney could add Marvel’s X-Men and Deadpool, along with programs shown on such Fox channels as FX Networks and National Geographic.
(AP) — The CEO of Overstock.com has resigned, saying he’d become “far too controversial” to helm the e-commerce company known for selling discounted sofas and jewelry.Patrick Byrne’s resignation Thursday came after the company issued a bizarre statement last week in which the former CEO referred to the “Deep State,” called federal agents “Men in Black” and confirmed a journalist’s stories detailing his relationship with Maria Butina, a gun-rights activist who was sentenced to prison for being an unregistered agent of Russia.Overstock.com’s shares fell 36% in the two days after the statement was made public.Byrne, who founded the online discount retailer 20 years ago, said Thursday that he was “in the sad position” of having to step down.“Though patriotic Americans are writing me in support, my presence may affect and complicate all manner of business relationships, from insurability to strategic discussions regarding our retail business,” he said.Overstock.com based in Midvale, Utah, named company veteran and board member Jonathan E. Johnson III as interim CEO.The company’s shares jumped $1.62, or 8.3%, to close Thursday at $21.12.In his statement last week, Byrne said he had helped law enforcement on three occasions, the last being “less about law enforcement and more about political espionage conducted against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (and to a lesser degree, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz).” read more
The sun came out for the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 National 18 Years and under Championships this morning.The ceremony was an opportunity to kick off the tournament as well as sending off the Australian representative players that will be going to South Africa for the 2007 World Cup.The Mayor of Coffs Harbour, the Hon. Mr Keith Rhoades welcomed the players and officials to Coffs Harbour and wished them the best of luck. South Sydney Rabbitohs player and ex-Australian Touch representative Joe Williams reminisced about his favorite and not so favorite memories from his time playing at the National 18’s.He described “Getting beaten by Queensland,” as the moment which stands out most to him, when playing for NSWCCC his team were narrowly beaten by one touchdown by QSST.NSWTA General Manager and Australian Women’s 20’s Coach, Dean Russell addressed the players about representing your country, describing the passion and pride involved with being involved in an Australian team.Team captains were then given an opportunity to sign two Boxing Kangaroo flags which will be presented to the Australian World Cup sides before they compete in South Africa.These flags will be in the merchandise area for all players, officials and spectators to leave messages of support for our Aussie teams. read more
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-PSG defender Zoumana Camara: Man Utd will be very different in 2 monthsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer PSG defender Zoumana Camara has warned against taking Champions League opponents Manchester United lightly.The two teams will face-off in the round of 16.Camara stated: “Manchester United a team within our reach? We take the team we drew, we will prepare for this confrontation. “It remains a great European and a prestigious team. Even if they are currently struggling in the league, they will have time to recover themselves by February. “The team we are currently seeing will not be the same in two months.”