Police release video in hopes of finding twerking shoplifter

first_imgThe Pembroke Pines Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who was seen on surveillance twerking as she shoplifted several items from a store.The incident occurred last month at the MadRag clothing store at 626 N University Drive.Authorities reported that the unknown woman who was seen twerking in the middle of an isle, stole at least $400 worth of merchandise from the store.Officials have released security footage from the store as well as still images in order to capture the woman.NEED TO ID: Can you assist us in identifying these two suspects who were caught on camera removing over $377 worth of items from MadRag (626 N University Drive)? Please contact the PPPD at 954-436-2317, or @crimestoppers2 at 954-493-TIPS, with any information. pic.twitter.com/X85JckC9d4— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) May 29, 2019 The woman is described as a heavy-set black female with short hair and multiple tattoos on her shoulders and back.Authorities also believe that she may be working with another woman who was pictured with medium -length black hair.If you have any information regarding these two women, you are asked to contact Broward CrimeStoppers at 954-493-TIPS.last_img read more

Arsenal 1 – 0 QPR

first_imgMikel Arteta’s late winner ended bottom-club Queens Park Rangers’ resistance as Arsenal finished a turbulent week with a vital victory.Arteta poked in from close range after hitting the bar, as the returning Jack Wilshere helped Arsenal bounce back from defeats by Norwich and Schalke.The winner came moments after QPR’s Stephane Mbia was sent off for kicking out at Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen.QPR’s Esteban Granero and Jamie Mackie spurned good injury-time chances.England midfielder Wilshere played 67 minutes as he made his first senior Arsenal appearance for 17 months.It has been a tough week for Arsene Wenger after his side’s surprise defeats by Premier League strugglers Norwich and Champions League visitors Schalke were followed by a spiky annual shareholders’ meeting, where fans questioned the club’s ambitions. But Arteta’s winner, which came after Hoops keeper Julio Cesar magnificently saved Olivier Giroud’s header at the start of a goalmouth scramble, moves Arsenal into fourth in the Premier League table.QPR have only won once at Arsenal in 28 years. Strikes from Kevin Gallen, Bradley Allen and Andy Impey sealed a 3-1 win on New Year’s Eve 1994. Danish midfielder John Jensen scored his only goal for Arsenal.It was harsh on Brazilian Cesar who produced several superb saves to keep out the Gunners as the crowd grew increasingly restless inside the Emirates.Ultimately the game turned on the sending-off of Rangers defender Mbia, who was shown a red card by referee Anthony Taylor when he senselessly kicked out at Vermaelen while lying on the ground having already won a free-kick.The defeat leaves QPR still searching for their first league win of the season and bottom of the table. But manager Mark Hughes can take huge positives from a compact defensive display that only unravelled after Mbia’s dismissal.In their next three matches, Hughes’s team face Reading, Stoke and Southampton – all teams in the bottom half – and will take heart from their brave display.Even after they were reduced to 10 men and fell a goal behind, the visitors refused to give up and perhaps should have had an equaliser through either Granero or Mackie.Former Real Madrid midfielder Granero skewed wide after he was put clean through, before Mackie powered through a parting Arsenal defence only to prod his shot straight at Vito Mannone.Wilshere’s return aside, pre-match attention was focused on QPR substitute Anton Ferdinand’s decision to wear a T-shirt in support of anti-racism group Kick It Out during the warm-up. Ferdinand – found by the FA to have been racially abused by John Terry – had chosen not to wear one last weekend and, in a joint statement released with brother Rio, has urged the organisation to do more to stamp racism out of football.The Gunners’ man in the spotlight was Wilshere and, after his first touch was greeted with huge cheers, he looked the likeliest player to unlock QPR with his neat touches and inventive play.Aaron Ramsey’s free header looped on to the Hoops crossbar, before Wilshere’s stinging 20-yard shot was spilled by Cesar.Wilshere’s woeInjury-hit Jack Wilshere made his first senior appearance for Arsenal in 524 days. He last played for the Gunners against Fulham on 22 May 2011.However, QPR continued to pose a threat on the counter attack, particularly down the flanks where they sought to expose the space left by the Gunners’ attacking full-backs Sagna and Andre Santos. Brazil international Santos endured a testing night against Schalke and his perceived vulnerability was targeted by pacy QPR pair Shaun Wright-Phillips and Jose Bosingwa.Bosingwa failed to pick out the waiting Bobby Zamora as Vermaelen came to the rescue, while Wright-Phillips spooned a cross wide.Arsenal’s frustrations were typified by Santi Cazorla wastefully smashing an inviting half-volley over the QPR bar before Arteta clinched a vital win.QPR boss Mark Hughes on Mikel Arteta’s winner: “The referee has absolutely killed it to allow their winning goal because Arteta was clearly offside on two occasions. I’ve been to see the referee and he has created some cock-and-bull story about Ryan Nelsen being off the pitch. I’ve no idea what he is on about because Ryan Nelsen at no stage went off the field of play. It has cost us the point.”On Stephane M’bia’s red card: “He’s obviously very upset. The frustration from our point of was the foul had been given our way.”last_img read more

Software helps retailers pick the price

first_imgA large retail chain had a problem. It sold three similar power drills: one for about $90, a purportedly better one at $120 and a top-tier one at $130. The higher the price, the more the store profited. But while drill know-it-alls flocked to the $130 model and price-fretters grabbed its $90 cousin, shoppers often ignored the middle one. So the store sought advice from a new breed of “price-optimization” software from DemandTec Inc. What followed offers us a clue about important shifts that technology is bringing to retail shopping. After analyzing an array of variables, including sales history and competitors’ prices, the software suggested cutting the middle drill to $110. That might have made the top drill seem more expensive. But drill aficionados still were fine shelling out $130. Sales of that drill didn’t change. However, now that the $90 version seemed less of a bargain, the store sold 4 percent fewer low-end drills – and 11 percent more of the mid-range model. Profits rose. Because of insights like this, price-optimization software is often credited with boosting retail profits by a few percentage points – a huge leap in an industry that lives on margins slimmer than a 25-cent pack of gum. `Big dividends’ Even so, the software is just beginning to make its mark. Although major software providers such as SAP AG and Oracle Corp. have joined the market, analysts estimate no more than 150 retailers worldwide are using it – including such big names as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and 7-Eleven Inc. The CEO of Albertson’s grocery stores told analysts in 2005 that the chain was reaping “big dividends” after pricing software advised charging less for such items as paper towels, toilet paper, ketchup and soup. For now the software is enough of a competitive advantage that chains are reluctant to publicize their experiences. Still, it’s clear that price-setting software and similar, more-established technologies such as markdown optimization figure to make stores more efficient and savvy at promoting precisely what consumers want. Or at least what we think we want. It won’t always lead to cheaper power drills. As often as not, the software gives store managers support for raising prices. “It’s really about that intelligent trade-off of where you’re going to take higher margins versus where you’re going to take lower margins,” says AMR Research analyst Janet Suleski. The right price Similarly, markdown optimization software, often used by clothing retailers to determine what to put on sale and at what discount, also is a mixed bag. Bob Buchanan, an analyst at AG Edwards & Sons, says the software tends to recommend putting things on sale sooner, in hopes of moving product faster. Great – who doesn’t love a sale? But earlier markdowns tend to mean shallower discounts – 20 percent off instead of 40 percent, for example. If that advice is right, stores will have fewer mega-clearances that delight bargain hunters. Sometimes it means no discount at all. Recently, ALDO Group Inc., a Canadian shoe company with stores worldwide, began selling two kinds of sneakers it wanted off shelves by the end of June. One pair was $29, the other $49. According to Bob Raven, ALDO’s vice president of finance, the $29 version was a smash and figures to sell out by May. The $49 pairs seemed to be doing so-so. So a merchandise manager, following his instinct, prepared to cut the price, perhaps all the way to $29. Until the company cranked up its new markdown-optimization system from Oracle. The verdict: Keep the shoes at $49. The software showed that based on current and historic sales figures, the shoes would still sell out by June. “You start to see a lot of stuff you didn’t see before,” Raven says. It might seem odd that stores need help figuring out what to charge. Aren’t we consumers the ones with no clue about what things should cost? How else could people guessing on “The Price is Right” survive on TV all these years, leggy models notwithstanding? The truth is that for all the sophistication of the retail industry, prices often have been set with a simple formula: the cost to the retailer plus a set markup to ensure a profit. Sometimes there’s even less math. Retailers often match a competitor’s price or replicate what they charged last year. The problem with marking all items up by roughly similar percentages is that some products are more “price sensitive” than others. For many everyday items, like milk, stores can’t get away with a high markup. On specialty products, however, the stores might be leaving money on the table by charging only their set markup. They probably could demand more. In fairness, retailers long have been hip to this. Hence the common concept of a “loss leader” – a routine item like soda is sold at cost or a slight loss, to entice people into a store and establish a bargain reputation. The store hopes to more than make up the difference on other products. Trial and error But much of that has been trial and error. Enter price-optimization software, and computers’ ability to calculate inhuman degrees of variables. Packed with years of data from stores and their competitors, the software predicts how much of something will sell at given prices. And it hunts for items that correlate with each other. So a store can ask many questions at once: If we lower the price of Coke, how much more Coke will we sell? How many fewer store-brand sodas will we sell? And what do soda buyers also tend to purchase that we could bump up by a few cents? Chips? Beer? Shoe polish? The software can factor in multiple elements, such as whether a store has a cheap or premium “price image”; the proximity of the nearest rival (often known as Wal-Mart); seasonal factors (sleds sell better in January than July); or whether an item is featured on coupons. Surprising results The results can be surprising. For example, store brands of cereal and pasta commonly are priced about 20 percent less than national brands, according to Praveen Kopalle, a professor in Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. Price optimization, Kopalle says, has shown that discount is smart for breakfast cereals – consumers shun generics if the price goes much higher. But it’s unnecessarily steep for pasta. People will buy knockoff pasta even if the discount is less than 20 percent. This technology began to emerge about a decade ago, but stores were skeptical it could work because “it sounded like `Star Wars,”‘ says Ken Ouimet, a pioneer in the field who founded price-optimization provider Khimetrics with his brother, Tim. Khimetrics was acquired last year by SAP. Khimetrics arose from an unusual linkage. The Ouimets were reared in retail – their parents run a firm that sells price data to stores, wholesalers and manufacturers. But Ken went on to study theoretical physics and chemical engineering. In the early 1990s, while examining equations that predict the behavior of billions of atoms in gases or other complex systems, Ouimet realized that the buying decisions of consumers could be plotted in much the same way. In other words, we think we have free will when we walk into a store and decide whether to purchase something. But en masse, we have very predictable responses to the prices we encounter. “It’s really amazing to look at that,” Ouimet says. Considering that pricing software can cost seven figures, what’s going to come of all the money being spent on figuring out how to get us to spend our money? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

USL confirms next two months of League fixtures

first_imgTHE 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League resumes action this weekend following the Christmas break and the fixtures January and February have been announced.Three games – Cockhill Celtic v Swilly Rovers; Derry City Reserves v Finn Harps Reserves and Letterkenny Rovers v Fanad United – are down for decision this Sunday afternoon.Letterkenny Rovers will be playing their home matches at the Aura Leisure Centre for a period from this Sunday afternoon when thet face Fanad. Cockhill, the defending champions, hold an eight-point lead at the top of the table, and host a Swilly side still seeking its first win of the season.The Knockalla Caravans Senior Cup – organised by the Ulster FA – first round is expected to be played in February while the semi-finals of the Donegal News USL Cup will also be played in February.The confirmed 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League fixtures are available on the League website, www.uslfootball.com   USL confirms next two months of League fixtures was last modified: January 5th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more