LPM Magpie Awards: John Voytilla, Excellence in Leadership

first_imgThe LPM “Magpie” Awards offer a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession.Excellence in LeadershipJohn Voytilla, SVP of Operational Excellence for Construction, Facilities, LP, Safety, Procurement, and Project Management, Party City“Driving shrink down and saving millions of dollars for an organization is fun and exciting,” said Voytilla. “But having the opportunity to hire, train, and build great teams is the most rewarding part of the business. Seeing individuals that I’ve had the privilege to lead, now leading strong organizations and becoming leaders in the industry—that’s what I cherish the most.”- Sponsor – Voytilla started his LP career as a store detective to help with college expenses. Nearing graduation, he accepted an LP manager role with Gold Circle Stores, which led to multistore roles with TJ Maxx and Montgomery Ward. He later accepted his first director position with OfficeMax. “I learned what it meant to have a vision for building an organization and helping the company grow, becoming an officer of the company and having the privilege to lead the loss prevention and safety programs through two mergers in the process.”Two years ago, Voytilla joined Party City to build an in-house professional LP organization while assuming additional responsibility for construction, facilities, procurement, and project management.Voytilla also believes in contributing to the industry in other ways. He’s been very active with the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), currently serving on the Board of Advisors (BOA) and previously serving as chairman of the BOA from 2014 to 2017. He also served as a member of the National Retail Federation LP Council for a number of years.“To be a true leader in the industry, you must have integrity, humility, relentless focus, and be disciplined in all aspects of the business,” he said. “Don’t focus on a title. It’s more important to learn all the different areas of your company and take advantage of the opportunities presented to you. Volunteer for stretch assignments and be a learner. When you make a mistake, own it and move on. Finally, as a leader you need to listen to those closest to the work. They’ll provide you unfiltered feedback—you just need to ask for it.”Nominate Your PeersThose of you working as LP practitioners witness these exceptional performances on a regular and ongoing basis, and we strongly encourage you to provide us with nominees for each of the award categories. We encourage creative nominations and want the program to cast a positive light on the many tremendous contributions of the loss prevention community. Nominations can be submitted via email to excellence [at] LPportal.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Programmed Robots and 4 Other Ways Developers Use Twilio, the Popular Telephony API

first_imgConferousFrom PW: “A toll-free number with support for multiple conference rooms, create rooms with a specific purpose and track the number of participants.”A very simple service and there are others like GroupCall that use Twitter for creating a conference calls. RingerousRingerous lets you post to your blog by phone.Your recorded message is added to the post with an embedded MP3 player for easy playback. There are a number of similar services . alex williams Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… On Programmable Web (PW), the telephony category has 83 APIs. Of these, Twilio is by far the leader with 88 mashups associated with its API. That’s far ahead of Skype, which has 28; Jaduka has 8 and MyVox and Ringful each have six.Twilio is a cloud-based service that helps you build telephony-based services. In September it added more than 100 new features. Using telephony-based APIs is new territory for many. We are always asking how telephony services are used. Developers use the Twilio API for alerts, changes to calendars, conferencing and a host of other uses.To get a perspective, here are five ways developers are using the Twilio API:Bad News RobotBad News Robot allows you to call someone with bad news without having to do it yourself. The robot does the talking for you.Using Twilio, the service will call the recipient for the robot to deliver the bad news. The robot may have a “dude voice,” or a “chick voice.” The call costs 99 cents. Twitter and email is free. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing center_img VoxilateVoxilate provides the ability for a silent auction. Bidders can bid on items over the phone and are notified via text message when they are outbid.From the Voxilate blog, a walk-through for how it works:“All bid items are listed in a Google spreadsheetUsers at the silent auction enter their name, bid amount, and phone number on the auction sheets.When the auction completes, on-site staff enter the winners into the Google Spreadsheet.Bidders dial the Twilio-provided number and enter their phone number as a PIN (automatic if they send Caller ID). They are told whether they have won, and if so, what their total is (important for those who bid on multiple items!). They are then instructed to say their names, addresses, and other pertinent information and are of course thanked for participating.This information is then transcribed and posted into the Google Spreadsheet (this is fun to watch in real-time!) The Twilio link to audio is also included in case the information needs to be double-checked.On-site staff can then complete the checkout at their leisure.We’re using Google App Engine for serving the TwiML responses to Twilio, and the Google Data APIs for connecting to Google Spreadsheet.”The services we see range from the trivial to the truly useful. What they all offer is an example of how the telepehony space is rapidly becoming a platform for communication that sits on equal footing with the Web. From an interview with Pha on the Twilio blog:“I built Conferous using Ruby on Rails with a slightly customized version of the Twilio gem from Webficient to communicate with the Twilio API. The Twilio API was so flexible and easy to use that I was able to develop the core functionality very quickly. In addition, I deployed the application on Heroku, which sped up the development/deployment process even more. On the front-end side, I used jQuery to create some of the UI effects and for AJAX interactions. You could say I’m a sucker for technologies that make my life easier and let me focus on functionality and not nitty-gritty details.”Mobile CommonsMobile Commons is a service that is a page out of modern, political marketing. It provides advertisers and agencies quickly launch and manage mobile marketing campaigns from a Web-based user interface. Can you see how this might be used in the next session of the U.S. Congress? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Terrence Romeo insists injury is main reason for Gilas absence

first_img“Brothers, even though I’m not there fighting with you, you’re always part of my prayers. That’s all I can give right now and like what I told coach Chot when I excused myself, this is not the last time I’ll be playing for the nation. Once I’m 100-percent again, I’ll try out, and if I’m still deserving at that time, I’ll still give all my heart to play for the country,” he said.Romeo is one of the biggest omissions from the national team in this first leg, as the speedy playmaker from FEU averaged 17.8 points, 3.0 assists, and 1.7 rebounds in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.Without him, much of the playmaking and scoring load will fall on the shoulders of Jayson Castro, as well as substitutes Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas for the game against Japan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from Fiba.comAmid all the questions about his absence, Terrence Romeo insisted that it was his nagging knee injury and not anything else that prevented him from joining Gilas Pilipinas in the to the 2019 Fiba World Cup.Romeo, an integral piece of the national team, broke his silence and declared his support for his brothers hours before the Filipinos take on Japan in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay The sly guard set the record straight in an Instagram post that his knee contusion was the main reason for his absence and that “no one else can stop me from playing for the country aside from my injury.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout He also credited the Gilas program for his growth as a player.“My family and the people close to me knows that I’m indebted to Gilas because it’s here where I became disciplined, where I fast-tracked my maturity in basketball,” he said.Romeo was in and out of training camp for the first leg of the Asian qualifiers before eventually missing the last few days of training.Days before the team left for Japan, head coach Chot Reyes said he was still hopeful that Romeo could join the trip, but when it was clear that he was definitely out, he was not anymore included in the Final 12 for the game.Romeo, though, vowed to the national team mentor that he’ll be back better than ever.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Brazil striker Robinho given nine-year term in Italy for rapelast_img read more

Ft Monroe LRA Proposes Visitors Center Park Improvements

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR While the Fort Monroe Authority remains in negotiations with the Army over the transfer of the historic post, the LRA’s executive director on Thursday proposed several major projects that would enhance the site located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay.The installation, which was designated a national monument by President Obama in November 2011, needs a proper visitors center, Executive Director Glenn Oder told the authority’s board. Oder suggested using the 106-year-old library building, but acknowledged it would require extensive retrofitting to make it accessible, reported the Daily Press.Oder also proposed renovating the Fort Monroe Theatre to provide more space for equipment in the backstage area. A third project would improve the property’s park by adding a series of walkways that lead to a stage or performing arts center. Oder envisioned the site as the setting for the 400-year commemoration of the first documented landing of indentured or enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America.The goal behind creating “Arrival Park” and the other projects extends beyond the 2019 commemoration at Fort Monroe, he emphasized.In addition to dealing with issues surrounding the property transfer, the authority continues to address zoning and work on getting utilities connected to all buildings. Those tasks should be completed in 2016, according to the story.last_img read more

Is Pakistan releasing polluted water into Sutlej river

first_imgSutlej river.IANSThe heavy flow of polluted water released by Pakistan has led to a portion of an embankment along the Sutlej river to collapse in Ferozpur, Punjab. The Punjab administration has put the region under high alert since Sunday, according to reports. Flood prone villages along the Sutlej river was notified to be evacuated as a precautionary measure by the district administration after the natural creek called Kasur Nallah near Tendiwala village eroded due to excessive flow, government officials told The Indian Express.The official also said teams of the health department and food and civil supplies department have been deployed. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed the Ferozpur DC to keep National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams on standby. The army has also been alerted for rescue operations.Officials have asked villagers of Tendiwala and adjoining 10 villages to evacuate as a precautionary measure. It is reported that in 15 flood-affected villages in Makhu and Hussaniwala districts, nearly 500 persons have been evacuated to safer places.”Tendiwala is the last village on the border where Pakistan has released excess water via a creek,” Ferozepur DC Chander Gaind said, accusing Pakistan of the man-made disaster. “Sutlej water first goes to Pakistan side and later comes back to India. Tanneries in Pakistan’s Kasur district release polluted water in this creek.”Fazilka DC Manpreet Chhatwal also blamed Pakistan for the flooding in the region. “Eighteen villages of our district are affected and their geographical location is the reason for flooding as they are surrounded by Pakistan on three sides and there is the little scope of water to drain out,” he said.Superintending Engineer of Drainage Department, Pawan Kapur said that the water levels have increased over the past few years. “Water is coming with high speed and eroding embankments along Sutlej at Tendiwala.” The department is working to contain the damages in the embankment since Saturday, he added.The TIE report suggested that Pakistan’s Kasur district which lies 17 kilometres away from the Hussainiwala border of Ferozpur houses over 300 leather production units. Water from units is released into the Sutlej river.Chhatwal stated that the pollution control department has taken samples of water coming from Pakistan to ascertain what pollutants are coming through the water.Bilateral water disputeThe issue came to light days after India announced its plans of not sharing hydrological data with Pakistan as per the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). The water distribution treaty signed in 1960 detailed India’s allowance for rivers: Beas, Ravi and Sutlej to flow to Pakistan.Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters PK Saxena had said that the water agreement renewed every year since 1989, will continue to operate, but provisions such as sharing of information in regard to ‘extraordinary discharges and flood flows’ will no longer be offered. [Representational Image] According to the Indus Water Treaty, India has full rights on the eastern rivers — Sutlej, Beas and Ravi — and must allow unrestricted flow of water of the western rivers — Indus, Chenab and Jhelum — to Pakistan. Picture: A man sits on a boundary wall near the Indus river in Gilgit on September 20, 2012.ReutersWater-related disputes over Sutlej also recently made news after Islamabad accused New Delhi of waging “fifth-generation warfare” and alleged that India released from a dam without informing Pakistan that could have resulted in a flood-like situation.Pakistan alleged that the release of unexpected water was an “attempt by India to flout the longstanding Indus Water Treaty.”Water and Power Development Authority Chairman Muzammil Hussain told Reuters that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had already “threatened very clearly that he could stop water to Pakistan. He couldn’t care less [for] the treaties”.India rejected Pakistan’s claims and said the release of water was conveyed to the neighbour’s official counterpart and the water reached the threshold level of high flood.Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has recently stated that the Indian government is planning to divert the flow of water into Pakistan to allow the water to be used by local farmers, industries and people in the country.Tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated after New Delhi’s decision to abrogate special status of Jammu and Kashmir according to article 370 of the constitution and bifurcate the state into two union territories: Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.Ties between the two countries were already strained after the Pulwama terror attack followed by the Balakot airstrike in February. Following the escalation of tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries, India announced that it had decided to stop its share of excess water flowing to Pakistan as retaliation for Islamabad supporting cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.last_img read more

Road crash kills two in Sherpur

first_imgTwo people have been killed and six others injured in a road crash in Jinaigati of Sherpur.The deceased are Shaheb Ali, 70, of Ghagra Kabirajpara village in Jinaigati and Firoz Mia, 17, son of Abdul Aziz from Ghagra Patalpara village.The injured are Murad, 35, Mohammad Shah Jamal, 20, Sohel, 20, Rupam, 16, Shanto, 18, and Hazrat Ali, 45.Shah Jamal was admitted to Sherpur sadar hospital and the others to Mymensigh Medical College Hospital.According to police and witnesses, a private car and a battery-run auto rickshaw collided head on at Tetulia bazar on the Sherpur-Jinaigati road around 7:30pm on Saturday.Both of the vehicles were severely damaged while passengers of the auto rickshaw fell into a nearby ditch. Shaheb Ali died on the spot and Firoz died on the way to hospital.Officer-in-charge of Jinaigati police station Biplob Kumar Biswas confirmed the deaths of the two people. He said a case will be filed in this regard. The private car and the auto rickshaw were seized.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi arrested

first_imgRahul Gandhi Indian police on Thursday briefly arrested leading opposition figure Rahul Gandhi as he tried to reach farmers striking in Madhya Pradesh, where five protesters were earlier killed in clashes.The 46-year-old Congress party leader was detained as he crossed into the volatile region in central India by bike, having ditched his car to avoid detection by local authorities who denied him permission to visit.Gandhi, the scion to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that ruled India through its Congress Party for decades, almost reached the epicentre of farmer riots that have roiled the area in recent days, but was stopped and held by police.“Rahul Gandhi has been bailed out of the jail,” Manoj Kumar Singh, the police chief in the bordering Neemuch district, told AFP.Thousands of farmers in the state governed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have for days been calling for loan waivers and a floor price for crops as economic and weather conditions pinch profits.The strikes turned violent Tuesday and five farmers were killed by police gunfire.Gandhi—forced to shout to reporters as police led him away—blamed Modi for the farmers’ deaths.Madhya Pradesh is one of several largely agricultural Indian states that have suffered disappointing rains and crop failures in recent years.More than 1,600 farmers killed themselves in Madhya Pradesh in 2016, official figures show.India has nearly 260 million farmers and farm labourers, and agriculture accounts for 17 percent of the gross domestic product.last_img read more

There should be a method to madness

first_imgAn author, entrepreneur and a public speaker – Karan Verma is in truly a jack of all. There is nothing that he does not want to try and that’s how after he authored his book ‘Jack and Master,’ which turned out to be a national bestseller, he established his company ‘The Big Picture’ and turned into a proficient public speaker; inspiring and motivating thousands of students pan India. Now, he is looking forward to his book being adapted into a movie. And that’s not it; he is a brand consultant to Crayons advertising too. Well, you get one life, right? In a candid interview with Shreya Das he talks about how he came up with his debut book and his upcoming projects Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEvery character in a fictional book is a figment of the author’s reality. How did you come up with Jack and master? I have been a jack all my life and did a lot of things. And to be very honest, I had a very rocking life. Growing up in Lucknow, I was a very naughty kid who wanted to do a lot of things. I just pretty much wanted to run in the direction of my dreams and didn’t mind falling down. I would just love to lace up my boots again and start running. At the same time, as a 90s kid, you were expected to be not less than an engineer or a doctor. So like a good guy, I chose engineering though I was pretty good in debates. And while I was pursuing engineering, theatre and talks kept fascinating me. I used to dabble in a lot of things. I remember I used to travel to Mumbai and write scripts for MTV. This was the reason many people referred me as a jack. And this kind of stayed with me and grew on me. Siddharth (the master) is my alter ego. I am also fascinated by people who are masters of their craft; a Bill Gates, a Sachin Tendulkar, an AR Rahman. So, if I want to sum up myself, I am a jack who aspires to be master someday. I think that should be the journey of our life; you dabble in a lot of things, you do well and finally you find out your true calling someday. Or you never find your true calling; you are good at everything and Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivecontinue staying that way.So, who do you think would succeed in real life, a Jack of all crafts or a master of one?I have addressed this issue in the book. It depends upon the turf. For specialized fields somewhere you need a master. For a leadership position, perhaps a jack of all could inspire people more. I have seen jacks become amazing leaders, because there are certain domains where you need to have more qualities than being just a master of one. But then there are fields where you need a master. So, jack and master are two sides of the same coin. Some people just seek the moments in life, they have a bucket list but some people just want to touch the pinnacle of glory. Tell us a bit about your upcoming book…It is a youth related story with a huge canvas. People say that ‘Jack & Master’ has a huge canvas and it has but this one is just 10 times huge as far as the canvas is concerned. In my upcoming, I am talking about life as a totality; what life means to different people and it’s a classic. At its heart, it’s a love story but it has a lot more in store than being just a love story; what more, I would like to keep it under wraps because the book should come later this year or early next year.What message would you like to give to all the jacks, confused about their next step? I think one of the things that people say is chase dreams. One of the lessons that I have learned is that even if you are chasing your dreams, chase them with your eyes and ears open. At times you’ll get too carried away but even risks should be taken with a certain degree of calculation. So, always have some sort of a plan in mind. It’s good to be crazy while you are young but there has to be a method to the madness as well.last_img read more