first_imgSport Shorts Limited space is available in the player development programs being offered this summer in Aberdeen by the Be No. 1 Goalkeeping Academy. The training program for soccer goalkeepers offers separate sessions for elementary/middle school students and high school students. Sessions are being held late afternoons and early evenings, every Monday and Friday through Aug. 1, at the soccer fields behind the Strathmore Elementary School, located on Church Street just off Lloyd Road. The 90-minute sessions offer training in all aspects of goalkeeping, including diving, use of hands and on-the-field leadership. The camp is run by Brian Parness of Aberdeen and Edgar Dinten of Old Bridge. Parness is the former captain of the Matawan Regional High School varsity soccer team and now a goalkeeper for the University of Delaware. Dinten, who previously played at Old Bridge High School, is now a goalkeeper at Montclair State University. Both are also goalkeepers for the Ocean Stingrays, one of New Jersey’s top-rated club teams. For more information on the academy, call Parness at (732) 290-1448 or e-mail him at pull4bp@aol.com. The Hazlet United Soccer Association will hold late registration for the fall program on June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at the soccer complex on Green Acres Drive. Call (732) 264-2729 for more information. Back for its second year, the Lions Pride Basketball Camp will host three weeks this summer: July 14-18, July 21-25 and Aug. 4-8. The camp runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and is held at Middletown High School North. Camp director is Will Mayer, the head boys basketball coach at Middletown North. The cost is $110 for one week, and discounts apply for more than one week. Enrollment is limited to 60 campers to ensure quality of instruction. Call (732) 306-4015 or e-mail mayerw@middletownK12.org for more information. The St. Catherine Athletic Association will hold its annual basketball clinic for third- and fourth-graders and girls from fifth-eighth grades from July 21-31, from 6-9 p.m. The boys’ fifth- through eighth-grade camp will be held Aug. 18-28 from 6-9 p.m. Registration is $30 and will be held on June 26 from 6:30-8 p.m., and June 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Steve Heath at (732) 787-9589 or Jim Lamar at (732) 495-4758.last_img read more

first_imgBy Andreas VouMARCOS Baghdatis was forced to retire from his first round match at the US Open against Marin Cilic on Wednesday evening after suffering a suspected ankle injury midway through the second set.Baghdatis had lost the first set against the 14th seeded Croatian 6-3 and was down 3-1 in the second before he was forced to pull out of the encounter in New York, having only been granted entry into the draw due to the withdrawal of German Tommy Haas.Though Baghdatis held his own for large parts of the match, Cilic had been proving too tough to break on his own big serve which left Baghdatis frustrated. However, the Cypriot – now ranked 86 – had been on a good run of form in recent months and would have fancied the challenge had injury not caused him to pull out. The 29-year-old need not feel downhearted after rediscovering his old touch in the last few months which has resulted in three titles. Baghdatis earned his first singles trophy since 2010 in the Aegon Trophy final in Nottingham at the beginning of June.Earlier this month, he claimed the VanOpen in Canada and then, on August 10, continued his hot streak on the ATP Challenger Tour, winning a second straight title and the ninth of his career after beating top seed Mikhail Kukushkin to win the Aptos Challenge in California.Due to the defeat, Cilic now extends his head-to-head lead over Baghdatis to 5-1, only losing to the Cypriot at the Cincinnati Masters in 2010.last_img read more

first_imgThe Suarez Brothers Circus out of Mexico; one of the most popular circuses in the world is expected to take Guyana by storm on September 28 at D’Urban Park, Georgetown. The entourage, comprising over 50 members, is expected to leave their audience breathless for three to five weeks.Known for their intriguing performances, the members are ready to showcase their talent to Guyanese. The last time the circus was in Guyana was 13 years ago for a short time. This time, there are here for a long period and it is an opportunity you cannot miss.From clowns to high rope riding, the kids will have a blast. The animals are well trained and are ready to perform for their fans. The first show kicks off on September 28.For the time the circus will be in town, there will be one show between Mondays to Fridays commencing at 19:30h. On Saturdays, there will be two shows – 17:00h and 19:30h and on Sundays, there will be three massive shows – 14:00h, 17:00h and 19:30h.Tickets will be sold based on preference. The bleachers tickets cost $1500 for children and $2300 for adults while tickets for the middle section will cost $2000 for children and $3500 for adults and the VIP section will cost $3500 for children and $4700 for adults.Tickets will be available on September 16 at D’Urban Park from 10:00h to 22:00h. The circus is expected to be what is seen on television. Be sure to pick up those tickets early.last_img read more

first_img Track & field veteran Ezana Debalkew and volleyball standout Alina Dormann have been named the Varsity Blues male and female athletes of the week for the period ending March 10.Fifth-year veteran Ezana Debalkew capped off his Varsity Blues career by winning the national men’s weight throw gold medal at the 2019 U SPORTS track and field championships this past weekend in Winnipeg.After earning the national bronze medal last season, the computer science major from Markham, Ont., bettered his own U of T record, throwing 18.83m on his third throw, to secure the gold-medal finish.The two-time OUA champion in the event also earned his first career U SPORTS all-Canadian nod.Fourth-year right side hitter Alina Dormann amassed 42.5 points and 20 digs to lead the Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team to their first OUA Quigley Cup championship banner since 2016 this past weekend in Waterloo.A life science major, Dormann led all players with 24 points off of 20 kills, three blocks and one ace, while also adding a team-high as the Blues upset the No. 4 nationally ranked and host Waterloo Warriors in the semifinals on Friday night.The Ottawa native followed that up with a game-high 18.5 points off of 17 kills one ace and an assisted block, and had six digs, as the Blues swept the No. 1 Ryerson Rams 3-0 to win the OUA title in dominant fashion on Saturday.A four-time OUA all-star, Dormann averaged 5.28 kills and 6.07 points per set over the two-day championship.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

first_imgBY TIM HEDGLEY: PortAventura is preparing for a major party to mark the beginning of the summer season this Saturday. The first White Night of 2014 promises many surprises and is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the resort in a unique atmosphere.On 31st May, when the sun is beginning to set, the first major event of the season will kick off welcoming the summer with a magic evening full of exclusive shows. Attendants will be able to enjoy the entire park until 2 am taking advantage of the nice weather and experience PortAventura from a different perspective enjoying throughout the night most popular PortAventura Park activities and attractions.Fun for young and oldThe first White Night of 2014 will also include a special live performance by the group Blaumut in La Cantina (in the area of México) at 9 pm.Tickets for the concert are limited and must be acquired from 7 pm in China Square an Mediterranean. In addition, a musical orchestra will perform on an open-air stage and two bands will play on the streets of PortAventura theme park to liven up the atmosphere of a magic evening full with exclusive shows as well as performances in the Saloon and Teatro Imperial.Visitors will also have a great time at the disco and the customary foam partyand dive into six theme areas, feel the adrenaline of Dragon Khan, wander through Polynesia and cool down on Tutuki Splash, visit the Far West or dance to the traditional rhythms of México.For visitors with small children, the fun awaits in SésamoAventura with a special activities throughout the night.Tickets for the event can be booked at www.portaventura.co.uk only €15 (adult entry).DD TRAVEL: PORTAVENTURA A HOLIDAY DESTINATION FOR BOTH YOUNG AND OLD was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:DestinationEntertainmentFeaturesholidaysnewsNoticesPortaventuralast_img read more

first_imgAnyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Division at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to make a donation to the reward fund may call Karen Herrera at Duarte City Hall, (626) 357-7931, Ext. 221, for information. emanuel.parker@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventA lifelong Duarte resident, he was known as Buck to friends. He attended Andres Duarte and Beardslee elementary schools, Northview Intermediate, and graduated from Duarte High School in 1989. “His love of God, peaceful demeanor and respect for others represent all that a Christian man should be,” said childhood friend Darrell Price, who is scheduled to be a pallbearer at Buckley’s funeral. Buckley served as an usher at Second Baptist Church in Monrovia from the time he was a child. Bishop William LaRue Dillard, who baptized Buckley when he was 8, will officiate at his memorial service, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Second Baptist, 925 S. Shamrock Ave. Burial will follow at Live Oak Memorial Park, 200 E. Duarte Road, in Monrovia. DUARTE – A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the April 5 shooting death of Duarte resident Eric Buckley on a sidewalk in East Valinda. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is offering the reward. Buckley, 35, had left work and was heading to catch a bus home when he was shot shortly before 6 p.m. in the 17500 block of Salais Street. Buckley died at the scene. He lived with his parents, Virgil and Mae Lean Buckley, in the Duarte home where he grew up with his brother, Patrick. last_img read more

first_imgAberdeen boss Derek McInnes has said he’s leaning upon words of wisdom from legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson as the Dons prepare to face Celtic in another cup final.The Pittodrie side take on the Hoops at Hampden on Sunday as they look to regain the League Cup four years after last lifting the trophy.Two seasons ago, Celtic twice got the better of Aberdeen in finals at the national stadium.McInnes, however, is hopeful his charges now feel ready to give their best at Hampden after a series of repeat visits over recent campaigns. On Aberdeen’s familiarity with Hampden, he said: “It is important.“I always remember what Sir Alex said to me after we lost 3-0.“He said that it’s only by revisiting surroundings that players start to feel at home and capable of delivering a performance.“He said he had umpteen internationals and players with hundreds of top-flight games under their belt that didn’t turn up for a cup final. “Sometimes it can happen, but by revisiting them you get more familiar with your surroundings.“I feel we are, it doesn’t give you any guarantees but I certainly don’t think it does you any harm.“It’s good that Aberdeen, as a club, we feel we belong here at Hampden.”The Dons defeated Brendan Rodgers’ Double Treble winners at Celtic Park on the final day of last season to clinch second place in the Premiership.In the first meeting between the two this time around, Celtic prevailed 1-0 thanks to Scott Sinclair’s strikeMcInnes said: “In the last few months, we’ve had really tight games against them.“Our last two performances have been encouraging for us.“Celtic are a good side, especially at the minute, so you have to try and nullify their key players.“If they start enjoying the game, it can be very difficult.“We feel we have a big performance in us that can win the game.“I think we’re capable of winning a trophy, I felt that at the start of the season and I feel we can win on Sunday.”last_img read more

first_imgPowerhouse celebrities like Jared Leto, Charlize Theron and Victoria Beckham all have an interest in South Africa through their charity work.Charlize Theron shakes hands with one of the patients at a hospital that specializes in treating victims of sexual violence against women. (Image: UN /Marie Frechon)Priya PitamberPowerhouse celebrities like Jared Leto, Charlize Theron and Victoria Beckham all have an interest in South Africa through their charity work. Good causes across the country are reaping rewards under the spotlight that these A-listers are shining on them.Charlize TheronBenoni-born Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron has a soft spot for her home country. In 2007, she set up the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), which focuses on the youth in Africa and keeping them safe from HIV/Aids.The project provides support in the form of grants and networking for a number of organisations already in the field working with young people between the ages of 10 and 20. “Although the geographic scope of CTAOP is sub-Saharan Africa,” reads the website, “the primary area of focus has been Charlize’s home country of South Africa, which has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world.”Did u know more than two-thirds of all people living with #HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa? That’s approx 24.7mill people. #keepfighting— CTAOP (@CTAOP) January 5, 2015“An entire generation was wiped out because of a disease that nobody wanted to talk about,” Theron said. “But the truth of the matter is certain pockets of people are falling through the cracks and if we don’t go all the way where there are zero infections and zero people dying from this, this is a disease that will come back warring.” The reality of stopping Aids altogether was around the corner; this was her driving force. “We can stop Aids.”“Although there is no cure, treatment is available,” reads the CTAOP website. “Infection rates are dropping and more people are on treatment than ever before. But the fight is not over, and the epidemic is disproportionately affecting specific locations and populations.”Jared LetoThe 30 Seconds to Mars front-man and Academy Award-winning actor, Jared Leto, has been named a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) global ambassador. “In this role, Leto will work with WWF to raise awareness of the most urgent, critical issues facing our planet,” said the fund.He travelled to South Africa in this role to learn more about rhino poaching and what the WWF was doing to help stop it – and he described his adventure in the country as mind-blowing. “Being that close to majestic creatures like rhinos and elephants reminds me of the deep connection and important responsibility we have to protect and shepherd these fragile species and their habitats.”Leto visited And Beyond Phinda Game Reserve in North Uthungulu in KwaZulu-Natal as part of a team sent to tag and collar three rhino in a translocation initiative. Those rhinos, along with others, will eventually be moved to an undisclosed location to boost breeding efforts.“Unless we want our children to learn about rhinos from history books, we need to act now,” Leto said. “That’s one of the reasons why I support WWF for doing incredible work, getting results. So please join me in supporting WWF. Thank you.”“Oh, what is that? The rhino thanks you as well. I’ve been practising speaking rhino. It’s a difficult language. Once you get the knack of it, it’s pretty nice.” – Jared Leto“The world needs to wake up to the fact that we’re losing rhinos, elephants and other critically important species,” said Carter Roberts, the president and chief executive of WWF US. “Their recovery lies in our hands. We need strong voices that can mobilise the efforts of many and I’m grateful to Jared Leto for lending his reputation and passion to the cause.” Rhino poaching has been growing since 2007. (Image: Eco Watch)Victoria BeckhamOnce a Spice Girl and now a world famous designer and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Victoria Beckham has also added her voice to the fight against Aids in South Africa. On behalf of UN Aids and the Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF) she visited Soweto in Johannesburg to meet women, children and community workers affected by the disease.“Elton is a very dear friend of mine and David’s and we’ve been patrons of the Elton John Aids Foundation for 20 years so I have been working a lot with lots of Aids charities,” she told UK Glamour magazine.She sold over 600 items from her own wardrobe to help raise money to support mothers living with HIV. “As a mother I want nothing but a healthy future for my children and that’s all any mother would wish for,” Beckham said.See Beckham’s tweets about her visit:Inspiring day in Soweto visiting @hivsa with @ejaf x vb pic.twitter.com/YP9wXTTD6S— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) October 12, 2014In the last 3 years @ejaf have helped over 60,000 mothers give birth to HIV free babies. X vb pic.twitter.com/be70EI9912— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) October 14, 2014Anne Aslett, the executive director of the EJAF, travelled to South Africa with Beckham. “It was fantastic to see how Victoria connected with young women, young mothers and their children,” Aslett said. “Her energy and commitment to engage and learn from everyone we met was inspiring. I want to personally thank Victoria for the recent trip.”Jenna ColemanBritish actress Jenna Coleman came to the public’s attention in the sci-fi series Doctor Who; she cemented her reputation in her debut feature film role in Captain America: The First Avenger.As one of the ambassadors – the other is actress Naomie Harris – for One to One Children’s Fund, Coleman travelled to the coastal city of Port Elizabeth in late 2014. She came to see the work the fund does to support parents and children affected by HIV, and how it created awareness to help prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child.“Our aim, to build a one-to-one relationship of mutual trust and regard with local communities and to invest the time, skills and careful funding that would make the most positive difference to the quality of children’s lives,” reads the fund’s website.“The first challenge is getting people to attend the clinics and be tested,” said Coleman. “The stigma around the disease prevents people from seeking help and sticking to their treatment.”See more about her visit here:“Working alongside the Department of Health,” adds the One to One website, “52 trained community health workers ensure that members of the community, predominantly pregnant women, access essential treatment and care.” In six months, they undertook 962 home visits to HIV-positive women, where they reinforced the importance of treatment.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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first_imgAccording to John Gunn’s book The Defeat of Distance, “the meals were sumptuous. Grapefruit and cereals, egg and bacon, bread rolls with tea, coffee, or cocoa for breakfast; then later, roast mutton with peas and potatoes, or a choice of ham, pressed beef, or ox tongue with salad, followed by Peach Melba, a cherry flan, or cheese and fruit.“Looking after the passengers were the pleasant and polite stewards, aerial pioneers of personal care and service. The big boats were a delight to operate for the pilots too, both in the air and on the water. They were much more comfortable, with more crew space, and had better communications as well as the new automatic pilots.”There was no night flying and passengers overnighted in the most luxurious hotels available, although in Western Australia the accommodation was basic at best.The return fare was about $820 dollars – the equivalent of two years minimum wages.This made flying before WWII something restricted to the rich and famous and quite an event.The papers of the day in Perth would announce in the public notices the passengers that were arriving or departing.During the war, the link with the UK was kept open initially by four Catalina flying boats that were based at Crawley and flew up to 30 hours non-stop to Sri Lanka.Qantas mechanics dubbed the operation the Kangaroo Service, later renamed the Kangaroo Route, because of the great hop from Perth to Sir Lanka.The name stuck although the first aircraft to carry the familiar kangaroo were Consolidated Liberator bombers that were also used for passenger flights.The Avro Lancastrian was pressed into service in 1945. Credit British Airways – colorized by Benoit Vienne.The immediate post-war period saw Avro Lancastrians, a passenger conversion from the Lancaster bomber, pressed into service while airlines waited for delivery of planes such as pressurized, four-engine Lockheed Constellations.Qantas was the first airline to launch a round-the-world service with the Super Constellation in January 1958. Credit Qantas – colorized by Benoît VienneThe Constellations were a quantum leap forward in every aspect.Super Connie nightcap in First Class. Credit Qantas – colorized by Benoit VienneTourist – or economy class – was introduced in 1954 on what became known as the Kangaroo Route and within two years accounted for 44 percent of passengers.Introduction of the faster, longer-range Super Constellations cut the four-day traveling time to Australia to 54 hours and 30 minutes. The “tyranny of distance” was being eroded.The cabin of the de Havilland Comet-4. Credit British Airways – colorized by Benoit VienneThese aircraft were pressurized and could fly above a lot of the weather making for a smoother ride but vibration and noise from the engines was a major issue.The jet age saw Qantas and opted for the Boeing 707 while its partner on the Kangaroo Route – BOAC – also opted for Comets and VC-10s.The Australian was the first non-American airline to take delivery of the Boeing 707 in 1959. This image is the later 707-138B turbofan model. Credit Boeing Historical ArchivesThe introduction of more powerful turbofan jet engines in the early 1960s enabled greater range so fuel stopovers such as Darwin could be dropped.However, the journey was still 27 hours with five stops.Jets were able to fly much higher – up to 40,000ft – and thus could avoid the worst of the weather.The smoother flights spawned many publicity shots of children building houses out of cards or matchsticks to highlighting the lack of bumps or vibrations.Publicity shot highlighting the relative smoothness of jet travel on a Comet 4. Credit British Airways – colorized by Benoit VienneThe 1970s saw the arrival of the Boeing 747 “jumbo jet”, an aircraft whose economics opened up travel to many more people, but two stops were still required to get between Australia and the UK.Qantas’s first Boeing 747-200 was delivered in September 1971. Credit: Boeing Historical ArchivesThe first 747s featured a First Class lounge on the upper deck which was not initially certified to seat passengers for take-off or landing.READ: Boeing’s jumbo plane kingdomQantas’s First Class Captain Cook lounge on the upper deck didn’t last long and was soon replaced by seats. Credit: Boeing Historical ArchivesBoeing’s 747-400 with more powerful and economical engines in 1989 enabled British Airways and Qantas to offer one-stop flights on a year-round basis in both directions.The flying time was now down to 22 hours from Perth to London.While aircraft such as Boeing’s 777-200LR has been able to operate non-stop over similar and even greater distances since 2006 it is the economy of the latest generation of aircraft such as the Boeing’s 787-9 and the Airbus A350 that makes these routes viable.For instance, the 236-seat Qantas 787-9 burns 34 percent less fuel per passenger than the airlines 484-seat A380 according to a Merrill Lynch report.qantas everett 787-9 BpoeingQantas’s first Boeing 787-9 at Everett. Qantas has 8 on order and price rights on another 45. Picture; BoeingThe carbon fiber construction of these new aircraft allows for lower cabin altitude and higher humidity that virtually eliminate the worst impacts of jet lag.This makes longer non-stop journeys much easier on the body as the “tyranny of distance” is finally defeated.And rather than two years wages, a return economy seat on the 787-non-stop service will cost about 1 week’s average salary for an Australian and 1.5 weeks salary for a British resident. Passengers alight from a MacRobertson Miller Airlines DH-84 at Maylands Aerodrome Perth, Australia. Credit: West Australian Newspapers – colorized by Benoit Vienne. The fuel-efficient Boeing 787 that will finally smash the tyranny of distance separating Australia and the UK will start its first service on Saturday, March 24.The 236-seat Boeing 787-9 will take just 17.5 hours to travel non-stop between Perth and London and just over 15 hours to come back.Read: Building the Qantas 787 DreamlinerPassengers traveling in the ultimate flying machine will enjoy a new travel experience scientifically tailored to maximise their well-being.That experience will be in stark contrast to the marathon journey -dubbed the tyranny of distance – before World War II, when the trip involved 37 stops over 10 days.The first part of the journey from Perth to Darwin was undertaken by MacRobertson Miller Airlines in 6-10 passenger de Havilland DH-84s and later the slightly larger DH-86.The hazards faced by MMA pilots flying that route were many and sometimes amusing, as detailed in Frank Dunn’s book “Speck in the Sky”.They included the Port Hedland runway’s dual use as part of a golf course, with poles left in the putting greens and a decision to erect a racecourse fence at one end of the Carnarvon runway.Weather and aircraft reliability were big enough issues to require an extra day to make the connection with the Qantas Short C Class flying boats which stopped at Darwin.Short flying boat Short C Class Flying Boat taking off in Australia. Credit Qantas – colorized by Benoit VienneThe British built flying boats were state-of-the-art and could carry 15 passengers in luxury.At the time Qantas chief Hudson Fysh wrote: “Getting up out of his chair, a passenger could walk about and, if his seat was in the main cabin, stroll along to the smoking cabin for a smoke, stopping on the way at the promenade deck with its high handrail and windows at eye level, to gaze at the world of cloud and sky outside, and at countryside or sea slipping away below at a steady 150 miles an hour(214km/hour).”Qantas flying boat viewing deckSpace to stroll and take in the passing view on a Short Flying Boat.  Credit Qantas – colorized by Benoit VienneHe continued: “On the promenade deck there was also a practical, usable space where quoits or clock golf were played.”No computer games – just golf on a Short Flying Boat.  Credit Qantas – colorized by Benoit Viennelast_img read more

first_imgRobert L. “Bob” DiLonardo is the principal of Retail Consulting Partners LLC and a well-known authority on the electronic article surveillance business, cost justification of security products and services, and retail accounting. DiLonardo started his consulting practice after several years in sales and marketing for Sensormatic, Security Tag Systems, and Decision Point Data. Prior to that he held various accounting, shortage control, internal audit, and loss prevention positions with Macy’s and Carter Hawley Hale Stores. DiLonardo is a frequent seminar speaker for industry conferences and has written extensively for numerous business and security publications, including LP Magazine where he was the contributing writer of the Industry News column until his recent retirement. He holds a master’s degree in finance from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University where he also played football and baseball.EDITOR: You have a lengthy resume, but let’s start by telling our readers who Bob DiLonardo is in just a sentence or two. DILONARDO: I would describe myself as a professional student and practitioner of retail loss prevention and shortage control methods. I would also say that those who know me value my hard work, honest opinion, and forthrightness, which are at the heart of my consulting practice.DiLeonardo (22) with the other starting defensive backfield at Georgetown University in 1966EDITOR: What was your first exposure to loss prevention? DILONARDO: I had my first preview of loss prevention in 1974. I had just started at Davison’s, which was the Macy’s division headquartered in Atlanta. I was meeting with each of my peers to get acquainted, and I had an interview with a guy named Joe Vaux, the security manager. His office was in the bowels of the headquarters store next to the boiler room. All he had in there was a table, his chair, and a seat for a visitor. He offered me a seat, but before he sat down, he pulled out his .38 and put it on the desk. Then he piled a stack of checks on the desk. After sitting down he said, “I’ not gonna keep you long, but I want to tell you what I do. You see these checks? These are bad checks. My job is to go collect them.” And that was my first exposure to loss prevention. It surprised me that the guy had to be macho enough to make a show like that.- Sponsor – EDITOR: What role did you have at Davison’s? DILONARDO: I was the budget and statistics manager in the controller’s division at the time reporting to the controller. About a year later, the CFO called me while I was on vacation and said, “When you get back, you’re going to be the head of internal audit because we’ve got some problems, and I think you can do a good job solving them.” That’s basically how I backed into loss prevention. I spent several years working in the controller’s division where I became expert in retail accounting, merchandise statistics, and inventory control. Later I switched into merchandising as a buyer in women’s and men’s wear, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I think that those skill sets made me the prototypical shortage control guy.EDITOR: Where did you go from there? DILONARDO: In 1978 Carter Hawley Hale Stores recruited me to go to San Francisco to Emporium as their first director of shortage control. Thats where I met my friend, mentor, and idol Earl Welliver, who was the director of security. Earl showed me about a much more professional side of loss prevention. We worked on a number of cases, had a great time together, and always had each other’s back. Our corporate boss was the late Bascomb Shanks. Chuck Sennewald was Broadway’s director of security, and Carl Donnelly was on the corporate staff at the time.I had six solid years of experience in retail and loss prevention, mostly shortage control, before Earl and I were recruited to San Diego by a German outfit called FedMart. To be kind, they didn’t know how to operate in the U.S. retail environment and eventually closed the company. Based on that bad retail experience, I went to work for Sensormatic in 1980.EDITOR: What was it like going from retail shortage and inventory control to the vendor side? DILONARDO: At the time Sensormatic was small, only selling about $25 million a year, but they were in a growth mode. The late Al Tate, western region vice president, was looking for sales guys with either military or sports backgrounds, and I had both. So they hired me as a bag-carrying salesman, one of only three in Southern California. That’s how small it was. My territory ranged from Tijuana west to Phoenix and north to Long Beach. The only product Sensormatic had at the time was a microwave-based system, the granddaddy of all EAS. Emporium had employed them in a couple of stores. By the way, you can still find some of them working famously in legacy Macy’s West or May Company stores. They have yet to be upgraded to newer technology.EDITOR: Did those use the old gator tag? DILONARDO: That’s right. Sensormatic did not have a disposable label at the time, so we were renting gator tags and microwave systems to apparel stores.EDITOR: Back when you started with Sensormatic, what was the sales argument that you made with retail buyers? DILONARDO: I had never been a salesperson before, and frankly, I was nervous about it. I performed poorly when it came to selling product features and functions, but I certainly knew my way around inventory shortage math, so I decided to try selling the economic benefits and the return on investment. I needed a compelling sales pitch, so I devised the financial logic to convince prospective customers that EAS should lower shortage and would be worth the investment. I took classes in Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet software and constructed my first ROI model. Nobody was taking the same approach at the time.In 1982 I had the opportunity to call on the CFOs of two large Los Angeles department store chain Robinsons and May Company. I ended up selling a major deal to Robinsons in LA, which got the attention of the Sensormatic hierarchy. They promoted me to national account manager with responsibility for large accounts like Sears Pacific Territory and all department stores in Southern California. I used the same approach but customized it for each client, and I was very successful.EDITOR: Over the years, you’ve gained quite a reputation for someone who really understands the ROI proposition and how to make that argument. You’ve done many writings on that subject, including for us. Did all of that come out of formulating the financial argument to support sales? DILONARDO: Yes, but it was a long process. I credit my financial education for giving me the tools to construct the ROI logic. But it was my stint as a buyer that showed me that preserving inventory from theft would result in incremental sales.By 1983 the other Sensormatic salesmen got wind of what I was doing. They were having trouble expanding EAS tests because the LP guys wanted proof that it “worked” before they would buy any more. None of them knew how to demonstrate that, aside from saying that “if your shortage went down, it must have worked.”DiLonardo with former Sensormatic associates (left to right): Tim Gates, John Zambiasi, and Lance Weeden in 2007.Two salesmen who dealt with Montgomery Ward asked me to help them. They flew me from San Diego to Chicago to analyze Ward’s latest inventory results and help cost-justify EAS to management. I rented one of IBM’s new portable PCs for $400 and took it to Chicago. Wards gave me the inventory data on stacks of dot-matrix computer printouts, and I spent all night manually entering the data into the PC. I loaded my model, fed in the data, and out popped the results, which I presented to Ward’s management. They ended up expanding their test on that basis. That exercise convinced me that this was what I ought to be doing.From there, I did thirty to forty studies for various retailers proving the ROI in the very same manner. I kept refining my logic and modifying the model. One of the satisfied customers was George Luciano, then vice president of loss prevention for a women’s specialty apparel chain called Hartfield-Zody’s. George was like a big brother and always encouraged me to work hard and use my expertise to cost-justify other products and services besides EAS. He remains one of my best friends in the industry.EDITOR: When did you leave Sensormatic and what did you do then? DILONARDO: I spent eight years at Sensormatic the first time, and for the last half, I was at their headquarters in Florida, where I essentially had a desk job. I quickly learned that I had a hard time dealing with corporate politics. I also learned that I would be better off in smaller companies, because I could have an impact and get things accomplished. When I finally got fed up with the politics at Sensormatic, I quit in 1988 and went to work for Security Tag Systems, where I spent the next five years.EDITOR: Why Security Tag Systems? DILONARDO: I followed a couple of my old Sensormatic buddies, John Zambiasi and Perry Garvis, who told me that Security Tag was doing groundbreaking stuff. They built the first EAS transceiver, which is a single EAS pedestal instead of a pair. The also had an RFID test in place with The New York Daily News, where they put tags on the delivery trucks and readers at the distribution centers to track how long a truck was inside and where it was parked. And of course, in 1989 we were the first to commercialize ink tags and benefit-denial devices in the United States. Much to my dismay, Sensormatic bought Security Tag in 1993. After spending an unsatisfying year commuting to Sensormatic, I decided to start the consulting business.Retailers who were investigating EAS hired me to help them decide what systems were the best for their environments, how much they should pay for them, and whether or not the project would be cost-justified. I’ve even negotiated contracts on their behalf. As time passed, I decided to apply the same principles for other security technology, like video, access control, and self-checkout.EDITOR: When a manufacturer or a vendor brings you in as a consultant, what are they asking you to provide? DILONARDO: I’ve taught their sales executives the principles of selling financial benefits and have constructed proprietary ROI models that they use with their prospects and customers. Since my experience includes marketing management, I have done competitive analyses and have assisted in product development. I hold one patent and have helped on numerous other patented products. I also have worked as an expert witness in patent-infringement cases and have helped venture capitalists research potential acquisitions.EDITOR: How do you handle a situation where a company asks you to come in and do something for them when you’ve done something similar for one of their competitors? DILONARDO: I never accept a project without insisting upon a mutual non-disclosure agreement between me and the client. I will never divulge confidential information entrusted to me. I’ve been fanatical about that my entire career. People have tested me on this and have found out that I’m a man of my word. My clients also know that I will provide them with the unvarnished truth about an issue, a trait that has, at times, been sorely lacking in various parts of the industry.Typing his master’s thesis in 1973EDITOR: As you look at the long history of EAS, what changes do you think were the most dramatic, in terms of product development, that have had the greatest impact on retail loss prevention? DILONARDO: It’s over 40years since the big three EAS vendors commercialized their first products. In my view, the most dramatic change has been the proliferation of source tagging, which was made possible by the development of inexpensive disposable labels capable of being affixed at high speeds in the manufacturing process. Disposable labels opened up the EAS market to packaged merchandise. They also provide the method by which apparel can be source tagged either by affixing the label to a price ticket or embedding it in a fabric label.The second biggest impact was the advent of the ink tag, benefit-denial devices, and other item-level products like keepers, box wraps, and alarming tags. At the time of their inception, ink tags were successful because the EAS deterrent was flagging rapidly. In my judgment, the EAS market would have dried up quickly without these two phenomena.EDITOR: Apart from EAS, what other technologies have you observed that have been significantly impactful to the industry? DILONARDO: Video and data mining come immediately to mind. When I started, CCTV cameras were bulky, were set in a fixed position, and the output could only be watched with a monitor and couldn’t be saved. These technologies have improved more drastically than EAS.In my opinion, the most important enhancements have been solid-state electronics, microprocessor controls, recording devices, and John Coutta’s tremendous invention of camera rotation along its longitudinal axis. Solid-state electronics allowed for smaller cameras. Microprocessors added “brains” and controlled switching, PTZ, and data collection. Recorders assisted in investigations and evidence keeping. And longitudinal rotation coupled with mirrors made domes the standard housing in the industry. Superimposing a POS transaction onto video really jump-started the data mining industry because we needed some type of software to help us identify transaction anomalies, instead of staring at videotape. Now the data mining industry is very sophisticated and has provided information that is essential to properly running all aspects of the business, including loss prevention.EDITOR: What changes have you seen in the retail LP executive over the years? DILONARDO: That goes back to that story about Joe Vaux putting his pistol on the table. There were a lot of ex-military and ex-law enforcement in retail security when I first started, and many of them didn’t even have college degrees. So what we have now and the magazine gets some credit for this in my opinion is a situation where the LP industry has decided as a group to train and nurture the professionals that they hire. With greater emphasis on college degrees and certification programs, retail security executives today are far better trained than the Joe Vauxes of yesteryear. And that’s not going to stop as long as we continue to pay forward our knowledge and experience. It’s just going to continue to be essential to the betterment of the industry.EDITOR: What advice would you give an LP executive or somebody on their staff regarding how to be smart about evaluating the market and sourcing the right product? DILONARDO: I would give them the same advice that I gave to myself when I started as a consultant. Take the cue from your boss as to the direction he wants to take, and then immerse yourself in the product literature that’s out there. Go to trade shows, read the trade magazines, and ask your peers, “What are you doing? How does this work for you?”The other thing I would say is that hiring a consultant is a good investment. I hear people say, “I don’t want to spend money on a consultant.” I think that’s a mistake because it’s my job to know twice as much as you would need to know and to help you add value to your organization. There are other guys like me out there who have the knowledge and can really provide an important service. The right consultant is worth his weight in gold when you’re looking at making multi-million dollar procurements.DiLonardo with Earl Welliver (right) in 2011.EDITOR: Selfishly, I want to turn the discussion to the magazine’s relationship with you over the last 14years. You have been one, if not the number one, contributing writer since our premier issue in 2001. We have been so pleased and proud to have had you as a part of the team. Thank you very much for all your articles and insights. Given you’ve done all this for not a penny, why did you? DILONARDO: Let me start by saying I most certainly appreciate what you and Jack allowed me to do and what we all did together. I still remember Lee Pernice from Sensormatic asking me if I would be willing to write an article because “these two guys are trying to put out a magazine, and they are short one.” I said, “Hell, yeah!” That first article was about Federated’s source-tagging initiative and Tom Cole’s theory on “the total cost of shortage.” That became the first of over eighty Industry News columns.Setting aside the fact that you allowed me to keep my name in front of the industry, which I appreciate, this has always been a way for me to pay forward my experience. I wanted to give back to the industry in some way. Writing for the magazine always gave me the impetus to do the research to keep myself up-to-date.I also want to say, and I’m saying this from the heart, what you two did back when you started was uncharted territory. There were other trade magazines, but there was nothing like LP Magazine. As far as I’m concerned, it is going to go down in history as the best periodical that we have ever had in our business. I’m just glad I played a part in its success.EDITOR: Thank you for that, Bob. Looking back over your career, would you change anything? DILONARDO: I know the standard answer is no, but yes, I would. I ended up backing into a lot of jobs, like shortage control, which turned out fine. But I wish I would have taken a little bit more control of my career at the beginning. The thing I regret the most is what I mentioned earlier about my problem with politics. Anybody who works in an organization, even if it’s five people, has to be able to manage interpersonal relationships as well as possible. I struggled with that for a long time, and I know it cost me. In hindsight, my frustration with politics induced me to start my consulting business, which aside from my family has been the biggest joy I’ve experienced. It allowed me to make a good living working on very interesting projects whenever I wanted and however frequently I wanted. So it’s been fantastic. I’m going to miss it.EDITOR: Best of luck, Bob, and enjoy your well-earned retirement. DILONARDO: Thanks, and I still have some thoughts on articles, so I might just submit something new down the road. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more