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Counterfeit US$50 note surfaces at Kitty business

first_imgBusinesses bewareBusiness people are advised to be on guard as counterfeit foreign currency has surfaced. Guyana Times was shown surveillance footage of an alleged fraudster who exchanged a counterfeit US note for Guyana currency at a shop in Kitty on Sunday.According to the proprietor, the perpetrator entered the grocery shop a little before 14:00h, appearing as a regular customer. He then bought about $4000 worth in groceries, however, just before he was about to leave, he asked the shop owner to assist him in changing a US$50 note, which the businessman agreed to do.The proprietor explained that he made the shocking discovery shortly after the man left, when his wife noticed that the highlighterThe counterfeit note the shop owner exchanged on Sunday afternoonimprinted its mark deep into the US$50 note; this is usually the case with counterfeit notes. When used on genuine notes, the ink would fade after sometime. This publication was given a demonstration using a US$1 note.The Kitty businessman explained that he doesn’t normally change money but gave into the man’s request.“I changed his $50 note but there were other customers waiting so I did not go to check; I changed it hurriedly thinking I could assist the rest of customers which I realised was the wrong thing to do there, not to check the note before,” he noted.He pointed out that after four years of operating his business, this is the first time that such an event occurred and indicated that in future he would be reluctant to assist customers who may ask for help.“It definitely made an impact on me because when the mistress came over and she realised the note is not good, I kind of break down because I work very hard,” he stressed.He added that he intends to report the matter to the police, who will retrieve the note and obtain the shop’s surveillance footage as evidence.last_img read more

Trying out the tools of the trade

first_imgAfter two rain delays, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s summer students finally got the chance Wednesday to test out the tractors and tools they’ll be using on the job.McGrail Farm Equipment staff put the student workers from the parks and horticulture department through different scenarios using some of the equipment related to their jobs with the municipality.These tasks included using a compact tractor to scoop up mulch and place it back down on the opposite side of the pile, driving a crossover utility vehicle through an obstacle course and learning how different handheld tools work.The training is for both new summer workers and those who worked during previous summers, said Deb Veccia, supervisor of Chatham parks and horticulture.“Every year, it’s a good refresher for the students to go through the skills and techniques that they need to know when they’re out in the parks systems,” she said.Mulching, weed pulling, and tree and shrub trimming are some of the jobs the students will have this year, she said.Most of the students usually start May 1 and work until close to Labour Day, said Veccia. Training was originally scheduled for May 1, but it and the rain date of May 7 both got rained out.Veccia said some of the summer students had started working in parks across Chatham-Kent ahead of the training, while others haven’t started just yet.The municipality has been working with McGrail since 2012.“We didn’t have the land that they have here to do some of the tractor work that we’d like them to learn,” said Veccia. “They had the equipment right on site and they had the staff that are fully trained and versed in how to use the equipment, and we felt it was a good partnership.”Dan Richards, a sales representative at McGrail, said the company provides the service free of charge.The training stations have been tweaked over the past eight years, he said.“We have some of our students who have helped with the organization over the years and they look at it from the same perspective of the summer students from Chatham-Kent who are getting trained,” he said.“The push has been to give them something that simulates some of the experiences that they’ll have in their workplace.”Laura Polowick, who has worked in horticulture for three summers, said the training sessions have helped “a good amount.”“I didn’t know how to use … the hedge trimmer, the blower, all that kind of stuff,” she said. “You just get to refresh your memory and your skills on trimming the hedges.”Polowick, who is entering teacher’s college after graduating from Western University this year, said while she doesn’t use the tractors on her job, it is still “a good thing to know for the future.”Working for the municipality has led her to meet new people and make connections, she said.“It’s been really good just to allow me to open up and be a part of the municipality,” said Polowick. “It’s good to be an add to the community (and) set an example for other people.”The municipality is employing about 35 summer students for parks and horticultural work this summer, according to Veccia.last_img read more

More Funding for Casual Games: Zynga Raises $29 Million

first_imgfrederic lardinois Casual gaming on the web must look like quite an attractive market to VCs right now. Jeff Bezos already invested in two casual gaming companies this year, Kongregate and SGN, after SGN had already raised a $15 million Series A round in January. Now, Mark Pincus’ Zynga, another online gaming site, announced that it raised $29 million in a Series B round led by Kleiner Perkins. Zynga also announced the acquisition of YooVille, a virtual world application for Facebook.Zynga had raised a $10 million Series A round in January, led by Union Square Ventures. Zynga is quite similar to SGN, in that both companies mostly focus on games for social networks. Kongregate takes a different approach and makes its games available on its own site only. While this makes playing a game as simple as going to the Kongregate homepage, it also means that Kongregate doesn’t have a built-in word-of-mouth marketing network to profit from. With almost $40 million in money raised, Zynga and its VCs must be looking for a very high valuation for the company. Its main income sources are advertising and selling virtual goods to its players. It’s probably worth speculating that Zynga is going to use quite a lot of this venture money to branch out of the social networks games market and start developing for other platforms (such as cell phones) as well. Tags:#news#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

CONTROLTEK Recognizes Nedap as Premier Partner

first_imgNedap has recently been recognized as a Premier Partner by CONTROLTEK, an emerging leader in retail product protection.“Nedap has an impressive track record of innovation in both RFID and EAS space,” said Rod Diplock, CONTROLTEK’s CEO. “Over the years, we’ve built a strong partnership together, and jointly delivered thousands of EAS and RFID systems to North American retailers. Merging Nedap’s advanced and easy-to-use technology with CONTROLTEK’s First Time Right solutions delivery program, we’ve also jointly delivered an unsurpassed level of satisfaction for our mutual customers. In recognizing Nedap as our Premier Partner we are reaffirming our commitment to this long-term partnership and to our clients.”“At Nedap Retail, our mission is to move markets with technologies that matter,” said Patrick O’Leary, vice president and general manager, Nedap Retail North America., “In CONTROLTEK, we recognize a strong partner that has proven itself in deploying and supporting our technology with the highest level of quality, and are happy to be recognized as their Premier Partner.”- Sponsor – The two companies will jointly and separately showcase the latest in EAS and RFID at the upcoming NRF PROTECT conference in Dallas from June 11 to 13.Image caption: Nedap and CONTROLTEK executive teams at the recent RILA conference in Orlando. Patrick O’Leary, second from the left, and Rod Diplock, third from the right. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more