Man United and Huddersfield players wait for the VAR decision Joey Barton has criticised VAR after Juan Mata saw his goal against Huddersfield ruled out for offside, despite appearing to be onside.Romelu Lukaku gave the visitors the lead, and the Red Devils thought they had doubled their advantage just before half-time – only to see it chalked off by Neil Swarbrick who is helping from afar.Barton was on commentary duty at the John Smith’s Stadium for the FA Cup fifth round clash, and despaired at the use of technology.He said: “I’m putting this on record now: I’m not for it. We don’t need it.“I’d rather have the mistakes [from the referee].“VAR is ruining the game, I don’t like it.“Everyone in the stadium now doesn’t not know why that goal was disapproved, there are people sitting at home, who haven’t bothered to get a ticket and come to the game, who know more than us about that’s happened, and we’re in the stadium.”The decision to introduce technology has thus far only served to increase confusion at football grounds across the country.However, former Manchester City midfielder Barton believes informing those in the stadium of the virtual decision via a big screen, much like they do in rugby, is the way forward.“There is total confusion in the stadium,” he said.“Nobody knows what’s going on. You can see people around us getting their phones out to see what’s happened – this cannot happen!“They need to show the replays on a big screen for this to work.“In this current guise, we cannot use it.“It has to enhance the game and on both occasions I’ve seen it live, it hasn’t done that.” 1
The Protos Vendor Portal – the newest addition to the Protos management ecosystemIn this day and age, it takes real change and thoughtful disruptive innovation to lead an industry forward. We’ve seen it with Apple and Tesla, and in the loss prevention industry, we’ve seen it with Protos Security.Over the last eleven years, Protos Security has revolutionized security guard management, saving retail companies of all sizes from the traditional headache of manual processes, continuous audits, and lots of last-minute scrambling. Its end-to-end security guard management ecosystem drives measurable direct and indirect cost savings for clients all across North America.Kris Vece“The Protos team lives and breathes innovation. We understand how technology can empower companies and benefit their bottom lines,” said Kris Vece, LPQ, director of client relations for Protos. “Even before I joined Protos in 2015, I watched what they were doing and decided I wanted to be a part of it. The last two years have easily been some of the most exciting in my career. The Protos team has created a cutting-edge, cloud-based management platform, increased transparency, and enforced a ‘no punch, no pay’ policy to ensure accounting accuracy for LP professionals tired of finding overpayments and having to manage the invoice reconciliation process.”- Sponsor – Owner and cofounder Patrick Henderson said, “Our system uses a variety of techniques that have been successfully deployed in supply chain, logistics, and other service industries. We reworked the tools and operating models to fit a loss prevention scenario. We help connect the dots and benchmark performance, so everyone knows what they are getting and can quickly and easily change behavior as needed to get the results they seek.”“After all, you can’t manage what you can’t measure,” Vece added.How Do You Manage Guards Who Aren’t on Your Payroll?“Despite the technology’s reputation for success, when we meet with prospective new clients, we still get asked, ‘How do you manage guards that aren’t on your payroll?’” Chris Copenhaver, Protos owner and cofounder said. “And people are always so surprised when we explain our tools, technology, and methods. They’re always like, ‘Wow, why didn’t someone think of this sooner?’”Using technology to operate a series of clear, easy-to-read user interfaces that can be accessed from desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, Protos Security helps clients, vendors, and their own quality-assurance specialists to communicate and manage security guard performance.The Protos team built their system from the ground up, and, in the process, created a methodology and culture that supports consistent and measurable program success. From introducing instantaneous and fully customizable alert notifications to vendor KPI dashboards, Protos has rewritten the rules on what it takes to run a modern LP shop.Unlike its competitors, Protos does not sell technology as an add-on service or up-sell solution. Its high-tech tools are “baked in.” At its core, Protos is a technology company that is working to solve loss prevention industry challenges, the same way Apple taught the world to “think different.” Many of Protos’s offerings are revolutionary, saving clients countless hours and measurable budget percentages immediately upon rollout, but many of its advancements are just the obvious next steps in a world dominated by automation, big data, and higher management expectations.“To us, it didn’t seem revolutionary for clients to be notified when an officer was late or to relay important incident details near real time,” Copenhaver said. “In today’s day and age, it was a question of simple automation, and it seemed inevitable. So that’s what we set out to do. We just wanted to make program transparency a reality. It was already an expectation in other industries, and we wanted to see the loss prevention world catch up.”What More Can Be Done?While Protos has been offering performance-benchmarking tools to clients for many years, first for internalThe Protos Vendor Portal – the newest addition to the Protos management ecosystemmonitoring and then for client transparency and reporting, it hasn’t stopped moving things forward. For example, by the end of the year, it will release a vendor portal that allows independent guard vendors to see the performance trends on each of their Protos assignments.This access will allow guard vendors to compare their delivery to industry standards and benchmarks and manage to customer expectations in real time. This access empowers them to deliver quick and necessary course-correcting actions before it hurts their companies’ reputations.Protos, of course, is always monitoring these performance trends and filling client assignments with vendors who are engaged and responsive and provide consistently high-quality service.“There is real incentive for guard vendors to be a part of the Protos Approved Guard Network,” Copenhaver said. “We’ve proven that a good vendor can grow their business faster with us than they could on their own.”No Punch, No Pay“We’ve always had a ‘no punch, no pay’ policy, and that has served us well, but now we’re focused on what’s next. What else can we do?” Henderson said. “The hope is to get each individual guard vendor management team more involved and more active in addressing any quality issues.”Protos has led the industry in technology innovation, guard vendor engagement, and client service since it pounced on the scene in 2006. The company claims to save clients’ money and pay their vendors much faster than industry average. Their stunning growth continues to prove they are doing something right.The Bottom LineProtos has earned an exceptional reputation for having security officers successfully engage with a common timekeeping and integrated invoicing system. Its reporting procedures have cleaned up LP budgets industry-wide and increased situational awareness from coast to coast.“I no longer must call stores to ask if an officer is on-site. I can check in to see if a guard is on-site from my cell phone. I also get real-time incident reports from Protos,” customer Eric Williams, loss prevention manager at the City Gear store support center said. “When it comes to billing, Protos gave me at least two days a month back.”“There was a lot of concern around how to seamlessly transition to another guard company. We were expecting bumps in the road during the first couple of months of the transition and were pleasantly surprised that we received nothing but positive feedback,” said Andrea Quinn, Staples senior manager of global loss prevention. “Protos has made every aspect of managing guard service so much easier, and we could not be happier with our decision to transition to Protos six months ago.”So from coast to coast, customers are already happy, but if the leadership team at Protos Security has their way, this is really just the beginning. “Stay tuned; there is no way we are done innovating,” Vece said. “I am personally excited for what comes next. Hold on tight; the ride’s not over yet.”For more information on Protos Security, visit their website at protossecurity.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The House Budget Committee has approved a tool that Republicans could use for tax reform phase two. A fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget resolution cleared the committee on June 21 by a 21-to-13 vote.A budget resolution, if approved by both chambers, would allow Congressional Republicans to approve tax reform phase two without Democratic support, like the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97). The resolution could be used as the legislative vehicle for a tax bill to be approved under the reconciliation process with a simple GOP majority.Tax Reform Phase TwoHouse Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., has said a phase two tax cuts “outline” will likely be unveiled by August. Previously, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., predicted that the House will approve the measure before midterm elections in November.New Budget Resolution – New Tax BillThe House Republican FY 2019 budget resolution, Budget for a Brighter American Future, calls for extending “pro-growth” provisions of the TCJA. Section 403 of the budget resolution text states that the Budget Committee chair may adjust budgetary levels in accordance with a Ways and Means Committee bill that extends pro-growth tax policies of the TCJA.Individual Tax Cuts. Brady has consistently stated that tax reform phase two will focus on the individual side of the tax code. Further, making permanent the individual tax cuts enacted under the TCJA will be the “centerpiece,” of a phase two bill, Brady has told reporters. Additionally, the 20 percent passthrough deduction is also expected to be made permanent by the new bill. These TCJA provisions were enacted temporarily through 2025 in accordance with the Senate’s reconciliation rules. Under the Byrd rule, a measure must not increase the deficit beyond a 10-year budget window.Democratic CriticismCongressional Democrats remain largely united in their criticisms of the TCJA and House FY 2019 budget resolution. Although Brady has stated he was hopeful for Democratic support on a phase two tax bill, Republicans may be gearing up to fast track legislation with only Republican votes through reconciliation, similar to the TCJA.“Six months ago, in the dead of the night, the GOP jammed through the [TCJA] lavishing tax cuts on big corporations and the wealthiest few,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a June 22 tweet. Likewise, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., criticized the TCJA for “exploding the deficit.” According to Hoyer, the House’s FY 2019 budget resolution proposes paying for tax cuts for the wealthy by cutting health care and education.Path ForwardHouse Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack, R-Ark., has reportedly said that House leadership has not yet made the decision to use the budget resolution for a new tax bill. At press time, Brady’s office did not respond to an inquiry by Wolters Kluwer on June 22 about procedural intent for phase two legislative efforts.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
West Indies will host a full series, including three Tests, against Pakistan beginning on March 31, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said.Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain will stage two Twenty20s, to be followed by three one-dayers at the Guyana National Stadium.Kingston’s Sabina Park will host the first Test from April 22, followed by matches in Bridgetown (April 30-May 4) and Roseau (May 10-14). (Also read: Pakistan set sights on direct qualification for 2019 ICC World Cup)Former giants West Indies rank a lowly eighth in Tests and WICB manager of operations Roland Holder said the series against number five Pakistan would offer an additional opportunity to improve their ranking.”Any series against Pakistan always poses an interesting contest for the West Indies,” he said in a statement.There was no word from WICB, however, on the possibility of playing two Twenty20s in Pakistan, which remains a no-go zone for top teams wary of security issues in the south Asian country.”There is an offer (from the PCB) to play two T20 matches in Pakistan, subject to Players’ Association agreement and security clearance,” Holder had earlier told ESPNcricinfo.Schedule of Pakistan’s tour of West Indies:March 31: 1st T20I, Port-of-SpainApril 2: 2nd T20I, Port-of-SpainApril 7: 1st ODI, ProvidenceApril 9: 2nd ODI, ProvidenceApril 11: 3rd ODI, ProvidenceApril 22-26: 1st Test, KingstonApril 30-May 4: 2nd Test, BridgetownMay 10-14: 3rd Test, Roseau
Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored as England defeated Sweden to reach their first World Cup semi-final since 1990. The Swedes were no match for the fluent English in their FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter-final at the Samara Arena on Saturday.England had won the World Cup in 1966 and thereafter, reached the quarter-finals in 1970. They did not qualify for the World Cup in 1974 and 1978.In 1982, England crashed out of the second group stage but managed to reached the last eight in 1986. They then finished fourth in 1990 but for six World Cups after that, there was plenty of disappointment in store for the Three Lions.However, under Gary Southgate, England have looked a far more dangerous side than their predecessors. In the group stage, they crushed Panama and Tunisia but went down to Belgium 1-0 in a dead game – by then both European teams had qualified for the round of 16.’It’s coming home’: Prince William and England eye 2nd World Cup triumphOn Saturday, England were far more proficient than Sweden.A thumping 30th-minute Maguire header from a corner gave England a 1-0 lead over Sweden and the teams headed into the first half with that score line.Centre-back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first international goal and reward England for their more adventurous approach in a largely cautious first half.England players euphoric after reaching first World Cup semis since 1990In the 59th minute, England stretched their lead to 2-0 after Dele ran in brilliantly and headed in a lofted chip from Jesse Lingard at the edge of the box.advertisementSweden were heroic in their World Cup campaign – they had defeated Mexico and South Korea and lost to Germany in the group stage. In the round of 16, the Swedes prevailed over Denmark in a tense penalty shootout.Sweden had reached the quarter-finals by making life hard for supposedly superior opponents and it was easy to see why after a dour opening when England looked incapable of stringing passes together against their hardworking opponents.It was predictable in many ways, therefore, that the deadlock was broken from a set piece.BULLET HEADEREngland had laboured without reward before Ashley Young lined up a corner on the left and his curled effort was met by Maguire charging forward with conviction and barging Emil Forsberg out of his way to power a header down into the net.That was England’s eighth set-piece goal at this World Cup, but, while they are seemingly lethal from dead balls, apart from Kane they are not blessed with too many other sharp shooters.Raheem Sterling has faced some criticism over his struggles to score for England and just before halftime his doubters were handed ammunition when he was twice left alone to bear down on Sweden keeper Robin Olsen.His blushes were saved by the linesman’s flag as he fluffed the first chance, but moments later he ran through again, this time trying to round the keeper, only to be denied once more.England were almost made to pay straight after the interval and would have been pegged back if Pickford had not produced a top-drawer save to keep out a Berg header.The killer blow, however, arrived in the 59th minute as Jesse Lingard’s teasing cross into the box was met by Alli unmarked at the far post to head powerfully past Olsen.England had not kept a clean sheet in their four previous matches and had Pickford to thank for ensuring they did not concede this time.The keeper saved superbly from Viktor Claesson before tipping a shot from Berg over the bar and that was enough to ensure Swedish hopes of reaching their first semi-final since 1994 were dashed.(With Reuters inputs)
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! We have ourselves a situation. We have had ourselves a situation for many weeks now as the Central Michigan loss has loomed over the head of Oklahoma State. Mike Gundy has addressed it. Bob Stoops has addressed it. It seems everyone has addressed it.Obviously everyone knows what happened at the end of the CMU-Oklahoma State game. A play that shouldn’t have happened did happen, and OSU is 9-2 instead of 10-1.“Well, we did get the win; nobody will ever convince me we didn’t get the win,” Mike Gundy said on Saturday after beating TCU when asked about CMU again. He has repeated some variation of this dozens of times and even made fun of the CFB Playoff committee when he was asked if he watches its weekly show.Anyway, the same thing — nearly the exact same thing — happened recently in a 7A Illinois high school playoff game. Here’s Deadspin on Fenwick’s loss to Plainfield North.On the final play of regulation, with Fenwick holding a 10-7 lead with four seconds left on a meaningless fourth-and-15, quarterback Jacob Keller chucked the ball downfield after the clock had expired, seemingly putting a bow on the semifinal win.However, officials slapped Fenwick with an intentional grounding penalty, and gave the ball back to Plainfield North for an untimed down. Plainfield North kicked a field goal on the next play, sending the game to overtime and setting the stage for their wild game-winning play. Thus began the saga that’s since turned into a legal battle over who gets to go to the state championship game.A legal battle, huh? Whereas OSU’s legal battle didn’t really go anywhere, this one is. In fact, a judge is hearing the case today to decide which team will move on to the finals.Judge Kathleen Kennedy is scheduled to hear the case [Wednesday] morning and make a ruling. Fenwick reportedly cited a 2008 decision in Mississippi when a similar situation was eventually overturned by an athletic ruling body, as well as the IHSA’s own reversal of the 2008 Illinois state wrestling tournament.It’s rare for any on-field dispute to go to a professional judge for adjudication, but since Plainfield has said that they will prepare for the upcoming state championship game and will not forfeit, the case rests with a higher authority. Hopefully, justice is served.Whoo boy. “It would be one thing if it was a missed holding call or if it was a judgment call, but this was not a judgment call,” Fenwick Principal Peter Groom told the Chicago Tribune. “This was a rule that was not applied when there was no more time left on the clock. I don’t know how I tell my kids (to accept the outcome) in this situation.”Sounds like Mike Gundy.We will be keeping an eye on this case as it unfolds on Wednesday. Will a precedent be set for the CMU-OSU game to follow suit? If OSU doesn’t win Bedlam, none of this matters obviously, but if it does and this gets overturned, Gundy’s press conference next Monday will be one for the ages.Update.Plainfield North will play East St. Louis for Class 7A state title— Michael O’Brien (@michaelsobrien) November 23, 2016