Donald Trump hosts Stanley Cup champion Capitals at White House

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Tiger Woods to open Match Play against PGA Tour rookie of year The visit comes a day after Attorney General William Barr released a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that found no evidence Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. Trump did not take questions from reporters.Several Capitals players said going to the White House wasn’t about politics. American Brooks Orpik, who went in 2009 with the Penguins to visit then-President Barack Obama, said the decision to go is “not an endorsement of whoever’s in the office.”The Capitals presented Trump with a red No. 45 jersey and a gold, engraved stick. Trump took individual pictures with players and staff and gave them pens and M&Ms before they left.Leonsis called visiting the Oval Office a “true thrill for all of the players and the organization.”Carlson said: “It’s an honor to be here. I think all of us looked very much forward to it.”The Capitals’ White House visit came nine-plus months after their first title in franchise history and with six games left in the regular season before the playoffs begin. Washington is in first place and again is a top contender.“I think you’re going to be successful,” Trump said. “Very proud of you guys. Good luck. We’re going to be watching.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart President Donald Trump, center, shakes hands with Alex Ovechkin, second from left, the captain and MVP of the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals hockey team, during a visit to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 25, 2019. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, third from right, and teammates John Carlson, second from left, and T.J. Oshie, fourth from left, listen (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump welcomed Alex Ovechkin and the reigning NHL champion Washington Capitals to the Oval Office on Monday to congratulate them for winning the Stanley Cup in June.Trump said it was an honor to host the team because he is a hockey fan and a Capitals fan. The president called the Capitals “winners” and said there is “an awfully good chance” they will repeat this season.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far “You brought the Stanley Cup home,” Trump said. “Thousands of adoring fans greeted you. They were all over the place. And I have a feeling you’re going to be doing it again. You’re champions. You have a champion’s heart.”Players, coaches and staff members took a private 45-minute tour of the White House and met with Trump in what was a last chance to be around hockey’s sacred trophy as defending champions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s a good reminder of the special things that our group did,” coach Todd Reirden said after practice earlier Monday. “That will kind of put a wrap on it and the final chapter of that moving forward into finishing up the regular season here and moving some of that success into playoffs this year.”Two players on the current roster, Canadians Braden Holtby and Brett Connolly, and Devante Smith-Pelly, who is in the minors, did not visit the White House. Smith-Pelly in June cited Trump’s rhetoric, and Holtby last week said he had to stay true to his values and respectfully decline. View comments In the days since the team scheduled its visit, Holtby and his teammates explained their stances on going or declining while also shifting the focus back to the ice where the Capitals are trying to repeat as champions like the rival Pittsburgh Penguins did.“The more important thing is we’re just gearing up for a playoff run, and (different decisions on going or not going are) not going to hurt team unity,” Holtby said Friday. “I hope they have a good experience there and then we can get back to hockey.”The rest of the team was in attendance, along with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who wore a Capitals Stanley Cup champions hat. Trump called daughter Ivanka a friend and fan of Ovechkin’s, compared him to Babe Ruth and also singled out owner Ted Leonsis and American defenseman John Carlson during his remarks.Trump called Ovechkin a “very special athlete, a great player.”“It’s huge honor for us to be here and meet you personally,” said Ovechkin, the Capitals’ Russian-born captain and playoff MVP. “We’re going to try to (win) again. We have same team, experienced team, very good group of guys and we’re going to try to do it again.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by USlast_img read more

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NHL: Predators remain best in the West

first_img“I think both teams are similar in a lot of ways,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “We both have the ability to skate, to create off the rush and the transition and we both have good goaltending. “I think our defense many be a little deeper, but we don’t have two studs like Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger, who have loads of experience. Once they get Niedermayer back in there it will probably give them the edge up front with their top four just on experience.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ducks vs Nashville Predators NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks have been fighting for supremacy in the Western Conference for most of the season. The Predators continued to pad their lead in the West, shutting down the Ducks, 3-0, on Saturday night. It was the Predators’ second straight win over Anaheim and their first regulation win against the Ducks since Oct. 9, 2003. center_img Tomas Vokoun made 36 saves for his third shutout of the season and 19th overall. Jason Arnott scored a power-play goal and added an assist on Steve Sullivan’s power-play goal. Dan Hamhuis scored the other goal for the Predators. The game was a physical one. Tempers flared in the final couple of minutes with Sean O’Donnell and Travis Moen of Anaheim and Shea Weber of Nashville all earning fighting majors and game misconducts at 18:39. last_img read more

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Parade will mark Lomita’s 100 years

first_imgThe parade caps a series of summer events marking the centennial, which traces the city’s history to a land purchase of 7 square miles that a development company began subdividing in 1907. The parade was rescheduled from earlier in the year after several key participants backed out, citing previous commitments. This time organizers have compensated – some viewers might say overcompensated – to ensure there’s plenty for spectators to see. Among the more unusual participants: the A.M Gamby Funeral Home, the entire Planning Commission and the Celery Queen (Lomita used to be regarded as the world’s celery-growing capital). Moreover, celebrities participating include more than just parade grand marshal Rob Fukuzaki, sports anchor for the local ABC affiliate. There’s Dylan Cash from the soap “General Hospital”; Kenny Landreaux, a member of the Dodgers’ 1981 World Series-winning team; Steven Williams of the cast of CBS’ “Criminal Minds”; and actress Renee Victor, who plays Lupita on Showtime’s “Weeds.” And you can’t forget not just Miss Taiwan, but Miss Teen Taiwan, too. “I’m looking forward to it,” said City Manager Tom Odom. “Being a Louisiana native and used to Mardi Gras parades, this is great for me. For a Sunday afternoon with a touch of fall in the air, it will be really worth it for Lomita residents to come out and view the parade.” Still, given the event’s scale in a city of just 20,000, one wonders whether the city has enough people left over to actually watch. “That has actually been mentioned already,” Bilyeu said with a laugh. A crowd of up to 4,000 is expected to watch what could be a once-in-a-generation event. nick.green@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is big,” said M. Faith Bilyeu, manager of the city’s museum and special events. “It’s close to 1,000 people in this parade. We haven’t had a parade in over 30 years, and this is something we can be proud of.” Bilyeu expects the parade to last from 1 to 3:30 p.m. as participants traverse almost the entire length of the modest 2-square-mile city. That means major road closures from noon to 4 p.m. Lomita Boulevard between Walnut Street and Pennsylvania Avenue will be shut down. So will Narbonne-Arlington Avenue between 241st Street and Pacific Coast Highway. The theme is equally lengthy: “Lomita ? A Century Remembered from Barley to Barnyards to Boulevards – 1907 to 2007.” That’s not so coincidentally the title of a history book produced to mark the city’s centennial. By Nick Green STAFF WRITER More than three decades have passed since Lomita held a parade, so Sunday’s Centennial Anniversary Celebration Parade will be an event as big as its name. Three equestrian groups, six high school groups including cheerleaders and bands, more than a dozen past and present politicians and 50-plus vehicles will be on hand. last_img read more

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COUNCILLOR WARNS OF BEACH DANGER AFTER WALKWAY COLLAPSES

first_imgA councillor has warned festive walkers to be careful around an Inishowen beach.The collapsed walkway at Lisfannon beach.Buncrana Town Councillor Ciaran McLaughlin was out walking around Lisfannon beach when he came across the potential hazard.Cllr McLaughlin says it appears the wooden walkway has been worn away by high seas. He has informed the county council of the matter and urgent repairs are to be carried out on the walkway as soon s possible.COUNCILLOR WARNS OF BEACH DANGER AFTER WALKWAY COLLAPSES was last modified: December 24th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Cllr Ciaran McLaughlinInishowenLisfannon Beachlast_img read more

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Everton 1-1 Manchester United: Late Baines penalty rescues point for Toffees

first_img The result leaves Jose Mourinho’s side nine points adrift of fourth placed Manchester City 1 Manchester United saw their hopes of securing a top four position take a hit after conceding late on to draw with Everton at Goodison Park.Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal late in the first half looked to have claimed all three points for the away side, but Leighton Baines’ penalty in the final minute of normal time ensured the sides shared a point each.Referee Michael Oliver chose to ignore two legitimate red card situations for Jose Mourinho’s team, with Marcos Rojo and Ibrahimovic lucky not to be sent off for clashes with Idrissa Gana Gueye and Seamus Coleman.The result leaves the Red Devils nine points off fourth placed Manchester City, while Everton avoided a third league defeat in their past four games.Ronald Koeman’s men started the brighter of the two sides and went close to opening the scoring within the first two minutes of the game.Yannick Bolasie burst down the right flank past Matteo Darmian and delivered a cross that look destined for the head of Romelu Lukaku. But Michael Carrick managed to stretch a leg out and prevent the Belgian from scoring against his former manager.Marcos Rojo, who has played his way back into Jose Mourinho’s plans of late, should have seen red just past the quarter hour with a reckless lunge.The Argentinean and Gueye raced for a loose ball before the defender launched himself into a wild two-footed tackle. But referee Michael Oliver, having shown leniency towards Gareth Barry for a challenge on Ibrahimovic, only showed a yellow card.Minutes before half time, United went ahead after Maarten Stekelenburg decided to race from his goal and confront Ibrahimovic close to the left flank.Ibrahimovic beat the Dutch goalkeeper to the ball and produced a wonderful lob that agonisingly spun towards goal before hitting the crossbar and trickling over the line thanks to some generous backspin. Goal-line technology was required, but Ramiro Funes Mori’s attempts to clear the ball, left a lot to be desired.The Red Devils could have lost their goal scorer within five minutes of the restart as Ibrahimovic got caught in a tangle with Coleman.Henrik Mkhitaryan overhit a cross, which led to Ibrahimovic and Coleman tussling in the corner. The latter managed to escape with the ball, but Ibrahimovic brought Coleman down before backheeling the Irishman in the head.Everton threatened an equaliser minutes later when Kevin Mirallas burst through on goal after fine combination play with Lukaku.Mirallas took the ball under his control before bypassing Rojo’s feeble attempt at a tackle and unleashed a fierce drive towards goal. But David de Gea produced a fantastic reaction save to turn the Belgian’s effort over the crossbar.United responded with a threat of their own, when Ander Herrera rattled the crossbar with a measured volley in the penalty area.The Toffees failed to clear their lines as Carrick was presented with the chance to cross on the right flank. Herrera anticipated a fortuitous deflection before controlling and hitting a powerful attempt that left the woodwork shaking.Having lost Coleman and Bolasie to injury, substitute Mason Holgate nearly levelled the scores within minutes of taking to the pitch.An Everton set-piece presented the versatile defender with a chance to glance a header towards goal, but despite the ball’s threatening trajectory, De Gea once again frustrated the home faithful with a vital save to the tip the effort over the bar.Mourinho brought on Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini in the closing stages in an attempt to wind down the clock.But it was Fellaini who gifted his former club the chance to equalise as he fouled Gueye in the penalty area, for what looked to be a soft decision. Leighton Baines took responsibility before firing the ball past De Gea and rescuing his side a point.last_img read more

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Taming the warriors

first_imgRe “Rampart, 7 years later” (July 12): Attorney Connie Rice wants no “warrior” mentality (and in the same issue, Supervisor Gloria Molina wants violent “jail fights” deleted from a TV show about the Sheriff’s Department). What we have here is a denial of reality and a politicizing of crime fighting. If we get any less warrior mentality in the city of Los Angeles, we might as well cede the streets to gang members and street racers. Violence occurs quickly, and the emergency-response time for local police is often many minutes longer than the average act of violence. Reactive policing will not protect you. Proactive policing can, and it requires a warrior mentality – the very same outlook that Rice and those like her are trying to stamp out of our city “soldiers.” – Rick Yerrinton AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Tujunga Organ-donor policy Re “New DMV organ policy a life-giver” (Dennis McCarthy, July 11): Though I am very aware no one has ever been reported awakened from “brain death,” I believe that when vital organs are kept mechanically functioning in order for transplant, that person is not dead. Therefore, I keep a signed statement in my wallet as well as in my car saying I regret I must withhold permission to harvest any vital organs in the event of fatal injury, but donation only of postmortem tissue for treatment of disease and injury is granted. Sorry to offend. To all others of contrary belief: I would be more than willing to hear their arguments. – Kathryn Durfee Agoura One point, one wall Re “Calderon blasts border wall” (July 8): Well, damn. Perhaps Felipe Calderon ought to read the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ratified by Mexico on May 30, 1848. Article XVI reads as follows: “Each of the contracting parties reserves to itself the entire right to fortify whatever point within its territory it may judge proper to so fortify for its security.” One fence equals one point. – William O. Felsman Woodland Hills But it was true Re “Change-agent Dowd” and “Ignore the negative” (Your Opinions, July 12): News flash, boys: Everything Maureen Dowd has ever said about the Bush bunch has proved to be true. We have invaded and occupied a country based on manipulated and false intelligence, and everyone who spoke the truth – from CIA agents to generals to U.N. weapons inspectors – has been fired or trashed by the right, or should I say by the “Reich”? The last time a group of uberpatriots so zealously defended their “family-values” way of life was before the bunker was blown up in 1945. – Chuck Heinold West Hills Truth in advertising Re “Zine responds” (Your Opinions, July 11): I’m glad Dennis Zine takes action. Whether writing a letter to the Daily News or spearheading a new civic program, he is often the only City Council member who seems to have a grain of common sense. But let’s not kid ourselves. If these trailers advertised a new housing development or housed illegal aliens selling fruit, they’d still be there. The problem in this case was they rightfully advertised the lack of police protection and the City Council incompetence in Los Angeles. – Michael Guetzow Woodland Hills Wrong sad story Re “Just too sad” (Your Opinions, July 11): Millie Derose’s description of the sad elephant featured in Huell Howser’s PBS program is not the story of Gita, who died at the Los Angeles Zoo. The elephant on that program was named Nita, and Huell visited her with her former owner in 1988. Gita had been at the L.A. Zoo since 1959. Yes, it is a sad story, but facts should have been checked before more readers are confused about the two elephants. – Arline Arnold Burbank Pork and pearls Eleven years after Congress signed the Contract with America, our government has failed to deliver what that contract promised – a smaller, more efficient government. Federal spending ballooned from $1.5 trillion in 1995 to $2.5 trillion in 2005 – 67 percent. Waste, fraud and abuse are rampant. And the dangerous, explosive growth of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have virtually been ignored by both Democrats and Republican administrations. What we need in our nation’s capital are more statesman and fewer politicians who, like ancient rajahs, throw pearls to their constituents to ensure re-election. Example: the multimillion-dollar bridge to nowhere in Alaska. – Sid Conkwright Van Nuys New “heroes” Re “Why Tom is angry” (Your Opinions, July 12): My 1966 dictionary defines hero as: “A man distinguished for exceptional courage, fortitude or bold enterprise, especially in time of war or danger.” My 1996 dictionary defines hero as: “A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble quality.” Tell us, please: Where do you find these qualities in your “heroes” who do in life what they love to do and get paid a humongous amount of money? – Dante F. Rochetti West Hills Kicking the addiction Re “Tesla’s birthday” (Your Opinions, July 11): I am pleased that Edson Johnson recognized Tesla’s birthday and his achievements. A company named after him, Tesla Motors, is launching an electric vehicle on July 20. As a birthday tribute, a visit to the Web site at www.teslamotors.com is recommended. We all need to get serious about kicking our addiction to oil. – Kenneth Elsey North Hills Beating the crowd Re “Tesla’s birthday” (Your Opinions, July 11): Yes, we should observe the anniversary of the birthday of history’s greats. The statement that without Tesla we would still be living in the middle of the 19th century is ridiculous. One person or more would have come along around that time, or soon after, to duplicate Tesla’s achievements. When the science and technology are ripe, an invention or theory will appear. Some people are smart enough to beat the crowd. – Leonard McGinnis Granada Hills Quiet again Re “Block party fireworks” (Your Opinions, July 10): I’m so glad that Bob Wilson got to see a legal fireworks display. What I have a problem with are all the illegal fireworks, as in bottle rockets and firecrackers that you see kids and parents firing off out on the street in front of their houses. I am pretty sure these are illegal, and they’re usually loud. I just have a problem with all the people who start firing them off days before or after the Fourth. Now at least that has stopped. Now my nights are filled with the sound of street racers along Platt again. At least it’s a little quieter. – Sue Abrano West Hills Told you so OK, discussion over. Tax cuts work. The economy is surging since then – since then, not from the Clinton/Gore inherited recession. Please, get the dates straight, naysayers. Who’s paying the freight on increased revenues? Why, it’s those evil wealthy and big corporations. Deficits can’t be reduced with tax cuts? Wrong again. Even with the war, Katrina, etc., they’re lower than projected. Tax cuts worked under Kennedy and under Reagan. They worked now under Bush. Now, if we could get our elected officials on both sides of the aisle to curtail their bad spending habits, I’d be an even happier man. But for now, I’m happy. The debate on global warming? Sorry, Al, still open for discussion. But tax cuts? Case closed. – Roger Olsen Burbank160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bank robber hails a cab for getaway

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Who says you can never get a taxi when you need one? That definitely wasn’t the case Tuesday morning for a bank robber who made his getaway in a cab. “I think they use that in the movies,” LAPD Officer Karen Smith said. “It sounds pretty Hollywood.” The heist happened at 10:50 a.m. at the Gilmore Bank branch, 110 S. Fairfax Ave., next to The Grove shopping center, Smith said. 160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The man showed no weapon and no one was injured, Smith said. Calling the man’s getaway uncommon, Smith said it was not the first time a thief fled a crime scene in a taxi.last_img read more

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Low-fat diets may prevent return of breast cancer

first_imgSAN ANTONIO – The first experiment ever to show that low-fat diets could help prevent a return of breast cancer now reveals, with longer follow-up, that the benefit was almost exclusively to women whose tumor growth was not driven by hormones. That could be huge – the new results suggest but cannot prove that these women might be able to cut their risk of dying by up to 66 percent with such diets. “That’s as great or better than any treatment intervention that we’ve given” for this type of cancer, which is notoriously hard to treat, said Dr. C. Kent Osborne of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who had no role in the study. However, for women whose cancers are fueled by hormones – the vast majority of breast cancer patients – the diet change seemed to make little difference in the risk of recurrence or survival. Questions remained about whether those who did benefit truly were helped by cutting fat or by the weight loss that resulted. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see“Maybe it raises as many issues as it answers,” said John Milner, chief of nutrition science research for the National Cancer Institute, which paid for the first phase of the study. Initial findings from the study were reported at a cancer conference in 2005 and will appear in this week’s Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Updated results with longer follow-up on many of the original participants were presented Saturday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The mixed results were a surprise because doctors had expected all women to benefit, said Dr. Rowan Chlebowski of the University of California at Los Angeles, who led the work. Hormones might play such a strong role in some cancers that dietary changes have only weak impact on future risk, experts said. The study involved 2,437 women with early stage breast cancer, average age 58, at 39 sites around the country. All had surgery followed by chemotherapy and five years of tamoxifen if their tumors were hormone-fueled. At the start of the study, 29 percent of their calories came from fat – 10 percent to 12 percent lower than the typical American diet. Doctors told 1,462 of them to continue their normal diets. The other 975 had counseling with dietitians to cut fat to around 20 percent of daily calories. The diet group averaged 33.3 grams of fat a day compared to 51.3 grams for the others, and lost five to six pounds during the study. Five years later, cancer had returned in 9.8 percent of the diet group and 12.4 percent of those on standard diets, which translated to a modest 24 percent lower risk for the group as a whole. But the result barely reached statistical significance, meaning that the difference almost could have occurred by chance alone. The new results, with longer followup, put the difference for the overall group at 21 percent and even weaker statistically. Researchers’ ability to study the women beyond the first five years was hampered by the federal grant running out. Two charities – the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the American Institute for Cancer Research – gave money so they could resume. However, there was a huge difference in the subgroup of women whose tumors were fueled by neither estrogen nor progesterone. Only 6 percent on low-fat diets died compared with 17 percent of the others. That translated to 66 percent lower risk of death for those who trimmed fat. Was the benefit due to weight loss, eating more fruits and vegetables or something else? Researchers do not know. “When you change the diet, you’re probably changing thousands of circulating proteins that could interact with other targets,” like insulin, that might impact cancer risk in different ways depending on hormones, Chlebowski said. “Excess calories, be they fat or otherwise, are associated with cancer risk,” Milner said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Builders Warehouse opens in Botswana

first_img13 October 2011South African DIY and home improvement chain Builders Warehouse has made its first foray outside South Africa with the opening of a new store in Gaborone, Botswana.The store, which opened at the Airport Junction Shopping Centre in Gaborone last month, aims to give customers in the city a new shopping experience by offering a wide selection of quality building materials and home improvement products.“As the largest home improvement retailer in the industry in South Africa, we are delighted to be opening in Gaborone,” Massbuild CEO Llewellyn Walters said at the store opening, which was attended by Botswana’s Labour and Home Affairs Minster Peter Siele and Assistant Trade and Industry Minister Vincent Seretse.“We look forward to bringing customers the best choice at the lowest possible prices, with exceptional service delivery thanks to our enthusiastic, experienced and committed staff.”Corporate social responsibilityCustomer appetite for the Builders Warehouse offering was re-enforced with opening sales that far exceeded targeted expectations.According to the statement, Builders Warehouse encourages continuous engagement and participation with the local communities that it serves and is specifically committed to supporting and promoting initiatives that focus on educational sustainability.Builders Warehouse Gaborone donated 20 000 pula each to Ikageng primary School, Tswaragano Primary School, Moamogwe Primary School, while the company’s staff visited each of the schools and have directly assisted them with minor revamping, gardening and painting.The chain store is a part of Massmart, which also owns retail chain stores like Game, Makro and Dion Wired. The world’s largest retailer, US-based Walmart, acquired a 51% stake in Massmart for R16.5-billion in May this year.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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$300K Organized Retail Crime Ring Targeting Big Box Retailers Busted

first_imgThe Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) says it busted a theft ring hitting Target stores and Home Depot stores across the state of Florida and around the southeast.Agents believe the suspects committed more than 150 thefts valued at more than $300,000, saying as many as 90 of the thefts were in Florida. FDLE hauled more than a dozen boxes of evidence in for a news conference Monday afternoon. Investigators say Usman Ali was the ring leader of the thefts. They say he and his crew stole everything from breast pumps to Nicorette to Rogaine and WiFi-enabled light dimmers.Special Agent Lee Massie says Ali would bring barcode stickers for $8 and $20 items and put them over the barcodes of goods costing much more. “A smart-lighting dimmer switch kit which sold for $100, a WiFi smart thermostat that sold for what would retail for $200 and a home wifi system selling for nearly $300 retail,” Massie said.- Sponsor – He says Ali would put the items in a cart then leave the cart in the store and call one of his associates who would them come in and find the cart. Surveillance video shows the other suspects pushing carts and checking out, looking like normal shoppers. Once out of the store, FDLE says the goods were all given to Ali and that he’d take them home and sell them on eBay. According to FDLE, Ali would sell the items for just a few dollars less than regular retail prices… Fox51 News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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