TORONTO — Discount retailer Walmart says it will soon offer premium Lord & Taylor fashion brands on its American website.Walmart says the flagship Lord & Taylor online department store is expected to launch on Walmart.com in spring 2018.Spokeswoman Denise Incandela says the company’s goal is to create a premium fashion destination as the chain’s customers are searching its website for higher-end items.She says Walmart is starting with fashion as it expands its online business to include specialized and premium shopping experiences.The company says Lord & Taylor will be able to reach exponentially more shoppers through a dedicated store on Walmart’s website and app than through its own online presence.The Hudson’s Bay Co. acquired Lord & Taylor, an American department store founded in 1826 that now has 50 locations in the U.S., in 2012.
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Scene from Grand Theft Auto VCredit:Photo/Rockstar Games/AP Grand Theft Auto V Credit:Mike Blake/REUTERS The VSC, which classifies suitable age groups for games, admits that the 1980’s legislation it is meant to uphold “could not foresee the arrival of the online world”. Consequently, the legislation and age classification system only applies to “physical or boxed products” sold over the counter. It is largely powerless to stop foreign website selling downloads or streaming brutal games to children who have access to a credit card or online payment system.Last night, Lorin LaFave, the mother of Breck Bednar, 14, who was murdered in Surrey after being targeted by his killer while playing online games, called on ministers to make legislation suitable for the 21st Century.“If children are normalised to the violence they view in games that are inappropriate for their age group, this could lead them to become desensitised, and possibly dangerous,” she said.“Breck’s killer seemed to blur the lines of death being real and permanent, just like in violent games, and so didn’t value life. Age ratings must be adhered to whether a hardcopy or streamed version is purchased. We must insist that government and industry make efforts to achieve this very important goal for the safety of all.” Britain’s video games watchdog has failed to ban a single violent game as campaigners warn that laws are not keeping up with advances in technology.Children’s charities and relatives of those killed by murderers thought to be acting out violent scenes from games are calling for an urgent review of rules meant to prevent young people obtaining the most gratuitously brutal games over the internet.The Video Standards Council (VSC) was accused by peers earlier this week of “not doing its job” after it emerged that it had not banned any violent games since it became the industry watchdog in 2012. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. When The Telegraph signed up to the website Steam, which has millions of visitors downloading games each day, it found a page featuring a video posted of a male showing off his “skills” with a butterfly knife. The knife was made after fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive asked an American company to manufacture one similar to that used by the game’s character who goes on a “killing spree”.Earlier this year, Acting Chief Inspector Stuart Weaver from Suffolk Police warned that teenagers were more prone to violence as if “living in a Playstation world”.In 2013, a gang of knife-wielding teenagers stabbed a schoolboy to death in a Tube station, something police blamed on a “blurring between the real world and the computer world”.An NSPCC spokesperson said: “We have long called for sites, apps and games to better protect all children using their platforms. They need legally enforceable universal safety standards that are built in from the start. And websites who fail to meet these standards should be sanctioned and fined by an independent regulator.”A spokeswoman for the Internet Watch Foundation, which works to remove online child sex abuse images, warned that the “internet moves at a fast and ever-changing pace”.“We know that it is an absolute necessity that regulators move with the times in order to make the internet safer and that there is something in place to protect children at all levels on the internet.”A VSC spokesman said the reasons downloadable games are not subject to legal controls was because it is “extremely difficult” to enforce legislation on foreign websites. Instead sites rely on the use of credit cards or PayPal accounts as proof of age.A Department for Culture Media and Sport spokesman said: “As part of our Internet Safety Strategy, the Government is working with industry and the VSC to improve online safety in games, which includes online purchases of age-restricted video games by children.”Last year, the VSC categorised 146 out of 498 video games as for over 18s only. Lord Laming, who led investigations into the deaths of Victoria Climbie and Baby P, said this internet loophole was putting children at risk.“Technology is moving ahead of our laws and procedures which is leaving young people particularly vulnerable.“To include violence as part of a game gives children the impression that it’s not only normal behaviour but fun. To portray dreadful acts as appropriate for a game is completely wrong.”