Jefferson pours 41 as Alaska staves off late Rain or Shine rally

first_img‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Shawn Taggart still kept ROS afloat, drilling a huge three with 8.6 seconds left to cut the deficit to 103-101, before Casio iced the game with a pair of freebies.Taggart topped Rain or Shine with 40 points and 14 rebounds, while Jericho Cruz had 11 markers, three boards, and three dimes.Tolomia sank all of his nine points in the fourth period, but that couldn’t stop the Elasto Painters from falling to their second straight loss and fall to 3-2.The scores:ALASKA 105 – Jefferson 41, Casio 16, Thoss 15, Abueva 11, Racal 6, Enciso 5, Exciminiano 3, Andrada 3, Pascual 2, Cruz 2, Mendoza 1.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESCory Jefferson nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer with 30.1 seconds left as Alaska doused Rain or Shine’s fiery fightback, 105-102, to stay unbeaten in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jefferson fired 41 points and had 13 rebounds, and three assists to lead the Aces to their fourth win in as many games and grab a share of the lead with Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu RAIN OR SHINE 102 – Taggart 40, Cruz 11, Tolomia 9, Yap 8, Norwood 8, Chan 7, Belga 6, Almazan 4, Washington 4, Tiu 3, Ponferrada 2, Ahanmisi 0.Quarters: 26-29, 50-44, 80-71, 105-102.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media JVee Casio added 16 markers, four of which were the game-sealing free throws, on top of eight assists, and two boards.“Cory hit some big shots. That’s what you’d like to see your import do. And any point guard in the world is expected to make those free throws and that’s what JVee did for us,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSonny Thoss chipped in 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists as Alaska had redemption in a rematch of last year’s Finals in the same conference.The Elasto Painters had a chance to score after Jefferson’s huge bucket late but Mike Tolomia, who anchored the team’s huge rally from 14 points down, lost the ball when he made a baseline drive with 23.1 ticks remaining. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ateneo gets confidence boost ahead of DLSU tiff with UE romp Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot View commentslast_img read more

Digicel launches “Bring The Beat” Summer DJ competition

first_imgDigicel launched its dynamic competition called “Bring The Beat” summer DJ competition on Thursday, giving would-be participants a period of one week to register.The launch of this Digicel competition is expected to connect passions that unite audiences and much more. It will be branded with the face of none other than Jumo Primo, Guyana’s popular Soca artiste. According to Digicel Head of Marketing, Jacqueline James, the registration period will begin today and close on Friday. July 22, 2016. Registration forms can be found on the company’s Facebook page.This competition is aimed at targeting young aspiring DJs, both male and female, who are familiar with Serato and Virtual DJ as it will allow DJs to show their versatility, mixing skills, microphone skills and perform the music, not just play it.The format of the competition will see all DJs having to do a live five minutes demo on set, which will be posted on social media (YouTube) where persons will vote for their favourite.The elimination process will be a weekly one.James noted that the prizes will consist of a Pioneer DJ console and over $1 million in cash and other gift items.last_img read more

Some LAX questions FAA should answer

first_imgFOR two terrible days last week, LAX passengers endured confinement in immobilized airplanes, long delays in terminals, overwhelmed bathrooms and a whole series of similar insults. Most of these passengers will be happy if they never again have to pass through Los Angeles International Airport. This supersized snafu had nothing to do with runway capacity or safety, nor with issues over which local officials have any control. It now appears that one federal computer caused the entire mess. Luckily, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Marion Blakey is scheduled to visit Los Angeles this week. But is Blakey coming to talk about how to make our airport run more efficiently? Not a chance. She has been invited by a coalition of local business organizations sponsoring yet another expansion of Everyone’s Favorite Airport. When Administrator Blakey arrives, she may land on a runway that airport officials keep claiming – without a shred of evidence – is unsafe. Ignoring the fact that the FAA itself only last year agreed that there is not a safety issue on the north side of LAX, advocates of expansion have been arguing for months that we need to tear down local businesses, impact homes, and spend well over $1 billion to move runways into Westchester and Playa del Rey because of “safety.” For at least the next decade, the few airlines that will operate the huge new Airbus 380 have predicted fewer than 15 flights of these aircraft each day, a tiny fraction of the hundreds of total flights currently operating each day at LAX. The vast majority of airlines will never operate the giant plane; the vast majority of passengers will never fly in one. One runway at LAX can already take the A380. If the FAA wants to spend $1 billion for more runways for this handful of flights, who is going to foot the bill? For over a year, businesses and residents threatened by this new “safety” plan to move the north runway farther into their communities have asked the FAA for hard data showing that there is a north airfield safety problem. The only available data show that almost all runway incursions are on the south runways, and that incidents on the north runways were caused by human error, not airfield configuration. When will the FAA show us proof of a safety risk or go fix the real problems? Administrator Blakey’s visit is the perfect time to answer these questions, if only she will do so. Ruth Galanter is former member of the Los Angeles City Council.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Blakey’s upcoming visit offers LAX travelers, businesses and neighbors the opportunity to put this safety issue to rest and get on with making the airport terminals more efficient and comfortable for those who use them. Here are the questions FAA needs to answer: If the northern runways are unsafe, why is the FAA allowing them to operate? On the day Blakey arrives, an estimated 700 flights will take off and land from those runways. By allowing those flights, did the FAA put passenger lives at risk? If the FAA is concerned for safety on the north airfield specifically, when will it call for a comprehensive federal study of that problem? When airlines raised questions about safety on the south airfield, the FAA worked with Los Angeles World Airports and NASA on a two-year comprehensive study, including simulated runway incursions. Why hasn’t the FAA done the same for the north airfield? last_img read more

Cops nab murder suspect in West L.A.

first_imgPolice have arrested one of the men wanted for a brutal park stabbing that left a 33-year-old homeless man dead, authorities said today. Quinn Marez, 18, of Northridge, was spotted last night exiting a bus in West Los Angeles about 10 p.m., said Detective Mike Fesperman, of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire Division. “We had suspicion he was in the area,” Fesperman said. “He tried to run away but he was taken into custody.” The other man wanted in the stabbing death of Daniel Edward Koch is Justin Thalheimer, 18, of Northridge. Thalheimer is still being sought, Fesperman said. The men are accused of stabbing Koch after an argument at Limekiln Canyon Park on Aug. 25 or 26. The three men apparently knew one another and had been drinking when an argument broke out, police said. Koch was found face down in a creek. Described by his family as a free spirit engaged on a “Mystery Tour,” Koch graduated from Alemany High School in Mission Hills and studied art at California State University, Northridge. 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

This incredible stat sums up Zinedine Zidane’s time at Real Madrid

first_img 6. Zidane’s sixth trophy versus his sixth defeat – Trophy number six: Super Cup, August 8, 2017
Defeat number six: Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona, April 23, 2017 5. Zidane’s fifth trophy versus his fifth defeat – Trophy number five: 2016/17 La Liga title
Defeat number five: Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid, February 22, 2017 1. Zinedine Zidane’s first trophy versus his first defeat – click the arrow above, right, to check out each of the seven trophies and losses the Frenchman has experienced at Real Madrid – Trophy number one: UEFA Champions League, May 28, 2016
Defeat number one: Real Madrid 0-1 Atletico Madrid, February 27, 2016 7 2. Zidane’s second trophy versus his second defeat – Trophy number two: UEFA Super Cup, August 9, 2016
Defeat number two: Wolfsburg 2-0 Real Madrid, April 6, 2016 (Champions League quarter-final) 7 7 3. Zidane’s third trophy versus his third defeat – Trophy number three: FIFA Club World Cup, December 18, 2016
Defeat number three: Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid, January 15, 2017 7 7 4. Zidane’s fourth trophy versus his fourth defeat – Trophy number four: UEFA Champions League, June 3, 2017
Defeat number four: Real Madrid 1-2 Celta Vigo, January 18, 2017 (Copa del Rey, quarter-final) 7 From 90 matches in charge of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane has the most stunning of records.After winning the Supercopa de España over fierce rivals Barcelona earlier this week, the Frenchman has now won as many trophies as he has lost games: seven.So talkSPORT.com couldn’t resist taking a looking at this record, detailing the silverware he has claimed during his tenure so far and the defeats he has suffered.Scroll through the gallery above to check out Zidane’s success. 7 7. Zidane’s seventh trophy versus his seventh defeat – Trophy number seven: Supercopa de España, 16 August 2017
Defeat number seven: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid, May 10, 2017 (Champions League semi-final)last_img read more

Celtic’s Anthony Stokes set to snub loan move to Dundee United

first_imgAnthony Stokes is unlikely to move to Dundee United despite the Tannadice club agreeing a loan move with Celtic. Mixu Paatelainen revealed that the clubs had agreed terms with the Scottish champions to take the forward until the end of the season.However, STV understands that the player is keen to leave Scotland and play in England, with a host of Championship clubs interested in securing him on loan.Hibernian and Inverness CT had also expressed an interest in the 27-year-old, who has fallen out of favour with the Scottish Premiership champions this season. The Terrors are currently slumped at the foot of the top-flight table, with Paatelainen recently bemoaning their lack of cutting edge in front of goal.“A lot of clubs have been in contact who want to have Stokesy on their team,” Celtic boss Ronny Deila said on Wednesday.“It’s important for everybody he finds himself, gets some good performances and can then perform for Celtic again.“Does he still have a Celtic future? Yeah, everybody has that. “He has a contract with the club and Stokesy knows the things he has to take care of.“Hopefully he will get a good run of games, score some goals and get back in good confidence and the best shape he can be in.”last_img read more

GAA confirms throw-in time for Leitrim’s Croke Park final

first_imgThe GAA have confirmed the throw-in time for Leitrim’s Lory Meagher Cup final on Saturday fortnight.The game against Warwickshire will throw-in at Croke Park at 1pm, and will be followed by the Nicky Rackard and Christy Ring Cup finals in a triple-header.Armagh and Derry clash in the Rackard final at 3pm, with Antrim and Carlow contesting the Ring final at 5pm.Here’s Leitrim boss Martin Cunniffe speaking to Ocean FM after last weekend’s decisive defeat of Sligo…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Martin-Cunniffe-Clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Louis Maqhubela’s art comes home

first_imgLouis Maqhubela, Composition, 1972. Oil on paper. 51.7 x 58.7 cm. Collection: Johannesburg Art Gallery (Image: The Heritage Agency)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Jo-Anne DugganThe Heritage Agency+27 83 285 3600 RELATED ARTICLES • House firing up Swazi art scene • South African art • Beautiful Game caught on canvas • Art for all at Joburg art fair• Top price for Tretchi paintingChris ThurmanIf, as the Biblical saying has it, a prophet is never recognised in his own country, then it seems the same is true of artists living in exile. Many South African writers, actors, musicians and visual artists who left the country to escape the constraints of apartheid were acclaimed in their adopted countries but were largely forgotten at home.This, certainly, seems to have been the case with Durban-born Louis Khehla Maqhubela. Resident in London since the 1970s, Maqhubela has only occasionally had his work prominently exhibited in the land of his birth; consequently, its significance in both the development of so-called township art and what might be termed modernist abstraction in South African art has rarely been acknowledged.All that is changing thanks to A Vigil of Departure, a retrospective exhibition covering Maqhubela’s career over the course of half a century. In her catalogue essay and the material accompanying the exhibition, curator Marilyn Martin – director of art collections for Iziko Museums of Cape Town – situates the artist’s output within a fascinating biographical narrative.While still a teenager at a Soweto high school, Maqhubela attracted attention for his experiments with watercolour and oil paints, charcoal and ink.In the late 1950s, he enrolled as a student at the Polly Street Art Centre in central Johannesburg – a vitally important establishment in South African art history where, under the mentorship of Cecil Skotnes and others, talented young black artists mastered their technique and were given a platform for promoting their work.Maqhubela – who contributed to the Homage to Skotnes portfolio paying tribute to this elder statesman of South African art after he died in 2009 – has described Polly Street as “our magical password, our ID, to break into the exclusive echelons of the Johannesburg art scene”.Once he was part of that scene, Maqhubela was identified by various reviewers as “an artist of great imaginative strength” who demonstrated “a boldness and control of composition”. At that stage, his paintings were predominantly depictions of everyday life in what was then becoming a generic setting, the black township created by racial segregation.This form of township art has become somewhat denigrated by critics who see it as a formulaic and clichéd theme among many black South African artists. Martin is one of those who affirms the limitations of the genre, and she places greater value on the work that Maqhubela would subsequently produce.Nonetheless, visitors to the exhibition should not gloss over the early pieces. For one thing, township art from the 1950s and 60s valuably documents certain details from this period that might otherwise fall away from our collective memory. Maqhubela’s 1961 watercolour One Bottle One Orange is good example.There are also striking images such as the haunting charcoal drawing Little black boy lost in a white wood, and photographs of the mosaics that Maqhubela produced for various public spaces in Soweto.Turning pointThe years 1966 and 1967 marked a turning point in Maqhubela’s career: he was awarded first prize in the annual competition hosted by Johannesburg’s Adler Fielding Gallery and spent three months in Europe. During this trip he encountered the work of Paul Klee and other European artists, who would prove to have a strong influence on him; he also met South African expatriate artists such as Gerard Sekoto and Douglas Portway.Martin notices an immediate shift in Maqhubela’s style upon his return to the country: paintings such as A Township Scene and Houses and Fences from 1968 veer away from mimetic representation. Maqhubela would increasingly focus on the inherent aesthetic appeal of colour, line, shape and form – abstraction as opposed to realism.Of course, there are numerous pieces pre-dating the trip to Europe that indicate the artist’s fascination with geometry and fragmentation: his portraits Labourers, Wood Collectors and Man and Dog, for instance, along with the prize-winning work itself, Peter’s Denial. One could argue that his European experiences did not so much change his style as confirm an already-existing, albeit latent, inclination.Confident artistIn the 1970s Maqhubela produced a steady stream of untitled compositions in which he dabbled with combinations of shapes, colours and textures overscored by long, unbroken, shaky black lines that sometimes do and sometimes do not trace the outlines of identifiable figures. From the 1980s onwards, there is evidence of brighter and bolder brushwork – a confident abstract artist making the most of his palette.It would not, however, be fair to say that Maqhubela’s abstract work is simply a revelling in aesthetic delight. His paintings and etchings give expression to a complex symbolic universe. The recurrent images of birds and fish seem to be allusions to Christian metaphors for aspects of religious faith.Maqhubela has, from a young age, been a disciple of Rosicrucianism, that somewhat obscure but potent enquiry into esoteric knowledge and enlightenment. As such, his triangles and circles are not simply geometric forms but sacred images, manifestations of “beautiful, simple, universal laws”.While Maqhubela recalls that “abstract art by a black practitioner was a declaration of war against being stereotyped”, he is also insistent that abstraction is not a mode of expression exclusive to European modernism – far from it.“Abstraction has, for centuries, always been Africa’s premier form of expression,” he declares. Looking at recent works such as Ndebele Gate, Shield, Inyoka (isiZulu, meaning “snake”) and the Isiqhaza series (designs for Zulu round earrings), it’s hard to disagree with him.These resonances help to elucidate the title of the exhibition. Maqhubela feels that, even though he has lived abroad – in Spain and then England – since 1973, his imagination continues to be fired by South African cultural traditions and current affairs alike. He has been “keeping a vigil” for his homeland. Now, thanks to Martin and others, South African art lovers are able to return the favour.A Vigil of Departure showed at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg until 18 September and will be on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town from October before moving to the Durban Art Gallery in February 2011. read more

Social Networks gaining on Internet portals

first_imgUS Web stats company Compete has some interesting analysis on how Social Networking sites compare to portals. From asample size of around 2 million US people, Compete concludes that social networkingsites are quickly approaching the traffic level of the big portals like Google and Yahoo.Their key findings:1. In June, 2 out of every 3 people online visited a social networking site2. Since January 2004, the number of people visiting or taking part in one of the toponline social networks has grown by over 109%3. Social networking sites are now close to eclipsing traffic to the giants – Googleand YahooThey liken the growth of SNS to email in the 90’s. A couple of charts fromCompete: Given my recent coverage of international markets, it’d be interesting to see how thelikes of Bebo fits into this picture – as Bebo recently overtook MySpace as the top SNS in the UK. Compete’s stats are US-only, but in any case it’s clear that all trendspoint to SNS sites overtaking the Internet portals – sooner rather thanlater. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Statistics#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Active Shooter: Is Having A Plan Enough?

first_imgActive shooter incidents continue to occur at an alarming rate. In fact, FBI studies indicate that since the Columbine incident in 1999, active shooter incidents have steadily increased both in frequency and the number of victims involved.These tragic events remind each of us of the unpredictable nature of troubled minds and the vulnerability that comes with getting caught up in chance circumstances. We grieve for the innocent lives lost and the heartbreak of families shattered. We speculate the motives behind violent exploits and mindless vengeance.But we also internalize the threat and struggle with the realization that we, or our loved ones, could have just as easily filled the faces of the victims. Is your store’s active shooter plan enough?- Sponsor – An active shooter is an armed person engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, one who continues to do so while having access to additional victims. In most cases, there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. These situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly, often with the shooter continuing to move throughout the area until stopped by law enforcement, suicide, or other intervention.Active shooter incidents don’t happen often, but casualties are increasing. However, the circumstances leading to the confrontation can vary significantly. Understanding how to react if confronted with an active shooter situation is critical. These decisions can literally mean the difference between life and death.If you are in harm’s way, you will need to decide rapidly what the safest course of action is based on the scenario that is unfolding. However, regardless of the specific situation, our goals remain the same:We want to survive the confrontation, We want to reduce the risk that the individual will use the weapon, and We want to minimize the opportunity for anyone to get hurt.What is the potential threat for incidents in the retail environment? According to 2014 statistics gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 40 percent of all active shooter events take place in business locations, including retail stores, office buildings, and warehouses. That places retail among the most frequent locations for active shooter attacks. The threat is real, and the concerns are legitimate.However, our concerns don’t stop there. When responding to an active shooter incident, these same FBI reports note that it typically takes law enforcement seven to ten minutes to arrive on scene. In contrast, it takes active shooters on average three to five minutes to accomplish their intended objectives. Most often, the event is over before assistance arrives.So realistically, who are the first responders? Who carries the burden of following a plan, mitigating the risk, and protecting lives? That responsibility falls on the shoulders of our loss prevention teams, our managers, and our associates. We must have a practical and actionable plan in place to help protect our associates and customers, and keep everyone as safe as possible until help can arrive.The Importance of a Plan “You need to have a plan, and practice the plan,” says Jeremiah Hart, lead instructor and senior analyst at the Force Training Institute. “Planning to have a plan is not a plan. There’s a need for leadership. It’s important that we take the appropriate steps to ensure our people are prepared and put the plan in motion.”Research indicates that practice and preparation are critical when responding to incidents that involve workplace violence, especially when dealing with situations involving a weapon. When faced with a traumatic, highly stressful situation, an untrained response can be unpredictable and may put us at greater risk. As the situation unfolds, our stress can mount and our anxiety can intensify. Rash or impulsive responses can lead to poor decisions and regretful outcomes.What we need is a practical and responsible plan of action that helps guide us through these traumatic situations. Practice and preparation can help us organize our thoughts. It can have a significant impact on the end result by helping us to overcome some of our initial anxiety, recall valuable information that can help us through the situation, help prepare us for the situation we are facing, and ultimately build the foundation that supports our commitment to act. Knowing how to respond is the first step in keeping everyone safe.Hart has worked with numerous retail organizations and Fortune 500 companies to create and implement active shooter mitigation programs. He is also a police sergeant in Los Angeles County and has testified as an expert in law enforcement training, policies, procedures, and use-of-force issues.LP Magazine sat down with Hart, who offered many valuable insights that can improve our active shooter programs and help save lives.Many retailers today have put plans to paper. We put great effort into taking the necessary steps to spell out what may happen, where we should go, who we should contact, and how we should respond. We then provide the plan to the stores, where the information is shared with the team. On paper, the plan may appear to be strong, reasonable, and strategic. But is it? Do we consistently take the next step?The Value of Practical Training“To create a true culture of safety, there has to be a common-sense approach,” said Hart. “Talking about the issue is a good step, but practical training is more valuable. Following the steps and practicing simple techniques that can be recalled under stress can save lives.”Hart strongly urges that we need to take the time and make the effort to validate that the plan works, and ensure that our teams know how to respond. This has to go beyond a plan that is committed to paper, or simply sending a document, policy, or file that our associates sign acknowledging it has been read and received. This must be approached as an actionable learning experience.“During a crisis, people don’t typically rise to expectations, but fall to the level of their training,” he said. “Abnormal responses to abnormal situations are normal responses.” Although our plans may be reasonable and strategic, we must consider that such situations are not; simply reviewing a written active shooter plan may not lead to the results that we expect. We can’t assume that people are going to react in the manner that we anticipate just because we provide them with a document that describes how we believe they should respond.For example, we may tell our associates to run or hide during an active shooter incident, which experts tell us is the correct initial response.However, as an actual active shooter situation unfolds, stress mounts, and anxiety intensifies. This may lead to confusion, panic, disbelief, denial, and even a feeling of helplessness. Especially if we haven’t been adequately trained, we may react to this in different ways, and running or hiding may not necessarily be our initial reaction. In fact, freezing can be a common response.Practical training and simple exercises can help commit actions to memory, stress that employees need to run, and help others who may freeze. Even if it’s simply the importance of yelling, “Run!” to others as they flee the scene, these exercises can save lives.“We tell our people to be aware of gunfire, but do they actually recognize the sound of gunfire? Very few people do. It’s not like on television. It can sound like a balloon popping, a pounding hammer, or other construction sounds that are very common in store locations. Also, gunshots can sound different depending on the environment. The sound may be different in a big-box store versus a small store, in the mall space, as well as inside versus outside. Employees should also know what gunfire smells like.”Hart suggests contacting law enforcement agencies and requesting that they visit during off hours with employees in attendance and shoot off blanks in different environments. These types of exercises can provide opportunities for multiple stores or companies to attend, improve rapport, and further build relationships with other store teams, local police, and other emergency responders.It may be emphasized in our training guidelines that if you’re going to hide, lock the door behind you and barricade it when possible. But as simple as this may sound, employees may experience difficulty under stress. Some struggle locking the door, especially if it’s a door that’s not familiar to them. Some doors in our facilities simply may not have locks.Hart also recalled an incident at a hospital where he asked a nurse, “Show me where you would go and what you would do if you encountered a shooter.” She pointed to a room and said that she would move a heavy filing cabinet against the door. However, not only was the cabinet too heavy for her to move on her own, when they tried to move it together they discovered it was bolted to the floor. How might such decisions play out in a real-life active shooter situation? A simple walk-through with employees doesn’t take much time but can be extremely valuable.Every plan should consider the design and limitations of the location in addition to the potential response of customers and employees. While by no means all-inclusive, here are some additional questions that should be answered as part of practical active shooter training exercises: Are you familiar with all of the potential exits in your building? Are the exits clear?Do you have an escape route and plan in mind? Do you know where those exits go, and whether they take you out of the building? Where would you go once you exited the building?Are the floor plans for the building up-to-date? How would you respond if the shooter was on a different floor in the building? Would it matter which floor? Have you considered which rooms in the store would provide the greatest protection? Which would provide the least protection?Do you know which doors in the building have locks, and those that don’t? What kind of locks do the doors have? Key, push button, push and turn, or other? When choosing a place to hide, have you considered the difference between cover and concealment? Do you know how to quickly silence your cell phone? When should you come out of hiding? How would you respond if you were directly confronted by the shooter? How should you respond if confronted by a police officer?If asked to describe the shooter and the situation, what information would you provide?If you were to consider the layout of your store, the location of the store, the demographics of your typical customers, and the makeup of your employee teams, what additional questions should you ask?“Off the Shelf” Doesn’t WorkRetail is not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition, and that goes far beyond the size and shape of the store. When putting together the store, we have to consider the products that we sell and how the store needs to be put together, from how we deliver merchandise, how merchandise will be displayed, and how to best service our customers. We have to consider the market and demographics where the store is constructed. We look at the type of customers that our stores will attract. We have to determine the size of the staff, and how the staff will be best constructed to meet store and customer needs. We need to consider how to build our store management, as well as support teams and leadership both within the store and within our market areas. All of these factors, and many others, determine how the store will be put together and how it will operate. There is no single retail model because we sell different products and attract different customersWhy then would we assume that our active shooter strategies should be bought off the shelf and applied universally? A single model won’t collectively meet every need. The basics will apply, and the concepts will be similar, but the application will differ based on the dynamics of the store.Some stores may have a large support staff to include loss prevention, while others may only have a few employees running the entire store. Some stores may have vast areas to protect and multiple offices that are available, while others will have a small showroom and may not even have an office with a locking door. Incidents may not necessarily occur in a large department store. Active shooter incidents occur at grocery stores, convenience stores, and hardware stores. An active shooter incident at a Maryland mall occurred in a small surf shop with just a few employees.This only further emphasizes the need to construct an active shooter plan that best fits the store and the environment, and carrying out practical training exercises that will effectively protect our employees and our customers. Our model and strategy must fit our individual needs and teach our associates to appropriately respond based on the environment as well as the particular circumstances.See Something, Say Something“See something, say something” is a good reminder and a positive message. It reminds us to keep our eyes open and to speak up when something appears odd or out of place. By the same respect, it’s important to recognize what may be considered odd or out of place, and who should be told. “At Virginia Tech, the shooter was seen chaining doors closed just days before the 2007 massacre took place,” said Hart. “Those were actually his ‘training runs.’ Although witnesses later admitted thinking that the behavior and what they saw was odd, they didn’t report it.”Similarly, after other active shooter incidents witnesses have told investigators, “The guy wearing the hockey mask in the mall was a little strange,” and “The man wearing a heavy trench coat in an office building in June was weird,” but they paid little attention to what they saw. Do people shop that way? Does their dress and behavior fit the situation? If not, say something.“Hear something, say something” can be just as important. Hart cited the case of a car dealership manager who overheard a female employee tell a coworker, “If my ex comes into the showroom with a gun, you need to be my witness.” The manager didn’t act on the information. Later that day, the ex did enter the dealership, fatally shot the woman and the manager, and injured several others.Teaching employees what to say when calling 911 during an active shooter episode is vital and should be part of practical training sessions. State the facts and don’t make assumptions. For example: “There is a man in the store shooting at people. At least two people have been shot. He’s dressed in black and carrying a handgun.” Police can respond more quickly and appropriately when they have a clear understanding of the circumstances and the urgency of the situation.“Workers should also not come out of hiding places until instructed to do so,” said Hart. “While this could take hours, they should wait until the scene is secured. They don’t want to be mistaken as potential suspects rather than potential victims when law enforcement arrives on the scene.”Internalizing the MessageEvery active shooter training program carries similar intentions—to save lives and keep people safe. Some of the information may not be new, but the message should be clear. In these situations, we can’t afford to make assumptions. We should take every reasonable step to give our employees and our customers the best opportunity to survive these events. If we don’t have a program, we should. If we do have a program, it doesn’t hurt to take another look to make sure that we got it right.Hart himself has managed active shooter crime scenes. “Seeing the heartbreak and devastation in the families of the victims is overwhelming,” he says. “It’s real and it’s difficult. It stays with you as a harsh reminder. I decided that I would do everything in my power to avoid these types of tragedies from happening again.“Too many of us think that, ‘It’s never going to happen to me, it’s never going to happen here.’ We don’t want to talk about it. We don’t want to think about it. But if and when it does happen, we’ll count our blessings that we were prepared. When you share the gift of safety, people take that gift with them wherever they go.”This article was originally published in 2014 and was updated June 27, 2018.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more