AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis morning a baby bird fell out of its nest just outside the window that is near my desk. I watched it tumble from the dense pillow of twigs and leaves tucked into the eaves under the deck, falling a distance of 12 feet to the cement patio below.The mother bird dashed to the baby’s side, hopping in a circle around him. After a few stunned moments, the fledgling righted himself and faced her. She screeched at him, wings extended, beak thrust forward. I knew what she was saying: “Why did you sit so close to the edge? What were you doing? Wrestling with your brother? Didn’t I tell you…?” She flew up to the nest, leaving him behind. He hopped and chirped, unharmed, I was glad to see, staring up toward the eaves. There was no way for him to get back into the nest. He was on his own.My mind wandered to images of my youngest son, a college freshman, who had spent such long hours in his room last summer wearing headphones, listening to music and watching movies on his new laptop computer. He was my most dependent child, sitting on my lap when distressed even when his height surpassed mine by almost a foot, asking advice when performing simple tasks — “How much laundry detergent do I put in again?” — when he very well knew the answer. On the Mother’s Day card he signed last year, he wrote: “Good job raising me. I’m somewhat ready.” Was this child ready to leave the nest or did I rush him out? There was no way to be sure. Did he know how to open a bank account or write a check? Freshmen don’t write checks, I reminded myself. They have clever university ID cards that function as credit cards. Will he know how to slide his extra blanket into the pocket of the duvet I bought at Ikea? I was aware that there were vacuous black holes in my son’s mental database, holes that I should have filled before he left. But he was done listening. For now.My older son had made the transition to near-adulthood with only a few stumbles. When signing the lease for his first apartment, he had called home in a panic. “There’s a problem,” he reported from the rental office. “Utilities are not included.”“So what’s the problem?” I asked.“How will I read if there isn’t any electricity?”An embarrassing black hole, that one. He improved quickly, displaying mostly reasonable errors in judgment. He neglected to press the lid of the blender securely into place before pressing “whip” and spent hours washing ice cream residue from the ceiling fixture in his tiny kitchen. He was challenged to an unending war against a veritable army of ants that blackened his desk hunting the sugar-coated Sour Babies he’d left scattered beside his computer.The mother bird dropped down to the cement, dancing around her baby, chastising him with high-pitched chirps before flying away again. “Will he survive on his own?” I wondered. “Will he cry through the night?”I closed my eyes for a moment and listened to the stillness in my house. I missed the sound of my children. I tried to conjure the sound of my son’s ever-present high-pitched, tuneless whistle that was like a beacon when he was in the house, marking his location, but there was only quiet. I looked again out that window, scanning the cement patio, but the bird was already gone.Lisa K. Friedman is an essayist with two half-grown sons and a puppy who throws up in the car. Her work appears in the Huffington Post every Tuesday, and in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. She is the author of Nothing to Lose and Cruise to Retribution. (Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
EFE Los Che, who have lost three league games in a row, are working towards this weekend’s game against Las Palmas as they look to move away from the relegation places. They currently have a six point cushion. Among the other absentees was Paco Alcacer, who didn’t return to training on Monday after his participation in Spain’s goalless draw with Romania on Sunday. After three days off, it was Pako Ayestaran who took charge of the session at Paterna. Neville is due back on Wednesday after England’s friendly against Netherlands on Tuesday night. CEST 28/03/2016 at 20:47 Valencia’s first team squad returned to training on Monday in a session which was lacking their manager, Gary Neville, who remains with the England squad in his role as assistant manager.
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Active 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 now
In a shocking news, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Sunday removed as Rising Pune Supergiants skipper after just one season at the helm.Dhoni will now be replaced by young and dynamic Steve Smith as the leader of the team for the upcoming 10th edition of the Indian Premier League, starting April 5. (Also read: IPL 2017: Steve Smith replaces MS Dhoni as Rising Pune Supergiants captain)This is the first time that Dhoni has been sacked from the coveted post. He quit Test captaincy and retired from the format in December 2014 and in January this year stepped down from the top post of the limited-overs formats. The 35-year-old led India in 199 ODI and 72 T20Is, winning 110 and 42 matches respectively.WATCH FULL VIDEO HEREDhoni started his IPL journey as the captain of the Chennai Super Kings from the league’s inaugural season in 2008.Dhoni is the most successful IPL captain with 83 wins in 143 T20 matches. Before RPS, Dhoni led CSK in 129 matches with victories coming in 78 of them. However, he failed to weave the magic of his CSK stint at Pune. He could only manage five wins out of the 14 matches and the franchise finished seventh in the eight-team tournament.He is also one of the only three captains to have won the cash-rich T20 league twice. Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma are the other two.Under him, CSK won the IPL in 2010 and 2011 while the Champions League in 2010 and 2014. CSK also finished runners-up three times in the IPL.Dhoni’s captaincy timeline:advertisement2007: Leads India to T20 World Cup title2007: Becomes captain of India in ODIs2008: Takes over as Test captain from Anil Kumble2008: Named captain of Chennai Super Kings in IPL2009: Leads India to No.1 spot in Tests2011: Leads India to ODI World Cup title triumph2014-15: Steps down as Test captain ahead of final Test2016: Named captain of new IPL team Rising Pune Supergiants2017: Steps down as India’s ODI and T20 skipper2017: Replaced as RPS team captain
Lovren confident Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s Invinciblesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDejan Lovren is confident Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s 2003/04 unbeaten season.The Reds have gone 19 games without a single loss this season, but face a tough test against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Thursday night.Asked if Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s 2003-04 invincible season, Lovren said: “There are always records to beat. Everything is possible when you believe and you work hard.”Of course, you need the luck to go your way also, but why not? It is a challenge for us and every player here.”Will it be possible? Let’s see at the end of the season.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid boss Zidane delighted with Modric ‘cracker’by Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was delighted with Luka Modric’s goal for victory over Granada.Modric hit a screamer on the day.Zidane said, “I’m delighted for Modric. He scored a cracker. “He’s got that in his locker, three or four years ago he scored that very same goal in Granada. “He doesn’t always go for it, but with the shot that he’s got on him… he certainly should.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Vine/@StephLaurenThe half-court shot on the basketball version of ESPN’s College GameDay is often the highlight of the program, and that is definitely a fact for one lucky North Carolina student today. UNC junior Forrest Reynolds, who also serves as a student manager with the basketball program, took two very strong attempts before absolutely drilling his third shot, netting him $18,000.Kid just made the half court shot on College Gameday at UNC https://t.co/MqGH2psO6i— Stephanie Haberman (@StephLauren) March 7, 2015A win over hated rival Duke today would definitely be the icing on the cake for Reynolds, although he’d probably admit that he’s made out pretty well no matter what happens tonight.
Jamaica’s advancements in technology, economic growth strategy and growing business potential will also be explored by the panelists, while investors in attendance will get the opportunity to speak with persons who have already invested in Jamaica, as well as view testimonials from others. Story Highlights Six priority sectors and the potential business opportunities they present will be the highlight of the Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF), slated for June 12 to 14 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.Discussions and presentations will focus on agri-business, business process outsourcing, energy, logistics, manufacturing and tourism, and how these sectors can drive Jamaica’s continued growth and development.The triennial event, organised by the Government’s trade and investment agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), is being held under the auspices of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who will be the guest speaker at the opening ceremony on June 12.JAMPRO’s Vice President for Sales and Promotion, Claude Duncan, said JIF presents a unique opportunity for investors and business executives to discover new ventures across the target sectors.“The sectors were selected based on a combination of internal and external factors…internal having to do with the readiness of (those areas) to receive investments and whether enough opportunities are there (for them) to receive the investments, while the external side examines if there is an appetite out there for these kinds of projects or interest in these sectors,” he explained.Commenting on each sector, Mr. Duncan noted that Jamaica continues to attract significant interest and attention as a tourist destination, which is evident in the various projects that have recently been completed and others in the pipeline.He pointed out that tourism continues to be a very vibrant sector for investments, noting that this is evident in the increasing number of hotel rooms, and emerging interest in medical tourism.“We have (also) made tremendous strides in the logistics area, having divested the Port of Kingston with close to US$1billion invested in port infrastructure such as dredging of the harbour, port expansion and related activities,” he further highlighted.Other investments in this sector include bunkering projects being executed by the West Indies Petroleum; Kingston Wharves Limited’s thrust in warehousing and logistics; and initiatives by the Government such as the implementation of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) which has significantly improved the effectiveness and efficiency of operations within the customs and port communities.Additionally, Mr. Duncan said there is the opportunity to attract logistics players and manufacturers to occupy the special economic zones.The JAMPRO executive further pointed out that “with the improved logistics at the ports, it puts us in a better position to attract some manufacturing-type investments, whether (from investors targeting the) domestic market or those interested in serving bigger markets such as CARICOM, and other regions.”Mr. Duncan said business process outsourcing has evolved into a robust sector that continues to drive growth and job creation, noting that sector now employs about 26,000 persons.On the matter of energy, he informed that the Government is currently developing an integrated resource plan from which a slew of investment projects will be created in renewables.“Agriculture is said to be one of the pillars for growth, going forward, as it is good for business and the country. So we will be shining the spotlight on this sector as agri-business covers, not just agriculture, but the entire value chain including distribution, manufacturing, and retail,” Mr. Duncan added.The forum, being held under the theme ‘Connect for Business!’, will facilitate various plenaries, panel discussions and breakout sessions highlighting the six sectors.The topics include: ‘Outsourcing’; ‘Logistics and Special Economic Zones: the Jamaican Advantage’; ‘Energy: Towards a Sustainable Energy Hub’; ‘Manufacturing: Jamaica- the Key Link in the Global Supply Chain’; ‘Agri-business: Growing from the Ground Up’; and ‘Tourism: from All-inclusives to Eco-exclusives’.Jamaica’s advancements in technology, economic growth strategy and growing business potential will also be explored by the panelists, while investors in attendance will get the opportunity to speak with persons who have already invested in Jamaica, as well as view testimonials from others.The Jamaica Investment Forum is being held with support from a wide cross section of sponsors. They include:Headline sponsors: JAMPRO; Foundations for Competitiveness and Growth Project (FCGP), a project of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); New Fortress Energy; and Scotiabank;Platinum sponsors: Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF); Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL); and Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ);Gold sponsors: Port Authority of Jamaica; Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Urban Development Corporation (UDC); GK Capital Management Limited; Heart Trust/NTA; Cable and Wireless Business; Main Event Entertainment Group Limited; PwC Jamaica; Montego Bay Convention Centre; J. Wray and Nephew Limited; and Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA). Commenting on each sector, Mr. Duncan noted that Jamaica continues to attract significant interest and attention as a tourist destination, which is evident in the various projects that have recently been completed and others in the pipeline. Six priority sectors and the potential business opportunities they present will be the highlight of the Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF), slated for June 12 to 14 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.