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Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average

Florida nursing homes report COVID-19 infection rates nearly double the national average

first_imgFORT MYERS, Fla. – Coronavirus cases are increasing in Florida nursing homes, according to recently released data.The Florida AARP says that 19% of Florida nursing homes are reporting new COVID-19 cases in the last four weeks.That number has increased by 5% since mid-May, according to the data.“Not only are new reports of nursing home resident cases on the rise, but nearly 50% of Florida nursing homes continue to report new cases of COVID-19 among staff at these facilities.” Said Dionne Polite, the AARP Florida interim state director. “Encouraging vaccination of Florida’s long-term care workers must remain a priority.” Two suffer shark bites off Florida beach June 16, 2021 By Bayer AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: Floridanursing home Sponsored Content Florida moves against foreign theft of intellectual property June 8, 2021 Over 1,000 unemployment claim call takers let go as DEO cancels contract June 12, 2021 Florida inmate says he killed 6 in Pennsylvania in 1970s June 3, 2021center_img Advertisement This 4-Step Protocol Is a Trusted Solution for Mosquito Control AdvertisementFlorida’s nursing homes are seeing COVID-19 infections at nearly double the national average. The AARP says nationally 10% of nursing homes are reporting new cases in the last month.For more information on how to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Florida, visit the NBC-2 Vax Facts page. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Dr. Kurt Vandock discusses the ideal protocol for mosquito control and shares proven ways to enhance customer service. RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more

Listen To Snarky Puppy’s Melodic New Tune, ‘I Asked,’ From Upcoming Album

Listen To Snarky Puppy’s Melodic New Tune, ‘I Asked,’ From Upcoming Album

first_imgInstrumental funk fusion band Snarky Puppy has released the first track off their highly anticipated new album, Family Dinner, Volume 2, a follow up to 2013’s highly acclaimed Family Dinner, Volume 1. The track “I Asked” features North Carolina-turned NYC songwriter Becca Stevens and Swedish neo-traditional group Väsen. The wonderfully melodic and plush track is just what we have come to expect from Snarky Puppy: exceptional arrangements with the richest of instrumentation.Trailer Released For New Snarky Puppy Film Featuring David Crosby & So Many More [Watch]Take a listen to “I Asked” below and to pre-order your copy of Family Dinner, Volume 2, visit Snarky Puppy’s Official Online Store here.last_img

Fulcrum blows in deep new Wind 75 aero wheels for TT & triathlon racing

Fulcrum blows in deep new Wind 75 aero wheels for TT & triathlon racing

first_imgDeveloped to round out their aero carbon wheel line-up, Fulcrum goes deep with new Wind 75 DB aero triathlon wheels. The Wind family debuted last year with more affordable aero carbon options that catered to triathletes. But limited to just 40mm & 55mm depths, lots of drag-reducing potential was being left on the table. Now, the Wind 75 becomes the deepest wheel Fulcrum offers in any family, growing to 75mm deep with a wide tubeless carbon rim profile to take you faster than ever…Fulcrum Wind 75 DB deep aero carbon triathlon wheelsFulcrum says the new wide & deep Wind 75 completes the Wind range, offering the best aerodynamic efficiency of any of their wheels.c. Fulcrum, detail photos by Luigi SestiliWhether for triathlon or time trial racing, the high profile Wind 75 delivers a fast ride, proven in the GST wind tunnel, but at a fraction of the price of Fulcrum’s lighter Speed wheel family.The toughest part of designing a rim of this depth is trying to minimize the side force effects of crosswinds, to maintain reliable and manageable handling. Fulcrum says their development time in the wind tunnel led to the all-new wide profile, ensuring the new wheel’s stability.Fulcrum explained their Wind wheel line-up to us as making top-level aerodynamics more accessible, especially to the amateur tri & TT racing crowd who balk at the idea of buying a 2000€ wheelset. At a price-level 40% lower than their Speed wheels (which don’t even include a rim this deep), a cyclist gets a more modern wide carbon rim with the easiest tubeless setup possible thanks to borrowed tech from sister brand Campagnolo.That means a 19mm inner width to fit wider modern fast, low rolling resistance tires, and a 27mm outer width for maximal aero performance optimized around a 25mm tire. Plus, 2-Way fit tubeless means a continuous carbon rim bed with bead-locking shoulders and without spoke holes, so you don’t even need tubeless rim tape. And in our experience, many tubeless tires snap into place with just a standard floor pump.Tech detailsThe new 1820g Fulcrum Wind 75 DB wheelset features full-carbon UD rims, with a 3K weave rim bed. They are disc brake-only with centerlock/AFS brake mounting, 12mm thru-axles, and are available with Shimano 11, SRAM XDR or Campagnolo N3W freehub bodies with fast 10°, 36 tooth engagement.The Wind 75 wheels use straight-pull alloy hubs with sealed cartridge bearings and 24 conventional round double-butted spokes laced 2:1 for balanced tension with alloy spokes, front & rear.Fulcrum Wind 75 DB – Pricing & availabilityThe new deep carbon Fulcrum Wind 75 wheelset sells for $1479 / 1271€ with a Shimano freehub, or  $1489 / 1281€ for XDR. Campy freehubs are only available separately.Fulcrum has not share separate wheel pricing, but has made it clear that the 75mm deep rear wheel will be sold on its own as well, so riders can combine it with a mid-depth Wind 55 front wheel for more windy race conditions.The new deep triathlon & time trail wheels are available now globally.FulcrumWheels.comlast_img read more

DPC Award for Boskalis in ‘Dredging Support Vessel’ Category

DPC Award for Boskalis in ‘Dredging Support Vessel’ Category

first_imgThe Boskalis multi-purpose vessels Ndeavor and Ndurance won the Innovation Award in the category ‘Dredging Support Vessel’ yesterday evening, during the IHS DPC Innovation Awards ceremony in London.The jury praised the innovative design and multi-functionality of the vessels.The vessels are able to execute multiple tasks: dredging, transportation and accurate installation of rock, solid ballasting of platforms and installation of offshore structures.The vessels can also be refitted into fully-fledged cable laying vessels. Furthermore, the Ndurance can be fitted out with the Trenchformer, an unmanned vehicle that is able to dig trenches up to three meters into the seabed and lay cables.The new ‘jet trencher’ on the Ndeavor is able to bury existing cables at greater depths.Both vessels went into service in 2015 and have an impressive track record.last_img read more

World War II vet gets high school diploma after 71 years

World War II vet gets high school diploma after 71 years

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. (CNN) It’s never too late to graduate.That’s the lesson World War II veteran Milton Mockerman shared with the Kalkaska High School class of 2017 with whom he graduated on Saturday.Mockerman, 89, received an honorary diploma from the school and participated in its graduation ceremony in Kalkaska, Michigan, fulfilling his lifelong dream of earning a high school degree — 71 years later than expected.Milton Mockerman served in the Navy during World War II. Photo via CNN.“We got a phone call from Milton Mockerman wondering if there were any classes he could take to finish his graduation,” Kalkaska High School Principal John Sattler told CNN.Sattler soon learned that Mockerman had forged his birth certificate and left high school early to join the Navy during World War II. After serving in the Navy for two and a half years, Mockerman returned home to Michigan and needed to find work. He found a few odd jobs before going to work on the railroad for 31 years.After hearing Mockerman’s story, Sattler and his secretary wanted to help the military vet accomplish his goal. They went to the board of education to ask if they could award him an honorary diploma, and the board voted unanimously to do so.“Because of his years of service in the military, we … gave him an honorary diploma,” Sattler said.Before graduating with the senior class, Mockerman spoke to a few of the high school history classes about his experiences in the war.At the graduation ceremony, Mockerman received his honorary degree and said a few words to the graduating seniors.Milton Mockerman, left, at the graduation ceremony at Kalkaska High School. Photo via CNN.I didn’t know what to say, so I just kind of told them, ‘Well, you’ve proved to me today that this high school graduating class must be smarter than I am,’” Mockerman told CNN. “Because what they took four years to do, it took me 71 years to come to that conclusion.”Mark Mockerman, Milton’s son, attended the graduation ceremony.“It was one of the greatest things I’ve seen,” Mark Mockerman told CNN. “My dad hasn’t had a lot of notoriety, and he deserves it, because he’s been the kind of dad that everyone should have had. He’s always there for me.” Published: May 30, 2017 5:30 PM EDT World War II vet gets high school diploma after 71 years SHARElast_img read more

Video: Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup in Sepang

Video: Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup in Sepang

first_imgOur friends from Dorna and the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup series have released a new episode from its ‘Ride The Future’ web video series. As you can tell, the video above depicts the recent round held in the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.While the video would fill you in on what happened, don’t forget to check out our comprehensive race reports (Race 1 / Race 2) and exclusive photos at the official BR Facebook page.–Ads– New Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup ‘Ride The Future’ video series from its last round held in Sepang, Malaysia.last_img

Marshfield boys tennis finishes second at WVC tournament

Marshfield boys tennis finishes second at WVC tournament

first_imgFinish is Tigers’ best in four yearsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — Marshfield’s No. 2 doubles team of Jared Draxler and Ayush Shukla won the championship in a three-set tiebreaker, and the Tigers finished in a tie for second at the 2016 Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Tennis Tournament on Thursday at Wausau East and West high schools.Draxler and Shukla defeated Shia Vang and Lucas Ratanawang of Wausau East 7-5, 2-6, 10-6 to claim the conference championship and help the Tigers to 22 points, which was tied for second with Stevens Point.Wausau East won the tournament title with 25 points and — combined with its dual meet points — won the overall WVC championship, its first since 2011. Stevens Point had won the previous four and 11 of the last 12 conference titles.Marshfield’s second-place finish is its best since taking second in 2012.Marshfield’s No. 1 doubles team of Evan Fait and Derek Reckner finished second, losing in the championship match to Wausau West’s Ben Nichols and Ben Reich 6-3, 7-5.Craig Paulman was second at No. 4 singles, losing in the title match to Stevie Hanzlik of Wisconsin Rapids 6-0, 6-4, and the No. 3 doubles team of of Isaac Houk and Luke Kaiser also placed second for Marshfield, falling in the championship match to Stephen Martell and Mario Duwe of Wausau East 6-4, 6-4.Freshman Sam Haessly took third at No. 3 singles for the Tigers, winning the third-place match over Marcus Bean of Wisconsin Rapids 6-2, 6-3.Marshfield will compete in the WIAA Division 1 subsectionals Monday at Tomah.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2016 Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Tennis TournamentMay 19, at Wausau East & West high schoolsTeam scores: 1. Wausau East 25; 2. Marshfield and Stevens Point 22; 4. Wausau West 20; 5. Wisconsin Rapids 19; 6. D.C. Everest 4.No. 1 singlesChampionship: Dane Steidl (WR) def. Jon Peck (SP) 1-6, 6-2, 15-13; Third place: Sawyer Schlindwein (WE) def. Luke Bailey (WW) 6-1, 6-1; Fifth place: Justin Twardowski (MAR) def. Ilias Ouertani (DC) 4-6, 6-1, 10-7.No 2 singlesChampionship: Adam Schneider (WE) def. Thomas Hardy (SP) 6-2, 6-1; Third place: Ryan Graczkowski (WR) def. David Richetto (WW) 6-4, 6-2; Fifth place: Eli Lee (DC) def. John Weisenberger (MAR) 6-0, 6-1.No. 3 singlesChampionship: Jon Richetto (WW) def. Patrick Hefferan (SP) 6-3, 6-3; Third place: Sam Haessly (MAR) def. Marcus Bean (WR) 6-2, 6-3; Fifth place: Tyler Neill (DC) def. Miles Stifler 6-2, 6-2.No. 4 singlesChampionship: Stevie Hanzlik (WR) def. Craig Paulman (MAR) 6-0, 6-4; Third place: Tate Raumen (WW) def. Gray Chlahessy (WE) 6-2, 6-0; Fifth place: Ryan Begley (DC) def. Kyler Smigaj (SP) 6-3, 6-0.No. 1 doublesChampionship: Ben Nichols-Ben Reich (WW) def. Evan Fait-Derek Reckner (MAR) 6-3, 7-5; Third place: Keachy Chang-Isaac Stine (WE) def. Garrek Wierzba-Grant Czaikowski (SP) 6-0, 7-5; Fifth place: Mitch Hruska-Isaac Vanderwaal (DC) def. Josh Beyer-Shane Glinski (WR) 6-4, 7-5.No. 2 doublesChampionship: Jared Draxler-Ayush Shukla (MAR) def. Shia Vang-Lucas Ratanawang (WE) 7-5, 2-6, 10-6; Third place: Jack Kiiskila-Trevin Bonkoski (WR) def. Carter Smigaj-Angis Blackman (SP) 6-1, 3-6, 11-9; Fifth place: Tim Cornish-Preston Pagel (DC) def. Jordan Kowalski-Feuchi Yang (WW) 6-4, 6-2.No. 3 doublesChampionship: Stephen Martell-Mario Duwe (WE) def. Isaac Houk-Luke Kaiser (MAR) 6-4, 6-4; Third place: Danny Cornish-James Radloff (DC) def. Luke Halversen-Ben Brown (WW) 6-1, 7-5; Fifth place: John Nigon-Read Zirnhelt (WR) def. Joe Dickelman-Ethan Whitmarsh (SP) 4-6, 7-6, 10-8.Overall team standings (including dual meet points): 1. Wausau East 73; 2. Marshfield and Wausau West 62; 4. Wisconsin Rapids 57; 5. Stevens Point 54; 6. D.C. Everest 14.last_img read more

NY Post: Google Frontrunner for Facebook Investment

NY Post: Google Frontrunner for Facebook Investment

first_imgTags:#news#web Related Posts josh catone 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The New York Post reports that Google is currently leading Microsoft in the quest to win a 5-10% stake in Facebook for $500 million to $1.5 billion (depending on what exorbitant pre-money valuation Facebook gets). According to the Post’s source at Microsoft, however, Redmond is “willing to give any valuation possible” to keep Google from nabbing a stake in the hot social networking startup.It’s hard not to take the NY Post story with a grain a salt, though, given that Post reporter Peter Lauria has been quite wrong about this type of rumor before. Both Google’s and Microsoft’s interest in Facebook is based on the potential for a large amount of advertising dollars that can be made in social networking. Microsoft has often been presumed to be the front-runner, given their current advertising deal with Facebook. Either way, one of these companies seems like to invest a large amount of money in the social network.Facebook, meanwhile, seems to have plans of their own in the advertising realm. The company will be making an announcement to advertisers about what they’re calling “a new way of advertising online” on November 6th in New York. Radar Online is reporting that Facebook has already invited an impressive list of companies to be “Landmark Partners” at $300,000 a pop to help launch the new system. The list includes Cond?© Nast, Nike, Apple, Sony, General Motors, Coke, CBS, Chase, and Verizon.If Lauria is right, we should find out soon: the Post reports that an announcement about a Facebook investment from either Google or Microsoft should come within the next 24-48 hours.Image: Scott Beale / Laughing SquidUPDATE: It’s now confirmed that Microsoft won the deal, over Google.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Will Google Use Chrome to Index Password Protected Web?

Will Google Use Chrome to Index Password Protected Web?

first_imgIt’s now over a month since Google released its open source web browser, Chrome. An interesting theory we heard recently is that Google will use Chrome to index the password protected Web – a.k.a. the ‘dark web’. Right now the Chrome Terms of Service (TOS) prevents Google from indexing private data. But when you consider that Chrome was initially presented as a browser for applications, instead of just web pages, this theory begins to make more sense.Most web apps are password-protected and so there’s no way for a normal search engine to index the data – even data that’s generalized and doesn’t identify individual users. But with a full-fledged browser to complement its search engine, Google now theoretically has the means to index this previously inaccessible data.So is Google planning to use Chrome in the future to index password protected data on the Web? This needn’t be a sinister question to ask, because the Web has evolved into something that is not easily indexed. Neil McAllister wrote a great article back in July entitled Is the Web still the Web? (via Slashdot), that delved into this subject. Neil wrote:“Is it still the Web if it’s not really hypertext? Is it still the Web if you can’t navigate directly to specific content? Is it still the Web if the content can’t be indexed and searched? Is it still the Web if you can only view the application on certain clients or devices? Is it still the Web if you can’t view source?”As he also pointed out, RIA Flash and Silverlight content can now be searched – see our own writeup of this in July. So the next step is to be able to search and index web applications that rely on user-generated content. Chrome is the perfect vehicle to do that. There would have to be a change in the TOS to allow it, because indexing private data is of course still a no-no among search engines – especially the market leader Google. And there would be a big privacy issue with indexing your personal browsing history. But what if Google could convince users of the value of indexing web app data without identifying the individual user…What do you think of this theory – too far out? Remember that Chrome has already become by most accounts the 4th leading browser, after IE, Firefox and Safari. It’s already usurped Opera and it’s only 1 month old, still in beta and there’s no Mac version. In ReadWriteWeb’s stats for September, Chrome was used by 6.3% of our readers – not bad when you consider we have a higher proportion of Mac users than mainstream sites.When Chrome is 2nd or 3rd in the browser market, then it may be in a position to start implementing some grand plans – like indexing password protected data. Let us know if this is too crazy, or you can forsee a socially acceptable use case for this scenario.Update:Chris Messina notes that Flock already does this:“Flock already DOES index every page you visit with Lucene and keeps the data in an offline cache. I could imagine that if I were to want to use Flock on another computer, I wouldn’t want to limit my search result to only what I visited on THAT machine — I’d want to pull from my entire browsing history.We simply need protections to enable this kind of circumstance to be offered safely — or at least with minimized risk.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Features#Google#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanuslast_img read more

Risk Assessment Training Scenarios That Actually Help with Preparedness

Risk Assessment Training Scenarios That Actually Help with Preparedness

first_imgImagine the scenario: you are in the cockpit of a 747 approaching the lights of the runway, when the starboard engine bursts into flames, throwing the aircraft off its gentle downward trajectory towards residential properties—where you can almost see the faint light of television sets in the homes you are potentially about to flatten.What is your first action? Do you take immediate remedial steps to extinguish the fire while pulling the plane back towards the airfield? Or do you aim for playing fields beyond the rooftops, where you believe there is a 70 percent chance you can land with minimum loss of life or serious injury to passengers or homeowners?There are no easy answers. As a pilot, you must take into consideration all factors—weather, wind speed, visibility, trajectory, fuel levels, and so forth.- Sponsor – More importantly, in this risk assessment training scenario, it is exactly just that—a scenario. The flight deck you are on is in fact a flight simulator that mimics real life-and-death situations where you, as a trainee or even a more experienced pilot, would be expected to make decisive actions at the critical time.Risk assessment training scenarios like this one are cost-effective tools to get pilots to experience and react to challenging situations without having to put them through the real thing. Thankfully, they will face such a situation on very few occasions in real life, but quick decision-making becomes second nature with preparedness and constant rehearsals.A Preventative ApproachEmergency risk planning and training has become a major growth industry in the corporate world. For example, the “run, hide, tell” training videos rolled out across the globe inform retailers and office workers what to do in the case of active shooter terrorist incidents. Other organizations offer continuity planning if a bomb, hacker, or natural disaster takes out infrastructure or vital computer servers.On a more mundane level, the office fire drill—how to leave a building in an orderly manner and where to assemble and be checked in and out of the office—is the everyday training just about every worker or building occupant is familiar with. Although many see it as a disruption to be standing around in shirtsleeves in a blustery parking lot, most begrudgingly recognize its importance should flames ever sweep through the building. They know where to go to be safe.In the world of loss prevention, many businesses have taken this idea to the next level and introduced “shrink schools” to educate staff about what loss looks like, how to spot it, what behaviors to look out for, where the pinch points are (usually around stock and cash), and even how to identify those most prone to dishonesty within an organization or a team.Those immersed in the world of total loss also educate their associates about the importance of compliance and how to transform negatives into positives, as LP teams reinvent themselves as agents of sales creation. Knowing where stock is in a world of perpetual inventory means staff have fewer shadows to chase in terms of looking for malicious loss when the prime suspect is poor process.This preventative back-to-school approach is two-fold. First, it informs staff to be vigilant and help the business to reduce risk and save money. Second, it is a preventative message to deter anyone thinking of committing theft or fraud. It lets them know they are likely to get caught and what the consequences will be thereafter—from losing their job to the heavy burden of a criminal record and a loss of trust for the foreseeable future.The Strange Case of Mrs. Slipandfall: A Different Kind of Risk Assessment Training ScenarioIn the world of workplace safety, such simulated training is also proving to be an invaluable tool and is bringing the worlds of corporate governance together with that of academia. Students studying to become environmental health practitioners (EHPs) at Liverpool John Moores University get to practice and hone their newly learned skills when faced with a room of senior health and safety officers—whom some would suggest are their nemesis or bête noire—the types of people the students are likely to face once they qualify.These are not desk exercises, but real case scenarios, often set outside of the theoretical world of the university. In the session attended by LP Magazine Europe, twenty or more EHPs traveled 200 miles from Merseyside to the offices and distribution centre (DC) of A. S. Watson, the parent company of Superdrug, Savers, and The Perfume Shop in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, to work with a wide range of retail health and safety officers.Both students and retailers were faced with a scenario that mirrored real-life challenges, and they worked together in teams to suggest correct ways forward based upon what transpired in an unfolding and evolving situation.The storyline in Dunstable was one of a fictional store called WonderPill, a health and beauty store with a dispensing pharmacy, 500 stores across the UK, and 9,000 employees. Let’s set the scene.WonderPill becomes a flagship retailer in a brand new shopping center, one destined to regenerate the fortunes of Brooksea, a once-thriving industrial town now the home of high unemployment, a proliferation of charity shops, and a large and diverse ethnic population. Sheila Maguire is a new WonderPill manager with seven years’ experience in retail both at store and DC level. She has 25 associates answerable to her and a no-nonsense approach to risk and health and safety.WonderPill sells food, including sandwiches, for the busy lunchtime rush of office and factory workers. The scene is set. Enter Mr. and Mrs. Slipandfall, who are perusing the refrigerated display case when she falls over and injures herself in a pool of water coming from underneath the chiller unit.The participants were set their first test. Should they RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) the incident? Yes, they should, and as soon as possible because of the injury. After a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Slipandfall, the team should make a full assessment of the state of the chiller unit because the water, suspected to be a contributory factor in the incident, was reportedly leaking for some time.But Graeme Mitchell, senior lecturer at John Moores University, had a few more surprises for them. He layered the tale with additional storylines.Maguire, who we learn from the interview with the “victims” has banned the couple from the store, is now too busy to meet the EHPs who are trying to arrange a store visit because she has a celebrity coming to the store and a large crowd is expected. What do the EHPs need to take with them when they are finally granted an audience? Can they insist upon attending that day despite the celebrity’s visit because of their concerns over the potential cover-up of vital evidence?And the layers continued to build.Maguire has form. Further interviews reveal she has supplemented staff payment with out-of-date sandwiches, and at least one employee has been off sick with food poisoning. What do the EHPs believe to be the difference between sell-by dates and best-before dates on food?What appeared to be a clear-cut case became highly nuanced as the scenario unfolded, making an ostensibly straightforward decision less obvious. It went from a simple customer injury to a scenario where Maguire and her twenty staff could be closed down, adding to the already high unemployment rate in Brooksea and creating a public relations disaster.Safety professionals and retailers in the room were required to pull from their collective memories and experience to arrive at the relevant regulation and sections with which to proceed and prosecute. The scenario invokes section 20 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, section 14 of the Food Safety Act, and Regulation 6 and 8 of the Food Safety & Hygiene Act 2013. Participants were also required to understand the fine details of criminal cautions under the PACE Act (Police and Criminal Evidence) 1984.A simple slip therefore escalated into a full health and safety investigation and a “mitigation of brand damage” exercise.This fact was not wasted on the retailers in the room, who, as part of their day jobs, are required to micro- and macro-manage complex and aged estates, young staff, and legacy equipment, as well as having to deal with managers who pay lip service to health and safety as nothing more than “a bit of common sense.”Back to the Real WorldDarryl Parker, head of health and safety for A. S. Watson, who hosted the event, said, “We find these scenarios with John Moores University invaluable and invite as many of our industry peers as possible to attend. The simulations test the knowledge and experience of those of us risk managers who carry responsibility for health and safety across the business. The students who attend get to challenge received wisdom, and they bring fresh thinking to the event, which helps us all to be better practitioners. It is a win-win for all of us.”Graeme Mitchell of John Moores University said, “We do a number of these events either in Liverpool or around the country. It helps the student to understand everyday challenges of industry and that all cases are not what they seem—and certainly not black and white as health and safety sometimes has to effectively operate in very grey areas where there are few absolutes. Such exercises help the students to learn from experienced practitioners and serve as a good example of best practice collaboration between the worlds of academia and commerce that can only help to bring more curious EHPs into the market.”From shrink schools to fire drills, simulation delivers the necessary stimulation of thought to instinctively do the right thing, whether it is cockpit training to avoid a major air accident or role play to prevent a slip-and-trip from escalating into a full-blown chiller thriller resulting in mass unemployment. Crises incubate in everyday scenarios where inaction can be as dangerous as threatening action and where run and hide are no longer options available.This post was originally published in LP Magazine Europe in 2017 and was updated January 30, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more