After their third consecutive win yesterday, the Hunters have now moved into 9th place on 10 points with the top six now within reach.Marum said the bye in round 9 was just what the Hunters needed after getting off to a rocky start to the season.“We changed a lot of things we did wrong over the first seven weeks. I put some really strict rules in place and we went back to the drawing board.“Most of the senior players that you see now leading the team were the ones that I pulled aside and spoke to them individually, and now they’re stepping up.“Hopefully we can keep going but will continue to take it one game at a time.”On yesterday’s win, Marum put it down to his side’s outstanding performance and also gave credit to his halves for stepping up to lead the Hunters to victory.The Hunters will now prepare for this Saturday’s round 13 clash against the Easts Tigers in Australia.
- How to reduce the risks of a terror attack on your business
A counter terrorism seminar has given an insight into how to reduce the risks of an attack on transport businessesThere has been a growing increase in the use of vehicles as weapons, as seen in the attacks in Nice, Berlin and London.Last week (1 June) transport law solicitors Backhouse Jones hosted a Counter Terrorism Seminar in London, designed to inform operators of the risks, as well as how to prevent, avoid and prepare for terrorism incidents.The transport industry employs approximately 1.5 million people. ”You’re the fifth largest industry in the UK,” says Ian Jones, Director of Backhouse Jones.UK threat levelThe UK has five threat levels, from Low to Critical. The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is Severe – meaning an attack is highly likely. The level has not been lower than severe since 2014.Superintendent David Roney, Deputy National Coordinator Protect and Prepare (NCPP), said the threat level is likely to remain at Severe for the foreseeable feature.The threatsA government security advisor from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), gave an insight into the threats which you can encounter and advice on how to reduce the risks posed.He highlighted the transport sector’s importance part of the UK’s Critical Infrastructure.There are five styles of vehicle borne IED threats:ParkedEncroachmentPenetrative impactDeceptionDuressCPNI’s website has advice on managing these threats, a subject called hostile vehicle mitigation.Protecting your sitesYou should be investing proportionally in security and where possible have security layers, he said, telling delegates to imagine an onion having its centre protected. If one layer is compromised then a hostile has further layers to contend with.“Knowing people make mistakes, it’s good to have more than one layer of security just in case something fails,” says the government advisor.This approach to layers can be in the form of physical security, such as fencing, barriers, detection systems, alarms, CCTV cameras and complementary personal security measures involving recruiting the right people, engendering a security culture into the organisation, or spotting and reporting hostile reconnaissance.Measures can be installed on vehicles and depots and reviewing both your security hardware and procedures regularly, and not just when an incident occurs, will ensure optimum security.“Security costs money, but can save in the long run,” says Jonathon Backhouse, Director of Backhouse Jones. “Invest in training, security and insurance.”It’s important to be aware that an attack could occur, so it is recommended to make the necessary investments in your security early.Adding telematics and tracking to your fleets may help reduce incidents. With these live tracking devices, you may notice something unusual well before the incident. “Live tracking helps massively, but it needs to be monitored and acted on” says Jonathon.Assessing the risk“Could your vehicle or staff be involved? You as an employer and business have a duty of care and responsibility,” says James Backhouse, Director of Backhouse Jones. Operators may want to consider terrorism insurance for added protection. James recommends that you check your policy as different insurers have different insurance conditions.There are things operators can do to raise awareness: Analyse the nature of the vehicle use, check vehicle locations and check staff. “These are things you’ll be doing already, but now you need to apply these to the idea of your vehicle being used in an attack,” says Mr Backhouse.Cyber awareness“Cyber-crime is just like all crimes. The intention is still to steal, hurt or damage someone or something, cyber-terrorism is the same,” says Supt Roney.Social media was discussed, and how important it is for you to be aware of what you or you staff are publishing, such as posting images that could be used by a hostile for planning an attack or crime against your premise or vehicles.“You need to have security oversight and be aware of what your corporate communications team are unwittingly disclosing. “You could be making yourself, your customers or sites vulnerable by what you are publishing.”Publishing strategically angled pictures to include elements of security – fencing in the background, a security guard and CCTV – in the picture, will highlight that you take security seriously. But be aware that the level of detail should not be so great that it helps hostiles.“Posting information online can put your personal safety and a business at risk,” says Simon Roberts of The National Counter Terrorism Security Office.Fail to plan, plan to fail“You can ensure that you can recover more effectively from an incident if you have a plan in advance,” says The Head of The National Counter Terrorism Security Office.Ultimately, by thinking ahead and making investments in security and training, you will be able to reduce risks of crimes to you, your business, your employees and your customers.It was said at the seminar: “The most dangerous thing you can do today is cross the road – but there’s a risk there, and there’s a risk of terrorism.”With an increase in vehicles being used as a weapon, it has now become evident that basic security systemy are no longer enough and that there is a growing need for added protection, such as extra insurance.It has also become clear that operators should be prepared for an attack, and while some may see it as being overly-prepared, this seminar highlighted that its best have all the measures in place – just incase – because although an attack may be unlikey, it could still happen.A vital point made on the day was that security is where health and safety was 25 years ago, showing that security measures need to be improved vastly and if everyone did their part in protecting themselves, it will become more strong and stable.Find out more: www.cpni.gov.uk
- Science in Sport spotlights integration and growth of acquired PhD business
Science in Sport (SiS), billed as ‘the premium performance nutrition company serving elite athletes, sports enthusiasts and the gym lifestyle community’, will this morning hold its Annual General Meeting (“AGM”).At the AGM, John Clarke, Chairman of Science in Sport, will make the following statement…“As expected, 2019 is proving to be transformational for the group following the acquisition in December last year of PhD Nutrition, which doubled the size of our business. In the year to date, we have made significant progress both in the integration of the PhD brand and in trading across the Group in the UK and internationally.“Trading at PhD is in line with our expectations and the integration plan remains firmly on track. We have already added to PhD’s international distribution by launching it in existing SiS markets, including Italy and Turkey. In addition, we will launch a US test market for PhD this summer.“We have successfully relaunched the PhD website, as part of a strategy to drive online sales, and initial performance metrics are encouraging. We also opened a new e-commerce facility to support PhD’s online growth. The facility will deliver efficiencies through the integration of PhD’s and SiS’s online fulfilment.“PhD’s new product launches in the first half include the vegan Smart Plant Bar, an innovative, high protein, plant-based bar. Initial sales have been very encouraging and we expect to extend the product’s retail distribution later this year.“Online sales at our SiS brand continue to grow strongly. Recent new product launches by the brand include an innovative range targeting footballers at all levels. The range is based on SiS’s experience of supplying professional clubs over many years with specially formulated energy, hydration and recovery products. Football remains a significant long-term growth opportunity for the group.“International growth plans for the SiS brand include initiating sales in the Middle East later this year via PhD’s existing distribution.“Our focus in the year ahead is on the integration of PhD and on the continued momentum across our sales platforms in the UK and internationally.”The group’s pre-close trading update for the six months ending 30 June 2019 is expected to be issued in the week commencing 8 July 2019.www.scienceinsport.com Related