UK officials to train bouncers, security guards to respond to terror attacks

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As an effort to combat terror attacks at entertainment based events, UK authorities have declared their intent to train nightclub bouncers and security guards to respond to terror threats. While details regarding the format of the training remain unknown, the preventative instruction is timely with Britain’s threat level set at “severe” — an indication that such an attack is likely.

“Vigilance in the public space is critical, and there are many, many more private security guards out there than there are police officers,” the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner noted at the National Security Summit that took place earlier this past week. “We are looking at how we can train them [security guards] more effectively to be a better part of the national armory that we have against terrorism.”

Nightclubs and concert venues have become increasingly popular targets for terrorism, with attacks carried out at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May, and the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016. Once trained, security personnel will become another line of defense in the event of a terror attack.

H/T: Mixmag

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Livestream Charlottesville Benefit Concert

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Tomorrowland denies access to 38 ticket holders deemed security threats

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Tomorrowland has taken a step in festival security that no other multi-day festival has before.

Organizers of the Boom, Belgium-based event are on the defensive this year for the festival’s twelfth iteration, with the threat of terrorism especially emphasized after the suicide bombing attack on Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman tour in Manchester. The evacuation of Nuremburg’s Rock am Ring in June after the receipt of a credible terror threat provided further cause for caution. Federal police in Belgium have acknowledged Tomorrowland’s screening of each and every ticket holder this year. 400,000 tickets were sold for the festival’s 2017 edition.

Belgian police officials evaluated ticket holders on what has since said to have been strict “criteria” by various Belgian media sources. While the details of that criteria have not been released in order to ensure the utmost level of effectiveness in the evaluation process, it is known that those barred entry to the festival were not rejected on the grounds of prior drug offenses. Thirty-eight ticket holders were refused access to the festival once the comprehensive screening was completed, the examination focusing on ticket holders’ respective potential for radical behavior. All staff members were screened along with ticket holders.

The mayors of Boom and Rumst lent Tomorrowland permission to screen the thousands of ticket holders. Due to a Tomorrowland ticket’s link to one’s full legal name and country of origin, the process was expedited and the information sought immediately obtained.

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Calvin Harris shares full track list for forthcoming album

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Though he’s shared the list of collaborators and featured artists for his upcoming album, Calvin Harris has kept the official track list for Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 close to the vest. Now, as the album’s June 30 release date inches closer, Calvin has finally disclosed what his fans are in for when the album drops, sharing the full track list to his star-studded new LP.

Mere days before the album’s release, the producer finally released the album’s ten track selection. The album includes collaborations with Ariana Grande, John Legend, Katy Perry, and many more. Hip-hop is well represented too, with Travis Scott, Lil Yachty, and D.R.A.M. featured on the album’s booming list of credits. Singles “Slide,” “Rollin” and “Feels” have already been released, teasing one of the most hotly-anticipated records of the summer and in just a few days, we’ll be hearing Funk Wav in its full glory. See the track list below:

  1. “Slide” ft. Frank Ocean and Migos
  2. “Cash Out” ft. Schoolboy Q, PartyNextDoor and D.R.A.M.
  3. “Heatstroke” ft. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande
  4. “Rollin” ft. Future and Khalid
  5. “Prayers Up” ft. Travis Scott and A-Trak
  6. “Holiday” ft. Snoop Dogg, John Legend and Takeoff
  7. “Skrt on Me” ft. Nicki Minaj
  8. “Feels” ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean
  9. “Faking It” ft. Kehlani and Lil Yachty
  10. “Hard to Love” ft. Jessie Reyez

 

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