(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Business continuity planners say they’re talking to their employees and other stakeholders about pandemic preparedness. Is it really happening?At the start of CIDRAP’s February 2007 Business Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza: Second National Summit in Orlando, 45% of attendees said communication was the most important preparedness priority for their company “beyond health and safety.” That ranked it No. 1. By the end of the conference, communication was No.1 by an even wider margin—67%.I asked participants which of two kinds of communication took precedence. One priority is a standby crisis communication plan—developed now so you’re ready to roll if and when a pandemic materializes. The other priority is a pandemic precaution advocacy rollout—actual communications, now, aimed at alerting employees and others to the risk, telling them what the company is doing, and urging them to get ready. The pandemic precaution advocacy rollout eked out a narrow victory, 32% to 30%, with 38% saying the two were equally important. These are the answers I wanted to hear, but I don’t trust that they reflect what’s really happening.Just about every time I’m invited to give a speech or run a workshop on pandemic communication, I ask my client whether I should focus mostly on crisis communication (“when the virus hits the fan”) or precaution advocacy (“getting ready together”). The usual choice is crisis communication. I have to argue hard for some attention to the prepandemic communication task of sounding the alarm.When I have a chance to run a workshop that covers both, I have learned the hard way to start with crisis communication. If the group works on precaution advocacy first, the messages it comes up with tend to be awfully mild—largely because participants haven’t imagined their way into a serious pandemic yet. Working first on crisis communication gives people a sense of the horrific messages they would have to deliver in the middle of a catastrophic pandemic. That sets a very different context for the second half of the program: “What can we say to people beforehand to help prepare for the exercise we just went through?”Good pandemic precaution advocacy now, in other words, can make pandemic crisis communication later a less impossible task. Not much of it seems to be happening yet from companies.What’s happening, what’s notIn fairness, some pandemic precaution advocacy is happening for some stakeholders. In particular, many companies are talking to their suppliers about pandemic preparedness—mostly in search of promises (unenforceable though they may be) to keep the supply chain filled no matter what. I hope the dialogue will move to a more realistic level, something like this: “We can manage without X and Y if we have to. What can we do together to make you likelier to be able to keep us supplied with Z?” But at least a dialogue is happening.Companies are less interested in initiating pandemic conversations with customers. I assume this is because companies don’t have good news for customers and are in no hurry to offer up bad news. “Don’t expect us to be able to meet your needs” isn’t a fun message to deliver. But in many cases, these crucial conversations are happening anyway, initiated by the customers.So far I have seen virtually no pandemic communication between companies and their shareholders. But the investor community may finally have pandemic risk on its radar screen. For a while, articles speculating on the likely economic impact of a severe pandemic became commonplace. As the lead sidebar article in this issue points out, the business press has lost interest in the pandemic story, at least for the moment. We can only hope that investors got the message already, and will start asking companies how prepared they are. The sooner the better.At the Orlando conference, Michael Evangelides, principal of Deloitte Consulting, LLP, presented data showing that CFOs were a lot less interested in pandemic preparedness than were continuity managers. That would change fast if huge pension funds started asking hard questions. Imagine how companies might respond, for example, if they got a letter from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) indicating that CalPERS was planning to screen its investments for pandemic preparedness.Corporate pandemic communication aimed at neighbors or the general public still seems to be extremely rare. In fact, business leaders have been shockingly silent in the general-interest media about pandemic risk. Thanks to Google News, I am able to read a lot of media stories (local as well as national and international) about pandemic risk. The main sources are usually health officials, politicians, or academics, not companies. The companies that manufacture antivirals are an obvious exception, and I’ve seen other exceptions—articles on the preparedness efforts of the grocery, telecommunications, and banking industries, among others. But finding examples of corporate CEOs speaking out on pandemic preparedness is hard.In late 2006, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University sponsored a 3-day conference on pandemic news coverage. I asked a lot of participants what they were writing about business preparedness. “Not much,” reporter after reporter told me. “It’s hard to find a company willing to say anything on the record about its pandemic planning.”Are you talking to employees yet?The single most important audience for corporate pandemic precaution advocacy is, of course, employees. Are companies actually talking to their employees about pandemic preparedness?I don’t mean vague assurances that employees should “rest assured that your company is doing everything possible to be fully prepared in the unlikely event of a bird flu pandemic.” I’ve seen some of those. I mean detailed, vivid communications that aim at three key goals:Briefing employees on company preparedness effortsInvolving employees in those effortsPersuading employees to launch their own preparedness efforts at home and in the communityI haven’t seen many corporate efforts to achieve these three goals.Judging from my clients, getting top management’s okay to talk frankly with employees about pandemics is an uphill battle. I hear two basic reasons for not doing so:”We’re not ready yet”—As if it made sense to wait till your corporate pandemic planning were nearly done before asking employees to get involved, and before urging them to do some planning of their own.”We don’t want to unduly frighten people”—As if the looming possibility of a severe pandemic weren’t “duly” frightening . . . and as if it were more important to keep employees unconcerned than to get them prepared.There’s a better rationale for not communicating right now: “Employees aren’t interested in pandemics. Until they are, there’s not much point in trying to talk to them.” This is, of course, the exact opposite of the we-don’t-want-to-frighten-them rationale; it suggests waiting for a teachable moment when frightening your employees will be more feasible. If your company already has its pandemic employee precaution advocacy messaging done and you’re just waiting till employees are in a mood to listen, okay. Don’t wait too long.But I’d bet my mortgage that’s not what’s happening. If anything, companies will be even less willing to talk candidly and frighteningly about pandemics when their employees are already buzzing with pandemic anxiety.Go ahead, get startedSo what are companies really waiting for? I’m afraid they’re waiting for a pandemic. The votes at CIDRAP’s Orlando conference notwithstanding, it seems to me that most companies have not yet made communication a priority in their pandemic preparedness work. In particular, they have not yet done much employee pandemic precaution advocacy.It’s time to get started.An internationally renowned expert in risk communication and crisis communication, Peter Sandman speaks and consults widely on communication aspects of pandemic preparedness. Dr. Sandman, Deputy Editor, contributes an original column to CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing every other week. Most of his risk communication writing is available without charge at the Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site, which includes an index of pandemic-related writing on the site.
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Round-Up, Substance Use Disorder, The Blog Last week, Governor Wolf hosted two roundtables in southeast Pennsylvania. The roundtable discussions, hosted in Brookhaven and Bensalem, continued the governor’s statewide tour to hear from state lawmakers, local officials, law enforcement, emergency responders and health care professionals about ways to work together to combat the opioid abuse epidemic spreading across the Commonwealth.“I look forward to continue working collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic,” said Governor Wolf. “The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.”The governor’s roundtables and the bi-partisan support to combat the epidemic has led to a larger conversation across the state and within the state legislature.Take a look at the additional coverage below: By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant May 23, 2016 Daily Times: Gov. Wolf leads roundtable in Delco on heroin awareness“On this issue,” said Wolf, “we’re all in agreement that we need to do something about this.” [state Representative] Krueger-Braneky said Wolf coming to Delaware County for his most recent roundtable on the topic was appropriate, calling the county “ground zero” on this issue, with the highest number of heroin overdose deaths in the state and, yet, also the pioneer for trying to fight the problem.Bucks County Courier Times: DiGirolamo tells Wolf to ‘go after’ drug companies for overdosesMore people die from drug overdoses than from car accidents statewide, the governor said. Wolf said he wants lawmakers to approve an additional $34 million for drug treatment in the 2016-17 state budget.Other ideas for curbing the abuse of prescription drugs filled the room at Livengrin, off Hulmeville Road, for nearly two hours.Altoona Mirror: Wolf gaining support in opioid crisis battleThe Wolf administration has championed several initiatives to lower the tide of overdose deaths by putting naloxone in the hands of every state police officer and providing Narcan to high schools free of charge. The governor also hosts roundtable discussions across the state to encourage other lawmakers and advocacy organizations to join in his crusade.WITF: Wolf touts response to opioid crisis, says more help is coming“[What] I’m doing now and what we all here in this building are doing now to focus on this opioid crisis really is building on what has been going since the early days of my administration,” [Governor Wolf] adds…Experts at the roundtables have said Pennsylvania needs more treatment beds – and Wolf says that is one initiative his administration is committed to in the next fiscal year. He’s proposed $34 million in new funding to address the opioid crisis.York Dispatch: Senate Dems introduce legislation to combat opioid epidemicThe legislation comes a week after Gov. Tom Wolf visited York for a roundtable discussion about how to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic that’s plagued Pennsylvania. Last year, 65 people died in York County from heroin overdoses. The package of legislation includes an emergency addiction treatment program, a program to educate school-aged children about opioids and an opioid addiction prevention and treatment assessment.Times Tribune: State lawmakers turn attention to drug epidemicMr. Wolf hopes the roundtable discussions, often involving local lawmakers of both parties, lead to a package to fight drug abuse that can be passed with the fiscal 2016-17 budget. “Our hope is this is part of the budget,” said Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan. The governor has initially proposed $34 million to run some 50 centers to help individuals with substance abuse disorders. BLOG: Governor Wolf Hosts Opioid Roundtable Discussions in Delco and Bucks County (Round-up) Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
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The St. Louis 7th Grade Boys Basketball team traveled to Columbus Indiana Wednesday night to battle St. Bartholomew’s and fell by a final score of 32 to 19.Adam Cox led the Cardinals in scoring with 10 points including a couple of 3’s. Joshua Myers added 4 points while Charlie Dice chipped in 3 points. Aaron Weber and Johnathan Deal rounded out the scoring each contributing a free throw.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.The 8th grade SLS Basketball Cardinals traveled to Columbus Wednesday, December 10 and defeated St. Bartholomew’s 50-16.Nathan Eckstein led the Cardinals in scoring. All Cardinals players scored with George Ritter and Alex Geers coming off the bench and having good games.The SLS Cardinals play St. Lawrence next Monday at the Activity Center.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Dale Amrhein.The SLS 5th grade defeated St. Paul’s Wednesday, December 10 by the score 40-3.All Cardinals players entered the scoring column.The SLS 5th grade Cardinals are in action again tonight playing St. Michael’s at the Activity Center.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Dale Amrhein.
Trainer Mick Winters claimed back-to-back runnings of the Guinness Galway Hurdle as dual-purpose mare Missunited struck gold in the hands of Robbie Power. Press Association Power said: “The race worked out 100%. It’s not often things work out in a 20-runner handicap. I jumped off and I got a lovely position. When I gave her smack after the last she quickened up and put her head down. “Mick was very confident, very bullish, and said the ground wouldn’t be an issue. To win the race two years in a row with two different horses is unbelievable.” Winters said: “The mare is Flat-bred and the owner was anxious about letting her take her chance here. I’ve just been terribly lucky to have herself and Rebel Fitz. This one stays and I was confident enough when she hit the front. “It’s super to win it back to back. Last year I had to muck out the next morning but this year I’m prepared and I have a few on to work. “Jason Maguire was asked to ride but he couldn’t do the weight. Martin Ferris did a good job schooling her but the owners wanted someone that was there before. “I had this race mapped out for her for 12 months and now I’d love to see her coming up the hill in Cheltenham. The only mare that I’d be afraid of in the country is Annie Power. “The mare will now go for a Listed race in the Curragh over a mile and three-quarters in two weeks’ time.” The genial County Cork handler landed a gamble 12 months ago with stable star Rebel Fitz, successful over fences earlier on the card, and this year’s challenger was a leading contender at 7-1. Never too far off the pace, the six-year-old scooted clear from the home turn and safely negotiated the final flight to secure victory by three and three-quarter lengths. Flaxen Flare filled the runner-up spot ahead of Make Your Mark and Drive Time, who finished third and fourth respectively.
A SECOND century of the season for Dwayne Smith set up a crucial 29-run victory for the Barbados Tridents against St Lucia Stars in Match 27 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Thursday night. The victory keeps the Tridents in the hunt for a final spot and ensures the Stars end their season without a win.After winning the toss the Tridents promoted Nicholas Pooran to open the batting for only the third time in his T20 career and he justified their decision in an explosive 20-ball 36.While Dwayne Smith struggled for fluency early on Pooran displayed his power and timing as he struck two sixes and four fours. When he was dismissed with two balls remaining in the Powerplay – duped by a well-disguised slower ball from Obed McCoy – he had scored more than 80% of the Tridents’ runs.In the six overs after the Powerplay the Tridents began to lose their way. First Kane Williamson was brilliantly stumped by Andre Fletcher down the leg side off the bowling of Rahkeem Cornwall and then Kieron Pollard mis-timed a rank short ball from Cornwall in the twelfth over to leave the Tridents 83 for 3 after 11.3 overs.Having struggled for timing in the Powerplay, Smith then begun to find his range, striking his first six in the 12th over and another a few balls later before taking 22 off a Shane Watson over to really get the innings moving.Smith lost his partner, Eoin Morgan, but continued unabated scoring boundaries on both sides of the ground, pulling well off the back foot and driving with typical aplomb off the front foot.The Stars have struggled to restrict run-scoring in the death overs this season and their weakness was once again exposed as Smith punished some wayward lines. 28 runs came from the 18th and 19th overs before a 42-minute stoppage due to a floodlight failure which delayed the bowling of the last over.When they eventually returned Watson struggled to bowl the right length and Christopher Barnwell and Smith took 22 from the over, with Smith reaching his century with consecutive sixes. Watson finished with figures of 0 for 55 from just three overs and the Tridents with 195 for 5 – the equal highest total at Kensington Oval.The Stars innings started in frenetic fashion when Andre Fletcher hit a six and a four in the opening over before mis-timing a short ball from Ravi Rampaul to Eoin Morgan in the deep. Watson briefly threatened to get going, scoring 22 before pulling a Wahab Riaz short ball to mid-wicket. Three Cornwall boundaries helped the Stars to 54 for 2 after six overs.The relaxing of the field restrictions did nothing to slow Cornwall who cleared the ropes three times in the two overs after the Powerplay and moved to his fifty in the 11th over, off just 26 balls. Johnson Charles struggled for fluency and timing and scored just 13 off 20.Cornwall was having no such troubles however and continued to find the boundary regularly enough to keep the run rate in check. He should have been dismissed in the 9th over when he picked out Barnwell at long off who dropped the catch.With five overs remaining and 59 required Cornwall begun to show signs of tiring, complicating the Stars strategy. Running between the wickets ceased to be an option and after the equation had been reduced to 48 off 16 balls Cornwall decided to retire, allowing Darren Sammy to come in.Two balls later Marlon Samuels picked out Pollard on the boundary. In the face of a spiralling run rate and some tight death bowling the Stars were unable to stay with the Tridents and eventually fell short by 29 runs. (CPLT20)
As part of effort to ensure convenience for participants in the 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the tournament is constructing a 3,000 capacity seating Arena.The Beach Soccer Nations Cup, a championship of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), will hold in Lagos at the Eko Atlantic City from 13-18 December.Chairman, Sub Committee on Facilities for the competition, Mr Bolaji Yusuf said the organizers identified the Eko Atlantic City, which is closed to the Palace of Oniru on Victoria Island, as a situable site for the event, adding that for the convenience of players, officials and fans, a 3,000 seating Arena comprises 120 VVIP seats, 500 VIP seats and 1,400 regular seats with rooms for referee’s lounge, players, dressing room, medical points, doping control centre, CAF/LOC centre, media centre, training pitch and fans zone for entertainment will be constructed before the kickoff date of the championship. Yusuf, who is the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on sports Facilities to the Governor of Lagos State said: “Special security has been inculcated into the building plan to ensure adequate security for the tournament.“The site has been cleared and floodlights are expected to arrive the country in the next couple of days as they had been pre-ordered.“The Arena will be ready to host the eight nations and give residents and visitors an experience to savour for a very long time,” he said.Nigeria will face Egypt, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire in Group A of the competition, while defending champions Madagascar will battle Libya, Morocco and Senegal in Group B.The tournament will serves as Africa’s qualifying event for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup taking place in The Bahamas.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“[This scholarship] will make it easier for a few students to afford to come to USC and study real estate,” Green said. “If we could get even one or two students that we otherwise couldn’t get because of cost, that’s a win.” According to Knott, Haddad hopes the discussions will help start a larger conversation regarding climate change, sustainability and the environment between USC and surrounding communities to create change. Andy Kim, a sophomore studying real estate, expressed the importance of sustainability in real estate for himself and for Price. Green said the donation will fund student scholarships and a series of talks on sustainable communities. “One of the public areas of public policy I feel that should be publicized more is actually sustainability,” Kim said. “I’m very happy to hear that [Haddad] is able to give such a generous donation for Price to really talk about sustainability more.” Price Dean Jack Knott and Lusk Center Director Richard Green said the donation will help support faculty hires in the real estate program, which has grown in recent years. Price hopes to hire another senior faculty member in the program and will use the funds to help pay for this person’s research and other expenses. “We now have a large undergraduate major in real estate and a master’s degree in real estate, so we’re hiring additional real estate faculty,” Knott said. “Students are going to be involved in this,” Knott said. “We’re going to hold a series of events that [Haddad] likes to call dialogues, with key stakeholders to change behavior and change policy.” FivePoint donated $1 million to the Price School of Public Policy last week. Emile Haddad, the chairman and CEO of FivePoint, made the donation to encourage more conversation regarding sustainability. A portion of the gift will fund “disruptive dialogues,” which Knott said will focus on innovation within sustainable development. The Price School of Public Policy received a $1 million donation from real estate company FivePoint last week to encourage sustainability discussions. (Daily Trojan file photo) “[Haddad] wants to initiate a set of dialogues between the University and the development community and the government on what these communities would look like, what kind of regulations and zoning we would need to make this happen [and] what kind of mindset and goals private developers should have in order to achieve these kinds of sustainable communities,” Knott said.
Raj Sarkar Written By First Published: 19th December, 2019 09:07 IST WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Former featherweight titleholder Max Holloway has been a great champion, as he went on to retain his featherweight gold for more than two years before losing it against Alexander Volkanovski at the very recent UFC 245. Well, the Hawaiian has accepted his defeat gracefully and his classy approach towards the new featherweight king has made all his fans go crazier over him. Despite a controversial decision in the defeat, Max Holloway posted on Instagram in which he praised Alexander Volkanovski for showing the heart of a champion.Also Read | UFC Star Max Holloway Says Judges Made Him CRY Twice This YearUFC 245: Max Hollway’s classy Instagram postMax ‘Blessed’ Holloway did not agree to the judge’s scorecard but that did not snap away his respect for Alexander Volkanovski’s fighting spirit. The former featherweight champion delivered a classy message on Instagram which made a lot of celebrities and UFC fans go gaga. Max Holloway posted a picture of himself and Alexander Volkanovski in the fight and captioned: “ He (Alexander Volkaanovski) was willing to fight for an interim belt. If he (Alexander Volkanovski) couldn’t fight me he was willing to fight anybody even fighters below him. When you’re a champ everybody is below you so Alex was carrying the weight of the belt before Dana wrapped it around his waist. Happy for Alex and Emma and their daughters, and Australia. Same ocean, different waves. See you in the line up again”. No wonder, UFC fans, and celebrities loved the classy ‘Max Holloway’ as Dan Bilzerian, Dustin Poirier, Michael Bisping, and Megan Olivi praised him. Take a look at Max Holloway’s post: FOLLOW US Also Read | Conor McGregor Reacts To Kamaru Usman’s Title Defense Against Colby Covington At UFC 245UFC 245: What’s next for Max Holloway?Another title run, that’s it. Max Holloway clearly said that he is going to hunt for the title once again as he is just 28 now. The former featherweight champion is interested to contest for it again with Alexander Voolkanovski and Dana White has also given his consent for the fight. Let us see if the highly anticipated re-match gets materialized any time soon or not. SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 19th December, 2019 09:07 IST UFC: Max Holloway’s Classy Post For Alexander Volkanovski Despite Loss Wins Fans Over Despite losing against Alexander Volkanovski, Max Holloway has shown his respect for the UFC champion and the whole of Australia. Know what Max Holloway said. COMMENT Also Read | UFC: Kamaru Usman Takes Potshots At Colby Covington Ahead Of UFC 245Also Read | UFC Salaries: Conor McGregor, Khabib, Nate Diaz Salary Revealed