We’re Beyond Theory, and on to Reality and Execution

first_img(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – The race is on. The next few months will pit all of our preparedness planning (or lack thereof) against a novel H1N1 virus that is certain to sweep through northern hemisphere countries.While this next wave is not likely to dramatically increase influenza deaths—unless the virus undergoes additional mutations or reassortments—it could cause significant and sustained illness in our otherwise healthy workforce populations. And remember, we currently don’t have any explicit plans to vaccinate that population, except for pregnant women and healthcare workers, even in the United States.Regular readers of this column know I have emphasized for the past 4 months that we should expect the unexpected in our battle with this virus. But now it’s time to drive a stake in the ground and declare, “No more what-ifs. This is what we can and are going to do in response to this virus in our organization over the next 4 to 6 months.”Business preparedness for this pandemic was substantially elevated this past week when the US news media suddenly found the second coming of novel H1N1. Stories about the potential shoe to drop with a fall/winter wave of illness have been everywhere.The media’s attention is not based on any recent change in the disease occurrence, but has largely occurred because of an all-out media campaign by our federal government to hit our pandemic preparedness status head-on. I applaud these federal efforts, particularly the coordinated messages coming from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Education, Commerce, and Agriculture.Despite the balanced and scientifically sound information being shared by our federal agencies, there are still a number of critics who have publicly declared that this is a “Chicken Little” situation. We are scaring the world needlessly, they say. If that’s where you are as you read this column, go no further. If you aren’t convinced by now that we have some real challenges ahead with this upcoming fall/winter wave of H1N1, I’m afraid it’s too late for CIDRAP to help.Your primary focusBut if you do believe that H1N1 may cause substantial and sustained illness in our workforce over these upcoming months, then understanding what that means, particularly as it is overlaid on a global just-in-time economy, ought be your second highest priority right now.Of course, your first priority should focus on what the next few months will mean for your family and loved ones. As a father of a pregnant neonatologist (my first grandchild is due in December)—and she is also part of the team at the bedside of other H1N1-infected and seriously ill pregnant women—I pray for the day when my daughter gets both of her H1N1 influenza vaccine doses in her arm. It can’t come soon enough.Announcing a crucial summitTo try to bring a very current, practical, and execution-driven summary of what we all can do to have the highest level of preparedness in our organizations, CIDRAP is sponsoring its third pandemic preparedness summit on September 22 and 23 in Minneapolis. “Keeping the World Working During the H1N1 Pandemic: Protecting Employee Health, Critical Operations, and Customer Relations” is the title we’ve chosen for this 2-day crash course and summary of the latest, most effective actions your organization can implement to be better prepared.You can get more information on the summit here. We’re convening pandemic response experts in public and private sectors who know their business and are ready to act. We’ll tackle with candor, urgency, and practicality how to brace our enterprises for the months ahead.The 25 members of the Summit Advisory Group represent some of the best minds and most practical thinkers in the pandemic preparedness business. I think when you review the program and see the line-up of speakers and sessions, you will agree that this will be your last, best chance to get ready for this next wave of H1N1 infections.And I can only hope that one day, when we do all our pandemic postmortems, we will realize we did make a difference.Bottom line for businessIt’s not too late to get some very crucial and practical preparedness planning completed and implemented in your organization. But time is of the essence. No more feeling your way through the preparedness black hole. Execution is everything now. And it helps if somebody else has tried it and is willing to share which best practices worked and which didn’t.last_img read more

HEALTH WORKERS SOUND ALARM: LSIs, OFWs could overwhelm public health system

first_img* Bacolod City – 48 According to Quiñon, local government units (LGUs) may run out of quarantine facilities to accommodate more incoming LSIs and OFWs. “I am appealing on behalf of our healthcare workers. I hope and pray that our authorities will be provided with wisdom in their decision-making. Decisions should be for the greater good,” she stressed. * Negros Occidental – 191 Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon of the Provincial Health Office took up the cudgels for the healthcare workers. She urged the national government to be more circumspect in shipping LSIs and OFWs back to Western Visayas. “Public health and the economy are interlinked. If cases of coronavirus disease 2019 continue to rise, people will lose confidence in the economy. There would be fewer investments,” says Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon of the Provincial Health Office. IME SORNITO/PN “Please lessen the number of people being transported back. For example, pwede 200 for LSIs and 300 or even 200 lang per week for OFWs,” said Quiñon. She cited the case of healthcare workers in the Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Alimodian town – five of them contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus. * Iloilo province – 137 If the return of LSIs and OFWs is not cautiously handled, the adverse consequences may go beyond public health and safety, she warned. Worse, more healthcare workers may be infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the healthcare workers warned. * Capiz – 13 At 137, Iloilo province had the second most number of COVID-19-positive repatriates, next only to Negros Occidental which had 191. * Iloilo City – 43/PN “Public health and economy are interlinked. If COVID-19 cases continue to rise, people will lose confidence in the economy. There would be few investments,” said Quiñon. As of yesterday, July 14, Western Visayas had a total of 611 COVID-19 cases. Of these, 452 were repatriates (LSIs and OFWs), data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed. Here’s the breakdown of LSIs who have returned – Antique, 5,777; Negros Occidental, 4,584; Capiz, 4,199; Iloilo province, 3,218; Aklan, 2,962; Bacolod City, 1,066; Iloilo City, 924; Guimaras, 384. As of the July 12 data of DOH, a total of 23,114 LSIs and 8,213 OFWs have returned to Western Visayas. * Aklan – five On the other hand, here’s the breakdown of repatriated overseas workers – Iloilo province, 3,055; Capiz, 1,015; Iloilo City, 1,000; Aklan, 888; Bacolod City, 831; Antique, 678; Negros Occidental, 489; Guimaras, 257. * Guimaras – 10 There may not be enough facilities to quarantine for 14 days the LSIs and repatriated overseas workers, they said, and contact tracing may become less efficient. * Antique – five ILOILO – A deluge of returning locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) could overwhelm the province’s public health system, warned healthcare workers. Contact tracing is important and this is one of the tasks of COVID-19 healthcare workers, said Quiñon, but if they get infected themselves, contact tracing would be adversely affected. As of yesterday, July 14, the 452 COVID-19-positive repatriates were in the following areas: The RHUs of Bingawan (six healthcare workers) and New Lucena (two healthcare workers) were in a similar situation, revealed Quiñon.last_img read more

The World Cup’s Finest with Heavyweight Sports’ Darren Haines

first_img Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Today’s edition is brought to you by Heavyweight Sports’ PR Director Darren Haines, who discusses David Beckham’s Argentinian redemption, a Zico/Roberto Baggio conundrum and a love for “the first Brazilian number 10”.First World Cup Memory 16 June 1982 (Bryan Robson v France). Not just for the goal itself – England’s first in that tournament after just 27 seconds – but everything around it. The shadows on the pitch were a revelation to an eight year old boy, that football could be played in sunshine and not just on the wet and heavy pitches of England, whilst that slightly-off colour hue to the overseas television pictures, and distant sound to the commentary, we used to get in those days added to the World Cup’s sense of far-away wonders. Naranjito was the best World Cup mascot too.Favourite World Cup:Goal David Beckham (England v Argentina, 2002). Watched in a South London pub. Not just for the redemption of Becks and what it meant in the match at the time, but also because a woman then poured her pint in super slow-mo style over my friend’s head, having inadvertently spilt some of his beer on her arm during the celebrations. That happening to your mate is never not funny. An honorary mention, too, for Carlos Alberto’s thunderblast in 1970. Whilst before my time it remains, for me, the archetypal World Cup goal – swaggering team play, sublime skill and a stunning finish – and its yet to be beaten.Player Zico. With Heavyweight putting together many ambassador deals for bookmakers, such as the Alan Shearer partnership for Coral, it has been great to work with one or two World Cup heroes in recent years, such as Big Al, Geoff Hurst (Sky Bet), Michael Owen (BetVictor) and Rio Ferdinand. None of them have disappointed but Zico gets my vote – the first Brazilian Number 10 in my lifetime who in 1982 scored four, including an overhead kick, and assisted four more. Roberto Baggio comes a close second.TeamBrazil, 1982. Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be, so it’s back to 1982 again and the side that probably made me truly fall in love with football. Regarded as the greatest team to never win the World Cup, the likes of Socrates, Zico, Junior, Falcao and Eder all produced iconic World Cup moments that we tirelessly tried (and failed) to recreate in the playground. Probably the purest attacking football ever to be played – unfortunately they forgot about defence! Millennials should YouTube it for 20 minutes well spent.Game West Germany v France, 1982. This game sits alongside Brazil-Italy in 1982 and England-Argentina in 1998. They all had drama, tension, goals, comebacks and jaw-dropping moments written into football folklore (Beckham getting sent off, Schumacher not) to prove that heartbreak plays a greater part in football – on and off the pitch – than its more glamorous younger brother jubilation.KitEngland, 1990. There has been plenty of chat about Nigeria’s kit this year being the hipsters’ choice but I’m not sure having sold four million of them strictly qualifies as alternative-cool so surely the unbuyable Iran shirt is this year’s choice of the true hipster. But for me, seeing England’s Italia ’90 kit, whilst not a classic in the design sense, will forever be the one that bristles the hairs on the back of my neck. The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day, if you would like to be involved please email craig@sbcgaming.com.last_img read more