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

Cricket News Virat Kohli’s India side have golden chance to break Australia jinx despite overseas woes

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: When India’s overseas tours cycle began in January 2018, there was plenty of optimism. India had a dominant home season from October 2016 till December 2017 where they swept aside oppositions. New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Australia, Sri Lanka both home and away were dismantled clinically. A batting core and a bowling unit were firmly in place for overseas conquests. The disappointments of 2011, in which they were whitewashed 4-0 in England and Australia and in 2014, where they lost 1-0 to South Africa, New Zealand, 2-0 to Australia and 3-1 to England would be consigned to history and forgotten.Read More | Shastri questions India’s ‘poor travellers’ tag ahead of series Alas, that has not been the case. India are reliving part 2 of the ‘Tigers at home, Lambs abroad’ saga with a 1-2 series loss to South Africa and a 1-4 loss to England in Tests. The series defeat in England will hurt especially, considering that top batsmen like Joe Root and Alastair Cook were not in form and the bowling relied on James Anderson, who was recovering from a shoulder injury and Stuart Broad, who had struggled for consistency. With those two defeats behind, India now face Australia Down Under.Read More | ‘Sensible decisions key for Indian team’s success in Australia’The Land of Oz, where India have won just five Tests in 71 years of touring the country. A country where the crowd behaves like the 12th man of the national team.  Only South Africa and England have ever won series in the country in the last 25 years. Despite all these odds and with India’s overseas woes, this tour is the golden chance for Kohli’s India to break their overseas rut.India’s bowling the X-factorIn the upcoming tour, the dynamics have changed favourably towards India. In the current squad, most of the batsmen have played on the previous tour. Kohli hit four centuries and scored 692 runs at an average of 86, Ajinkya Rahane hit a glorious century in Melbourne while Murali Vijay chipped in with fifties and a hundred in Adelaide and Brisbane. KL Rahul also hit a century in Sydney. In the previous tour, all Indian batsmen had a good average and with the gained experience of four years, they will be keen to make an impact.Read More | India in Australia: From Nappies, Monkeygate – List of sledgesIt is the bowling unit that makes a big difference this time. The squad has Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. The pace and spin departments are covered brilliantly. Bumrah’s style of bowling is tailor-made for Australian conditions while Bhuvneshwar has the capability to swing the ball, both in the air and off the deck. Umesh or Shami can get the ball to reverse swing while Kuldeep’s chinaman could confound Australia, who don’t play spin well. In addition, Ashwin and Jadeja’s relentless pressure and accuracy can stifle Australia.Read More | Johnson taunts Kohli, says he looks forward to no feisty send-offsIn past series, Australia always held the upper hand because their bowlers softened the opposition and the batsmen would grind them further for the kill. In this case, the tables have turned.Avoiding collapses boosts situationIn South Africa and England, the common factor that hurt India was batting collapses. In Cape Town, they were reduced to 92/7 and 82/7 in both innings which hurt them immensely. In Centurion, in the second innings, they stumbled to 82/7 and the end result was they lost the series. In England, the collapses were even more alarming.Read More | Jasprit Bumrah will be X-factor for India in Australia: Damien FlemingIn Edgbaston, chasing 194, they crumbled to 78/5 and their last four wickets fell for 22 runs. In Southampton, chasing 245, they lost seven wickets for 41 runs as yet another series slipped by their grasp. Even in Australia 2014, collapses have hurt India. In Adelaide 2014, Kohli’s 115 and 141 was undone because in both innings, India had collapses of 77/6 and 73/8. In Brisbane, the tail contributed just 23 runs for the last four wickets while in the second innings, five wickets fell for 41 runs as the middle order fell to Mitchell Johnson.Read More | Tendulkar’s arrival, Rahul Dravid’s epic and Virat Kohli’s heartbreakIn the press conference before the team departed for Australia, Kohli stressed on the need for batsmen from top to bottom to bat together and bat without fear. If India’s batsmen step up and compliment the bowling that has taken 20 wickets away consistently, this series is India’s.With just two Test wins and three ODI wins in 2018, Australia are ripe for the picking. It is a great chance for India because their opponents are low on confidence, their star players are not there, and their major weapon of ‘mental disintegration’ has been blunted. A chance to win a series against a team confronted with so many problems in their home turf cannot get much better than this. last_img read more

Guard Kelechi Osemele misses practice again, is questionable to face Chargers

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — The Raiders are preparing for the possibility of being without two-time Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele when they visit the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday.Osemele, who left for eight snaps against Cleveland with a knee injury but later returned, did not practice during a walkthrough session Friday and was officially listed as questionable.“We’ll have to wait and see,” coach Jon Gruden said. “That’s the best I can say …last_img

Pitcher: Willie McCovey turned my pitch into laces, string and a scrap of leather

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Imagine Jim Barr’s excitement upon being summed to the major leagues for the first time. Imagine his amazement when the Giants showed him to his locker — right next to the locker of Willie McCovey.“He meant so much to me,” Barr said, appearing on KNBR Wednesday night, just hours after McCovey, a Giants icon and baseball Hall of Famer, died at 80.“Willie was not only a great player,” Barr told KNBR’s Drew Hoffar, “he was a …last_img

Avoid NH3 Mishaps

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — A recent incident in suburban Chicago involving an anhydrous ammonia leak that injured several people, including first responders, underscores the dangers the nitrogen fertilizer can present in both transportation and application.Despite its dangers, anhydrous ammonia is the least-expensive form of nitrogen fertilizer and remains the form of choice for many farmers. Following all safety procedures and using personal protective equipment when handling anhydrous can prevent issues like the one in Chicago.VITAL FORM OF NITROGENTo many farmers, anhydrous is a reliable, efficient and cost-effective source of nitrogen if handled safely, according to John Rebholz, director of safety and education for the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA). In Illinois, farmers use approximately 670,000 tons annually of anhydrous, and the number of incidents are fairly low.Rebholz said if ag was solely reliant on the other forms of nitrogen (liquid and dry), the fertilizer would not only be more expensive but supply issues would arise with one less form available, he said. Farmers always need to follow safety reminders when handling or transporting anhydrous, whether it be a normal or condensed growing season like this spring has been, he said.Growers in the state are encouraged to go through training, but currently, the state of Illinois does not require training for farmers. However, ag retail employees who handle and transport ammonia are required to go through safety training.IFCA offers a free online training program specifically for farmers at their website: http://learning.ifca.com/…“IFCA’s position is that anyone who handles or transports anhydrous ammonia should go through anhydrous ammonia training,” Rebholz told DTN. “We would definitely support a training program for our farmer customers, as most of the incidents occur when the farmers are in possession of the ammonia.”Rebholz said if a farmer is in possession of anhydrous ammonia and a reportable release of 18 gallons or 100 pounds occurs, it is the grower’s responsibility to immediately notify the proper emergency personnel. Although they may not want to make the calls, it is their responsibility per federal and state regulations to contact these agencies if the release occurs while they are in possession of the anhydrous, he said.It’s necessary to provide emergency responders with specific information about the ammonia release, which allows them to prepare and act accordingly, he said. A written follow-up report is also required and must be sent to the Illinois Emergence Management Agency (IEMA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Ammonia release contact information can be found here: https://ifca.com/…PROPER HANDLING IMPORTANTHandling and transporting anhydrous ammonia in a professional manner is important to assuring nitrogen is properly applied in a safe manner, said Mark Hanna, retired Iowa State University Extension ag engineer. The fact that so much anhydrous has been — and will be — applied in such a small window leads him to believe incidents like the one in suburban Chicago happen because people get in a hurry and disregard safety rules.“I wouldn’t say it is everyone, but it is only human nature to cut corners when it comes to anhydrous safety during busy times,” Hanna said.Hanna estimated about half of the state of Iowa’s nitrogen is applied in the anhydrous ammonia form. He said that, during his lengthy Extension career, he was asked whether anhydrous is too dangerous to work with.His said his opinion is that farmers have made their nitrogen form decision, and for many, especially in the Western Corn Belt, the form they want to use is anhydrous. The cost and density of the fertilizer is extremely appealing to many, he said.While anhydrous may pose some safety hazards, those that use the product can remain safe if they pay attention to safety details, he said.When working with anhydrous application equipment, it is important to know wind direction and stay upwind when operating valves, he said. When working with this equipment, it is also important to make sure all equipment is well maintained and in proper working order, including hoses, valves and hitches with safety chains.With much of the preplant anhydrous already on in Iowa, Hanna said a rainy-day project might be to inspect the anhydrous applicator before the heart of sidedressing season. A quick run-through of the equipment might revel some different components that may need to be addressed.Another important safety measure when it comes to anhydrous is to make sure personal protective equipment is present and in good shape. This would include unvented goggles, long sleeves, anhydrous gloves and a properly fitted respirator with ammonia-approved cartridges.Also, make sure the 5-gallon emergency water supply attached to the nurse tank has water and that it is clean water. Often, dust and dirt get into the small water tank and make the water dirty, he said.Iowa State Extension had an article titled, “Equipment Considerations for Anhydrous Ammonia Application,” written by Hanna in the Integrated Crop Management (ICM) News segment on March 19. Click on the following link to read the article: https://crops.extension.iastate.edu/…The Minnesota Department of Agriculture also has anhydrous ammonia safety training online. You can find this information by clicking on the following link: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/…Russ Quinn can be reached at russ.quinn@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Business Focus for NAHB’s Green Building Conference

first_imgThe 11th edition of the conference will feature sessions on the financial, legal, and technical aspects of green homebuildingThe National Green Building Conference, scheduled for May 8-11 in Dallas, will kick off with a tour highlighting the energy efficient features of six Dallas-area homes, then get down to the business and technical sides of green residential construction, the National Association of Home Builders said in a recent conference reminder.The 30-plus education sessions on the docket for May 9 and 10 include: “From the Basement to the Attic: A Deep-Energy Retrofit” (presented by Peter Yost, BuildingGreen LLC’s own director of residential services), “The Biggest Energy Mistakes Builders & Architects Make Part I,” “Looking Under the Hood: How Top Green Builders Do It,” “National Green Building Certification” (including certification for multifamily, site development, and remodeling projects), “The Down & Clean of Affordable Green,” “Green Building Legal and Liability Issues,” and a marketing session titled “Demonstrating the Home: The Competitive Edge.”Highlights on the Tour of Green Homes, on May 8, include a near-zero-energy home equipped with a ground-source heat pump that collects heat from six 300-ft. wells, a cutting-edge green design designated an Energy Value Housing Award winner, and a home in the close-in suburbs remodeled to fit the needs of a family looking for sustainable design and easy maintenance.Financier and wind-power advocate T. Boone Pickens is scheduled to speak at the conference awards dinner on May 8, and Joel Makower, the author of Strategies for the Green Economy, is the keynote speaker on May 9.last_img read more

BJP yields to Nitin Patel, hands him finance portfolio

first_imgGujarat’s Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel has won his “battle of prestige” with the BJP leadership conceding to his demand for important portfolios by allocating the crucial finance department, which was earlier given to Saurabh Patel. Mr. Patel assumed charge of his office on Sunday morning after the party president Amit Shah called him to convey that his demand for suitable portfolios has been accepted and a proper announcement will be made from Gujarat. “Amitbhai called me this morning at 7.30 and communicated that my prestige will be maintained and assured to allot a suitable portfolio”, Mr. Patel told reporters in Ahmedabad, maintaining that he was not fighting for any post but for his “prestige and self respect.” On Sunday afternoon after Mr. Patel took the charge of his office, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that as per the decision taken by the party high command, finance department has been handed over to Nitin Patel and a letter in this regard was sent to the State Governor O.P. Kohli. “As a senior and experienced minister having served as No: 2 position with previous chief ministers, it was expected that suitable portfolios would be allotted. But this time, for some reason, that couldn’t happen and three of my earlier held portfolios — finance, urban development and petroleum — were taken away from me. I had expressed my feelings to the Chief Minister and also to the party high command, including the party president Amit Shah,” Mr. Patel said, stressing that he never threatened to resign from the party as was reported in a section of media. As per the original allocation of portfolios, finance was given to Saurabh Patel besides energy while CM had kept urban development and petroleum departments earlier handled by his deputy. However, now with finance back to Deputy CM, only energy has been left with Saurabh Patel. The 61-year-old widely-experienced leader’s sulking over the portfolio allocation came as a major challenge to the newly elected BJP government. That the party high command had to yield to Mr. Patel’s tantrums show that with 99 seats, it’s lowest tally in Gujarat since 1995, the BJP government will have to walk a tightrope and can no longer take any leader, particularly seniors like Mr. Patel, for granted. “He has extracted what he wanted and also exposed the party’s vulnerability and how it can now easily be blackmailed,” a top insider in the government said.Earlier on Thursday, the first cabinet meeting of the new Rupani government was delayed for four hours as series differences cropped up between CM and his deputy regarding the portfolios allocation. Mr. Patel had reportedly told the CM that he was not happy with some of the ‘low-profile’ portfolios while distancing himself from the government and refraining from taking charge from next day. In what was seen as a show-of-strength on Saturday, heavy rush was seen outside Patel’s residence in Ahmedabad on Saturday, as Patidar community rallied behind Mr. Patel, who emerged as the tallest leader of the community. Besides his supporters, some of the elected MLAs and RSS leaders, Patidar quota supporter and Sardar Patel Group leader Lalji Patel also visited him at his residence, expressing their support to him in his fight for “prestige.” Spearhead of the quota agitation, Hardik Patel also asked Mr. Patel to break away from BJP after the party offered him “lollipop.” A Patidar community social group Sardar Patel Group (SPG) even called for a Mehsana, Nitin Patel’s constituency and epicentre of Patidar quota agitation, bandh on January 1 to protest against ‘injustice’ to Mr. Patel. “About 4,000-5,000 people, from all age-groups and all sections of the society from villages and cities, visited me at my residence. I thank all of them for extending their support to me. I will continue to work for the party and the state,” Mr. Patel said while assuming his office in the state capital.last_img read more

Opening statements set for trial of deputies charged with assault on Vista

first_img VISTA (KUSI) – Opening statements were scheduled Wednesday in the trial of two sheriff’s deputies accused of assaulting a handcuffed Vista man and his father during an arrest last year.Deputy Nicholas Morgan, 27, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault without lawful necessity by an officer, and Deputy Joshua Nahan, 31, with one count, for allegedly roughing up Gerardo Martinez Jr. and Gerardo Martinez Sr.The father and son were arrested last May 7 after the lawmen responded to a domestic violence call.A 22-second video shot by a bystander appears to show the deputies shoving Martinez Sr. into a wooden fence while his son was pinned on a concrete sidewalk and repeatedly struck in the head.Morgan faces up to two years in jail if convicted, and Nahan could be sentenced to one year in jail if found guilty, according to the District Attorney’s office.A resisting-arrest charge was dismissed against Martinez Jr., who pleaded guilty last July to a domestic violence-related charge and was sentenced to four years of probation. Opening statements set for trial of deputies charged with assault on Vista men KUSI Newsroom, May 22, 2019 Posted: May 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Karnataka Congress worker Reshma found dead on the banks of Krishna river

first_imgCongress worker Reshma PadeknurA Karnataka Congress worker was found dead at Basavanabagewadi Taluk under Kolhar Bridge on the banks of Krishna river on Friday. The cause of her death has not been ascertained yet. However, the injury patterns on her body have the police suspecting that she was murdered.The woman has been identified as Reshma Padeknur. She previously worked with JD(S). During her tenure at JD(S), she served as the district president of the women’s wing for more than 10 years.Reshma’s relatives said that she was last seen on Thursday with a leader belonging to the All India Maklis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party before she disappeared. This leader was from Maharashtra, reports The New Indian Express.The Police did not reveal details of the investigation. “We are not at a stage of confirming whether it is a murder or suicide. We have beefed up the investigation and her relatives have been summoned,” B.S. Nemegoud, the Additional Superintendent of Police told TNIE.Reshma quit JD(S) after she was not given a ticket and joined Congress. Since then, she was at war with her former party when she even alleged that she was sidelined by them even after all the work she did for them.last_img read more