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How soon can you expect phase 6, and what really changes when the phase does?

first_img(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – As the novel H1N1 influenza virus (aka the “swine flu”) spreads to more countries and sickens more people, the question invariably arises, when will the World Health Organization (WHO) change the pandemic alert level to phase 6?It’s a fair question, though not necessarily the most important one. We often measure the magnitude of events and dilemmas by numbers. The problem is I hear a great deal of confusion about what such a change means.So let me set the record straightThe WHO phases measure the transmission ability of the virus, not the severity of a pandemic. If your plan hinged on a severe scenario, you may be finding yourself in a tough spot at the moment, trying to explain what all the fuss has been about.Don’t be surprised if the WHO bumps the phase to 6 any day now. In some ways, Margaret Chan, MD, director-general of the WHO, has been foreshadowing just such an announcement. But know that phase 6 is not necessarily a proclamation of disaster.What about severity?With the exception of the severe illnesses it caused in Mexico, the new virus is behaving in many ways like a mild seasonal influenza strain. And even the proportion of cases in Mexico that can be considered severe may be very small if we consider the many mild cases that were likely missed with the current disease surveillance conducted by the Mexican public health authorities.If and when the WHO announces a move to phase 6, the outbreak will be officially dubbed a pandemic. As such, according to the new WHO definitions, the virus will be causing “sustained community level outbreaks in at least one other country in another WHO region.” In other words, phase 6 means the virus is causing widespread human infection.Will it continue to cause mild illness? First, let me say that if you or someone in your care has come down with seasonal influenza any time recently, you may not think “mild” is an adequate word to describe the illness. Any strain of flu will make a person feel horrible, and some people worse than others. Which is exactly why we work so hard to immunize people each year.As to the question, will the novel virus continue to cause so-called mostly mild illness, the truth is that not a soul on the planet can provide an answer yet. As I’ve said before, the virus could fizzle out in days, weeks, or months without causing more severe illness than a mild seasonal influenza strain would. Or it could go away for a few months, only to reappear in a form that could cause severe sickness and death. And yet another scenario is the virus continues on its present course, mutating as it passes through the population to become much more dangerous.Can you cancel ‘red alert’?As I mentioned in my last column, the best response is always a proportional response. Actions need to be tied to the level of risk. Only in this way can we maintain our credibility. And that brings me to the topic of school closures.Given that the novel virus is behaving like the seasonal influenza, certain community mitigation measures implemented early on out of caution are no longer warranted. For example, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced that it would no longer recommend school closures when a student is identified as having the novel H1N1 influenza. That’s a prime example of proportional response.Don’t be surprised to see the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revise its guidelines about school closures, too, if the current pattern of mild illness persists. It makes so much more sense to keep one sick child home (whether the illness is caused by the new virus or a strain of seasonal influenza) than to cause the disruption of entire schools, which can put an unnecessary burden on your employees and your business. And, in the long run, it’s an action that should reinforce credibility.I’d urge your organization to think in terms of proportional response, too. Would you ban travel to places like Mexico if the seasonal influenza virus were causing illness similar to the illness that this new H1N1 influenza strain is causing? I don’t think so. My rule of thumb right now is to ask, “Would I recommend our organization take this action if we were responding to routine seasonal influenza?” If your answer is yes, then that’s a proportional response. If not, ask yourself why you are making this recommendation for dealing with the novel H1N1.What to make of media coverageThe whipsaw of media attention is stunning. Just last week, in search of a new angle to the novel influenza strain, reporters from prestigious media outlets were sleuthing for evidence that government officials had not been forthcoming soon enough about how serious the outbreak was. This week, the prattle has flip-flopped. Now the media suspect that much ado has been made about the outbreak and that that public health officials overreacted.What is distressing is that as the media industry, particularly the print business, has contracted, some of the finest health reporters in the nation have lost their positions. I have tremendous respect for solid journalism, and I make myself available to reporters as much as possible to help keep the record straight. So I can tell you that without a doubt the quality of questions coming my way indicates a growing ignorance about the field of infectious diseases.Not only is this discouraging, it’s downright dangerous. You cannot count on the media (with notable exceptions) to give you reliable information. So I urge great caution when reading, listening to, or reviewing any story that relates to this novel H1N1 influenza outbreak. I urge you to caution your C-suite about this as well. They need to know that decision-making simply cannot be made based on the popular media.From what I’ve seen—and I’ve been in the thick of this—for one to believe accusations that public health officials are either underplaying or overblowing information about what could be an emerging pandemic is quite frankly ludicrous.To make matters worse, as one of my colleagues mentioned today, if you consider the growing new milieu of social networking, you could say that narrow-casting of information has created a kind of echo chamber for misinformation.Rest assured, that will not be the case with news, information, and resources that come from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP). Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but at CIDRAP Business Source, we go the extra mile to make sure you are getting intelligence that is authoritative and reliable.You have my word on that.And here is today’s breaking news:The WHO reported 1,085 confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1 (swine flu) and 26 deaths in 21 countries as of 18:00 p.m. GMT (noon US EST) today, up from 985 cases in 20 countries reported earlier in the day. Mexico has reported 590 confirmed cases and 25 deaths. The WHO’s latest total reflects today’s updated US numbers from the CDC, which stand at 286 cases and 1 death. [WHO update 14]At a WHO media briefing today, Keiji Fukuda, MD, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security, emphasized that the rationale for any future move to pandemic alert phase 6 wouldn’t be based on disease severity, but rather on sustained outbreaks in more than one WHO region. On Apr 29 the WHO raised the pandemic alert to its current level, phase 5, which signifies sustained community outbreaks in two or more countries within one WHO region.The CDC will begin reporting “probable” cases of flu in addition to confirmed cases to give a better sense of the size of the US epidemic, acting director Dr. Richard Besser said Monday. In addition to the 286 confirmed cases, there are more than 700 probable cases in the United States.The CDC will work with international health authorities to monitor the southern hemisphere’s flu season, beginning shortly, to see how the novel H1N1 strain behaves in competition with other flu viruses. “That will tell us a lot about whether the virus is changing and what measures we might want to take in the fall,” Besser said.Tomorrow the WHO will host its second scientific teleconference to address clinical issues surrounding patients who have influenza A/H1N1 (swine flu) infections, the WHO’s Fukuda said today at a media briefing. The conference will allow scientists to share information on crucial topics such as disease severity. The topic of the first teleconference, held on Apr 29, was the influenza situation in Mexico.last_img read more

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Hartley Jewelers Appointed Official Jeweler of The Miss Washington Pageant

first_imgFacebook24Tweet0Pin0Hartley Jewelers of Olympia, Washington, has been selected to be the official jeweler of the prestigious Miss Washington Pageant. To celebrate and mark the occasion, Hartley Jewelers is designing the official Miss Washington ring, which will be awarded to the pageant winner for the first time this year.“Since we started our business in 1967, we have always had a passion for community involvement. Each year we are pleased to donate a gold and diamond crown pendant designed especially for the new Miss Washington. We are thrilled to have been asked to design the official Miss Washington ring, and – needless to say – we are honored to also have been appointed the official jeweler of The Miss Washington Pageant”, says Rick Hartley, founder of Hartley Jewelers.The official Miss Washington ring is being created entirely by hand from sketch to finished piece (a process you can watch here). Several series of sketches were drawn, then narrowed down to styles that celebrate the regional Miss Washington Pageant, with a ‘W’ elegantly incorporated into the ring. The designs reflect elements of the national Miss America Pageant ring and tiara. There are three final sketches from which the winning design will be chosen during the month of May, 2012. The public can see the sketches and vote on their favorite at Hartley Jewelers’ Facebook pageor by texting “MISSWA” to 22828.Peggy Miller, Executive Director of the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization, is overseeing the design and decision-making process of the new ring. ”We have always been impressed with the craftsmanship and generosity we have encountered at Hartley Jewelers. It seemed only natural to cement this long-standing relationship by appointing Hartley Jewelers official jeweler of The Miss Washington Pageant”, she says. ”We have had a lot of fun designing the new Miss Washington ring in cooperation with the goldsmiths at Hartley’s, and we are really excited to be able to present this beautiful commemorative ring to the pageant winner for the first time this year.”The ring will be presented to the winner of this year’s Miss Washington pageant July 6th and 7th at The Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien, Washington. For more information about the ring or the Miss Washington event, please contact Peggy Miller at [email protected]last_img read more

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Howell scores OT winner to spark Leafs past Braves

first_imgElliott Piourde tied the game early in the third period before the Leafs hardest worker, Samuel Weber, regained the lead with 13 minutes remaining in the period.However, the Braves tied the game as Niko Corsaro beat Devin Allen in the Leafs net with 22 ticks left on the clock to force overtime.Trail Thompson and Carter Jones also scored for Spokane.Nelson out shot the Braves by a wide 52-32 margin, including a 33-16 count after two periods.But J.J. Pichette continually frustrated the Nelson players with several key saves to keep the Braves in the contest.Nelson, improving to 10-14-0-0-2, returns to the ice this weekend with a pair of home games.Saturday, the Leafs play host to Creston Valley Thunder Cats before hosting division rival Grand Forks Border Bruins Sunday at 2 p.m.Creston is currently the top team in the KIJHL with a 19-4-1-0-1 record. Dale Howell scored twice, including the game winner in extra time, to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League overtime victory Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.The win snapped a three-game losing streak and helped Nelson finish the month of November on a positive note after dropping eight of ten games.After the two teams exchanged goals in the first period, Nelson grabbed a 3-2 lead following 40 minutes of play on two later period goals by Sawyer Hunt, on the power play, and Ryan Piva.The goals came in the final three-plus minutes.last_img read more

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Leafs bounce back to shutout Braves, Cooper scores twice to lead Green and White

first_imgRyan Cooper scored twice and Josh Williams recorded his third shutout of the season sparking the Nelson Leafs to a 4-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Spokane Braves Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win snapped a brief one-game losing skid for the Green and White.Nelson opened the two-game home stand weekend with a narrow 2-1 loss Friday to Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Saturday, the Leafs jumped all over the Braves, scoring twice three minutes into the game to take hold of the contest.Cooper, receiving a gift-wrapped loose puck in front of the Braves net, opened the scoring just over a minute into the game.Justin Podgorenko made it 2-0 following a similar breakdown in the Spokane defence.Leaf coach Mario DiBella, a stickler for detail was pleased with the result despite times when the Leafs were inconsistent in their play.”Well there were good moments and bad moments out there, but we came to play tonight,” DiBella confessed.Nelson dominated most of the game, peppering Spokane goalie Ben Waslaski with 44 shots in total.The Braves were having lots of trouble breaking free from their side of the ice with Leafs swarming from all sides.Nelson on average for the night were getting 15 shots per period compared to Spokane’s five per period. Ryan Keilty, who was not in the lineup Friday against the Nitehawks, was back in the lineup in place of Jaiden LaPotre.”Coach (DiBella) said I was lacking certain things from my last game and I think I showed what he needed tonight,” said Keilty, connecting for his second goal of the season after converting a breakaway.DiBella agreed that Keilty had “improved” not saying much else on the matter.DiBella, on the other hand, had a bit more to say regarding Leaf Game star Ryan Cooper.”He really is special with how well he can start up plays and get the puck where it needs to be,” DiBella explained.Cooper’s two goals came in the first and third periods.With just over two minutes remaining, Cooper was on the ice looking for his hat-trick goal on the Leaf power play.”I wasn’t thinking about getting the hat trick at the time, I was just trying to throw pucks at the net,” Cooper said.When asked about his goals, Cooper said, “the second one felt more natural as I had my eyes closed for the shot.”“I like to visualize my shots as it makes me more comfortable when I shoot,” Cooper added.Nelson, tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division with Grand Forks Border Bruins, begin a five-game road trip Friday with a game in the Sunflower City against the Castlegar Rebels.Nelson then makes stops in Spokane, Kimberley, Golden and Invermere before returning home October 27th to face the Golden Rockets.BLUELINES: Ryan Cooper now leads the Leafs in scoring with 12 points — six goals and six assists — two points head of David Sanchez. Jackson Zimmermann and Sawyer Hunt are tied for third, each with nine points. . . .Netminder Josh Williams has jumped back into the lead in goalies with a 1.14 goals against average. Owen Sikkes of Beaver Valley is second at 1.71. Williams is 6-0 on the season.last_img read more

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“March Madness” Season Ticket Renewals Start Friday

first_imgAs Drake men’s and women’s basketball continue their postseason runs, current and new Drake season ticket holders can make sure they don’t miss a minute of next season’s action at the Knapp Center. Fans can renew their season tickets with just a $50 per seat deposit starting Friday, March 16. Season ticket holders can place their deposit by logging on to their account at the links below or contacting the Drake Athletics Ticket Office at 515-271-3647.Men’s Basketball Season Ticket DepositsWomen’s Basketball Season Ticket DepositsNew Bulldog fans who want to join the growing excitement around both basketball programs can place a $50 deposit per seat by creating a new account. Both men’s and women’s basketball have had tremendous success this season and are primed for even more excitement in 2018-19. Fans will also notice unique changes inside the Knapp Center prior to next season. New energy-efficient LED lights will be installed in May followed by a new game floor this summer. Stay tuned to GoDrakeBulldogs.com for all Knapp Center updates. All fans who place a deposit by April 2 will receive a piece of the soon to be replaced Knapp Center floor in appreciation for their support of the Drake basketball programs. A deposit of $50 per seat is required and will be applied to your season ticket balance.Deposits can be made for the same number of season tickets as season-ticket holders had for the 2017-18 season. Those who wish to add seats, may include up to four additional deposits. At the time of seat selection, season-ticket holders have the option to pay for tickets in full or enroll in a payment plan.Men’s Basketball Season Ticket DepositsWomen’s Basketball Season Ticket Deposits Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Football Hosts Morehead State Saturday Afternoon

first_imgStory Links Drew Lauer (St. Peters, Mo.) rushed for a season-high 124 yards on 26 attempts with two touchdowns and added one receiving touchdown. Devin Cates (Yuba City, Calif.) had his first career 100-plus yard receiving game with 103 yards on nine catches and two touchdowns. Before Saturday’s game, former Bulldog greats Eric Saubert (131) and Conley Wilkins (140) in 2016 against Stetson were the last Bulldog teammates to have more than 100 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing in the same game. Drake is picked to finish third in the 2019 Pioneer Football League Coaches Preseason Poll as it returns eight All-PFL performers. Four of those PFL selections return on defense in defensive linemen, Gavin Dineen and Erin Morgan, linebacker Zac Rujawitz and safety Will Warner. The quartet were part of last season’s unit that ranked in the top 15 in nearly every defensive statistical category. Warner had an outstanding junior season that was capped by being named Drake’s first first-team All-American since Eric Saubert in 2015 and the Bulldogs’ first Associated Press first-team All-American since 1982. Individually, Warner was second in the nation in interceptions with eight to also tie the Drake program record. He also led the nation in interception return yardage at 223 total yards. Outside of his interceptions, Warner was second on the team in solo tackles with 41 and successfully defended a total of 12 passes. Dinnen was a 2018 All-PFL First Team selection who recorded 3.0 sacks and 38 tackles. Morgan was selected to the 2018 All-PFL Second Team after he tallied 3.5 sacks, 8.0 tackles for loss and 21 tackles at defensive end. Rujawitz started all 11 games and is the top returning tackler with 54, including 22 solo stops. On the other side of the football, Drake will have a new quarterback under center in true freshman Ian Corwin. Corwin comes to Drake after a decorated prep career for Jenks High School in Tulsa, Okla. At Jenks, Corwin broke 15 school records, went 29-8 in three seasons as the starter and helped Jenks finish as state runners-up in 2018. Corwin will play behind an experienced offensive line and will have help from the Bulldogs’ top three leading rushers and receivers from last season. Corwin’s top three receiving targets, Devin Cates, Steven Doran and Mitch McFarlane combined for 1,865 receiving yards and 21 receiving touchdowns. The Bulldogs’ top three returning rushers, Braeden Hartwig, Drew Lauer and Cross Robinson ran for 935 combined yards and seven touchdowns. Also, back is senior punter Ross Kennedy. Kennedy was an All-PFL honorable mention selection last season. He recorded 52 punts for an average of 37.3 yards, including a season-long 57-yarder against Montana. Kennedy placed 17 punts inside the 20-yard line and didn’t kick a touchback all year. He finished the season No. 93 among FCS punters with his average of 37.3 yards per punt. Print Friendly Version Drake’s offense rolled to 452 yards, including 182 on the ground, helping make 28 first downs and dominate the time of possession at 37:01. The team was penalized just once in the game, a third-qu­arter false start. Live Video Scouting DrakeDrake begins a new era in 2019 under the leadership of first-year head coach Todd Stepsis. Stepsis, who is the 27th head coach in Drake football history in its 126 seasons. Stepsis takes the reins of the Bulldogs’ program after serving as the program’s defensive coordinator for the past five seasons under previous head coach Rick Fox. As the defensive coordinator, Stepsis, built the Drake defense into one of the nation’s top units and coached a total of 42 all-conference selections including the program’s all-time leading tackler, John Hugunin and the most recent Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Year, Nathan Clayberg. Buy Tickets Live Audio Drake Game Notes Following Saturday’s home game, Drake travels to San Diego on Nov. 2. Kickoff with the Toreros is scheduled for 4 p.m. CST. San Diego travels to Dayton this Saturday.center_img Drake’s special teams unit started the game with a huge play on the opening kickoff. Noah Larson (Winterset, Iowa) forced a fumble by Butler and the football was recovered by Declan Carr (Frankfort, Ill.). Later on, fourth down from the Butler 1-yard line, Lauer punched it in the end zone for Drake’s first score. The Bulldogs are looking to go 4-0 in PFL play for the first time since the 2012 season. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team hosts Morehead State in Pioneer Football League action Saturday at 1 p.m. inside Drake Stadium. Drake (3-3, 3-0 PFL), which is in a first-place tie in the PFL with San Diego, is coming off its final bye weekend. Morehead State (4-3, 2-1 PFL) earned a 31-20 homecoming win over Butler on Oct. 19. Drake’s defense limited Butler’s offense to just 229 yards and just 22:59 in time of possession. Will Warner (Pella, Iowa) picked off a Butler pass late in the game for his second interception of the season. Live Stats Scouting Morehead StateAt 2-1, Morehead State is off to its best start in PFL play since the 2015 season. The Eagles are in a four-way third-place tie in the standings after back-to-back wins after dropping a high-scoring contest to Davidson in their PFL opener. Morehead junior defensive end Vaughn Taylor Jr. is the reigning back-to-back PFL Defensive Player of the Week and a three-time honoree this season. Taylor leads the PFL in tackles for loss with 12.5 and sacks with 5.5 this season. Ian Corwin (Tulsa, Okla.) passed for a career-high 265 yards on 25-of-32 with three touchdowns. Drake’s offensive line didn’t allow Corwin to be sacked as Corwin completed passes to seven different Bulldogs. RewindDrake rolled to a 42-7 road victory at Butler on Oct. 12, its third-straight win, as the team improved to 3-3 overall. The Drake Bulldogs were impressive in all aspects against the Butler Bulldogs as Drake’ offense, defense and special teams all made big plays and dominated in the team’s third-straight win.last_img read more

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Council defers decision on the late Cllr Manus Kelly’s seat

first_imgDonegal County Councillors today deferred a decision on who will take the seat left vacant following the death of Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly.Councillors were due to co-opt a new member to the vacant Fianna Fáil party seat today, however, no decision has yet been made on who will take up the role.Mr Kelly passed away on 23rd June as a result of a tragic accident during the Donegal International Rally. He was the three time consecutive and reigning champion of the event. The popular businessman and sportsman from Glenswilly had just been elected to local council for the first time in May. He attended two meetings, at the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District and at the County Council level, before his untimely passing. A decision on the co-option is due to be made at the next Fianna Fáil party convention. Council defers decision on the late Cllr Manus Kelly’s seat was last modified: September 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Rewarding good African reporting

first_imgDiageo is launching the annual DiageoAfrica Business Reporting Awards, due to take place on July 2010, in Central London. (Image: Diageo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jo Crawshaw africapractice, Awards Secretariat +44 (0)20 7209 7507 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Heineken’s R7-billion SA plant • Reshaping reportage on Africa • Boosting African journalism • SA celebrates media freedomNosimilo NdlovuIn July 2010 Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, will hold the seventh annual Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards, which recognise recognise journalists from around the world who have excelled in reporting accurate and unbiased news about the continent.Initiated in 2004, the awards encourage prolific business journalism within Africa with their focus on increasing the continent’s influence in the international media. The awards will recognise journalists who have helped shape opinions and create an enabling environment for business in Africa to succeed.“The world has been impacted by the global recession and so has Africa. However, the dynamism of doing business across Africa and the opportunities available to investors, continue,” said Nick Blazquez, the company’s Africa Managing Director.“We recognise that the media has a key role across the world in shaping business sentiment and Diageo will continue to support initiatives that encourage balanced reporting on Africa’s business environment.”African media is increasingly influencing perceptions of the continent globally and shaping investor sentiment. This is why the best journalists and influential media outlets from Africa, as well as international sources, are being encouraged to enter the awards.  The number of categories has also been extended to allow sector-specific categories to reflect the important role that various industries play in economic development.‘Looking ahead, 2010 is a very important year for African business. As 16 African countries celebrate their 50th Year of Independence and South Africa hosts the 2010 World Cup, there is a greater sense of optimism and excitement than there was last year,’ added Blazquez.The awards ceremony will be held on 1 July, 2010 in Central London. The closing date for entry is 26 March, 2010. Entries can be submitted online at www.diageoafricabusinessreportingawards.com.The award categories for this yearBest Information and Communication Technology (ICT) featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of the ICT sector in a thoughtful and engaging way. This might include, but is not limited to, telecommunications infrastructure, mobile, networking, security, cyber crime, e-learning, hardware, software, Internet.Best Finance featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of the finance/banking sector in a thoughtful and engaging way. This might include, but is not limited to, investment opportunities, retail banking, credit cards, corporate finance, mobile money, payment systems.Best Infrastructure featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of infrastructure (physical or otherwise) in a thoughtful and engaging way. Features addressing issues of energy and transport can enter this category. This might include, but is not limited to, infrastructure development projects, aviation, oil, roads, rail, energy.Best Agribusiness / Environment featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of agribusiness or environmental issues in a thoughtful and engaging way. This might include, but is not limited to, climate change, agriculture, food security, water management, farming, resource management.Best Tourism featureA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that examines any aspect of the tourism industry in a thoughtful and engaging way. This might include, but is not limited to, hotels, eco-tourism, travel, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.Best use of New Media in a storyA piece developed using new media (online digital photography, blogs, vodcasts, videos, podcasts or a mixture of these) that effectively supports a story about business or the economy in an African context. The topic is open, but use of new media must help deliver a fresh perspective that helps the audience engage with a story in a way not possible through traditional media alone. Entry must include a live URL.Best Business News storyA news story or series of related stories delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that: Addresses a breaking news story from the time period of the awards,  answers all basic questions in a clear and balanced fashion, and demonstrates journalistic flair – a style that is engaging, though-provoking and accessible to its audience.Best Business Feature storyA feature or series of related features delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online) that: Examines business or the economy in an African context, provides useful background material for readers to understand relevance, gives bigger picture and importance to Africa, as well as specific issues it might be addressing and brings the business and economy to life, while answering the serious questions.Best NewcomerA portfolio of three features (can be across different platforms) by a journalist who has been working as a reporter for less than five years. Proof of first date of accreditation will be required. Judges will be looking for overall quality of reporting, understanding of business issues and personal insights, as well as a commitment to sustained coverage of the business and economic climate in Africa, which serves to highlight opportunities as well as challengesMedia of the YearA print publication, broadcast programme/channel , website or blog that is a comprehensive resource for  its audience providing sustained coverage of Africa’s business and economic news, issues and analysis (sector-specific or otherwise).Please submit a portfolio of five articles of no more than 5,000 words each, or five broadcast programmes, of no more than 3 hours in total. In addition to quality of reporting, balanced perspective, insight and analysis, judges will be looking for style and presentation, as well as outlets that are building a reputation amongst business and investor communities as a valued source of information about Africa.Journalist of the YearA portfolio of three features (on any one or a mixture of media platforms) of no more than 5,000 words or 1 hour each. Submitted pieces can cover different topics, industries or people, or be part of a series of reportage.  As well as quality, style, presentation and a way of engaging the audience, judges will be looking for a commitment to sustained coverage of the business and economic climate in Africa which serves to highlight opportunities as well as challenges.last_img read more

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No “Kill Switch” in Lieberman-Collins Bill, But There’s Been One Since 1934

first_imgklint finley Last week the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs passed the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010, a bill now better known as the “Kill Switch Bill.” The bill will now be considered by the Senate. There’s no “kill switch” provision in the bill, but the President has had that power for decades.The bill, if passed into law, will establish new cybersecurity organizations in the White House and The Department of Homeland Security, and compel private enterprises to cooperate with said agencies during a “cyber emergency” if deemed necessary by the President.CNET reported on June 10th that the Senate was considering the bill, using the term “kill switch” to describe the proposed emergency powers, and warning of the potential for the president to gain “absolute power” over the Internet.Section 249 of the bill contains the material regarding powers during a “cyber emergency.” Here’s what the bill actually contains, according to the official summary, emphasis ours:Section 249: If the President determines there is a credible threat to exploit cyber vulnerabilities of the covered critical infrastructure, the President may declare a national cyber emergency, with notification to Congress and owners and operators of affected covered critical infrastructure. The notification must include the nature of the threat, the reason existing security measures are deficient, and the proposed emergency measures needed to address the threat. If the President exercises this authority, the Director of the NCCC will issue emergency measures necessary to preserve the reliable operation of covered critical infrastructure. Any emergency measures issued under this section will expire after 30 days unless the Director of the NCCC or the President affirms in writing that the threat still exists or the measures are still needed. Emergency measures imposed by the Director must be the least disruptive means feasible, and such emergency measures cannot be used to set aside the requirements of the Wiretap Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. This section does not authorize any new surveillance authorities or permit the government to “take over” private networks. While complying with the mandatory emergency measures, owners and operators of covered critical infrastructure will have the flexibility to propose alternative security measures that address the national cyber emergency and, once approved by the Director, implement those security measures in lieu of the original mandatory emergency measures. Owners and operators of covered critical infrastructure who comply with the requirements can in certain circumstances receive liability protections that range from limitations on some damages to immunity from suit.The Director will also work with owner and operators of covered critical infrastructure outside the United States to inform them of cyber threats and vulnerabilities and appropriate security measures.The language in the summary is consistent with the language in the bill itself (section 249 starts on page 76). It doesn’t sound like a “kill switch.” The bill would require the President to submit a report describing, among other things, “The actions necessary to preserve the reliable operation and mitigate the consequences of the potential disruption of covered critical infrastructure” (pg. 84 lines 1-4). That sounds like the opposite of a kill switch: this legislation describes a process by which the president is expected to take action to ensure access to “critical infrastructure” -including the Internet.There’s plenty of room to debate the merits of the federal government dictating the security policies of private companies, the ability of the president to continually extend any provisions beyond 30 days, the value of establishing new cyber security departments within the government, and the vagueness of the language in the bill. But this is nothing nearly so radical as some are making it out to be.In fact, as Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ web site for the bill points out, the President already has a legislative (but of course, not technological) “kill switch.” The Communications Act of 1934 gave the president power to shut down “wire communications.” Here’s the specific passage:Upon proclamation by the President that there exists a state or threat of war involving the United States, the President, if he deems it necessary in the interest of the national security and defense, may during a period ending not later than six months after the termination of such state or threat of war and not later than such earlier date as the Congress by concurrent resolution may designate, (1) suspend or amend the rules and regulations applicable to any or all facilities or stations for wire communication within the jurisdiction of the United States as prescribed by the Commission, (2) cause the closing of any facility or station for wire communication and the removal therefrom of its apparatus and equipment, or (3) authorize the use or control of any such facility or station and its apparatus and equipment by any department of the Government under such regulations as he may prescribe, upon just compensation to the owners. The bill was amended in 1996, and the 1996 version retains the above passage. The backers of the bill suggest the bill would actually limit the power granted to the President by the Communications Act. The language of the bill requiring the President’s solutions to be the “least disruptive” possible and limiting emergency periods to 30 days instead of six months support this claim.The clamor over this bill does raise some intriguing possibilities. What, technologically, could the US federal government actually do to “shut down the Internet”? Shutting down all US based ISPs would effectively shut down the Internet within the US (and all web sites hosted here). ISPs in other countries would be unaffected, and it’s conceivable that US citizens could still subscribe to foreign sattelite Internet services.Does the president, under the authority of the Communications Act of 1934, have the right to shut down ICANN? Could the US government shut down or block access to ICANN through some other existing legal means already? wouldn’t shutting down ICANN effectively cripple the Internet internationally? How hard would it be for foreign telcos to replace ICANN in that event? open_sailing‘s Openet project seeks to stitch together various packet radio and wireless mesh networks to build a global internet outside the control of governments and telecos, but its a long way from being ready.But who’s interests would shutting down the Internet serve? Surely totalitarian regimes could benefit from censoring individual web sites, and certaincompanies would benefit if certain applications being blocked. But it’s also been suggested that the Internet has been benefitial to dictatorships. And most importantly, the business world does not want to see its profits diminished by impediments to Internet access. One can hardly imagine any administration, no matter how corrupt, actually using a “kill switch.”Special thanks to my friend Laura for help researching thisPhoto by wlodi / CC IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Analysis#enterprise last_img read more

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Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 will go on sale in select markets

first_imgNokia revealed its first smartphones, Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, to run the next version of Windows, a big step for a company that has bet its future on an alliance with Microsoft. Nokia Corp .’s new flagship phone is the Lumia 920, which runs Windows Phone 8. The lenses on its camera shift to compensate for shaky hands, resulting in sharper images in low light and smoother video capture, Nokia said. It can also be charged without being plugged in; the user just places it on a wireless charging pod.Nokia also unveiled a cheaper, mid-range phone, the Lumia 820. It doesn’t have the special camera lenses, but it sports exchangeable backs so you can switch colors.Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said the new phones will go on sale in the fourth quarter in “select markets.” He didn’t say what they would cost or which US carriers would have them. AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA have been selling the earlier Lumia phones.Apple Inc. is expected to reveal the iPhone 5 at an event in San Francisco next week, which means the holiday quarter is going to be a tough one for competing smartphones.Nokia, a Finnish company, revealed the new phones in New York. The American market is a trendsetter, but Nokia has been nearly absent from it in the past few years. One of Elop’s goals is to recapture the attention of US shoppers.Facing stiff competition from Apple’s iPhone and devices running on Google’s Android software, Nokia has tried to stem the decline in smartphones in part through a partnership with Microsoft Corp. announced last year. It has moved away from the Symbian operating platform and has embraced Microsoft’s Windows Phone software.Nokia launched its first Windows phones late last year under the Lumia brand, as the first fruits of Elop’s alliance with Microsoft. Those ran Windows Phone 7 software, which is effectively being orphaned in the new version. Nokia sold 4 million Lumia phones in the second quarter, a far cry from the 26 million iPhones that Apple Inc. sold during those three months. So far, the line hasn’t helped Nokia halt its sales decline: Its global market share shrunk from the peak of 40 percent in 2008 to 29 percent in 2011, and it is expected to dwindle further this year.For Microsoft, the alliance with Nokia is its best chance to get into smartphones again, where it has been marginalized by the rise of the iPhone and then phones running Google Inc.’s Android software. The launch of Windows Phone 8 coincides roughly with the launch of Windows 8 for PCs and tablets. That launch is set for Oct 26.The new Windows Phones come as Google and makers of Android phones have run into legal trouble, which could slow the momentum of Android devices. Samsung Electronics Co., which has succeeded Nokia as the world’s largest maker of phones, showed off a Windows 8 phone last week. It didn’t announce an availability date either.With AP inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

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