Long Voting Lines. How Americans Are Settling in for a Wait

first_img“The whole thing is just a gigantic nightmare,” said Robin Helmericks, a scientist who stood in line to vote early with her 19-year-old daughter in Charleston, S.C., on Monday.Or, as Ian Dunt, a British political journalist, said on Twitter on Monday: “There’s not enough booze in all the world for sitting through the American election results tomorrow night.”If the election generates that sort of response in someone 3,000 miles away, how are actual Americans, marinating in a sea of collective angst, meant to get through the day? Even more than that: If there’s no result by Tuesday night, which is likely to be the case, how will we hang on until there is?- Advertisement – “We expect long lines at the polls,” he went on, and also delays because of social distancing related to the pandemic. “After the polls close, and in the ensuing days, we will continue to need your patience. Never in the history of this city have so many people voted by mail. By law, staffers are not allowed to start opening and counting these ballots until Election Day itself.”Mr. Kenney noted that the results in Pennsylvania — and, by extension, the rest of the country — might not be known for a while. That’s the message election officials everywhere have been trying to emphasize, as they cope with the pandemic reality of a record number of mail-in ballots.- Advertisement – “In meditation, you can’t force the mind to stop thinking,” Mr. Miller said. “If you think, ‘Don’t think about the election, don’t think about the election, don’t think about the election’ then the election has become your mantra, and that’s not going to do you any good.” “Quite a lot of research suggests that the worst is yet to come as far as anxiety,” said Professor Sweeny, who specializes in the psychology of waiting.Part of the problem is the natural inclination to brace for the worst, in order to fortify yourself against potential disappointment, she said. “That tendency ramps up and moves more to the front of the mind as you get closer and closer to an outcome. Even people who are general optimists show a decline in optimism as the moment of truth draws nearer.”Of course, part of the difficulty this time around is that no one knows when this nirvanic (or hellish, depending) “moment of truth” might actually arrive. Having to wait longer also means fretting longer about possible scenarios and obsessing even more about the darkest contingencies.But people should avoid indulging in “speculative mode” and instead focus on what is in front of them, said Michael Miller, director and co-founder of the New York Meditation Center.“This whole season has been focused on speculating about what is going to happen,” he said. “But getting caught up in the moment-by-moment question of what results are coming in — that has never been good practice.”While it would be great to have some clarity, he said, it is unclear when that will come. “It’s about how can you make a plan to engage in self-care that would keep you in the present moment,” he said.Think small, he counseled. Clean your oven, rake some leaves, go for a walk, take off your shoes, feel the carpet on your feet. Breathe. “Patience,” exhorted the mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, in an open letter urging the residents of his city to remain calm through Tuesday and beyond.center_img Hurray, it’s Election Day!Not that it feels like much consolation.- Advertisement – “This has been the slow-moving election from hell with all the early voting,” Drew McKissick, the chairman of South Carolina’s Republican Party, said on Monday, eagerly anticipating its end. “It’s been draining.”The overriding prediction going into Election Day 2020 indeed take patience, the sort that feels in short supply right now. (How long is a piece of string? That is how long the election seems to have taken already.)Unfortunately, said Kate Sweeny, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, studies show that anticipatory dread only increases as waiting drags on. Nobody would advise anyone to spend Election Day stationed next to their liquor cabinets and enslaved to their social media feeds, though good luck with that. Either people are focusing disproportionately on alarming snippets of information that automatically make them feel bad — a swing against their candidate in a new poll, say, or a video of some helpless voters apparently being intimidated at a polling place — or they’re scrolling obsessively in search of some chimeric nugget of definitively good news to quiet their unease.“What is the German word for ‘feeling physically nauseous from anxiety at the news but also morbidly unable to look away and stop scrolling?” the novelist Celeste Ng wrote on Twitter.Mac Stipanovich, a Republican strategist and lobbyist in Florida who was intimately involved in the slow-burn nightmare of the 2000 election (his candidate won, but still) said that in many ways, it’s easier to be a campaign operative or a volunteer during stressful elections. Even if the tide is going against you, you’re too busy doing your job to indulge in your distress.last_img read more

Redmi Note 9 Variant Tipped to Come With High Display Refresh Rate

first_imgIs OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Shayak Majumder Shayak Majumder is Chief Sub Editor at Gadgets 360. A journalist since 2013, he has worked both on the field as well as behind the desk in several organisations including Indian Express Online and MSN. As a reporter, he covered a wide range of verticals, from politics to the development sector. While at Indian Express, he regularly reviewed video games, gaming hardware and the growth of MMORPG in India. He is also a passionate musician and a former trainer, currently working on his upcoming EP. …More Earlier, Digital Chat Station posted a photo of the LCD screen of one of the new handsets in Redmi Note 9 series. However, the hole-punch cutout could be seen in the centre of the screen. So, it can be speculated that the leaked model could be another variant in the Redmi Note 9 series.An earlier report suggested that the Redmi Note 9 series will get three new smartphones. One of the three models may sport Samsung’s recently launched ISOCELL HM2 sensor that comes with 0.7 micrometre pixel size and a 108-megapixel sensor. This would mark the first time that Redmi launches a smartphone with 108-megapixel camera. Xiaomi had earlier released phones with 108-megapixel snappers under the Mi branding.Xiaomi is also reportedly planning to launch a new Poco smartphone in the first half of December. Rumour mills suggest that it could be a rebranded Redmi Note 10.- Advertisement – Redmi Note 9 series has been subject to several tips and leaks in the recent weeks. Now, a tipster claimed on Chinese microblogging site Weibo that the base variant of a new Redmi Note 9 series model may come with a hole-punch cutout on the top left corner of the screen, along with a high refresh rate. It was recently reported that the Redmi Note 9 series could be getting three new phones with one of them possibly sporting a 108-megapixel primary snapper, a first for the Xiaomi sub-brand.Known tipster Digital Chat Station posted on Weibo that the lower positioned new Redmi Note 9 model in the series could feature a hole-punch cutout on the top left corner of the display to house the selfie camera. The post noted that the cutout appears to be slightly larger than usual, with a diameter of around 3.9mm. The tipster also claimed that the display comes with a high refresh rate.- Advertisement –last_img read more

WHO logs four more avian flu cases in Vietnam

first_imgJun 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially logged another four cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Vietnam, following a report to the agency today from the Vietnamese government.The cases occurred between Jun 1 and 17. Two of the patients are from Hanoi, one is from Hai Duong, and the fourth is from Nghe An, the WHO reported. The agency said seven patients are being treated for avian flu at a hospital in Hanoi.The report from Vietnam to the WHO comes on the heels of a Jun 16 report in the Canadian Press (CP) in which Dr. Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO influenza program, criticized the country for reporting delays. On Jun 15, multiple media reports from Vietnam said six people had tested positive for avian flu this month and that a seventh, a physician, might also have contracted the illness.Unfortunately, today’s disclosure from Vietnam does little to clarify the situation, Stohr told the CP today.”The data which we have received do not suffice to determine whether these are the cases which we became aware of yesterday [Jun 16],” Stohr said. That’s when the WHO received unofficial confirmation it felt was sufficiently strong to issue a statement saying it believed the media reports of six new cases were accurate, the CP said.”It could be the case that two more cases could be reported tomorrow. We don’t know,” Stohr told the CP. “The reality is that is the piece of information that we have.”Vietnam’s delays in reporting avian flu cases to the WHO have been a persistent issue in this latest outbreak, which began in mid-December 2004. The delays could jeopardize efforts to contain avian flu’s spread among people, Stohr was quoted as saying in the Jun 16 CP story.”We want to use this window of opportunity for early intervention . . . [but] we have to start moving when the window is opening and not when it’s closing,” Stohr told the CP. He added that the world would have up to a month to launch a full response to an emerging pandemic.Examples of reporting problems involving Vietnam are numerous. They are most evident in the delays between cases reported in reputable media and the confirmation of those cases by the WHO, which regularly posts updates soon after Vietnam notifies the organization of new cases.In addition, media reports originating in from Vietnam often differ widely. For instance, China’s Xinhua news agency, citing a Vietnamese newspaper as its source, ran stories yesterday and today saying that a doctor at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi had tested positive for H5N1 flu. The story also said 23 people with avian flu symptoms were being treated in a Hanoi hospital and that 11 of them had tested positive for H5N1.A separate source, the Vietnam News Service (VNS), ran a story online yesterday saying that two patients confirmed as having H5N1 were being treated at the National Institute for Clinical Research into Tropical Diseases and five others with type A flu were being treated at the same hospital.The institute had forwarded samples from those five patients for further testing and was expecting results next week, VNS reported.See also:Jun 17 WHO update on avian fluhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_17a/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Blood donors linked to vCJD cases being warned of risk

first_img Dr. Angela Robinson of the Blood Service said, “If you have donated blood in the last five years and are not contacted shortly, you can be assured that you are not involved in this new safety measure and need to take no further action.” The blood donors are being asked not to donate blood, tissue, or organs and to tell health professionals about their status so that extra precautions can be taken if they have surgery or invasive procedures, the United Kingdom Department of Health announced last week. The fatal disease is the human equivalent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. Officials said the National Blood Service was sending letters to the blood donors, with a telephone number for a help line staffed by senior transfusion experts. All the donors living in England gave blood in 1993, the announcement said. See also: “When a recipient of a blood transfusion goes on to develop vCJD, we have to consider the possibility that the infection could have been passed on through the transfusion,” Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson said. “Until a reliable blood screening test becomes available, it is sensible to proceed with highly precautionary measures such as this to rule out any possibility of onward transmission of the disease.” Officials said the likelihood of actual vCJD developing in someone carrying the agent is uncertain and that an infected person might never become ill. Dec 19, 2003, CIDRAP News story “Blood transmission of vCJD suspected in Britain”center_img The first possible connection of a vCJD case with a blood transfusion was reported in Britain in December 2003. To date, 4 of 156 vCJD victims had blood transfusions that experts think might have contributed to their disease, the department said. The probable source of infection was identified in one case, because one of the blood donors later became ill with vCJD. Since 1997 British health agencies have take a number of steps to guard the blood supply from the vCJD agent. Starting in 1999, for example, all white blood cells were removed from blood used for transfusions, and last year agencies stopped taking blood from anyone who had received a transfusion since 1980. People contract vCJD mainly by eating beef contaminated with BSE, which spread through British cattle herds in the 1980s and 1990s. It is not known if any of the vCJD victims contracted the disease because of a blood transfusion, but the decision to warn the donors was based on a detailed risk assessment and the advice of two expert committees, the agency said. Jul 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) –About 100 people who gave blood to three people in Britain who later fell ill with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) are being warned that they may have an increased risk of carrying the vCJD agent.last_img read more

Disease experts warn against hoarding Tamiflu

first_img IDSA President Martin J. Blaser said in the news release, “It’s important to keep in mind that there is no pandemic right now. Even the H5N1 virus that is currently circulating in Asia and Europe primarily causes a disease affecting birds. There have been very few cases of bird-to-human transmission. Most of those who became sick were in very close contact with poultry.” “The threat of a pandemic to the American people is so low right now that it simply doesn’t justify personal stockpiles of antivirals,” said Leonard Mermel, DO, SCM, president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). “We need this drug to treat sick people who will suffer from human strains of flu this winter.” He made the statement in a joint news release from SHEA and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). The statement follows recent reports of people trying to stockpile the antiviral drug for protection in case a flu pandemic erupts. Scores of governments are stockpiling oseltamivir, but supplies are limited and production is slow. Last week the manufacturer, Roche, suspended shipments of the drug to US pharmacies in an effort to prevent hoarding and save supplies for those who will need it for seasonal flu this winter. Oseltamivir and zanamivir (Relenza), called neuraminidase inhibitors, are the only antiviral drugs considered likely to be of some help if the H5N1 avian flu virus leads to a human flu pandemic. Oct 31, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two major organizations of infectious disease experts today warned the public against hoarding oseltamivir (Tamiflu), saying the threat of an influenza pandemic is not high enough to warrant it. IDSA-SHEA position statement US officials say they currently have a stockpile of about 2.3 million treatment courses of oseltamivir and expect to have about 2 million more by the end of this year. The government’s current goal is to have enough to treat 20 million people, which is less than 10% of the population. The IDSA advocates storing up enough to treat 25% to 40% of the population. “Given the current shortage of antiviral drugs, institutions should not stockpile drug for prophylaxis of health care workers, as this strategy requires much greater drug supplies than early treatment, and could deplete the reserve necessary for treatment on a national level,” the statement adds.center_img In related news, Canadian pharmacies today stopped cross-border sales of oseltamivir to the United States to allay public concern about the potential for shortages, according to a Bloomberg News report. In announcing the move, the Canadian International Pharmacy Association said there is no evidence of a shortage now, the story said. According to the story, Roche Chairman and Chief Executive Franze Humer said he had discussed the idea with Chinese officials. But reports in Chinese newspapers said Roche had not received any formal proposals from Chinese drug companies to produce the drug, the AP reported. See also: In a position statement also issued today, IDSA and SHEA said, “Personal stockpiling would likely lead to inappropriate use and wastage, as well as foster antiviral drug resistance emergence under some circumstances.” The groups suggested that healthcare facilities consider building a rotating stockpile containing about five times as much oseltamivir and zanamivir as they need in an average flu season, since the shelf life of the two drugs is about 5 years. Meanwhile, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong said Roche has been talking with the Chinese government about the possibility of jointly producing oseltamivir, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today.last_img read more

WHO postpones smallpox virus destruction by 4 years

first_img Sunshine Project report on WHO board resolutionhttp://www.smallpoxbiosafety.org/papers/WHAvariola2007.pdf Members of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), reaffirmed a previous decision to destroy the remaining stockpiles, Reuters reported. In 2010 the WHO will conduct a review of all completed and proposed research to better enable members of the 2011 assembly to reach a consensus on when to destroy existing variola virus stocks, the Reuters report said. May 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – At the World Health Assembly meeting today in Geneva, global health officials agreed to postpone for 4 years a decision on when to destroy the world’s remaining stores of smallpox virus. Enacting a major review of the current smallpox research breaks new ground and suggests a willingness for nations to compromise, the Sunshine Project said in its report. Russia and the United States are the only countries known to hold stocks of the smallpox virus. Since the disease was eradicated in the late 1970s, the WHO has often delayed destroying the virus to permit research on smallpox vaccines and treatments, particularly in light of concerns about bioterrorist attacks.center_img See also: The developing countries oppose genetic engineering of the variola virus and want assurances that rules on smallpox DNA distribution are not relaxed, the group said. In a Jan 31 report on the WHO executive board’s draft resolution that was to be presented at the assembly, the Sunshine Project, a nonprofit organization that works to ban biological weapons, said that issues surrounding smallpox virus destruction are divisive. Developing countries have pushed for setting a destruction date, but the United States and Russia have resisted a deadline decision because they want to expand smallpox virus research into new areas, without sharing the results with other countries.last_img read more

The swine flu news gets worse — and what you should do about it

first_img(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – In yesterday’s Special Edition, we reported on two potentially alarming developments: a novel swine flu outbreak in California and Texas that had infected seven people, who all recovered; and a much more severe respiratory disease outbreak in Mexico, with 120 reported cases, including 13 deaths.We said yesterday that it would be very bad news if the mysterious-but-deadly Mexican disease turned out to be the same never-before-seen swine flu virus identified in California and Texas. That would mean that we had (a) a novel flu virus against which people have no natural resistance, (b) spreading across a wide geographical area through human-to-human transmission, and (c) causing serious health effects and even death. Those are the three criteria that are prerequisites for a pandemic.Here’s what we know today:1. It’s settled. Swine flu is killing people in Mexico.All day today rumors circulated that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had established that the bad news had come true: that the deadly Mexican disease was indeed the same novel swine flu virus discovered in the US. At 2:30 pm the CDC held a press briefing and confirmed the rumors. Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the CDC, was candid that this was alarming news, that the CDC was “more worried” about a possible pandemic than it had been the day before.The numbers got more alarming today as well. Now the Mexican government says the new strain has killed at least 59 people and infected at least 854. The quantitative news on the US side of the border is better: Only one newly discovered case emerged today, and this person, like the earlier seven, has already recovered.Nobody knows why the new flu strain is deadly in Mexico and mild (so far) in the US. That will obviously be a topic of intense scrutiny in the days to come. The search for additional cases will also be a top priority. It would be a great relief to learn that the new swine flu is spreading only with difficulty, if that turns out to be true. But we simply don’t know yet the effectiveness of human-to-human transmission.Dr. Besser was clear today that he believed the new virus has probably spread too widely already to contain in its current locations. The World Health Organization (WHO) has hoped that if a new influenza strain were caught quickly enough, its spread might be stopped with an intensive “fire blanket” of antivirals given to people in the area surrounding the outbreak. That’s basically the “remote Indonesian village” best-case scenario—not the “two big cities in Mexico plus some other places” reality we face today. If the virus stops spreading, it won’t be because human effort contained it; it will spread or stop spreading pretty much on its own, depending on how transmissible it is.That doesn’t mean there is no point in trying to slow the spread—by wearing masks, staying home when you’re sick, canceling public events, etc. If it comes to that, so-called “social distancing” strategies should slow the spread of the virus. But “slow” isn’t “stop.”Bottom line: There isn’t much we can do right now to prevent a pandemic. We’re just waiting to see if we’ve got one.2. We are now at WHO pandemic phase 4—but the WHO hasn’t said so yet.The WHO has a six-phase index of pandemic risk. Since 1997, when H5N1 infected both birds and humans in Hong Kong, we have been in phase 3, characterized by “no or very limited human-to-human transmission” of a novel and dangerous virus. Phases 4, 5, and 6 are defined, respectively, by “increased,” “significant” and “efficient and sustained” human-to-human transmission.Basically, phase 6 means a pandemic is in progress. Phase 5 probably means a pandemic is inevitable. Phase 4 is the key: It means the pandemic risk is high enough to merit urgent, intensive, international public health interventions, although the pandemic might still not happen.All day today rumors have circulated about battles within the WHO over whether to ratchet up to phase 4. The specs are certainly met. The evidence of increased human-to-human transmission (compared with the H5N1 “bird flu” record) is clear. But so far the WHO hasn’t acted. It’s not clear what WHO officials and cooperating experts are considering as they debate this question, and it’s certainly not clear what or when the WHO will decide. In fairness, the WHO may simply have been waiting for more solid Mexican data.But we believe the world is now in pandemic phase 4. If you have a pandemic plan that is keyed to the WHO phases, we urge you to consider yourself in phase 4 as of today.Once again, that doesn’t mean a pandemic is either imminent or inevitable. It means the risk looks high and your precautions should be urgent and more than routine. Now is the time to prepare, emotionally as well as logistically, for the influenza pandemic that may (or may not) be on its way.We suspect that the WHO is worried that people will (wrongly) think that declaring phase 4 is tantamount to predicting a pandemic within days. Such a declaration would presumably hurt financial markets, influence business decisions, and raise anxiety levels in what is already a difficult economic climate. If all that happened and a pandemic didn’t, the WHO’s reputation could suffer mightily.These are serious concerns. But failing to declare phase 4 could also damage the WHO’s reputation. And it could arouse even more anxiety and more public and market overreaction. In fact, people are likeliest to panic and act unwisely when they know a situation looks bad and those in authority are pretending otherwise. That’s what happened during the SARS outbreak in Beijing. The Chinese government denied the crisis largely in order to allay panic; people became more and more panicky largely because the government was denying the crisis.We hope the WHO won’t make the same mistake. As we write this, there are new rumors that the WHO is about to declare phase 4. We hope it does. Whether it does or not, we urge you to act as if it had.3. Whether you call it phase 3 or phase 4, now is the time to implement the preliminary parts of your pandemic plan.Don’t get caught up in the phase-3-versus-phase-4 debate. What matters is that a pandemic looks likelier to materialize in the next few days, weeks, or months than it has looked for a long time.That’s not a guarantee. The last time a pandemic looked pretty likely was the early days of the H5N1 spread through Asia—and the pandemic didn’t happen. The time before that was the first sighting of H5N1 in Hong Kong in 1997—and it didn’t happen then, either. The time before that, ironically, was the US swine flu scare of 1976. President Gerald Ford was alarmed enough about that one to launch a massive vaccination program to protect Americans from the pandemic—and that one didn’t happen either.Flu experts are like hurricane forecasters. The weather map looks bad right now—but it’s far from rare for hurricanes to fizzle out or change course. Still, it would be exceedingly foolish not to take serious precautions when hurricane forecasters tell you a big one looks like it might be headed your way.The current economic crisis makes it difficult to argue for putting resources into pandemic planning when your company is just hanging on the ropes. But that is exactly why you need to plan, because not having a plan all but ensures that your company will go under during a pandemic.If you’ve got a pandemic plan, you have thought this through already. You have a list of things to do when a pandemic looks imminent but still iffy—actions that meet three key criteria that they:Will help everybody get ready for stronger measures if the news keeps getting worseHelp your company and your people survive if the pandemic comesWill be reversible without too much damage or cost if the threat recedes.You wrote the plan, hoping you’d never need to implement it—but figuring that sooner or later you might. Now you do implement it, but not the whole plan, at least not yet—just the easier bits.4. What should you do if you don’t have a pandemic plan?Well, for one thing, get your senior management to resolve right here and now that if the threat recedes this time, you’ll do what it takes to have a plan in place—and tested—the next time a serious pandemic possibility looms.In the meantime, put together a short list of things you can do now, even without a formal plan, to help your company brace for what may be just around the corner. Some things are probably too late to do—like stockpiling enough antivirals for your workforce and developing a protocol for getting them into their hands when they need it.But there’s plenty you can do right now, this weekend, or early next week, that will help. Then if the pandemic threat fizzles (or even if it stabilizes, hanging in abeyance for a few months), you can use the time to work on some longer-term preparedness measures.For now—for right now—here’s our shortlist of short-term suggestions.Alert everybody in your organization, from your senior management to your workforce. Make sure what you say is both scary enough and tentative enough: The threat could go away, or it could get very, very bad. Tell them where to get reliable generic information now, and tell them where they’ll be able to get reliable company-specific information if the pandemic materializes.Do a quick-and-dirty triage plan. In a pandemic, your company simply won’t be able to keep doing everything it does now. Business discontinuity, not business continuity, will be the order of the day. Which activities will you jettison fairly quickly? Which ones will you sacrifice greatly to keep operating if you possibly can?Assign everybody an emergency duty station. Now that you know what activities you’re probably going to discontinue, figure out how you will reassign the personnel who aren’t needed for those activities anymore. And tell them their new pandemic assignments now. Research suggests that employees are a lot likelier to come to work in a pandemic to do important emergency jobs than to do their routine jobs.Cross-train. Yes, time is tight for this one—but it’s too crucial to leave off your shortlist. Figure roughly a third of your workforce and roughly a third of your management isn’t going to be coming to work: They’ll be sick, dead, taking care of sick family members, mourning dead ones, or too frightened to come to work. Compile a list of everybody’s skills: Who can substitute for whom if needed. Figure out who you can’t function without—and then have those essential personnel get somebody else ready to step into their shoes if necessary. (You could also consider sequestering them in a safe environment or putting them on prophylactic [preventive] antivirals.)Stock up. You can’t possibly stock up on everything—especially not on such short notice and given how difficult it is to get loans these days. But make your best guess about which supplies, parts, and equipment you will run out of first when supply lines get stressed by the pandemic (or by fear of the pandemic). Winnow your list, bearing in mind that your budget is limited and some products won’t sell in a pandemic anyway. The sooner you do this, the likelier you are to find a seller who still has something to sell. Then go out and buy what you can’t manage without. No doubt this action is made harder by current economic realities. But not taking this step can ensure that your company won’t survive a pandemic.Tell your employees to stock up, too, on food, water, regular medications, batteries, and such. They’ll be grateful for the advice. It’ll show them you’re serious. And if the pandemic materializes, people are a lot likelier to come to work if they feel their family is properly prepared.Put together a set of upgraded workplace hygiene practices, such as routinely wiping down doorknobs, elevator buttons, computer keyboards, and the like. We don’t know if these practices will really reduce the risk of transmission, as the data supporting them are quite weak. But it can’t hurt and will give individuals a sense of empowerment that they are fighting back against the virus. (That’ll mean stocking up on the appropriate supplies.) And figure out how much social distancing you can realistically implement by moving people around, replacing actual meetings with virtual meetings, etc.Do these seven add up to a pandemic plan? No! And if you’ve got seven better ideas, implement yours instead. The main thing is this: A pandemic may be right around the corner, and you don’t have a formal plan for how to cope. So be it. Now do what you can, as quickly as you can. And then if the pandemic hasn’t come yet, do some more.—Peter M. Sandman, PhD, is a risk communication consultant based in Princeton, NJ, and Deputy Editor of CIDRAP Business Source. His writing on risk communication can be found at www.psandman.com; his pandemic communication writing is indexed at www.psandman.com/index-infec.htm.last_img read more

OVI for July 2018: Significant slowdown in demand for work – in the Adriatic, as many as 32 percent fewer waiters are in demand

first_imgAlthough OVI recorded a growth of 2018 percent in July 10,8 compared to the same month last year, this is the smallest increase in the last three years, which indicates a significant slowdown in labor demand, according to OVI data in July, and prepared by the Zagreb Institute of Economics.Seasonally adjusted index values ​​offer the same conclusion as the seasonally adjusted index fell 11,8 percent in July, the biggest drop on a monthly basis in 16 months. The slowdown may come from the tourism sector, given that, according to initial data, the July season did not meet all expectations.Thus, the demand for the traditionally most sought-after service occupations in the Adriatic counties in July 2018 compared to July 2017 fell or stagnated: the demand for vendors is almost identical, the demand for chefs fell by 6,6 percent, while the demand for waiters fell by as much as 32 percent. In contrast, central Croatia, which includes the City of Zagreb and Zagreb, Varaždin, Krapina-Zagorje, Međimurje, Sisak-Moslavina and Karlovac counties, recorded a 13 percent increase in labor demand compared to the same month last year, primarily for workers’ occupations. in manufacturing, computer scientists, hairdressers and nurses.The Online Vacancy Index (OVI) is a monthly index of online job vacancies developed at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb in cooperation with the MojPosao portal. The purpose of the index is to provide timely information on the current state of labor demand. The OVI index is created by simply counting the number of unique new ads whose application deadlines end in the month for which the index is calculated. Since ads published through only one portal are taken, the number of ads is expressed as an index (base year is 2015).The index is interpreted as meaning that values ​​greater than 100 represent an increase compared to 2015, and values ​​less than 100 decrease compared to the base year. The index was seasonally adjusted by the X-12-ARIMA method.last_img read more

Launched portal for the promotion of active tourism in Croatia – Active in Croatia

first_imgA new internet portal called Active in Croatia started working today.The portal was launched with the aim of presenting active tourism in Croatia, and its mission is to present in detail the largest and best domestic sporting events. This is a response to current tourist trends that show that global travelers are increasingly choosing destinations that, in addition to natural beauty, also offer active leisure.”Croatia is a beautiful country that has a lot to offer, but we have long known that our tourism can not live from three summer months. Hundreds of recreational sports competitions are held in Croatia, huge money is invested in the development of infrastructure, especially in the construction of bicycle paths. Our country offers beautiful nature in the interior, offers mountains, forests and lakes, and all this can be a reason for the arrival of tourists and their active vacation. We are here to bring them closer to everything Croatia in terms of active tourism can offer its guests.”Said the founder and editor of the Active in Croatia portal Zvonimir Mikašek. In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”It should be noted that the entire content of the portal is available in English.last_img read more

From next season, Zadar and Madrid will be connected by a hard line for the first time

first_imgIn December, Zadar Airport marked the arrival of the 600,000th passenger this year, which is a new absolute record in passenger traffic, and according to the announcements, next year will be even more successful.From next season, Zadar and Madrid will be connected for the first time by a busy line, reports from Zadar Airport.Namely, Iberia Express announced a new route to Zadar in its summer flight schedule. The new line will be in operation from July 2 to October 31, 2019, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. By the way, Iberia Express is a low-cost subsidiary of the Spanish national airline Iberia, and tickets on the Zadar-Madrid route will be on sale as part of a code-share cooperation between the two companies.New line from Stuttgart to Zadar Austrian airline Laudamotion has announced a new route from Stuttgart to Zadar in its summer flight schedule for the 2019 season.The line will start operating on March 31 next year. Airbus (A320) aircraft will fly to Zadar three times a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. By the way, Laudamotion is a new carrier owned by the famous motorist Niki Lauda, ​​which started operating in the spring of this year. The entire sales and reservation system is tied to the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair.Apart from Zadar, Laudamotion will fly from Stuttgart to Pula and Split from next season.OVERVIEW OF DIRECT AIR CONNECTION OF CROATIA – WINTERThe Market Research and Strategic Planning Department of the Croatian National Tourist Board regularly twice a year reviews the direct flights and direct air connections of Croatian airports with 12 major emitting markets.The overview of direct flights will be regularly updated with information on newly established flights when they become available, which is crucial to know how to plan well and organize targeted tourism programs and activities for our emitting markets. Of course, as the time of fairs and b2b meetings has just started with the recently concluded WTM fair in London, we can certainly expect changes, ie the addition of new lines.Attachment: OVERVIEW OF DIRECT AIR CONNECTION OF CROATIA – WINTERlast_img read more