2007 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Businesses must overcome ‘fog’ of pandemic preparedness

first_img See also: Adding to that miasma is the state of US healthcare. In part because of a shortage of workers and the physical limitations of medical centers, the system has little “surge capacity” for the huge influx of patients a pandemic would cause. “We have basically taken [the healthcare] system and sucked it to the bone,” Osterholm said. Maintain flexibility. Osterholm recognized the uncertainty involved in pandemic planning and stressed that plans need malleability so they can adapt to the elusive realities of a pandemic. “Anyone who develops a concrete plan is making a mistake,” he said. “Be capable and be flexible. Another layer of mist comes in the form of making decisions about vaccines and antiviral drugs. Osterholm lauded companies like Roche for increasing production of antiviral drugs like osteltamivir (Tamiflu), but said it remains unclear how effective these drugs will be against H5N1 if it becomes the pandemic strain. How high mortality rates will be Overcome pandemic fatigue. Recognize that some executives may see pandemic planning as no longer important, Osterholm said, calling the phenomenon “pandemic fatigue” and saying, “Acknowledge, accept, and plan around pandemic fatigue.” Osterholm spoke at CIDRAP’s “Business Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza: Second National Summit,” held this week for hundreds of leaders in business, government, and academia. How effective and plentiful antiviral drugs and vaccines will be—and when they’ll be ready Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of CIDRAP News, said that several factors cloud the preparedness landscape: Even if companies stockpile antivirals, they face another dilemma: when to use them. If they were to withhold them during a first pandemic wave anticipating a more severe second wave that didn’t happen, people would question the decision, Osterholm said. Likewise, leaders could decide to distribute stockpiled drugs during the first wave, only to discover that the second is more severe. “When do you blow your wad?” he asked. How our communities will mitigate damage “Pre-pandemic” vaccines can be stockpiled in the hope that they may provide some protection against the influenza strain that ultimately causes a pandemic. However, as pointed out by vaccine expert Gregory Poland, MD, in a separate summit presentation Tuesday, a vaccine targeted to the specific pandemic strain would take months to develop and distribute. Feb 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Orlando, FL – As businesses develop pandemic preparedness plans, they need to cut through a “fog” of uncertainty about exactly what pandemic influenza will look like and how their companies will be able to respond to it, infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, said at a summit in Orlando Monday. The result, said Osterholm, is that “the availability of protective vaccine during the first wave of a pandemic just won’t be there.” He added, “For most of the world’s population, a vaccine will never be available throughout the duration of a pandemic.” Work around “just in time.” “Don’t try to change the global just-in-time economy,” he said. “That’s like swimming up Niagara Falls. Forget it. You’ve got to work around it.” And with estimates of the mortality rate in a pandemic ranging widely, Osterholm surmised, “We don’t really have a clue” about how many people will succumb. How many waves of the pandemic will occur, and how severe they’ll be Pandemic planning can produce its own haze as planners grapple with issues like ensuring their supply chain or determining government’s role. “We talk about what we might do or can do, but we really don’t know,” Osterholm said. “There are so many uncertainties.” This extends to experts’ estimates of how a pandemic might behave. “We have only a general sense of what the next pandemic influenza strain is capable of doing in terms of human illness or subsequent collateral damage,” he said. Add to that today’s just-in-time economy, in which supplies arrive as they are needed so that companies minimize storage costs. “It is the reality of today’s economy,” Osterholm said. “It’s what MBAs are made of.” That reality, though, means that “even a hiccup” of disruption will mean serious shortages, he predicted. Full text of Feb 2007 HHS report on community mitigation measureshttp://www.pandemicflu.gov/professional/community/community_mitigation.pdf Other steps businesses can take, according to Osterholm, include: “You’re not stuck to a plan,” he said. “You’re stuck to a process.” In addition, said Poland, director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minn., drug companies—even at maximum worldwide production—could deliver only enough vaccine to inoculate 1% to 2% of the world’s population. Shining some light into the pandemic cloud, however, is the recent document on community mitigation measures by the US Department of Health and Human Services (see links below). “You don’t want to have a [pandemic planning] policy inconsistent with this document,” Osterholm said. How our overloaded healthcare systems will cope How our global just-in-time economy will affect access to goods and services He took his “fog of pandemic preparedness” concept from the theory of the “fog of war,” a state of ambiguity soldiers can find themselves in when they doubt their own capabilities and feel unsure of their adversary’s capabilities and intentions. Feb 1 CIDRAP News story: “HHS ties pandemic mitigation advice to severity” Learn from veterans. We need to look at those in the military who have studied the fog of war to explore what to do when unsure about what steps to take.last_img read more

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Top Birmingham agents plan new niche firm

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Developer unveils new Sunshine Coast project after two earlier ventures sold out

first_imgDrift by Mosaic – An artists impression showing the bedroom.A developer has unveiled their third boutique apartment project on the Sunshine Coast after its two debut ventures sold out at Caloundra.Mosaic Property Group will construct its $52 million Drift at Coolum Beach, as building on its two earlier developments, Cyan and Solis, both at Kings Beach, continues.Drift by Mosaic will comprise 56 luxurious one, two and three-bedroom apartments, sub-penthouses and penthouses across four levels, and will be the developer’s biggest Sunshine Coast project to date. Drift by Mosaic – An artists impression showing the living space Drift by Mosaic – An artists impression showing the pool area Drift by MosaicFloor plans range from 91sq m to 355sq m.Mosaic Property Group managing director Brook Monahan said Coolum was the ideal location for the company’s next project. “It’s a surfing and golfing mecca, with pristine beaches for year-round swimming, coastal walking trails for whale watching and turtle spotting and community sporting clubs offering an abundance of outdoor activities,” Mr Monahan said. “Coolum is unique because it has managed to remain ‘under the radar’ and avoid the hustle and bustle that you see in other parts of the Sunshine Coast.“This laid-back character has made Coolum a coveted location for people wanting the best of beachside living and that’s what we plan to deliver with Drift by Mosaic.”Drift will be built at 1722 Coolum Esplanade, with each apartment featuring a gourmet kitchen, spacious bathrooms and free-flowing open-plan interiors. Classic neutral styling will blend with contemporary design. High ceilings and large windows will promote natural light and ventilation while enhancing the feeling of space, with each apartment positioned to take advantage of the stunning beachfront location.Mr Monahan said Drift would pay homage to Coolum’s relaxed and low-key charm.Each apartment will boast a gourmet kitchen with designer appliances, luxurious bathrooms and generously-sized rooms.Construction is scheduled to start in February 2018 with completion by May 2019. Drift by Mosaic – An artists impression showing the penthouse living and outdoor spaces.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agolast_img read more

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People moves: L&G reshuffles pensions, direct investing leadership

first_imgLegal & General, Mercer, SEI, Invesco, Columbia Threadneedle, Artemis, Northern Trust Asset Management, Nikko Asset Management, AMG, IdinvestLegal & General – The insurance and pensions giant has reshuffled its senior management team. Kerrigan Procter is moving from Legal & General Retirement (LGR), where he is CEO, to take the same role at Legal & General Capital (LGC). This arm of the company specialises in “early stage” investments in housing, infrastructure and smaller company financing.LGR’s leadership is to be split into retail and insitutional lines. Laura Mason has been promoted to CEO of LGR’s institutional business. She is currently managing director of LGC’s direct investment operations and head of infrastructure. In her new role she will sit on Legal & General’s board and report to Nigel Wilson, group CEO. Chris Knight has been promoted to CEO of LGR’s retail arm, having previously been managing director of that section of the business. The changes will take effect from the New Year.Mercer – Pensions adviser Mercer Netherlands has appointed Jacco Maters as its new leader for financial sector clients, as well as member of its management team. Maters joins from Delta Lloyd Asset Management where he was chief executive and group CIO since 2014. He left in October, after Delta Lloyd was taken over by Nationale Nederlanden Group earlier this year. Between 2002 and 2009, Maters was head of asset allocation for Benelux and northern Europe, as well as head of structured solutions, at Lombard Odier. In 2009, he became global head of equity and derivatives at Allianz. SEI – The fiduciary provider’s institutional business in the UK has appointed Steve Charlton to the newly created role of managing director for defined contribution (DC) pensions, for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region as well as Asia. He will report to Patrick Disney, managing director of SEI’s institutional business and will be part of the institutional leadership team in the UK. Charlton was previously at Vanguard, where he was European DC proposition manager. Before that he worked in consulting, most recently as principal within Mercer’s DC leadership team. Invesco – Mark Humphreys has joined as head of EMEA client solutions development, a newly created role. He joins from Schroders where he was head of the company’s fiduciary management team. Invesco’s client solutions team offers customised services including model portfolios, risk and portfolio analytics, and practical implementation.Columbia Threadneedle Investments – The asset management group has hired Lorenzo Garcia from BlackRock Investment Managers for the position as head of EMEA client investment solutions. At Columbia Threadneedle Garcia reports to Jeff Knight, global head of investment solutions, and Mark Burgess, deputy global CIO. Garcia was with BlackRock for 12 years, most recently as head of EMEA institutional and retail portfolio management. Artemis Investment Management – Jens Steen has joined the UK-based fund manager as head of sales for the Nordic region. He joins from BNY Mellon, where he was head of institutional business for that region. Northern Trust Asset Management – Martha Fee has been named chief operating officer for the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. She was previously at Northern Trust’s Global Fund Services business where she was responsible for the group’s service provision for global asset managers. Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2015, Fee spent 10 years at Janus Capital International.Nikko Asset Management – The Asian fund management group’s European business has appointed its chairman, John Howland-Jackson, CEO for the EMEA region. He succeeds Udo von Werne, who is leaving the company. The appointment is effective from 1 January and is subject to UK regulatory approval. Nikko AM has also appointed Ian Lewis as head of EMEA sales and global head of consultant relations. He was previously group head of consultant relations. This appointment will take effect from 1 December.Affiliated Managers Group – The US-listed multi-boutique asset management company has appointed Karen Yerburgh to its board, effective from 1 January. Most recently, Yerburgh was managing partner of Genesis Investment Management, an emerging markets specialist manager. She has also worked at Touche Remnant Investment Management and Lloyds Investment Management.Idinvest Partners – The €9bn European private equity firm has named Charles Daulon du Laurens as a partner and its global head of investor relations and marketing. He was previously global head of the client capital group within AXA Investment Managers’ real assets division.last_img read more

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Current oil prices cannot support uptick in offshore rig demand, Danish driller says

first_imgToo many rigs out there At the end of Q1, Maersk Drilling was preparing the Mærsk Developer and Maersk Resolute rigs for contracts in Q2. Further, eight rigs were idled and off contract. As the market outlook for the offshore drilling industry remains highly uncertain, Maersk Drilling continues to evaluate stacking on a case-by-case basis, the company said.“Ahead of rigs becoming idle, Maersk Drilling assesses the most attractive stacking conditions and locations for the rigs in balanced consideration of commercial opportunities, maintenance plans and costs as well as portfolio considerations. So far, this strategy has resulted in all idle rigs currently being warm-stacked,” it sad.To remind, earlier this year Maersk managed to secure a contract for Maersk Developer semi-submersible rig, which had been stacked for almost a year.The contract covers the drilling of the Siluro-1 Exploration Prospect well, estimated to have a duration of 42 days. The estimated contract value is $12 million, including mobilization and demobilization.Offshore Energy Today Staff The company does not expect to see significant improvements in offshore rig demand until the market reaches a stable oil price above $60 per barrel or until offshore drilling cost levels adjust to a lower oil price, it said on Thursday.Maersk said there were too many offshore rigs available in the market. Approximately 135 floaters and 225 jack-up rigs have been stacked, while the newbuild order book still comprises approximately 40 floaters and 90 jack-up rigs scheduled for delivery, the vast majority of which do not have contracts, Maersk Drilling said.“Whilst the market has seen some scrapping in the older floaters fleet, the level of scrapping amongst jack-ups has been marginal. With the excess supply, the market outlook for offshore drilling remains challenged despite increasing tendering activity, as the day rates currently being tendered are typically close to or below operating cost,” the Copenhagen-based firm added.“Furthermore, the contracts are short in length, leading to idle periods between contracts and higher operating costs for mobilisation, start-up and ramp-down. In the near-term, rig utilisation and day-rates could continue to trend downward, requiring a reduction in the rig supply before recovery. During Q1 2017, there are signs that utilisation for jack-up rigs will begin to pick up as first half of 2017 progresses, with the floater rig market expected to be 6-12 months behind in recovery.”“This view of reaching or approaching the bottom of the market has led to several M&A transactions for rigs during the first quarter, as companies including new entrants look to take advantage of distressed players and reduced asset prices, however, this does not help resolve the oversupply issues for the industry and only increases the number of competitors.”Stacking case-by-casecenter_img Danish offshore drilling contractor Maersk Drilling saw its first quarter 2017 results negatively affected by the overcapacity in the rig market. The company said the current oil prices are well below what is needed to support growth in offshore rig demand.The company’s revenue fell to $344 million, from $654 million a year ago. Profit was $48 million, a drop from $222 million a year ago. Maersk Drilling has said the result was impacted by a significant number of rigs being idle but positively impacted by higher operational uptime, cost savings and lower depreciation due to the impairments in Q4 2016.The driller said its rigs delivered a high operational performance across the fleet with an average operational uptime of 100% (96% in 1Q 2016) for the jack-up rigs and 97% (98% in 1Q 2016) for the floating rigs.At the end of Q1 2017, Maersk Drilling’s forward contract coverage was 57% for 2017, 46% for 2018 and 25% for 2019. Maersk has described its backlog as one of the strongest in the industry. The total revenue backlog by the end of Q1 amounted to $3.4bn ($4.7bn).Maersk Drilling said the Brent crude prices at around $50 are well below levels required to support sustained increase in offshore rig demand.last_img read more

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La Liga goalie returns to training after recovering from COVID-19

first_img Loading… Alex Remiro has returned to training with his Real Sociedad teammates after having recovered from coronavirus.Advertisement The Spanish shot-stopper tested positive when La Real tested their players, so he was required to stay at home isolated on Friday.The specifics of the test indicated that Remiro didn’t have the virus, but he was still in the process of recovering from it and removing it from his system.Read Also: Ronaldo reveals what he admires about long-time rival MessiWith little possibility of transmission to other players, after a few days he has been allowed back into the facility to start his own training.Everything thus indicates that Remiro had been subjected to a second test on Tuesday and that it brought back a completely negative result.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Absurd Ideas That Made Their Inventors Millions8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithHow They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holeslast_img read more

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AVB: Bale to miss season opener

first_img The Welshman’s future has been the subject of much speculation throughout the summer, with Bale closely linked with a world record move to Real Madrid. The 24-year-old sat out Wales’ goalless draw against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night with a foot injury and manager Chris Coleman admitted questions over Bale’s future had dominated the build-up to the game. Spurs open their new campaign at newly promoted Crystal Palace on Sunday before they take on Dinamo Tbilisi in the Europa League the following Thursday. When asked if Bale would feature at Selhurst Park on Sunday, Villas-Boas told Sky Sports News: “No, because he’s been out injured for most of pre-season. “He was involved in the games against Brentford and Swindon but not any others, for different reasons; he pulled a muscle in his gluteus that prevented him from being involved for two weeks and he’s been complaining of pain in the foot. “I think the most natural thing is to see him not involved against Palace.” Real have maintained a constant public campaign to try to woo Bale this summer, with a number of senior players admitting they would love the Tottenham forward to join them at the Bernabeu. Tottenham and Real have yet to come to an agreement over the transfer of Bale despite weeks of speculation that the 24-year-old is set to move to the nine-time European champions. Bale has reportedly made it clear he wants to leave Spurs for the Spanish capital, but chairman Daniel Levy is said to be demanding a fee in excess of the £80million that Real paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago. The saga is set to continue with the transfer window open until Monday, September 2. Gareth Bale will not be involved in Tottenham’s start to the Premier League season, manager Andre Villas-Boas has announced.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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CAF Confed Cup: Enyimba in Flying Start against Djoliba

first_imgDjoliba made spirited efforts to get back into the game after Oladuntoye’s goal but were unable to find a way past the Enyimba defence.Enyimba however consolidated  when they were awarded a penalty 10 minutes to the end of the game when substitute Freedom Omofowan was tripped inside the box.Another substitute, Stanley Dimgba, converted the penalty to take the game beyond the reach of the Malians.Paul Aigbogun’s men next game is against CARA Brazzaville of Congo on May 15.NPFL(Match-day 20 Results)Rivers Utd    0 -0 Abia WarriorsNasarawa  2 -0   El-KanemiKatsina Utd.  1-0 Plateau UtdHeartland     1-1 K’ PillarsLobi  Stars 1-1 SunshineWikki     1-1  RangersIfeanyiubah  2 -1  Go RoundKwara Utd   2 -1 Yobe StarsMFM FC  3 -0 TornadoesShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Isiaka Oladuntoye yesterday fired Enyimba to a perfect start in the CAF Confederation Cup group stage as the Peoples Elephant defeat Djoliba of Mali 2-0 at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar.Oladuntoye got the opener three minutes after the first half break with a thumping shot following a corner kick.Enyimba dominated the first half but had no score to show for the effort- no thanks to Djoliba goalkeeper Adama Keita who was in excellent form.last_img read more

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Progress made in clinician hiring, mental health outreach

first_imgAfter battling the usual institutional and bureaucratic obstacles that can impede progress, construction on the fifth floor of Engemann, a year in the making, finished early and is now home to 18 clinicians. This hiring, along with the addition of 30 more clinicians in Student Health, brings a total of 85 full-time clinicians who are available and dedicated to the care of USC students.  If students need greater care than what is provided by these embedded counselors, Greco referred them to clinical services on a short-term or group-setting basis, setting them up with psychiatric services within the USC system or in the community. For groups of students that are seeing greater separation from the campus, including international students, there are specific “Let’s Talk” workshops with times earlier and later in the day and those conducted in languages other than English to meet these needs.  Leading up to the opening of the USC Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences floor in the Engemann Student Health Center in November, concerns relating to student deaths, the diversity of clinician staff and the greater mental well-being of the community were continually raised in forums with student leaders and administrators.  Kelly Greco, assistant director of Outreach and Prevention Services and clinical associate professor and faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has overseen the project on advancing outreach services to meet the needs of communities on campus rather than in their individual members. Through embedded counselors introduced this year in academic departments like the School of Cinematic Arts and the Gould School of Law, and in cultural centers like La CASA and the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, these clinicians dedicate part of their week to offer their skills to the communities they serve and provide resources on coping with Zoom fatigue or seeing peers ignore public health guidelines. When USC Student Health was brought into the greater Keck School of Medicine system in 2017, 37 clinicians across the University Park and Health Sciences campuses were available as providers for more than 45,600 students.  “I can’t impress upon you how extraordinary this is, from an institutional perspective,” Siegel said in a student media briefing. “I don’t know of any other place in the country that has put that kind of resources and support, let alone one that has been willing to nest it in the Department of Psychiatry and say, ‘This is so important to us that we’re not going to have it be separate. We’re not going to have it be outside the health system. We’re actually going to bring Student Health and a full dedicated practice for students in the department so that students have unfettered access to the highest quality care.’” The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences, led by professor and chair Dr. Steven Siegel, continually advocated for a way to refer students to long-term care without sending them through a maze of community providers and insurance guidelines, which is the national standard for student care at the university level.  “I expect moving forward, this is going to be a very, very different experience for USC students than has ever been possible before,” Siegel said. Currently with 85 full-time clinicians, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences and USC Student Health look to continue to work to meet the needs of community members through advancing outreach methods. (Sarah Cortina | Daily Trojan)center_img “So we look at how we can go out into the community and reach individuals, especially, you know, in terms of addressing prevention, on decreasing the barriers, on decreasing the stigma, on increasing accessibility and just helping educate the community about resources, but also life skills,” Greco said. “And how do I cope with stress? How do I cope with COVID? How do I cope with the social political climate? Being online? Right, so we know there’s so many challenges right now that we’re all facing as a community.” The changes come after students have noted long wait times and a required phone consultation to receive mental health services as barriers to seeking help at Engemann. In the past, students have had to wait several days or weeks in order to schedule an appointment with Student Health for their mental health needs. “We are actually recruiting and hiring therapists who specialize in substance-use disorders,” Siegel said. “We’ve made it our priority. And substance use in particular is going to be a focus of the department. Everything from, you know, media campaigns, how do we get messages out to enhance services available.” While the outlook for mental health treatment may seem grim, with the pandemic increasing loneliness and stress along with instances of anxiety and depression among college students, both Siegel and Greco are confident that the department’s hiring process, which is still actively continuing, will equip the University with the resources it needs to better support its students. One issue in particular that is labeled as a top priority of the department, along with the burgeoning USC Institute for Addiction Science and the Haven, is substance abuse. This focus is not just following the concerns of past drug-related deaths of students, but the increasing use of substances to cope with coronavirus-related fallout.  With the 2020-21 school year starting in mid-August, the two practices saw almost 1,800 student visits in the month. According to Siegel, there are currently no wait times at either practice for individuals seeking out care, which has been of paramount importance to the department.  Siegel also stressed the intentionality of the department’s hiring to meet the needs of the diverse student body. Over the past year, they have hired 50 new faculty members, with two-thirds being women, around half being people of color and one third being from marginalized communities, an initiative that he says is about “asking students who they want as much as what they want.”last_img read more

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Tipp trained greyhound fails drug test

first_imgThe Irish Laurels winning greyhound – trained by Tipperary’s Graham Holland – has tested positive for the main metabolite for cocaine.Clonbrien Hero failed two drugs tests for benzoylecgonine in July at Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium in Cork.The case has been referred to the Irish Greyhound Board Control Committee. Graham Holland was also in the news last December when Clares Rocket was stolen from his kennels in Golden – the dog was later recovered by Gardaí.last_img

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