The poll also suggested the importance of telecommuting: an 85% majority agreed strongly or somewhat that employees would be reluctant to come to work in a pandemic. The survey was taken in the afternoon, after the attendees had listened to several presentations about the pandemic threat posed by the H5N1 avian flu virus and the potential effects of a pandemic on business. Not surprisingly, the results showed that the companies take the threat of a pandemic seriously. Thirteen percent of the attendees expressed the view that a pandemic is imminent. Another 44% expect one within 2 years, and 38% expect one within 10 years. Feb 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) A large majority of about 300 business officials at a conference in Minneapolis believe that an influenza pandemic would significantly affect their business, but only 18% of the companies have completed a preparedness plan, according to a poll taken yesterday. The group evidenced an ambivalent view of the role of government in coping with a flu crisis. A 53% majority said the federal government is definitely not doing enough to prepare the private sector for the threat, while only 3% said the government is doing enough. Eighty-four percent of the respondents said they “definitely” believed that a pandemic would disrupt their supply chains, and 14% called this outcome probable. Forty-five percent were convinced that national borders would be closed during a pandemic; another 30% thought this was somewhat likely. Fifty-nine percent of respondents to the electronic poll said their companies had started working on pandemic preparedness but did not yet have a plan in place. Another 21% said they hadn’t started planning, and 2% said they would rely on their existing crisis management plan. Twenty-three percent said their company perceived the likely impact of a pandemic on its operations as a “crisis,” 40% viewed the impact as serious, and 25% called it important. More than three fourths76%of the officials were sure that social unrest would be an “important feature” of a pandemic. Three fourths of the companies agreed that information-technology preparedness, especially having secure remote access to their computer systems, would be a “key issue” for them. Close to two thirds said they were already prepared or somewhat prepared to move employees to remote locations or let them work at home, while 29% said they were not prepared. At the same time, a 73% majority thought government interventions would have a major impact on their business during a pandemic, and nearly as many68%thought that impact would be unfavorable. And an overwhelming 92% agreed that developing relationships now with local governments would help them respond to a pandemic. The meeting at the Minneapolis Convention Center drew representatives of more than 200 companies with a total of more than 7.5 million employees and $2.6 trillion in annual revenue. The healthcare sector was the most heavily represented, supplying 22% of the attendees, according to the poll. The retail and wholesale trade, manufacturing, professional services, and financial and insurance sectors each accounted for about 15%. The poll was taken during a national meeting sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP web site, and the US and Minnesota Chambers of Commerce. Respondents had 10 seconds to answer each question, and the results were tabulated and reported immediately. Communication was listed as the most important planning area by 52% of the respondents. Smaller groups chose supply chains (28%) and information systems (16%) as most important.
With those conversations gaining steam as the regular season winds down, the Coach of the Year discussion is as weighty as any involving year-end awards.The field of candidates is crowded, including Mike Budenholzer, whose Milwaukee Bucks are the only team in the NBA in the top five in offensive and defensive efficiency; Mike Malone, who has led the Denver Nuggets from ninth place last year to a likely second-place finish in the West; and McMillan, who has the Indiana Pacers battling for the third seed in the East despite losing All-NBA guard Victor Oladipo for the season.Sacramento’s Dave Joerger, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Brooklyn’s Kenny Atkinson all have their teams exceeding expectations too.But for what it’s worth, Clippers players – including the new guys just getting to know Rivers – say they side with Boylen.“He should be considered for the award,” said center Ivica Zubac, the former Laker. “The way we are playing, I think for sure he should be considered for Coach of the Year. Especially because there’s a lot of teams that on paper look better than us and they’re not playing as good. Doc is a big part of that. LOS ANGELES — When ESPN invited Pat Beverley on air this week to speak his mind, one of the first questions he fielded from SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt was simple: “How much credit goes to Doc?”Beverley’s response: “All of the credit.”Entering Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls, the Clippers had the eighth-best record in the Western Conference, still proceeding steadily on their path to the playoffs despite preseason expectations otherwise, despite a roster stocked mostly with free agents and no superstar, despite a series of midseason trades that revamped almost half of the roster.“Doc’s done an unbelievable job, obviously losing some pieces and getting some pieces back,” Chicago coach Jim Boylen said before Friday’s game. “He’s got a team that’s bought into how he wants to play. He was a tough physical player, so gotta give him a lot of credit. He should be in the Coach of the Year conversation. Him and (Indiana’s) Nate McMillan, guys who have made trades or had injuries and done a heck of a job.” “I mean, I didn’t really know what to expect,” Zubac continued. “Only thing I knew, Rondo told me, ‘You’re gonna love Doc.’ And it’s been like that. I love how we play.”“One of the best things about playing for Doc is that he’s been in my shoes, and I think that gives him that much more credibility,” said rookie Landry Shamet, recently acquired from Philadelphia. “That’s why guys listen to him and like playing for him.”“(It’s) his experience,” said Garrett Temple, who arrived at the trade deadline from Memphis. “His demeanor, the way he interacts with the players, what he’s able to motivate, all the things that I’ve heard about, it’s good to actually see it.”Here, Woj calls Doc Rivers a “frontrunner” for Coach of the Year, praises Bev and Lou and Shai, and says the Clippers have set themselves up perfectly for years to come. https://t.co/mcPWkLKDZn— Garrett Chorpenning (@gachorpenning) March 14, 2019Of course, Rivers – who won the award for his job coaching the Orlando Magic to a 41-41 record in 1999–2000 – readily directs the credit elsewhere.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “Give them, like, all the credit,” he said of his players. “With a lot of free agents, they’ve chosen to play team basketball. That was a choice that they had to make and they’ve made that choice.”GALLO IS A GOAfter resting an ailing left foot kept Danilo Gallinari out of Tuesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the 6-foot-10 forward was in the starting lineup Friday against the Bulls.JaMychal Green and Wilson Chandler – both of whom missed Thursday’s practice because they were ill, Rivers said – were feeling better and available Friday.“I think,” the coach joked, “they had the practice flu.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory