2006 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Conference poll: 18% of businesses have pandemic plan

first_img 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.center_img More than three fourths—76%—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 many—68%—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.last_img read more

Gojek, Traveloka will not offer courses in preemployment card training: Program management

first_imgThe program, which aims to help people whose jobs and businesses had been hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, eventually partnered with eight online learning platforms, including Skill Academy by Ruangguru, MauBelajarApa and Pintaria, to provide such courses.The preemployment card program, which was launched on April 11 to accommodate 5.6 million eligible recipients this year, recently drew criticism over its lack of transparency in appointing its partners.Many accused the government of conflict of interest for partnering with online learning platform Skill Academy, which was linked to then-presidential expert staff member Adamas Belva Syah Devara. He later resigned from his post and continued his role as CEO of education tech firm Ruangguru, the parent company of Skill Academy.Denni said her side had held consultations since last year with tech companies, researchers, labor unions, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) and representatives from more than 50 companies before the appointments.The current eight partner platforms were chosen because they had met the requirements, such as operating at a national scale, the necessary information and technology capacity, relevant courses and partnerships with training institutions.“We invited Bukalapak, Tokopedia, Gojek and others, but they do not offer courses,” said Denni, who formerly served as the President’s economic policy adviser. “That was the reason we invited Ruangguru and MauBelajarApa.”Gojek, employing more than 1 million drivers, is however, partnering with the program by providing a payment platform through its e-wallet Gopay. The preemployment card program is also partnering with two other digital payment platforms,  Ovo and LinkAja, and state-owned lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) to disburse cash assistance as part of the Rp 3.5 million (US$231.66) in benefits for each recipient.Topics : The management of the government’s preemployment card program revealed Wednesday that it had failed to persuade ride-hailing decacorn Gojek and online airline ticketing and hotel booking unicorn Traveloka to be its partners.The management’s executive director, Denni Purbasari, said her side had asked Gojek and Traveloka, valued at US$10 billion and $1 billion respectively, to provide online courses to enhance the skills of the program’s eligible unemployment benefit recipients.“Gojek and Traveloka said: ‘We do not want to participate right now,’” Denni said in an online talk. “After making their assessments, they concluded that [the offer] was not in line with their core businesses.”last_img read more

Unai Emery backs Dani Ceballos to be Arsenal’s key man under Mikel Arteta after Premier League restart

first_imgDani Ceballos will play a key role in Arsenal’s end to the season, says Unai Emery (Getty)Unai Emery has backed Dani Ceballos to be a key player for Mikel Arteta once Arsenal’s Premier League season resumes.Ceballos was signed on loan from Real Madrid last summer with Emery playing a key role in convincing the midfielder to make the move to the Premier League.The 23-year-old made an impressive start to his stint at Arsenal but a hamstring injury in November kept him sidelined for nearly three months.After being left on the bench by Arteta for three consecutive Premier League games, Ceballos was reintroduced to the team and had started in the Gunners’ last three league fixtures before the season was halted following the coronavirus outbreak.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta’s side now have 10 games remaining in the Premier League and Emery believes Ceballos will be a key part of Arteta’s push to secure a top-four finish. Advertisement Comment Unai Emery says a return to La Liga is likely to be his next move (Getty Images)‘More Spanish, I have to say, but I am not ruling anything out.‘I will be where they want me and they show it to me, where the project is attractive, to be able to be in Champions or Europa League, but I do not close the door to anything.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Unai Emery played a key role in bringing Dani Ceballos to Arsenal (Getty Images)‘Dani is a player who has excellent qualities and an incredible mentality: he wants to succeed,’ Emery said in an interview with AS.‘For Arsenal it was a great market opportunity.‘He played with me, then he was injured and he was out for a long time, he has recovered and now, when the league resumes, he will certainly demonstrate his qualities again.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery remains out of work after being sacked by Arsenal at the end of November.The 48-year-old has been linked with a return to La Liga and suggests a return to the Spanish top flight is his most likely destination.‘At the moment, I am watching a lot of football, and the lockdown situation invites it,’ said Emery.center_img Unai Emery backs Dani Ceballos to be Arsenal’s key man under Mikel Arteta after Premier League restart Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 May 2020 8:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.9kShareslast_img read more

Not considering ESG could mean failing fiduciary duty: Compenswiss

first_imgInvestors that do not consider environmental, social or corporate governance (ESG) risks in their portfolios risk breaching their fiduciary duty to members, according to the investment chief of one of Switzerland’s biggest asset owners.At the Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) conference in Berne on Tuesday, Frank Juliano, head of asset management at the CHF37.6bn (€32.7bn) Swiss buffer fund Compenswiss, said investors should “at least take it into consideration” even if ESG investments did not make it into portfolios.Authorities in Switzerland – in line with peers in the European Union – are considering making it mandatory for institutional investors to include ESG as part of their fiduciary duty.“We are managing assets for all Swiss people and we have to make sure our decisions are in their best interest,” Juliano said. “The outcome of an ESG assessment may be that it is not suitable for the portfolio, but without such an assessment you face possible drawdowns for insured people.”He emphasised, however, that there was “no one-size-fits-all approach”.Compenswiss runs the assets for the Swiss first pillar provider AHV/AVS, as well as for funds backing state healthcare and military service payments.Elsewhere at the SSF conference, delegates agreed that the issue of climate change should not be considered in isolation from other ESG factors.Remy Briand, head of ESG and real estate at MSCI, told delegates: “There is globally a lot more focus and interest in ESG and especially climate segment but how that questioning translates into strategies and targets to reduce risk still remains relatively coarse.”However, he said there had been “quite a bit of improvement”.Briand called on investors to be more informed in their decision to include, for example, low-carbon indices in their investment strategies.“A first step for investors should be to measure risk in their portfolio to see whether it is less or more exposed to carbon than the benchmark,” he said. “That is not something most institutions are doing right now.”Conference organiser the SSF Association was founded four years ago to promote ESG topics in Switzerland.last_img read more

Video Shows Orlando Publix Shopper Pointing Gun at Man Inside Store

first_imgThe victim, identified as Jerry Reboletto, says the gunman had been complaining about the waiting time to get his items.“He was saying, ‘Why is it taking so long and blah blah blah.’ He just started staring at me,” Reboletto said. “I took my glasses off and I said, ‘Do we know each other?’”Police add the gunman was shopping for Mother’s Day gifts before the encounter. Video shows him moving around the store with large balloons inside his cart.Anyone with information is asked to contact Orlando police or the Central Florida Crime Line at (800)423-TIPS. Police in Orlando are trying to identify a man who reportedly pointed a gun at another person inside a Publix store.The police department tweeted video that shows two men having an argument in the deli section last Saturday.One of the men, who is wearing a mask and gloves, is then seen puling out a handgun and pointing it as if he is preparing to shoot.The incident sent shoppers and employees running for cover, before the man with gun walked away and put the firearm back in its holster.last_img read more

Building Friendships in a Makerspace

first_imgThe STEM Music Academy at 30 Monmouth St. is billed as a “makerspace” by founder and owner Kevin M. Patrick. RED BANK – Wall-to-wall PCs stocked with the latest design software, Oculus Rift VR and eSports gaming stations and a fully developed live music performance space are just part of the allure of the technological wonderland recently launched in the heart of the borough. It’s place where local students can gather after school and on weekends to collaborate with peers on various types projects in assorted mediums, while utilizing the facility’s state-of-the-art equipment. “If you’re a member, this is your playground. You can use everything we have to offer. Parents love that this is a space where there kids can be dropped off and feel safe to explore and experiment with different educational technology and make friends in the process.” According to Patrick, as well as entertainment value, the academy is a space where kids can receive assistance with homework assignments, training in gaming, eSports, music performance, mathematics, digital engineering and STEM learning courses. Patrick said his time working with students helped him conceive the idea for this modern community center, but it was when he began observing the opportunities – or lack thereof – available to his own children that he felt an urgency to bring the vision to life. “My career path has allowed me work with kids and I don’t think it’s any surprise that a lot of them feel alone. They feel caged up. They’re dealing with a lot of different things in their lives with no outlet to express that,” said Patrick. “There needs to be a peer group and a place where that group can share common interests. We offer that, and a staff that is going to take them around, keep them engaged and educate them.” “My 9-year-old has grown up with a touch screen in his hands. My 4-year-old has some trouble making friends because he’s been exposed to so much at an early age, in terms of technology, that it’s hard for him to find common ground,” Patrick said. “The dynamic of today’s culture and kids is not what it was like when we were growing up, but the emotional needs haven’t changed. And unless it was sports or video games or their phones, my kids had no place to turn for that social interaction.” “Our version of the makerspace is one that focuses on community and collaboration. We want kids to come here and not only share ideas, but learn how to develop those ideas together. This is our version of the modern community center,” said Patrick. The STEM Music Academy is located at 30 Monmouth St. in Red Bank, in the former Monmouth Music store. With a background in educational technology investment and partnership strategy, and a music industry career that allowed him to share the stage with local Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Debbie Harry and Blondie from 2003-2007, Patrick had an epiphany last year while teaching private music lessons in Rumson. “These kids are coming in and they’re not learning as much as they can because a lot of the lesson is them opening up and talking to me about their lives. They’re telling their parents it’s the best lesson they ever had, when really it’s therapy,” Patrick explained during a Nov. 29 interview with The Two River Times. “These kids don’t need to learn music or how to work with technology. It’s more important that they establish friendships. But music and technology can be a great facilitator of that.” The academy is currently running two special enrollment offers, including a three-month membership for $399 and a one-month registration for $150. But for Patrick, the space is an opportunity to provide a resource for the Two River-area youth that is more impactful than a piece of technology ever could be. The academy also offers additional music industry courses, like DJ lessons, songwriting workshops, ensemble development and musicology, as well as virtual reality experiences like problem solving on the space shuttle, and Friday evening teen nights with music, dancing and gaming. Located in the former Monmouth Music storefront, Patrick officially opened the doors to the academy Nov. 1 and said enrollment has increased over the past five weeks as more students and parents have experienced this intersection of educational technology, art and collaborative spirit in a semi-structured setting.last_img read more

Mallards Team of the Week — LVR Jr. Bombers Basketball Team

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers came within a whisker of making it all the way on the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball circuit.The Bombers, starting the season off slow, rallied in the late stages and pushed eventual champion Mount Sentinel Wildcats right to the end before losing by a couple of points in semi final action. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to congratulate the Junior Bombers on a great season with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Teo Cho, Quin Hall, Kegan Jade, Jack Roberts, Ben Hradil-Kasseckert, Curtis Young, Jairo Mangapot, Jacob Erickson, coach Grayson Arabia, Dyllan Dixon, Brock Dixon, Dylan Luscombe, Josh Jolicoeur, Thomas Baxter and coach Bruce Fuhr.last_img read more

USDA numbers neutral on July 11

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileWhat will USDA give us today? How will they affect my bottom line?That is the gargantuan (adjective for the day) question farmers are asking. They continue to be in shock with the most surprising corn acres number provided with the June 28 Acres Report. This report had U.S. corn acres at 91.7 million acres while soybean acres were estimated at 80 million acres. What happened to prevent planted corn acres talked about for weeks ahead of that report? Corn acres were a huge bearish surprise, with December CBOT corn closing down 19 ½ cents at $4.31 ½ on the June 28 report day. Trader estimates ahead of the report estimated corn acres at 86-87 million acres. Soybean acres were a huge bullish surprise as the November CBOT soybeans closed at $9.23, up 10 ¾ cents that same day. Trader estimates had been 84 million acres.Corn acres unchanged, yield unchanged, ending stocks up but below trade estimates. Soybean acres unchanged, yield lower one bushel, ending stocks lower and below trade estimates. Shortly after report release corn down 2 cents, soybeans up 1 cent, wheat up 4 cents.Today numbers will not be a one hit wonder. All will be looking at acres. In addition, analysts will be considering U.S. exports, U.S. ending stocks, stocks to use ratios, and finally global production and ending stocks. Trading ranges could be brisk and most volatile.Prior to the report corn was down two cents, while soybeans and wheat were down one cent. Many had expected the corn numbers to be bearish with lower exports and higher ending stocks.Weather concerns are not going away with warm and dry seen into the weekend across the Midwest. A tropical storm has already brought nine inches of rain to parts of Louisiana this week. Its remnants may or may not reach into Kansas and Missouri where some of the driest conditions exist.It has been a hard spring for producers in Ohio and across the Midwest. Planting has not been fun at all with the many rain delays and late plantings for corn and soybeans. Producers wanted to forget the wet fall from last year. Unfortunately, it has carried into this year with even more stress and uncertainty. This week Ohio’s farmers are still planting the first crop soybeans in numerous locations. It is easy to see that corn and soybean development is 20-30 days behind normal. Throw in the words, “early frost” to bring on even more uncertainty for final corn and soybean yields.Today and the weeks which follow continue to be the battle of the decade. Demand bears point to U.S. export demand shrinking for corn, soybeans, and wheat. They have plenty of ammunition with huge corn supplies with South America, Brazil exporting more and more soybeans to China while the U.S. exports have fallen off the map, along with big wheat production from Russia which has benefitted from timely rains. Supply bulls continue to point to a record wet spring, the wettest in 125 years. Crop development for corn and soybeans is behind normal.In the eastern U.S. Corn Belt, Ohio’s old crop corn basis levels are at decades’ high numbers. Numerous Ohio locations are September plus 30 to 60 cents. Basis levels have increased weekly by nickels and even multiple dimes from mid-May forward in numerous Ohio locations, especially in western Ohio. Old corn has not moved as expected with producers holding onto corn for more money, especially if they have not been able to plant normal acres of corn. This delayed movement of old corn has contributed greatly to the basis levels currently seen. No producer wants to be left standing when the music stops. When the party is over, those dimes could be multiple dimes lower in just days.The meteorological term “ring of fire,” with the extreme heat seen in the Midwest this week has easily replaced “trains of rain,” which took place in May.Look for weather and yields to once again return to the forefront in price direction. This change could easily be within minutes of the noon Eastern Time report release.last_img read more

MobBase: Drag and Drop iPhone App Maker for Bands

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img dana oshiro When most of us hear the words, “For as little as 50 cents a day…” our brains conjure up solemn images of Sally Struthers. For as little as 50 cents a day MixMatchMusic is offering starving and made musicians a chance to reach their fans via a customizable iPhone app maker. Between now and tomorrow morning, MobBase will offer musicians with no programming skills the ability to build sleek-looking band apps. Features will include videos, images, bios, band news, streaming playlists, concert schedules and perhaps most importantly, links for music purchases. Best known for its web-based remixing service, MixMatchMusic is expanding to help bands further engage their fans. The company is offering a drag-and-drop interface with a number of different app templates. Musicians customize application designs by switching out page backgrounds, buttons and even features. FeaturesAlthough products are created using the template tool, no two applications look alike. Some of the available features include: 1. Music: Artists can offer samples of their collections and connect fans to album artwork, liner notes, lyrics and download links. 2. Videos: With MobBase, artists can pull in their YouTube video streams as well as encourage fans to tag their video content. From here bands can aggregate videos from a fan’s point of view. 3. Photos: Band accounts on Flickr and Picasa can be instantly streamed to the photo feature. This way concert pics and backstage exclusives automatically upload as new events occur. 4. News / Info: Artists can create biography pages and pull in related RSS feeds from blogs and traditional media sources. They can also integrate multiple Twitter accounts and import fan tweets based on a band’s designated hashtag. 5. Shows: The tool also allows bands to import concert event streams from MySpace and MixMatchMusic’s ArtistData tool. From here concert listings are automatically updated including ticket purchase links and Google maps. Approval and Pricing While a number of DIY-app platforms may appear on the horizon, part of the MobBase service is that MixMatchMusic handles the App store approval process. In the event that you’d like to change your app, co-founders Charles Feinn and Alan Khalfin assure us that there is no need to resubmit your app for approval. You simply log-in to the MobBase dashboard and change your pages. The company currently has 32 pilot apps pending approval including customized products for bands like Pepper and Everclear. MixMatchMusic also has partnerships with the Independent Online Distribution Alliance and a number of other indie labels. The company will look to forge deals with web 2.0-related service providers like Bandcamp and Topspin Media in the coming months. As for fees, applications are $20 dollars to activate. Free apps are priced at $15 dollars a month for the first 500 installs with $5 dollars per additional 1000 downloads. Meanwhile, paid apps cost $20 dollars per month for the first 500 installs and $6 dollars per month for each additional 1000. MobBase does not take any application sales fees in regards to revenue share. As per the standard iTunes affiliate music program, the company receives 5% of purchased music downloads. To get started visit MobBase.com for details. For a sneak peek at the design process check out the below screenshots: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

8 Bit Color vs. 32 Bit Color in Video Color Grading

first_imgThe histogram is completely clipped. The blacks and whites are milky, and it just looks nasty. Now, this is an extreme example, but you get the point. 8 bit color has major limitations.Now I’m only going to do one thing. Change this:to this (option/alt – click):Look at the result. Way better, right? Switching to 32 bit color can have an impact on your render times, so keep that in mind when deciding if you really need it on or not. If you can do all of your color grading with one effect, or if you’re doing more gentle adjustment, 8 bit could be just fine. But if you’re relly doing a major push/pull or using several instances of color effects, 32 bit may be your best bet. Just to show you that this isn’t due to the fact that Colorista is a 3rd party plugin, here’s the same process with After Effects’ built-in Brightness and Contrast plugin. First, up the contrast: Notice how the histogram I applied below it starts to get little spaces between the lines. That’s because of the limitations of 8 bit color. Under normal circumstances it wouldn’t be a huge deal, since you don’t need that extra information if that’s your final look. But what happens if I apply another instance of Colorista and try to pull the image back to it’s original contrast? Now I’ll apply a color corrector (my favorite freebie – Colorista Free) and crunch the image by lowering the blacks and raising the whites: Bit depth has a major effect on color correction adjustments. Know the difference between 8 Bit and 32 Bit!The default bit depth for After Effects is 8 bit, which works fine for most projects and renders fast. You can also choose 16 or 32 bit (float). If you’re careful and intentional with your corrections, 8 bit will work fine, but with major adjustments and re-adjustments – or multiple layers/instances of color correction effects – you can start to see some nasty results.Here’s a starter image. I applied a levels effect so that you can see the histogram: Change to 32 bit mode: Lower the contrast: I can even adjust the second instance of Colorista to correct the image almost back to start, and I have all of the original color information to play with:last_img read more