How not to conduct crisis communication

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first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – It’s been a busy 10 days on the H5N1 front. Indonesia reported two new human cases and Egypt reported one new human case; there are new confirmed poultry outbreaks in South Korea, Pakistan, and Turkey; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its long-awaited community mitigation strategies document; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration introduced its first workplace guidelines for pandemic influenza; and CIDRAP hosted its second national summit on pandemic influenza and business preparedness in Orlando, FL.But I believe that one particular H5N1 event during this time stands out as an important “teachable moment”—unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. An H5N1 poultry outbreak in the United Kingdom (UK) raised many questions about how prepared governments and the private sector in developed countries are to respond to new and emerging influenza issues.Here is what we know. H5N1-infected turkeys were documented in the Bernard Matthews Holdings Ltd. production facility outside of a Suffolk farm in England. On Feb 5, approximately 160,000 turkeys were culled from the operation. Bernard Matthews and the UK agency responsible for investigating and responding to H5N1 infections issued statements that the culling was complete and the situation posed no risk to humans. The agency—the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)—and Bernard Matthews also emphasized that biosecurity efforts on the farm would limit any other transmission of the virus, despite the fact that there was no explanation as to how the virus got to the birds.This is where things get interesting. Government officials have determined that the H5N1 virus found in the Suffolk turkeys is virtually identical to the H5N1 strain that caused a poultry outbreak in January at a Hungarian farm about 30 miles from a slaughterhouse from which Bernard Matthews imported turkey meat. We have evidence that truckloads of poultry products from both the Hungarian and UK locations had been transported between countries after the outbreaks were identified. For several days, the UK media had a mild feeding frenzy on a series of confusing statements from DEFRA and Bernard Matthews about these events, the risk of H5N1 spreading to other poultry, and the risk posed to humans.For example, The Times of London reported on Feb 12:Despite the imposition of quarantine rules, six trucks of poultry products from the farm owned by Bernard Matthews were said to have arrived in Hungary on Thursday.[DEFRA] launched an investigation into the claims made last night by Lajos Bognar, Hungary’s Deputy Chief Vet. The movement of meat from a site infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu was said by a DEFRA spokeswoman to be within the rules, but caused astonishment among opposition groups. David Miliband, Secretary of State for the Environment, has already been forced to defend DEFRA’s handling of the outbreak and will come under pressure to explain the latest revelation today. Peter Ainsworth, the Shadow Environment Secretary, said: “I’m increasingly bemused at the unfolding saga and finding it increasingly difficult to understand what’s going on. “It’s exactly how you turn a drama into a crisis. I can’t think of anything more calculated to damage public confidence.” Strict rules came into force 10 days ago at the farm and meat processing site in Holton to ensure that the virus was contained, but a loophole in the regulations allows limited exemptions. Live birds, eggs, and carcasses cannot be moved from infected sites, but processed meat in storage is exempt from the isolation rules. Among the possibilities being examined by DEFRA is the suggestion that exported poultry products may have originally come from Hungary and been stored in a refrigeration unit in the same meat processing building that the infected turkeys were taken to in order to be gassed, before being returned to the Continent.In short, this situation is still being sorted out. But there are some real lessons for government and private sector officials responsible for responding to such situations in the future.First, the US and European poultry industries have maintained that current biosecurity efforts on their farms would greatly reduce the risk of similar situations happening. Based on this situation, do we need to reevaluate that premise and respond accordingly?Second, this situation is a classic example of horrible risk communication. Assurances that the public not worry has reminded every British citizen of similar statements made more than a decade ago about cattle and mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE). Initial confident assurances that there was no “Hungarian connection” to the UK outbreak have been discredited.And finally, the UK government missed a golden opportunity to emphasize the critical nature of pandemic preparedness while the public’s attention was focused on the H5N1 issue. The turkey outbreak was a teachable moment, a chance to tell the UK population what they really needed to know to be prepared for the next influenza pandemic.Unfortunately, UK government officials not only squandered that chance, they shot themselves in the foot. Businesses should take a closer look at this situation, even if their enterprises have nothing to do with turkeys. There are some real lessons to be learned about risk communication and outbreak investigations for a real crisis in the future.last_img read more


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first_img RETIRE TO AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS: AUSTRALIA’S BEST BEACH HOUSE BARGAINS Mr Rothe said build to rent differed slightly from the traditional investor market.The model sees large institutional investors, such as superannuation funds or real estate investment trusts (REITS) fund projects specifically for the rental market, rather than for sale.They then manage the buildings, while appliances are often included in the rent, and longer leases of up to five years are available.“Build to rents are set up to make the tenant feel valued,” Mr Rothe said.“They are all managed and maintained by a manager, if an appliance breaks down or wears out it’s not the tenant’s problem, and they are also offered security of tenure.“If they wish to move from a one-bedroom to a two-bedroom flat in the same building, they can do so easily because the same landlord owns all apartments.”center_img A render for a build to rent project under development in Richmond, Victoria.Mr Rothe said build to rent had become a popular option overseas, with the model now accounting for 27 per cent of property investment in the US, and 14 per cent of property investment in the UK, but it was yet to gain a foothold in Australia.Meanwhile, he noted the model helped address a rental housing shortage, while also offering a solid income to institutional investors.It also catered to a shift in thinking when it came to housing, he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“There is a definite shift in the way millennials live. They are living where they want to work and investing elsewhere and that may not necessarily be bricks and mortar.“The high-quality service offered by build to rent and the security of tenure means these tenants also want to stay.“Build to rent offers better services, tenure and a community feel – it’s home.”Rothelowman currently has a build to rent project in the planning stages at 28 Robertson St, Fortitude Valley.The block will include 88 units, and Mr Rothe noted the development would have “excellent communal and residential amenities”, retail on the ground floor, a mix of apartment sizes and storage.He said Brisbane was also likely to see more build to rent projects.“Brisbane makes a lot of sense because the land is often cheaper than in markets like Sydney and Melbourne.“Build to rent is a sector that’s here to stay and there is growing interest.” Rothelowman currently has a build to rent project in the planning stages on 28 Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley.Build to rent developments are gaining traction in Brisbane as institutional investors embrace a global trend.Shane Rothe of design services firm, Rothelowman, said during the past five years there had been a definite increase in build to rent in Australia.His firm has 1000 build to rent units under construction, with 88 under way in Fortitude Valley and he believes there’s more to come.last_img read more


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first_imgWest Florida rolls over Florida Southern to win the Second Match of Weekend Sept. 10, 2007Box ScoreLAKELAND, Fla. – Playing its fourth away match in a row and second of the weekend trip, the West Florida women’s soccer (3-2-0) defeated 2-0 Florida Southern College (5-1-0) in today’s match played at the Mocs home in Lakeland, Fla. The Argonauts blanked the tough Mocs who had their first loss of the season.In the first half both teams were playing a “ping pong” in the midfield, fighting for the ball possession. The game remained scoreless until around twenty minutes when at the same time sophomore defender Anastasia Prescott and her opponent tackled for a ball. Dernelle Mascall took advantage that both players stayed on the ground to get the ball and sprint towards the goal. Mascall shot left footed from outside the 18 yard box beating the keeper. The second goal came at around 35 minutes when senior midfield Brandi Adams cross the ball from outside the box to sophomore forward Jodi Galucci, who was free inside the box and shot, giving the Argonauts the 2-0 lead.In the second half the Mocs were determined to come back from a 2-0 down score, however Keeper sophomore Courtney Jones came up with a couple of good performances to remain the Argonauts in the comfortable lead. The Mocs lost some of their hopes when had a player ejected out of the game, having to play the remaining 35 minutes with a man down. The Mocs still remained offensive, however the good job done by the Argonauts defenders avoided any risk under Jones’ goal.”Pleased with the effort of today’s game and the entire weekend,” said head coach Joe Bartlinski. “Especially with our defenders Linda Ganehed, Kaley Morris, Anastasia Prescott, Marrie Hastings and our keeper Courtney Jones. These were two very important wins in achieving our season’s goal of making to a sixth straight national tournament.”West Florida will next face University of Mobile at the UWF Soccer Complex located in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7:30pm CT. Fans can follow the action with “Live Stats” at goargos.com on the Women’s Soccer home page. (By Gui Amaral Jasmin) Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more


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first_img– but cricket in Berbice likely to continue its tumultuous existence CRICKET in Berbice and by extension Guyana is likely to continue its tumultuous existence following the Berbice Cricket Board’s elections which were held yesterday at the Classic International Hotel and Resort in Corriverton.At the end of the highly contentious elections, president of the Guyana Cricket Umpires Council (GCUC), Dhierandranauth Somwaru was voted in as the BCB president, which created much debate among the majority of clubs and sub-association members, who are now contemplating legal proceedings.Disgruntled club members are claiming that the elections were not held in keeping with the Cricket Administration Act, since according to them, some 22 voting delegates were debarred from or refused to take part in voting for various reasons.While the media was not allowed to witness the elections, the day’s proceedings started on a sour note, with former BCB president Roy Baijnauth leaving the venue after there were some issues pertaining to the legitimacy of the notices as some club members were seeking entry into the venue.Godwyn Allicock (blue shirt) seen verifying the legitimacy of the notices as some club members were seeking entry into the venue. (Rajiv Bisnauth photo)Presidential candidate Hilbert Foster and Colin Bynoe, Chief Executive Office of the New Amsterdam Hospital, were also refused entry to the venue. Bynoe was expected to perform duties as the Returning Officer.However, when the situation returned to some normalcy, the elections got underway during which there were heated arguments which could be heard from a far distance.It is understood that former Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) president Drubahdur was nominated as the Returning Officer by 18 members prior to the start of proceedings, an act which created the tension.Thereafter, in checking the eligibility of potential candidates, four clubs were not allowed voting rights since they failed to meet the constitutional requirements, according to one observer.The observer noted that each non-playing club must pay their respective fees in order to retain voting rights. However, after failing to adhere to that requirement, Kildonan, Fort Canje, Guymine, and Mt Sinai were not allowed to cast their votes.This left the other clubs, along with the three sub-associations candidates to exercise their voting rights.The nomination for president was then opened, with Somwaru being the first to be nominated. However, the process was closed immediately after by the Returning Officer, despite Dennis DeAndread of the Upper Corentyne sub-association signalling his intention to make a nomination.This left Somwaru’s rival, Hilbert Foster, with no chance of entering the race. Thereafter, Chronicle Sport was told that the three sub-associations along with candidates from Albion, Port Mourant, Blairmont, Police and Chesney, casted their votes. Candidates from Whim were absent from the elections.Hilbert Foster and other members of his team waiting patiently to enter the election venue. (Rajiv Bisnauth photo)Subsequently, candidates from Upper Corentyne, Blairmont, Police and Chesney informed Chronicle Sport that they did not take part in the elections because they were unhappy with the process.After Somwaru was voted in, Imtiaz Bacchus, David Black and Winston Roberts were elected as the three vice-presidents while Vickram Seubarran (Secretary), Carol Nurse (Assistant Secretary), Godwyn Allicock (Treasurer) and Leslie Solomon (Assistant Treasurer) were then elected.Black and Bacchus are the BCB’s representatives at the national level. Following the elections, Secretary of the GCB, Anand Sanasie said the elections were held in accordance with the Cricket Administration Bill.The elections were held following a ruling delivered by Justice Navindra Singh on September 8th last. Yesterday’s elections were the first since 2014.last_img read more


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first_imgA.J. Fenton (left) proved he can make plays all over the field Saturday, recording four tackles and an interception in the spring game.[/media-credit]With spring camp over and done with, the Wisconsin football team is now gearing up for summer conditioning before practice resumes for fall camp.Here’s a look back at how spring camp went for the Badgers with a position-by-position breakdown.Quarterbacks:How the Badgers replace quarterback Scott Tolzien is the single biggest question surrounding the team this offseason. Redshirt sophomore Jon Budmayr has a firm handle on the starting job, but that isn’t based solely on his performance this spring.Curt Phillips was participating in passing drills while recovering from ACL surgery, but the redshirt junior has been ruled out for the year after a minor procedure revealed more damage. Redshirt freshman Joe Brennan is still mastering the playbook and working on refining his delivery, while newcomer Joel Stave is still adjusting to college in just his first semester on campus.That leaves Budmayr as the clear choice to start for UW in the fall. He’s shown flashes with his strong arm and accurate deep ball, but the 6-foot Budmayr threw a ton of interceptions this spring, in addition to having numerous balls batted down at the line. The Badger offense is still adjusting to its new signal caller, and Budmayr will have to develop more consistency and better appreciation for ball security if the Badgers want to compete at the top of the conference.Running backs:Montee Ball slimmed down, James White added lower body strength and the entire UW offense is reaping the benefits. Ball and White had productive springs and the two running backs are set for even better seasons in 2011. Zach Brown and Jeff Lewis will also provide running backs coach Thomas Hammock with tremendous depth and versatility.Tight ends:Jake Byrne has emerged as the leader of the group and will work as the primary blocking tight end on the line of scrimmage. Byrne has the ability to make plays over the middle in the passing game, but redshirt sophomore Jacob Pederson will fill the playmaking void left by Lance Kendricks. Pedersen was a reliable target all spring at the H-back position, making tough catches in traffic and stretching the defense as a downfield threat. Brian Wozniak and Sherard Cadogan fought through injuries to see reps this spring, and both have shown promise heading into fall.Wide receivers:When Nick Toon returns from injury, he and Jared Abbrederis will be the clear No. 1 and No. 2 wideouts. However, the Badgers still need to find third and fourth options. Manasseh Garner impressed with his combination of size and athleticism, and he also has the ability to play both wide receiver and tight end. Jeff Duckworth and Isaiah Williams had their ups and downs, and both will continue to battle for playing time.Offensive line:Despite losing left tackle Gabe Carimi and left guard John Moffitt, the O-line found some stability in spring camp. Ricky Wagner and Travis Frederick settled in to those two positions, respectively, and Peter Konz led the group from his center position before suffering a leg injury late in camp. Kevin Zeitler had a solid spring at right guard, so the only real uncertainty lies at right tackle. Redshirt freshman Rob Havenstein showed better mobility and continued to maul defenders with his 343-pound frame, and he overtook Casey Dehn for the first-team spot. But fifth-year senior Josh Oglesby wasn’t able to practice all spring and will make a run at regaining his starting spot when he returns.Defensive line:If spring camp made one thing clear, it’s the D-line has plenty of depth. The Badgers have a steady rotation set for fall camp at both end and tackle, and they’ll have plenty of bodies ready to man the trenches. Pass rushing is the major concern, but ends Louis Nzegwu and David Gilbert continued to progress in that area throughout the spring, and both Patrick Butrym and Jordan Kohout created more pressure from their tackle positions.Linebackers:This position group took a big step forward this spring under new linebackers coach Dave Huxtable. Mike Taylor finally looked to be back to 100 percent, and Kevin Claxton brought tremendous physicality as he looks to crack the starting lineup at the opposite outside linebacker position. Marcus Trotter filled in admirably for the injured Chris Borland at middle linebacker, and both Connor O’Neill and A.J. Fenton showed they could make plays in pass coverage with their athleticism, as well as against the run, thanks to some added weight.Secondary:Free safety Aaron Henry established himself as one of the leaders of the defense this spring with his physical play every practice, while fellow seniors Antonio Fenelus and Devin Smith are set at the starting cornerback positions. Shelton Johnson and Dezmen Southward competed throughout camp to work as the first-team strong safety, and Southward made a strong push late to seemingly gain an edge over Johnson, but that battle should continue well into the fall.Specialists:Kicker Phillip Welch and punter (as well as fellow senior) Brad Nortman have plenty of experience, and they’ll be counted on for productive final seasons this fall. In the return game, true freshman wide receiver Kenzel Doe was given a chance to show off his speed, but head coach Bret Bielema revealed Abbrederis would be his return man if he had to make the decision right now.last_img read more


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first_imgNigerian youngster, Kelechi Iheanacho is close to signing for Leicester City from Manchester City, as the 20-year-old striker is pictured in a Leicester City kit, undergoing medical.More to follow shortly…Relatedlast_img