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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G Brings Luxury Right at Your Fingertips

first_imggiphy samsungSamsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G comes with a stunning and bold design that transforms mobile experiencesI’ve been using this device heavily for the past week as my primary phone, and I feel confident in saying that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is definitely the phone of the year for me!From multiple hands-free viewing options to next-level content creation, here’s everything you need to know about the all-new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G:- Advertisement – Got an important email from your manager? On the Galaxy Z Fold2, you can check the answer on the web, and answer via messenger all on the same screen without closing a single window.  For multitasking, I prefer side-by-side app use rather than top-and-bottom app use.Be it dragging and dropping a graph from Excel into your PowerPoint presentation, or picking an image from your gallery and dropping it into a message to send to a friend, the Galaxy Z Fold2 makes multitasking more seamless with the drag and drop functionality between the apps. Talk about convenience!App Pair giphy 3 gifPair your favorites with App Pairs on Galaxy Z Fold2 5G for quick access  App Continuitygiphy 1 samsungGalaxy Z Fold2’s UI is optimized not only for its Main screen but also for its Cover screen, so you can easily use all your apps with one hand, even when the device is closed. – Advertisement – As I sit here today with the all-new Galaxy Z Fold2 5G in my hands, I can’t help but wonder about how Samsung is rewriting the rules of smartphone multitasking with its newly-launched foldable phone. Category-defining features such as powerful performance, foldable glass and impressive battery life come together in Galaxy Z Fold2 5G’s futuristic and innovative form factor. It isn’t just a foldable phone, it’s a movement waiting to happen.The first thing you are going to love about the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is that it is a gorgeous piece of tech. I had the Mystic Bronze colour variant which, in my opinion, totally added to the charm of the phone. Out of the box, the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G feels pretty different from a traditional phone. An engineering marvel, Samsung’s foldable device comes with a stunning and bold design that transforms mobile experiences. Samsung has further innovated to make this phone-mini laptop/tablet hybrid a lot more versatile, thanks to the new Flex Mode. – Advertisement – giphy 2 gifWith app continuity, you can seamlessly go from the small screen to the larger screen inside without needing to reopen the app you were using.Apps like Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, and others will have their interface extended and additional content visible when the device is unfolded, which I believe is a must-have feature for professionals. While I was reviewing this phone, I found this feature particularly useful in responding to emails. Just unfold the device to get a full-featured editing space that’s far more useful than what’s visible on the Cover screen.Multi Active WindowBe it juggling the demands of work and home life or grinding to meet crucial deadlines, it goes without saying that multitasking has now become an integral part of our daily lives. The Multi-Active Window on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G made it easier for me to manage tasks and stay organized as I could keep several app windows open on the same screen.To begin multitasking, simply swipe from the right side of the screen. A tray of suggested apps will appear, and when you choose which to open, it will automatically shift into a dual-screen setup. Even if there are multiple apps open on a screen, they still function smoothly in their resized configuration. The Galaxy Z Fold2 can free up your hands and give you more flexibility while multitasking.  ezgifcom gif maker gifGalaxy Z Fold2 makes multitasking more seamless with the drag and drop functionality between the apps Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is now up for purchases in India, priced at Rs. 1,49,999. You can also avail no-cost EMIs starting at just Rs 12,499 per month. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G comes with the Galaxy Z Concierge service, which provides 24×7 assistance to buyers as well as Samsung Care+ protection against accidental and liquid damage for a year. You can also get the Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite at just Rs 4,099, along with free access to YouTube Premium for four months and Rs 2,000 off on anything you buy from the Samsung Shop app.With its cutting-edge foldable mechanism, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is here to redefine the way we use our smartphones today. The foldable device combines the portability and flexibility of a smartphone with the power and screen size of a tablet or a mini laptop for ultimate productivity. Whether folded or unfolded, you can enjoy a luxury mobile experience with Galaxy Z Fold2 5G’s premium design. Grab this beauty today! Multitasking isn’t just hassle-free and more powerful on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G– it’s also customizable. The improved Multi-Window saves you ample time by allowing you to create presets of up to three of your favorite apps using App Pair. Not only can you launch multiple apps at once, you can launch them in your preferred Multi-Active Window layout.You can view your schedule, check emails, and catch up on the latest news – all with the tap of a single button. I would highly recommend you take the time to set up an App Pair for two to three apps that you regularly use. Having these App Pairs setup on the device was such a timesaver and considerably increased my productivity with the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G. Split Screen CaptureThe Split Screen Capture is another feature that makes the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G more powerful and versatile. When using the Galaxy Z Fold2 in the Multi-Active Window mode, Split Screen Capture takes an individual screenshot of every app open. Let’s say, you’re sending an updated PowerPoint presentation to your boss, so with the help of Split Screen Capture, you can quickly take a screenshot, drag and drop it to the messenger without having to resize, edit, and re-open apps. Whether you want to watch a video while looking through photos, or send emails while browsing the news, simply open the apps at the same time using the split screen or pop-up view. Three apps can be launched simultaneously on the Galaxy Z Fold2. I customized the Multi window tray to include my most-used apps, so I could always have everything I always needed. Impressive stuff, isn’t it? Innovative Camera ExperienceSamsung Galaxy Z Fold2’s biggest asset has to be its 7.6-inch main screen. Ramp up the selfie game by using the 10-megapixel selfie camera on the foldable device’s Main screen. Samsung has placed the inner and external selfie cameras into cutouts, which definitely looks very elegant. Both the internal and external displays have 10-megapixel selfie cameras. The best way to do it will be to unfold the device fully and use the main cameras along with the cover display as your viewfinder. When it’s picture perfect, tap the shutter to capture the perfect moment. Dual Preview dualDual Preview shows a preview of the image on both the cover and main screens of the smartphone Every transition brings with it a bit of uncertainty, but that’s certainly not the case with the new Galaxy Z Fold2 5G. Open an app on the Cover Screen, then unfold to see it on the bigger screen with an optimized UI without any glitches or delay. The transition between screens is super smooth and intelligently optimised for the apps you are using. On the Cover screen, you can open up apps like YouTube, Netflix, Google Maps, and others and use them to your heart’s delight. And if you want to use the app on a larger screen, then simply unfold the Galaxy Z Fold2 and the app you were using on the cover screen will appear on the Main screen in all its glory with a high refresh rate super AMOLED display.You can also use the Landscape orientation on the Cover screen if you’re browsing websites or watching a video. You can optimize apps that don’t use the full-screen aspect ratio in the settings to make it fit the screen as much as possible. It no longer feels like that you’re using Android through a peephole, and that’s all because the cover screen has now grown from 4.6-inches to 6.2-inches.  – Advertisement –last_img read more

Officers from department that killed Breonna Taylor hid at least 738,000 records of sexual assault

first_img“All that information still resides in the PIU (Professional Integrity Unit) case file and is available to the county attorney’s office,” Banta said in his June 6, 2019 email. The outlet then found that a little over two weeks after claiming the department had no records, Taylor found a “hidden folder” with about “9,000 documents.” This back and forth continued to find that hundreds of thousands of documents were found and deleted, including 9,700 folders with almost 738,000 documents’ worth of data.Not only did the city fail to prevent the sexual abuse of children, it failed to take action against the officers who committed this crime. Taylor left the county attorney’s office last March and now works in City Hall. She did not respond to requests for comment. While the LMPD also had no comment, Mayor Greg Fischer noted that the city had destroyed the records and that The Courier-Journal does not have to go to the FBI if the LMPD has them. “They have destroyed their ability to comply with the open records law, and they did it purposely, and they didn’t tell the truth about it,” he said. “They can’t require us to go elsewhere to get those documents.” – Advertisement – The Explorer program has since then been shut down. As the investigations continue and lawsuits remain pending, both Wood and Betts remain in prison following a guilty plea. Investigations by former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey found that the LMPD mishandled allegations of sexually abused minors and failed to determine if the abuse was widespread, resulting in Wood and Betts’ imprisonment.Wood was sentenced to 70 months in prison for attempted enticement of a teen in the youth mentoring program, and Brett was given 16 years on charges of child pornography and enticement, The Courier-Journal reported.Additionally, a third Louisville Metro Police officer was charged with sexual abuse of a minor in the department’s same program on Nov. 3. Officer Brad Schuhmann resigned from the department last week, according to WDRB. He is set to plead guilty on Nov.16. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Reporter Matt Glowicki filed requests for investigative files after officers Brandon Wood and Kenneth Betts were accused of sexually abusing youths in the Explorer program. In response, both the LMPD and Assistant Jefferson County Attorney Annale Taylor claimed that: “LMPD does not have possession or control of the records.” Additionally, they added that all materials have been removed from LMPD possession.But this statement was contradicted by Louisville Sgt. Robert Banta, who told Taylor in an email he could provide “any and all documents involved in the Explorer investigation up until April 1, 2017, when the federal investigation was initiated,” The Courier-Journal reported. – Advertisement – Schuhmann allegedly abused a girl in his police cruiser and sought sexual pictures and acts from her. Along with Betts and Wood, he is also accused in seven federal lawsuits of hiding evidence of his abuse by intimidation, destruction of evidence, deletion of information, and refusal to comply with the Kentucky Open Records Act, according to the lawsuits.“Over and over again, this is a police department that obfuscates and fails to remember it works for the taxpayers of Louisville and our commonwealth,” The Courier Journal’s Richard Green said. “We will continue to vigilantly pursue the truth and these records, which must be analyzed.“The Explorer case represents a total breakdown in trust between police and teens who had an interest in the law enforcement profession,” Green added. “To now dodge the public’s access to these documents speaks to an institutional disregard for the Open Records Act and the very residents LMPD is to serve and protect. My frustration with how it’s been handled only underscores our commitment to dig even deeper and hold those in power to account.”But this isn’t the only incident of sexual assault LMPD officers have committed. One of the officers involved in the tragic shooting of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, is being investigated for sexual assault following a lawsuit. Officer Brett Hankinson is one of the three officers who fired a weapon into Taylor’s home the night she died on March 13. While he was not charged in connection to Taylor’s death, Hankinson was fired and charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for “blindly” firing and endangering individuals in the neighboring apartment.According to the lawsuit, Margo Borders was “willfully, intentionally, painfully and violently” sexually assaulted by Hankison after he offered her a ride home from a bar in 2018. Borders initially publicly accused the former officer in a Facebook post on June 4, in which she called him a “predator of the worst kind.” She detailed her horrific story and the condition Hankison left her in.The suit was filed Tuesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court by Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker, attorneys for Taylor’s family, along with Steve Romines, an attorney for Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. The suit also includes comments from nine other women who claim either inappropriate conduct or sexual assault by Hankison.A second woman shared her story on Instagram of Hankison also giving her a ride home. “I thought to myself, ‘Wow. That is so nice of him,’” Terry wrote. “And willingly got in. He began making sexual advances towards me; rubbing my thigh, kissing my forehead, and calling me ‘baby.’ Mortified, I did not move. I continued to talk about my grad school experiences and ignored him. As soon as he pulled up to my apartment building, I got out of the car and ran to the back.” She added that despite the incident being reported the next day “nothing came from it.”Not only has the Louisville Metro Police Department failed to hold the officers who killed Taylor accountable for their actions, but they continue to hide the abuse their officers commit. These crimes and abuses cannot go unpunished and the department needs to be reevaluated. last_img read more

‘Harry Potter’ and the Prisoners of Quarantine

first_imgAnd on the weekends, she slips away to Hogwarts. Chou is one of many Gen Zers who has found her niche on Harry Potter TikTok, a corner of the app devoted to remixing, reliving and affectionately roasting the perennially popular franchise. Harry Potter TikTokers produce and devour their own fancam videos, memes, dances and trends. But millions of views go to videos like Chou’s, where fans — predominately girls and women — are editing themselves into the movies. Marjorie Law, a 22-year-old Slytherin in Santa Clarita, Calif., is similarly meticulous. In October, she spent about 10 hours editing herself into Harry’s place in an early “Half-Blood Prince” scene, invisibility cloak and all. These edits frequently give creators a chance to romance their favorite characters, à la Wattpad fan fiction. With strategic cuts or more advanced editing, users can star as “Harry Potter” protagonists, whose love interests include everyone from the Weasley twins to Luna Lovegood to — overwhelmingly — Draco Malfoy.- Advertisement – The pull of childhood comforts is especially strong for young Americans today, with coronavirus cases climbing, a contentious presidential election just barely in the rearview mirror and an upcoming holiday season mired in travel restrictions. In the face of overwhelming uncertainty, Gen Z is fleeing our world for the safety of Harry Potter’s. Of all the videos Oberholzer has made for her over 226,000 followers, the most-viewed shows her spending Christmas with the Weasleys.Harry Potter TikTok is also closely linked to the “shifting” community on the app, where users try different techniques like meditation or visualization to enter a semiconscious state similar to lucid dreaming. Shifters will write scripts dictating what they want to do on their liminal adventures. At Hogwarts, their goals are almost universally lighthearted: whether making friends, finding love or doing class work, it’s a privilege just to be there. – Advertisement – For Chou and Law, Harry Potter edits double as wish fulfillment and professional practice. Chou, a film student who wants to be a director, got into TikTok after one of her professors encouraged her to stay creative during quarantine. Law studies digital media at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and hopes to work in visual effects. Like most Harry Potter fans, they both grew up wishing they could attend Hogwarts.“Now that I’m older, with the magic of technology, I can see myself there,” Law said.Creators like Chou, who is Taiwanese-American, and Law, who is Chinese-American, also add more racial diversity to the movies.“It’s a great opportunity for any person of color,” said Belle Miranda, a 19-year-old TikToker and one of Law’s nearly 80,000 followers. “I can write my own spinoff: What if a Latina Ravenclaw was inserted in the series?”Emelee Chanthabury, 22, received multiple comments comparing her to Cho Chang, the only notable Asian character in the “Harry Potter” series, when she first started editing herself into the movies. Chanthabury, like Cho Chang, is a Ravenclaw who fancies Cedric Diggory. But the two look nothing alike: Chang is of Chinese descent, whereas Chanthabury is Laotian and white.“It was weird, because I never saw myself as different; I never saw myself as a side character,” Chanthabury explained. “I’m seeing myself as a main character in the story.” The experience has introduced Chanthabury to a community of fans like her. “When I go through my followers and my comments, it’s all Asian women, and it brings me so much joy,” she said.This is one of Harry Potter TikTok’s other major draws: Like the message boards and chat rooms of yore, fans are using the app to meet and befriend fellow Potterheads. They communicate in group chats on Instagram, Snapchat and by text messages. Sometimes, they even collaborate on videos together. Law uses Zoom with her Harry Potter friends — the self-christened “Hogwarts Cheeto Girls” — regularly, and just met one in person for the first time. Chou recently edited herself and Melina Spahn, a 20-year-old Hufflepuff from Germany, into a scene from “Order of the Phoenix.”“The fact that you live across the ocean and here we are fighting Death Eaters together,” Spahn commented on the post. “I love this.”center_img Caroline Chou, 19, pins a green screen to the goldenrod walls of her childhood bedroom in San José, Calif. She’s already changed into her uniform: a white button-down shirt, pleated skirt and green striped tie. A wand and heavy tome lie on the bed, in case she needs props.Chou, who would normally be on campus at the University of California, Los Angeles, has adjusted to a new normal during the coronavirus pandemic. She spends her weeks clicking between online college courses and two remote, part-time jobs.- Advertisement – Erin McDonald, 19, has relied heavily on these friendships in the last few months. Her parents moved from her home state of Virginia to San Luis Obispo, Calif., during her first semester of college. So when quarantine forced McDonald to move back home, she found herself across the country from her childhood friends.McDonald found solace in TikTok, quickly gaining more than 120,000 followers for her videos romancing the Quidditch captain Oliver Wood. She and Chanthabury have an ongoing video series with their friend, Mia Oberholzer, 19, a Slytherin from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Another of McDonald’s TikTok friend groups, the “Harry Potheads,” is comprised mostly of younger teenagers. They call her Papa Ernie, and the group meets on Zoom every night. Self-insert videos also offer young fans, many of whom grew up with Harry Potter, comfort and escapism during the pandemic. After online classes, they can go to a potions lesson. Separated from their usual social lives, they can befriend other Potterheads on TikTok. And queer people and people of color, who have been notably marginalized in the Harry Potter universe, can finally become protagonists in the stories they’ve long adored.Setup and costuming are just two steps in Chou’s production. As she builds her universe over a Zoom interview, the Slytherin scours YouTube for clips from the “Harry Potter” movies, choreographs her scenes and films herself. Later, she’ll use Adobe Premiere Pro to bring herself out of her green-screened bedroom and onto the Hogwarts campus through keying, masking and color correction.The end result is a 12-second montage of her admiring five of the “Harry Potter” boys. The whole process takes about two hours, but some of her videos — which can be as long as 60 seconds — have taken up to 10. Ever the Hufflepuff, McDonald said her favorite thing about Harry Potter TikTok was its overwhelming positivity. When she found herself unwittingly at the center of some fandom drama in October, the issue was resolved with no hard feelings. On another account, she posts “Harry Potter” scene edits in which various characters encourage her eating disorder recovery.As a bisexual woman, McDonald said she also wanted to create more space for fans like her, especially given what some see as the “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling’s feeble attempts at gay representation. Rowling’s recent comments about transgender people have likewise spurred legions of fans to make “Harry Potter” their own.While other fans thirsted over Draco Malfoy, McDonald was one of the first users to edit herself into a relationship with Hermione Granger. Multiple creators followed suit, including Beth McAlpine, a 16-year-old Hufflepuff from London.“It’s like fixing a part of your childhood that was missing,” McAlpine said. “It’s currently 9 a.m. and I just woke up from a full five months at Hogwarts,” one shifting video claims. “Take me back home, I hate it here.”Chou wants to shift to Hogwarts, but she hasn’t been able to make it happen yet. Editing herself into the movies will have to do for now.“Seeing myself actually in it — like physically, visibly in it — is so surreal,” Chou said, after she was finished shooting for the day. She sat at her desk, a copy of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” to her right.“For those 30 seconds, I can pretend I’m there, and not in this world that is on the verge of collapse,” she added. – Advertisement –last_img read more

New Web tool tracks H5N1 testing of US wild birds

first_imgAug 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US government announced yesterday the launch of a Web site that allows the public to view current information about testing of wild birds for H5N1 avian influenza.The site, available at, is part of a database and Web application housed at the US Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., according to a press release yesterday from the USGS. The Web application, called HEDDS (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Early Detection Data System), allows scientists to share information on sample collection sites, bird species sampled, and test results.”HEDDS provides a critical comprehensive view of national sampling efforts at a time when the demand for this type of information is increasing, along with the growing interest in HPAI surveillance efforts in wild birds,” said project leader Joshua Dein, VMD, MS, of the USGS Wildlife Health Center.The national wild-bird surveillance plan, released in March 2006, is part of US efforts to prepare for a potential flu pandemic. The plan includes five strategies for early detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza. Sample numbers from three of these will be available on HEDDS: live wild birds, subsistence hunter-killed birds, and investigations of sick and dead wild birds. The other two strategies involve domestic bird testing and environmental sampling of water and wild-bird droppings.Agencies, organizations, and policymakers involved in avian flu monitoring and response can access the database. Scientists can use the data to assess risk and refine monitoring strategies if H5N1 avian flu is detected in the United States. Public access is more limited but includes a map showing the number of samples collected in each state.The 2006 surveillance year runs from April 1, 2006, to March 31, 2007. So far this year, 9,590 wild-bird samples have been entered into HEDDS. No cases of H5N1 have been detected. Most of the samples are from Alaska because it is the first US stopover for birds from Asia and other continents where the H5N1 virus is present. Federal officials announced on Aug 9 that surveillance efforts had expanded to the lower 48 states, Hawaii, and other Pacific islands.A map on the new USGS site shows that 9,327 birds from Alaska have been tested so far this year, with only a few from most other states.  Last year officials tested just 721 birds from Alaska and none from most other states, another map shows.The goal of the surveillance program for 2006 is to collect 75,000 to 100,000 samples from wild birds and 50,000 environmental samples, officials have said.HEDDS was produced by the National Biological Information Infrastructure Wildlife Disease Information Node, part of the USGS National Wildlife Center. Several agencies are financially supporting the system, including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the USGS, and the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Participants include state wildlife agencies, universities, and nongovernmental organizations.See also:Aug 24 USGS press release on Web site tracking H5N1 testing of wild birds 9 CIDRAP News story “US’s wild bird H5N1 monitoring expands beyond Alaska”last_img read more

Riding the many pandemic seesaws

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Because most people feel ambivalent about possible future pandemics, communicating effectively with them requires skillful balance on a wide range of communication ‘seesaws.’What I call the “seesaw” is a fundamental aspect of pandemic risk communication. People who are ambivalent—that is, people who are torn between two competing opinions—tend to resolve their ambivalence by favoring the viewpoint everyone else seems to be ignoring.The pandemic seesaw I discussed in my last column is the alarm-versus-reassurance seesaw. Here’s a brief summary: Some audiences for your risk communication are profoundly ambivalent about whether to shrug off the possibility of a pandemic or to worry about it and take precautions. Not all audiences are like that. Some are uninformed and uninterested and have no strong opinion. Some have already decided they’re taking pandemic risks seriously or they’re not. But some are ambivalent. And those ambivalent audiences will tend to worry all the more if your communications strike them as overly reassuring, while they’ll be inclined to shrug off the risk if your communications seem excessively alarmist.Effective risk communicators therefore try to adjust the level of alarm or reassurance in their pandemic messages on the basis of two factors: how alarmed or reassured they believe their audience currently is, and how alarmed or reassured they think it should be. You choose your seat on the seesaw with care, depending on which seat you want to entice your audience to choose.Alarm versus reassurance isn’t the only pandemic-related seesaw. There are many, including the following four.1. Confidence versus tentativenessIf you keep insisting you know what you’re doing and the situation is under control, stakeholders will start thinking you don’t and it isn’t. We’ll feel paradoxically more confident about your leadership when you point out (confidently) that influenza is always unpredictable, that managing a pandemic requires a lot of guesswork, and that there are bound to be some mistakes.As David Heymann (currently the World Health Organization’s executive director of communicable diseases) said during the SARS crisis: “We are building our boat and sailing it at the same time.” People tended to have a lot of confidence in Heymann. They had confidence not despite his acknowledgments of uncertainty but because of them. (Heymann is also very competent—but not all competent leaders generate confidence.)2. Your fault versus somebody else’sBlame is yet another seesaw. When things go wrong, there are almost always ways in which the trouble is genuinely your fault—and ways in which the fault lies elsewhere. If you blame yourself more, people blame you less. If you’re too quick to say it’s not your fault, people decide it is.This is one of the things Johnson & Johnson (J&J) got right during the 1982 Tylenol poisonings. The company blamed itself for having insufficiently tamper-proof packaging. So the ambivalent public decided the poisonings weren’t J&J’s fault, and the brand quickly recovered.3. Prepared versus unpreparedAs every business continuity manager knows, preparedness isn’t a toggle switch. You’re never fully prepared. You just keep trying to get more prepared. You always have a list of additional steps you could take. Some of them are low on your priority list; others you really expect to get to when you find the time and the budget.Have you prepared enough? Not enough? Too much? That’s the preparedness seesaw. If you tell ambivalent people you’re ready to cope with a pandemic, expect them to reproach you with everything on your list that you haven’t done. If you tell people you need a lot more resources to get ready, expect them to look hard at all the money you’ve already spent. Continuity managers would do well to think about this seesaw before heading into a budget meeting.Ironically, emergency preparedness experts have spent decades haranguing anyone who will listen that “We’re not prepared enough!” Usually the public and the money people aren’t listening. Once in a while, though, the whole society starts wondering if maybe we’re not prepared enough. That happened after Katrina, and it happened when people first woke up to the risk of pandemic flu. And that’s exactly when many emergency preparedness experts started feeling defensive—and found themselves claiming that they were really quite well prepared already. Instead of managing the seesaw, they let themselves get seesawed.4. Low frequency versus high magnitudeA severe pandemic is a low-frequency, high-magnitude risk—horrific but unlikely in any given year. Since “horrific” and “unlikely” lead to opposite conclusions about the importance of precautions, people are torn. You need your management, employees, and other stakeholders to keep both halves of this ambivalence in mind. If they forget it’s horrific, they’ll consider precautions a waste of time. If they forget it’s unlikely, they’ll blame you when it doesn’t happen soon.People new to the pandemic issue have no opinion. You need to teach them that a severe pandemic would be horrific, and you need to teach them that it’s unlikely in any given year. Then they’ll start to feel some ambivalence.Presumably, you want them to resolve their ambivalence in the end by putting more stress on “horrific” than on “unlikely.” You want them to think, “Yeah, a severe pandemic probably won’t happen soon, but look how bad it could get.” So you need to locate yourself on the seesaw’s other seat. Your core message to your ambivalent audiences: “Yeah, a severe pandemic could get really bad, but it probably won’t happen soon.”You still need to explain why you believe it is important to prepare for that low-frequency, high-magnitude worst-case pandemic. But you need to ground the explanation in an accurate (and vivid) depiction of how horrific a worst case might be, not in a misleading claim that it’s likely.And you need to stay firmly on the low-probability side of the seesaw. Give people the information they need to reach their own judgment that not preparing would be unconscionably irresponsible. Tell people you agree with this judgment—but come closer to “admitting” your agreement than to “proclaiming” it. Keep reminding everyone that a severe pandemic will probably never materialize anytime soon, that many pandemic precautions, though absolutely essential, will very likely be wasted.A playground of seesawsThese four are the tip of the iceberg. Once you start looking for seesaws, you’ll find a lot of them. Is everything a seesaw, then? Nope. When people are uninterested and uninformed, they’re unlikely to have two conflicting opinions. They probably have no opinion at all. Then the game is follow-the-leader, not seesaw. You can offer up your opinion without getting a paradoxical response.But as people start paying closer attention to pandemic issues, they are likely to acquire some ambivalence. And as soon as you sense ambivalence rather than apathy, start playing seesaw.An internationally renowned expert in risk communication and crisis communication, Peter Sandman speaks and consults widely on communication aspects of pandemic preparedness. Dr. Sandman, Deputy Editor, contributes an original column to CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing every other week. Most of his risk communication writing is available without charge at the Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site, which includes an index of pandemic-related writing on the site.last_img read more

H5N1 cases rise in China, Indonesia, Vietnam

first_imgFeb 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Chinese health officials said today that a 22-year-old man died of H5N1 avian influenza in the country’s first reported case this year, as health ministries in Indonesia and Vietnam reported three more H5N1 infections, two of them fatal.China’s health ministry announced on its Web site today that the man, from Hunan province in central China, got sick on Jan 16, was hospitalized several days later, and died on Jan 24, according to a report from Reuters. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the report, he will be listed as China’s 28th case-patient and 18th fatality.The health ministry said initial samples collected from the man on Feb 15 were positive for the H5N1 virus, and the results were confirmed at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing yesterday, Reuters reported.Xinhua, China’s state news agency, said today that the health ministry did not mention any details about the source of the man’s infection, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. The ministry report said the man’s close contacts were placed under medical observation, but none have shown any signs of the disease, according to the AP.The ministry statement did not say why it took so long for the man to be tested for the virus. However, Hunan was one of the Chinese provinces hit by snowstorms that knocked out power and transportation systems right before the Lunar New Year (which began Feb 7), the Reuters report said.China’s last human H5N1 cases were reported in early December, when the virus killed a 24-year-old man and sickened his 52-year-old father, both from Jiangsu province in the eastern part of the country. The source of their infections was never reported, and their illnesses are thought to represent a family cluster.In other developments, health officials in Indonesia announced Feb 16 that the H5N1 virus killed two more people, a 16-year-old boy from Central Java province and a 3-year-old boy from the outskirts of Jakarta, according to a Feb 16 AP report.A statement on the health ministry’s Web site said the 16-year-old boy came down with respiratory symptoms on Feb 3 and died Feb 10 in a hospital in the town of Solo, according to a Feb 16 report from the Vietnam News Agency. If the WHO confirms his case, he will be listed as Indonesia’s 128th case-patient and 104th death.The ministry reported that the boy’s neighbors had sick chickens and that the boy was thought to have slaughtered some of them before he became ill, the AP reported on Feb 16.Meanwhile, Nyoman Kandun, the health ministry’s director of communicable diseases, said the 3-year-old, who was from South Jakarta, died on Feb 15 and that two tests confirmed that he had the H5N1 virus, according to a report today from Reuters. If the WHO confirms the findings, he will be listed as Indonesia’s 129th case-patient and 105th death.Kandun told Reuters today that most people in the boy’s neighborhood keep backyard chickens and that he probably had contact with the birds.Elsewhere, the health ministry in Vietnam announced on Feb 16 that a 7-year-old child from Vietnam’s northern province of Hai Duong was sick with an H5N1 infection, pushing the number of cases reported over the past week to three, according to a Feb 16 report from Xinhua.The Xinhua report, quoting the local newspaper Young People, said the child, whose gender was not listed, was receiving treatment at Central Pediatrics Hospital in Hanoi. If confirmed by the WHO, the case will be listed as Vietnam’s 105th.The child is from the same province as another of Vietnam’s recent H5N1 patients, a 40-year-old man who died Feb 13 at a hospital in Hanoi. Media reports about the child’s illness gave no details about the source of his infection.People with suspected H5N1 infections are being treated at Hanoi’s Tropical Diseases Hospital, and their samples were sent to Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Xinhua reported.Indonesia has the world’s highest numbers of H5N1 cases and deaths, and Vietnam is second.last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Business flu concerns, costly school closings, vaccine shipments, virus mutation, testing for flu

first_imgSep 30, 2009Biggest business flu concern is vaccineWhen it comes to pandemic flu, US businesses are most concerned about the availability of a vaccine for employees, according to a survey released today by the Business Roundtable. The organization also found that “nearly 90%” of businesses surveyed have activated or updated their preparedness plans since novel H1N1 flu first appeared. About 35% of respondents said they need more information about the severity of pandemic H1N1 flu compared with seasonal flu. 30 CNBC storyNationwide school closure would prove costlyClosing all US schools for 4 weeks to curb the spread of pandemic flu would cost between $10 billion and $47 billion in lost workforce productivity and temporarily shrink the pool of healthcare workers by 6% to 19%, according to a report today from economists at the Brookings Institution. The group estimated that about 14% of households with kids would have a sick worker during the pandemic. Federal guidance discourages school closure but allows local officials to make their own determinations. 30 Brookings report abstract3 H1N1 vaccine makers ship first dosesThree H1N1 vaccine manufacturers have begun shipping vaccine doses, according to CNN. Sanofi Pasteur said it shipped its first batch yesterday, several days ahead of schedule. More shipments will follow, according to a company spokesperson, with a total of 75.3 million doses expected by year’s end. MedImmune sent its first batch of 5 million doses to distribution centers last Tuesday, and Novartis began shipments on Sunday. 29 CNN reportResearchers find mutation in novel H1N1Virologists in the Netherlands have detected a pandemic H1N1 virus mutation that has been linked to enhanced replication and possible virulence changes. In a Sep 28 ProMed e-mail list post, they said they found the mutation in the basic polymerase 2 protein in samples from two patients who had links to an island in northern Holland. Both patients recovered. In a Canadian Press report yesterday, experts said it’s not clear how clinically significant the mutation is, but it bears watching.,F2400_P1001_PUB_MAIL_ID:1010,79432Sep 28 ProMed mail postCDC updates advice on flu testingThe CDC yesterday released updated recommendations on diagnostic testing for flu during the coming season. The agency recommends considering testing for hospital patients with suspected flu; those for whom a flu diagnosis will affect decisions about care, infection control, or management of contacts; and those who died of suspected flu. The advisory includes information about rapid testing and issues related to antiviral treatment. CDC recommendationsAustralia begins vaccination campaignAustralia began nationwide vaccinations against H1N1 influenza today, administering the first shots in what is intended to be a 21-million-dose campaign. The initial allotment of 5.5 million doses from Australian manufacturer CSL Ltd. will be given to pregnant women, healthcare workers, and the chronically ill. Authorities are concerned the vaccine will face low uptake because the flu season is waning after 35,000 confirmed cases and 178 deaths. 30 Sky News articleMilitary flu shots to provide dataActive-duty members of the US armed forces will begin receiving 1.4 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine in the next 10 days, part of a 2.7-million-dose vaccine purchase by the Pentagon. The shots, which are mandatory, will go first to troops preparing to deploy, followed by troops on hold for domestic disasters. Planners hope the early shot campaign will provide needed data on efficacy and side effects.Sep 29 Associated Press reportIrish pigs infected with novel H1N1Forty pigs have contracted pandemic H1N1 flu, apparently from an infected worker, on a swine farm in County Cork, Ireland, according to a report filed yesterday with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The worker tended pigs on the farm Sep 15 through 18 while sick, and on Sep 22 was confirmed to have novel H1N1. Forty of the farm’s 650 sows began showing clinical flu symptoms Sep 25 and are being monitored. The farm, near Kilworth, also contains 2,400 young pigs. 29 OIE reportlast_img read more

Opatija is the first tourist destination in the world to become a Free Reading zone

first_img“Welcome to Opatija, an open virtual library – the first tourist city in Croatia and the world to become a FREE READING ZONE on the occasion of World Tourism Day.” such a loud “new” slogan of Opatija that is directly and openly positioned through the culture and culture of reading books.Last December, Croatia became the first country in the world as a free reading zone, an open virtual library accessible to all people. This phenomenal pilot project and tourist story, led by a group of visionaries under the auspices of the organization that launches FREE READING ZONE around the world. with the aim of opening up to the idea of ​​free reading for all people. This September, the next chapter in the Croatian story about free reading zones in the city of Opatija will be published, within whose borders an authorization or confirmation of identity is not required for a virtual library called Opatija Reads. As the value of the project is indicated from the perspective of not only culture and education but also tourism, the citizens of Opatija and its many tourists in the next two weeks can read a handful of books for free from around the world, in various languages, including Croatian.All users need to do is download the Opatija Reads app for Android, iOS, or Windows smartphones and tablets. The library can also be accessed within the zone via Web pagesThe mission and vision of the project in Croatia were recognized by numerous institutions and organizations during and after the Croatia Reads pilot. Among them is the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality in Opatija, which provided the financial resources needed to launch the project and on whose building in Ika today we can see the FREE READING ZONE logo. “We want to contribute to the development of the local community with our specific activities and be an active partner in promoting content that enriches the tourist offer of Opatija. Although books are included in the learning and teaching processes for us university teachers and our students on a daily basis, this time we want to promote reading books as a good choice for spending free time, both for tourists and locals. For this reason, we decided to sponsor this project. We wish you pleasant moments with a good book!”, Point out from the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality in Opatija.But Shelf Required used the project in Opatija as an opportunity for the entire FREE READING mission to get a strong and extremely creative new visual identity. Today, Opatija is a recognizable place as a free reading zone because it is covered with turquoise, and the FREE READING ZONE logo is visible in various locations within the city. If you walk through the city towards Mrkat Market, you will come across an installation that symbolizes the mission and vision of the project — networking knowledge and connecting human thoughts and ideas in an unbreakable way, today in Opatija, tomorrow in New York, the day after tomorrow in Aleppo. “Opatija is becoming an example to other cities because it shows that tourism can be transformed with the help of technology. Technology today, as we consume it every day, no longer has a beginning and an end. It breaks down prejudices, and it has long ago broken down almost all barriers. As her consumers, we have created unbreakable bonds with her. Through it we see a picture in a museum, we watch a movie, we hear music. More and more content is available for free. Then why would the book remain in the darkness of inaccessibility? ””Point out from the No Shelf Required portal.”Books are bees that carry life-giving pollen from one mind to another,” says James Russell Lowell, Woody Allen jokingly points out “I read in self-defense,” and Thomas Wharton’s “A Hour Spent in Reading is a Clock Stolen from Paradise.”These, as well as many other quotes hung on the installation of densely intertwined thin threads, inspire us to read and also point to the importance of making books available to everyone within the dense web of knowledge that the human race has intertwined over time to emancipate man and make the world better. Except through billboards and installations around the city, leaflets were distributed with the message: “Books have been served. Bon Appetit! ”It all starts with one idea or a swing of a butterfly’s wingLet’s go dream together and look at the bigger picture, ie the potential of this ingenious idea. Can one small idea be a motive and generator of much larger manifestations and stories? Definitely can, here’s how.This currently “small” idea can be a generator of a new tourist product and development of the city of Opatija and positioning through culture. This can be the beginning of a cultural platform for the development of the city with a focus on literature, theater, poetry, etc.… all in the context of the cultural-artistic-creative industry. We can tell stories about poetry, open theater performances, literary and dramatic-scenic creativity… the combination of creative-cultural and artistic industries with tourism, and all merge into one integral tourist offer. We can tell the story of how Opatija is an ideal city for writing books, so we invite all world writers to choose Opatija as a place for peace and inspiration.The city would focus on the cultural creative industry with a lot of small and medium events and stories and a couple of major, segmented into a couple of groups such as theater, art, reading, which would be the bearers of this new story about the city of Opatija. By the way, Opatija has always been perceived as a cultural destination both through its heritage and infrastructure and through various events. Of course, the process of development and branding is a long process, but it all starts with one idea and strategic development.Of course, this is just loud thinking, and the ideas as I write this post are just coming. Now imagine that a couple of people start developing this or a similar concept. Two heads are always smarter than one. And only if they were paid for that job and had an office and all the resources, where would we end…Metaphorically as in chaos theory: “If a butterfly flutters its wings in Beijing, it can cause a hurricane in Florida” so a small bookcase can be a platform for a new direction and development of a city. That all this holds water is proof that the cultural and creative industries are the source of income for more than seven million workers in Europe, accounting for 4,2 percent of GDP, the third largest branch of employment and the only one showing resilience to economic trends.I can also testify through personal example. It all started with one idea, letter, word, blog and ultimately a tourist news portal Of course, from idea to realization is a long way, but it is important to start, have an idea, growth, goal, vision and ultimately plan and develop strategically.last_img read more

Growth in the number of passengers at airports and seaports

first_imgAccording to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), in September there was an increase in traffic at airports as well as on ferry and passenger ships.Thus, in September 2017, Croatian airports recorded 1 thousand passengers or 308% more than in the same month last year. The largest passenger traffic was realized by Split Airport with 19,5 thousand passengers (an increase of 419% compared to September 23,9), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 2016 thousand passengers (an increase of 347% compared to September 14,1) and Zagreb Airport with 2016 thousand passengers (an increase of 329% compared to September 14,8).The increase in passengers compared to September 2016 was also recorded at Pula Airport (59,4%), Zadar Airport (14,6%), Osijek Airport (28,0%), Brač Airport (102,6%) and Mali Lošinj Airport (24,1%), and only Rijeka Airport (13,5%) recorded a decline. The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with the airports of the United Kingdom, 270 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 31,4% compared to the same period last year. The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in September 2017 was 13, an increase of 460% compared to September 2016.Increase in the number of passengers on ferries and passenger ships More than 17 million passengers were embarked and disembarked in Croatian seaports in the third quarter of 2017. Compared to the same period in 2016, this is an increase of 3,2%.The number of passengers on ferries and passenger ships in the third quarter of 2017 amounted to 16,7 million passengers, which is 3,7% more than in the same period of 2016. An increase in passengers was recorded in ports with significant passenger traffic such as Split, Jablanac , Korcula, Zadar and Dubrovnik. 2,7% more passenger cars and 2,0% more buses were loaded and unloaded on ships compared to the same quarter of 2016.Of the total number of passengers in seaports, only 3% or 557 thousand were disembarked from cruise ships and, among other things, they visited the ports of Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and to a lesser extent Hvar and Šibenik. Compared to the same period in 2016, there were 10,6% fewer of these passengers.last_img read more