All Souls plans plaque to mark donor’s slavery links

first_imgAll Souls College has commissioned a ‘memorial tablet’ outside the Codrington Library in recognition of the slaves owned by the building’s benefactor.Codrington, a sugar plantation magnate from Barbados, left part of his fortune to the college in 1710 to establish the library, and has become the latest in a series of colonial icons to be held under scrutiny by academics and students at the University.The idea of erecting a plaque arose from a conference held at All Souls in October last year to discuss Codrington’s legacy with members of the local community, and consultation for the project included campaigners and a descendant of one of those enslaved by Codrington.In its planning application to Oxford City Council, Dr Sarah Beaver, the domestic bursar at All Souls, said that the plaque is intended to “serve as a reminder” that “Codrington’s wealth was derived in large part from estates which were dependent on slave labour”.The plans have emerged after the University faced controversy over the academic Nigel Biggar defending certain aspects of colonialism in an article for The Times last week.Common Ground Oxford, the student campaign group which headed much of the criticism of Biggar, said that although they “welcome all efforts to confront Oxford’s colonial past”, they were critical of its overall significance.A spokeswoman told Cherwell: “The decision to erect a small plaque outside of the library seems a semantic and peripheral change relative to the centrality of Codrington’s statue in the heart of All Souls’ academic space.”The group have called upon All Souls to take further action to confront its colonial legacy, including the renaming of the Codrington library and for the statue of Codrington, which is currently displayed in the centre of the library, to be moved to a museum.Common Ground told Cherwell that while the statue remains, the college remains “a living contradiction” and presents “a warped, whitewashed view of Codrington and his legacy”.All Souls College has said they have no current plans to remove the statue.last_img read more

What the Jockeys are Saying !

first_imgMedia reminder: Ellis Park’s Media Day and Call to the Post Luncheon is Tuesday, June 20, at 11:15 a.m. Central in the club-house second-floor Gardenia Room. Borel, Albarado and Lanerie, along with trainers Buff Bradley, John Hancock and Christy Hamilton, analyst Joe Kristufek, announcer Jimmy McNerney and racing secretary Dan Bork. Buffet lunch to follow. Please join us. RSVP by replying to this email or to [email protected] – Jennie ReesHENDERSON, Ky. — (Monday, June 19, 2017) — The jockey colony for Ellis Park’s 95th meet, which runs July 1 through Labor Day, is virtually identical to last year. And that’s a good thing.Ellis Park had its strongest jockey colony ever last season, with Corey Laneriereturning after several summers at Saratoga. The perennial Churchill Downs meet leader joined a robust assembly of jockeys that included Robby Albarado, winner of more than 5,000 races and three times the rider of Horses of the Year;  six-time Ellis champion Jon Court, winner of more than 4,000 races; former Eclipse Award winner Brian Hernandez Jr.; Midwest stalwarts Miguel Mena andJoe Rocco Jr., and the up-and-coming Didiel Osorio, winner of the 2015 Ellis crown, and Chris Landeros. Former Chicago kingpin James Graham returned from California to ride at Ellis for the first time in well over a decade, and Channing Hill also became a regular in his first full year in Kentucky.Resuming his career at Ellis last Aug. 27 after a five-month retirement was three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel, now back for the full meet. Borel also is one of three Ellis-based jocks to have won Triple Crown races, with Albarado and Jesus Castanon also winners in racing’s biggest stage.“It’s worth stopping to really think about — and appreciate — how accomplished the Ellis Park riders are,” said Dan Bork, the Ellis Park racing secretary. “It’s easy to take for granted, but this is one of the best collections of riders in the country. No other professional sport allows such access to its athletes as does horse racing, and Ellis Park’s set-up is particularly well-suited for the fans to interact with jockeys.”Ellis’ top 10 riders in 2016 each won at least 11 races for the 30-date meet, with Lanerie leading the way with 26, followed by Graham at 23, Mena and Hernandez at 21 and Osorio at 20. All will be back with Ellis as their main summer base, while going out-of-town as their business dictates.The Ellis colony essentially duplicates the Churchill Downs jockeys minus Julien Leparoux, Florent Geroux and Shaun Bridgmohan, who ride at Saratoga. But Albarado, who used to be a Saratoga regular, says Ellis can prove more productive as far as landing on a good young horse.“From what I hear on the backside, a lot of people are holding their best 2-year-olds to run at Ellis Park,” said Robby Albarado, who last year rode Albaugh Family Stables’ Not This Time, a 10-length Ellis Park maiden winner who in his next start romped in Churchill Downs’ Iroquois Stakes before finishing second by a head in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. “I renamed it Saratoga South because of all the nice horses to come out of it the last couple of years. Dale Romans has quite a few.  Kenny McPeek has quite a few. I’m excited. I’m ready for it. It’s a safe racetrack, first of all. Second, I think they don’t have to run as hard as they would to break their maiden at Saratoga. So it’s a good learning experience for horses and they don’t have to be at their peak learning potential. I think every year it will be tougher and tougher.“I enjoy the fans at Ellis. No matter what day it is, they pack it up and they appreciate the racing. I think they’re going to get a great show this year with the 2-year-olds. I’m not saying it (the jockey colony) is as tough as Saratoga, but we’re got five, six guys who could compete anywhere in the country.”What other Ellis Park-bound jockeys are saying:“Ellis Park is good. Obviously I tried Saratoga, and it’s tough,” said Corey Lanerie, who this year finished second in the Kentucky Derby on longshot Lookin At Lee, winner of a maiden race and the $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile last summer at the track. “Instead of going there and getting down on myself and beating my head in, it’s fun. It’s three days a week, get a lot of golf time and family time and kind of freshen up. We ride a lot of horses at Churchill. So after this meet it’s kind of good to not ride as many, or for sure as many days. I’m fortunate to ride some of the better ones who run there. So hopefully we keep winning and keep good spirits and come back here (at Churchill) ready to go.“I figure if I have to pay my own way to Saratoga (to ride as needed), it’s cheaper than renting there (for the meet). The stakes horses don’t have to win an $80,000 maiden race at Saratoga. They can learn and win and do it easier than over there. If they’re that good, they’ll come back and be a stakes horse. Lookin At Lee proved that. Dale Romans has had a bunch of good ones come out of there. It’s a good meet.”“This year is going to be the same as last year, with Lanerie staying,” said Didiel Osorio, who after earning the 2015 title finished fifth last year with 20 victories, including winning four races on opening day. “Corey is going to try to win the title again, and so am I. It’s a tough colony — a lot of good riders. I hope Corey is out of town a lot.”“Ellis is a tough meet now, with a lot of guys not going to Saratoga,” said Channing Hill, who in his first Ellis meet won on eight of only 46 mounts. “Especially with the money being good, hopefully it keeps more horses down there. The only thing people aren’t really excited about is driving down there. But once you get down there, it’s a fun time. Every time you go to Ellis you have fun. It feels like a Midwestern meet, where you have some fun. The crowd is enthusiastic. So we’re excited to go. Hopefully our business gets rolling good. Every year good 2-year-olds come out of there. I rode a couple of really nice ones for Dale Romans, a good one for Brendan Walsh last year. Then you see Lookin At Lee going on to be second in the Kentucky Derby. Nobody is shying away from there.”“Looking forward to it,” said Miguel Mena, whose 21 wins last year tied for third in the Ellis standings. “I know the money is going to be better. The  races will have even better horses than last year, which we always do have nice babies and good races going. It seems like this year a lot more people are going to stay, trainers and jocks. I’m excited. It’s going to be a good, competitive meet and I’m looking forward to it. Ellis Park has as good of young horses as anywhere. I rode Lookin At Lee to his maiden win there, and he ran second in the Kentucky Derby. I was out of town for his next race (at Ellis), but I thought he was a very nice horse when I rode him, and he didn’t prove me wrong.”“It had been a long time,” said James Graham, who last summer rode regularly at Ellis for the first time since he was an apprentice rider 13 years earlier. “I enjoyed myself. The purse structure is getting better every year, and I hope it keeps improving, which will keep more quality horses at Ellis. The second-place horses in the Derby and Oaks came out of Ellis.“With good money for maidens now, people aren’t going to go to New York and run second or third first time out. They’re going to go to Ellis and try to win first time out. It’s a good incentive for the Kentucky trainers and Kentucky jockeys to stay. Because we’re picking up better horses for the whole year if we break their maidens at Ellis — going on into the fall and for the Breeders’ Cup and over Christmas and into the New Year. And then you’re sitting there on one of the choices for the Kentucky Derby or Oaks. So it’s going to be fun.”“Just like the horses have gotten better the last couple of years, the same goes for the riding colony,” said Brian Hernandez Jr., the 2004 Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey who was based at Ellis Park in 2012 when he won his first Grade 1 race at Saratoga on eventual Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned — and was back riding at Ellis the next day. “It’s gotten better. Now with the way Kentucky Downs is and the September meet at Churchill, more people want to stay at Ellis. It’s making it to where it’s easier for everyone to stay home. So you’ve got the top riders who want to stay here now rather than going to Saratoga and try to hope for something lucky. You get some really good 2-year-olds coming out of Ellis. You’re seeing a lot of trainers now running their 2-year-olds at Ellis to see where they are at with them. You’ve got the September meet here (at Churchill) and go right into Keeneland. It’s three days a week and it’s nice to be home with the family most of the week.”“It’s good; it’s exciting. It’s most exciting with the younger horses, because the last few years they’ve been turning out to be so good, with Breeders’ Cup horses,” said Chris Landeros, whose 18 wins tied for sixth in the standings with Albarado. “We’re getting a lot more attention. Look at Runhappy (the 2015 sprint champion who ran at Ellis). I see it as a working vacation, but it’s starting to get pretty serious. A lot of people are skipping Saratoga. It’s no slouch; it’s tough at Ellis. It’s not easy. Here, you can keep your every-day business and keep it going. It also helps for Kentucky Downs, those turf horses. I love Ellis. It’s like a working vacation three days a week.”Photos: Corey Lanerie signed autographs for fans after earning his 4,000th career win last summer at Ellis Park (Jennie Rees photo). Joe Rocco Jr. (sponging horse’s head) won last summer’s Ellis Park Turf on Sweet Acclaim (Coady Photography). Robby Albarado won an Ellis Park maiden race by 10 lengths on Not This Time, who went on to finish a close second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Coady Photography). Calvin Borel (bottom right) signed autographs at Ellis after coming out of retirement. (Coady Photography). FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare About Ellis Park ‘I’m not saying it is as tough as Saratoga, but we’re got five, six guys who could compete anywhere in the country.’  — Robby Albaradocenter_img Built by the Green River Jockey Club as Dade Park in 1922, Ellis Park is located in Henderson just south of Evansville, Ind., on the only sliver of Kentucky north of the Ohio River. The track was renamed Ellis Park in 1954 for long-time owner James C. Ellis, who bought Dade Park out of bankruptcy in its early years. The second-oldest racetrack in Kentucky behind Churchill Downs, Ellis Park has withstood the devastating Ohio River flooding in 1937 and a horrific tornado in 2005. The track was purchased in 2006 from Churchill Downs Inc. by prominent Kentucky entrepreneur Ron Geary. The 2017 live race meet runs July 1-Labor Day, Fridays through Sundays, plus July 3 and 4th and Sept. 4, with no racing Saturday, Sept. 2. Admission and parking are free. Betting on Historical Horse Racing terminals that provide different interactive gaming options is offered seven days a week, as is simulcast wagering on racetracks across the country. Ellis Park Jockey Colony Back Intact – And That’s Good!last_img read more

John Prine Invites Brandi Carlile & Sturgill Simpson At Radio City Music Hall [Video]

first_imgOn Friday evening, John Prine and Sturgill Simpson joined forces for a co-headlining performance at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York City. For many fans, the bill took on a very special meaning, with Prine serving as one of the largest icons in country music since the early 1970’s and Simpson representing a new generation of talented country acts. The show also doubled as an album release party for John Prine’s brand-new album, The Tree of Forgiveness, marking the celebrated singer-songwriter’s first new album in thirteen years.Prine laid out a characteristically standout performance, offering a mix of songs off The Tree of Forgiveness interspersed between classic numbers from across his half-century-long career. During the show, Prine was also eager to share the spotlight, inviting out his co-headliner, Sturgill Simpson, in addition to another force to be reckoned with, Brandi Carlile.Midway through Prine’s set, Brandi Carlile came out to perform four songs—”I Have Met My Love Today”, “Summer’s End”, “In Spite Of Ourself”, and “Angel From Montgomery”. Carlile’s appearance was not too surprising, especially given that Prine and Carlile collaborated together earlier in the week during a performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.After the pair’s gorgeous rendition of “In Spite Of Ourselves”, Carlile left the stage, leaving Prine on his own for a rendition of “Sam Stone” off his debut self-titled 1971 album. Following this tune, Prine welcomed Sturgill Simpson back onto the famed Radio City Music Hall stage, with the duo teaming up for renditions of “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness”, “Please Don’t Bury Me”, and “Pretty Good”. After a solo rendition of “Lake Marie”, both Brandi Carlile and Sturgill Simpson returned to the stage to help John Prine close out the celebratory show and album release party with a rendition of Prine’s brand-new song, “When I Get To Heaven”.Setlist: John Prine | Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY | 4/13/2018Set: Six O’Clock News, Knockin’ On Your Screen Door, Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow), Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore, Caravan of Fools, Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone), Grandpa Was a Carpenter, Hello in There, Boundless Love, Summer’s End #, I Have Met My Love Today #, Angel From, Montgomery #, In Spite of Ourselves #, Sam Stone, Speed of the Sound of Loneliness &, Please Don’t Bury Me &, Pretty Good &, Lake Marie, When I Get to Heaven #&# with Brandi Carlile | & with Sturgill SimpsonYou can check out videos of the performance below, courtesy of ratbstard718.“Crazy Bone Egg & Daughter Nite”“Grandpa Was A Carpenter”“Hello In There Hello”“In Spite Of Ourselves”“Sam Stone”“Speed of the Sound of Loneliness”“Please Don’t Bury Me”[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Live Outside and Play Update

first_imgHave you taken on any new hobbies since hitting the road?JESS: Podcast listening and mountain biking. Do you ever miss being stationary? JESS: Only when I’m really dirty and don’t want to ruin my friends’ washing machines…or when I feel like baking…which is almost every day.jess3What are a couple road life tools you couldn’t live without? JESS: Foam roller and Little Sugar Naturals bug spray. The best food you’ve found?JESS: Where do I even start? Best egg and cheese sandwich? Dunk & Deli in Abingdon, Va. Best mac n’ cheese? Secret Sandwich Society in Fayetteville, W.Va. Best lunch? A White Grass spanakopita from the Highland Market in Davis, W.Va. Best home-cooked meal? Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-a-Way outside Ellijay, Ga. Best quick ethnic fix? Chai Pani in Asheville, N.C. JESS: A bat decided to make its home in one of the support beams on the SylvanSport Go. When I went to set up I almost accidentally killed it, but instead took this video then walked away. It escaped unscathed. As many of you already know, our travel editor has been living and working on the road for over a year now, carting her SUP, kayak, and mountain bike from town to town, constantly in search of a good story and a good time. You may have even seen her out there pulling her SylvanSport Go in her signature Live Outside and Play Jeep Cherokee. From what I can tell, she appears to be having the time of her life, but I wanted to get an update straight from the source. Here’s a quick Q & A with our very own Road Life Warrior, Jess Daddio.Screen shot 2015-06-30 at 9.23.13 AM How many miles and states have you logged since you started? Where are you off to next? JESS: Summertime means festival time! Red Wing Roots outside of Mt. Solon, Va., and Floyd Fest near Floyd, Va., are on the books for July. See you on the road!jess1Check out Jess’ latest adventures on the road, from teaching the family dog how to stand up paddleboard to riding bikes in Canaan Valley, W.Va. Catch her at Red Wing Roots and Floyd Fest this month and enter your chance to win sweet prizes from Farm To Feet, ENO, and LifeStraw!center_img JESS: 9 states, 22,080 milesWhat’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you on the road?  Describe your low and high points.  High points – Paddling new rivers, uncovering hidden gems in familiar places, meeting people and expanding a never-ending web of connections, French press coffee in the morning, discovering local music, and constant reminders of the power in a friendly smile and a home-cooked meal.jess4One thing you’ve seen or done while on the road that changed your whole perspective on things?JESS: This would be less of “one thing” per say and one realization – that the key to a life well-lived is to find and harness your passions in order to create a lifestyle that can be shared with others. More and more, my travels are taking me to young entrepreneurs who are discarding the 9 to 5 in search of purpose, community, and a quality of life that can only be achieved when heart, body, and mind are invested in one’s work. JESS: Low points – These are far and few between but usually happen the day after a multi-day festival when I finally realize that I’m dirty, tired, dehydrated, slightly sunburnt, and tired of smiling (and using Porta Johns). Nothing a little one-on-one with the river can’t fix. Probably the lowest post-festival day was the morning I woke up to see someone had decided my two driver-side door handles made the perfect places to vomit. The most interesting character you’ve encountered? JESS: There have been many, but a recent one would have to be a mountain biker who carries her cat in a baby sling. Props!last_img read more

Spot hidden trends and trouble spots in your data

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Karan Bhalla Karan Bhalla is the CEO of CU Rise Analytics and who has almost two decades of financial services and data analytics experience. CU Rise Analytics is a global CUSO helping … Web: Details by: Karen BhallaDashboard tools are critical to many organizations, especially community-based financial institutions. Credit unions and similar institutions are held accountable – not only by internal teams, but also by regulators – for monitoring a bevy of transactional information and customer data. The databases of these financial organizations are voluminous and complex. Because of this, easily identifying substantial problems is difficult. This is where a visually intuitive dashboard becomes a critical ally.What to Look for in a Dashboard A good dashboard effectively helps employees across the organization properly assess the credit union’s performance, ultimately achieving a more sound financial and operational standing. It makes quick work of identifying major gaps in data, as well as the sources of potential problems. The best dashboards go a step farther by suggesting corrective measures. With this information, employees can actually solve (or at least improve) problems quickly and in a much more streamlined fashion.Credit union leaders want a fully comprehensive, yet remarkably condensed view of organizational data that will direct more attention to specific points. More precisely, they need the ability to set essential parameters. This may include the proper functionality of specific Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), displaying which are above or below target, as well as which controls need priority improvement.Real value comes from a dashboard that accesses relevant data directly from the servers of the credit union, yet also pulls from other sources to give the most comprehensive picture. This capability highlights, in real-time, values that have gone beyond specific thresholds – and then puts them in the relevant context decision-makers need.Employees need not go too far outside their comfort zones when selecting software. Excel-VBA, Tableau, QlikView, and other open source dashboard tools like Telerik provide a multitude of choices for credit unions looking for flexibility and quick training of the staff who will be working with the dashboards.A custom-built dashboard, however, offers a personalized and often more relevant, experience. Dashboards can be personalized to measure specific outcomes and can be particularly helpful for payment card teams. One example is a payment card portfolio report to monitor specific credit, debit and prepaid card optimization strategies. Another is a tool developed for tracking loyalty drivers for a specific set of cardholders. Let’s take a closer look at each of these examples.Payment Card Portfolio ReportThe concept of a dashboard like this is to use data intelligently for the study of different member behavior segments that will impact credit, debit and prepaid card portfolios. Especially today, with increased competition for the card business of consumers, credit union card teams want greater engagement, enhanced profitability and well-managed risk.Dashboards designed to monitor the card portfolio will provide monthly views of metrics like balances, purchases, yield, interest, expenses and accounts by behavioral and risk segments. That last part – by segments – is so critical in today’s consumer-driven marketplace. By having a real-time view of behaviors across different segments, card teams are better able to understand what specific cardholders want, when they want it and how it will best be delivered.The analysis that comes from a solid dashboard will provide answers to questions like:Are our credit cards priced right?Do our cardholders like their product?Are challenges being converted into opportunities for growth?Are there hidden trends or patterns that can be leveraged for a competitive advantage?With the help of a good payment card portfolio dashboard, card teams can easily generate a graphic report of the consumer intelligence they’ve been able to gather. Armed with this report, mangers have an easier time securing senior management or board support for improved engagement, profitability and risk-management strategies.Loyalty Reporting DashboardTo better serve cardholders both directly and indirectly, a loyalty reporting dashboard can be an immensely valuable tool. Card managers use such a dashboard to monitor month-by-month portfolio performance as it relates to rewards programs. A visual depiction of the card portfolio’s KPIs keeps card teams on track to achieve their goals and also provides an early warning of trouble spots. Because rewards programs can require a hefty investment, these early warning signs are incredibly important to securing the kinds of returns senior managers and boards expect.Recently, our analysts worked with a card team whose leaders wanted to compare the performance of redeemers and non-redeemers specific to the issuer’s credit card portfolio. Ultimately, it was a customized loyalty reporting dashboard that enabled the card team to do this, as well as to analyze the overall effectiveness of their rewards program. Through the dashboard, team members looked at things like reward redemption trends within each type of reward and across different rewards-enabled credit cards.Insight to Quickly Identify ChallengesSimply put, dashboards offer visibility. With a better eye on the trends happening under foot, card teams and others can drive greater member engagement, enhance portfolio profitability and better manage risk. Reducing valuable time spent trying to identify problems turns into more time spent on actually solving those problems.last_img read more

Whose pandemic fatigue?

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Far from being fatigued by pandemic warnings, the public is just beginning to hear the message. As planners, we’re the ones at risk of pandemic fatigue, as we slog our way forward.At CIDRAP’s “Business Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza Second National Summit” in Orlando this February, Editor-in-Chief Michael Osterholm used the term “pandemic fatigue.” Some in the audience understood him to mean that the public is getting tired of hearing about a possible future pandemic. But as Mike well knows, the public’s fatigue isn’t a significant problem yet. Our fatigue may be.Of course, the media suffer from periodic pandemic fatigue. If you don’t believe it, look at this graph of LexisNexis data showing general media coverage of H5N1.This isn’t an unusual-looking graph. Journalists are novelty junkies; they get bored fast. For a while, the risk of a pandemic was novelty enough for them. Then, inevitably, reporters started longing for a new angle. The one they found was: “Whatever happened to the risk of a pandemic?” That fueled some year-end stories. And it helped reporters gin up interest in otherwise run-of-the-mill January and February outbreaks, enabling them to report “Bird flu is back!” as if it had ever left.It’s a mistake to interpret the media’s cyclic boredom as the public’s fatigue.But those of us who are trying to arouse the public’s concern—and management’s concern—may be experiencing a bit of fatigue. I won’t speak for Mike, but I know I wouldn’t mind moving on to a different issue—if only we were further along on this one. I’ve talked to more than one health department planner and business continuity manager who expressed the same wish. It is a truism of mass communication that the source typically feels the message is getting old when the audience has barely begun to hear it. We should be careful not to project our own exhaustion onto the public.Which public are you addressing?The public, though, is really a lot of different publics. Here’s a quick-and-dirty audience segmentation analysis:Some are completely unaware. Far from being fatigued, they have yet to be reached at all.Some are aware, but haven’t really become interested yet. We just barely engaged them; we’ve got a toehold, nothing more.Some have given the issue real consideration, and now they’re digesting what they have learned. They may not be paying much attention at the moment, but when something new happens on the pandemic front, they’ll be interested again.Some are suffering from pandemic fatigue. They were interested; now they’re not.Some looked at the issue and decided we were wrong. They think H5N1 is a foolish distraction from more serious risks.Some have decided we’re right. They’ve even taken some pandemic preparedness steps. They’re converts and allies, and they’re hungry for more information.Some are active pandemic preppers and key information sources themselves for their neighbors and coworkers. They may see us as the laggards.We should be tracking the relative size of these groups much more carefully than we are. But my bet is that groups 2 and 3 are the biggies.It’s important to note that many in these two groups don’t understand the distinction between bird flu and pandemic flu. Some don’t know the word “pandemic” yet at all. Some who have learned the word think that the pandemic risk will come to them from birds. They are predisposed to overreact to diseased poultry and to underreact until diseased poultry are found nearby. And when news stories about bird flu outbreaks disappear for a while, it feels to them like the risk is gone. Some of what they’ve learned so far, in other words, is badly misleading.This pandemic audience segmentation, by the way, is grounded in Neil Weinstein’s precaution adoption process model, which lays out the stages any new risk goes through from ignorance to precaution taking. Weinstein’s main point is that the messages that work for people at one stage in the model are likely to be completely different from the messages that work for people at a different stage. As we try to figure out what people in groups 2 and 3 need to hear, it’s important not to confuse them with those in groups 4 and 5.Or even with each other. People in group 2, for example, almost certainly need to hear more about how bad a severe pandemic could be. People in group 3 may have heard as much of that as they need right now. Messages about what to do and why it can help might be a lot more useful in persuading them to bypass groups 4 and 5 and progress to 6.This audience segmentation is also consistent with what Anthony Downs has called the issue-attention cycle. When something happens that raises a new concern, people pay attention for a while. Their attention grows, peaks, and then falters. But it doesn’t retreat back to where it started. It settles into “the new normal,” a baseline level of awareness and attention higher than the previous baseline. The next time something happens, the public’s interest rises again, peaks again, and falters again.What follows is a series of peaks and valleys. The shape of this mountain range varies. It takes work and skill (and luck) to make sure the peaks keep getting higher, to build the public’s interest, concern, and willingness to act. What doesn’t vary is this: There are always valleys along the way.Slogging between teachable momentsI see four lessons here.Prepandemic communication—that is, pandemic precaution advocacy—happens most effectively in teachable moments. Sometimes you can create a teachable moment. Other times you need to wait, poised to strike, for the teachable moment.Between teachable moments, we have better things to do than bang our heads against the brick wall of public inattention. Keep up some baseline level of communication, so the issue doesn’t fall off the radar screen entirely. Other than that, focus on working with your fellow fanatics, the people who share your pandemic preoccupation (including those you successfully recruited during the last teachable moment). And focus on planning for the next teachable moment. What’s your plan for when H5N1 is found in North America? It will be a big teachable moment. Are you ready? And I don’t mean ready to reassure people about eating chicken. I mean ready to tell them about the real public health risk: a future pandemic.The pandemic audience is worth segmenting. Sometimes, like it or not, we’re stuck talking to everybody at once. But it’s often feasible to address different messages to the different audience segments. Knowing what each segment most needs to hear is a huge advantage.Pandemic preparedness is a slog. As Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at CIDRAP’s Orlando conference, it isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. When the public’s attention periodically falters, we need to sustain our own. It normally takes about a generation to get a new risk or a new precaution firmly onto the public’s agenda: Think about seat belts, smoke alarms, and radon. Think about smoking. Think about global warming! In fact, a lot of activists on other risk issues are frankly envious of the fast progress made by pandemic preparedness advocacy since H5N1 came roaring back in late 2003.Stay on guardWe rightly think the progress isn’t nearly fast enough. We rightly worry that we may not have a generation to prepare. We should do everything we can to hurry the process along. And we should remember that it’s a slog, moderate our expectations, pace ourselves, and stay on guard against our own pandemic fatigue.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

Governor Wolf Announces Renovations and Expansion of Public Works Building in Lehigh County

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 29, 2018 Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for the renovation and expansion of a public works building in the Borough of Fountain Hill that will increase safety for workers while providing the space necessary to store borough equipment.“I am proud to make this investment in the Fountain Hill community,” said Governor Wolf. “The public works employees perform a vital service to the borough, and this expansion project will ensure the workers and the equipment have a modern and efficient building.”The Borough of Fountain Hill was approved for a $750,000 grant to add a 40 by 75-foot addition to its existing public works building. The renovation will alleviate issues caused by numerous additions made to the original 100-year-old public works building. The completed $1.5 million project is expected to house borough street department vehicles, a salt shed and stone bins, an environmentally safe fueling station, locker, shower and break rooms for employees, and areas for storage of the borough’s equipment.“I have been working closely with Fountain Hill officials, particularly Executive Administrator Tony Branco, for several months on this revitalization project,” said state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh. “I am excited that Governor Wolf has supported this project. The commonwealth’s partnership will be a big help and a positive step for the borough.”“It’s an honor when I get to work with the municipalities in my district on projects I know will improve the quality of life of their residents,” said Senator Lisa Boscola. “The Borough of Fountain Hill has made this project a priority due to their concerns with the current structure and the need to better provide more efficient services to their residents. I want to thank the Governor for recognizing that as well, and I’m looking forward to watching the project advance.”Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.center_img Governor Wolf Announces Renovations and Expansion of Public Works Building in Lehigh Countylast_img read more

Pension funds journeying into unknown like ‘Christopher Columbus’

first_imgAs many as 70% of pension funds surveyed for the latest CREATE-Research and Amundi AM paper on quantitative easing (QE) are calling on regulators to “reconsider what ‘risk-free’ investments” are.Another 50% want “technical provision” rules to be more flexible.And Amin Rajan, chief executive at CREATE-Research, agrees.Speaking at the IPE Conference in Barcelona, he said: “We need to move from ‘technical provisions’ to a ‘best endeavour rule’ provision, where pension funds are facing the challenges the best way possible. “You do not want to plan your route on the old navigation system that is no longer working.”Rajan said QE was “the only option” the federal banks had to cope with the scale of the financial crisis in 2008 and argued that it helped to avert a full-scale crisis and stabilised the system.He added, however, that QE had still failed to promote global growth and that its “unintended consequences were quite frightening”.He said the US Federal Reserve’s exit strategy was creating “enormous uncertainties”, leaving pension funds in a “state of paralysis”.According to Rajan, “pension funds have been hit by a double-whammy – the low interest rates on the one hand and rising liability maturity on the other”.He said the whole industry was on a journey into the unknown, “much like Christopher Columbus, who did not know where he was going when he set out and did not know where he was when he came back”.One major question, for example, is whether long-term bond rates will increase along with short-term rates, against prior experience.“There are no golden rules in investing today – only an increased amount of common sense,” he said.Rajan even went so far as to say that “conventional investment wisdom on risk, return and diversification has been weakened and turned on its head”.Investing is “turning into a loser’s game, where the person making the fewest mistakes wins”.But he applauded the pensions industry for “trying out new things”, both on the asset management and the “liabilities” side.He called for a stronger alignment of interest between pension funds, asset managers and consultants and said ‘one-size-fits-all’ models had to be thrown overboard.Rajan pointed to a “huge convergence of asset allocation in pension plans” because of QE and said the majority of pension funds think the measures have worsened their funding situation.The central banks’ measures have also accelerated the personalisation of risk in pensions, shifting it “from people who can no longer manage it to people who do not understand risk”.This, he said, was “leaving a stain on the industry’s reputation”. See Amin Rajan and Pascal Blanqué’s latest article, ‘The perils and promise of financial repression’, in IPE magazinelast_img read more

Pitching Staffs

first_imgTwo of the best starting pitching staffs in the major leagues this year belong to Central Division rivals, the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs. For most of the year, the Reds’ brought home the win. Lately, the starters still go well into the game, but nobody in the Reds relief staff (including Chapman) seem to be able to finish the game. As far as the Cubs are concerned, for most of the year their starting staff has had one of the lowest era’s of all baseball. Their relief staff, I believe, leads the major leagues in “blown” saves. At one stretch they had leads going into the 9th inning in 3 straight games and blew every one of them. I would imagine it is very difficult for the starting pitchers to keep their cool as these continued failures add up. When you reach the major leagues and you are paid several million dollars to do your job, you would think that these relief pitchers would have a better success rate. As a fan, I find it very discouraging to watch these games thinking you have a win only to see a late inning melt down by the relief staff. I wish I had the answer, and I imagine the starting pitchers wish their managers would come up with a solution as well.last_img read more

State, Local Jobless Numbers Trending Down

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – State unemployment numbers dropped by one-tenth of a percentage point in September to 5.7 percent.September marks the ninth consecutive month Indiana’s rate has been below the national average. The addition of more than 50,000 individuals to the labor force in the past year ranks as one of the largest increased in the U.S.The state grew nearly 6,000 manufacturing jobs last month, which constituted one of the largest one-month increases in a decade and ranked as one of the largest in the nation.Despite sizeable gains in the Manufacturing sector in September, losses concentrated mainly in the Leisure and Hospitality, and the Trade, Transportation and Utilities sectors.Local jobless numbers are highlighted by Decatur County which continues to trend down to a September mark of 4.6 percent.The rate in Ripley, Franklin and Dearborn counties all decreased to 5.5 percent.Fayette County also had declining numbers to 6.7 percent, compared to 7.4 percent in August.last_img read more