(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – It’s a race right now! And it’s between the H1N1 virus and our long-awaited vaccine. Unfortunately, as I write this column, the virus is winning. So will your employees’ best defense against the fast-moving virus ultimately win out? Possibly. But don’t count on it.What does that mean for your organization? In short, plan on functioning without the benefit of much vaccine—and brace for more illness and rising absenteeism. And as I have discussed before, if the virus undergoes any substantial genetic change, the situation could change at any moment. Remember to keep your response proportional to the severity of disease; it’s your best strategy.The current lay of the landI’ll save a thorough analysis of the H1N1 vaccine production and distribution dilemma for another column. For now, suffice it to say the vaccine supply has been overpromised and underdelivered. But we’ve always known that a plentiful supply of effective vaccine was a big variable. No surprise there. And with the severe cutbacks in public health, school systems, and the healthcare system over the past decade, the gaps in our ability to effectively distribute the vaccine should have been apparent as well.Meanwhile, we’re seeing evidence of illness on the rise throughout most parts of the country and the Northern Hemisphere. Will the trend continue? Is this a pandemic wave about to crest? Or is this pandemic like the one in 1957 which had both fall and winter peaks? I wish I could give you an answer. I can’t, and neither can anyone else. But I can suggest that you take steps now to protect your employees to the best of your ability and with the understanding that, outside the workplace, much is outside your control.I realize that some of these steps may seem like no-brainers, others may challenge very fundamental policies, practices, and customs in your organization, and some may seem out of the realm of financial possibility. But I urge you to give each of them serious consideration if you truly want to protect your most precious asset—your employees. And I’ll offer some ideas gleaned from some savvy business leaders who attended the 2009 CIDRAP Summit.1. Insist that sick employees stay home until they are not infectiousI’m sure we’ve all been guilty at one time or another of showing up at work a little sick. Few of us would be where we are if we hadn’t pushed past a little nasal congestion or an annoying cough to meet important deadlines. But this is different.True, thus far the H1N1 pandemic for most people causes illness that is like seasonal influenza. But for some people, including some of your workforce and even essential employees, H1N1 illness can be extremely dangerous. We don’t fully understand why yet. But anyone with an influenza-like illness should not be exposing colleagues to what may be an unpredictable pandemic influenza virus, no matter how mild the symptoms may be.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever (100º Fahrenheit or 38º Celsius) or signs of a fever (chills, feeling very warm, a flushed appearance, or sweating) without the use of fever-reducing medicines.You’re going to have to model this behavior yourself if you don’t want to give the impression that employees should do what they see rather than what you say.If you decide not to take this step, be sure to let everyone know that your company will not be following CDC guidance so there is no confusion, prepare for employee-relations issues, and know that a consequence may well be greater absenteeism than you expected.2. Ensure sick workers can stay home without fear of being penalizedThis is probably the hardest of the recommendations. But trust me, organizations who have adopted step 1 are figuring out how to make step 2 possible. As one human resources (HR) executive said during the summit, policies are designed to be big and broad and hard to change; however, protocols based on those policies can be flexible.Here are some of the ways organizations are tackling this step:Allowing employees to exhaust paid time off (PTO) hours and go into negative balancesAdvancing sick time up to a year of accrual (if, for example, the employee normally accrues 5 days of sick time per year and has used all 5 days, then you may want to consider advancing another 5 days)Suspending point attendance policies during the H1N1 influenza pandemicProviding a special time-off allotment for H1N1 Allowing employees to donate leave to othersFor more information on this step, please check out the 2009 CIDRAP Summit page, especially the human resources breakout presentations.If you decide not to take this step, be prepared for a form of “presenteeism” that will surely affect productivity and morale, and know that a consequence may well be greater absenteeism than you expected.3. Send sick employees home—consistentlyThe symptoms of influenza hit fast. So an employee can leave home feeling fine and arrive at work in terrible shape. And they’ll be extremely contagious at that point. I doubt they’ll be able to hide how sick they are or even want to hide it (unless they are worried about financial security). But they may not be able to get home easily. So they need to be separated from healthy employees immediately. All your supervisors need to know they are legally within their rights to send workers home and should apply the protocol consistently.By the way, this step also applies to you. Don’t try to gut it out. As someone with pandemic planning and response knowledge, you are vital to your organization, especially now. So don’t risk your own health, or anyone else’s.If you decide not to take this step, prepare for lower productivity and disruption from disgruntled employees, and know that a consequence may well be greater absenteeism than you expected.Bottom line for organizationsNo one knows if your employees will be able to get vaccinated in time to prevent becoming sick from the H1N1. No one knows if the current rise in illness is peaking or will continue to climb. So look closely at how best to protect your employees, even if the steps I’ve outlined push your organization past its comfort zone. Run a cost-benefit analysis if you need an objective measure. I think you’ll find the benefits are likely to far outweigh the risks.
Boys Area Basketball ScoresWednesday (2-26)Oldenburg 55 Lawrenceburg 52 (OT)Tuesday (2-25)Milan 75 Shawe Memorial 59Connersville 47 Northeastern 42Triton Central 48 Hauser 43Southwestern Shelby 61 Christel House 32Jeffersonville 69 Madison 49Photo courtesy of Milan Indians Coach Randy Combs.
It is that kind of accolade that will be stressed to Rooney as the reason why he should remain with his current club, rather than hankering after a move, which still appears to be the situation even though he will not now be leaving for Chelsea before the window closes. “There is a situation with Wayne where he could go on to emulate some of the greats at United with the goals he can score,” Moyes told reporters. “The challenge is there. We’ve said it openly – he’s got an opportunity to reach the great heights here. “I wouldn’t say the heights of immortal people, but those like Sir Bobby Charlton are on as high a pedestal as anybody can get. “We’ve set it down for him – can you put yourself in this position? Judging the crowd reaction last week, they would all be happy as well.” Other than thanking United’s fans for their enthusiastic support during Monday’s goalless draw with Chelsea, Rooney has remained silent on his future during a summer when his name has rarely been out of the headlines. What has been stressed by those close to him though is that he has no issues with Moyes. And the United boss is happy to report the same situation the other way round. “I’ve read all this stuff about what was supposed to have happened but I’ve never had a minute’s problem with him,” said Moyes. “He wasn’t a bad lad. He was getting on with his work and is mentally in a pretty good place mainly because I saw him training every day getting himself in a good condition.” Rooney only requires three more goals to become the fourth player to score 200 for United. And, once he has overtaken Jack Rowley and Denis Law only Sir Bobby Charlton, on 249, will be left to catch to become the club’s all-time leading marksman. Press Association Manchester United manager David Moyes is adamant Wayne Rooney can still elevate himself to the status of an Old Trafford legend. The 27-year-old definitely caught the eye in a largely drab game on Monday, when his industry was obvious to everyone. And now Moyes thinks Rooney only needs to find the net to be back to his best. “Maybe he had to come back and show people what it meant the other night,” said the Red Devils chief. “With his work rate he was as much a team player as he was an individual. Now I’m really keen on getting him focused and getting him on the goal sheet.”
SHANGHAI — Al Jefferson scored 17 points and Nicolas Batum added 14 with 10 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Hornets over the Los Angeles Clippers 113-71 Wednesday in the second preseason NBA game between the teams in China.The Hornets went on a 36-8 run after halftime and took a 36-point lead with 8:26 remaining.Charlotte also won the first game between the teams in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Sunday and improved to 4-0 in the preseason. The Clippers fell to 1-3.Clippers point guard Chris Paul played with two fingers taped together on his non-shooting left hand after fracturing his index finger during a scrimmage on Saturday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Paul still led the Clippers with 17 points, while Blake Griffin added 14 points and 14 rebounds.Jeremy Lin added 13 points for the Hornets, who shot nearly 45 percent from the field and went 14-of-25 from 3-point range.Lin, whose parents are from Taiwan and grandparents were born and raised in mainland China, got a huge ovation from the crowd when the starting lineups were announced and an even bigger cheer when he addreseed the crowd in Mandarin before tip-off.For the first quarter, the Shanghai crowd also got a taste of Linsanity.Playing with his hair spiked in a Mo-hawk, Lin scored the first basket of the game — a 3-pointer — about one minute into the game. He then hit a fadeaway jumper, landing on his back on the court, followed by a layup and another 3-pointer in the next three minutes, accounting for all of the Hornets’ first 10 points. “I was in the zone after the first 3-pointer went in, I felt all the shots would go in,” Lin said. “It was such a fun trip. I got to show my teammates China, my culture. . And we’re exited to go home and get some rest.”Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said his team looked frustrated from the first quarter when they began missing easy shots and it only worsened after hafltime. The Clippers went a miserable 4-for-23 from 3-point range in the game and finished with 22 turnovers.Paul Pierce missed all five of his shots — including three 3-pointers — in 15 minutes and starting center DeAndre Jordan finished with just three points and four rebounds in 25 minutes.Still, as poorly as his team played, Rivers said the China trip was positive from a bonding standpoint.“Our guys have been going out to different restaurants together and just enjoying each other,” he said. “The one thing about going abroad for all teams, Charlotte as well, is I think it allows you to team-build sooner than if you were at home. So mission accomplished.”
0Shares0000Harambee Starlets coach David Ouma chases down defender Wendy Achieng during the team’s final training session on September 8 2016 at the Utalii Ground. PHOTO/Timothy olobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 6- Harambee Starlets are keen to qualify for their second consecutive African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) and ahead of their ultimate qualification match against Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday afternoon, the team has urged fans to turn out and give them a thrust of confidence.Despite a myriad of issues surrounding the Equatorial Guineans including whether or not they should be participating in the qualifiers after they were initially banned by FIFA from contesting in the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Starlets have chosen to keep their eyes on the prize and battle on the pitch. The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) had initially said they would be appealing against the West Africans against their participation as FIFA banned them due to use of ineligible players.The 2018 AWCON to be staged in Ghana will also serve as qualifiers for the same World Cup FIFA has banned the Nzalang Nacional and that was the basis of FKF’s appeal.Also, there have been questions raised on the eligibility of a number of players.Nonetheless, Starlets have kept their focus to the contest on the pitch and have been training at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos for the past month as they look to earn a ticket to Ghana.Harambee Starlets Wendy Ochieng in action against Uganda. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“Training has been very good and the girls are looking forward to the match. The physical and mental levels are impressive and we now need to go out and get the result. The fans should come out in large numbers and give us the support,” head coach David Ouma said after their final training session on Tuesday.The back-to-back qualifier will be played in the space of three days with the return leg in Malabo scheduled for Saturday and Ouma knows with such kind of demanding fixture, the game should be won in the first leg at home.“Sometimes it is difficult to plan these closely arranged fixtures and that means we have to give our best in the first leg. We need to take maximum use of our home advantage and get a win so that we make the return leg easier for us,” said the coach.He expects a tough encounter from the West Africans but notes that his team’s mental strength has vastly improved and they will not be cowed by the pedigree of their opponents.Equatorial Guinea have won the AWCON twice in 2008 and 2012, finishing second in between in 2010 and qualified for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.“They are a very experienced team because if you look at all their achievements, that does not come easy. We know we are going to face a very tough side but mentally, I think my girls have really grown. They will not be under pressure. The first thing is to make sure we win at home,” the coach said.An area of concern had been the finishing especially after the team was pushed to the wire by Uganda in the first round of qualification, winning 1-0 on aggregate.Harambee Starlets striker Neddy Atieno stomps forward against Uganda’s Shadia Nankya during an African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe team had a friendly match against Women’s Premier League leaders Thika Queens winning 5-0 and the huge goal margin was a huge relief for Ouma who saw enough goal scoring prowess in the girls, which he hopes they can replicate against Wednesday’s opponents.“I am satisfied with how much we have improved tactically in creating chances and scoring. In training and during the match against Thika I have seen sufficient possibility that we can create and score many chances. We have worked to polish the midfield areas and I am confident we are ready for the game on Wednesday,” Ouma noted.Meanwhile, skipper Wendy Achieng has called on fans to come out in large numbers and support the team with the Football Kenya Federation having waived gate charges for the game.“We have trained very well and the confidence is high. We really want to qualify for our second Cup of Nations and we want to ask the fans to come out in large numbers and support us,” the left back added.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Milk Producers Federation is urging farmers to take advantage of a one-week extension in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program signup deadline to Sept. 27, announced by USDA.“Dairy farmers have much to gain by signing up for this program, and another week to take advantage of this benefit can be nothing but helpful for them,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “We urge producers to take advantage of this added opportunity to sign up.”The USDA said more than 21,000 dairy farms have signed up for the new program, the main risk-protection tool for dairy farmers enacted in the 2018 Farm Bill, nearing the level that participated last year in the Margin Protection Program, which DMC replaced. DMC is guaranteed to pay all producers enrolled at the maximum $9.50/cwt. coverage level for every month of production through July, according to USDA data. DMC improvements from the MPP include: • Affordable higher coverage levels that permit all dairy producers to insure margins up to $9.50/cwt. on their Tier 1 (first five million pounds) production history, a higher level than previous programs. • A 25% premium discount for farmers who lock in coverage for the full five years of the program. • Affordable $5.00 coverage that lowers premium costs by roughly 88 percent. This creates more meaningful catastrophic-type coverage at a reasonable cost for larger producers without distorting the market signals needed to balance supply with demand. • An improved feed-cost formula to better reflect the true cost of feeding dairy cows.NMPF has a resource page on its new website with more information about the DMC.
PBA IMAGESWith several new pieces added to the crew that finished second last season, coach Norman Black is not talking about – and has gotten the results contrary to – his Meralco Bolts needing to jell.“We’re starting to blend well together, starting to become cohesive,” Black said after the Bolts bamboozled Alaska, 106-78, to move within another victory of clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients San Beda trumps San Sebastian for 10th straight win Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tolomia hit all five of his triple tries and finished with a career-high 24 points, while de Ocampo, six times a champion with the Texters, fit in so well with the new system that he scored 10 points in just 16 minutes.Allen Durham scattered 26 points, had 18 rebounds, six assists and two blocks to lead the Bolts. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Rookie Mike Tolomia, added to the lineup less than a month ago, and Ranidel de Ocampo, the veteran superstar acquired from TNT KaTropa in a three-team deal who was playing his first game, were big as the Bolts broke loose in the second period and turned what was an anticipated close game into a ho-hum.It was the seventh win in nine games for Meralco, while the loss was the first in the last four games for the Aces, who slumped to a 3-7 card and are in danger of missing the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeralco now effectively has a two-for-one chance of nailing a top four berth, as the Bolts close out opposite GlobalPort and then powerhouse San Miguel Beer.“There are a lot of teams fighting for top four spots,” Black stressed. “And this is the time of the conference where you need to win games, otherwise, you won’t get it. And a top four berth has been our goal right from the start.” Read Next LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments
Read Next LaVar Ball, father of Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers, jokes with fans at halftime of a 2017 Summer League game between the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clippers won 96-93 in overtime. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPUCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball hogged the headlines for all the wrong reasons on Tuesday after he was arrested along with two other teammates for allegedly shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China.READ: LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China for shopliftingADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 A follow-up report by ESPN’s Arash Markazi confirmed that Ball and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill had been released on bail on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), but is barred from leaving their hotel until the legal process pushes through.The team is in the country to play an exhibition game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai this weekend. Khristian Ibarrola /ra John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Magic end two-game losing streak with 112-99 win over Knicks MOST READ Netizens were quick to predict the grim consequences ahead for the 18-year-old guard, but his outspoken father, LaVar Ball, assured everyone that his middle son would be all right.“He’ll be fine,” the Ball patriarch said, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. “He’ll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal. It ain’t that big of a deal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLiAngelo’s older brother Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball also didn’t seem too worried about his sibling.“No, I haven’t talked to any of them yet,” he told the news outlet. “I know they are all over there in China taking care of it, so I will talk to them when they get back.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC