HAT Puts Dairy Cows on Facebook

first_img Previous articleFSA Expands Emergency Haying and Grazing to Additional CRP PracticesNext articleSo Far So Good on Animal Health at State Fair Gary Truitt SHARE “Our social media posts will be a bit more whimsical than our radio and web news coverage of the fair,” said Gary Truitt, HAT president. In addition, HAT will provide up-to-the minute coverage of the 4-H Championship Drive and the Sale of Champions.  Hoosier Ag Today will provide broadcast coverage of the Fair to its 45 radio affiliates from the Normandy Barn. By Gary Truitt – Aug 2, 2012 HAT Puts Dairy Cows on Facebook Hoosier Ag Today, Indiana’s premier agricultural communications company, is putting Indiana dairy cows on Facebook.  As part of their on-location coverage of the Indiana State Fair which is featuring the Indiana dairy industry as its theme, HAT will be posting images and videos from the Fair on its Facebook page.  Verizon Wireless has provided HAT reporters with the latest in tablets with 4G LTE connectivity.  HAT will be posting material from around the Fair for the 17 days of the fair. In addition, tweets of news developments at the Fair will be posted on the HAT twitter channel.center_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News HAT Puts Dairy Cows on Facebooklast_img read more

Man hit, killed by Southwest plane as it landed after security breach at Austin airport

first_imgBoarding1Now/iStockBy ALEX STONE, MINA KAJI and AMANDA MAILE, ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) — A man was struck and killed by a Southwest Airlines plane as it was landing on the runway of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport late Thursday, according to airport officials.The man who died was not an employee at the airport and hopped the perimeter fence to gain access to the runway, Austin airport spokesperson Bryce Dubee confirmed to ABC News.“We are treating it as a security breach,” Dubee said. “This is the first time we’ve had a runway incursion like this. We have had the occasional security breach, but no one has ever gotten onto an active runway at the airport.”The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement on Friday that it “is conducting a check of the perimeter of the airport property with the airport’s security team.”The pilot of the Southwest flight from Dallas to Austin reported the man on the runway to air traffic control after it was cleared to land.“Where exactly do you see the man?” the controller asked.“They are behind us now,” the pilot said.Southwest Airlines said in a statement to ABC News that the aircraft “maneuvered to avoid an individual who became visible” shortly after the the Boeing 737 touched down.Austin Police Department’s airport unit later discovered “an obviously deceased adult male” on the runway, a spokesperson for the police department said.The scene was cleared overnight, according to an airport official, and the runway reopened early Friday morning.Southwest said none of the 59 people on board the flight were injured in the incident and that it is fully cooperating with local law enforcement and the Federal Aviation Administration.FAA investigators deployed to the scene last night. The agency has not confirmed whether or not the aircraft struck the victim.A spokesperson from the National Transportation Safety Board said it is still gathering information and has not launched an official investigation at this time.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

HHS urges business to plan for pandemic as economic impacts assessed

first_imgDec 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Large businesses should examine their sick-leave policies and figure out ways to limit face-to-face contact, among many other steps to prepare for an influenza pandemic, according to a planning checklist released by federal health agencies this week.The list provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also calls on businesses to try to predict and allow for employee absenteeism and to set policies on restriction of travel to affected areas.Release of the checklist came the same week as a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate of the economic impact of a pandemic and a House committee hearing on economic and other implications of the pandemic threat.”In the event of a pandemic, planning by business leaders will be critical to protecting employees’ health, limiting the negative economic impact and ensuring the continued delivery of essential services like food, medicine and power,” HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt said in a news release about the business checklist. Leavitt and other officials presented the checklist at a Business Roundtable meeting in Washington, DC, Dec 7.Earlier this week, HHS officials said they estimate that at the peak of a pandemic, up to 40% of people might stay home from work or school, either because of their own illness, a need to care for others, or fear of catching the flu. The estimate was cited by Dr. Bruce Gellin, head of HHS’s National Vaccine Program Office. The HHS pandemic flu plan says that a severe pandemic, similar to that of 1918, could sicken up to 90 million people, or about 30% of the population.In a recent survey, 70% of 179 companies said they would need help in determining how to prepare for a pandemic, and almost 40% said there wasn’t much a company could do to prepare, according to a Bloomberg News report. The survey was conducted by the consulting firm Deloitte & Touche USA LLP and the ERISA Industry Committee, a nonprofit organization.Suggested planning stepsHHS’s “Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist” is intended for large businesses, but it doesn’t spell out how large. It was prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The list offers 35 suggestions grouped in six categories. Below are some sample suggestions from a few of the categories.Plan for the impact of a pandemic on your business:Identify a pandemic coordinator and/or team with defined roles and responsibilities for preparedness and response planning.Identify essential employees and other critical inputs required to maintain business operations.Determine the potential impact of a pandemic on company financial results under multiple possible scenarios.Establish an emergency communications plan.Plan for the impact of a pandemic on your employees and customers:Forecast and allow for employee absences during a pandemic due to factors such as personal illness, family member illness, and quarantines.Implement guidelines to modify the frequency and type of face-to-face contact among employees and between employees and customers.Encourage and track annual influenza vaccination for employees.Establish policies to be implemented during a pandemic, including:Compensation and sick-leave absences unique to a pandemic, including policies on when a previously ill person can return to workFlexible worksite (eg, telecommuting) and flexible work hours (eg, staggered shifts)Restricting travel to affected geographic areas, evacuating employees working in or near an affected area, and guidance for employees returning from affected areasCoordinate with external organizations and your community:Collaborate with federal, state, and local public health agencies and/or emergency responders to participate in their planning processes.Share best practices with other businesses.Potential economic damage assessedRelease of the checklist came the day before the CBO issued estimates of the possible economic impact of a flu pandemic.In a report prepared at the request of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., the CBO estimated that a severe pandemic like that of 1918 would cut gross domestic product (GDP) in the ensuing year by about 5%. By comparison, the typical business recession in the United States since World War II cut GDP by 4.7%, the report says. The estimate is based on a pandemic scenario involving 90 million illness cases and 2 million deaths.In a milder pandemic, like that of 1957 or 1968, GDP would be reduced by about 1.5%, according to the CBO. This “probably would not cause a recession and might not be distinguishable from the normal variation in economic activity,” the report says. This second scenario assumes 75 million cases with about 100,000 deaths.The CBO report was criticized as misleading by Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, a leading pandemic preparedness proponent and director of CIDRAP, publisher of this Web site. He called the report “overly simplistic” because the CBO assessed only two types of economic impacts: lost work days and reduced sales due to restricted social interaction.”Had they done a more thorough evaluation, they would have looked at the loss of supply-chain integrity,” Osterholm told CIDRAP News. “The inability to transport products would result in a much greater impact” than the CBO estimated.Osterholm gave his own view of the potential economic damage at a Dec 7 hearing of the House Committee on International Relations.He predicted that a severe pandemic would bring “an abrupt halt” to global, regional, and national economies. “Foreign trade and travel will be reduced or even ended in an attempt to stop the virus from entering new countries—even though such efforts will probably fail given the infectiousness of the virus and the volume of illegal crossings at most borders,” he said.He predicted that curtailment of international trade will trigger shortages of critical products, such as those needed to maintain water, power, and communication systems and meet health needs unrelated to flu prevention and treatment.As a prime example of an area demanding “critical product continuity” planning, Osterholm said the US pharmaceutical industry obtains more than 80% of its raw materials from foreign sources. “Any interruption of trade and transportation of multiple regions of the world will result in numerous pharmaceutical products not being available in this country or at the minimum, they will be in very short supply,” he said.He added that the common business practice of maintaining very limited inventories of raw materials and products will likely exacerbate the problems if a pandemic interrupts trade.”We must understand the implications and plan for the shutdown of our global economy and supply chains now, not during a pandemic,” Osterholm asserted.See also:Dec 7 HHS news releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20051207a.htmlBusiness planning checklisthttp://www.flu.gov/professional/business/businesschecklist.htmlNov 29 CIDRAP News story “Business leaders stress importance of pandemic planning”last_img read more

Around the nation: No. 21 Michigan at No. 3 Michigan State headlines weekend slate

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Here’s a breakdown of Saturday’s best games along with a schedule of the rest of the day’s Top 25 matchups.All games are picked in bold. Happy watching.Georgia at No. 14 Kentucky, 1:30 p.m., ESPN3When you start four freshmen, every conference contest turns into a trap game. Just ask John Calipari about his masterpiece of a team that lost to unranked Arkansas in overtime on Jan. 14. But since that game, Kentucky (14-4, 4-1 Southeastern) has hit its stride at Rupp Arena and Georgia (10-7, 4-1) will be its third straight victim in front of the faithful.Texas at No. 24 Baylor, 1:30 p.m., ESPN3AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA lot of ranked teams face road tests this weekend, but Baylor (13-5, 1-4 Big 12) will have its hands full at the Ferrell Center. The Bears have dropped four of five since the start of Big 12 play, and Texas (15-4, 4-2) is on a hot streak. After dropping their first two conference games, the Longhorns have won four straight — including wins against then-No. 8 Iowa State and No. 22 Kansas State — and will grab another upset in Waco, Texas, this weekend.No. 22 Kansas State at No. 16 Iowa State, 1:45 p.m., ESPN3With Kansas grabbing all the Big 12 headlines, these two teams have skated under the surface since the start of conference play. This matchup will present the Wildcats’ best competition moving forward, and Iowa State (14-3, 2-3 Big 12) will snap a three-game skid after starting the season 14-0. Kansas State’s (14-5, 4-2) balanced attack will keep it in the game, but the Cyclones move the ball as well as any team in the nation and will snap out of their recent shooting lull.Tennessee at No. 6 Florida, 4 p.m., ESPNThis game comes down to whether or not Patric Young picks up early fouls. In the Gators’ (16-2, 5-0 Southeastern) last game against Alabama, Young sat for much of the second half with four fouls and Dorian Finney-Smith filled in nicely in his place. But that wouldn’t be the case against the Vols (12-6, 3-2). Tennessee’s veteran frontcourt of Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon would bully anyone but Young in this matchup. Unfortunately for the Vols, the senior stays disciplined and the Gators stay undefeated in SEC play.No. 21 Michigan at No. 3 Michigan State, 7 p.m., ESPNIf you catch any college basketball this Saturday, settle into a spot from 7-9 p.m. for this one. Both sit atop the Big Ten standings. Both are undefeated in the conference. And, well, both schools are in Michigan. The Wolverines (14-4, 6-0 Big Ten) beat No. 10 Iowa earlier this week and have been one of the bigger surprises in the country as of late. But the seasoned Spartans (18-1, 7-0), led by Gary Harris, Keith Appling and an impenetrable frontcourt, pluck their in-state foes off Cloud 9.Florida State at No. 18 Duke, noon, ESPNNo. 10 Iowa at Northwestern, noon, Big Ten NetworkNo. 2 Syracuse at Miami, 1 p.m., CBSNo. 4 Villanova at Marquette, 2 p.m., Fox Sports 1West Virginia at No. 11 Oklahoma State, 2 p.m., ESPN2No. 25 Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 4 p.m., ESPN3No. 9 Wisconsin at Purdue, 5 p.m., Big Ten NetworkNo. 20 Pittsburgh at Maryland, 6 p.m., ESPN2No. 5 Wichita State at Drake, 8:05 p.m.No. 8 Kansas at Texas Christian, 9 p.m., ESPNUNo. 7 San Diego State at Utah State, 11 p.m., ESPNU Comments Published on January 24, 2014 at 7:02 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more