Putting your plan through its paces

first_imgConducting tabletops and other exercises(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Exercises—whether simple or complex—can greatly help a business prepare, regardless of its stage of pandemic planning.Whatever stage your pandemic plan is in, from nonexistent to sketchy to full-blown, conducting carefully chosen exercises can strengthen your company’s ability to endure a catastrophic event unlike anything it has ever experienced.Exercises run the gamut from staff orientation to tabletop scenarios to extensive (often expensive) drills, explains Jill DeBoer, MPH, an expert educator in business continuity and associate director at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. With tight or no budgets for most pandemic preparedness activities, planners must choose wisely from the options. In February, DeBoer and colleague Kristine Moore, MD, MPH, CIDRAP medical director, worked to meet that demand with two workshops packed with Fortune 500 planners—and no shortage of questions.The benefits of putting your plan through a reality check are indisputable, DeBoer and Moore say. Exercises help you locate critical gaps and flaws in assumptions, allow employees to interact and practice assigned roles, and give you valuable feedback and time to revise and refine your plans—before the urgency of a pandemic unfolds. But for employees tasked with pandemic planning for the first time or for planners combating the fatigue of years of preparations, what’s the right exercise to choose to make best use of limited dollars and ensure best results?Know where you areDeBoer and Moore stress the importance of knowing your company’s stage of readiness, even before selecting the type of exercise. Business continuity planning requires certain steps, but pandemics, because of their duration and the high levels of absenteeism they cause, call for extra considerations. Companies will be forced to make decisions with limited and changing information, the impact will be global but you won’t be able to rely on mutual-aid agreements, and you can anticipate a certain level of panic in the public.DeBoer and Moore suggest that you:Conduct a risk assessment. Identify internal and external threats, hazards, and company vulnerabilities. Pandemic influenza is a hazard with potentially high severity and, at some point, high probability.Conduct a business impact analysis. Define how pandemic influenza can affect your business. Identify critical job functions and operations, and know what assets you can use to respond. Think about what the minimal requirements are for continuing to run your business.Develop a business continuity plan. Develop policies and procedures that address the unique stresses that a pandemic poses. (For more information on this, see CIDRAP’s 10-Point Framework for Pandemic Influenza Business Contingency Planning.)Implement the business continuity plan. Educate staff, conduct training, and take the steps necessary to implement pandemic-specific policies and procedures.Regardless of your company’s planning stage, says DeBoer, an exercise is warranted. Timing may depend on such triggers as changes in key personnel, shifts in trends that affect your industry, new regulatory requirements, or changes in information technology systems. “Most people think of exercises as the end of the planning process, but they can be used at any point. Think of them in a cycle. Each exercise needs to inform the plan, which then informs the next exercise,” says DeBoer.Exercises, according to DeBoer and Moore, fit into five categories:Orientation. Usually more educational in nature, this exercise is especially useful before a plan is developed. It familiarizes staff with current emergency response plans, what’s different about a pandemic, and how information and procedures could change. An orientation builds awareness and is good for brainstorming and gathering ideas.Drill. The focus of this exercise is usually on one part of a response plan and is useful for testing staff training, response time, interdepartmental cooperation and resources, and the capabilities of human resources and equipment. Examples include testing your emergency operations center or your information technology recovery abilities.Tabletop. A facilitated, scenario-based discussion, this exercise focuses on constructive problem solving as a group and works well to test a comprehensive plan. Your ideal list of participants depends on what you’re trying to test. If your goal is to test decision making, for example, then invite key decision makers. Tabletop discussions are guided by a moderator or facilitator. In basic tabletops, participants discuss problems as a group, and the leader summarizes conclusions. During advanced tabletops, participants must rapidly respond to a series of messages.Functional exercise. A full simulation that involves moving people, this exercise has participants gathering in whatever emergency operations center or room you would normally use and may include briefing them immediately before. It tests multiple functions and coordinated response in a time-pressured, realistic way, unfolding over time.Full-scale exercise. Used to test the comprehensive response capacity of multiple groups, this exercise simulates a real event as closely as possible and involves moving assets, which can be costly. In a community setting, these exercises usually involve ambulances, healthcare workers, and simulated patients.Imperfect, but worthwhileNo exercise or drill will provide a full-scale sense of what a 6- to 12-month pandemic is going to be like, say Moore and DeBoer. “All the exercises are artificial but can clarify roles and responsibilities. They have an educational value, because people get a much better sense of how the pandemic can affect their workflow,” DeBoer says.Von Roebuck, a spokesperson at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who specializes in emergency risk communications, says exercises may never provide a perfect picture of what a pandemic—or any other disaster—is going to be like. But conducting exercises is still helpful, Roebuck says.When the CDC began conducting tabletop exercises, it discovered that many employees did not know what roles different agencies within the organization would play in an emergency such as a pandemic. “That is the reason for these exercises,” Roebuck says. “We are supportive of businesses and the community doing these exercises so you know how to act during a pandemic.”If you are choosing an external consultant to help your company conduct an exercise, DeBoer says she’d opt for someone with experience in the setting, knowledge of the topic, and good references, which you should always check.A Feb 14 report published by the Business Continuity Institute, “Business Continuity Management: Good Practice Guidelines 2007,” says business continuity management capability cannot be considered reliable until it has been exercised. The report advises companies to test business continuity plans at least once every 12 months. The institute, based in the United Kingdom, aims to help members obtain guidance and support from other business continuity practitioners.”Time and resources spent exercising business continuity management strategies and business continuity plans are crucial parts of the overall process as they develop competence, instill confidence, and impart knowledge that is essential at times of crisis,” the report says.DeBoer agrees. Conducting exercises can help a company strategize around each unique aspect of a pandemic and can help executive leadership see how a pandemic may affect the business. She adds: “It’s a luxury that allows employees to engage with people in a way that may not otherwise be possible. Exercises are incredible learning experiences for people involved. So often we tend not to run to our plans when we have an emergency. We tend to use our instincts rather than our plans. Conducting an exercise makes us live them.”Features of various pandemic planning exercisesExerciseSummary1. OrientationEducational, useful before creating plan2. DrillHelps test one part of a response plan3. TabletopScenario-based, time-pressured, tests comprehensive plan, encourages group problem solving4. Functional exerciseSimulation, involves moving people5. Full-scale exerciseSimulation involving multiple groups and movement of assets—Kathleen Kimball-Baker and Natasha Rotsteinlast_img read more

Are we ready for an increasing number of Chinese tourist visits?

first_imgAccording to the readers of the Chinese edition of the American magazine Travel + Leisure, Croatia was declared the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists in 2018, for which it received the “China Travel Awards-World Best Awards” from that magazine in Shanghai, the Main Office reported. CNTB.The number of Chinese tourists coming to the Republic of Croatia is significantly increasing. It is approaching the figure of 200 thousand, with a 40 percent growth (since the beginning of the year there were 38.200 arrivals (+ 40%) and 54.400 overnight stays (+ 31%) of Chinese tourists), but according to estimates, most Chinese tourists come without any significant role local travel agencies from Croatia, but Chinese or agencies from neighboring countries.Chinese people love touring cultural sights and natural phenomena in Croatia, but we lack photo tours and specialized tours that would allow Chinese tourists to mark our natural resources and cultural sights on social networks, which are full of digital records of destinations visited by Chinese tourists. In order to make the Croatian tourist offer even better and thus attract as many Chinese tourists as possible, it is first necessary to see who Chinese tourists are and what their motives are for tourist movements.Among Chinese tourists, three segments can be identified, and they are: younger tourists who are usually between 25 and 44 years old, whose motive for tourist movements is primarily learning the language and getting to know the culture of another people first hand. The second group of Chinese tourists are people over the age of 45 who mostly travel with children, do not stay long in a particular place (2-3 nights) and have higher purchasing power than younger tourists. They choose a tourist destination according to their recognizability and according to the tourist offer based on natural resources and cultural heritage. For families with minor children, travel has an educational and developmental role, and the goal is to expand the horizons of children, ie to introduce them to other and different cultures. The last segment of Chinese tourists is made up of extremely rich tourists who go on trips very thoughtfully, ie to invest in a country, buy real estate or visit educational institutions where they see an opportunity to educate their children in Europe.Sightseeing and safety are the most important motives for travel, followed by gastronomy and shopping. Older travelers show more interest in sightseeing, visit beaches, museums and galleries and, unlike younger travelers, want to go on organized tours. Younger travelers are inclined to gastronomy, shopping and visiting concerts and festivals, and most often visit Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split.Now that we have seen who Chinese tourists are, we can make an overview of the problems that Croatia may encounter when creating its tourist offer. Increasingly younger tourists want content that they can mark on increasingly popular and represented social networks, so it is necessary to work on a variety of photo routes where we will offer the opportunity of emotional satisfaction with the visual identity of a place.A very important aspect of travel for a Chinese traveler is food. The kitchen is the third most important thing that the Chinese take into account when choosing a destination. Everyone would like Chinese tourists, but one should know their taste. The availability of food worthy of the Chinese palate is one of the main concerns of the Chinese, whether traveling for business or leisure. They will always be more attracted to destinations whose cuisine is made up of ingredients similar to those in Chinese cuisine. Seafood and fresh fruits are the basis of the Chinese diet, so they choose the destinations of their travels. A country that thinks that their national cuisine is interesting to others and does not want to invest in the industry of various world restaurants and cuisines is doing poorly in the global tourism market. In the big cities of Europe, this is not a problem because Chinese cuisine is already popular among the population. The problem is in smaller places where there is no developed taste and culture of eating Asian food. A simple example is hot water. Most Chinese do not drink cold drinks and carry hot water bottles with them. Water heaters are found in almost all hotel rooms in China, while in our country it is a rarity and even an impossible phenomenon.These days, there is intense discussion about another major problem that is slowing down the growth of visits by Chinese tourists to Croatia, and that is airlines and the issuance of visas. By establishing a direct airline from Beijing to Zagreb, we would get a certain number of Chinese tourists on a weekly basis, so we would reach the figure of 800 thousand much faster. Unfortunately, we are one of the countries for which the Chinese must have visas before traveling, which to some extent complicates the work of travel agencies that would like to bring them to Croatia in large numbers, while an additional problem is the fact that the Croatian Embassy in Beijing not many people work on issuing visas. It is necessary to relax this visa regime as much as possible, because we can see from the example of some other countries that the abolition of visas has led to an increase in the number of Chinese tourists.Source: HTZ , Shiftlast_img read more

He travels by bicycle from Prague to Split to demonstrate the safety of travel after a pandemic

first_imgMike Sarana will accompany the Croatian National Tourist Board on his journey and through the presentation of Croatian destinations and beauties with his recommendations and advice, all in order for this incredible adventure to end as successfully as possible. Yesterday, in front of Prague Castle, he was accompanied on his journey by the Croatian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Ljiljana Pancirov and Dubravko Miholić, director of the CNTB Representation for the Czech Republic. His intention is to prove by personal example that traveling in Europe, more precisely from the Czech Republic to Croatia, is easy after a pandemic and after the borders are open, and that Croatia is an ideal and very safe country for a summer vacation.  “Together with our Representative Office in the Czech Republic, we are very pleased to be involved in this commendable endeavor, which we will support through our social networks, which are followed by many travel enthusiasts around the world. The Czech market is one of our top 10 emitting markets from which, especially this year, we expect many visitors. I believe that this project in the Czech Republic, but also in other countries through which Mike Saran will pass, will additionally draw attention to Croatia, which is currently one of the safest holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić. “Come to Croatia, it is safe and beautiful here – that is my message and the goal of this trip of mine. Croatia, and especially Dalmatia, offers everything a modern tourist could wish for at the moment – it is a beautiful destination with a preserved coast, you can visit it by car, bicycle, you can enjoy the sea or mountains, it is full of excellent adrenaline locations, has excellent gastronomic and hotel offer , is located in the heart of Europe and is a very safe destination this year that has successfully defended itself against a global pandemicSaid Mike Saran.  Saran’s entry into Croatia is expected on June 12. Arrival at the final destination, the hotel Le Meridien LAV is planned ten days after departure from Prague.  “I want to present to everyone how beautiful Croatia is. I have been doing business here for several years and every time I find something that makes me happy again – from the adventurous challenges this country offers, through the beautiful nature to the incredible hospitality of the people you meet by chance while traveling and staying in Croatia. As a great lover of sports and challenges and a lover of adrenaline, I am especially pleased with numerous adventure and adrenaline destinations and locations. I want those who are not sure where to travel and rest this summer to be convinced that it is beautiful and safe here, to choose Croatia as their destination. For me, of course, Split and Dalmatia are number one!”.  Saran does all this with one sincere goal: To present to everyone how beautiful Croatia is i Namely, Mike Saran – investor in Croatia, philanthropist and founder of the Sport2Life foundation, adventurer and owner of the Le Meridien LAV hotel in Split, decided to cover 1200 kilometers on his bike in just ten days, on roads and off road trails of the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia to your hotel in Split.   “So far I have set myself several big and demanding challenges like conquering the highest peak in Europe Mont Blanca, climbing the top of Mount Fuji, participating in the world’s toughest off road race Fiji Eco Challenge, but I must admit that I have never felt so much excitement. There are many reasons, and one for sure is that this challenge includes Croatia, which I fell in love with for the first time when I arrived “on business” and decided that it would become a part of my life. I am looking forward to meeting various people on the road because people in Croatia are not unfamiliar with hospitality, and I am most looking forward to seeing and greeting the employees at my hotel LAV after a few months!”. On its way through Croatia, from the Slovenian-Croatian border to Split, Saran will stop and visit some of the famous domestic destinations such as the castle in Trakošćan, waterfalls in Rastoke, Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Parks, the cities of Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir and some more. of the destinations he discovers during his journey.  He set off for Croatia on his bicycle yesterday, early Sunday morning, from the square in front of the legendary Prague Castle, and on the first day he covered about 210 kilometers through the Czech Republic. An incredible challenge that has a strong message ahead of it has been posed by the businessman, philanthropist and adventurer Mike Saran, owner of the Le Meridien Lav hotel in Split and a great lover of Croatia. This amazing business and sports challenge can be followed daily on the official Instagram profiles Mike Sarana and foundations Sport 2 Life Croatia.last_img read more

Trump replaces re-election campaign manager in shake-up

first_imgPresident Donald Trump replaced his campaign manager on Wednesday as he faces a gap in the polls against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden with less than four months to Election Day.Trump said on Facebook he would replace campaign manager Brad Parscale with Bill Stepien, who has been the deputy campaign manager.”Both were heavily involved in our historic 2016 win, and I look forward to having a big and very important second win together,” Trump said. “This one should be a lot easier as our poll numbers are rising fast, the economy is getting better, vaccines and therapeutics will soon be on the way, and Americans want safe streets and communities!” Parscale, whom Trump said would shift to a role focused on digital strategy, was blamed internally for the botched Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally last month that drew a much smaller-than-expected crowd and led to a coronavirus outbreak that forced Parscale and other campaign officials who were there to self-quarantine for two weeks.Trump advisers have also privately leveled criticism that the campaign lacks a central message. But they said Trump shared the blame because he lacked discipline on how to communicate their message and agenda for a second, four-year term.Trump, a Republican, trails Biden by 10 percentage points among registered voters in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, which has shown voters souring on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus has also derailed his normal strategy of holding massive campaign rallies.Topics :last_img read more

Investment home could break through million-dollar mark

first_img89 Park Avenue, Sunnybank Hills, has a colonial facade. Good spot for a barbecue. The home is ready for a new owner.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago 89 Park Avenue, Sunnybank Hills, goes to auction at 3.30pm Saturday (Nov. 25).A SUNNYBANK Hills home could break through the million-dollar mark for the first time at auction this weekend.The five bedroom, three bathroom, triple car garage home at 89 Park Avenue, Sunnybank Hills — which has been set for auction at 3.30pm (Saturday November 25) — was not just in the coveted Sunnybank Hills State School catchment but also surrounded by million-dollar homes.According to CoreLogic records, the home last sold for $960,000 two years ago. It was put onto the rental market at the time and fetched $700 a week. Perfect for a hot summer. More than enough room for a caravan, boat and car.Agent Simon Au of RE/MAX Results labelled it “a blue chip investment” when listing the property.The property was on a huge 1,115sq m block with potential for development.It was also already geared up with a self-contained area that could allow for dual occupancy — especially handy for extended families, or alternatively could be used as a home office with separate entry.All up it has five king size bedrooms, two kitchens, four massive living areas, three bathrooms, high ceilings and “super-size” garage/storage. It has a large kitchen zone.The home has a large alfresco area for entertainment, plus a pool, and air-conditioned rumpus room.The sale was considered an urgent one given the “owner is committed elsewhere”, and according to the listing, “this property must be sold on or before auction”.Sunnybank Hills is considered a high demand market by realestate.com.au, with 616 visits per property compared to the Queensland average of 316. According to CoreLogic, the median price in Sunnybank Hills has grown 41.4 per cent in the past five years. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXlast_img read more

What You Can Learn About a Guy by His Shoes

first_imgLifestyleRelationships What You Can Learn About a Guy by His Shoes by: – October 24, 2011 men women legs. Istock photo.We women love shoes. We have shoes for every mood and occasion. We don’t think it’s odd to buy four pairs of black shoes in one shopping spree. In our minds, they’re all different, even though they’re the same color. We know what it means when our friends wear flats or dazzling red heels. We can size up work competition by simply glancing at their feet. So why aren’t we doing the Sherlock Holmes thing when it comes to guys and shoes?I’ve whipped up a quick handy-dandy guide to figuring out what men are like based on their footwear. It’s not scientific and it’s definitely tongue in cheek.SneakersCall them kicks, trainers, high-tops, whatever you call them; they’re really just an athletic shoe. If a guy wears them 24/7 it could be that he’s a jock. Or he’s a jock wannabe. Or has really bad feet. Don’t be around him when he takes off his sneakers, you could pass out.Wing TipsHe likes money. A guy who wears Wing Tip shoes is in a buttoned down industry like finance, banking, insurance or any field where they talk in hushed tones and fling millions around like popcorn. If your guy wear these shoes, he’s a very serious guy. If he wears them with jeans, well, either he doesn’t have any fashion sense (you can help him with that) or he’s really, and I do mean really, buttoned up.Boat Shoes/MoccasinsIf his first name is Chip, Skip or a relative’s last name, you’re dealing with a preppy. Preppy guys have great smiles. They’re charming, funny, dress funny. Yeah, I’m serious, have you seen the embroidered lobster pants they’ll wear during the summer. And they’re really cheap. They don’t carry much money, preferring to borrow things for friends for amusements. Okay, these things could be yachts, summer houses or planes. Not a bad deal.Cowboy BootsIf he’s a genuine cowboy working on a ranch, they’re cool. If he’s a country singer, they’re cool. If he works for an insurance company and cows make sneeze, he’s still a little kid inside.Motorcycle BootsHe drives a motorcycle, speaks five languages, is math whiz, practices Shaolin Kung Fu, and is independently wealthy, incredibly kind and a great kisser. Oh, right, that doesn’t exist. Um, he wears moto boots because he’s got a bike. He wears moto boots because he’s into heavy metal. Or he just likes them.Loafers/OxfordsHe’s Chip’s/Skip’s cousin and works for the family firm. He works out a lot and has a great butt.Trendy ShoesHe knows the names of more shoe designers than you can dream of. The moment a new style or trend hits, he’s the first one to buy them. His shoes will always look better than yours. His wardrobe will always be better than yours. He knows the best brunch places in town. His apartment is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. He did it himself. He knows all the right people. Oh, and he’s gay.Tell us: Do you check out guys shoes?By: BettyConfidential.com Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 51 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Bizman shot to death

first_imgILOILO City – A businessman was shot todeath in Barangay Lico-an, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. According to police investigators,Hechanova was collecting debts at a store when Bragancia peppered him withbullets around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Police believed that personal grudgecould be the motive in the killing. Recovered from the crime scene were sixempty shells of a .45-caliber pistol.Officers of the Barotac Nuevo police stationconducted a manhunt operation against Bragancia, who fled after the incident./PN The suspect was identified as 53-year-oldErnie Bragancia, also a resident of the village. The 60-year-old resident Efren Hechanovadied of gunshot wounds on the head, a police report showed. last_img read more

Dolores M. “Dee” Schwegman

first_imgDolores M. “Dee” Schwegman, age 60 of Batesville, died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Margaret Mary Health.  Born December 3, 1958 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Marcella (Nee: Rennekamp) and Lawrence Schwegman.  Dee owned and ran a children’s daycare for 31 years.Family was important to Dee and she dearly loved her nieces, nephew, great niece and great nephews.  She enjoyed spending time with them and attending their sporting events.  She also liked making crafts for them.  Other interests included collecting carousels and for years she and Marilyn were regulars at the St. Louis Bingo on Thursdays.  A gifted poet, Dee composed countless poems throughout her life.  A portion of one dedicated to her mother will be used on her prayer card.Dee is survived by her sister Marilyn Schwegman of Batesville; niece Sharon (Andy) Eckstein of Sunman, Indiana; nephew Mike (Amanda) Schwegman of Oldenburg; sister-in-law Carol Schwegman of Batesville; great niece Laura Schwegman and great nephews Lawrence Schwegman, Ayden Eckstein and Connor Eckstein.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her brother Louis Schwegman and sister-in-law Mary Schwegman.Visitation is Wednesday, January 2nd, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, January 3rd, at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church with Rev. Carl Langenderfer O.F.M. and Rev. Shaun Whittington officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Phi Beta Psi Sorority Cancer Research or to the funeral home to help with expenses.last_img read more

Cricket News Sourav Ganguly reveals THIS grand vision for Indian cricket team

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights There are over 2000 applications for the post of Indian cricket team head coach.Sourav Ganguly was part of the CAC.Ravi Shastri has been given a 45-day extension as a coach.center_img New Delhi: India’s hopes of World Cup glory ended when they lost by 18 runs in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash in Manchester to New Zealand. Following the end of the tournament, changes have been proposed in the Indian cricket team backroom set-up. Ravi Shastri, the current coach of the Indian cricket team, has been given a 45-day extension until the end of the West Indies tour. There are changes in the batting, bowling and fielding coach set-up proposed and there have been over 2000 applications for the post of head coach. The appointment of the new coach will be decided by a three-member panel which will consist of Kapil Dev, Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad. However, there is one more candidate who has expressed his desire to be the head coach of the Indian cricket team in the near future. Sourav Ganguly, the former India cricket team skipper who changed the fortunes of the side overseas during the early part of the 21st century, has outlined his aspirations when it comes to the future of Indian cricket. The left-hander has expressed his desire to be the head coach of the national side in the near future. Speaking in a function, Ganguly said, “Definitely, I’m interested but not at this point of time. Let one more phase go then I will throw my name into the fray. Currently, I’m associated with too many things — IPL, CAB, TV commentary. Let me complete this. But I will definitely put my hat at some stage. Provided I get selected. But definitely, I’m interested. Not now but in the future,” Ganguly said.Ganguly added that he did not want to apply for the post in this year as there were too many big names already. “Going by the applicants, I don’t see any heavyweight names. I heard Mahela (Jayawardene) would apply but ultimately he didn’t. There are not many big names who have applied for the coach’s job. Ultimately I don’t know what the panel will decide. They have been around for a while. We will see how long the term the coach will give. Not many names have applied for,” Ganguly said.Also Read | India Head Coach Ravi Shastri finally opens up why MS Dhoni was not sent ahead of Dinesh KarthikOne of the most successful Indian cricket captains, Ganguly was the chairman of the previous Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which picked Shastri as the India coach last time. The recently-appointed CAC, led by Kapil Dev with Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy as other members, is all set to pick the new coach.Also Read | Happy Birthday Sourav Ganguly – Twitter hails former captain who made India a cricketing superpowerBut it seems that Shastri, who has reapplied for the post, would get another term with the India captain Virat Kohli openly endorsing his candidature. Kapil Dev also said that the skipper’s opinion needs to be “respected”.last_img read more

Five trustees elected to USC governing board

first_imgFive new members were named to the Board of Trustees Wednesday. David Bohnett, Jeanie Buss, Kathy Leventhal, Kris Popovich and Tracy Sykes now join 55 other board members.Bohnett, a philanthropist and technology entrepreneur, founded GeoCities.com in 1994. After selling the company to Yahoo! Inc. in 1998, Bohnett created the David Bohnett Foundation, which supports art, education and civil organizations by providing them with funding, technology and technical support.As the co-owner, president and governor of the Los Angeles Lakers, Buss has been a major leader in the sports world for more than 20 years.Leventhal was the founding publisher of Allure magazine, and also served as the publisher of Vanity Fair. She is a member of the USC President’s Leadership Council and is a co-chair on the executive board of the USC Parent Leadership Circle.The Popovich family had been a long-time benefactor of USC, with Popovich and his wife, Jane, building Popovich Hall for the Marshall School of Business. He operated Hoffman Associates and was president and CEO of Hoffman Video Systems, and served as staff assistant for former President Gerald Ford. Popovich helped form a board of directors for the USC Associates, for which he served as president for many years. He is also a member of the Marshall Board of Leaders.After graduating from the first class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Sykes created the first endowed faculty chair in the physical therapy division. Along with her husband Gene — a co-chairman of Goldman Sachs’ Technology, Media and Telecom group — she has funded a scholarship in the field of physical therapy.The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body over USC and elects new members each year. The newly appointed members will hold their seats for a five-year term.last_img read more