April 17, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Five more flu-related deaths were documented last week in San Diego County, though the number of influenza cases decreased countywide for the third consecutive week, health officials announced today.The five residents who died due to flu-related causes ranged in age from 47 to 77 years old. All five had additional medical issues, as well, according to the county’s Health and Human Services Agency.The deaths bring the county’s flu season death toll to 64; flu deaths at this time last season totaled 339.Confirmed flu cases dipped to 249 last week from a revised total of 312 cases during the week prior. The county has confirmed 9,012 flu cases throughout this flu season, with 87.2 percent of those cases being influenza A H3N2. At this time last flu season, the county had confirmed 20,539 cases.“While the numbers continue to decline, the flu season is not over yet,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “It is never too late to get a flu shot since influenza cases are reported year round.”County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially in demographics with a heightened risk of serious complications, such as pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions.Flu shots are available at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county’s public health centers. Residents also can call 211 or visit the county’s immunization program website, sdiz.com, for a list of county locations administering free vaccines. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 17, 2019 Five more county flu deaths reported, flu cases declining Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
If b-to-b publishers are not already taking advantage of social technologies, they may be late to the game. Forrester’s research cautions that social network participants do not feel that information gleaned from such networks is a factor in purchasing decisions—yet. This is bound to change as users get increasingly comfortable with relying on social networks for content, and applications improve. Product recommendations from peers in b-to-b environments should never be underestimated. The go-forward implications for suppliers of goods and services to industry (advertisers) are quite compelling.As self-proclaimed providers of mission-critical information, b-to-b media organizations need to build out their respective social media components by more aggressively tapping into the intellectual property of their extensive user bases. IP and editorial content is no longer the sole province of employees working within the confines of today’s b-to-b media companies. IP is held by “many.” In the case of the typical b-to-b audience, “many” consist of the executives and employees running their respective industries. Industry executives and their associates offer solutions that media companies could not possibly offer. These decision makers are in the trenches.My experience dealing with constituencies as diverse as healthcare executives, entertainment industry executives and entrepreneurs has been nothing but positive whenever they are asked to share their expertise with peers. The potential that the proper exploitation of the social-graph holds for b-to-b media companies is enormous. Facilitating industry leader information-share will enable business media to strengthen and secure its position as the prime source of crucial business information. The challenges monetizing social media have been well-documented in both the consumer and trade press. Though general consumer social media sites have struggled to discover a working revenue model, b-to-b social media sites should not be viewed in the same light. The role of the b-to-b publisher is to serve highly specialized audiences with very specific needs. In the universe of b-to-b media, decision makers have self-identified through long-standing qualification efforts. Once media companies demonstrate buyer engagement with this medium, vendor dollars will follow. Savvy b-to-b media organizations will use social media to meet their customers in a genre where that customer’s general information consumption habits are taking them—Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to name a few. Given the behaviors of executives worldwide—as documented by Forrester—business media organizations that pursue a comprehensive social media strategy should find themselves well-positioned for a profitable future. According to a recently released Forrester Research report—dubbed “The Social Technographics of Business Buyers”—buyers and decision makers in the business-to-business sector are one of the most active groups of people when it comes to social media participation. This can be evidenced by the dramatic growth of LinkedIn. Forrester surveyed 1200 buyers throughout America and Europe. Because this was a b-to-b survey, buyers were not only asked how they participate in social networks but whether they used them for buying decisions. Some highlights from the study:• 91 percent of these decision makers were “spectators.” This means you can count on the fact that b-to-b executives are reading blogs, watching user-generated video and participating in other social media.• Only 5 percent of survey participants were “inactives.”• 55 percent were “joiners.” These are not college students. These are mature business decision makers. The percentage, according to Forrester, was surprisingly high.• 43 percent are creating media (blogs, uploading videos, etc.) while 58 percent are “critics” reacting to content viewed in social formats. Again, Forrester says these percentages were quite high when compared to the norm.
DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) will receive $90.6 million for fiscal 2016, an amount that fully funds the administration’s request except for a $20.0 million line item to cover civilian water and wastewater infrastructure improvements on Guam needed to accommodate an influx of Marines.The agency’s spending is part of the omnibus spending package signed into law by President Obama on Friday. Earlier that day, the House approved the $1.15 trillion bill with surprisingly little drama, followed by the Senate. Both chambers also passed a package of tax break extensions.The omnibus easily passed in the House, 316-113, with an unexpected strong showing of support by the GOP. And following late endorsements by the White House and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Democrats overwhelmingly favored the spending bill, reported CQ Roll Call.OEA’s allocation for the current year would seem to represent a deep cut from FY 2015, when Congress allocated $281.4 million to the agency. But that year’s funding included a one-time add-on to address capacity and facility condition deficiencies at public schools on military installations, making it difficult to compare OEA funding across years. The agency received $120.5 million in FY 2014.The agency’s FY 2016 funding had been threatened earlier this year after the Senate version of the defense authorization bill called for stripping out $33.1 million from DOD’s request for the agency’s defense industry adjustment program, as well as the funding for the civilian infrastructure projects on Guam. The House version of the authorization bill, however, left the $110.6 million request for OEA intact.When the compromise version of the defense policy measure was unveiled in September, the defense industry adjustment program and Guam projects had survived. But the reprieve for the water projects proved fleeting, as congressional appropriators ultimately denied them funding in the defense spending bill measure enacted last week.The text of the defense spending component of the fiscal 2016 omnibus, along with the explanatory statement, is available on the House web site. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
READING, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) invites high school students from Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and areas of Lynnfield served by RMLD to showcase their creativity by participating in an art contest to commemorate RMLD’s 125thanniversary. Various art mediums will be accepted, including, but not limited to: drawings, paintings, photography, and graphic art. Finished artwork is due by Friday, August 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm.Students who wish to participate must visit www.rmld.comto review contest materials and register by August 15th. The first 50 students to register by June 15th will receive qualified art supplies valued at up to $20.Each student who submits artwork by the deadline will receive a certificate for ten hours of community service. Three to five winners will be selected based on the number of submissions received and the content of the artwork. Each winner will receive a gift card of up to $100 for qualified school or art supplies. One submission will be selected to be featured on the cover of RMLD’s Annual Report.More information and official contest rules may be found at https://www.rmld.com/community/pages/high-school-student-art-contest-2019.(NOTE: The above press release is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Local High School Students To Participate In Summer Art ContestIn “Government”RMLD Invites Wilmington High School Students To Participate in Annual Art ContestIn “Community”Wilmington’s Bonaccorsi Wins Award In RMLD Summer Art ContestIn “Education”
Former National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) president Syed Ali Raza. Photo: DawnPakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Friday arrested former National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) president Syed Ali Raza on charges of corruption in NBP’s Bangladesh branch, reports the Dawn. According to NAB officials, the Bangladeshi citizens involved in the corruption scandal include Saleemullah, Pradeep and Qazi Nizam, adds the English-language daily of Pakistan. The NAB had filed a reference against the former NBP chief and other officials for allegedly misusing their authority by granting and revising financing facilities in the NBP Bangladesh branch that caused a loss of $185 million to the national exchequer, it also says. Implementing the high court’s orders, the NAB arrested Raza and the co-accused, including Imran Butt and general manager Bangladesh Waseem Khan.During a hearing of the bail plea initiated by the former bank chief, NAB apprised the court about the losses inflicted on the national treasury by the accused.NAB further told the court that 16 individuals had been nominated in the corruption reference in all, adding that Raza and former senior executive vice president Zubair Ahmed had been granted bail earlier.