Zika virus impacting sponsors ahead of Rio Olympics – Study

first_imgThe findings, which have been released to insidethegames, come from The Global Language Monitor (GLM), which says the impact on some individual partners is greater than the impact on the Games themselves.GLM analyses and catalogues the latest trends in word usage and word choices, and their impact on the various aspects of culture, with a particular focus on English.The internet and the top 350,000 print and electronic news media outlets are analysed, as well as social media sources such as Twitter. Words, phrases and concepts are tracked in relation to their frequency, contextual usage and appearance in global media. For non-branded entities such as the Zika virus, GLM uses a system called the Entity Tracking Index (EAI). Individual sponsors have not been named, but one company scores 163.48 on the EAI scale when measured with Zika, with the higher numbers meaning a closer relationship. Another is measured at 103.46 while a third tallies 48.50. This is in comparison with how Zika measures against the Olympics itself, which is down at 18.64. That figure has slowly risen, however, and was just 14.06 six weeks ago. This proves that there is a “significant and growing” impact on Rio 2016 and cause for concern, the GLM claims. They maintain, however, there is a “greater impact” on individual sponsors due to the higher numbers. “Of particular interest is the wide variation found in the EAIs between major sponsors,” said Paul JJ Payack, President and chief world analyst of GLM. “When tracking brand equity, the early numbers provide strong indicators of actual performance during the Games, providing a snapshot of the intense battle already being waged between the official Olympic sponsors and the non-affiliated marketers, also called ambush marketers or ambushers.” The GLM is hiding the names of the companies at present but they are available to see if you subscribe. The analysis is part of a study stretching back to the Beijing 2008 Olympics, which will conclude with the 2022 Winter Games which will also be in the Chinese capital. A Brand Affiliation Index (BAI) is also used to track how often brand names are linked to the Olympics in global print, electronic media and social networks. Fast food giants McDonalds, one of the The Olympic Programme (TOP) partners, would normally score in the hundreds when measured against Rio 2016. Zika has become one of the main issues discussed ahead of August’s Olympics in the Brazilian city. The mosquito carried virus – declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) – is of particular concern to pregnant women due to a link with microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with small heads and under-developed brains. Other effects of Zika include fevers, rashes, joint pain, eye redness and conjunctivitis, although it is thought only 20 per cent of people infected will display any symptoms.  It is hoped that cooler conditions in August will mean that the mosquitoes responsible will be less prevalent. Uğur Erdener, the Turkish President of World Archery who is a qualified doctor and chair of the International Olympic Committee’s Medical and Scientific Commission, has said he is confident “significant” steps were being taken in Rio de Janeiro. Some athletes, however, have expressed concerns with United States women’s football goalkeeper Hope Solo, a double Olympic gold medallist, saying she would not travel in the present climate as she wants to start a family. Toni Minichiello, the coach of Britain’s Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, believes the country should consider moving its pre-Rio training camp, which will be in Belo Horizonte, out of Brazil.last_img read more

World Bank to Give Nearly US$400M to Fight Ebola

first_imgFollowing alarming evidence of the spread of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the World Bank Group has announced that it will nearly double its financing to US$400 million to help the worst-affected countries address the emergency and build stronger health systems for the years ahead.This represents US$170 million in new funding. With Thursday, September 25th announcement, the Bank will put US$230 million toward the emergency response and US$170 million for medium- and long-term projects.According to a World Bank statement issued, the new resources – which the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors will consider in the coming weeks – will be targeted at rapidly increasing the health care workforce and purchasing needed supplies in order to bring care and treatment to all parts of the affected countries. The funding also is aimed at building a stronger health care system because it will aim to train cadres of health workers to bolster care at a community level throughout the affected region.“The global community is now responding with the urgency and the scale needed to begin to turn back this unprecedented Ebola crisis,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, who was speaking today at a special session on the Ebola crisis at the United Nations. “The real challenge now is to bring care and treatment to the most remote areas as well as the cities and then to build a stronger health care system. This funding will help the countries start a massive scale up of training of community health workers and bring needed supplies and equipment.”The World Bank Group previously announced that it was mobilizing US$230 million for the three countries hardest hit by the crisis—Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone—including a US$117 million emergency response.This support – coordinated closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations, the United States, and other international and country partners – has assisted countries in treating the sick, cope with the economic impact, and improve their public health systems.The additional planned support will make US$113 million that had been earmarked in the earlier package for longer-term help immediately available for the emergency response. The new package will have US$170 million set aside in medium- to longer-term assistance for the countries’ health systems.More people have died in the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa than in all previous Ebola outbreaks combined since the virus was first discovered in 1976.  A World Bank analysis, released last week, found that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries, its economic impact could deal a potentially catastrophic blow to these already fragile states.However, the analysis also found that economic costs can be limited if swift national and international responses succeed in containing the epidemic and mitigating fear resulting from people’s concerns about contagion, which is fueling the economic impact.“This is a humanitarian catastrophe, first and foremost,” Kim said. “But the economic ramifications are very broad and could be long lasting. Our assessment shows a much more severe economic impact on affected countries than was previously estimated. We have been greatly encouraged by the major increase in assistance given by the international community, but now all of us have to deliver on the ground to match the scale of the crisis. ”The bulk of the emergency financing provided to date—us$105 million in grants out of the US$117 million package—was approved by the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors on September 16, 2014, and is new money provided in grants from our IDA Crisis Response Window. The other US$12 million in the emergency financing was reallocated at the end of August 2014 from existing health projects in Liberia and Sierra Leone (US$6 million per country) to make some funds immediately available. As of Thursday morning the Bank had already transferred 80 percent of the US$117 million package to the three Governments and UN agencies with the remainder of funds to be disbursed by the end of the week.These funds are being used to pay for essential supplies and drugs, personal protective equipment and infection prevention control materials, health workers training, hazard pay and death benefits to Ebola health workers and volunteers, contact tracing, vehicles, data management equipment and door-to-door public health education outreach. The Bank has been supporting country responses in line with the WHO Roadmap.“We can—we must—all move more swiftly to contain the spread of Ebola and help these countries and their people. Too many lives have been lost already, and the fate of thousands of others depends upon a response that can contain and then stop this epidemic,” said Kim.A World Bank Group analysis of the Ebola epidemic released last week warned that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – its economic impact could grow eight-fold. However, the analysis found that economic costs can be limited if swift national and international responses succeed in containing the epidemic and mitigating “aversion behavior” – a fear factor resulting from peoples’ concerns about contagion, which is fueling the economic impact.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rusal asks Russia for liquidity support

first_imgReuters reported on Friday that Russian companies hit by US sanctions, including aluminum giant Rusal, have asked for 100 billion rubles (US$1.6 billion) in liquidity support from the Government. The country’s Finance Minister, Anton Siluanov,Rusal operations in Lindenwas quoted by Interfax news agency making the announcement, Reuters reported.The United States on April 6 imposed sanctions against several Russian entities and individuals, including Rusal and its major shareholder Oleg Deripaska, to punish Moscow for its suspected meddling in the 2016 US election and other alleged “malign activity.”Rusal, the world’s second-biggest aluminum producer, has been particularly hard hit as the sanctions have caused concerns among some customers, suppliers and creditors that they could be blacklisted too through association with the company. A “temporary nationalisation” is an option for some sanctions-hit companies, but not Rusal, Siluanov was quoted as saying. He did not name the companies he was referring to.According to the Reuters report, a Kremlin spokesman had said on Thursday that temporary nationalisation was one of the options for helping Rusal.According to another news agency, RIA, Rusal has only requested government support with liquidity and with demand for aluminum so far, Siluanov said.RIA quoted the Minister as saying the Government was not considering State purchases of aluminum for now.LocallyNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman was expected to meet with a team of Rusal leaders but is it uncertain whether the meeting was held. Efforts to contact the Minister for an update on the local position were futile.Meanwhile, despite assurances by Finance Minister Winston Jordan last week that Government was guaranteed that Oldendroff Carriers would not be affected by the sanctions on Thursday reports surfaced that the company has begun scaling back its operations ultimately putting over 200 jobs in jeopardy.However, Trotman has since stated that the decision was expected and that measures are being put in place to cushion the effect. So, it is unclear as to what is the exact position of the Government.The US Treasury Department in a statement on Friday announced the sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, 12 companies they either owned or controlled and 17 senior Government officials, who Washington said were profiting from the Russian Government’s engagement in “a range of malign activities” around the world.The Treasury Department warned that US entities would be “generally prohibited” from dealings with the persons and firms on the sanctions list, while added that companies outside the United States could face sanctions for “knowingly facilitating significant transactions for or on behalf of” the sanctioned entities.The US Government’s decision to include Deripaska on its sanctions blacklist will reverberate around the world because his business empire has a global footprint and counts major multinationals as partners.Deripaska, estimated by Forbes magazine to have a net worth of $6.7 billion, is the main owner of the conglomerate EN+, which in turn is the co-owner of some of the world’s biggest metals producers, Rusal and Nornickel.Deripaska’s inclusion on the US sanctions list could potentially create complications too for companies with which he does business; they include German car giant Volkswagen and commodities trader Glencore.Rusal had said it regretted its inclusion on the US sanctions list, adding that its advisors were studying the situation. Hong Kong-listed Rusal is one of the world’s biggest aluminum producers. It says exports to the United States account for over 10 per cent of its output.Rusal owns assets in Italy, Ireland, Sweden, Nigeria, Guyana, and Guinea. It owns a stake in Australian QAL, the world’s top alumina refinery.last_img read more

Reports – Man United table £60m bid for Germany star

first_imgManchester United have lodged a £60m bid for Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller, according to reports in Germany.Muller has been on Louis van Gaal’s radar all summer but the United manager looked set to land Barcelona’s Pedro instead.However German newspaper Bild are reporting that United’s pursuit of Pedro has not prevented them from offering a staggering £60m for the World Cup winner.Reports have suggested that Arsenal enquired about Muller’s availability earlier this summer but were told that he was not for sale.But that has not stopped United from testing Bayern’s resolve to hang on to the German, who is under contract until 2019.Van Gaal is in the market for a new central forward following the departure of Robin van Persie and the uncertainty surrounding the future of Javier Hernandez. Should the Mexican leave, that would leave Wayne Rooney and James Wilson as the only out-and-out strikers.And the former Holland manager reckons Muller, still only 25, could fit the bill and has now reportedly opened the bidding. 1 Bayern Munich Thomas Muller last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Naille Club NotesLotto: No winner of this week’s slotto, numbers drawn were 3, 4, 2, 1, 5, 6, 7. Consolation prize of €80 goes to Ryan McHugh, Frosses.Next week’s jackpot is €580. Congratulations and well done to the Squad of 10 U12s that played at half time on Sunday in Croke Park.These children were Hannah Shallow, Shauna Gavigan, Aofie Greene, Caoimhe Callaghan, Lily Kelly, Darragh Griffin, Charlie Campbell, James Mc Brearty, Kyle Campbell, and Michael Coughlan.Along with their mentors Alisha Mc Brearty and Pat Campbell, they all had a brilliant day and enjoyed every minute of their time on the pitch of Croke Park.Thank you to all that made it happen. The U21’s have started off the campaign under the management of Andrew Gallagher and Stephen Griffin.They had a challenge game Wednesday evening with Four Masters which they won well. Good luck to the Squad and Management as they start of their season.Family Fun Day: The family fun day has been fixed again for Sunday 18th of August in conjunction with the Mountcharles Festival weekend.More details to follow soon. GAA NEWS: ST.NAULS U12’S STARS PLAY AT HALF TIME IN CROKE PARK was last modified: August 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bingofixturesGAAlottonewsNoticesResultsSportSt.Naulslast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Mayor Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr has wished all students taking their Junior and Leaving certificate exams this year his best wishes and good luck.Mayor Frank McBreartyThe Raphoe politician has revealed he has two daughters sitting the Leaving Cert which starts tomorrow.“Exam time is stressful for all but remember at this point the work has been done and all you can do now is do the best you can. “If you are feeling under pressure or stressed do not hesitate to seek support from parents, family or friends. Take care of yourself by eating and sleeping properly during this exam period and take regular study breaks and exercise.“I have two daughters doing their Leaving certificate and have told them that even though these exams are important, they need to keep things in perspective and remember that they will not define their lives. Once again best wishes and good luck to all,” he said.MAYOR WISHES STUDENTS GOOD LUCK AS HIS TWO DAUGHTERS START LEAVING CERT was last modified: June 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:examsFrank McBreartyJunior CertLeaving certlucklast_img read more

Cardiology Rehab Unit to be up and running in 3 weeks – Pat the Cope

first_imgThe Telemetry Clinic and the Cardiology Rehab Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital will be fully operational within three weeks, says Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas-Cheann Comhairle.Pat the Cope, who recently raised the issue of the closure in the Dáil, is happy to report the confirmation from the HSE and Department of Health that it will be reopened soon.The new equipment for the Rehab Unit has been ordered and should be in place within 2 weeks and with a short operational trial period, the services will resume for the general public by 3 weeks. Pat the Cope said: “The current situation is unbelievable with no Cardiac Rehab services available to outpatients since May of this year, and a reduced service available only to those who remain as inpatients. The Donegal patients who rely and depend on this service will be relieved to learn that a solution is in sight and that the unit will once again be operational.Pat the Cope in his Dáil debate highlighted the great work that was being carried out in the Cardiac Rehab Unit even with the reduced staff numbers since 2011, and the removal of the community cardiac rehab service in 2010 which covered the towns of Dungloe and Ballyliffin. He said: “The current crises has existed since the 31st May when the Telemetry monitoring equipment  broke down, since then all outpatients services have been suspended and with an ever growing waiting list for Cardiac rehab  the situation has greatly worsened. “The Irish Cardiac Rehab Guideline state that following  heart procedures, operations or a Heart attack that Cardiac Rehab must be made available on at least twice a week basis in order to underpin a full and lasting recovery. “It is medically proven that those who avail of cardiac rehab have a 30% less likely chance of being readmitted with cardio trouble in subsequent years. Prior to the monitor breaking, over 40 patients were being seen on a weekly basis by the rehab unit in Letterkenny.”Pat the Cope added that with over one third of all deaths in Ireland being cardio vascular related it is imperative that the HSE, Department of Health and the Minister for Health continue to invest in Cardiac Rehab services. “I again reiterate my request and  call on the Minister to reinstate the staffing levels to its full complement and to fully restore the community rehab service to Dungloe and Ballyliffen so that patients in the regions can more easily access this most vital service after any cardiac or coronary event in their lives,” said Pat the Cope.Cardiology Rehab Unit to be up and running in 3 weeks – Pat the Cope was last modified: July 25th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cardiology Rehab UnitLetterkenny University HospitalPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

49ers cut veteran receiver to activate long snapper

first_imgWide receiver Jordan Matthews got released Saturday by the 49ers so they could activate long snapper Kyle Nelson ahead of Sunday’s visit by the Carolina Panthers.Nelson just completed a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, the result of unknowingly taking a tainted supplement.Six games of that suspension carried over to this season, during which the 49ers used three different long snappers. Robbie Gould has missed a career-high six field-goal …last_img

Aspiring Solar Decathlon Team Takes Aim at 2011 Contest

first_imgParticipation in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon is becoming something of a rite of passage for students at many academic institutions that offer programs in architecture, engineering, and interior design.But in many ways the Decathlon also is a tougher contest now than it was when it debuted in 2002. In January 2008, when it announced the 20 teams selected for the 2009 Solar Decathlon, which is scheduled to take place October 8-18 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the DOE mentioned that the number and caliber of applicants had increased significantly. To paraphrase the movie industry’s Oscar nominees, it is an honor just to be chosen for the competition.One Solar Decathlon 2011 hopeful is the University of Tennessee, whose College of Architecture and Design has assembled a team of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates that is putting together a proposal – and a building prototype – for what would be its first Solar Decathlon. The UT project includes a summer-session construction course at the college in which a student-designed module for the team’s UT Zero Energy House is being fashioned into a functional prototype. The course ends August 6.A mountain of detailsThe essential criterion for each Decathlon entry is that it is powered exclusively by the sun, but there are, of course, scores of other issues that the UT team must address before it submits its proposal to the Department of Energy. Decathlon judges, for example, score each project on its performance in 10 areas – architecture, market viability, engineering, lighting design, communications, comfort zone (temperature and humidity), hot water, appliances, home entertainment, and net metering – so each applicant has to be attentive to each in developing its proposal.Teams selected to compete are given $100,000 by the DOE to get started, but they also are responsible for whatever fundraising will be needed to complete their project and transport it (and team members) to and from Washington. It is, in other words, a full-fledged design-and-construction enterprise, with the appearance on the National Mall the capper to more than three years of intense work.The UT team has been focused on strategies for keeping material and construction costs as low as possible while still meeting high energy-efficiency standards. Eventually, says UT grad student Neil Parrish, the team would like to see the house go into mainstream production. But that, along with landing a spot in the Decathlon, is requiring extraordinary diligence.“We are finding out it’s a little tough,” Parrish told local TV station WATE Channel 6. “You need lots of insulation, really high-value materials, and good craftsmanship.”last_img read more

Check out Samsung’s wireless charging phone case

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Gear S3#Internet of Things#IoT#patent#phone case#Samsung#smartphone#wireless charging Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Follow the Puckcenter_img How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Samsung has patented a wireless charging smartphone case, capable of powering a separate wearable device, like the Gear S3. In the patent released last week, it showed how the case would be able to send energy from the smartphone to the wearable, as a top up.It is another solution Samsung has proposed to fix the problem of lackluster battery life on its smartwatches. Many customers are still put off by the meager battery life, which usually is unable to last over a day with moderate use.Samsung’s high-end flagship smartphones have been able to maintain over a day battery life with heavy usage, so it makes sense that owners of the Galaxy S8 and Gear S3, for example, should be able to move some of the energy from one device to the other.Even though the patent shows the possibility, Samsung has yet to make the case official. We see thousands of patents every year that hint at what manufacturers are up to, but often it turns out to be nothing more than an idea.Samsung has shown other ways it could improve battery life for its smartwatches, including movement that generates energy and solar charging. Neither of these ideas has made it to the company’s current selection of wearables.See Also: Wearable sales to double by 2021, says IDCThe company has started to see some growth in the wearables market, although it is sorely behind Apple and Xiaomi in total sales.The Gear S4, Samsung’s next smartwatch update, is expected to launch before the end of the year. David Currylast_img read more