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22 сентября, 17:07

Ukrainian Freedom Fighting and Cambodian Democracy: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing

The highlights from seven days of reading about the world

22 сентября, 17:02

Could North Korea's Army Crush the U.S. Military in a War?

Dave Majumdar Security, Asia No, but they could kill a lot of people.  Other than North Korea’s massed dug in artillery forces, Pyongyang’s enormous and well training special operations forces are the most dangerous threat facing the United States and the South. According to U.S. military sources, Pyongyang’s special operations troops are well trained and well equipped and pose a significant danger. As Washington ratchets up the pressure on North Korea—or potentially launches a preemptive strike—the Kim regime in Pyongyang has options to strike back hard at the United States and South Korea using purely conventional means. While analysts often focus on the so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s arsenal of ballistic missiles, the real threat emanating from the North comes in the form of heavy artillery and special operations forces, which could wreak havoc on the South. In the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, Pyongyang’s ground forces are the greatest threat to the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the U.S. forces stationed there—short of nuclear weapons. What a War Between China and Japan Would Look Like.  “With 70% of the Ground Force positioned south of the Pyongyang-Wonsan line, North Korea is maintaining a military posture capable of conducting a surprise attack at any time,” reads the South Korean Ministry of National Defense 2014 defense white paper. “In particular, the 170 mm self-propelled guns and 240 mm MRLS [multiple launch rocket systems] in forward positions are capable of surprise, massive concentrated fire on the Greater Seoul Metropolitan Area (GSMA). The 300 mm MRL currently under test development by North Korea is able to reach the middle part of the ROK considering its maximum firing range.” Additionally, North Korea has reinforced its artillery forces with 122mm towed MLRS systems in the coastal area near the West Sea coast and near the frontlines. The North Korean artillery pieces would be protected by covered trenches to enhance their survivability during combat operations. Altogether, the South Korea estimates that the North has some 8,600 pieces of tube artillery and 5,500 MLRS batteries available to its forces. Read full article

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21 сентября, 14:00

The Horrors: V review – spindly indie survivors hit their sweet spot

Against the odds, the Horrors’ fifth album is their best yet, with Faris Badwan’s commanding, world-weary vocals adding to the synthesised thrills and sparkling guitar-pop Let us briefly take a detour down memory lane. It is 2007 and, as a contestant on the most recent series of Big Brother has so eloquently put it, “there’s a new music that’s taking over our country and it’s called … ‘indie’”. The Pigeon Detectives bestride the Top 20. The second Razorlight album has just been certified five times platinum. The pages of the Observer play host to a feature that wonders aloud how Bloc Party will cope with being propelled to superstardom as a result of their new album: “A zeitgeist-defining record that rips up the rock rulebook.”Strange days indeed, but imagine the consternation you could cause were you able to offer everyone a glimpse into the future, a world 10 years hence where Razorlight are headlining not Reading and Leeds but a VW campervan convention in Llangollen; where the lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs is now best-known as a judge on a talent show, and where the frontman of the Arctic Monkeys has left Yorkshire, changed his accent and now favours the world not with gritty vignettes of provincial Britain, but updates from the frontline of life as a swashbuckling multi-millionaire cocksman, rampant amid the sun-bronzed lovelies of Hollywood. Continue reading...

21 сентября, 11:46

Реальная цена Bitcoin равна $0, — Wall Street Journal

Возможности криптовалют слишком ограничены, что мешает их распространению. Об этом пишет Wall Street Journal, передает Эспрессо. Издание отмечает, что главная проблема заключается в том, как работает Bitcoin. С его помощью можно проводить крайне ограниченное количество […]

20 сентября, 17:49

Italy's center-right in search of a leader as election nears

ROME (Reuters) - Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi returned to frontline Italian politics at the weekend, staking his claim to lead a resurgent center-right into national elections that are expected early next year.

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20 сентября, 14:48

Tough calls: on the debt crisis frontline with charity StepChange

The Guardian speaks to helpline advisers dealing with issues such as credit card debt, high-interest loans and bankruptcy There is a pause, a moment’s silence and then a deep exhalation before the words finally come. The caller has only been asked her name but it is a big moment, almost like a confession when she finally speaks. Debt is an exhausting secret to keep, but telling a stranger about a problem you can hardly bear to face yourself takes courage. Continue reading...

20 сентября, 03:13

Биткоин что это свежие новости. Новости к данному часу.

W3C начал работать над новым стандартом веб-платежей в 2013-ом. «Это тот период, в котором мы находимся, этап разработки тестов и взаимодействия». «Cейчас мы находимся на стадии исследования и проработки совместимости», — подчеркнул он.[1] осенью 2017 ряд больших компаний планируют продемонстрировать практическое применение нового API в бизнесе. Рассмотрим идею … Читать далее →

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19 сентября, 21:14

Курс биткоина на 19.09.2017 г. Новости сегодня 19.09.2017 г.

Внутренняя стоимость этой криптовалюты зависит от ее способности стать виртуальным золотом – или от благосклонности криминального мира. 14 сентября одна из крупнейших криптобирж Китая BTCChina объявила о прекращении торгов в юанях с 30 сентября. После этого курс биткоина упал на 500 долларов … Читать далее →

19 сентября, 19:47

Цена золота на 19.09.2017 г. Горячие новости.

Рассмотрим идею использования биткоина для нелегальных транзакций. Дэн Дэвис, аналитик банка Frontline Analysts, попытался рассчитать стоимость этой криптовалюты, исходя из внутреннего ограничения на максимальное число биткоинов, которые могут одновременно находиться в обращении (этот лимит составляет 21 млн). Для любой валюты … Читать далее →

19 сентября, 00:44

Inside Story - How relevant is the United Nations?

World leaders gather in New York for the 72nd UN General Assembly. Once again world leaders are gathering together to discuss combatting global conflicts and humanitarian crises. Myanmar, North Korea, Syria, and Iran will be high on an agenda that is clouded and complicated by the vast differences and various opinions of the 193 member states. Since 1945, the UN has been on the forefront and the frontline of many global hotspots. But 72 years later, some, including the United States, are calling for the organisation to be reformed. So is the UN still a force for global good? Presenter: Peter Dobbie. Guests: Mark Farha, Assistant professor, Doha Institute Salil Shetty, Secretary general, Amnesty International. Douglas Johnson, author and former adviser to the South Sudan government. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

18 сентября, 22:10

Remarks by the Vice President to Indiana Honor Flight Veterans and Volunteers

Indian Treaty Room 1:12 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well hello, Indiana!  AUDIENCE:  Hello!   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Secretary Shulkin, thank you for that overly generous introduction.  More importantly, thank you for your strong leadership of the Department of Veterans Affairs.   Our services to our veterans are getting better every day because of the leadership of our President and because of Secretary David Shulkin.  Would you join me in thanking him one more time for the great work that he's doing?  (Applause.)  And it is great to be with all of you today, humbling in fact, to be among so many American heroes -- so many Hoosier heroes -- veterans of the Lafayette Honor Flight.  On behalf of the President of the United States and the entire First Family, welcome to the White House. (Applause.) I had to stop by and see you all today.  I'm going to be jumping on Air Force Two in just a little bit and headed to catch up with the President in New York City, where there's a lot going on this week with the U.N. General Assembly.   But it really is my great honor to be able to welcome you all here today.  And to share a few remarks about your service and the ongoing commitment, not only of this administration but the people of the United States to all of the men and women who have served and who are serving this country.    But before I go one step further, I expect there's probably some Air Force in the room, and I'm told that today is the 70th birthday of the United States Air Force.  So let's hear it.  (Applause.)   The Old Book says, if you owe debts, pay debts; if honor, then honor; if respect, then respect.  And I'm just here today on behalf of your President and our entire administration to pay a debt of gratitude, a debt of honor, and a debt of respect to each and every one of you who stepped up -- stepped forward and put on the uniform of the United States in your time.    As the President said recently, “You are part of a long unbroken chain of American heroes.”  And behalf on your Commander-in-Chief and all the American people, thank you for your service.  Thank you for your selfless defense of our families and the way you've stood and fought for freedom.  You are in a very real sense, the best of us.  We owe you a debt we can never fully repay.   Each of you served in Vietnam, I'm told, on that frontline of freedom.  Amidst the jungles and the rice paddies, you stood strong.  And the image of your courage is forever seared into the mind of the American people.  As our 40th President said, your cause was a “noble cause” and you “fought as well and as bravely as any Americans have ever fought in any war.” And on behalf of President Donald Trump, and my family, and a grateful America, I say to all the Vietnam veterans who are here, welcome home. (Applause.)  Today is a part of that welcome -- an ongoing, well-deserved warm welcome home.  And thanks to the Honor Flight Network, you’ve come here to our nation's capital, to visit, I'm told, the Vietnam Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, and to pay your respects to those who served beside you and didn’t come home. Before I go further, let me just take a minute to say thank you to the Honor Flight Network and all these great red-shirt-wearing volunteers who are here with us today.   For more than a decade, the Honor Flight Network has brought heroes like every one of you to Washington, D.C. to see firsthand how our nation has remembered, memorialized, and immortalized your service to America.  Today the Honor Flight Network has more than 125 hubs, including the Lafayette Honor Flight.  And I’d especially like to thank not only the co-presidents, Pamela Mow and Dana Vann, who are two Gold Star moms who’ve organized 17 flights.  Let’s hear it for them.  Where are they?  (Applause.)  But also all these red-shirt-wearing volunteers who are going to make this such a special day.  Thank you.  Thank you for loving our troops and thank you for your family’s example. We honor your service through memorials here in our nation’s capital, but I know every one of you would agree with our President and myself when I say we mostly honor your service by ensuring that the men and women currently serving in harm's way have the resources and training they need to accomplish their mission and come home safe.  (Applause.)  And I’m pleased to report to all the veterans gathered here, President Trump has already signed the largest increase in military spending in nearly a decade.  And at this very moment, we’re working with the Congress to pass what will be the largest investment in military readiness since the days of Ronald Reagan. Under President Trump’s leadership, I promise you:  As the President likes to say, we're going to make the strongest military in the world even stronger still.  (Applause.)  And as the President made clear in his address on Afghanistan just a little more than a month ago here at Fort Myer, we will be giving our men and women in uniform a plan for victory.  And I’ll promise you this, under this Commander-in-Chief, when America goes to fight, America will go to fight to win.  (Applause.)  President Trump is also committed to honor your service, as he likes to say, to stand with those who protected us, and he’s been busy keeping his word to the men and women who have worn the uniform of this country. President Trump has been working tirelessly to empower veterans to get the care you earned and the service and sacrifice that you deserve.  Whether it’s at the VA or even at a private health-care provider, we've been working with the Congress to advance opportunities and legislation that expands choices for veterans. Secretary Shulkin has been very active in this regard, and we commend him for it.  I know the President is grateful.  The President actually extended the Veterans Choice program in April, and last month, he signed into law legislation that will expand the Veterans Choice program with an additional $2.1 billion per year.  We're going to open the doorway to better healthcare for our veterans all across America in real time.  (Applause.)  And working with Secretary Shulkin and his team, our entire administration is working every day to make the VA as efficient, effective, and as accountable as each and every one of you deserve.  We’ve already established a new White House VA hotline -- principally staffed by veterans, for veterans. And to restore the highest level of service at the VA, President Trump signed a law to enact historic protections for whistleblowers, and we're pleased to report we’ve already fired or suspended nearly 1,000 VA employees -- because this White House will never tolerate the mistreatment of American heroes.  (Applause.)  As President Trump said not long ago, in his words, “We will not rest until all of America’s great veterans can receive the care they so richly deserve.”  As I close, let me say what a special joy it is to have a chance to stand with so many great Hoosiers who’ve worn the uniform of the United States. My life never took me into the armed forces, but I’m proud to say that my dad served in the United States Army and served in Korea.  And I’m an especially proud father of a United States Marine.   It was just a few short months ago that I traveled to the country where my father saw combat.  I literally stood at the -- what was the -- near the Demilitarized Zone, the 38th Parallel, as it’s known, on that frontline of freedom, where South Korea meets North Korea.   I looked out at the hills, and the commanding officer pointed me in the direction of where Pork Chop Hill actually was just over the horizon, where my dad fought together with his brothers in the 45th Infantry Division. My dad got a Bronze Star for his service, and my family allows me to proudly display that medal in my office here in the West Wing.  But I got to be honest with you, when my brothers and sisters and I were growing up, Dad didn’t keep that medal on his desk.  It wasn’t framed and on the wall.  It was in a drawer, where no one could see it. My dad didn't talk a whole lot about his time in combat.  And those of you that have seen combat, all those gathered here know whereof I speak more than I do.  My dad really didn’t consider himself a hero.  Whenever we’d ask him about it, he’d say, the heroes were my friends that didn’t come home. In just a few hours, you all are going to have an opportunity to go pay your respects at the Vietnam Memorial and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  And I know you're going to be feeling just exactly the same way. But all of you here today I know carry a burden in your heart.  And I just -- I want you all to know that -- while it’s something I think civilians like me will never fully understand, just know that you carry the deepest respect of the American people and all of those who have prospered under the freedom and the liberty that you defended. And as you carry this burden deep in your hearts, just know that you don’t carry it alone.  I promise you.  The American people will always be grateful for your service.  We’ll always stand with you and all the men and women of the armed forces, past and present. And I’ll make you one more promise:  The veterans of this country and the members of our armed forces will never have a better friend in the White House than President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)  So, my fellow Hoosiers, once again, welcome to Washington, D.C.  It’s really a great honor to be able to welcome you here to the White House, and it’s a deeply humbling one -- deeply humbling for me to have the opportunity to serve here in this new capacity and deeply humbling for me to be able stand before all of you today. I hope today is for you as deeply meaningful as it is for me to be able to welcome you here.  And so let me close simply by saying, on behalf of President Donald Trump and all the American people, thank you for your service. May God bless each and every one of you and all those that will be remembered in your Honor Flight today and may God continue to bless the United States of America. Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  END   1:23 P.M. EDT  

18 сентября, 16:35

The Ominous, Massive Military Exercises in Eastern Europe

“When Moscow clears its throat, the region will hear it.”

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18 сентября, 09:30

The oat milk invasion: how off-licences became the frontline of gentrification

In Hackney corner shops, craft beers do battle with Polish brands, crispbreads squeeze out biscuits and goji berries are everywhere. But as controversy swirls over the role of the convenience store, could these late-night grottos of essential items hold the key to greater integration?The first thing you see when you walk into Hackney Food Center on Well Street, London, is a large display of oat milk.Amid the tobacco, cheesy Wotsits and Haribo sweets you expect to find in London’s innumerable corner shops, this new addition seems rather odd. But the shop’s owner, Kenan Yildrim, says that 20-30% of his sales these days come from organic, healthy or niche brands that appeal to a certain kind of customer. Continue reading...

17 сентября, 02:46

On the frontline: French police demand protection from protesters & terrorists

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15 сентября, 16:00

The High Price of Overly Prescriptive HR Policies

Recently, one of my colleagues left our firm to make significantly more money at another company. We wanted to keep her, but the commission-based salary offered by the other company was more than we could match. She hadn’t realized how long her new commute would be during rush hour, however, and after three days of long, round-trip commutes during rush-hour traffic, she asked to shift her schedule an hour earlier to spend less time in unproductive gridlock. Her manager denied her request, saying, “If we did it for you, we’d have to do it for others.” It was good news for us; she was back with our team the following Monday. Too many companies’ HR policies are overly restrictive. Such policies are often convoluted and overly paternal, and attempt to control the behavior of regular people through rules designed to rein in the “bad apples.” Having consulted with hundreds of company leaders on how to create high-performance workplaces over the past 30 years, I’ve seen this firsthand. Although a small percentage of employees may try to take advantage of more flexible or generous policies, designing your HR policies with such people in mind isn’t the answer. It won’t help boost the performance of the majority of employees – employees who have the organization’s best interests at heart. It will only make them feel distrusted. Most employees who work for you are intelligent adults. If your employee handbook or HR policy manual is large and prescriptive, consider the following: Don’t play “gotcha” — make positive assumptions about employees Attorneys may recommend codifying company rules in a series of “thou shalt nots” and then making employees sign a statement confirming that they’ve read the handbook. If employees violate rules and then claim ignorance, companies can then say, “Gotcha! You signed that you’d read our policy, so you did know.” This approach relays negative assumptions from day one. Creating an environment of mutual trust is much easier than trying to run an authoritarian regime free of rule breakers. And there are some situations where making something a “rule” can really backfire. In an effort to become known as a positive place, for example, Ochsner Health System made it a punishable offense for any employee to fail to smile within 10 feet of a customer. Instead of setting the expectation that politeness was part of the company’s image, it tried to make happiness a rule. Giving leaders a comprehensive book of infractions and punishments isn’t helpful — it turns them into “bad cops” in situations where nuance would work better. In high-performance environments, guidelines empower leaders to use their personal judgment to make decisions. If you believe employees require need strict rules and enforcement to be productive, hiring and retaining high-performance people will be a challenge for you. You hired these people for their tenacity and talents. Get out of the way, and let them be great. Deal with any people who choose not to meet expectations on a case-by-case basis. Carefully evaluate the messages your policies communicate. Is each policy necessary for the vast majority of adults working for you? Can you reframe punitive rules as positive goals to aim for? For example, instead of a policy that provides definitions of “tardy” or “absent,” and punishments for each, state that you expect employees to show up on time. If your organization requires a dress code, take a cue from one of our clients and simply define the policy as “Dress appropriately.” Communicate one standard of conduct that states, “Everyone is expected to act in the best interest of the organization and his/her fellow employees” as a replacement for a long list of conduct rules. Another company, for instance, replaced its employee handbook with a 17-page “leader’s guide” that set the expectation that leaders would use judgment and company values when making decisions that impacted employees. One place to draw a clear line is around telling the truth. Establish a zero-tolerance policy for dishonesty. The costs of untrustworthiness are just too high, and the only way a common-sense approach to HR policy will work is if integrity is a core organizational value. Follow common sense, not policy Strict policies are often excuses to not think. When common sense and bureaucracy clash, you see headlines like the one about a longtime Lowe’s employee who was fired for calling 911 on a shoplifter. Her action was against store policy, and the “book” called for immediate termination. Somewhere along the way, rules trumped logic and created an environment of uncertainty and fear. Involve your team in creating expectations, not rules, or you’ll only get compliance from those unwilling to go beyond basic requirements. The cost of compliance is ongoing. Commitment is an upfront one-time cost, and then it’s self-sustaining. Having a team meeting for the purpose of clarifying the team’s charter — what value the function adds to the company — is a good start. First, you should facilitate (versus present) this by asking for responses to “What is our role in the company? What do we do that provides a unique value?” Later, those responses can be distilled into a charter. After that discussion, ask, “How do we want to be perceived? How do we want the organization to view us?” Then, ask, “How do we want to view ourselves as a team?” Together, the group determines gaps and develops standards or expectations of each other that drive committed behaviors as members of a high-performing team. Prioritize leadership over technical skill Early in my career, working as an employee relations manager for a Fortune 500 company, I quickly realized that most of its endless rules stemmed from three factors: Frontline supervisors managing the majority of the workforce were promoted for loyalty and technical skills, not leadership ability. Once promoted, there was limited investment in their leadership training. To mitigate the risk of these untrained supervisors using judgment in decision-making, HR published and policed rules instead of improving the selection and development of more experienced leaders. Policies are a company’s message to its employees regarding how it values people. If your company must have policies, senior leaders should allow and expect managers to use their own discretion and judgment in administering these policies. Again, expectations and guidelines work better for thinking adults than black-and-white rules and steps. Most companies hold lots of meetings related to production, scheduling, and sales, but few dedicated to how they’re managing their workforce. One company we work with is an exception; they place equal value on how results are achieved and what the bottom-line results are. This company holds weekly meetings in which managers and front-line leaders discuss people issues. They don’t wait for others to challenge current policies; they look at the policies they’ve published and ask, “Is this a policy designed to catch one of the few bad apples (who know how to game the system, anyway)? Is the tone respectful, positive, and adult?” Do your HR policies outline specific punishments for detailed infractions? Do they focus on what employees can’t do, rather than what they should do? If so, they’re holding employees back more than they’re protecting you from a bad apple or two. When you spend time thinking up rules to stop every conceivable bad behavior, it’s easy to forget to rely on the people around you. Take your faith out of policies, and place it in the people you hired to grow your company into a thriving business.

13 сентября, 13:30

Why Costco Has the Best Customer Service in America

Shopping at Costco can be daunting, but the customer service can't be beaten. Here are eight reasons why Costco has the best customer service in America.

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13 сентября, 13:24

Policeman tells black man in Coventry: 'You'd be first one I'd shoot'

West Midlands officer also asks man if he is going to ‘go all Black Lives Matter’ in footage posted on FacebookA West Midlands police officer has been removed from frontline duties after he was filmed telling a black man: “You’d be the first one I’d shoot if I had a gun.”The video, which was posted on Facebook, also showed the officer asking the man if he was “going to go Black Lives Matter” on the patrol team. Continue reading...

12 сентября, 17:01

What Harvey Is Teaching the Health Care Sector About Managing Disasters

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The damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey has posed enormous health challenges in Houston and neighboring areas hit hard by the storm. As regional medical director of emergency medicine for the Houston Methodist Hospital System, one of us (Neil) has been on the front lines of the medical response. The other (Ranu) has been involved in responses to such public health disasters as the Ebola crisis in Africa, Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The response to Harvey is ongoing, but there are early lessons that could help governments and health systems in dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and other major catastrophes down the road. Deploy existing resources creatively to address unforeseen challenges. All health systems have contingency plans and run drills for emergencies like a hurricane. However, the challenges wrought by a disaster can confound even the best-laid plans, and responding effectively requires using available resources in ways not previously considered. Unlike storms that typically hit hard and then move on, Hurricane Harvey cycled around the region for several days, rendering many areas inaccessible for a prolonged period and nullifying preset plans to transfer patients from damaged areas to less-affected ones. Traditional ambulances were unable to reach patients in flooded areas, and the U.S. Coast Guard did not have the personnel to evacuate patients with complex medical conditions, who were on ventilators or were undergoing other life-support measures. When getting these patients out was not possible, mobile teams were sent to these areas to bolster their capacity to care for them in place. Baytown, Texas, solved this challenge by repurposing large dump trucks used for industrial projects to go out with paramedics and retrieve patients. Think twice before closing smaller medical facilities. Communities rely on a wide array of medical facilities to stay healthy, including smaller hospitals, physician offices, dialysis centers, nursing homes, and pharmacies. Severe flooding and damaged infrastructure made roads impassable and, along with power outages and water supply contamination, caused many of these facilities to shut down. (About 40% of dialysis centers in the area closed.) When any one of these medical contact points closed, patients did not know where to go for their routine, ongoing health needs. Consequently, many people developed complications from uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. With nowhere to get routine services, patients poured into hospital emergency rooms that were already overwhelmed by people suffering from near-drownings, waterborne infections, and injuries from debris floating in fast-moving floodwaters. While emergency rooms are equipped to handle most crisis scenarios, such a large influx of patients for several days can incapacitate even the best-run ER. To avoid inundating emergency rooms, medical facilities that have strategic importance in delivering routine care should be provided with the extra resources — whether staffing, clean water, power supply, or transportation — so they can keep their doors open. Schedule medical staff and give them time off to avoid burnout. When facing a crisis, there is a tendency to go to an all-hands-on-deck mode from the outset. However, creating a schedule to ration capacity and energy is indispensable for sustaining response efforts over the days and weeks required. Making sure teams have adequate time to sleep, eat, and rest while caring for patients is often overlooked, but hospitals that did not enforce downtime for frontline staff saw a downturn in morale, energy, and cognitive awareness even within the first 24 hours. With Harvey in particular, the prolonged rains caused many patients to wait to seek care until days later when floodwaters began to recede, causing a delayed influx of people in need. Patients will require help for weeks, if not months, after such an event, and it is paramount to keep this long-term time horizon in view and avoid early burnout. Establish clear and trusted sources of information. Amid any crisis comes hysteria that can lead to rapid dissemination of unconfirmed hearsay. During Harvey, rumors abounded about impending road closures, water shutoffs, and worsening conditions that influenced people’s decisions on when and where to seek care. When a disaster is imminent, public authorities should establish sources of accurate information that the public can be made aware of in advance. When rumors begin to spread, especially on social media, they need to be refuted so that people can make urgent decisions for themselves and their families with clarity. Don’t underestimate the human spirit. At a moment of heightened polarization nationally, one of the most remarkable things that occurred in the area struck by Hurricane Harvey was that people facing hardship and tragedy worked together to care for one another. The number of ordinary people who stepped up with extraordinary acts of kindness are too numerous to count but have been the linchpin of the response so far. A number of informal initiatives spontaneously came together to stem an impending health crisis. For example, physicians and nurses from around Houston trekked from their homes to expeditiously set up basic medical services at the George R. Brown Convention Center and NRG Center, the two largest shelters, which housed over 10,000 people. Emails were sent, online sign-up sheets created, and supplies donated such that, within hours of opening, both shelters were staffed and equipped to care for those displaced from their homes. Local pharmacies and mental health organizations also volunteered their efforts. We need to sustain this compassion and solidarity as we transition from immediate response to long-term recovery in the months ahead. As these efforts continue in Texas, our thoughts are with the people of Florida and our colleagues caring for those affected by Hurricane Irma.

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12 сентября, 10:01

Hats off: why the beret is back on the frontline of fashion

From Edith Piaf to Marlene Dietrich by way of Prada and Dior, this season the beret is back. Long-term wearer Eva Wiseman charts its chequered history, and explains why she will always be a fanThe beret is… divisive. I know this first-hand, as I wear them regularly, in black, grey and raspberry. And while much discussion may be found online as to the angle at which one should be worn (pulled forward, or jauntily to the side, or covering your whole head, your hair croissanted up inside), of more help I think is the following tip. The trick to wearing a beret is to avoid eye contact with strangers. Then, when they shout something at you such as, “Bonjour!” (you’re from Hove) or, “Ooh Betty!” (you’re too young to get the reference), it’s far easier to pretend you haven’t noticed and carry on walking. Because in your head you’re Marlene Dietrich, as opposed to “all French people”. You’re Faye Dunaway. You’re Debbie Harry, pretending she’s Patty Hearst, pretending she’s a leftwing terrorist called Tania, with a machine gun and a cosy head. You’re Rembrandt, idiot. Continue reading...

18 января 2013, 17:16

euronews on the frontline - Европа борется с киберпреступностью

http://ru.euronews.com/ Представьте себе мир, где преступники действуют совершенно безнаказанно. Мир, в котором данные Вашей кредитки можно приобрести за 1 доллар, а заработать на таком бизнесе один триллион долларов в год, или 770 000 000 евро. Программа "На линии огня" провела собственное расследование, чтобы понять, как бороться с организованной преступностью в кибер пространстве, а главное - как победить. Эксперты в области кибербезопасности предупреждают, что в 2013 году кибератаки на финансовый сектор станут еще более изощренными и вредоносными и могут привести к миллионам долларов убытков. Наша зависимость от интернета растет, а вместе с этим резко увеличиваются возможности мошенников и преступников. О противостоянии растущей угрозе мы поговорили с Троэлсом Оертиномг, главой Европейского центра по борьбе с кибер-преступлениям и Риком Фергюсоном, директором Trend Micro, компании, разрабатывающей программное обеспечение для защиты информации. Ñ�оциальные Ñ�ети : YouTube: http://bit.ly/zqVL10 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/euronewsru Twitter: http://twitter.com/euronewsru