Rightmove and Zoopla challenger Rummage4 launches after nine years in development

first_imgHome » News » Rightmove and Zoopla challenger Rummage4 launches after nine years in development previous nextProducts & ServicesRightmove and Zoopla challenger Rummage4 launches after nine years in developmentFounder Robert May and new CEO Anthony Codling talk about their now officially launched venture.Nigel Lewis3rd December 20181 Comment2,425 Views Robert May’s long-awaited venture Rummage4 has officially launched with the backing of Barratts, Bovis and Redrow as well as 30 estate agents nearly nine years after it was first conceived.The company’s launch coincides with the first day at work for its new CEO, Anthony Codling, who recently finished working his notice at City analyst Jefferies.May says the company aims to be a membership-based platform that will compete with the big property portals both on price and with new technology, offering an alternative way for house hunters to search for their next home, and for agents to generate leads.“We are putting the focus back on the individual agents, so if someone is very good at selling a niche type of property in a village and that’s what they earn their living from, we can now give them the opportunity to be at the top of search on Google,” say May (left).Rummage4 is charging agents £100 a month per branch compared to Rightmove’s £987 and Zoopla’s £350, and its platform is significantly different to that of the mainstream portals, offering a way for agents and their geographic and property-related specialisms to be discovered more easily via Google by house hunters.“Our search is a whole level up from what you currently get in the market,” says Anthony Codling (right). “Google’s whole reason for being is to organise the world’s data and to help people find what they’re looking for, and we will help Google find what agents have got.”Codling also told The Negotiator that his company’s pricing is designed to offer both a transparent and level playing field as well as a fee structure linked to local house prices; Rummage4 will share both the “gain and the pain of the housing market,” he says.“We see the same opportunity as OnTheMarket; to offer agents a membership-based technology platform that offers an alternative to the current duopoly.” The company says it is expecting to grow organically through word of mouth.Read more about Rummage4.Jefferies Anthony Codling rummage4 December 3, 2018Nigel LewisOne commentChris Arnold, Agency Negotiation Agency Negotiation 4th December 2018 at 3:12 pmA lifeline for any Estate Agency. Rightmove and Zoopla are no devotee of Estate Agents. They view them as a commodity to attract consumer data. The portals have allowed agents to operate in a comfort zone.The start of something better.Best wishes.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

US Navy Experts Upgrade Two Mine Sweepers

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Experts Upgrade Two Mine Sweepers View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City mine warfare In-Service Engineering Agent (ISEA) and a team of mine warfare experts recently modernized two mine sweepers within a four-month window to enable a homeport change. USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Chief (MCM 14), two Avenger class minesweepers were assigned a homeport change from San Diego to Sasebo, Japan, in February but needed critical upgrades before their scheduled departure from San Diego in May.“We modernized two minesweepers in four months because that’s all the time they had and that is what we do,” said Mike Bobroski, SQQ-32 ISEA project engineer, NSWC Panama City. “Our objective was to support modernization initiatives in Seventh Fleet at the earliest opportunity and provide our shipmates with the tools and capabilities to effectively execute missions and maintain a safe posture.”To enable their forward deployed missions, the ships both needed an upgrade to the latest mine hunting sonar, the High Frequency Wide Band (HFWB) sonar set, also called the AN/SQQ-32(V)4. The AN/SQQ-32 sonar system is critical to minesweepers as it detects, classifies and localizes moored mines from a stand-off distance.Modernizations require extensive coordination between NSWC Panama City response teams and the ship’s crew, as it is more than simply swapping out parts. It requires shipboard integration and testing to ensure the equipment will perform as intended when operated by the Sailors in a threat environment. It also includes training the Sailors on how to use the updated equipment properly.NSWC Panama City’s mine warfare response teams are comprised of civilian, military and contracted specialists. And for this project, two teams, the Conditional Assessment Repair Evaluation (CARE) and Alteration Installation Teams (AIT) were integral to the modernization success.[mappress]Press Release, August 15, 2014; Image: US Navy US Navy Experts Upgrade Two Mine Sweepers View post tag: experts Authorities View post tag: Sweepers August 15, 2014 Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: US Navy View post tag: upgrade View post tag: two View post tag: Minelast_img read more

Adjunct Faculty – Religion Studies

first_imgRowan University values diversity and is committed to equalopportunity in employment.All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.Advertised: Jan 28 2020 Eastern Standard TimeApplications close: cover letterresumeevidence of teaching effectivenessunofficial graduate transcripts The Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies is searching foradjuncts who can teach the following Religion Studies courses:Religions of the World, Approaches to Religion Studies, Religion inAmerica, Islam, Religions of the Western World, Religions ofAsia.Qualifications: Candidates must have at least a Master’sdegree and university teaching experience.All applications must be submitted through our online applicanttracking system.Required application materials:last_img read more

New Lawyers Reminded Of Civility, Service And Family At Admission Ceremony

first_imgCivility, integrity and problem-solving were the common themes among the words of advice offered.Court of Appeals Judge John Baker told the new lawyers to volunteer their talents and think about how they can serve their communities, state and nation because opportunities abound for lawyers to apply their problem-solving skills. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said he hoped they would work hard not just to serve their clients, but also to serve the greater good.Magistrate Judge John E. Martin of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana read the poem, “The Man in the Glass,” by Dale Wimbrow to underscore to the new attorneys the importance of being polite and civil in their personal and professional lives.Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana left the new lawyers with the choice that they could be lawyers who either solved problems or caused problems.“So from time to time, just to make sure that you’re doing what you should ask yourself, ‘Does this action solve a problem or cause a problem,’” Magnus-Stinson said. “If it’s the former, full speed ahead. If it’s the latter, you better change course.”In her closing remarks, Rush asked the new lawyers to think ahead 50 years when they will be getting ready to retire and consider how they will want to answer two questions – What role did I play in solving the problems of society, and how did I carry out those responsibilities?“At the dawning of a great career, you should also consider the sum of it as well,” the chief justice said. “How you answer those dual questions about roles and responsibilities will shape how you, as a lawyer, will help solve the pressing problems that our communities face.” Emphasizing civility and community service, Indiana state and federal judges along with other members of the legal profession welcomed nearly 300 new attorneys to the practice of law Tuesday as part of the Indiana Supreme Court Admission Ceremony.The morning pomp and circumstance, followed by a reception, highlighted the relief and sense of accomplishment that comes after three years of studying to obtain a J.D. degree and weeks of intense preparation to pass the bar exam. Jacob Taulman, president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, indicated this is a day the new admittees will likely not forget.“Having been sitting in your seat eight years ago yesterday,” Taulman told the crowd, “I remember the feeling, the excitement.”The new lawyers introduced themselves individually to the courts then took seats up front, close to the stage filled with Indiana Supreme Court justices as well as judges from the Indiana Court of Appeals, Indiana Tax Court and the federal courts. Amid the speeches offering congratulations and advice, they took the oaths for admission to the Indiana Supreme Court and to the federal district courts for the northern and southern districts of Indiana.Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush reminded the new attorneys that they did not achieve their goal of becoming a lawyer by themselves. She had the admittees stand, turn around and thank their family and friends who were helping them celebrate.“You would not be here today without the support and, yes, even the suffering of those in the back half of the room,” Rush reminded them “Let’s acknowledge those who contributed to your admission to the bar… .”Family ties were prominent when the Indiana oath was administered jointly by Elkhart Circuit Judge Michael Christofeno and Vigo Circuit Judge Sarah Mullican. Christofeno’s son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Kayla, along with Mullican’s daughter, Katherine, were all admitted at the ceremony. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img Marilyn Odendahl for www.theindianalawyer.comlast_img read more

Technically, you are what you wear

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuICewuqSVo” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/PuICewuqSVo/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Ten years ago, the average American soldier on foot patrol carried roughly 100 pounds of gear. Though officials realized then they had to lighten the load, a recent follow-up study has shown that it has nonetheless increased to an average of 106 pounds.Injuries — mainly to tendons, ligaments, and muscles — have become a serious problem, and a primary reason why soldiers are evacuated, given light duty, or even discharged, according to Lt. Col. Joseph Hitt, program manager of the Tactical Technology Office for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).But help — designed in laboratories — may be coming soon. A new wave of wearable technology and enhanced, multifunctional clothing is being developed that can help U.S. soldiers and others whose needs range from the deadly seriousness of war-making to the frothy joys of entertainment.From long john-like undergarments that help soldiers support back-bending loads to Google’s efforts to integrate the Internet and eyeglasses, pioneers in wearable technology and advanced, multifunctional clothing are making strides toward a new future that promises clothing that is not only smart but strong and fast as well.Hitt described clothing and assistive gear that he expects will not only help foot soldiers shoulder heavy loads, but also help a team of Navy Seals — who already run six-minute miles — drop those times considerably.Google is already demonstrating its hands-free, voice-activated Google Glass device, which bundles a smartphone’s functionality into a pair of eyeglasses. Google Glass developer Babak Parviz said the intent is to accelerate the device’s speed until it retrieves information almost as rapidly as thought itself, raising the question of what it really means to “know” something.“What if you get the answer back so fast you feel you know it?” Parviz said. “We’re not where we want to be [with the device], but someday.”Smart Clothes Science Symposium: Google Glass || Radcliffe Institute Babak Parviz, creator of Google Glass and affiliate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, discusses the origin and future of Google Glass.Google and DARPA were among the highlights at an all-day symposium at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study last Friday that examined recent advances in “smart clothes.” Speakers at the event, held in Radcliffe’s Knafel Center, were experts in biology, design, materials science, engineering, medicine, and nanotechnology. They described products making their way through labs, as well as basic research to develop new materials that don’t just cover people, but give them advantages, potentially improving and protecting lives.The event, Radcliffe’s annual science symposium, kicked off a series of lectures throughout the year on the topic of “smart clothes.”The foot soldiers’ plight inspired DARPA’s Warrior Web program, described by Hitt. Involving laboratories around the country, including Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically-Inspired Engineering, the work aims to create an undergarment that supports a soldier’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments, the soft tissue most often damaged.“It’s not bones that need assistance. It’s really soft tissue,” Hitt said.Over the past 18 months, different laboratories have focused on creating assistive technology for different parts of the body. In the coming months, that technology will be tested on live subjects, and ultimately come together into a single garment. One important finding, Hitt said, is that a little assistance can provide large gains, but more can be counterproductive. A force equaling a 10 percent assist in running, for example, seems ideal, and can help an eight-minute mile runner reach five-minute miles, while a larger assist actually slows them down.Hitt also provided a glimpse of DARPA’s work into robotics, which includes a voice-activated, four-legged machine that can follow a soldier into rough terrain while carrying hundreds of pounds of gear.“Robotics is coming. There is a tsunami coming, and it’s going to hit you,” Hitt said.Karen Gleason, a professor of chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), described her work on vapor deposition, a method to lay down thin, even layers of materials on unconventional surfaces, such as rough cloth or flexible, foldable paper. Her research group has created functioning photovoltaic cells on paper, a substrate that would make them inexpensive as well as flexible while creating energy.“You can really think about a lot of novel products and devices you can integrate these into,” Gleason said.Christine Ortiz, an MIT professor of materials science and engineering, described her investigations into natural protective coverings, including those of an “armored fish,” Polypterus senegalus, whose scales are made of dentin, one of nature’s hardest substances. Despite this hard outer covering, the scales fit together in a way that allows the fish to be very flexible and capable of short bursts of speed.Another speaker, Oren Milstein, president and chief scientific officer of StemRad Inc., described a new belt designed to protect first responders in a nuclear disaster or terrorist strike. Though it has long been known that some metals can block deadly gamma radiation, they are so heavy that protective suits incorporating them have been impractical, Milstein said.By focusing on shielding just the areas of the body most vulnerable to the radiation — the pelvis, which holds the body’s largest reservoir of bone marrow — the belt allows first responders to extend the time they can spend in a radioactive hot zone.“First responders count on mobility to save themselves and others,” Milstein said.last_img read more

Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for Nov. 2015

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Aries – Pluto squared to your natal Sun – your timing is right on target if holiday travel arrangements have to be made now. Your whole life could actually be changed by a journey.Taurus – Ruling planet in the 5th house – local travel may be on your agenda this month as you are not much in the mood to hang around the house. The telephone may be another method of escape. Gemini – Saturn opposite your natal Sun –make wise purchases or you’ll wind up with a closet full of expensive luxuries and a wafer-thin wallet. If you buy whatever you want, you’ll be begging for what you need.Cancer – Pluto opposite your natal Sun – you could get a big surprise when you get into workouts and other fitness techniques this month. You may find that you actually enjoy them. Don’t go overboard though. Leo – Ruling planet in the 4th house – domestic surroundings, property and family relationships are rewarding now. Accept invitations that come your way this month.Virgo – Planetary Stellium in your sign – if you’re in a visible position at work or otherwise in the public eye, where you must always be attractive and pleasant, time alone may be your favorite luxury now. You will feel like everything is hitting you at once and it is. Don’t worry, it won’t last long. Libra – Ruling planet in the 12th house – this is a good month for inner reflection. You can safely allow intuition to guide you now. Dig deep for answers.Scorpio – Ruling planet in the 1st house – if you have been neglecting your finances recently, you probably will want to get down to putting your records in order. Last minute shopping can be costly.Sagittarius – Ruling planet in the 10th house – try to temper your attitude otherwise relations with co-workers and mates could suffer. Be willing to compromise for greater communication and harmony.Capricorn – Ruling planet in the 12th house –don’t take the power-hungry moves of a group member too much to heart even though they may occur behind your back. You know a few tricks and secrets too.Aquarius – Ruling planet in the 3rd house- this is likely to be the busiest month of the year for you with the doorbell buzzing and the phone ringing constantly. Accept all invitations.Pisces – Venus in the 7th house – find someone who shares your ideals and forge ahead with your ambitions. Then make this month extra special for social affairs.IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.orglast_img read more

Make sure your credit union staff isn’t in the dark about career development

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Employee Career Development Needs to Be Clearly CommunicatedMany companies worry over how they can retain their best employees. They hire consultants, plan getaway work weekends, host elaborate office parties and use all manner of tactics for inspiring and rewarding employees. Maybe the best one would be to simply talk to them.It turns out that one of the biggest concerns employees have concerns their future. Specifically, they want to know what you, the employer, are going to do to advance and nurture that career. They want to better understand your employee career development plans.In a recent survey from Robert Half Finance & Accounting, 40% of the professionals responding said their managers never discuss their career paths with them.Yet, 37% expressed a desire to discuss their career paths at least quarterly. Another 45% want at least like to review their options annually. continue reading »last_img read more

‘Shelter Slam’ to be held, benefit animal shelters

first_imgThis Saturday is “Shelter Slam”, which is hosted by an organization of the same name. The Shelter Slam is a charitable event with proceeds going to various animal shelters. “The decision was made to try to keep it as small as possible,” Delola said. “I mean, more shelters means more tables and more people.” VESTAL (WBNG) — Our furry friends and those who take care of them are expected to get a leg up this weekend. This year, the event will in a drive-thru format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will take place at Olum’s parking lot in Vestal from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.center_img Organizer and founder John Delola says it’s all about making a difference. Individuals will be able to drop off pet food and supplies.last_img read more

Working From Home: Have Routers Become More Important?

first_imgGadgets 360: Do buyers adequately understand the differences between standards such as Wi-Fi 802.11n, 802.11ac, and 802.11ax? What actually pushes buyers to look beyond basic Internet connectivity and explore expensive routers?Vinay Shetty: Modern buyers have to come understand the basic difference between Wi-Fi n and Wi-Fi ac/ax routers. For most users, what they objectively relate those terms with is the extent of connectivity throughout their homes, and they obtain this information from YouTube and other online platforms. The deciding factors users look for before switching from their existing routers to a better router that may or may not be expensive, is wide coverage, stable connectivity across devices, high security, and most importantly the ease of setting up. For example, we have a mobile app that uses a graphical user interface that makes it easy for any user to set up and control the router and give access to a new user.Gadgets 360: Has the shift to a number scheme, ie Wi-Fi 6, and retrospective branding for Wi-Fi 5/4/etc caused any confusion?Vinay Shetty: A very human understanding for any new technology has been the higher the number, the newer the technology. The branding collateral for this latest generation of Wi-Fi, like any new technology, indicates the leaps over the existing Wi-Fi 5/ 4 etc.Gadgets 360: What factors motivate people to upgrade their routers? Especially for those who get a free basic one from their ISP.Vinay Shetty: Basic routers provided by all ISPs only serve the purpose of having a functional Internet connection. Over the course of time, using these basic routers, people become aware of their limitations in terms of bandwidth distribution, coverage, and security against Internet attacks. Consumer routers, especially the feature-rich ones, are the unsung heroes of the tech ecosystem. The WFH situation has underlined this. Everyone with a router wants a stable Internet connection with consistent speed and good coverage throughout their home. People have also understood the importance of Internet security and protection against malware and internet fraud.asus aimesh routers asusMesh routers can help extend your home Wi-Fi range to cover a large area Wi-Fi routers are a key gadget that many people don’t understand. As many of us have settled in to working from home, and have become heavily dependent on our Internet connections, we might need to consider upgrading the tools and infrastructure we need for working, learning, and staying in touch remotely. One often overlooked piece of hardware that could make a big difference is your home router – but what is the best one to buy, should you buy a mesh setup, and what’s the difference between the letters n, ac, and ax in the names? Routers come in various shapes and sizes, with capabilities differentiated in terms of speeds and frequency bands supported, range, number of antennas, and of course price.Gadgets 360 spoke with Vinay Shetty, Regional Director, Components Business, India and South Asia at Asus, to learn more about the market for home routers at present, and what the near future looks like.- Advertisement – Gadgets 360: What is the uptake of mesh router kits? Are potential buyers aware of how these work and what the benefits and tradeoffs are? Are the cost and perceived complexity serious deterrents?Vinay Shetty: Yes, people are becoming more and more aware of the concept and functionality of mesh networking technology. This helps to eliminate dead zones, lower your ping, and extend your connectivity range. Our digital media and social media platforms help us reach, inform, and educate our user base. As far as the cost is concerned, you can get a dedicated mesh or SOHO mesh system starting from Rs. 8,000, depending on the user requirement. Currently, we are the only manufacturer that offers the flexibility of using two or more ASUS AiMesh compatible models not belonging to the same series to form a comprehensive mesh system.Gadgets 360: What does the future of the market look like? What innovations or new tech can we look forward to in the home networking space?Vinay Shetty: We’ve already seen the integration of a Bluetooth speaker with Amazon Alexa in a router, then RGB LED lighting in our new ROG line of routers. Our product marketing team is working closely with our R&D team on a few exciting projects in the consumer and home networking space, which you will have the opportunity to see in late 2021. Gadgets 360: How has the market for home routers and networking products changed since the beginning of the lockdown? Has working from home driven upgrades?Vinay Shetty: The current “work from home” scenario has propelled the home router business not just globally but in India as well. Users now realise that it is important to not just have a strong Internet connection, but for its bandwidth to be equally distributed amongst users at home. Currently, on an average, a family of four has close to two devices per user; that’s already eight connected devices. In addition, if you consider a smart TV and other smart devices or appliances that are connected to the Wi-Fi at home, it makes the demand of connectivity very high. So, the need to a have a good networking device is imperative. We are seeing an encouraging shift in dual-band router purchases along with existing customers upgrading from a single-band router to a dual-band router.Gadgets 360: How price sensitive are most buyers of home routers? Which models are the most popular? – Advertisement –center_img Vinay Shetty: Customers are largely price sensitive, but in the current scenario where a stable internet connection is a necessity while working or studying from home, customers are opting for quality and stability, even if it means paying a premium for it. Most of our dual-band range of routers in the price range of Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 5,000 have garnered the needed momentum, as well as our line of AiMesh routers that offer a wide array of features, making them a logical buy in the long run.asus rog rapture routers asusThe top-end Asus ROG Rapture router models are designed for gamers and power users- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Experts at HHS webinar cite key pandemic planning issues

first_img HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan At the beginning of the webcast, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt made some opening remarks that focused on what the agency has accomplished, especially since the release of the HHS’s Pandemic Influenza Plan in 2005. Osterholm said the private sector has so far failed in its pandemic planning efforts, because businesses haven’t taken their plans to the next level, such as establishing back-up plans in case supply chains collapse, which could have more severe effects than the pandemic virus itself. “They have to play like a chess master, and plan the next 8 to 10 moves down the board,” he said. On the vaccine-sharing issue, Leavitt said he understands the concerns that Indonesia and other countries have about access to affordable H5N1 vaccines, but he said Indonesia’s apparent demand of financial compensation for sharing virus samples is a “dangerous proposition” that could open the door to endless demands. Some of the online viewers asked the panelists how individuals and corporations can better prepare for a pandemic. Leavitt and Osterholm advised viewers to keep the issue alive by keeping dialogues on the topic going with local and state government officials. “I think we can finish our service better prepared, especially since 2005, but there is still a great deal to do,” he said. Finish work on new vaccine facilities. Remind states, businesses, and families about their responsibility to help prepare for an influenza pandemic. In terms of pandemic preparedness, Leavitt emphasized a list of the agency’s accomplishments, which include an H5N1 vaccine with aggressive efforts under way to expand vaccine production technology and capacity, an antiviral stockpile that has been amplified by a state purchase incentive plan, new diagnostic testing systems, and an array of regional pandemic planning summits and formal exercises. The compensation demand promotes a vaccine scarcity mentality, Leavitt said, “but we need to pursue an abundance mentality.” See also: Continue work on countermeasure distribution, which he said is currently the “Achilles heel” of bioterror response planning. Leavitt said he has four recommendations for the next HHS secretary, “sort of a note on the desk,” he said: Strongly defend the global influenza virus-sharing network. Leavitt also spoke to the transitions that will likely occur over the next few months as the Bush administration winds down and a new administration takes over. He said during his tenure, the HHS has planned for 15 different disaster scenarios, including pandemic influenza. After Leavitt spoke he joined the panel discussion group, which included Maggie Fox, health and science editor for Reuters news service, Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, which publishes CIDRAP News, and William Raub, PhD, Leavitt’s science advisor. He said two events loom large during his years as HHS secretary: the re-emergence of H5N1 avian influenza virus and hurricane Katrina. The storm response was, “a remarkable shakedown of our national response plan,” Leavitt said. “We’re due for a pandemic, but regrettably, we’re still somewhat underprepared,” he said. Leading the nation’s pandemic preparedness efforts has required a delicate balance, Leavitt added. “You want to stimulate preparedness, but not panic.” Oct 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today hosted an online conversation among experts, government officials, and members of the public that touched on emerging issues in pandemic planning, such as anticipating supply chain interruptions and keeping the momentum going during tough economic times.last_img read more