first_imgLEADING THOROUGHBRED RACING ORGANIZATIONS LAUNCH SAFETY COALITIONLEXINGTON (November 19, 2019) – The nation’s leading Thoroughbred racing organizations today announced the creation of an industry-led effort to unify and enhance existing protections and work together to develop new reforms to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes.Partnering together under the name Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, the group seeks to create and implement a series of significant safety, medication, operational and integrity guidelines across Thoroughbred racing to ensure the well-being of horses and jockeys and increase transparency and accountability.The coalition is composed of organizations who have individually led efforts to modernize the sport, and are now using their combined resolve, expertise and resources to advocate for enhanced safety measures throughout Thoroughbred racing. Coalition founding members include Breeders’ Cup Limited, Churchill Downs Inc., Keeneland Association Inc., the New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and The Stronach Group. Together they represent more than 85% of graded stakes racing in America.“Thoroughbred racing is steeped in tradition and we want the sport to live on for generations to come, and that is only possible with all of us working together to ensure that the safety and well-being of our athletes is our top priority,” said Drew Fleming, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited.“We are passionate about these animals and this sport, and we are committed to working with our partners to ensure that together we are making sound and responsible decisions on behalf of our athletes, our fans and the racing community,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “Many of us have taken concrete action at our own tracks and are individually working with regulators and lawmakers in our states to enhance safety protocols. The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition will help drive these needed reforms across the nation.”“Protecting the health and welfare of our athletes is a complicated question that requires a multi-faceted approach. That’s why we are implementing significant measures across the sport – from the quality of our track surfaces to ensuring horses are fit to run each and every time through medication reforms and enhanced veterinary examinations. There is no single solution and we are committed to finding the right answers, wherever that may lead us,” said Bill Thomason, President and CEO of Keeneland Association Inc.The coalition will adopt best practices and set stricter guidelines for allowable medications, enact standards for crop use, encourage greater transparency and tracking of veterinarian exam records, and commit to the creation of new positions to implement and enforce these reforms.A full list of these measures can be found at:“The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition presents an opportunity for the sport to adopt a set of best practices with a unified approach to equine safety,” said David O’Rourke, CEO and President of NYRA. “We look forward to advancing these efforts, communicating directly with the public and broadening the coalition in the coming weeks and months.”“California racing has embraced progressive reforms over the last several years and we are pleased to join this group today to help push forward similar reforms in other jurisdictions in the US,” said Josh Rubinstein, President of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. “It is critically important that we work together to create the highest levels of safety, integrity and accountability at our tracks and it is also our responsibility to more proactively help the public understand the extensive steps we take to promote a safer environment for our human and equine athletes.”“The Thoroughbred horse racing industry has reached a watershed moment where unprecedented reforms touching all areas of the sport must continue to be advanced and implemented,” said Craig Fravel, Chief Executive Officer, Racing, The Stronach Group. “The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition represents a step toward greater accountability and transparency to put horse and rider safety and care at the forefront.”For all media inquiries, please contact read more

first_imgHARRY KANE has kicked off his on-field rehabilitation to hand Tottenham and England a massive boost – with an April comeback on the cards.The Spurs star, 26, has got down to the serious work following a hamstring tear on New Year’s Day, the club have revealed.2 Harry Kane is back in training as he recovers from a hamstring injuryCredit: ReutersKane was expected to be ruled out of this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, but could now return in six weeks – just as SunSport revealed earlier this week.On Friday, Tottenham confirmed: “[Kane has] “commenced on-field rehabilitation.”A return in early-to-mid-April would allow the striker to get back to action for his side’s run-in, with Tottenham still desperately pursuing a European berth.That’s even better news for Gareth Southgate, as it will afford Kane the chance to get back to match fitness ahead of the Euros.Boss Jose Mourinho recently revealed he won’t rush his star man back to action – setting a target date of May 9.The Spurs chief claimed: “The Leicester match [on May 9]. Maybe we need that match for something. To be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth.”Maybe we need that match for something and maybe he can help us in this match. I hope. Yes. I think [that’s the best case scenario at the moment].”MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesBut sounding more optimistic, Mourinho revealed on Friday: “I would say he is a little bit ahead [of schedule].”It gives me a hope of, instead of one or two matches, he might now play three, four or five.“He’s doing what he can do at this stage but always with a good feeling.”Sometimes follow protocol and some setbacks because of not the best feeling on this action or that movement.”But everything is going well. He’s having very good feelings. So positive, yeah.”Asked if he had pencilled in a date for Kane’s comeback, Mourinho said: “No. When he was injured, I told you, forget him for the season.”Then I told you one or two games – Crystal Palace or Leicester.“At the moment, I have better hopes than that so hopefully that feeling is right and he can help us in the last part of the season.”2 Kane picked up his latest injury on January 1 and was expected to miss the EurosCredit: PA:Press AssociationMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearKane needed an operation to fix the ruptured tendon in his leg and Tottenham said they didn’t expect him to return to training until at least mid-April.The England skipper has been training by himself in recent weeks, recently posting videos of his rehab.But returning to the training ground is a huge step in his comeback for both club and country.[pod_component pod_component_config_id=”tbXo0vxhe” pod_component_config_url=”” pod_component_config_loader_url=”″ src=””]Harry Kane shares training video and insists he is ‘making gains’ after injury in huge boost to Tottenham and Englandlast_img read more

first_imgThe FC Barcelona Works Council sent a two-page statement this Friday to the 309 employees affected by the ERTE, that began on April 14, in which they regretted the way in which the employment regulation file had been executed, since according to what the Committee pointed out, “We have received in recent days numerous complaints regarding the percentage of involvement established by the company as well as regarding the hours of the working day.”The Committee undertakes to deal in depth with each of the cases at the meeting that it will have on Monday, April 20 with the Human Resources department within the framework of the ERTE follow-up. It should be borne in mind that in some cases not only has a reduction in the working day been made, but also a 100% suspension of salary. In fact, the objective that has been set is “to modify the percentages that have been applied incorrectly”, which according to the Committee, it affects a large number of non-sports employees.Likewise, the Committee recalls that the worker must adjust his workday to the hours marked for the reduction, and that those responsible for each area cannot use 100% of the salary as an excuse to extend the workday. In fact, the Committee marks between 9 and 14 hours as the time to make calls and videoconferences.By last, the Committee pays special attention to the audit being carried out by PWC on the social media accounts commissioned by the club to the company i3 Ventures. “When this audit is over, it will be very important for the club Compliance Officer to explain and document some information that affects employees, processes and even articles that affect the collective agreement,” explains the statement.last_img read more

first_imgAccording to the official letter of the Federation, Extraordinary Congress will attend delegates or representatives of the Provincial football associations and from the clubs of the First Category, series A and B. The meeting will take place through a video conferenceDue to the health situation that Ecuador is going through, the FEF specified that it ordered its members to accredit their representatives to organize the forum.According to sources close to the Federation, the first to request the Congress Extraordinary were the Barcelona and Emelec clubs, whose managers have been open to dialogue with Estrada.“We review the regulationor and the decision of the Board is fully regulatory; likewise, an Extraordinary Congress would not only clarify many questions, but also help all of us participate, “he told local media. Nassib Neme, President of Emelec. The Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) summoned for the next May 1 to an Extraordinary Congress to resolve on the controversial removal of the president of the organism Francisco Egas and the appointment of Jaime Estrada as your replacement.The FEF, in a statement, reported that the Board of Directors called the Extraordinary Congress after learning the request made by its affiliated clubs and according to the regulations of the Federation. According to FEF Secretariat, in the conclave, the only subject will be “know, approve or disapprove resolved by the FEF Board of Directors in a videographic session held on April 24, 2020“, when removed Egas.“Last Friday’s session was restructured or reorganized the Board of the FEF, designating President Jaime Estrada, Carlos Galarza was vice president, Egas was the third member, and the other six members remained in his order, “the statement said.last_img read more

first_imgAt 32 years of age—with no signs of slowing down anytime soon—James is averaging career highs in field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage this year.But despite his overall production on both ends on the floor, “The King” revealed that he does feel under-appreciated from time to time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“I think people have just grown accustomed of what I do and it gets taken for granted at times what I do because I do it so often and it’s been a constant thing for so long,” he told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.“It’s like, ‘Oh, that’s what LeBron’s supposed to do.’ It looks easy, but it’s not.” Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James leaves the court after being ejected for a double technical in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 108-97.  AP Photo/Tony DejakSince arriving in the NBA in 2003, LeBron James’ unparalleled greatness has been on full display almost every time he steps foot on the court.Now on his 15th season, the four-time league MVP has been phenomenal for so long that both fans and pundits seem to no longer be as appreciative of his herculean efforts on a nightly basis.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Business as usual? After the Cleveland Cavaliers’ horrid start at the beginning of the season, James took it upon himself to gather his troops and bring the team back to its winning ways.With James leading the charge, the team has won 13 straight contests and currently ranks second in the Eastern Conference.Still, James revealed that he’s just getting started and he would eventually shift to an even higher gear come playoff time.“I can play better. But I think right now I’m in a really good groove. But for me every month I get better and better,” he said. “That’s how I’ve been in my career. I get stronger and stronger as the months go on. I just want to continue that.”He added: “I want to continue to get better and better every month. This is December, I’m at 80. January I’ll be at 85, I’ll be at 90 in February, I’ll be at 95 in March and then when playoffs start I’ll be at 100 all the way up hopefully until June. Hopefully I can continue that.” Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano RELATED STORY:LeBron James uses ‘NBA 2K’ to figure out best fit for Cavs lineupSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

first_imgThe student population of Nimba County has something to smile about this New Year as the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) and the Nimba County Community College seal a MOU to collaborate in providing access to quality education for students in the county.AMEU and NCCC over the weekend signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a Dual Degree program (DDP) with emphasis on the English and Mass-Communication disciplines. The program which is considered a pilot academic project will be offered on the campus of NCCC in Sanniquelie.It presents a unique partnership between both institutions and provides a rare pathway for students enrolled at NCCC to earn quality, accessible, and affordable Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees. The DDP is expected to commence in September of this year with two baccalaureate degree programs from AMEU.The MOU was signed on Friday, January 9, at the Ezzat Eid Resource Center on the Campuses of AMEU. The President of AMEU, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac and NCCC president, Dr. Yar D. Gonway-Gono, signed for their respective institutions.The DDP is based on a formal agreement between AMEU and NCCC under which students will spend three to five years completing requirements of both institutions. Students will be awarded an associate degree from the community college and a bachelor from the University.        The program also has a vision to help transform the deplorable education system in the country and place it on a proper footing for advancement of the youth who make up over 60% of the nation’s population. The beneficiaries of this program, though beginning with Nimba students, are those young people outside the nation’s capital where such opportunities tend to be concentrated.AMEU envisages an ambitious plan that is on the verge of transforming the education system of the country and provide quality education to a larger student population, many of whom are in the leeward counties, Dr. Isaac noted.This will also help to alleviate the pressure on students who in an effort to come down to Monrovia to obtain higher education have to hustle for school fees, transportation, shelter and fend for themselves.The AMEU president noted that he was happy and excited that the collaboration had gotten underway. He narrated that the DDP vision was conceived when he attended the World Innovative Summit for Education (WISE). Two months ago while on his way back from the US, he had the opportunity to attend the WISE in Qatar where educators from all over the world gathered to brainstorm about innovative ways to impact and reach a larger student population globally, said Dr. Isaac.WISE is an initiative of the Qatar Foundation (QF). It spends millions of dollars each year on the WISE with organizers inviting thousands of educators from different countries.“At the summit, we were challenged to become innovative about how we deliver education to our home institutions and think about new ways to develop education.One way we decided to make use of the knowledge we gained at the WISE is through collaboration like this, Dr. Isaac said, adding , “unfortunately, leaders in education in Liberia think the best way is to collaborate with foreign institutions. “It is so easy for us to call up institutions that we attended or we know of, most times big names, and collaborate with them.”“One thing we are not doing well is to collaborate internally, not just institution of higher learning, but with high schools as well. Even agencies and ministries of government do not collaborate as they should. There are a lot of things that we at the Universities and colleges can do to solve most of the problems we face in our education system when we collaborate with others,” declared Dr. Isaac.So while on his way back from the summit he decided to email Dr. Gonway-Gono and Dr. Levi Zangai of Bassa Community College. “And I told them we can bring AMEU to your campuses, because nothing is stopping us, just our thinking. We can start small with one or two programs so that your students, when they graduate, will not have to come to Monrovia unless they want to or unless we are not offering the program of their interest.”Dr Gono responded positively and the conversation started. She visited us first and we talked and she invited us over and they agreed to collaborate not just in the chosen disciplines, “but in other areas we are going to explore so that we can strengthen our capacities. So both faculties can have conversations and maybe we can do joint research and student exchange programs as well.He admonished his colleagues from other universities and colleges in Liberia to take advantage of the WISE program. He noted that the summit is free of charge, Qatar Foundation pays for everything.Dr. Gono, truly overwhelmed at the signing ceremony, commended her counterpart for conceiving the vision. “As an administration I have really been worried about the future of my students. So when this opportunity came I was really overjoyed,” she said.She indicated that the students at NCCC are very enthusiastic about education. “Our students, I can say, are over ambitious. They are eager to learn. They always want to do something. I can’t rest since we began talking about this program because they are always in my office inquiring about when the program will begin, said Dr. Gono, who won best Community College president of 2014. NCCC was also chosen as the CM of 2014.Meanwhile, the DDP is intended to help address two major national development issues. Firstly, the overarching problem of Liberia brain-drain and the need to decentralize socioeconomic development, especially access to higher education. The complexity and scale of the “brain-drain” exacerbated by the civil crisis and the current demand for decentralized social services requires integrated solutions to build around human development.It has been well established that in order to accelerate effective and efficient service delivery across Liberia, government and its partners, with the private sector included, need to develop and strengthen the capacity of county and local institutions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgEighteen-year-old Christopher Ali of Lot 1 Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown was remanded to prison on Friday when he appeared before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly charged with possession of an unlicensed pistol.He denied that on September 24, 2018, he was found at Crown Street, Queenstown, Georgetown with one .32 Taurus pistol and several matching rounds of live ammunition.Details surrounding the teen’s arrest revealed that he and a company of others were traversing Queenstown on bicycles when they were stopped by Police ranks in the area. When searched, the pistol and ammunition were found in his possession. He allegedly told Police ranks that the gun and ammunition were given to him by a friend after it was stolen from a relative.He was taken into Police custody and advice was sought. As such, he was charged and place before the court.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh requested that Ali not be placed on bail, based on the seriousness of the offence and because the Court had been presented with no special reason for him to be granted bail.Ali will make his next court appearance on October 2.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT the club’s ongoing contract talks with a number of star players could be affecting the team’s performances.Recent rumours have suggested Reds starlet Raheem Sterling is stalling on a new deal, while the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Martin Skrtel have mere months left on their contracts.Liverpool’s disappointing season continued this week as they were dumped out of the Champions League following a 1-1 draw with FC Basel, and Murphy – who spent seven years at the club – believes their poor form could be down to off the field issues.The Anfield favourite told Colin Murray: “Martin Skrtel, who is arguably their best centre-half at the moment, has 18 months left and Glen Johnson’s is up at the end of the season, as is John Flanagan’s.“Jordan Henderson, the vice captain, also has 18 months left. They have offered him a new contract but it hasn’t been accepted for obvious reasons – probably because they haven’t offered the amount he wants.“Stevie G, and we all know what he’s done for the club, his contract is up at the end of the season and the other one of course, who is probably Liverpool’s most valuable asset, is Raheem Sterling.“He’s got a few years left but it’s up in the air at the moment and there’s a big question mark about why he isn’t signing the new deal.“Out of those six players, four of them are hugely important to the team at the moment and it’s possible they are a bit disillusioned with what’s going on at the club.“And I know, as a player, that if you’ve got contract talks going on and it’s all in the back of your mind, it has an effect.“They must be thinking to themselves: ‘Hold on, I’m playing in the first-team, I’m being picked by the manager every week but my contract’s going to run out?’“It’s a really difficult situation to be in, and I can’t see Johnson getting a new contract, why wouldn’t they have offered him one by now?“If I was looking at it from Brendan Rodgers’ point of view; Skrtel, Henderson and Sterling are three key players I would want to keep happy and playing their best football.“They are the future of the club and they shouldn’t be having conversations with their agents about: ‘Have you spoken to the club yet’.”last_img read more

first_imgLed by head coach Marko Vesiljevik, the Kenyan giants who have fallen into lean times since winning the 2017 domestic cup were in high spirits and gleaming confidence ahead of their titanic quarterfinal against home titans Simba SC on Wednesday.“This competition is great for the club and the players to show the continent what they are made of. We’re coming off an important league win and we still have a couple of days to train in Tanzania. I’m confident we will put on a great show,” Vesiljevik told SportPesa News.AFC Leopards are up against Simba who fell short of glory at the final hurdle to two-time winners Gor Mahia FC who outclassed them 2-0 in Nakuru last year in what is the biggest tie of the quarters.Simba will be seeking to avenge their 4-5 defeat on penalties to Leopards when the two sides met at the neighbouring Uhuru Stadium in the inaugural 2017 Super Cup.As fate would have it, Leopards paid the penalty a year later and were knocked out on spot kicks by another Tanzanian side, Singida United FC at the Afraha Stadium.“Last time it was painful to be knocked out on penalties but that’s how football is. We learnt from our mistakes and we are ready to do better if it gets to that,” AFC Leopards captain Robinson Kamura who was part of the losing side said.“We are confident and with the talent in the squad, as long as we play as a unit then it won’t have to get to penalties,” he added.AFC Leopards arriving in DarKamura was handed the armband at the beginning of the season following the departure of Duncan Otieno, who left to seek greener pastures in Zambia.Leopards are seventh on the KPL table with 10 points as they continue their quest to win a first domestic league title in 21 years.“All our focus is now on the SportPesa Cup. We have seen what our rivals Gor have achieved in the tournament and we are ready to show that we can do it too,” Leopards winger Eugene Mukangula weighed in upon touchdown at the Julius Nyerere International Airport.“We know that it’s going to be a tough tournament and we are aware of the threat all the teams pose, though that will only push us to do better.“Our fans and even the team needs a good performance and that is what we are ready to give,” left back Moses Mburu added.Leopards travelled without dependable midfielder Victor Majid who sustained a knee injury while on league duty in the only blow to their line up.The 12-time league winners emphasised their mission on winning the tournament so that they get to host nine-time English champions Everton FC later in the year, on top of the hefty Sh 3mn (USD30,000).0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards arrive in Tanzania ahead of third edition of SportPesa Cup. Photo/COURTESYDAR-ES-SAALAM, Tanzania- AFC Leopards became the first team from Kenya to land in Tanzania on Saturday morning ready to chase for a first SportPesa Cup crown at the third edition of the tournament in Dar-es-Salaam.The 2017 losing finalists, who crashed out in the quarters last year, arrived in the Tanzanian capital ready for another tilt of the biggest prize at the eight-team invitational regional showdown that kicks off on Tuesday at the National Main Stadium.last_img read more

first_imgPreserving computer data particularly all information pertaining to your customers will ensure that you can stay in operation, even if your premises are destroyed.Businesses have a variety of data backup options available to them, ranging from storing records on CDs or other portable devices to duplicating them on a remote server operated by a company known as a data vault.Your best bet might be backup at a remote site, although it’s likely to be the most expensive. If you choose that route, make sure it’s a site that’s quite remote as Katrina proved, 20 miles away wasn’t far enough.Serio noted, though, that storing on devices like CDs is quite inexpensive and effective, as long as you keep them with you, and not leave them in the office where they could be destroyed or inaccessible.Another important consideration is where you’d operate if your premises were wiped out and how you and your employees might get there.Although hurricane regions get much of the attention this time of year, disaster can strike a business anywhere and it doesn’t have to be a tornado or earthquake.Levees can be breached, rivers can overflow their banks, and man-made disasters like fires can also wipe out a business.But Herb Mitchell, associate administrator of the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance, said that while there is heightened interest in disaster prep in places like the Gulf Coast, “beyond that, there does seem to be a tendency toward business as usual.”Small businesses that need help in putting plans together can get some help on the Internet. The SBA’s Web site has a disaster preparedness section at The Institute for Business & Home Safety Web site has a downloadable tool kit called Open for Business that includes considerations you need to make in preparing for a disaster. You can link directly to it at Depot also has a downloadable brochure on disaster prep at Lewis, editor-in-chief of “Edwards Disaster Recovery Directory,” said disaster preparation can mean getting your company ready for somebody else’s disaster if your key supplier is wiped out, your business could be hurt even if you’re far away from the afflicted area.He recalled that when a massive earthquake hit Kobe, Japan, in 1995, many U.S. businesses were affected. “Their suppliers were located around the area of the earthquake,” he said.So disaster planning means being ready for almost any catastrophe, whether it hits your business alone, your town, or someplace far away.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2First, he said, an owner should educate employees about disaster preparation for their families and homes.“If an employee can survive a disaster at home, that means they’ll be back to business much quicker,” he said.Serio noted that before Hurricane Katrina, a business owner with a disaster plan typically would collect employees’ phone numbers home and cell and expect that they could be reached. But, he said, the massive destruction and dislocation caused by Katrina carried with it a lesson that disaster planning needs to be more comprehensive than anyone previously thought.Office Depot’s plan now calls for employees to supply contact information such as a spouse’s cell phone number, home e-mail addresses (especially since many people can access their e-mail remotely) and phone numbers for friends and family who live out of state.“You can’t have enough contact information for employees,” Serio said. NEW YORK The arrival of hurricane season is a reminder to small business owners that they need to get their companies prepared for all kinds of disasters storms, fires, earthquakes, even vandals. It’s a hard task to do when you’re trying to run a company and bring in new customers, but the potential losses from a disaster make planning crucial.Many business owners are understandably daunted by the idea of putting together a plan. But by setting priorities, and also getting some help in putting a plan together, it can be done, and in a short amount of time.“It doesn’t have to be a million-dollar situation it can be very small, affordable,” said Tom Serio, director of global business continuity management for Office Depot Inc. “Start with the basics and move ahead.”Although Serio’s company is a major retailer with locations across the country, he said businesses of all sizes face some of the same issues in disaster planning. The most important aspects of a plan, he said, should be protecting a company’s employees and its data.last_img read more