H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: More evidence of gaps in business planning, funding for peramivir, hospital needs tents outside ER

first_imgSurvey finds businesses see flu risk but have planning gapsA survey of 400 companies by the British law firm DLA Piper revealed that about half of them believe they are at high or very high risk for disruptions caused by the next wave of pandemic flu, the Financial Times reported yesterday. About 80% said they were reviewing their continuity plans, but only slightly more than half had communicated the strategies to employees, customers, or suppliers. About 75% said they had no plans to modify employee policies.http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ac1bba70-a645-11de-8c92-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1Sep 21 Financial Times storyBioCryst nets federal funding to further peramivir developmentBioCryst said it has received $77.2 million from the US government to continue late-stage development of its intravenous antiviral medication peramivir, Reuters reported yesterday. The company said it has also received a request for proposal to supply the government with between 1,000 and 40,000 courses of the experimental drug, which, if an emergency use authorization is granted, could be used to treat critically ill flu patients.http://www.reuters.com/article/governmentFilingsNews/idUSBNG28445620090921Sep 21 Reuters storyHospital sets up tents to handle flu surgeAuthorities at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Tex., set up tents outside its emergency department to start triaging some patients with less severe flu-like illnesses today, the Austin Statesman reported. The hospital has seen a steady increase in flu patients, and daily numbers over some of the past few days have exceeded 300. The hospital made the decision on Sep 20 to open the tents after 343 patients swamped the hospital.http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/2009/09/22/0922swineflu.htmlSep 22 Austin Statesman storyNew York doctor wins H1N1 video message contestDr. John Clarke of Baldwin, N.Y., won the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2009 H1N1 public service announcement contest, HHS said today. More than 50,000 YouTube viewers voted for Clarke’s video. He will receive a $2,500, and the video will be broadcast on national television. “I want to congratulate Dr. Clarke, the ‘hip hop doc,’ for producing his creative and engaging video. His work will reach millions of Americans this flu season,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/09/20090922a.htmlSep 22 HHS press releaselast_img read more

Waste disposal

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South Africa virus death toll tops 5,000: Official

first_imgMinister of Health Zweli Mkhiz urged citizens to respect recommended hygiene measures.”As government, we have mobilized every resource…. But government cannot manage this unilaterally,” he said in a statement.”We are extremely concerned that fatigue seems to have set in and South Africans are letting down their guard at a time when the spread of infection is surging.”We see poor or no social distancing in communities. Masks are abandoned or not worn properly,” he said. South Africa’s death toll from coronavirus has passed the 5,000 mark, according to official figures released on Sunday by the continent’s hardest hit country.South Africa registered 85 new deaths from the virus in the previous 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 5,033.A total of 13,449 new infections were also officially diagnosed, taking the number to 364,328, figures released by the health ministry showed. “This will directly influence the rise in numbers in the next two weeks. Our ability to break the cycle of infections depends on our willingness to remain focused and disciplined and take non pharmaceutical interventions seriously,” the minister said.The peak of the pandemic in South Africa is expected over the next few weeks.Authorities imposed a strict lockdown in late March, but the measures have been progressively eased to avoid economic collapse.center_img Topics :last_img read more

No fans, no problem as ‘calm’ Serena wins on return

first_imgThe 23-time Grand Slam singles champion looked to be flirting with an early exit in the second set, but recovered from 0-40 down at 4-4 before holding and eventually winning the set.”I just knew I could do better,” Williams said. “It was an interesting game. I just had to get used to her game a little bit. She played really well.”Williams will now play either sister Venus or Victoria Azarenka, who face each other later Tuesday, in the second round.Pera had seized an early advantage in the first set, breaking Williams to take a 3-2 lead before holding for the remainder of the set to win 6-4.Williams was soon in trouble on her service game in the second set, falling 0-40 in the opening game before battling back to hold.Williams moved into a 3-1 lead with a break of Pera’s serve in the fourth game, but her Croatia-born opponent hit back immediately with a break of her own before holding to level at 3-3.With the next two games going to serve, Williams looked to be in trouble after falling 0-40 down in the ninth game. But she dug deep to hold for a 5-4 lead and then broke for the set when Pera sent a forehand return wide.The momentum spilled into the deciding set, and another misdirected forehand from Pera handed Williams a break to move into a 3-1 lead. Another break took her into a 5-1 lead and she closed out the win by holding to love, wrapping up victory with a cross-court forehand that left Pera stranded.This week’s WTA tournament is the first to be staged in the United States since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the tennis season earlier this year. Serena Williams shrugged off the absence of fans to make a winning return from her six-month coronavirus layoff on Tuesday, defeating lowly ranked Bernarda Pera in three sets at the WTA Top Seed Open tournament in Kentucky.Williams, who before Tuesday had not played a competitive game since a Fed Cup appearance in February, came from behind to defeat American world number 60 Pera 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in two hours and 15 minutes at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Lexington.The former world number one’s first round victory played out to an empty arena. This week’s tournament — the first WTA event in the US since the COVID-19 pandemic — is taking place without spectators. Williams, 38, later revealed that the sedate surroundings had suited her game.”It was a really calm atmosphere, it was really chill,” Williams said. “I can’t say I disliked it. I didn’t mind it at all. I’ve been through so many things in my career and this was totally different. I think I won today because I was calm for once in my career. “Kind of reminds me of junior days. Something nostalgic about that. I kind of enjoyed it.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Anthony Martial compared to Cristiano Ronaldo by Gary Neville after sensational goal against Fulham

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored a similar goal against Fulham in 2007 (Picture: Getty)‘Magic from Martial!’ said Neville. ‘He’s been a threat in the first 20 minutes like you wouldn’t believe.‘I remember Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a goal over the far side some years ago that wasn’t too dissimilar – this is equally as brilliant. It’s puts Manchester United into a fantastic position.’The 3-0 win helped United climb into fourth place for the first time since the opening day of the season and Pogba believes his side have now sent out a warning to Chelsea and Arsenal who are also vying for fourth spot.‘I think we’ve had games where we’ve played much better and haven’t scored three goals. I think in the first half we didn’t control the game but we scored two goals and after that we got another and then controlled it. The goal against Fulham was Anthony Martial’s 50th for Manchester United (Picture: Getty) Comment Advertisement Paul Pogba opened the scoring with his 10th league goal of the season (Picture: Getty)‘I always say playing altogether with the lads, attacking together, defending together helps everyone.‘The good atmosphere helps the team, and for me, being more in the box gives me more chances to score.‘I think Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] is just being himself. He isn’t acting and he can give joy to everyone and confidence to everyone.‘There’s still along way to go and we have a lot of big games coming up. Next is Paris St-Germain and then we have to keep trying to get three points in the league.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Anthony Martial compared to Cristiano Ronaldo by Gary Neville after sensational goal against Fulham Advertisement Anthony Martial scored one and created one against Fulham on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville compared Anthony Martial to Cristiano Ronaldo after the Manchester United winger’s sensational individual goal against Fulham.The France international had already created the opening goal of a one-sided contest for his compatriot Paul Pogba with a clever reverse pass, before he produced the moment of the game midway through the first half.Receiving the ball 10 yards in Fulham territory, Martial skipped past two challenges, sped into the penalty area and curled a precise finish beyond Sergio Rico.It was a goal reminiscent of one Ronaldo scored at Craven Cottage back in 2007 to help power United to the Premier League title and Neville was quick to draw on the comparison.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Feb 2019 2:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

Week 10 Fantasy Sleepers: Kareem Hunt can help during six-team bye week

first_imgWEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAnd what would a sleeper list be without Ronald Jones? He finally had his breakout, and while the past suggests it could be fool’s gold, Jones finally has Bruce Arians saying the right things about him this week. It might be time to fully buy in.Our Week 9 fantasy sleeper headliners were one big win and one big whiff. Jaylen Samuels was heavily involved for Pittsburgh and wound up with 13 catches, making him an even better option in PPR leagues. But Gardner Minshew struggled mightily in London against a bad pass defense (and now he’s been benched). WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPBeyond those two, we were very right about Devin Singletary who finally had the breakout we’ve been waiting for. Philip Rivers and Derek Carr both had solid games, as did Golden Tate. Jamaal Williams didn’t do a ton, but he managed to get into the end zone, but WRs Anthony Miller and Phillip Dorsett were total flops. To see our Week 10 busts, click here.Week 10 Fantasy Sleepers: Running backsJoe Mixon, Bengals vs. Ravens (Billy Heyen). Mixon finally had a decent rushing game before the Bengals’ bye, and if anything, with Ryan Finley making his first start, Cincinnati will lean on Mixon more. Baltimore has allowed 4.3 yards per carry and eight rushing touchdowns to running backs this season, so it’s not a bad shot for Mixon. Ronald Jones, Buccaneers vs. Cardinals (Vinnie Iyer). He’s a starter now and won’t disappoint in a high-scoring game where he should get carries inside the 10.Bilal Powell, Jets vs. Giants (Matt Lutovsky). Powell started the first seven games last season, though he split touches with Isaiah Crowell during that span. All told, he averaged 4.3 yards per carry and 64.7 total yards per game. With Le’Veon Bell (knee) ailing, Powell could be in line for significant touches and won’t have to split with someone like Crowell, as receiving back Ty Montgomery shouldn’t be a major threat to Powell’s rushing production. Against the Giants, who allow the ninth-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to RBs, Powell could pay off. Bonus: Kareem Hunt, Browns vs. Bills (Lutovsky). Hunt will make his season debut against Buffalo, and although he’s been away from the team since the start of the year, Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said Monday that Hunt  will “definitely have a role” in the offense. Nick Chubb is obviously still the lead back, but Hunt will likely get a handful of carries and play on a good chunk of passing downs. It’s easy to forget just how productive Hunt was with the Chiefs, as he averaged 4.7 yards per carry and 10.5 yards per catch. He also scored 19 touchdowns in 27 games. Obviously, things will be much different with Cleveland, but against Buffalo, who allow 4.6 yards per carry and 8.3 yards per reception to RBs, Hunt could break off enough big plays to have FLEX value during this six-team bye week. WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 10  Fantasy Football Sleepers: QuarterbacksDaniel Jones, Giants @ Jets (Heyen). Jones and Sam Darnold are both possible sleepers in this game, but I’m  more confident that Jones will actually make big plays. He also adds some upside with his legs, something Darnold can’t claim.Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers vs. Seahawks (Iyer). He went nuts in Week 9, and the Seahawks didn’t offer much resistance against Jameis Winston last week.Kyler Murray, Cardinals @ Buccaneers (Lutovsky). Murray hasn’t thrown a touchdown in four road games, so to say he’s “due” is an understatement. Tampa allows the fourth-most FPPG to QBs, and Murray has some rushing potential to help raise his floor and his ceiling. MORE WEEK 10:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Snap counts | Trade values | Fantasy playoff SOSWeek 10 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide receiversDeVante Parker, Dolphins @ Colts (Heyen). With Preston Williams (knee) done for the season, Parker’s targets should rise, and he’s found the end zone in four of the last five weeks, to boot. Robby Anderson, Jets vs. Giants (Iyer). All the Giants’ secondary does is give up big plays to speedy wideouts.Zach Pascal, Colts vs. Dolphins (Lutovsky). Pascal has produced at least 72 yards in both games T.Y. Hilton (calf) has missed, and with Parris Campbell (hand) also hurt, Pascal has even more upside against a Dolphins defense allowing over 25 standard FPPG to WRs (eighth most).MORE WEEK 10 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 10 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight endsJonnu Smith, Titans vs. Chiefs (Heyen). The Chiefs are one of the league’s worst defenses against tight ends, and it will probably be at least another week until we see Delanie Walker (ankle) back on the field to take looks away from Smith.Gerald Everett, Rams @ Steelers (Iyer). He should be the biggest beneficiary of Brandin Cooks missing time rather than Josh Reynolds, especially in this matchup.O.J. Howard, Buccaneers vs. Cardinals (Lutovsky). We’ll take the low-hanging fruit here. If you count Taysom Hill as a TE, Arizona has allowed a TE touchdown in all but one game this year. It’s unbelievably bad against the position, and we know Howard has big-play ability. Yes, he’s been a massive disappointment, but he’s worth trusting after his two-game layoff because of a hamstring injury. We head into Week 10 needing fantasy football sleepers to come through more than ever. There are six teams on bye this week, meaning that a number of your usual starting options are relegated to your bench. You might be scouring the waiver wire or free agency for pickups that can save your week as we approach the stretch run of the fantasy season — and the last thing you want is for the guy you add to bust. Maybe Bilal Powell or Kareem Hunt can be just the savior that your fantasy team needs. (Update: With Le’Veon Bell expected to play, Powell has little fantasy value.)As usual, the name of the game for sleepers is a combination of matchup and opportunity. We have Daniel Jones as a QB sleeper, and he very well could’ve been joined by the other quarterback in that same game, Sam Darnold. Kyler Murray, O.J. Howard, and Zach Pascal are all here with great matchups, too. Week 10 Fantasy Sleepers: DefensesNew York Giants @ Jets (Heyen). Sam Darnold and Adam Gase’s offense couldn’t perform well against the Dolphins. Please give me a defense that’s improved by the Leonard Williams acquisition (and revenge-game factor) against a team that just lost to the previously winless Dolphins.Indianapolis Colts vs. Dolphins (Iyer). This may seem like a layup, but even with Miami showing competent offense last week, Indy is better at making defensive impact plays at home.New York Jets vs. Giants (Lutovsky). In seven games since Daniel Jones took over, the Giants have turned it over 21 times, allowed 26 sacks, and given up four D/ST touchdowns. It doesn’t matter who’s facing them — you want that D/ST.last_img read more

Colts Neck Family Reheats ‘The Crockpot Cook-off’

first_imgWithout missing a beat, Ryan said, “I want to have the Harvest Party.” So Dowd dragged out her giant tub of outlet extenders and boosters and started planning. Over the years she’s blown so many fuses she’s lost count. This year’s party almost didn’t happen thanks to a faulty GFI on the back patio where she sets up all the tables and less than stellar weather. “Every year I set up tents,” said Dowd, “and every year the weather was beautiful. This year I didn’t bother and it was threatening rain all day.”But that certainly didn’t dampen the fun. Guests came from as far south as Florida and North Carolina and from as far north as Canada. A fall tableau with mums, a scarecrow and a chalkboard sign invited guests to “strike a pose.” Once pictures were taken they could be posted to Snapchat with a special Harvest Party 2018 filter designed specifically for the party. Printed cups touted “Happy fall, y’all” and “Patti and Ryan’s Harvest Party.”But the food is definitely the star. “It’s really the best buffet ever,” said Dowd. Over the years there have been some great dishes and some not so great ones.A chocolate cake Dowd compared to a “chocolate slug” lives in infamy. A vegan tofu miso soup Dowd hated got the judges’ vote one year. Rice balls caused some controversy as they weren’t actually cooked in the slow cooker, just placed in there for serving. And cosmos in a crockpot were so strong one year everyone got a little drunk. By Elizabeth Wulfhorst |COLTS NECK – Gathering friends and family together for a party is nothing new. Asking everyone to bring a dish isn’t a novel concept either – potluck, anyone? But hosting 125 people lugging 35 slow cookers in your backyard requires some serious planning, a feat township resident Patti Dowd has accomplished nine times, most recently last month in her backyard.Dowd’s son Ryan was just 3 years old when their annual Harvest Party was born. What began as a small fall party for family and a few friends – a precursor to Halloween, really – quickly grew.“It got bigger exponentially,” Dowd said.“The first year we had four crockpots, then 10, then 20. Eventually I said, ‘Let’s just go for it.’ ” Going for it meant erecting tents, hiring a service to do set up and clean up, ordering lots of desserts and planning games for the kids. And turning the party into a competition.Dowd said by the second year, everyone was bragging about their dish, saying it was the best. So she suggested a contest and her guests rose to the challenge. They eventually introduced independent judges because people were stuffing the ballot box and cheating. One year Dowd’s sister-in-law made Irish stew. She dressed the kids at the party in kilts, hired a bagpiper and had them march around just to try and influence the vote.Each year someone is crowned the grand champion by the judges. That person takes home a trophy, called The Patti Crocker, consisting of a Barbie doll dressed in a bandana, surrounded by pumpkins and leaves. Initially the trophy was passed from winner to winner each year, like the Stanley Cup, but the original one ended up in Wisconsin so this year’s trophy was new. There are also prizes for the most popular dish, voted by all the guests in attendance, and a winner chosen by kid judges.Patti Dowd, right, and the author, the winner of the 2018 Harvest Party grand champion prize The Patti Crocker, posed for photos after the judges’ decision was announced.About seven years ago the party got so big – at one point reaching 200 guests and 47 slow cookers – Dowd decided to call it quits. Ryan was almost a teenager and life was just getting in the way. Then, at the end of this summer, Dowd asked her son what he wanted for his 18th birthday and high school graduation. They hadn’t had the chance to celebrate either thanks to Dowd’s treatment at the time for cancer.center_img e winning entry in the 2018 Harvest Party competition got a new name thanks to a clever helper. The dip was one of 35 dishes vying for three prizes.This year’s dishes ranged from a venison chili to a cheesy beer dip to apple cider sangria and a peanut butter chocolate cake. A creative family member was assigned to give the dishes clever names as they arrived: The dip became “In Queso You Need a Beer” and the venison chili was designated “Chili con Bambi.”Dowd even hired an ice cream truck this year to dispense treats after the judging was over and all the slow cookers were packed away.And was Ryan happy with his choice of birthday/graduation celebration? “He had the best time,” said Dowd.Full disclosure: The author was the winner of the 2018 Harvest Party grand champion prize. Her triumphant dish was the cheesy beer dip, accompanied by homemade soft pretzel bites.This article was first published in the Nov. 8-14, 2018 Colts Neck section of the print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Active Transportation Plan Takes Great Strides Forward

first_imgRecently, two “spurs”, or small connecting trails, or shortcuts, have been completed. One connects the end of Second Avenue to the Rail Grade and another connects Columbia Kootenay Road with Eight Avenue. The latter was just completed last week. The local Interact club aided with funding for those two projects, and the students in the club also helped brush-clear the area where the trail went in before the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society (KCTS) came in to do the actual trail building.   The next big project for the ATP, which will soon be put out to tender, is the LeRoi Hollow Trail, which will connect lower Rossland to just below Ferraro’s. Behind Ferraro’s there is a steep embankment ending in a flat section, currently used for snow dumping in the winter. From this flat section, there is a length of city-owned land that extends down to where Cook Avenue and Queen Street meet, and this is where the proposed trail would end.   With the 2009 completion of the Centre Star Gulch Trail, which connects with the Centennial Trail and comes out next to Esling Park Lodge on Spokane Street, the addition of LeRoi Hollow and the Trail Creek Trail will create a “spine” of trails through town that could mean those with epic biking aspirations can conceivably cycle (or hike, if you’re really ambitious) right from Red Mountain to Warfield and eventually to Trail, using a combination of ATP trails and KCTS trails like Centennial and the Wagon Road.   Other recently-completed ATP routes, or “trunk” trails, leading east-west through town connect Nevada Street to the museum through the ballpark, and Centennial Park with Nevada Street. Yet another trail connects Nevada with the Miner’s Hall through an old alley-way.   The ATP was submitted to council in January 2009 and approved, leading to the city allocating funds in its budget to help build the trail system, though, as mentioned in this story, funds from grants and organizations like Interact have been key in seeing some of these projects through. For more information on the ATP, you can visit the city’s website to view and download the entire ATP plan, which includes details of proposed trails, photos of potential trail sites, and lots of maps that give a good idea of what the future might hold for pedestrian and cycling traffic in town. On July 18, the province’s Cycling Infrastructure Partnerships Program’s Bike BC Program announced that the city of Rossland is one of 16 communities to receive grant money to help build and improve local cycling infrastructure. Rossland’s portion of the grant is $25,000.   “We’re committed to investing in community cycling infrastructure to improve the health and well-being of all British Columbians. This investment will help make cycling a viable transportation option for families and communities, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Blair Lekstrom, in a news release.   The city of Rossland will be applying the grant money to the new Trail Creek Trail, which will connect lower Rossland, starting at the corner of Victoria and Washington, with the clubhouse at Redstone. Phase One of the project was completed last year. It saw the trail built from the trailhead to Redstone Drive. Part of the grant money will be used to complete this section with top dressing, but the larger part of the funds will go towards completing phase two of the trail, which will extend the run from Redstone Drive to the Redstone clubhouse. Phase two of this particular project will begin in earnest August 15, the goal being to have the trail complete by mid-autumn.  The building of Trail Creek Trail is one of several of the city’s Active Transportation Plan (ATP) projects that are designed to reclaim the city’s legal right-of-ways through the town to improve recreation and also to better pedestrian access to services and destinations.   last_img read more

Chelsea to appoint Jose Mourinho’s replacement tonight, talkSPORT understands

first_img1 Premier League champions Chelsea are expected to appoint an interim manager this evening, talkSPORT understands. Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties on Thursday afternoon, after a disastrous start to their title defence.A number of potential replacements have been touted, including former interim boss Guus Hiddink and former Spurs and Real Madrid boss Juande Ramos. More to follow… Chelsea to appoint interim boss tonight, talkSPORT understands last_img

‘La vita’ looks ‘bella’ for Debora Patta

first_imgFrom left to right, IWW award winnersFerdinando Pezzoli, Lara Mazzoni, DeboraPatta, Tiziana Grassi, Marco Folegani,and Elena Maria Teresa Calligaro.(Image: IWW) MEDIA CONTACTS • Michelle KirbyE.tv Head of Marketing+27 11 537 9300RELATED ARTICLES• Media awards for SA women• Rhodes hosts world journalism meet• The media and open justice• Jacob Zuma on press freedom• Turning up the media volumeFiona McRae“La vita”, it would appear, is pretty “bella” right now for South African television journalist and media personality Debora Patta.Not only did the Zimbabwe-born anchor and executive producer of e.tv’s hard-hitting investigative programme 3rd Degree add yet another award to her collection last month, but she seems to be revelling in a career decision of a year ago to free up some time so as to be able to concentrate more fully on her “two real passions”: journalism and her family. Happily married to her second husband, Patta is the mother of two young daughters.And it would seem that, like many women her age, the 40-something Patta is discovering the liberation and confidence that the years can bring.“The best thing about this age is no longer caring what other people think of you,” she is quoted as saying in a recent edition of a fashion chain’s club magazine. “I’ve learnt not to be so hung up on people who don’t like you.”The fact that the apparently always self-assured and assertive Patta has ever lacked confidence might well come as a surprise to 3rd Degree viewers who have seen her courageously and tenaciously hold those in positions of power and responsibility to account.Famous for her tough, no-nonsense approach she has had heads of state, politicians, business leaders and many others in the hot seat on the show in the decade that it has been in existence – but has also told the stories of the ordinary person in the street with compassion.Patta has featured high-profile figures such as African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema, the late political leader Eugene Terre’Blanche who, she says, is the only person to have walked out of an interview, businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, President Jacob Zuma, axed Ekurhuleni police chief Robert McBride, and former president Thabo Mbeki.Winning formula Patta’s unrelenting pursuit of not only answers but also excellence in a journalism career spanning two decades has garnered her respect and recognition stretching beyond the country’s borders. Already the winner of multiple accolades, including a 2010 South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government category award and the 2009 Vodacom Women in the Media award, Patta was honoured by the Italian Women in the World (IWW) association last month when she received a Tricolor Globe Award at a ceremony held in Bologna, Italy.The IWW is a global networking association. Its awards recognise the achievements of men and women of Italian origins, or of Italians working abroad or in Italy for other countries, who have attained outstanding career success within “creative and innovative global industries” such as communication and events; art and design; performing arts; alternative energies and recyclable products; information and communication technologies; science, research, technology and engineering; and tourism.Six achievers from Asia, Africa, South America and Europe were recognised in this year’s awards. Patta was honoured for her “achievements, excellence and contribution to society in the communications field in Africa”.The main goal of the award, according to IWW founder and president Patrizia Angelini, “is to promote the important role of compatriots and other Italians who work abroad, through the spreading of personal success stories and highlighting the cultural and entrepreneurial effort.”Angelini, a television journalist for Italian broadcasting corporation RAI International, founded the association in 2007 after her work brought her into contact with the larger Italian community around the world and she conceived the idea of creating a network to facilitate their international communication.The awards project, which has the support of the Italian government, is active in promoting the “excellence, enterprise and beauty” of Italy and its culture and the Made in Italy brand internationally. This is done through on-line and television information and through events including seminars, international awards and intercultural exchanges.“It is a great honour to be recognised by my country of origin,” said Patta, who owes her Italian heritage to her Calabrian father. “I am extremely proud of my Italian roots, so this is very exciting.”Patta has previously said that while South Africa is where her heart is, Italy is indeed her second home. And like most good Italians, she loves cooking “fabulous Italian food” and relaxing with family, friends and a glass of fine wine.Team effortAlways mindful of the team effort required for the success of the current affairs show that draws close to 2-million viewers, she said: “It is also a great tribute to 3rd Degree and e.tv as they are regarded as making a significant contribution in Africa.”E.tv’s channel head Monde Twala paid tribute to Patta, saying that “Debora is a committed journalist and executive producer who continually aims to better and uplift society by exposing the truth and keeping the public informed. 3rd Degree has been successful for the past 10 years and e.tv congratulates Debora for her ongoing investigative success.”With a career of more than 20 years spanning radio, television and writing – she has co-authored two non-fiction books – Patta is one of the most prominent and respected journalists in South Africa, having reported fearlessly on virtually every major story in the country during that time. She became well known for her extensive coverage of Nelson Mandela from his release from prison to his election as South Africa’s first black head of state – the warm relationship they developed led to her being dubbed his favourite reporter.During her time with e.tv since its inception in 1998 Patta has trained, developed and mentored many budding young television journalists and news anchors. She also led the team that launched South Africa’s first 24-hour news service.Known for her no-holds-barred interviewing and for being unafraid to ask the tough questions, Patta maintains that she has never felt her achievements were limited because she is a woman. Indeed, in receiving the Vodacom Women in the Media award last year she had a strong message for young women: “Don’t just knock on the door, bash it down!”But she does acknowledge the sometimes harsh truth that “women are so often seen as aggressive while men doing the same thing are regarded as tough, assertive, uncompromising”.While Patta too has come under fire from those who feel her style of interviewing is too aggressive and not diplomatic enough, there is no doubt that she has brought many sinister cases to light, which might otherwise have continued to harm society.She admits that finding the balance between career and family can be a tough challenge – and one she handles better at some times than at others. She finds release from the pressures of her “adrenaline-all-the-way” job through “strong coping mechanisms, trying to stay healthy and a supportive family”. A year ago she resigned from the demanding position as editor-in-chief of eNews to be able to concentrate more fully on 3rd Degree and her two real loves, journalism and her family.“You can’t change the world, but you can make a difference to someone,” Patta has said. Over the years, the woman described as having “a unique front row in South Africa’s history” has done that many times over.last_img read more