Monthly Archives: February 2016

UPDATE: The Zika Virus Spreads and Suspicions Rise

Zika virus disease in the United States, 2015–2016Source: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionMap Last Updated February 10, 2016 On Thursday, February 11, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced that at least three people had died due to complications related to the mosquito-borne Zika virus. These are the first Zika-related deaths in the South American country. Maduro ...
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The Sharing Economy Moves into the B2B Space

As the so-called “sharing economy” continues to expand with new technology and willing consumers, so too do the risks associated with this new terrain.  These firms are leveraging online applications to bring services and consumers together for everything from home rentals, to ride shares to food delivery and child care. Regardless of convenience or demand, ...
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Zika Virus Increases Concerns About Employee Safety

By JULIE CRESWELL and DAVID SEGAL Early in her pregnancy, Whitney Peak traveled to Rio de Janeiro for her job with Leblon Cachaça, a liquor company based in Brazil. That was in October, before much was known about Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through South America and that scientists say may be linked ...
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To Fight the Zika Pandemic, Learn from Ebola

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency. Though not yet confirmed, Zika is suspected of causing microcephaly — babies born with small heads and abnormal brain development — and paralysis in adults. The virus is“spreading explosively” throughout South and Central America with cases confirmed in more than 20 countries. The ...
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FCC Keeps Blocking Hospitality Wi-Fi Blocking

Late last year, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission took another enforcement step in its aggressive, ongoing campaign against Wi-Fi blocking — the practice of blocking unauthorized Wi-Fi hotspots that let consumers share mobile data access with other devices, like laptops and tablets — in hotels and convention spaces. It released a Notice of Apparent Liability ...
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What Risks Will Emerge in 2016?

Our world is advancing at a pace that invites innovation at breakneck speed, encouraging companies to jump into untested waters. Whether it is new, disruptive technologies – such as drones – or just a new way of doing business – such as the sharing economy – the risks are not fully known. New loss-control technologies and regulations ...
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Digital. Why Should Hospitality Companies Care?

By Amitava “Chats” Chatterjee What is Digital?In Hospitality Upgrade’s summer 2015 issue, R.P. Rama, VP and CTO/CIO of IHM Hotels, said, “The biggest impact arising from technology advancement that we have had to deal with can be attributed to the rise of millennials, centennials and the proliferation of digital technologies and channels. Given their deep adoption of ...
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