Cholera coalition urges stepped-up support of water for Haiti

first_img(PAHO/WHO) — On World Water Day 2015, the Regional Coalition for Water and Sanitation to Eliminate Cholera in Hispaniola is calling for stepped-up support from the international community to help Haiti and the Dominican Republic end the cholera epidemic on their shared island. The Regional Coalition has been supporting efforts by the two countries to expand access to water and sanitation while also strengthening their health systems’ response to cholera. It was originally launched in 2012 by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and partners including UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Universal access to water and sanitation is a pillar of public health and is critical to defeating cholera and water-borne diseases,” said Isabella Danel, Deputy Director of PAHO/WHO, which serves as secretariat for the Regional Coalition.“We believe access to water and sanitation is a basic human right, and we invite other organizations who agree to join and help Haiti and the Dominican Republic make that right a reality for their inhabitants.” You may be interested in… Guyana to get 7,000 more COVID-19 test kits from PAHO [su_box title=”The Regional Coalition” style=”soft” box_color=”#54c0f0″]The Regional Coalition for Water and Sanitation to Eliminate Cholera in Hispaniola provides technical expertise on cholera control and elimination to the governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and is working to mobilize resources for their national action plans to eliminate the disease by 2022. The coalition’s 23 members include PAHO/WHO, UNICEF, CDC, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), USAID, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), World Vision and the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA). PAHO/WHO serves as the coalition’s secretariat.[/su_box] The construction and rehabilitation of drilled boreholes, shallow wells, spring and rainwater harvesting structures, and other water supply optionsThe launch in 2014 of a “Total Sanitation Campaign” aimed at improving water and sanitation in priority communesCreation of a new performance monitoring system to track water quality and use, as well as finances in water and sanitation systems and facilities throughout the countryCapacity-building for water supply and sanitation committees, communal administrative councils, and communal water and sanitation technicians to improve service delivery and governance in the water sectorPassage in 2009 of a law on water sector reform, which aims to improve access and service through decentralization of the water and sanitation sector. Both the Haitian government and its international partners acknowledge, however, that much more action and investments are needed to fully implement the national cholera elimination plan. That plan calls for an initial $310 million over three years—$2.2 billion over 10 years—to fund investments in water and sanitation infrastructure, improvements in water safety surveillance and resource management, health education on hygiene for the population, and institutional capacity building at all levels. Haiti and its partners have made meaningful progress in water and sanitation, but defeating cholera will require a significant scale-up of these efforts,” said PAHO/WHO Deputy Director Danel.The work done so far by our Regional Coalition partners needs to become universal, and this will require new resources. World Water Day is an opportunity to urge the international community to step up to the plate and provide the necessary support.” (PAHO/WHO Press Release) Sep 28, 2017 ‘Bye, bye measles’ Apr 18, 2020 Sep 29, 2016center_img Haiti cholera outbreak ‘stopped in its tracks’(UN News) After a nine-year long cholera outbreak in Haiti that killed close to 10,000 people, this week the country reached the milestone of an entire year free from any new cases of the deadly waterborne disease. This was achieved following concerted efforts from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the…January 27, 2020In “CARPHA”UN adviser wants new consortium to bolster Haiti’s long-term recoveryUNITED NATIONS, Jan 18, CMC – A senior United Nations adviser has called for a new “consortium” of donors to bolster Haiti’s long-term recovery. Dr. David Nabarro, the UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, said that this consortium must be committed to improving Haiti’s water supply and sanitation services, and to help…January 18, 2017In “CARICOM”CDB supports continued push for improved sanitation in Haiti(Caribbean Development Bank Press Release) – The push for cleaner, safer sanitation for all Haitians continues with support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) which is wrapping up a four-year sanitation and governance training initiative for officials from government, non-government and private sector organisations. In late September, the Bank concluded…November 13, 2019In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp Hurricane response: Excellent work by CDEMA, other CARICOM… Since cholera first broke out in Haiti in 2010, more than 730,000 Haitians have been sickened by the disease and more than 8,700 have died. In the first two months of 2015, Haiti reported an average of more than 1,000 new cases each week (as of Feb. 21). The Dominican Republic has reported more than 32,000 total cholera cases and 480 deaths since 2010. The disease also caused outbreaks in Cuba and Mexico, and other countries reported imported cases. With support from the Regional Coalition, the governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic developed national plans to eliminate cholera through major improvements in safe water, sanitation, and hygiene and health system strengthening. Since 2012, coalition members and other international partners have helped Haiti make progress including: Dec 22, 2017 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… [su_box title=”About PAHO” style=”soft” box_color=”#54c0f0″]Founded in 1902, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is the oldest international public health organization in the world. It works with its member countries to improve the health and the quality of life of the people of the Americas. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of WHO.[/su_box] UWI announces title of ‘Chancellor Emeritus’ for Sir George… last_img read more

CARIFESTA Country Night performances begin

first_img You may be interested in… CARICOM Secretary General pleased with Regional cultural showcase at CARIFESTA XIVCARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has expressed his delight with the show of regional integration at the fourteenth hosting of CARIFESTA  in Trinidad and Tobago. The Secretary General expressed this sentiment in an interview with our CARICOM One on One host Jascene Dunkley-Malcolm after conducting a tour of the…August 20, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”Machel Montano one of CARIFESTA XIV’s Brand AmbassadorsMachel Montano is one of the Brand Ambassadors for CARIFESTA XIV, which was launched in fine style on Tuesday night in Trinidad and Tobago. The launch event happened in the Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre. It was a cultural explosion fitting for the commencement of preparations for…October 24, 2018In “Anguilla””Lit” Performances on stage for CARIFESTA XIVThe stages across Trinidad and Tobago for CARIFESTA XIV saw a range of “lit” performances  for the festival. From the opening ceremony to signal events at the Queen’s Hall, The National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), The Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA) and the Grand Market Stage…August 23, 2019In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 9, 2020 Antigua and Barbuda Still Committed to Hosting CARIFESTA in… Jul 13, 2020 Jul 28, 2020 Market Region as Safe Haven – Business Leader Caribbean Leaders Urged to Diversify Creative Economy… CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Country Night performances at the 13th edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) began on Saturday.See Guyana and Jamaica performers captivate their audiences: Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jun 4, 2020last_img read more

Technical Consultation begins ahead of CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference

first_img Nana may hit Belize at tropical storm strength; Omar… Sep 2, 2020 CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… Hurricane Warning Declared as Tropical Storm Nana Approaches… Aug 24, 2020 Staunching the flow: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Fight to Keep its… Sep 2, 2020 The Technical Consultations ahead of the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference began this morning at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, New York. CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Achim Steiner made opening remarks.center_img [email protected] SG opens #Caribbean High Level Pledging Conference making the case for concessional financing for the #Caribbean #ResilientCaribbean pic.twitter.com/ci55Mmu1an— PNUDLAC (@PNUDLAC) November 20, 2017 The High Level Pledging Forum will be held 21 November, also at the UN and is aimed at rebuilding the devastated Members as the first climate resilient countries in the world and at helping the wider CARICOM Region improve its resilience given its inherent vulnerability as a Community of SIDS – Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States . The technical sessions are aimed at providing an overview of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the Caribbean; presenting the country recovery needs, priorities and recovery strategy; and giving partners an opportunity for technical level enquiries and inputs. The head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will provide an overview presentation. This will be followed by presentations by Senior Government representatives of the affected countries and territories. Perspectives will be provided by partners, including those who conducted post disaster assessments. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… Building back better = business case 4 Caribbean. Boost tourism w/ hurricane recovery as opportunity @ASteiner #ResilientCaribbean #SDGs pic.twitter.com/f3h79xceU0— PNUDLAC (@PNUDLAC) November 20, 2017 Sep 29, 2020 CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference begins [email protected] Preparations and final run through for @CARICOMorg #UN High Level Pledging [email protected] @PNUDLAC pic.twitter.com/tfHiRz5APa — Deodat Maharaj (@deodat_maharaj) November 21, 2017 International Development Partners, including countries, agencies, NGOs, prominent personalities, private sector entities and Foundations, are meeting at the United Nations Headquarters today for the CARICOM-UN High Level Conference.…November 21, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”Caribbean can only ‘build back better’ with international support, urgent climate action – UN, CARICOM Chiefs and Heads of GovernmentNew York, 21 November 2017 – In view of the urgent needs of Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the “CARICOM-UN High-level Pledging Conference: Building a more Climate-Resilient Community ” mobilised a broad partnership to support reconstruction efforts, including through over US$1.3 billion in pledges and over $1 billion in…November 21, 2017In “Anguilla”CARICOM support for hurricane devastated island continuesFollowing on from the successful staging of the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference at UN Headquarters in New York on 21 November 2017, the Steering Committee has continued to meet with renewed focus on translating pledges into concrete programmes and initiatives. The Steering Committee, comprising representatives of the CARICOM Secretariat,…January 9, 2018In “CDEMA”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Yellowtail-1, ExxonMobil’s 13th discovery offshore Guyana

first_img Guyana Could be Model for Climate Change: Aligning Oil and… Guyana now oil producing state Belize PM concerned over Scotiabank sale – CARICOM… In a release, Dr. Bynoe noted that “Guyana continues to receive positive news with the announcement of these oil finds offshore, the real substance of these finds will accrue only when citizens are able to benefit directly or indirectly from these discoveries.” Jul 6, 2020 New oil finds push Guyana above industry standards(Guyana Chronicle) US Oil giant, ExxonMobil on Wednesday confirmed the two additional discoveries offshore Guyana at Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 wells, bringing the total number of discoveries in the Stabroek Block to 12. Guyana Chronicle on Wednesday broke the story on the discoveries hours before ExxonMobil and the Department of Energy…February 7, 2019In “Business”Double strike!(Department of Public Information) Guyana’s oil and gas sector continues to expand as the country moves towards first oil in early 2020. Director of the Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe (Monday) morning announced that both Tullow Oil and ExxonMobil have made discoveries of oil in commercial quantities. The finds…September 17, 2019In “Energy”Another oil strike in GuyanaGuyana’s oil reserves continue to increase as Tullow Guyana B.V struck liquid gold at the Jethro-1 exploration well. This was announced by Director, Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe. According to the release, the exploration well which was drilled in the Orinduik Block has discovered oil in commercial quantities. The…August 13, 2019In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp Dec 21, 2019 Belize tourism growing at 8.6% per year – CARICOM… Yellowtail-1 is the third discovery for 2019 and represents the 5th discovery in the Turbot area, where ExxonMobil is evaluating its potential as an additional development hub. The well encountered approximately 292 feet (89 metres) of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoir and was drilled to a depth of 18,445 feet (5,622 metres) in 6,046 feet (1,843 metres) of water. It is located approximately 6 miles (10 kilometres) northwest of the Tilapia discovery. Read more at: Department of Public Information Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… Dec 6, 2019 (Department of Public Information) ExxonMobil has made its 13th discovery offshore Guyana at the Yellowtail-1 Well. This disclosure was made by Director of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe, on Thursday, who assured his department will be relentless in ensuring that returns are optimised from these resources for all of Guyana. Dec 9, 2019last_img read more

ASA Tire Systems Hires West Coast Account Manager

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement NASHUA, NH — ASA Tire Systems, a tire industry software provider, announced the addition of Chris Light to its account management team. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Light’s experience includes time spent as national account manager for TCI Tire Centers; as a district manager for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.; and as an IT specialist. He comes to ASA Tire Systems with tire industry experience as well as technology expertise including Microsoft and A+ Certifications. Commenting on Light’s appointment, Dean Rascoe, sales manager for ASA, said, “I am excited to welcome Chris to our account management team. He brings a combination of tire industry experience and technology training with him to ASA. I expect Chris to adapt very quickly to his new role and provide high quality service to his customers, especially since he has worked in that region with some of the same people in the past.” Light will join ASA servicing its customers in the sales territory, including California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. For more information about ASA Tire Systems, visit: http://www.asatire.com.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Bly Named ASA’s Top Recruiter, Chairman’s Club Winner for 2009

first_imgBEDFORD, Texas – The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced the winner of its 2009 Chairman’s Club Award, the association’s grassroots member recruitment program. This year’s recipient is Jeff Bly of Maywood Transmission Inc., an ASA member-business in Independence, Mo. The Chairman’s Club award honors ASA members who recruited or provided leads for prospective shops to become members of the association.             Bly earned more member recruitment points than any other ASA member between the close of last year’s competition through Sept. 15, 2009. The accomplishment earns Bly an expense-paid trip to one of ASA’s two annual trade shows – The Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) or the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) – both of which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas Nov. 4-7.             “The Chairman’s Club was established to reward members for their assistance in growing ASA’s membership. The best recruiters the association has are our members. I am grateful to Jeff for his assistance in spreading the ASA message to our industry. His commitment to growing the membership is truly inspiring,” said B.J. Johnson, vice president of membership services.             “I’m very honored to accept this prestigious award,” said Bly. “I would like to personally thank Todd Mehalko, ASA membership recruiter, who taught me that recruiting is mainly about ‘excitement.’ He told me that if you’re truly enthusiastic about a particular feature, or benefit of ASA membership, then that’s what you should talk about when you approach a prospective member. As it turns out, excitement has proved to be contagious in ASA-Missouri/Kansas (ASA-Mo/Kan). I enjoy being part of an association that is truly amazing. I look forward to seeing many of my ASA friends at CARS.”             Bly is a full-time technician at Maywood Transmission. In addition to recruiting members for ASA, he is an active member of ASA-Mo/Kan who serves as state secretary for the affiliate, is the ASA-Kansas City chapter president, and also serves as the ASA-Mo/Kan newsletter chairman.             “Jeff has an incredible enthusiasm for ASA and the automotive service industry. He is well-respected in the industry and has done an amazing job growing the Kansas City chapter, as well as inspiring members to become leaders and get more involved,” said Sheri Hamilton, AAM, executive director, ASA-Mo/Kan.             The Chairman’s Club program is based on a point system: five or more points are earned for each new member a current member recruits. The member with the most points by a specified date is awarded the grand prize – an expense-paid trip to ASA’s CARS or NACE events.             The ASA Chairman’s Club is an integral part of ASA’s membership recruitment program. All regular members in good standing are invited to participate in the Chairman’s Club program. Individuals who participated in the 2009 program will receive a certificate of appreciation from ASA for their recruitment efforts. The next grand prize recipient will be determined Aug. 15, 2010. Watch for upcoming announcements from ASA to learn more about the next Chairman’s Club program, prizes and opportunities for bonus points. For more information, call the ASA membership department at (800) 272-7467, ext. 295; or visit the ASA Community section in the Members Only area of the ASA Web site, www.ASAshop.org.             To encourage member recruitment at CARS and NACE this year, ASA is announcing an exciting new contest – the Chairman’s Club Challenge! For every prospective member that a current member and Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW) attendee signs up during NACE and CARS, that member’s name and the name of the newly recruited member will go into a drawing for a $100 VISA gift card each. (Essentially, ASA will give away two $100 gift cards – one to the referred new member and one to the regular member in good standing who recruited him or her.) For more details, see the October issue of AutoInc. or visit ASA booth N8601 during the event.             AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 7 To June 11, 2019

first_imgSTEPHEN BERNARD SUAZOJune 9 at 8:16 p.m. / Police arrested Stephen Bernard Suazo, 53, of Santa Clara Pueblo at 2500 Trinity Drive on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.KRISTA E. WILHELMJune 6 at 7:10 p.m. / Police arrested Krista E. Wilhelm, 33, of Los Alamos at the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding District Court warrant. ANTOINE DUANE GIDDINGSJune 7 at 10:13 p.m. / Police arrested Antoine Duane Giddings, 30, of Los Alamos at Diamond Drive and Club Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. LAPD News:The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.Aug. 28 at 7:16 a.m. / A 24-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her home on 39th Street.The estimated loss is unknown.BRENDEN BROWNJune 7 at 4:13 a.m. / Police arrested Brenden Brown, 29, of White Rock in Santa Fe on an outstanding arrest order.last_img read more

SFNF Waives Fees For National Public Lands Day

first_imgSANTA FE ― The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities Saturday, Sept. 28, for National Public Lands Day (NPLD). NPLD festivities on the Cuba Ranger District will focus on the re-route of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail with activities on Friday and Saturday. The weekend will start early Friday with trail maintenance at the BLM Becker Mace trailhead 8 miles south of Cuba. The Eichwald Center in Cuba will host a public event in the afternoon which will include guest speakers from several land management agencies, including the SFNF, and the inaugural walk on a new park trail. Saturday, the public is invited to meet at the Las Vacas/San Gregorio trailhead at 10 a.m. for a guided hike on the new segment of the Continental Divide Trail which offers dramatic views of Nacimiento Peak and Cuba Mesa. See the Viva Connects webpage for Cuba Trails for more information. SFNF News: As the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, NPLD is a great opportunity for more Americans to get outdoors and connect with their public lands.  In recognition of NPLD and in partnership with the SFNF, the North Central Regional Transit District will waive fares on Saturday for the RTD Blue Bus 255 Mountain Trail route that takes visitors from downtown Santa Fe up Hyde Park Road to Ski Santa Fe, with stops at multiple trailheads along the way. Find more information at RidetheBlueBus.com.center_img The final fee waiver day in 2019 will be Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day, which commemorates the end of World War I and pays tribute to military heroes, past and present. Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds, non-reserve campgrounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at standard amenity fee sites operated by the Santa Fe National Forest, except for those reserved in advance through Recreation.gov. Visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest are encouraged to contact the appropriate ranger district office to confirm which recreation sites are included in the National Public Lands Day fee waiver.last_img read more

NIH Prevents Chimps From Retiring To Sanctuary

first_imgNIH News: “While the agency is claiming that they cannot transfer any of remaining chimps due to their age or health status – we remain concerned that because the laboratories that house these chimpanzees have a financial interest in continuing to house them, that the agency is actually placing these financial interests over the interests of the chimpanzees in question. Meaning that all of these animals are destined to live out the remainder of their lives in a laboratory. This decision is fundamentally inconsistent with agency’s duties under the CHIMP Act and they have an obligation to these animals to ensure that they get the necessary care and attention they deserve at the federal sanctuary, Chimp Haven. Sara Amundson, president of Humane Society Legislative Fund said: “It has been almost five years since NIH announced the agency would no longer fund invasive chimpanzee research and would retire all federally-owned and -supported chimpanzees to sanctuary. Today the agency betrayed that commitment. These animals are being held in laboratories through the use of taxpayer funds and, while the agency is claiming that none of the chimpanzees are healthy enough to be transferred, the ‘independent’ panel that made that determination did not include a primate behaviorist, ethicist or a veterinarian with sanctuary experience. Instead, the panel was made up of three of NIH’s own veterinarians.” Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States said: National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced Thursday that none of the 44 government owned chimpanzees at the Alamogordo Primate Research Facility in New Mexico are considered “eligible” for retirement. https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/statements/statement-nih-chimpanzees-alamogordo-primate-facility “NIH has an obligation under the CHIMP Act to send chimpanzees to Chimp Haven, and today’s action is simply insufficient. We will continue to push the agency to retire all eligible chimpanzees so that they can live out the remainder of their lives in sanctuary.”last_img read more

Catch Of The Week: Coronavirus Scams Continue

first_imgBy BECKY RUTHERFORDLos AlamosFirst off, PSA – buying up all the toilet paper and Lysol at Smith’s will not stop coronavirus. (Hey, does anyone have some Scott tissue? Hit me up!)That said, wash your hands often; and if you get an email about coronavirus cures, face masks, outbreak information, etc., delete that sucker.As previously reported, numerous coronavirus phishing emails have been circulating in the wild. Any time you have a worldwide event like coronavirus, you can expect the bad guys to make phishing emails attempting to exploit your fear.Many coronavirus phishing campaigns promise to give you secret cure information, access to health supplies, information on outbreaks near you, safety measures, etc. They may attempt to imitate the WHO (World Health Organization) or CDC (Centers for Disease Control).  Delete these from your inbox, don’t open them, don’t click links, or open attachments.Signs that these are phishing emails:If you hover over the link, you will find that you are being taken to a completely different website than the one displayed. The website might say “https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus.” but it is actually taking you to “https://who-int.pleaseofclicks/thislinkizbad.com”Bad guys can say an email is from whoever they want, but if you look at the email address you will notice it is off. For example, the real WHO email domain is “who.int” but you may get a phishing email from a spoofed domain like “whoe-int.com.” They try to make these look just similar enough to trick you into thinking the email is legit.The body of the email may have poor grammar or typos.The email content seems too good to be true or comes across as very urgent and time-sensitive.Here is an example coronavirus-themed phishing email, fresh from my inbox:The above email has some obvious errors, like “GET YOUR DESCOUNT CODE”, and also who has heard of this “Oxybreath Pro” company? Another clue, legit healthcare companies probably will not use an emoji in the subject line. When I hovered over the links they were shortened using bit.ly URL shortener (an online tool that lets you enter any URL and then shortens it for you) and when I ran that through a URL un-shortener the actual URL they are sending you to is “4-fridaywin. co. uk” (I put the spaces in as this is a malicious URL and I don’t want anyone to accidentally click). Always, always be cautious of any URL that starts in bit.ly, this has been shortened and you have no way to know where it will take you.  .Here are a few other examples: Thank you to Alexander Chamandy of Envescent Cloud and Cybersecurity for these examples of other coronavirus-themed phishing emails making the rounds. These are both very well done phishing emails, and they take advantage of the fear and uncertainty surrounding the epidemic to try to get a user to download malicious files. Be suspicious! Don’t fall for the phish and infect yourself with malware.Get your updates on coronavirus from legitimate news and official organization websites, not from your email inbox. The only thing you will get out of these is a malware infection. These scams are now so prevalent that Proofpoint, an email security firm, has assigned an analyst just to track coronavirus threats.Scammers have been registering coronavirus-themed domains right and left, and these domains are 50 percent more likely to spread malicious activity than others. Random coronavirus themed websites may be malicious, only use legit resources like cdc.gov, and who.int, not “coronaavirusescured.info” or any other suspicious sites. Here are a few legit sites where you can safely get information:https://medlineplus.gov/coronavirusinfections.htmlhttps://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-issues/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.htmlhttps://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirusWere you planning on attending a conference? You might start to see emails soon telling you that the conference was canceled due to coronavirus fears. These may be legit, but if I were a “bad guy” I’d view this as another opportunity to craft coronavirus-themed phishing emails. As a precaution, you may want to avoid clicking on any links appearing to be from conferences or other organizations; navigate directly to their website to verify the communication is real.Think these emails aren’t a big deal?  Victims in the United Kingdom have lost more than 800,000 pounds ($1 million) to coronavirus-linked email scams since last month. Many of these involved scams over face masks; one victim paid 15,000 pounds for face masks that never came. We can only expect to see more of these scams as the virus spreads.Other things to watch out for include price gouging. Just a few weeks ago, we could get hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and other items that are now sold out pretty much everywhere. No worries though, you can buy a gallon of Purell on Amazon for just $100. Third-party sellers like Amazon have been under fire for price gouging on these and other hot items (paper towels! Wipes! TP!). The company has been working on removing the price gouging items and has stated they are against this practice.Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are trying to weed out the coronavirus misinformation, but there’s still a lot of it. If you see any juicy, wild conspiracy theories, or misleading advice, don’t share it; report it so that it can be deleted. Facebook just announced that they would provide “educational pop-ups with credible information” when users search for information related to the virus on Facebook. Google also is partnering with WHO to pin “news, safety tips, information, and resources from the WHO website” at the top of its search page when users search for coronavirus-related information.There’s enough to worry about with the coronavirus, be aware, and avoid falling for any of these coronavirus-themed scams. If something feels off, it probably is!Editor’s note: Becky Rutherford works in information technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory.last_img read more