They sang “O Canada” in Pittsburgh for the hockey game last night. The Philadelphia Flyers faced the Penguins and they did both anthems and Penguin fans sang “O Canada.” Is it nationalism when another nation is involved? So, yeah, I watched Lyndon Slewidge sing it once more.
Here’s the video you really need to see. Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, now a Canadian hero, returned to his regular duties this morning.
It is possible that he is going to start a renaissance of emotional stoicism. He might also make it fashionable to carry a wicked mace.
Much more at the CBC.
Things to read … because I don’t have a mace to give you.
Time’s editors meet every morning at 9:45 to discuss stories for the upcoming day. After that meeting, Schweitzer, Ross, and Borchers gather to discuss the 15 or so stories they plan on promoting heavily and how they’ll use what Time calls its “external levers of distribution” — which range from its daily email newsletter and cross-promotions on other Time Inc. websites to working with the Time Inc. PR department and, of course, social media — to ensure that their stories are widely read and shared.
Of the three, Schweitzer is the longest tenured Time employee, having joined the company all the way back in August 2013, and their roles are emblematic of Time’s revamped digital strategy. Time had about 50 million unique visitors in both August and September, more than doubling the roughly 20 million it attracted the year before.
Their efforts go beyond social as well. The Ebola story discussed that morning, covering how some people are surviving the virus, was the top story in Time’s daily email the next morning. Called The Brief after the central feature of Time’s homepage, the email lists 12 things readers need to know each day, and it has an average open rate of around 40 percent. Time has more than 6 million likes and followers on both Twitter and Facebook, but Time assistant managing editor Sam Jacobs said the newsletter, which has about 650,000 subscribers, can drive significant traffic.
Terribly sad, Doctor in New York City Is Sick With Ebola:
A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with him.
The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center and placed in isolation at the same time as investigators sought to retrace every step he had taken over the past several days.
At least three people he had contact with in recent days have been placed in isolation. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which dispatched a team to New York, is conducting its own test to confirm the positive test on Thursday, which was performed by a city lab.
While officials have said they expected isolated cases of the disease to arrive in New York eventually, and had been preparing for this moment for months, the first case highlighted the challenges involved in containing the virus, especially in a crowded metropolis.
The next sentence discusses his subway trips. What a logistical challenge. Tomoorrow, I suppose, we’ll begin to talk about the media onslaught.
Where did everybody go? Construction labor shortage more severe in Southeast:
According to data released this week by the Associated General Contractors of America, 83 percent of firms that responded to a recent survey said they are having trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill open spots, and 61 percent are having trouble filling professional slots like project supervisors and engineers.
According to the survey, the Southeast has been hit the hardest by this shortage, where 86 percent of the contractors polled said they had a hard time filling positions with qualified workers.
You haven’t seen a lot of stories about booming construction sites, so did the workers and the professionals have moved on or moved out.
Maybe they’re mace shopping.