Dr James Weinstein named CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock

first_imgThe combined Boards of Trustees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock today announced the appointment of Dr. James Weinstein as Chief Executive Officer of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. This new position consolidates the leadership of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (MHMH) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic. Dr. Weinstein will also assume the presidency of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.The decision to combine the leadership of these institutions into one position follows a lengthy strategic review process by the Boards, and is designed to streamline the leadership structure and allow the organization to best meet the needs of the patients and communities it serves in today’s rapidly evolving health care environment.Dr. Weinstein will take on strategic and operational leadership of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, which includes New Hampshire’s academic medical center and a network of clinics across two states, serving a patient population of 1.4 million.‘The appointment of Jim Weinstein as a single leader for Dartmouth-Hitchcock is an important development for our organization,’ said Wayne Granquist, Chair of the combined boards of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. ‘His comprehensive understanding of health care practice, policy, finances, and operations is broad and deep. He is a visionary and proven leader who is recognized for his clinical and research expertise, as well as his commitment to a high-value, high-functioning health care system for our nation. Jim is the right person to lead the institution in these critical times and the Trustees are delighted that he has agreed to take on this new role.’‘I am honored to lead Dartmouth-Hitchcock at such a crucial time for our organization and for the patients and families who turn to Dartmouth-Hitchcock for their care,’ said Weinstein.  ‘The health care system is undergoing fundamental change at an unprecedented pace. Our challenge is to ensure that we provide the highest-quality care, while continually improving that care, and the health of the people and communities we serve. Dartmouth-Hitchcock has deeply committed and talented employees and I look forward to achieving our vision together.’Nancy Formella, MSN, RN, who has been President of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital since 2006, has been asked by the Boards of Trustees to serve as Executive Advisor to the Boards. In this role, she will continue her focus on maintaining and strengthening the mission- and vision-driven culture at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, especially in the face of the demands of today’s health care environment.As announced early this year, Dr. Thomas Colacchio will step down from his current position as President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and return to his practice as an oncological surgeon.  Dr. Colacchio had planned to return to full-time clinical practice at the end of his term in August 2012, but has been asked to do so on November 14 to ensure a smooth transition to this streamlined leadership structure.Dr. Weinstein is an internationally renowned spine surgeon and has been President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic since 2010. He created and was Chairman of the Departments of Orthopaedics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) from 2002 to 2010. He is a leader in the concept of ‘informed choice’ for patients, and in 1999 established the first-in-the-nation Center for Shared Decision Making at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. The Spine Center he developed at Dartmouth-Hitchcock has become an international model for patient-centered, integrated care. In 2007, he was named to succeed Dr. John Wennberg as Director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), home of the Dartmouth Atlas. In 2009, with Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim, he developed The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science. An elected Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, he is also a co-founder of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative. This partnership among Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare, Denver Health, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, TDI, and 10 recently admitted health systems, is working nationally to improve health care quality while lowering costs.Dr. Weinstein assumes the role of CEO on November 1.‘In the coming days, weeks and months, I’m going to be reaching out to employees throughout Dartmouth-Hitchcock to hear from all of our staff and physicians, including those on the front lines of the change that’s happening in health care,’ said Weinstein.  ‘I want to have an open dialogue about where we’re going as an organization, how we will continue to meet our mission, and how we will adapt to meet the changing needs of our patients and communities.’Board Chair Granquist said Formella’s expertise and experience will greatly aid the Boards. ‘As a Board of Trustees, we are extremely appreciative of the outstanding leadership that Ms. Formella has provided to D-H both as Senior Nurse Executive and as President of MHMH,’ said Granquist. ‘We are grateful that we will be able to continue to utilize her knowledge, experience and commitment to further Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s mission and vision.’In her role as an Executive Advisor to the Board, Ms. Formella will focus on strategies that continue the cultural transformation underway at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, including creating a work environment that fosters excellence and innovation as well as deepening the organizational integrity that is a requirement in this fast-changing health care scene.  She will also continue representing Dartmouth-Hitchcock externally, in her role as Chair of the Board of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, and in specific regional partnership endeavors. ‘We’ve been talking for some time about the challenges that face all of us in health care. But these challenges present us with a special opportunity,’ said Formella. ‘Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s vision is to lead the transformation of health care in our region and to set the standard for the nation. At a time of unprecedented change in our industry, we have the opportunity to shape the future of health care.’Board Chair Granquist also reiterated the organization’s appreciation for Dr. Colacchio’s service.‘Dr. Colacchio led Dartmouth-Hitchcock during transformative years for the organization, and he has contributed so much to Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s development and success over the years, both in clinical practice and in leadership roles,’ said Granquist.  ‘We wish him well as he returns to his true passion ‘ directly caring for patients ‘ and are grateful for his leadership and his contributions.‘Throughout its history, Dartmouth-Hitchcock has evolved to meet the changing needs of its patients,’ added Granquist. ‘We will continue to evolve, moving closer to our vision of the healthiest population possible and providing the best care for our patients, in the right place and at the right time.’Concurrent with his appointment as CEO, Dr. Weinstein will leave his position as Director of TDI. Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim and Weinstein will work together with Dartmouth Provost Carol Folt and a committee with representation from Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Dartmouth College, DMS, TDI, the Dartmouth Center for Healthcare Delivery Science, and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business to ensure the strong future of TDI and to build on the growing partnerships between the College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. In the interim, DMS Dean Chip Souba will be Acting Director of TDI. ABOUT DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK: Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a national leader in evidence-based and patient-centered health care. The system includes hundreds of physicians, specialists, and other providers who work together at different locations to meet the health care needs of patients in northern New England. In addition to primary care services at local community practices, Dartmouth-Hitchcock patients have access to specialists in almost every area of medicine, as well as world-class research at Dartmouth Medical School and centers of excellence including The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI). D-H 11.1.2011last_img read more

PIMCO launches insurance-linked securities business

first_imgAmer Ahmed, CEO of Allianz Re, added: “With PIMCO we have a partner with access to an investor base that can provide the capital for which Allianz can supply insurance risks, both traditional catastrophe exposure risks and over time other risk classes.” PIMCO has hired Rick Pagnani to lead the launch of the business. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the ILS market, according to Pimco, and was most recently CEO of Mt. Logan Re, where he launched the third-party ILS investment business of Everest Reinsurance.Many Swiss pension funds are familiar with the concept of ILS, having considered or invested in the asset class. Some have recently been trying to diversify away from it while others, like the CHF12.8bn (€11.3bn) Pensionskasse for the city of Basel-Stadt, was due to make its first foray in the market last year.Dutch and UK pension funds also allocate to the asset class. Last year the £3bn (€3.5bn) local authority scheme for North Yorkshire appointed an ILS manager to run an allocation of 3.3%-5% of total assets. PIMCO is to enter the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market, launching a business in partnership with its parent, Allianz.The fixed-income specialist said the insurance-linked market was a “strategically important asset class” for its broader alternatives platform. This had $34bn (€30bn) of assets under management at the end of September.It would work with Allianz to source global catastrophe risk in the form of collateralised reinsurance and other structured investments, but maintain independent underwriting and portfolio construction procedures, it added.Emmanuel Roman, PIMCO’s chief executive officer, said: “We are excited to enter the insurance-linked securities market at a time when volatility has become a mainstay of financial markets and clients want to diversify their investments.”last_img read more

NW Missouri State Fair races feature three IMCA divisions

first_imgBETHANY, Mo. – Three IMCA divisions headline Northwest Missouri State Fair Races at Bethany Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 1.  Heat winners in those divisions earn $25, with $50 paid to the hard chargers. Lap money is $5 with 20 laps scheduled for the Stocks and 18 for the SportMods. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and E3 Spark Plugs Missouri State points will be awarded.  IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $800 to win and a minimum of $80 to start, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods for $750 to win and a minimum of $70 to start. IMCA Modifieds vie for $1,200 to win and a minimum of $150 to start their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Modified heat winners earn $50 each. The hard charger in the feature will receive $100. Twenty-five laps in the feature will each pay $10 to the leader.  Bethany Speedway re-opened last year under the direction of Jon Boller Jr. and ran Modified, Stock Cars and Northern SportMods during regular race programs again in 2019. Racing starts at approximately 8 p.m.last_img read more

Senegal finish year top of Africa rankings, Uganda 1 up

first_imgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Senegal ended this year as the highest ranked African national team, edging Cup of Nations title-holders the Ivory Coast for top spot in the December listings released Thursday.Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ghana and Morocco complete the top 10 compiled by world governing body FIFA.All the countries bar Nigeria will be among the 16 challengers for the Cup of Nations title when Gabon stages the 2017 tournament between January 14 and February 5.Another four qualified teams — Mali, Cameroon, giantkillers Guinea-Bissau and Uganda — are among the top 20 ranked teams. Uganda, 73rd last month, move a place up to 72nd place in the world.Gabon-bound Togo and Zimbabwe and the host nation fall outside the elite, but should not be underestimated when the biennial African Cup kicks off in Libreville. A Senegal side packed with Europe-based professionals, including Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Keita Balde of Lazio, completed their Cup of Nations qualifiers with a perfect six-win record.But after a routine win over Cape Verde at the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, they fell 2-1 to South Africa, who scored from a penalty that should not have been awarded.Monthly African rankings released by FIFA Thursday (world ranking in brackets):1 Senegal (33), 2 Ivory Coast (34), 3 Tunisia (35), 4 Egypt (36), 5 Algeria (38), 6 Democratic Republic of Congo (48), 7 Burkina Faso (50), 8 Nigeria (51), 9 Ghana (53), 10 Morocco (57)11 Mali (60), 12 South Africa (60), 13 Cameroon (65), 14 Benin (66), 15 Guinea-Bissau (68), 16 Guinea (69), 17 Congo Brazzaville (70), 18 Uganda (72), 19 Cape Verde (80), 20 Libya (85)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

DNA request made in Cristiano Ronaldo rape case

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Mayorga’s attorney has said the model agreed to an out-of-court settlement to keep her name from going public, but was inspired to speak out by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.Her attorney could not immediately be reached for comment, but in the past said the agreement should be made null and void because it was made when she was suffering from extreme psychological duress.Ronaldo is widely considered one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game, having won the Champions League title five times — once with Manchester United and four times with Real Madrid.He also led Portugal to the Euro 2016 title in France.Juventus signed him last year from Real for 100 million euros ($115 million), the most ever paid for a player aged over 30.Ronaldo has long been marketed as a global face of football and his image has become a market mover. When the rape allegations first came to light, shares in Juventus dipped on the stock exchange.Forbes magazine says he is one of just three athletes to be given a lifelong contract by US sportswear manufacturer Nike along with NBA superstar LeBron James and retired basketball legend Michael Jordan. Los Angeles, United States | AFP | Las Vegas police have asked football star Cristiano Ronaldo to submit a DNA sample as part of their investigation into rape allegations made against him.The five-time world player of the year — who plays for Italian league champions Juventus — has vehemently denied the accusations, and his lawyer Peter Christiansen said the request was standard procedure.“Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation,” he said in a statement.The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said it had made an official request to Italian authorities, adding it is “taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence”.Former model Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, made the accusations against the now 33-year-old Ronaldo in a complaint filed last year in the state of Nevada.She claims after meeting the footballer at a Las Vegas nightclub, he raped her at his hotel suite on June 13, 2009 — just before he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for a then-world record 94 million euros ($108 million).Mayorga’s lawyers have said previously she immediately reported the alleged rape to the Las Vegas police and underwent a medical examination.A private mediation was organised with representatives of Ronaldo, Mayorga and their lawyers, where she alleges she was paid $375,000 to keep quiet.Ronaldo’s lawyers have said that the non-disclosure agreement signed with the former model was “by no means a confession of guilt”.center_img FILE PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldolast_img read more

ABL: Parks poised for back-to-back Local MVP awards

first_imgPhoto from ASEAN Basketball LeagueAfter a slow start in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League season, Bobby Ray Parks Jr. once again finds himself as the favorite to claim the Local Most Valuable Player award.The San Miguel Alab Pilipinas star averaged 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in his second year in the regional league, while also helping the Philippine side reach the Finals this season.ADVERTISEMENT Renaldo Balkman has built a strong case to be named as the World Import MVP after netting 23.0 points, 10.9 boards, 3.3 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.9 blocks, but he’s in for a tight race with Anthony Tucker of Chong Son Kung Fu and Marcus Elliott of Hong Kong Eastern also fighting for the plum.Balkman is also a candidate with teammate Justin Brownlee for the Defensive Player of the Year award, with Singapore Slingers’ Chris Charles also in the running.Meanwhile, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger of Hong Kong Eastern is in contention for the Heritage Import MVP award against Fil-Am Jason Brickman of Mono Vampire and Fil-Am Mikh McKinney of Chong Son Kung Fu.ADVERTISEMENT De Leon steps up even as Che’Lu-San Sebastian loses its leader LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Parks holds the edge over fellow candidates Lee Ki of Hong Kong Eastern and Delvin Goh of the Singapore Slingers for the plum, which is set to be awarded on Wednesday before Game 3 of the 2018 ABL Finals at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex.If the former NU Bulldog does claim the hardware, he will be the second local player to win the award in back-to-back years, following the footsteps of Singapore’s Wong Wei Long in the 2014 and 2015-16 seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLeo Avenido and Asi Taulava are the only other Filipinos who have previously won the Local MVP award, both of whom played for San Miguel Beermen.But Parks isn’t the only San Miguel Alab Pilipinas player who is in the running for the end of season awards. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMClast_img read more

Strolling down memory lane with ESPN

first_imgAnyway, it was fun traveling down memory lane with ESPN – Dwight Clark’s catch, Cal’s five-lateral play, Kirk Gibson’s homer, Cal Ripken’s iron-man bit, the Music City Miracle, etc. Stuart Scott even mixed in another “cool as the other side of the pillow” for the 30K show. We think it was the 30,000th time he’s blurted it. It was amusing about once. Now let’s get Grill-ing: We wanted to watch the Pro Bowl on Saturday, but never located it on our television in between chasing the 6-year-old son around. Although the Pro Bowl is pretty much a joke, it’s a good way to wean ourselves off of the NFL postseason. You have to wonder how many more Pro Bowls Peyton Manning will play in. He took his Super Bowl victory lap in Hawaii this year, but next year look for Manning to opt out and join Tom Brady at the AT&T in Pebble Beach and maybe for a few Irish Coffees at the Hogsbreath Inn afterward. … Glad to see the NFC’s Tony Romo didn’t flub any extra-point holds during Saturday’s game. … Headline in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Is Lefty ready to challenge Tiger’s dominance?” Uh, no. … The Grill toasts those seven San Gorgonio junior varsity basketball players who replaced the missing Spartan regulars on Friday night against Arroyo Valley and battled valiantly, if unsuccessfully. Seems like Wednesday against Murrieta Valley in the playoffs they’ll be doing it again. … The Grill also raises a glass to Redlands offensive lineman John Hughes, who has signed a Division II scholarship to Western Washington University and Silverado defensive lineman Joe Stevens, who has done the same to Portland State. … Said Redlands coach Jim Walker of Hughes: “I think Western Washington is getting a steal. He’s a throwback kind of kid who likes to get after it. He impressed a lot of guys on film. He’s sort of a tweener size, but people like him because of his heart and how hard he plays.” Speaking of signees, Redlands High School outfielder Matt Crigler has accepted a scholarship to Cal Baptist University in Riverside, Terriers coach Estevan Valencia said. … Calhisports.com has named Twentynine Palms’ Montreal Harris and Redlands East Valley’s Ronnie Fouch to its just-for-fun all-state football/basketball team. Harris made the second team and Fouch the third team. Harris, a star football wideout, averages 27 points per game in basketball. Fouch, the University of Washington-bound quarterback, is a 3-point ace for the Wildcats basketball team. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img We celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Monday at The Grill by watching ESPN SportsCenter’s 30,000th show. Back in 1979 we didn’t know what to make of ESPN, which seemed to struggle to fill its air time with things like Korean women’s volleyball. We didn’t think ESPN would last the year, much less 28 and counting. last_img read more

Qantas launches stunning premium economy seat

first_imgQantas has taken the lead in the premium economy stakes.Qantas has stepped to the fore in cabin innovation for the first time since it introduced Business Class in 1979 with a new premium economy seat that is industry leading.The new seat from another angleThe next generation Premium Economy seat,will be installed on the airlines fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners that are to be delivered from October.Put simply, the seat is more business class than economy and is quite possibly the optimum value in long-range travel.World’s safest airlines for 2017The new premium seat is crammed with features and places to put all the essentials for today’s air travelers.Wider and with more functional space overall, the new seat has a unique recline motion that provides a cradle type seat for sleeping. This feature also means that the seat is not as intrusive on the passenger behind when it is fully reclined.The Premium Economy seat is set in a 2-3-2 configuration with the typically unpopular middle seat 2 inches (5cm wider) and the seats have a 38 inch (96cm) seat pitch which is 7 inches (18cm) more than a typical economy configuration. Overall the Premium Economy seat is almost 10 per cent wider than the airline’s current seat and has increased recline.What will be a popular feature is an ergonomically designed headrest that can be fitted with a specially designed pillow and a reengineered footrest that significantly increases comfort when reclining.The footrest is clever and provides excellent support for the feet and back of the legs, while the seat’s arm rest, adjacent to the aisle, drops down for ease of access.The high-definition Panasonic in-flight entertainment seatback screens that are about 25 per cent larger than existing offerings.The seat has five individual storage compartments and two USB charging points per seat, as well as shared AC power and a personal LED light designed to minimize disturbance of other passengers.Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said that the Boeing 787 will be flying some of the world’s longest routes such as Perth to London and airline has focused on making each cabin the most comfortable in its class.“Our Business Suite has been dubbed ‘mini First Class’ by some of our Frequent Flyers and our Economy seat for the Dreamliner has features that some reserve for Premium Economy.“This new Premium Economy seat has serious wow factor. You have to experience how well it supports you when you recline to realise it’s completely different from anything else in its class.The Qantas Premium Economy seat is based on a prototype by Thompson Aero Seating and heavily customized by leading Australian industrial designer David Caon.“We’ve made sure this seat offers genuine comfort through design elements not seen before on aircraft. There are a number of new bespoke design elements that we hope will really set the benchmark for this class,” said Mr Caon.Qantas said that it will assess updating existing Premium Economy cabins on its A380 and 747s in-line with its fleet planning and product cycles. Qantas will have 26 premium economy seats on the 787.The first of eight Dreamliners will be delivered in October this year with Qantas’ first international 787 services will take flight in December between Melbourne and Los Angeles. Flights between Perth and London, which will directly link Australia and Europe for the first time, begin in March 2018.last_img read more

On-farm grain storage and handling operators needed to complete survey

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agricultural safety professionals with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University are seeking Ohio farmers to participate in a statewide survey regarding their on-farm grain bin storage facilities.It doesn’t matter if the bins are “owned” or “managed” by the producer; hazards exist on all types of bin systems regardless of ownership status, said Dee Jepsen, state safety leader for Ohio State University Extension.“This study is to help us better understand the types of grain storage facilities in the state in relation to the safety and health practices at those facilities,” she said. “The survey does not collect personal identifying information, making the answers anonymous.”Hazards associated with grain facilities can include out-of-condition grain, organic dust, grain entrapment, equipment entanglement, fire and explosion. These hazards are a contributing factor to the safety and health of the operator.“Understanding the types of bins, types of drying systems, target moisture content of the grain and personal protection factors will help us understand contributing safety hazards at the bin,” Jepsen said.The survey results will be used to develop training materials as well as design better engineering controls. The survey can be found at go.osu.edu/safetysurvey.The project is being conducted by the OSU Agricultural Safety and Health program and is funded by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.For additional questions about the study, contact Jepsen at 614-292-6008, [email protected], or graduate research assistant Yang Geng at [email protected] A safety-related incentive is offered to all survey participants for their time answering the questionnaire.last_img read more

How Twitter Predicted Romney’s VP Choice

first_imgTags:#politics#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Even as some of the men Mitt Romney considered as a running mate waited for a call from the presumtive Republican presidential candidate, Twitter had already predicted that Paul Ryan would be tapped for the ticket. Here’s how the tweet stream revealed Romney’s secret.TweetReach, a unit of Internet analytics firm Union Metrics, released data over the weekend suggesting that Twitter was already onto the Romney campaign as early as last Wednesday. The firm tracked what it calls Ryan’s “reach,” defined as total number of impressions, tweets about the candidate and the number of unique contributors.  After racking up numbers similar to other likely nominees for the preceding 30 days, Ryan’s reach surged as mainstream media outlets and other politically influential Twitter users began to bandy his name about more fervently.The analysis suggests that political campaigns operating in the age of social media may struggle to keep secrets that were once carefully orchestrated to coincide with news cycle.“There’s no question that Twitter rapidly spreads information. The difficult part is determining whether that information simply conveys the preferences of a vocal minority or contains actual knowledge leaked by insiders,” said Union Metrics Chief Executive Hayes Davis. “In cases where a group of insiders – like a VP selection process – aren’t likely to be drowned out by the vocal preferences of the crowd, Twitter can make it very hard to keep a secret.”In other words, Twitter may have helped make one of the best-kept secrets in this year’s election one of the worst-kept secrets in a matter of hours.Ryan, along with the other four men most often mentioned as likely Romney running mates (Rob Portman, Tim Pawlenty, Marco Rubio and Chris Christie), maintained fairly steady reach numbers throughout the summer, with the occasional spike when an article or broadcast news report mentioned them.That chaged Wednesday, when Ryan’s reach surged by 65%, eventually peaking with mentions on 84.3 million unique Twitter accounts on Saturday, the day the announcement was officially made. Ryan had reportedly been informed of Romney’s decision one week earlier, on August 1, but the campaign remained mum until the official announcement on Saturday. dave copeland 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market “The reason this is interesting is because…more – and different – people started talking about him [on Wednesday],” Jenn Deering Davis said in an email. “This leads us to think that on Wednesday the word finally started trickling out from those in the know. Romney and Ryan themselves had known the decision for a week by then, and as rumors became more rampant and serious, the political media started hypothesizing.”Tweets from the Wall Street Journal, The Nation, MSNBC, Politico and The New Yorker – all of which have been covering the election and all of which have large lists of influential Twitter followers – gave Ryan’s name enormous reach on Twitter in the days leading up to the official announcement. Davis said there were only 3,000 unique tweets mentioning Ryan, which would normally translate into reach of about 3 million. In the days between Wednesday and Saturday, however, those 3,000 tweets resulted in a reach of 6 million for the Wisconsin Representative by the time the announcement was made official on Saturday.Davis said the charts show more about how Twitter can spot leaks and less about its predictive ability, or its ability to influence decision makers.“Paul Ryan was not chosen because he was the most popular candidate on Twitter (he wasn’t). We already know Twitter isn’t very good at predicting that kind of thing – just look at the GOP presidential selection or the recent Mexican presidential election, where the most popular candidates on Twitter were not the ones who won,” Davis said. “This is not a case of a public decision made by popular opinion. Instead, this is a case of a decision made behind closed doors by experts who were in the know, and the truth slowly but definitively leaked out through the tweets.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more