Airbnb costs New York City renters $178M a year: study

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink A study found that NYC renters lose $178M per year due to long-term rentals being reallocated to the short-term market (Getty; Pixabay)Tech founders have long proclaimed that their products or services will change the world — to the point where it’s become a cliche — and Airbnb’s founding team is no exception.“What we’re doing with Airbnb feels like the nexus of everything that is right,” Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia once said. “We’re helping people be more resourceful with the space they already have, and we’re connecting people around the world.”But that resourcefulness has also impacted permanent residents in Airbnb markets — and not necessarily positively.Studies have examined the impact of Airbnb on rent prices in New York City, finding that the short-term rental service pushes up rents. But Sophie Calder-Wang, an assistant professor at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, took things a step further in a new study, which looks at the differential impact of Airbnb on renters by race, income, education or location.ADVERTISEMENTCalder-Wang combined data on 2018 Airbnb listings scraped by AirDNA with demographic data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to assess the impact of reallocation of units from the long-term market to the short-term rental market. In Calder-Wang’s study, a unit is considered “reallocated” if it has been marked as available on Airbnb for at least 180 days in a year.The analysis found that New York City renters suffer a net loss of $178 million per year from rent increases, which stem from units being taken off the long-term rental market and listed on the short-term market.Those losses aren’t concentrated among New York’s most vulnerable residents: Renters that are white, highly educated and high-earners lose more money, according to the study.Source: Sophie Calder-WangWhile the median loss due to unit reallocation for all New York City renters is $125 per year, the median loss for white renters is $152 per year. Median losses are also higher for those with a college degree, those whose incomes fall in the top 20 percent of earners and those who live in single-person households.The location and size of units occupied by those renters is key: White renters with college degrees with high incomes tend to live in desirable neighborhoods.In Greenpoint and Williamsburg, for example, Airbnb listings made up nearly 10 percent of all housing units. The population in those neighborhoods is 61 percent white and has a median household income of $99,000, according to the 2019 American Community Survey data. The population of New York City is only 32 percent white and has a median household income of $69,407.Calder-Wang also found that single-person households tend to suffer bigger losses, likely because Airbnb penetration is highest citywide for one-bedrooms.Renters aren’t likely to make up the difference by putting their homes on Airbnb: New York City renters gain only $23 million per year via hosting, and those gains are highest among small, high-income households who live in expensive and desirable neighborhoods. The median gain for renters in the top 20 percent of earners is $5; that same figure is only $.01 for the renters in the bottom 20 percent of earners, the study found.On its face, the study shows that Airbnb doesn’t worsen inequality among renters, because the most financially secure renters suffer the biggest losses. But Calder-Wang cautions against this conclusion, since those losses constitute a significant transfer of wealth over to property owners, who on average tend to be wealthier.“In the presence of severe housing market supply restrictions, the welfare transfer from renters to owners becomes substantial,” she writes. “In a city where the majority of the residents are renters, unregulated Airbnb will likely hurt the median person.”Calder-Wang also notes that the severe housing shortage in New York City is partly to blame for this dynamic.“The entry of Airbnb provides a channel for the existing space to be used by the highest value bidder, but the total quantity restriction raises rents for everyone,” Calder-Wang writes. “Therefore, a reasonable alternative regulatory approach is to allow housing supply to expand more easily.” Share via Shortlinkcenter_img TagsAirbnbResidential Real EstateTRD Insightslast_img read more

38 reasons why 2019 was not all bad

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Register now. 38 reasons why 2019 was not all badFrom charitable acts to crank-powered consoles, we round-up the best things to happen in the games industry over the past 12 monthsJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 19th December 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareIt’s true that 2019 has been a rough year for many reasons.Rebekah did a superb (if depressing) round-up of those reasons, but as the year draws to an end, it’s important to also reflect on the positives — whether that’s our favourite games of the year, the growth of the global games market, or some of the wonderful companies and individuals driving us forward.And, lest we forget, we work in an industry dedicated to video games, an immersive form of entertainment specifically designed to elicit joy or exhilaration from its audience.Through this lens, there has been plenty happening in 2019 to be happy about, and we thought we’d round off the year with a collection of all the very best examples.So, in no particular order…1. “You’re breathtaking”Let’s start with the obvious, right? Keanu Reeves’ surprise appearance at E3 2019 won the hearts of gamers everywhere, thanks to two simple words.2. Swery and Suda51 get so drunk they can’t remember the game they designedTwo notable Japanese games developers finally collaborating together is already newsworthy. The fact that whenever they have met up so far, copious amounts of alcohol have prevented them from remembering their ideas and decisions (resulting in them essentially brainstorming live on stage) was an added delight. Oh, and the publisher said to be bringing this project to market has no knowledge of any such agreement. Not the biggest story of the year, but it’s one that just keeps on giving. 3. Nintendo gets the obvious Bowser joke out of the wayAfter Nintendo of America’s popular president Reggies Fils-Aime retired, the wonderfully named Doug Bowser took his place. Bowser got his most public outing to date in Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct and the platform holder couldn’t resist the opportunity for another riff off his name.4. Early payout for Psychonauts 2 investors after Microsoft acquisitionMicrosoft’s slew of studio acquisitions continued in 2019 with the shock purchase of Tim Schafer’s studio Double Fine. The Psychonauts 2 developer is now part of the Xbox family of game studios — and this turned out to be good news for investors in the upcoming adventure. Because Microsoft also spent $1 million on Fig’s publishing rights for Psychonauts 2, every $500 share people had taken in the game saw a 139% return. Fig also said it will be paying out a dividend of 85% rather than the previously listed 70%. Not a bad result for those Psychonauts fans.5. Untitled Goose Game gets a shoutout at a Blink-182 concertThe mischief-based goose ’em up reached a level of mainstream attention that few indie games achieve when Blink-182 vocalist and bassist Mark Hoppus shared his love of the game on stage.House House’s title got a less organic mainstream crossover recently at The Game Awards where it became the centre of a skit with fuzzy entertainment icons, The Muppets.6. Star Control legal dispute finally resolved… through beekeepingIt’s true. The long-running battle between Star Control publisher Stardock and two of the series’ creators was not only settled over a mutual love of keeping bees but the pastime was also written into the legal agreement. Having previously gone to great lengths to block each other’s games, the two parties eventually arranged to share technology, expertise, and honey. Bee-autiful.7. A new Half-Life was finally announcedNo, it’s not Half-Life 3. Obviously. But, as we’re sure you’ll agree after watching the trailer below, Half-Life: Alyx is certainly looking impressive and the closest thing to a ‘killer app’ that virtual reality has had to date. The game is being developed with the help of former Campo Santo developers.8. Shenmue III finally existsBrendan dedicated an entire People of the Year article coming to terms with the sheer wonder of this. After 18 years, Ryo’s story finally continued and held true to the gameplay and structure that made the originals so iconic. Designer Yu Suzuki has even started talking about a Shenmue 4 — hopefully it won’t take another two decades before such a dream becomes reality.9. Rami Ismail’s game-a-day Meditations collectionWhile most games focus on generating competition, adrenaline, tension and other less-than-relaxing feelings, Vlambeer co-founder Rami Ismail kicked off a project in January to provide a whole year of calmer gaming experiences. Meditations was a free downloadable launcher for PC and Mac which offered one game per day. Each title is designed to take no more than five minutes to play and has no text, ranging from minimalist puzzlers to games exploring personal and sensitive topics. Ismail worked with more than 350 developers, with a full list due to be published on December 31. The next day, the collection kicks off again for anyone who missed it this year.10. Berlin hosts exhibition on LGBTQ gaming historyBack in January, the German city’s Schwules Museum explored the queer history of the games industry in an exhibition that featured art, merchandise, video interviews and playable games spanning 30 years. The event was co-curated by Dr Adrienne Shaw, who also founded the LGBTQ Video Game Archive website back in 2016, and was designed to show that, while we’re seeing more and more titles explore different lifestyles through the medium, “this kind of content has always been in games.”11. Launch of Gayming MagazineHaving first been introduced to the public during the London Games Festival in April, onling games publication Gayming Magazine finally launched on June 1, creating an LGBTQ+-focused destination for video games content. Since then the site has been giving voice to a diverse roster of writers, and even run a week of live events in London. 12. Formation of the Playing for the Planet AllianceThe games industry can be a competitive one, so it’s always wonderful to see so many rival firms united — especially around a topic as important as the future of this planet. An initial 21 companies announced they were working with the United Nations as part of the new Playing for the Planet Alliance, using their resources and reach to hundreds of millions of gamers to help raise awareness of the climate change crisis. Each company also made their own pledges to reduce the impact of climate change in their own way, whether it was Xbox’s promise of carbon neutral consoles, Sony’s low-power suspend mode for PS5, or Football Manager director Miles Jacobson’s call for everyone to ditch plastic packaging. 13. Frontier Developments’ support for a terminal Elite Dangerous fanIf you missed this wonderful account of how the Cambridge-based studio rallied to make 15-year-old Michael Holyland’s final week more tolerable, do so now. What began as bags of signed merchandise, well-wishing tweets and visits from the developers escalated into the production of a full novel and audiobook set in the world of Elite Dangerous — with Michael as the star. It’s a beautiful example of game makers taking the time to support dedicated fans in their time of need.14. Best Places To Work Awards UK winners20 different companies scored highly enough with their own employees to pick up a badge at this year’s awards, plus there were eight special awards for particularly outstanding developers, covering workplace aspects such as health and wellbeing, corporate social responsibility and best boss. We also had a great turnout for the new conference element of the event, where experts from the industry discussed the key factors behind a supportive workplace, including accessibility and diversity.15. GI 100 Women In GamesOur third annual GamesIndustry.biz 100 was dedicated to celebrating some of the most influential women in the UK games industry. We say ‘some’ because while there was only room for 100 in the list, there were more than 450 nominated. Over 600 people attended our winners’ event alongside EGX Rezzed in April, which enabled this wonderful group shot.16. First female player in NBA 2K LeagueAs esports continues to grow, some of the biggest players are finally starting to diversify their player rosters. Notably, 2K Games and the National Basketball Association welcomed Chiquita Evans as the first female player in the NBA 2K League — a drafting that prompted the room to erupt with cheering. We spoke to Evans about her achievement earlier this year.17. First woman to win a Hearthstone tournamentNo amount of protests and internet boycotts could drown out the victory of Xiaomeng ‘Liooon’ Li at this year’s Blizzcon as she stormed the Hearthstone GrandMasters. Li thrashed her opponent by three-nil during the global finals, earning her the grand prize of $200,000 and a place in history as the first woman to win any major competition at Blizzcon. Speaking on stage, she said, “I want to say for all the girls out there who have a dream for esports competition, for glory, if you want to do it and you believe in yourself, you should just forget your gender and go for it.”18. Work begins on Universal Studios Japan’s Nintendo landA lot of exciting things will happen in Tokyo next year, what with the Olympics and everything. But can we all admit the thing that really had us looking up affordable flights and accommodation was the first tantalising glimpse of these Mario-style hills?19. Detective Pikachu wasn’t rubbishVideo game movie adaptations don’t have the best track record (or a particularly promising future), but thankfully there are exceptions and this year’s came in the oddly-realistic-yet-fitting form of Pikachu. Detective Pikachu, specifically, voiced by Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds and based off a 3DS spin-off series that remains unresolved (until the Switch sequel arrives). The movie took $161 million globally in its opening weekend, with subsequent showings driving this to $436 million — the highest-ever for a film based on a video game. And, as a lot of people keep telling me, it’s brilliant and you should go watch it. Now. 20. A hand crank-powered games handheld was announcedThis industry is so wonderfully weird. While Microsoft and PlayStation are talking about solid state drives and Google is pushing streaming as the future of gaming, Firewatch publisher Panic is making a Game Boy-esque console that you need to literally wind up to play some of its games. The Playdate has been in development for four years and is due to ship in ‘Early 2020’. And doesn’t it look glorious?21. Humble Bundle passed $150m raised for charityThe pay-what-you-want bundles have been doing the rounds since 2010, and as of this summer have raised more than $150 million for various charities around the world. Even though the founders have left, the company continues to press on with its altruistic mission.22. YouTuber aims to raise $500 for trans charity, passes $340,000Charity livestreams are an increasingly common occurrence, but this one was particularly special. In the wake of an attack against Mermaids, a British charity that aims to raise awareness and support around gender nonconformity in young people, YouTuber Henry ‘H.Bomberguy’ Brewis decided to do a livestream marathon as he tried to complete Donkey Kong 64. The aim was to raise $500, but support came flooding in as he was joined on the stream by famous industry faces such as the game’s composer Grant Kirkhope and Doom developer John Romero. He even had US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the broadcast, as well as a host of journalists and streamers. By the time he finished the game, which took just under 60 hours, he had raised $340,000. Incredible.23. Fortnite World Cup winner takes home more than Wimbledon champions2019 saw the first (of no doubt many) Fortnite World Cup, which saw US player Kyle Giersdorf take home a prize of $3 million — a little more than had been awarded to the winner of the recent men’s competition at Wimbledon. Fun facts: the chap who came in second was from the UK, took home $2.25 million, and his mum once threw away his Xbox to make him concentrate more on his schoolwork.24. Apex Legends updates less to protect developersThe surprise launch of Apex Legends was undoubtedly one of 2019’s big success stories, but Respawn’s attitude to updating the game was also worth noting. The same day that a report on crunch conditions at Fortnite developer Epic Games emerged, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella explained that Apex Legends would have less frequent updates in order to maintain a decent quality of life for its developers. Despite the game’s initial success and calls from fans for weekly updates, Zampella stressed that, “We don’t want to overwork the team, and drop the quality of the assets we’re putting out. We want to try and raise that.”25. Alan Wake 2?Now, there’s nothing official but it’s hard for fans of Remedy’s ghost-fighting author not to get excited by the news that the studio has reclaimed publishing rights to Alan Wake. The IP was previously owned by Microsoft, but Remedy has been branching out and targeting multi-format releases, starting with this year’s seminal Control. An Alan Wake was in the works, but never got off the ground. Time to dust off that design doc, perhaps?26. Skatebird hits Kickstarter goal in one day during E3It’s hard enough to make your voice heard during E3 without asking people to donate cash as well. Yet Glass Bottom Games managed to pull off a successful Kickstarter campaign during the busiest week of the gaming calendar, not only reaching its target of $20,000 but doing so within 24 hours. To quote studio boss Megan Fox: “[incoherent birb screaming] [AAAAA]”27. No smoking in Gears 5Video games feature many of life’s vices: drugs, gambling, alcohol, rummaging through bins. But Gears of War developer The Coalition decided to take a stance against one in particular — smoking. Partnering with non-profit Truth Initiative, the studio announced Gears 5 would not feature smoking or tobacco use of any kind. Sure, it would still involve chainsawing aliens in half, but at least the COG soldiers doing it would have healthy lungs. 28. Watch Dogs Legion’s killer grannyUbisoft’s next outing for the ‘go anywhere, hack anything’ action series is already one of the most anticipated releases of 2020. Some might say it’s the bold promise that every NPC can potentially become a playable character as you attempt to recruit Londoners in your revolution against a drone-controlled state. But, let’s be honest, we all just want to see if ruthless pensioner Helen proves to be as kick-ass as she appeared during the E3 demo.29. There was a Colonel Sanders dating gameBecause why not?30. The global games market value roseAccording to Newzoo (as seen in our lovely annual Year In Numbers infographic), video games are on course to generate $148.4 billion in 2019, up 7.2% year-on-year.31. Ask Ketchum FINALLY won the Pokémon LeagueIt’s a testament to the value of perseverance, to that ‘try, try again’ attitude, to the belief that dreams really can come true. After more than 20 years, 22 series and an unnecessary number of spin-off movies, Ash Ketchum finally won the official Pokémon League in the popular anime series. Fans around the world rejoiced, as did his younger self.32. We didn’t lose Annapurna InteractiveA fair number of the GamesIndustry.biz team are big fans of the games published by Annapurna Interactive — hence the company’s place among our 2018 selections for People of the Year. So we were a tad concerned when parent Annapurna Pictures was potentially facing bankruptcy. Fortunately, less than one month later, further reports emerged that the Hollywood firm had resolved more than $200 million in debt, stabilising the future of the ambitious games publisher. Now here’s hoping for an early 2020 release date for 12 Minutes.33. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2It took six years for the first one to arrive, so many Zelda fans had assumed the chances of another epic outing to Hyrule appearing during the same generation were minimal. Even another announcement would be years away. But we were wrong. So gloriously wrong.34. Xbox Adaptive Controller used to rehabilitate US veteransBuilding on its work with the Adaptive Controller, Microsoft this year teamed up with the US Department of Veteran Affairs to explore the medical benefits of the device. The controller has been rolled out to 22 veteran rehabilitation centres, some of which will be hosting weekly sessions for outpatients. There is even talk of esports events at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in July 2020.35. Microsoft and Dontnod announce game with a transgender protagonistWhile there are plenty of examples in the indie space, Dontnod’s Tell Me Why is the highest profile project to feature a transgender character as one of its leads. Announced at X019 in London, the episodic game will be released next summer and has been developed in partnership with GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Association Against Defamation. We spoke to Dontnod and Microsoft about this promising title last month. 36. Former AAA devs form a studio that aims to diversify the industryOn a similar note, new developer Brass Lion Entertainment announced its mission to create games that “center on Black and Brown characters, cultures, and stories.” Aiming to add some much-needed diversity to video games, the studio is led by Manveer Heir, Bryna Dabby Smith and Rashad Redic. The trio’s first game is Corner Wolves, which will follow Afro-Latina proganoist Jacinte through a murder mystery in ’90s Harlem.37. A new BioShock was finally announcedWhile series creator Ken Levine is off doing… whatever it is he’s doing, 2K Games has opened a brand new studio, Cloud Chamber, to bring back the acclaimed first-person shooter franchise. The game will be in development “for the next several years” but at least we’re finally one step closer to something that follows up on BioShock Infinite’s series-expanding ending.38. Two next-generation consoles announcedAnd on top of all that, we got the first taste of the next generation. Sony got the ball rolling with an oddly low-key announce, dropping details into an exclusive Wired article and stubbornly refusing to call its next console PlayStation 5 (until it finally started calling it PlayStation 5). Meanwhile, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox Series X — likely just one of the new consoles the platform holder is working on — at The Game Awards earlier this month. Both platform holders are talking up the importance of streaming, backwards compatibility and minimal load times. With the two consoles due on shelves by next Christmas, 2020 is already shaping up to be a busy year.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair An hour agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 5 hours agoLatest comments (1)Rick Raymo Founder & CEO, Self-EmplyedA year ago Just.Thank you.Stellar list work.This particular instantiation of a human appreciates your efforts.Query? LuigiLand?last_img read more

Man plummets to his death after falling from branch on cliff while posing for picture

first_imgOregon State PoliceBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News (NEW YORK) — A man has plummeted to his death after climbing a tree to pose for a picture before falling off of a cliff and into the ocean.The incident occurred on Sept. 27 at approximately 1:48 p.m. when Oregon State Police Troopers received a call from the Devil’s Cauldron Trail in Oswald West State Park located in Tillamook County, Oregon, over reports that a man had fallen from a cliff into the Pacific Ocean.According to authorities, Steven Gastelum, 43, of Seaside, Oregon, was walking with a friend down the Devil’s Cauldron trail before stopping to take a picture at a cliff side viewpoint.Gastelum then reportedly climbed a tree on the cliff’s edge so that he could pose for a picture when the limb on the tree snapped causing him to plummet from the cliff approximately 100 feet into the ocean below.“U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and Nehalem Bay Fire Department jet skis assisted in locating Gastelum and bringing him to shore,” said the Oregon State Police in a statement released to the media.After authorities located the victim, Gastelum was then transported to Tillamook Regional Care Center by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.This is also not the first death that has occurred on the Devil’s Cauldron Trail in Oswald West State Park.In September 2017, Joe Lescene, 51, had been hiking with his wife in Oswald West State Park when it was reported that the Canadian man and father of two lost his footing on the bluff overlooking Devil’s Cauldron and fell more than 800 feet into the ocean below, according to a CBC report. His body was never found.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Senior Research Assistant

first_imgJob PurposeOur laboratory develops and performs cell therapy trials forpatients with malignancies and virus-associated diseases. Thesuccessful candidate would have experience in a laboratory thatdevelops and analyzes cellular immunotherapies. Will performimmunoassays on blood from patient on clinical trials and developand optimize the production of cell therapy products. With minimaltraining, should be able to work independently.Job DutiesConduct immunoassays on blood from patients or healthydonors.Culture virus specific T-cells, along with other cells andconducting assays, such as ELISpots, cytotoxicity assays, and flowcytometry along with the analysis of the data obtained from theseassays.Attend group meeting, assisting with making buffers, restockingsupplies in the lab, and helping to maintain the overallfunctioning of the lab.Work with a large and diverse group of individuals and to be ateam player, i.e., be willing to assist others with theirexperiments and eventually be called upon to train new members inthe lab. Preferred QualificationsMaster’s degree in a related field is preferred.Bachelor of Science with 2-3 years of experience. Ideally,experience in cell culture work in an immunotherapy lab. Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.6389CA; CHcenter_img Minimum QualificationsBachelor’s degree in a Basic Science or related field.Four years of relevant experience is required.last_img read more

Swans orders 10 Irizar i6 integral coaches for 2015

first_imgManchester-based Swans Travel has announced a repeat order with Irizar UK, for 10 new vehicles in 2015.The 2.5m investment will be delivered between March and September.Says MD Kieran Swindells: “With the positive experience of the five coaches bought in 2014, we are pleased to return to Irizar UK for another 10 integral i6 coaches.“2014 was an exceptional year, which gave us the confidence to make such a significant investment. 2015 is already on target for being even better.”The order comprises two tri-axle VIP Class i6s, with 40 leather seats, eight tables, centre kitchen, Sky TV, four screens, Wi-Fi and washroom.Two are two 55-seat Executive Class specification wheelchair-accessible coaches. The other six are Executive Class with 55 half-leather PB seats.last_img

Choking cities can breathe again

first_imgPeople react differently in different parts of the city. Those living in areas that are well served by public transport are happier about changing their behaviour. “We are trying to learn now the best method to reach people in different parts of the city,” she says.Sundell’s team is working with businesses to cut down the amount of distribution vehicles into heavily populated areas, a task Sundell admits is difficult because of the importance of the harbour as an entry point to Scandinavia. “We have a lot of through traffic from all Sweden coming here and we have to have a discussion about it,” she says.The city also wants to talk to its citizens about their everyday transport choices. It has set up a mobility centre to help people find an individual solution that works for them. A bicycle campaign teaches immigrant women to ride a bike while another programme encourages businesses to think about how their workers commute. Sundell says Gothenburg is both a pupil and a teacher. “We have learnt a lot from our colleagues in [Denmark] on cycling. We are not the best for cycling, yet.”Other cities’ officials have come to Sweden to investigate efforts to get commuters to change the habits of a lifetime. “We have a lot of contacts. We get ideas from other cities and they get them from us,” she says.S al’a cannot claim to be one of Slovakia’s greenest urban centres. The small industrial town is home to a massive chemical and fertiliser firm and boasts higher incidences of cancer than other parts of the country. But S al’a’s poor record with air pollution has forced it to become an environmental pioneer. The town is one of two Slovakian members of the environmental city network, Climate Alliance, and has pioneered an energy-saving measure that has cut heating bills by up to 60%. “We have several schools which are not very old where the energy loss is significant because the windows are not very good,” says Eliska Vargova, marketing officer for the S al’a town authority. An environmental audit showed that the buildings – which date from the 1980s – were able to cut energy costs by nearly two-thirds when the windows were replaced and the roof was properly insulated. “We were very surprised,” she says. A programme targeting public buildings, many of them constructed originally very quickly with poor materials, has followed.The town has benefited from its links with Germany. S al’a works closely with the Rhineland city of Offenbach-am-Main, its “climate partner” in the Climate Alliance. Environmental officials meet up and exchange emails to swap experience. “We are a link between Eastern and Western Europe,” says Vargova. S al’a’s enthusiasm for green issues extends to recycling its garbage. A project for separating communal rubbish has been picked up by local schools and is now in its third year. The amount people collect has quadrupled every year. “A very good result,” says Vargova.The area’s natural springs have encouraged the town to explore alternative forms of heating although it is still looking for the funds to run a pilot project to tap the Earth’s deep heat. Above ground, S al’a is fighting plans to site a toxic waste incineration plant in the [email protected] EU policy is designed to aid cities to meet air quality standards and cut greenhouse gas emissions with a framework that tackles issues such as transport and waste. The ultimate decisions on how each city goes green are left to the local level but municipal officials are increasingly making contact with colleagues across Europe to learn how they deal with issues such as heavy goods lorries or heating costs.The Swedish harbour city of Gothenburg is at the forefront of European transport initiatives. Since 1998, the city has pushed for cleaner cars, trying to encourage drivers to abandon petrol for clean-fuel vehicles run on fuels like ethanol. A big sign in the city measures car exhausts as they pass by, flashing them a green or red light depending on how environmentally friendly their car exhaust fumes are. Gothenburg rewards clean vehicles by letting them into the central environmental zone, in effect asking businesses to use cleaner engines to haul their goods into town. Five thousand cars now benefit from free parking in the city which saves drivers and companies “a lot of money”, according to Lisa Sundell, the head of unit for mobility management at the Gothenburg traffic and public transport authority. Changing people’s behaviour means a massive public campaign to convince people to think green. Sundell says the city has used direct marketing to target 140,000 households. “We have got climate change money from the national government to call all these households and try to inform them of how important it is to change behaviour,” she says.last_img read more

Around-the-Clock Care

first_imgThe technology itself comes via a monitor that_s placed in a patient_s home. The home-health agency rents it from Acadian because the units are very costly, says Bryant, and a lot of agencies can_t afford them. Ë™By absorbing that cost and assisting them, many more agencies can be in tele-health,Ó she says. Acadian Telehealth Monitoring, a subsidiary of Acadian Ambulance Service, has partnered with home-health agencies to provide in-home monitoring for patients with concerns of all shapes and sizes. Ë™The whole purpose of tele-health is to decrease re-hospitalization rates and emergent care visits,Ó says Faye Bryant, Telehealth nurse manager. Ë™We want to allow patients to heal at home.Ó”ž The patient uses the monitor to perform these tests on themselves. After the patient performs the tests, the monitor transmits the information to the server to be analyzed by Telehealth analysts, says Bryant. Depending on the results and acceptable high or low levels for a patient, a response is enacted. This could range from a call to the patient to have them retest the vital sign or to the home-health agency to inform them of the patient_s status. Ë™Ultimately if it_s found to be a true, critical alert, our responsibility is to contact the agency so they can assess the patient and go from there,Ó says Bryant. The model Acadian has developed began with a positive relationship with home-health agencies that were asking about such a service. After about a year of research, Acadian decided on the Viterion TeleHealthcare LLC Web-based technology for its project. Analysts, including Doucet and Wade Bias, read patient data 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week to ensure minimal visits to the emergency department (ED). Lynn Glazebrook, the performance improvement coordinator, follows up with the home-health agencies and examines developing trends. Just about a year into the program, concrete data isn_t yet available, but the results thus far are encouraging.”žË™What we_re hearing now is the instant satisfaction they_re getting,Ó says Bryant. Ë™Agencies are catching the small things sooner, and treating patients at home.Ó One”žof the largest privately owned ambulance agencies in the country is making strides to become the largest tele-health provider as well. In the age of digital technology and wireless communications, the ability to transmit vital information across the miles is being implemented on the patient side of health care.”ž The program went live in January and the response has been positive, says Levan Doucet, a paramedic and Telehealth analyst for Acadian. He likens this program to walking into a nursing home with a blood pressure cuff. Ë™At first people don_t want to have their blood pressure checked, but after a few do, others stand in line,Ó he says. Ë™Everyone wants reassurance that they_re OK.Ó The agency determines which of its patients have a need for in-home monitoring of data, such as blood pressure, blood glucose, body weight, blood oxygen, pain levels and temperature. Home-health representatives, in correspondence with the patient_s doctor, decide which tests are appropriate and individual parameters deemed satisfactory. This program allows patients to have a Ë™big brotherÓ watching out for them, keeping them in their homes and also in communication with people who care. Ë™They like to talk with us,Ó says Doucet. Ë™A lot of times we_re the only communication they_ve had with an individual in quite some time.Ólast_img read more

Ascending to New Heights, High School CPR and a Home Run Save

first_imgA young boy from Chandler, Ariz., is going from baseball player to local hero after saving his coach’s life. The two were alone running drills on a spring afternoon when 26-year-old Isaac Wenrich collapsed after having a massive heart attack. Thirteen-year-old Nathan Boyer said at first he thought his coach was joking, but when Boyer kept asking Wenrich if he was okay, he got no answer. Boyer grabbed his coach’s cell phone and dialed 9-1-1, alerting first responders to the situation. He hung up-and it was in that moment that some of Boyer’s Boy Scout training came to the forefront of his memory. He began chest compressions, and continued to administer CPR for four minutes until medics arrived. Wenrich and his appreciative family members agree that if it weren’t for Boyd’s quick action, he wouldn’t be alive. We give a thumbs up to the Spokane Fire Department for donating their time to a truly priceless cause and to the local rock climbing gym Wild Walls for lending their space for such an awesome event. Of course, we also give a big thumbs up to the Courageous Kids Climbing group for organizing and developing an impactful program. At the end of the fun, long day of climbing, the firefighters gave everyone a tour of their rig. We give a thumbs up to Boyd for keeping a cool head in the middle of a scary situation, and for successfully saving his coach’s life. Rock climbing is just one of the many activities children with developmental disabilities will most likely never get to experience. But thanks to one organization, and some generous firefighters who gave their time, nine kids and young adults with special needs from Spokane, Wash., got the opportunity to trek up an indoor climbing wall. When high school junior Priya Pohani learned that 31 states require CPR training for high school students before graduation, she was disappointed to find it didn’t include her home state of Florida. This inspired her to make a change at her school. Pohani said that although she didn’t feel like she had the power to affect statewide legislation, she could make an impact on her campus. High School Heroes Out-of-the-Park Save Pohani created the Heart Health Awareness club at Eastside High School in Gainesville, Fla., at the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year. It was created to “spread awareness about the importance of heart health and CPR,” which was expertly demonstrated at one of the group’s first events. Pohani and the club organized a CPR training course one Saturday at the school’s gym, with portions of the admission price going toward the purchase of an AED for a nearby school. With the help of GatorCPR, a local CPR training organization, several students learned lifesaving techniques they may have never learned otherwise. Courageous Climbing We give a thumbs up to Pohani for taking direct action to benefit her community by creating the Heart Health Awareness club. We applaud the club for putting on such an important event, and we hope they continue their critical educational efforts. Courageous Kids Climbing is an Idaho-based organization of rock climbers who teach children with special needs how to climb at organized free events. When they recently came to Spokane, the local fire department’s special operations team wanted to lend a helping hand. Firefighters helped the kids ascend and descend the indoor rock faces, and brought special equipment and harnesses to help lift the participants so they could experience climbing.last_img read more

HEALTHY LIVING — How anger can have an impact on your health

first_imgIt seems like a lot of folks are worked up over life in general these days. They have a burr under their saddle and seem intent on staying that way. The outward effects of this are pretty obvious, but what all of this does to a person’s body has a tremendous bearing on their overall health.Emotions such as anger and hostility ramp up your “fight or flight” response. When that happens, stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, speed up your heart rate and breathing. You get a burst of energy. Your blood vessels tighten. Your blood pressure soars. If this happens often, it causes wear and tear on your artery walls. The physical and mental stress that anger produces can trigger a heart attack or any other condition related to this muscle.Being angry can cause what’s known as irritable bowel syndrome, which can lead to colitis or diarrhea. Stress, fear, tension and anger can all cause intestinal imbalances. Gastritis is one of the most common consequences of anger and the symptoms are well-known: acid reflux, pain, and a burning sensation in the stomach. Stomach acids inflame the mucus lining when you have multiple episodes of anger, so if you get angry very often, it may not only provoke gastritis but can also cause stomach ulcers.Itching, rashes, and pruritus have, among other things, anger as a main trigger. The same can be attributed to bouts of tension, stress, nervousness, anxiety and fear.Negative emotions will invariably impact your physical well-being, and anger is no different. Emotional factors are actually one of the most important contributing factors for all diseases, including cancer. Your emotions can actually trigger your genes to either express health or disease … and if you’re chronically angry or prone to uncontrolled outbursts you could be inadvertently sabotaging your health. We all experience anger and hatred at some point in our lives. It is natural to feel angry about something, as long as you know how to deal with your anger so that it doesn’t negatively affect your health and well-being. If you can learn to tackle your anger at its root and resolve your negative feelings without lashing out at yourself or others, you will already be one step further on the path to optimal health and happiness.“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”center_img Stay healthy, my friends.Jody Holton writes about health and wellntess for The Port Arthur News. She can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Alex Brightman on Beetlejuice Being a ‘Secret Society’ on Broadway, Perfecting His Ghostly Character & More

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 30:35Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -30:35 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. You’re going to want to say Alex Brightman’s name three times after seeing him star as the titular demon in Beeltejuice on Broadway. Brightman is returning to the Winter Garden Theatre in the new musical after earning a Tony nomination for leading the company of School of Rock there in 2016. “They said they’re going to name the theater after me when I do a third show there,” Brightman joked on a recent episode of Broadway.com’s #LiveAtFive. “We’ll call it the Winter Brightman.” Brightman has been perfecting his portrayal of the classic Tim Burton character for three years. “I love the Beetlejuice drag,” he said. “I didn’t think I would take to it, but I love it. My look is a labor of three years of makeup tests. It ranged from an exact replica of Michael Keaton to something that was way too scary. I remember looking in the mirror and it was frightening.”Bringing Tim Burton’s mystical world to life on stage is no easy feat, and Brightman is thankful for the audience’s overwhelming support. “The audiences have been nuts,” he said. “People have said it’s like we lock the doors and have a party for two and a half hours, or that we’re in this secret society on Broadway that no one knows about.” While Brightman loves getting to play a vulgar ghost, he wonders what it would  be like to step into another character’s shoes. “I would like to know what its like to be Adam Maitland,” Brightman said. “Rob [McClure] is elevating normal people in a show about abnormal people. I think its more difficult than what they get credit for. Not to be a jerk, but I always think I’m the funniest person in the room half the time, and it’s such the opposite in the show. Every five seconds, I’m like, ‘I have to be better; I have to be funnier’ because of how good everyone is.”Catch Brightman in Beetlejuice, now playing at the Winter Garden Theatre.Watch the full episode of #LiveatFive below! Alex Brightman in Beetlejuice (Photo: Matthew Murphy) View Comments Beetlejuice Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 6, 2020 Star Files Alex Brightmanlast_img read more