Patriarchy still stands tall, just the presentation changed

first_imgPatriarchy in India is not something we are not aware of. It has been discussed multiple times and has been seen in many faces. What we miss to notice is the change in its attire.Well, confusing a bit? Yes, because it has been sugar quoted by well educated who supports women education and job rights. How can you doubt them? Obviously, because that is what women have been fighting for, right?In ask for education and job, our society forgets one basic requirement that whether it’s he or she, everyone is a human being. Then how come do you expect a woman to be an educated unpaid maid, a bread earner, a sex-slave wife, no job after 5 pm and also cook dinner?I hope, my dear reader you might get an idea where this article is going. Take a pause. Because that was a trailer.Our time changed, so do our thoughts. Hence it became all the more important to discuss the take of new times on patriarchy. I can happily say today that yes, more girls are getting chances to live, education and maturely married, but is that enough?Then why still woman have the fear that after kids, she will have no career. Why there is still the expectation to cook dinner when her body needs rest since she was working 12 hours on 3 proposals? Why she needs family permission for her office onsite meeting? Why she is the only one responsible to get up early to dress kids?Well, there are many endless tasks which have been defined properly by the guy, the family of the guy and also the girl who consider a woman to be endowed with powers of all Powerpuff Girls. It’s not their fault you know! It is how it is, the infection of Patriarchy.Aww! My poor educated society, the naive gossiping relatives, the jealous intelligent male colleagues, abhorrent good friends, you have been diagnosed with patriarchy illness. It’s okay, it is a communicable disease. You could have created immunity for this, but whom to blame, you are not a Powerpuff girl.Having a disease is okay. It is curable. But the question is do you want to get cured? Or the bubble of putting blame on women is so good, you are happy to be ill?A disease is a disease. It will eat you up one day. Better now than never. Today’s women know what you are doing. She is not a Powerpuff girl and she knows that you know that too. You may call her callous for asking her rights, lazy for being tired, obsessed for being a manager, stubborn for taking a stand, she knows what she is doing.She knows education, work, happy times at home, solo times with friends is equally important for her as for a man. Whether drinking alcohol or wearing a hot dress, does not give any man the right to violate her private space. She is not a commodity which is available for you. She knows how to dress up sexy for a party and using stilettos for safety. The judgment about small clothes and standing alone on the bar, no longer worry her. She knows how to make a bed for her kids after project success party. Her memory stores kids poems and also the sales stories, and she is not looking for your praises.She knows her right as a human being and the fact they are equally as for a man. I hope people get this right. Till now the quote stands: “Woman can make or break a happy family,” don’t force women to overwrite it with “A woman can be happy all by own.”last_img read more

Two Nova Scotia Horses Die of Botulism From Contaminated Hay

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Horse Sport Enews Two horses at a rescue in Nova Scotia have died as the result of botulism from eating contaminated hay.CBC reported today that two horses, aged 29 and 12, at Integrity’s Haven Equine Rescue Centre Society in Chester Basin, N.S., died last week, and third horse, eight-year-old Koko, is still battling the effects of the disease.According to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), botulism “occurs when toxins produced by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, enter the horse’s body causing weakness which may progress to paralysis. The botulism bacterium is a spore-forming, anaerobic bacteria (grows in the absence of oxygen) which is found world wide. It is commonly present in soil and in decaying animal carcasses. It occurs less often in decaying plant material. Hay, and especially haylage, can be contaminated with the botulism bacterium during the raking and baling process. The higher moisture levels (in comparison to dry hay), the anaerobic conditions and a pH above 4.5 in some haylage are ideal conditions for the growth of this bacterium.“When the bacterium grows, it produces one or more toxins. These toxins block the connection between the nerves and muscles. As a result, affected horses often exhibit signs varying from muscle weakness to paralysis.“Affected horses:usually have muscle tremorsmay be so weak that they cannot stand uplose control of their tongue so it may hang from their mouthcan’t eat and they drool because they can’t swallowmay walk stiffly with a short stride or they may be weak and stumbletail may lose its tone“Eventually they die because their respiratory muscles become paralysed or because they get other health problems from being down. These clinical signs can occur within several hours or up to seven to 10 days post ingestion of the contaminated feed.”In this case, the rescue centre’s owner, Angela Welburn, said the horses were not fed haylage, and instead contracted the disease from eating dried hay.While there is a vaccine to protect against botulism, Welburn’s horses had not received it. According to OMAFRA,” an inactivated toxoid is used to vaccinate against botulism. A toxoid is a toxin which has been treated to destroy its toxicity but retains its ability to generate an immune response when injected into an animal. Neogen Biologics, Michigan, USA, manufactures Bot Tox-B (1). It is available in Canada from some suppliers. It protects against Type B only. A three-initial-dose vaccination program is recommended followed by a single annual vaccination.”If you have concerns, contact your veterinarian for more information, and consider having your hay tested. Tags: botulism, SIGN UP last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: US cases top 100,000; Italy’s death toll climbs over 9,000

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed over 26,900 people around the world.Globally there are more than 586,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.The United States has over 100,000 cases of COVID-19, the highest of any country.There have been at least 1,544 deaths in the U.S. More than 1,000 people have died in the past week alone.At least 862 people in the U.S. have recovered.Here are the latest developments. All times are in Eastern.7:59 p.m.: Pence says over 685,000 tests doneVice President Mike Pence said more than 685,000 tests for coronavirus have been done in the U.S. as of Friday morning.“As a great credit to our partnership with commercial laboratories across the country, this morning it was reported that more than 685,000 tests have already been performed, and we are particularly grateful to the American Hospital Association whose members are now reporting in to the CDC and FEMA in real time, giving our experts more visibility on those that have contracted the disease around the country,” Pence said.The number is an increase of 133,000 from Thursday, and includes private testing.6 p.m.: US cases top 100,000The number of diagnosed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has now topped 100,000, according to Johns Hopkins.There are now 100,717 cases, most in the world by over 14,000, and 1,544 deaths.Meanwhile, the number of cases worldwide is creeping closer to 600,000, now standing at 590,594.4:48 p.m.: 2 more congressmen test positiveTwo more congressmen, Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., have tested positive for coronavirus.Neither was there for today’s stimulus package vote.There are now four members who have announced they’ve received positive tests, including Ben McAdams, D-Utah, and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.4:45 p.m.: 25-year-old with no underlying conditions diesA 25-year-old pharmacy technician with no underlying health issues has died from COVID-19, said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the Riverside County, California, public health officer.The 25-year-old had been self-quarantining. The victim’s body was found Wednesday in a home in La Quinta, officials said.“This is a deeply saddening reminder that COVID-19 kills the young and healthy too,” Kaiser said in a statement. “Stay safe. Keep travel and errands to essentials, and observe social distance no matter how young or well you are. Our condolences and thoughts are with everyone this pandemic has touched.”4:20 p.m.: Trump uses Defense Production Act for 1st time, compelling GM to make ventilatorsPresident Donald Trump for the first time on Friday used the authorities granted by the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to produce ventilators. “Our negotiations with GM regarding its ability to supply ventilators have been productive, but our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course,” Trump said in a written statement. “GM was wasting time. Today’s action will help ensure the quick production of ventilators that will save American lives.”Trump said in the memo that the Secretary of Health and Human Services “shall use any and all authority available under the Act to require General Motors Company to accept, perform, and prioritize contracts or orders for the number of ventilators that the secretary determines to be appropriate.” A GM spokesperson said, “Ventec, GM and our supply base have been working around the clock for over a week to meet this urgent need. Our commitment to build Ventec’s high-quality critical care ventilator, VOCSN, has never wavered. The partnership between Ventec and GM combines global expertise in manufacturing quality and a joint commitment to safety to give medical professionals and patients access to life-saving technology as rapidly as possible.”Trump signed the COVID-19 relief package in the Oval Office Friday afternoon.The historic measure was passed by the House of Representatives earlier Friday.The $2 trillion package, which the Senate approved on Wednesday, is the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history.3:50 p.m.: Disney World, Disneyland closed until further noticeWalt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will stay closed until further notice.The company said it’s been paying its cast members since the parks closed and will now extend paying hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18.(Disney is the parent company of ABC News.)3:32 p.m.: New Jersey offering exclusive testing to health care workers, first respondersNew Jersey will offer exclusive COVID-19 testing to health care workers and first responders this weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday.Beginning Saturday, the Bergen County College and PNC Bank Arts Center drive-through sites will be reserved for health workers and first responders only. On Monday, the two sites will reopen again to anyone in need of a test.The state has at least 8,825 confirmed cases. The virus has killed 108 people in New Jersey, including 27 people in the last 24 hours.Although the state is working hard to expand testing to more people, officials can only commit to testing those who are symptomatic, Murphy said.3:15 p.m.: LA County beaches to closeLos Angeles County beaches are all closing to the public immediately because the crowds there last weekend “were unacceptable,” said LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn.“We cannot risk another sunny weekend with crowds at the beach spreading this virus,” Hahn said.The county is also closing public trails and beach bike paths.LA County has at least 1,465 diagnosed cases and five deaths.2:18 p.m.: Italy’s death toll climbs over 9,000Italy — by far the hardest-hit nation for coronavirus fatalities — recorded over 900 deaths in one day, a daily record, said Domenico Arcuri, the national commissioner for the emergency.Italy’s death toll is now over 9,000, according to the Johns Hopkins data.Despite the grim numbers, officials with the Italian Higher Health Institute said Friday that the nationwide lockdown continues to show a reduction in the rate of new cases each day.Overall there was a 7.3% growth in the spread of the virus from Thursday nationwide. This is the fifth day in a row of single-digit percentage growth in the overall number of new cases, according to Italy’s Civil Protection Agency.The total number of cases in Italy is now over 86,000, according to the civil protection agency.12:29 p.m.: Pennsylvania becomes 13th state to delay primaryPennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Friday to move the state’s presidential primary from April 28 to June 2.Pennsylvania marks the 13th state to delay its nominating contest over coronavirus concerns. Pennsylvania joins Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wyoming, as well as Puerto Rico.12:06 p.m.: 519 deaths in New YorkDiagnosed coronavirus cases have jumped to 44,685 in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.Of those diagnosed, 6,481 are hospitalized, including 1,583 people in the ICU, Cuomo said.New York has by far the most cases of any state in the nation. In second is New Jersey with 6,800, according to Cuomo.At least 519 have died in the state. Cuomo warned, “That is going to continue to go up.”“The reason why the number is going up is because some people came into the hospital 20 days, 25 days ago and had been on a ventilator for that long a period of time,” Cuomo said. “When somebody is on that ventilator for a prolonged period of time, the outcome is usually not good.”As the pandemic escalates, New York state schools will remain closed until April 15, and Cuomo said he will re-assess from that point. New York City schools are closed until at least April 20.Hospitals in the state have 53,000 beds but need 140,000 beds, the governor said. Hospitals have to increase capacity by 50%, Cuomo said, adding that he hopes hospitals can increase capacity by 100%.The state is also looking to build temporary emergency hospitals and is scouting sites, he said.11:28 a.m.: Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy arrives in Los AngelesThe Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy arrived in the port of Los Angeles Friday morning where it’ll help ease the burden on the city’s hospitals.With 1,128 active duty medical personnel on board, the USNS Mercy will treat non-COVID-19 patients.Another Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, will depart Virginia on Saturday to head to New York City’s harbor.11:09 a.m.: Mark Zuckerberg commits $25 million to accelerate coronavirus treatmentsFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he and his wife are giving $25 million to accelerate the development of coronavirus treatments.“We’re partnering with the Gates Foundation and others to quickly evaluate the most promising existing drugs to see which ones might be effective at preventing and treating the coronavirus,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Friday morning. “Since these drugs have already gone through clinical safety trials, if they’re effective, it will be much faster to make them available than it will be to develop and test a new vaccine — hopefully months rather than a year or more.”10:12 a.m.: Man arrested for making threats toward Dems, Speaker Pelosi A 27-year-old Texas man has been arrested for allegedly making death threats against Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, related to their work on Congress’ coronavirus stimulus bill, according to the FBI.Gavin Perry was charged with making threats over Facebook in which he allegedly described Pelosi as part of a “satanic cult” and said that “Dems of the establishment will be removed at any cost necessary and yes that means by death.”In a separate post that featured a photo of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Perry allegedly wrote, “If youre a dem or apart of the establishment in the democrats side I view you as a criminal and a terrorist and I advise everyone to Go SOS [shoot on sight] and use live rounds… Shoot to kill. This is a revolution.”Perry appeared in court Thursday but has not entered a plea.9:52 a.m.: 911 calls reach record high in NYCIn New York City — the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic — the fire department handled more than 6,000 911 calls on Thursday, the busiest day ever in terms of individual medical incidents.That number is nearly double the normal amount of 911 calls for the department.The record-high call volume is largely being driven by calls from people who are scared or concerned they have coronavirus, officials said.The FDNY is imploring people not to call 911 if they feel sick. Instead, they should ring a doctor and call for an ambulance only in a true emergency.There are 2,000 New York City firefighters and paramedics out sick, or about 17% of the department, officials said.At least 170 members of the FDNY have tested positive for COVID-19.9:18 a.m.: UK Prime Minister, UK Health Secretary test positive for COVID-19Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday morning that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson said in a tweet. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this.”U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Friday said he too has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating.Hancock said his symptoms are “very mild” and he would continue to work from home.8:20 a.m.: NYC mayor projects half of city will be infectedIn New York City — the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic — Mayor Bill de Blasio projects “over half the people in this city will ultimately be infected.”“For over 80% [there] will be very little impact,” de Blasio told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America. “But 20% of the people infected, it’s going to be tough, and for some of them, it will be fatal.”New York City has over 23,112 diagnosed cases — more than a quarter of the confirmed cases in the country.At least 365 people have died in New York City, twice as many deaths as any state.The mayor said the city has enough hospital supplies to get through this week and next week but “that’s all I can guarantee, and after that unfortunately, we think this crisis is going to grow through April into May. ““We need help now. When the president says the state of New York doesn’t need 30,000 ventilators, with all due respect to him, he’s not looking at the facts of this astronomical growth of this crisis,” de Blasio said. “A ventilator means someone lives or dies … if they don’t get a ventilator, a lot of people won’t make it.”The city needs 15,000 ventilators, he warned.“We have some, and I’m thankful for that, but it has to keep coming,” de Blasio said. “The president has to make that contract happen with the companies that can create ventilators not just for New York City and New York state, but for the whole country. This is going to get worse before it gets better … all parts of this country are going to need them.”De Blasio called the president’s goal to reopen the country for Easter “a false hope.”“It would be better for the president to be blunt with people that we’ve got a really tough battle ahead,” the mayor said. “Throw in the military who are not yet being fully engaged, and they’re ready, but the president has to give the order. Build those ventilators, get the supplies all over this country. People are going to need it in April and in May.”7:29 a.m.: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday morning that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson tweeted. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this.”Johnson was tested on the advice of England’s chief medical officer, according to a Downing Street spokesperson.“We will get through it,” Johnson said in a video message Friday.5:19 a.m.: Michigan health system develops contingency plan to deny ventilators and ICU treatmentA Michigan health system has come up with a contingency plan for doctors to make life-or-death decisions when treating patients in the coronavirus pandemic.A draft letter from Henry Ford Health Systems outlining the plan to families was widely shared on Twitter late Thursday night. The plan, typed on what appeared to be hospital letterhead, said that coronavirus patients with the best chance of surviving will be “our first priority,” while those who are “extremely sick and very unlikely to survive” will receive “pain control and comfort measures” rather than ventilators and intensive care treatment.“Treating these patients would take away resources for patients who might survive,” the letter stated. “This decision will be based on medical condition and likelihood of getting better.”Responding to a flurry tweets about the letter, Henry Ford Health Systems confirmed its accuracy but clarified that the policy has not yet been implemented.“With a pandemic, we must be prepared for worst case,” the company tweeted. “With collective wisdom from our industry, we crafted a policy to provide guidance for making difficult patient care decisions. We hope never to have to apply them. We will always utilize every resource to care for our patients.”4:37 a.m.: South Africa cases top 1,000 as country begins three-week lockdownThe number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in South Africa has topped 1,000, the country’s health minister said Friday.Africa’s most industrialized economy has the highest national total of known cases on the continent.South Africa also recorded its first two deaths from COVID-19, both of which occurred in the Western Cape province.“This morning, we South Africans wake up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19,” South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhizethe said in a statement Friday.Friday marked the start of a three-week nationwide lockdown in South Africa, aimed at curbing the rising number of cases.3:30 a.m.: Trump and Xi discuss coronavirus crisisU.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the coronavirus pandemic.Trump posted about the telephone conversation on Twitter early Thursday morning, saying they discussed the situation “in great detail.”“Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China,” Trump tweeted. “Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much [and] has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!”Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020 Xi told Trump that “China and the United States should unite to fight the epidemic” and that he hoped “the United States will take substantive actions to improve Sino-U.S. relations,” according to Chinese state television network CCTV.The Chinese president also emphasized that the relationship between their two countries is “at a critical juncture” and that “cooperation is the only right choice,” according to CCTV.Trump has clashed with China over the global fight against the novel coronavirus, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. The U.S. president reportedly angered Beijing officials this month when he repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as “the Chinese virus.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Industrious taps banker Osei Van Horne to round out its board

first_imgOsei Van Horne and (inset) Jamie HodariFlex-office startup Industrious is beefing up its board, the company’s latest step toward a potential public offering.The New York-based startup said it added Osei Van Horne, a managing director at Wells Fargo, as its first Black board member. Van Horne, an alum of Goldman Sachs, co-founded Wells Fargo’s Strategic Capital Technology Division, which invests in high-growth tech companies. Its proptech portfolio includes Industrious, Reonomy and Clutter, a storage startup, among others.In May, Industrious CEO Jamie Hodari told Bloomberg the company was interviewing investment banks ahead of a potential IPO in 2021. The startup is predicting that flexible-office space will play a key role in many return-to-work scenarios.Van Horne previously held the position of board observer at Industrious, after Wells Fargo invested in the company’s $80 million Series C last year. Since 2013, Industrious has raised more than $220 million.In an interview last month, Hodari said board diversity isn’t just good optics. “You’re going to be a better business with a governance structure that has a diversity of voices, period,” he said.Read moreIndustrious IPO could happen next spring Tech companies race to diversify boards Industrious lays off one-third of staff But tech companies have been on alert since last year, when WeWork filed a prospectus to go public without a single female board member. (It named Kirthiga Reddy to its board in February.) In January, Goldman Sachs said it would no longer take companies public with all-white and all-male boards, prompting fast-growing firms scrambling to diversify their ranks.In May, Industrious also tapped real estate veteran Mary Hogan Preusse as its first female board member.By then, the company was in talks with Van Horne about joining the board. But after the killing of George Floyd, which set off national protests over racism and police brutality, the drumbeat of voices calling for diversity in corporate America got louder.In a phone interview, Van Horne said that when it comes to diversity, commercial real estate has “lagged significantly” compared to the residential industry. “We must do better,” he said.“First and foremost, I’m interested in making sure Industrious is a success story,” Van Horne said. “But in the process, I also recognize I have a responsibility to represent and help others who are also trying to enter the industry — who are either would-be investors or folks who are interested in real estate. And I take that responsibility very seriously.”Despite the pandemic, Industrious claims its revenue is on track to grow 25 percent this year. The company cut one-third of its staff in March, and began bringing back 64 furloughed employees in May.Van Horne said the pandemic is accelerating certain trends, such as fewer companies building centralized headquarters. With more people working from home, he said that employers may look to flexible office space.“What’s also true is that we’ll see more and more companies moving toward removing fixed liabilities from their balance sheet,” he said, referring to office leases. “Not every company, but there will be a large set of the space that will focus on flex as a preferred option.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Google pushes back employees’ return to offices

first_imgGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai (Getty; iStock)Though the Covid-19 vaccine is beginning to make its way to the U.S., it’s unlikely that widespread inoculation will happen until next year — and some companies, including Google, are continuing to play it safe until then.The tech giant announced that it will once again push back its employees’ return to the company’s offices; now, the remote work period will continue until September 2021, the New York Times reported.In addition, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet, said in an email to the staff on Sunday night, that the company would be testing the idea of a “flexible workweek” once it’s safe to return to the office, according to the publication. Under the pilot plan, employees would be expected to work in the office at least three days a week while working from home the other days.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreTRD Insights: Google isn’t coming back to the office until at least next summer. Here’s all the space at stakeMaking sense of Facebook, Google and the office bubble aftermathCRE is doing better in cities where tech dominates The company also plans to roll out new office designs in areas with lower coronavirus risk, offering employees options such as booking collaborative spaces for up to a dozen people and securing outdoor meeting spaces for larger groups. Google said it was also developing new ways to bridge the gap between the experience of remote workers and office workers.Google was among the earliest companies to initiate large-scale work-from-home plans at the onset of the pandemic in March. Google’s original plan was to bring back employees to office in January 2021, but it pushed the timing back to July, and now September.The company’s direction could affect the future of office real estate. Google is one of the biggest office tenants in major metro markets like New York, Los Angeles and Chicaco. In New York, the tech giant is in the process of transforming Manhattan’s Hudson Square with its new 1.7-million-square-foot campus. As of November 2018, Google occupied 3.35 million square feet and owned 4.7 million square feet in New York City, according to Yardi Matrix data.[NYT] — Akiko Matsuda This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Six Injured in Indiana Helicopter Crash

first_imgNOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Six people have suffered minor injuries after a helicopter made a rough landing into a central Indiana corn field.The Indianapolis Star and WTHR-TV quote the Noblesville Fire Department as saying the crash occurred just after 6 p.m. southeast of Noblesville.Fire Capt. Rick Russell says the single-engine Eurocopter EC130 with six occupants was flying to Indianapolis from Fort Wayne when it encountered heavy rain and tried to divert to Noblesville Airport. The aircraft circled once, then crashed on its side in a harvested cornfield a few hundred feet behind a homeAll six escaped the aircraft before it burst into flames.last_img

Scholar analyzes Latin American constitutions

first_imgDebates regarding the Constitution are commonplace in America, and not just in the United States. In a lecture Thursday titled “The Politics of Constitutional Change in Latin America,” Gabriel L. Negretto, associate professor of political studies at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE) in Mexico City, said constitutional discussions occupy a central place in Latin American politics.Whereas constitutional disputes in the United States typically concern interpretation, debates in Latin America have largely focused on substantive reform and in some cases, on complete replacement of the constitution in question. Negretto said he developed a two-level theory that attributes constitutional reforms both to ‘efficiency considerations,’ which legitimize the call for reform, and ‘partisan considerations,’ which influence the shape of a specific reform.“I argue … that the relative impact of partisan interests and power resources varies across cases, across individual cases, according to two factors,” Negretto said. “One is the triggering event, and the other is the level of electoral uncertainty.”Negretto said any explanation of reform necessitates an understanding of both problems inciting reform and short-term interests of actors in a setting of limited power resources.Negretto drew original inspiration to explore constitutional changes in Latin America from the rate at which these changes occurred, he said.“I realized that constitutional change [in Latin America] was much more frequent than you would expect based on the idea of the constitutional moment being an extraordinary political event,” he said. “Since Independence up to 2009, there have been 194 constitutions in Latin America.”Negretto said these observations led him to question the common assertion that constitutions are made infrequently and only in very particular circumstances.  He said he was “increasingly skeptical” of this idea, and his dissatisfaction prompted him to write his recent book, Making Constitutions: Presidents, Parties, and Institutional Choice in Latin America.Negretto said he tested the theory behind his book through the use of statistical analysis to examine 67 instances of constitutional reform.  He said he also conducted four case studies — two of reforms in Argentina, and reforms in Columbia and Ecuador.He said he found a significant difference in conditions of reform in which the reform coalition comprised only those of the president’s party, as opposed to coalitions that represented cross-party interests.  An analysis of party interests and power resources insufficiently explains reform during moments of high levels of electoral uncertainty as well as in instances of institutional crisis.Negretto concluded the lecture with a reflection on the advantages and disadvantages of Latin American government and addressed a question regarding the noteworthy differences between constitutional politics in the United States, where lawmakers have made relatively few changes to the Constitution, and in Latin America, where changes come every few years.“When you have a mature constitutional system, formal rules do not matter much,” he said. “Ironically, formal institutions become more important in unstable constitutional countries.”Tags: Constitutions, latin america, political sciencelast_img read more

Outerbike – The Best Way to Ride Moab, Demo 2012 Bikes & Eat Free…

first_imgOur friends over at Western Spirit will be putting on their second Outerbike this year, which is perhaps the best, cheapest way for you to go ride Moab. Consider this a mini-endorsement because a) we like the guys at WS even though they made me ride an extra two hours one day at Scottweek (c’mon Mark, you knew that was coming…heh, heh…I know it was an accident) and b) because this is a killer deal and having this many different bikes on hand to play with while chatting up the manufacturers is a great opportunity.In a nutshell, for $150 you get to demo 2012 bikes from the manufacturers listed after the break (there’s a lot of them!), try new gear, get free lunch, beer and movies and all for less than the cost of renting a good bike for two days from one of the local shops. Here’s how Western Spirit owner Mark answered the question “Why should someone go to Outerbike?”:Because if you want to “do” Moab – there’s no better deal out there! I mean really, $150 bucks can barely get you two days of high end rentals in town. Signing up for Outerbike gets you three days of high end demos, free shuttles, lunches, movies & more. In addition, it’s turned into a bit of an end of season party for the cycling community here in Moab. The locals are super stoked to show off their backyard, have a party and welcome everyone in. Plus it’s during some of the best weather we get all season so you can work on your tan without getting too sweaty!Wanna see the brands that’ll be demoing? Click more and pack your gear, the event is October 7-9, 2011…Just one of the trails you’ll get to ride at Outerbike while thrashing 2012 rigs from top brands.PARTICIPATING BRANDS:PivotMaverickSanta CruzRocky MountainBHYetiTrekSpecializedIbisTurnerMarinKonaNorcoMasiIntenseHaroGiantEllsworthNinerCannondale & GT might be there, too, they’re unconfirmed as of this posting. Plus, there are several clothing and gear brands on hand showing off all their goodies. If you’re not in the industry and going to Interbike, this is your chance to play the role.last_img read more

Trinity Lutheran invites visitors on Friday ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ of church’s art and stained glass

first_imgTom Perry will talk about the art in Trinity Lutheran Church Friday, including the stained glass in the sanctuary.Thousands of people pass Trinity Lutheran Church each day at the intersection of Nall Avenue and Shawnee Mission Parkway but never have a chance to see the beauty that lies inside.At 2 p.m. Friday, Trinity’s “Magical Mystery Tour” will give visitors a chance to tour the art glass that adorns the church and hear the story of the glass and other art that has found a home at Trinity over the last 75 years.[pullquote]Magical Mystery TourTrinity Lutheran Church2 p.m. Friday, June 175601 W. 62nd Street, Mission[/pullquote]Tom Perry, senior ministry leader at the church, will talk about both the techniques and the spirituality behind the art. Perry, along with his sister Lana Hansen and designer Gretchen Hollman, produced the book “Our Story,” on the 75th anniversary of the church last year. The book includes the history of the church and a walking tour of the art glass windows and art pieces of the church.Trinity, which has two campuses in Johnson County, started in a house at 57th and Nall. The current church in Mission was built in 1950.Art and music are significant ways for the church to express spirituality, Perry said. The Friday tour will talk about both what the art means and how it is made. Retired pastor Rev. Roland Boehnke, who has produced some of the stain glass works in the church, will be present to talk about his work.Members of the public are invited to attend the presentation.This artwork welcomed the congregation before the entrance was changed.last_img read more

Roeland Park council opts to stick with sign prohibition despite state law; Kansas statute conflicts with U.S. Supreme Court ruling

first_imgThe right-of-way in Roeland Park is currently free of signs.A state law that dictates cities cannot regulate the number of political signs on private property or “the unpaved right-of-way for city streets or county roads on private property during the 45-day period prior to any election” causes a conflict with Roeland Park’s sign ordinance.It also appears to conflict with a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that signs cannot be limited based on content.The Roeland Park discussion about the city’s sign ordinance came Tuesday evening after the council had first adjourned to closed session to talk about it. After the closed session, the council returned to discuss it in open meeting.City Attorney Neil Shortlidge told the council that Roeland Park’s ordinance prohibits signs in the right-of-way (ROW) which is now in conflict with state law. To comply with state law, the city would need to change its ordinance to allow signs in the public ROW. But by following state law to allow political signs in the ROW, it would violate the court’s interpretation of the U.S. Constitution which prohibits content-based regulation.The city’s prohibition on signs in the ROW is content neutral, Shortlidge said.City Administrator Keith Moody asked the council if they wanted to comply with the state law or the federal court decision. Moody said he hated to see the city “open the door” for signs in the boulevard.Mayor Joel Marquardt said he was more comfortable going with the city ordinance and not following state law. Council members agreed to stick with the current city law at present.last_img read more