Devs, mental health educator team up for WellBeings

first_imgDevs, mental health educator team up for WellBeingsNew company sets sights on mobile games to help players cope with anxiety, panic disorder, and chronic painGamesIndustry StaffThursday 24th January 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareA new publisher has opened its doors, and it will dedicate itself solely to games that address wellbeing issues, GamesIndustry.biz can reveal.Fittingly named Wellbeings, the company will publish mobile games that focus on self-care, exploring issues such as chronic pain, anxiety and depression.For the co-founders, this new business is personal. The project is a collaboration between Playora founder Matt Spall, Get Better Games CEO Mark Ripley, and mental health educator Craig Fearn, and each is well acquainted with the ways people can struggle with mental health issues.Spall used to suffer from chronic anxiety, Ripley’s wife uses games as a form of pain relief, and Fearn has dealt with a variety of mental health issues going back to his childhood.”I grew up with it in the era of ‘What do you mean you’re depressed?’, ‘There is nothing wrong with you!’, ‘Man up!’ ‘I get sad too!’ No help or understanding at school none from the medical community or family,” Fearn told GamesIndustry.biz. “This followed me through all levels of school, university, and employment (although by that point it had progressed to ‘We have a leaflet on that you can read that will make you better’).”If this wasn’t enough at the age of 24 or so I was diagnosed with Chronic Cluster Headache which has presented as a 3-hour long attack at levels described by clinicians as ‘The worst pain a person can experience’ that has occurred every day since.”Fearn said his own experiences with mental health issues and disability led him to try to help others in that position and set up Lighthouse Mentoring four years ago. When that effort started to grow, he moved it into a proper office that happened to be in the same block in Cornwall where Ripley had been working.”It’s important to us from the outset to not try to build a ‘one size fits all’ solution that a lot of other developers endeavour to create” Mark Ripley”I’ve been working with various healthcare companies over the last three years, producing games and apps promoting healthcare solutions, as well as being involved with clinical trials,” Ripley said. “When Craig knocked at my door it seemed an obvious next step to combine our experiences to produce something new, unique and exciting.”Ripley already knew Spall, who at that point had been searching for an opportunity to work on health-focused game projects ever since he had found games helped him manage his chronic anxiety at its worst.The three decided to realize their ambitions in the form of WellBeings, an “e-health” company which they say “focuses on the individual, not virtual therapy.””It’s important to us from the outset to not try to build a ‘one size fits all’ solution that a lot of other developers endeavour to create,” Ripley said. “On this basis, our plans are built around a suite of games that individually address conditions. Using game mechanics on a per-condition basis means we can target a number of disorders without the complexity of addressing them all in the same product. An important consideration here is that in some conditions there is significant variance within that condition, and where we can we are building in customisation to allow the user to adjust the content in a way that is person-centered.”From left to right: Mental health mentor Craig Fearn, and games industry veterans Mark Ripley and Matt SpallDespite that aversion to a ‘one size fits all’ approach, WellBeings is understandably concerned with accessibility. That’s one of the reasons it’s going to focus its efforts on mobile games with easy-to-understand mechanics.”In today’s fast-paced, permanently-interconnected society, mobile technology forms a large part of the average individual’s connection with the world,” Fearn said. “Its ease of use, portability and the ability to access content anywhere at any time means that mobile technology in many respects shapes the world that we live in. Other game platforms, such as console and PC, while offering significantly more game-centric focus, aren’t constantly with the user, and constantly on.” Spall added, “Another factor we considered is around transient connectivity. While the games we make will connect to a central server when they can, they will all run independently of an internet connection, ensuring that anyone using them to assist with a disorder will always have access.”Beyond directly benefiting its players, WellBeings hopes it can help improve things for anyone suffering from mental health issues simply by increasing awareness and understanding.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “The only way stigma can be addressed is through the removal of negative attitudes towards those suffering from mental ill health, which we aim to address through our products,” Fearn said. “However, through the unique way WellBeings is approaching this issue, we aim to deal with internal stigmatisation as well. “In the first instance, the games we produce are designed to appeal to a broad audience, not just those suffering from mental ill health. With this approach, we hope to reduce the internal stigmatisation people feel when using a product specifically targeted at a condition by including mechanics to assist those that need help, as well as to engage those that don’t, removing the discrimination that can create internal stigmatisation.”WellBeings was recently awarded a grant from the EPIC Challenge Fund, and Spall said the company is eager to explore a variety of funding options.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic vs Apple – Week One Review: Epic still faces an “uphill battle”Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming weekBy James Batchelor 11 hours agoEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 14 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Development restarts on Metroid Prime 4, Retro Studios back in the fold

first_imgDevelopment restarts on Metroid Prime 4, Retro Studios back in the foldNintendo says it was not satisfied with the quality, warns of “extensive” delayJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefFriday 25th January 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNintendoSwitch owners hoping Metroid Prime 4 might arrive this year will be disappointed as Nintendo has taken the game back to the drawing board.The game was announced at E3 2017 with nothing more than a logo, and little has been heard since. But today, a video message from senior managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi reveals the game’s status.Nintendo has decided to “restart development from the beginning”, with producer Kensuke Tanabe calling in Retro Studios — the US developer behind the original Prime games — to take over the project.”Nintendo always strives for the highest quality in our games; and in the development phase, we challenge ourselves and confront whether the game is living up to that quality on a daily basis,” Takahashi said in a YouTube video. “If we’re not satisfied with the quality, we aren’t able to deliver it to our customers with confidence, and the game will not live up to our fans’ expectations.”From this perspective, we have determined that the current development status of the game is very challenged, and we had to make a difficult decision as a development team. We have decided to re-examine the development structure itself and change it.”Takahashi assures that Nintendo “did not make this decision lightly” and offers “deepest heart-felt apologies”, adding that Nintendo “strongly recognises the delay will come as a disappointment.”However, the platform holder believes this is necessary to “make this game something that will meet our fans’ expectations” and develop a new entry that can “stand shoulder to shoulder with the past Metroid Prime series titles.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Takahashi added: “It will be a long road until the next time we will be able to update you on the development progress, and development time will be extensive.”The original reveal for Metroid Prime 4 — limited though it was — triggered a frenzy in series fans, in part because the original trilogy is held in such high esteem. There was also controversy over Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Nintendo’s attempt to revive the franchise as a 3DS co-operative affair.There was never any confirmation that Metroid Prime 4 would have arrived in 2019, but fans no doubt hoped. Instead, the platform holder’s line-up is expected to include Yoshi’s Wooly World, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and the next core entries in the Pokémon series.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 storiesNintendo appointing Despicable Me studio head to board of directorsAnimation studio behind Mario movie gains influence as Illumination Entertainment CEO Chris Meledandri expected to join board next monthBy Brendan Sinclair 5 days agoNintendo reports record full-year profits as Switch nears 85m units soldAnd, despite forecasting decline, the platform holder expects console to beat Wii’s 101 million lifetime sales this yearBy James Batchelor 6 days agoLatest comments (1)Dillan Gandhi Media Consultant 2Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. 2 years ago That was a very unexpected and honest video from them. Fair play.last_img read more

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Yingli to leave ‘solar legacy’ in Brazil following World Cup

first_imgYingli to leave ‘solar legacy’ in Brazil following World CupIn addition to becoming the football tournament’s first carbon neutral sponsor, the Chinese solar company is planning a reference solar project it hopes will drive demand for similar systems across Brazil. June 30, 2014 pv magazine Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share China’s national team may have missed the World Cup football tournament t in Brazil, but Yingli Solar has been a ubiquitous presence at the event as one of its leading sponsors along with such major brands as Coca Cola, Visa and McDonald’s. The company’s omnipresence at the World Cup matches is increasing its brand recognition in Brazil and around the globe as it seeks to expand its international operations. Yingli announced on Friday at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro that it planned to supply 400 to 600 kW for a “solar legacy” project in Brazil that said was expected to be among the largest solar energy systems in the country. Yingli has already set a benchmark by becoming the first ever carbon neutral World Cup sponsor. Yingli has been working with international football association FIFA in order to leave solar legacies in the host countries of the World Cup since the 2010 competition in South Africa, when the company not only became the tournament’s first Chinese sponsor, but also the first renewable energy sponsor. As part of its legacy projects, Yingli provided customized solar solutions to 20 Football for Hope centers throughout Africa through the Football for Hope, Energy for Hope program, which focuses on improving the social environment for disadvantaged children in Africa. As part of this year’s plans to become carbon neutral, Yingli says it is offsetting all carbon emissions generated through its onsite sponsorship activations in Brazil for the tournament’s duration. The company has invested in carbon emissions reductions certificates generated by two factories operating via biomass in the Caatinga region of Alagoas in Brazil, thereby helping prevent deforestation and protect Brazil’s biodiversity. “Sustainability is one of the key tenants in our vision for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” Federico Addiechi, head of FIFA Corporate Social Responsibility, said on Friday. “Environmental initiatives such as the one presented by our sponsor Yingli today are contributing to increasing the positive impact of the FIFA World Cup on society and the environment. We are grateful to Yingli and their local partners for helping us leave a lasting legacy in Brazil.” Markus Vlasits, country manager of Yingli Green Energy Brazil, added, “Our solar legacy project will not only be an important legacy of the FIFA World Cup, but it will also be a boon to the country’s emerging solar energy industry. 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Coal Ash Fallout

first_img2. 65 FR 32214 Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 3. American Concrete Institute, Letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Sept. 4, 2009. By Robynn Andracsek, P.E., Burns & McDonnell and Contributing Editor Should coal ash be classified as hazardous waste, these beneficial uses will virtually disappear. The risk of liability and potential legal exposure will preclude the power industry from allowing this “hazardous material” to leave their control. A product made of this now-hazardous waste could then be regulated for disposal as a hazardous waste. At present only a handful of hazardous waste landfills exist in the U.S., a capacity incapable of accommodating the quantities of “hazardous” coal ash that would have no home, other than surface impoundments. Power Engineerng Issue Archives 4.1.2010 By chloecox – Facebook Thanks to Bill Shefchik, Burns & McDonnell, for his input to this column. Twitter EPA’s second action is less linear in logic. Although a solid waste, coal ash is not a hazardous waste under the term’s current definition (ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity and toxicity). EPA twice declined to list coal ash as a hazardous waste, stating “we do not wish to place any unnecessary barriers on the beneficial use of fossil fuel combustion wastes so that they can be used in applications that conserve natural resources and reduce disposal costs” and “fossil fuel wastes infrequently exceed the hazardous waste characteristic.”2 Is it overkill now to call coal ash hazardous? Would it be more accurate simply to say that impoundments have been poorly regulated? Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions Coal Coal Ash Fallout The uses for coal ash are numerous and some are as old as civilization. The Roman Empire used volcanic ash to produce concrete, similar to how modern man uses fly ash to improve concrete quality and reduce construction cost. Fly ash in concrete increases compressive strength, lowers permeability and increases resistance to sulfate attack and alkali-silica reactivity. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED system even recognizes fly ash as a post-industrial recycle material.3 Another beneficial use of coal ash is in mine filling to protect surface infrastructure, although this use is better regulated than impoundments. In parts of the country such as the Midwest, underground rock formations are appropriate for backfilling networks of mines in a safe and inexpensive manner. A network of abandoned mine voids can collapse and create sinkholes. Many surface land owners are unaware that these old mines exist beneath their feet, homes and businesses. Many highways and city streets are built over old mines. By using a low-cost cementitious material such as fly ash, these mines can be backfilled at reduced cost; oversight and labor, not materials, become the biggest expense. 1. http://www.epa/gov/epawaste/nonhaz/industrial/special/fossil/surveys/index.htm Keep in mind that although the fly ash involved in the Kingston spill was a non-cementitious type, EPA’s proposed hazardous reclassification would extend to beneficial cementitious ash as well. We live in a time of “reduce, reuse and recycle.” It is counter to the goal of sustainability to classify fly ash as hazardous. EPA’s decision is expected this spring. EPA has undertaken two significant subsequent actions. First, a study of structural integrity of existing coal ash impoundments including plans to improve their safety has been made and, second, reclassification of coal ash as a hazardous waste is being considered. More Power Engineering Issue Articles Highway construction is another industry that benefits from fly ash use. Fly ash can replace 15 to 30 percent of the Portland cement needed in concrete. Fly ash can also stabilize base courses, provide structural fills and embankments and serve as grouts for pavement subsealing and asphalt pavement. Linkedin On Dec. 22, 2008, a retaining wall failed at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, Tenn. More than 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash spilled from an on-site holding pond. This is old news to anyone who follows the power generation industry. However, the related event we should be monitoring is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (over?) reaction to this environmental disaster. EPA appears to be internally conflicted on this issue. The Coal Combustion Products Partnership is a cooperative effort between EPA, the Department of Energy, the Federal Highway Administration and industry groups to promote the beneficial use of coal combustion products. Its goals include increasing the use of coal combustion products as a supplementary cementitious material in concrete to 18.6 millions tons by 2011, thus avoiding 5 million tons a year of greenhouse gas emissions from the cement manufacturing industry. This target is unobtainable if coal ash becomes “hazardous.” Twitter The first is a crucial and somewhat obvious step. There are over 500 surface impoundments at more than 200 facilities in the U.S. Until EPA’s 2009 information request of the utility industry, the condition and vulnerability to failure of these “ash ponds” were both unknown. EPA’s survey will result in classifying each impoundment’s hazard potential based on the National Inventory of Dams criteria (whose ratings range from “less than low” to “high”). Information such as the ponds’ dimensions and contents, whether they were designed by professional engineers and when their last state inspection occurred (if ever) has been collated and made public.1 One hopes EPA will use this information to standardize coal ash impoundment inspections and prevent another dam collapse. Previous articleSolar Energy: Beyond EfficiencyNext articleNREL Gearbox Study Aims to Grease Wind Power’s Future chloecox No posts to display View Power Generation Articles on PennEnergy.com TAGSPE Volume 114 Issue 4TVA Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more

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Heat wave is coming: How to stay safe and prepare an emergency supply kit

first_imgwinstonwolf89/iStock(NEW YORK) — With a massive heat wave forecast to hit huge swaths of the U.S. from New York City all the way to Nebraska and temperatures expected to swell into the triple digits this weekend, here are some expert tips on how to stay cool and safe from heat-related illness.New York City’s Office of Emergency Management announced Wednesday that air-conditioned cooling centers will be open to the public throughout the city through the weekend and advised in a statement that most heat-related deaths occur after exposure to heat in homes without air conditioning.Staying inside in an air-conditioned room is the best way to to stay safe amidst extreme heat waves, the Emergency Management office warned.“Hot weather is dangerous and can kill. People with chronic physical and mental health conditions should use air conditioning if they have it, and get to a cool, air conditioned place if they don’t,” Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said in a statement“During times like these, we all need to look out for each other. Be a buddy and check on your family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and help them get to a cooling center or another cool place – even if for a few hours,” she added.Other tips for protection against the heat include staying out of the sun, avoiding strenuous activity during the sun’s peak hours, drink a lot of water, cool down with a bath or shower and wear lightweight clothing when outside.How to prepare an emergency supply kitIn new guidelines for how to deal with heat waves, the American Red Cross warns to prepare an emergency supply kit ahead of a heat wave in case of a power outage.The emergency disaster kit should include one gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food items, a flashlight, batteries, a first aid kit, medications, cash and more basic necessities.Red Cross guidelines for before a heat wave– Prior to an anticipated heat wave, listen to local weather forecasts and make a plan with family members and friends about where to spend time during a major heat wave.– Prepare an emergency disaster kit in case a power outage occurs.– If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, find places you could go during the hottest parts of the days such as libraries or malls.Red Cross guidelines for during a heat wave– When the heat wave hits — it’s important to never leave pets or children alone in vehicles where temperatures can soar rapidly. – Stay hydrated, wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing, eat small meals, stay indoors and take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors, the Red Cross recommends.– Check on family members, friends and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning.Check out the Red Cross’s full guidelines for dealing with a heat wave here.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Temple University students move out amid COVID-19 concerns

first_imgWPVI-TVBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Many students at Temple University headed back home this weekend, less than a month after they moved into their dorms, as COVID-19 concerns forced the school to switch almost all of its fall semester classes online.Between Aug. 10 and Aug. 28, 333 coronavirus cases were confirmed on campus, according to Temple’s COVID-19 tracker. The positivity rate increased from 0.71% to 10.12% during that period, according to the Philadelphia school’s data.On Sept. 3, school officials announced that due to the rising cases, it was going to shift all “non-essential” fall semester classes, roughly 95% of all courses, to online only. It gave students who lived on campus the option to leave by Sept. 13 with a full refund of their housing and meal plan charges.Parents from around the country arrived at the campus to pick up students this weekend and they had mixed feelings about the change in plans.“It’s a lot of back and forth, and it’s inconvenient, but at the same time they make the right decision for the students and the faculty,” Danna Jennings, a parent of a freshman, told ABC News affiliate WPVI-TV Saturday.A representative from Temple University told ABC News they did not have a tally on the number of on-campus students who moved out. All students who opted to return home were offered free testing, according to the representative.Some students told WPVI that they decided to stay on campus because it was harder to take their classes online and at home.“I live four hours away, and I’m an art major, so I want to use the facilities here,” freshman Astrid Hakvaag told the station. “Because in my area, we don’t have this technology at my disposal.”For the students who decided to remain on campus for their classes, the school will make accommodations.“In order to maintain a sense of community, students who remain in the residence halls after Sunday, Sept. 13 may be asked to relocate. For example, no student will be left to reside on a floor alone, and any revised accommodations will be comparable to the student’s original choice,” the school said in a statement.The students who remain on campus are expected to move out at the end of the semester in November.“Although residential plans for spring 2021 are undetermined at the present time, residential students will be given as much preference as possible in the spring, as conditions allow,” the school said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Research Program Assistant II

first_img Salary Not Specified Salary Not Specified Save Research Program Assistant II Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Salary Not Specified Twitter Share GeneralSummary/PurposeAs a member of thedivision of Psychiatric Neuroimaging, the Research ProgramAssistant II will aid the Research Program Coordinator andPrincipal Investigator in executing studies examining memoryfunction and memory impairment in both clinical and healthypopulations.Specific Duties &Responsibilities• Assist with aspects ofparticipant recruitment including identifying appropriate patientsfor clinical studies and participant calls to schedule or providereminders of their appointments • Meet study participants, fillprescriptions, and escort participants to various locations withinthe hospital • Compile test batteries, participant charts, andmailings • Obtain informed consent from eligible patients •Administer standardized surveys and neuropsychological assessmentsto research participants or their proxies via phone, or duringclinic or in-home visits • Maintain logs of patient screening,surveys and visits • Collect data via extraction from paper andelectronic medical records • Perform data entry, and assist withcalculations using computerized database, word processing andspreadsheet software; review data input for accuracy andcompleteness • Maintain filing system for electronic andpaper-based research records • Assist the MRI technician in theacquisition of structural and functional MRI scans and assist withthe transfer, storage and cataloging of imaging data • Maintaincompliance with HIPAA and IRB regulations and guidelines • Assistwith organizing data for research manuscripts • Actively updatesupervising program manager and/or investigators on participantenrollment and data collection status via verbal and writtencommunication • Take initiative in anticipating and responding tostaff and research participants’ needs based on awareness ofroutine and repeated job functions • Maintain high level ofmotivation for job functions with positive attitude • Attendregular research group meetings (weekly or monthly) • Carry outduties and responsibilities with limited supervision, but seekclarification when needed regarding data quality and integrityissues. • Effectively prioritize and work on multiple tasks withconcurrent deadlines and demonstrate excellent time managementskills and efficiency.MinimumQualificationsHigh SchoolDiploma/GED.2 years relatedexperience.Additional education maysubstitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by theJHU equivalency formula:* JHU Equivalency Formula:30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduatedegree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobswhere equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-relatedcollege course work may be applied towards the total minimumeducation/experience required for the respective job.*PreferredQualificationsAdvanced computer skillsand word-processing, spreadsheet and database knowledge. Experiencewith data management and analysis. Proficient in use of IBM and MACcomputers; previous basic office experience ideal as the use ofbasic office machines (fax, phones, copier, etc) . Intermediatecomputer experience (knowledge of Microsoft Office isessential).SpecialKnowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesAbility to work in highmagnetic field strength environment, such as MRI facilities, isrequired. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. He/Sheneeds to have outstanding verbal and written communication, and theability to interact well with collaborators, study subjects andstaff is an absolute must. It is critical that this assistant beable to work both independently with modest direction and as partof a team. Reliability, flexibility, professional manner, andorganizational skills are essential. He/She must have excellentattention to detail and record keeping.He/She has to be able toproblem solve, prioritize responsibilities, and manage severalpriorities at once.Classified Title:Research Program AssistantIIWorking Title: Research ProgramAssistant IIRole/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC Starting Salary Range:$14.14 – $19.44/hr; Commensuratewith experienceEmployee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, Up to 40 hrs/weekExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10003303-SOM Psy Psychiatric NeuroimagingPersonnel area: School of MedicineThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Facebook Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Maryland, United States Similar jobs Research Program Assistant II You need to sign in or create an account to save You need to sign in or create an account to save Research Program Assistant II Maryland, United States The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Johns Hopkins University You need to sign in or create an account to save Save Research Program Assistant II Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Save Research Program Assistant II Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins University More searches like this Maryland, United States Research Program Assistant II LinkedIn Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campuslast_img read more

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Knighting a new retail ruler: TRD ranks the top brokerages in Manhattan and Brooklyn

first_img(Illustration by Yann Bastard)It was hard to miss the near mass hysteria that overtook social media in October when the beloved upstate supermarket chain Wegmans opened its first New York City location at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.And the enthusiasm surrounding the grand opening was a much-needed reprieve for the city’s retail sector. It came sandwiched between the bankruptcy filing of fast-fashion pioneer Forever 21 and the announcement that retail institution Barneys is closing its doors.But Wegmans was not alone. The same week it opened, Nordstrom opened a massive department store at Columbus Circle and the American Dream Mall debuted across the Hudson River in New Jersey.“To me that’s a pretty significant moment in our world,” said Newmark Knight Frank’s Jeffrey Roseman, a top retail broker. “The three of them are thumbing their noses at all the talk that people don’t want to shop anymore.”That’s not to say the retail market has seen all of its problems evaporate overnight. Stores are continuing to close, rents are declining and unfavorable regulation may be on the horizon. But in recent months, there have been signs that buck the trends, with some stores opening and leasing volume starting to pick up.This month, amid these conflicting messages, The Real Deal ranked the city’s largest retail brokerages in both Manhattan and Brooklyn by the amount of square feet they leased and the number of deals they brokered between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2019.In Manhattan, the annual ranking found that Newmark is now the undisputed leader — indicating that its 2018 purchase of the powerhouse boutique retail brokerage RKF is paying off.Last year, RKF and Newmark ranked first and third, respectively, with a combined 1.27 million square feet leased in Manhattan. This year, the joint firm leased less than that at 1.1 million square feet, but still outperformed all of its Manhattan rivals.JLL came in a distant second with 724,356 square feet in Manhattan deals. Rounding out the top five were Cushman & Wakefield with 706,505 square feet leased in Manhattan, CBRE with 417,779 square feet leased and Winick Realty Group with 368,942 square feet.Retail leasing activity — which began stabilizing last year after a shaky stretch — turned a corner around mid-2019 in Manhattan. In the third quarter, leasing volume logged a 12.3 percent year-over-year jump, according to data from Cushman. Sources said that activity was spurred on by drops in average asking rents. Those rents continued to fall from their 2015 peak, tumbling 5.7 percent in 2019’s third quarter year-over-year to $756 per square foot, according to CBRE. Still, retail bankruptcies continued to drag on the market. On a third-quarter earnings call, Vornado Realty Trust President Michael Franco called Forever 21’s bankruptcy a “negative surprise” for the company. The retailer has space at three Vornado buildings: 435 Seventh Avenue, 1540 Broadway and 4 Union Square South. Franco said Vornado had reached an agreement with Forever 21 to shorten its leases in the first two locations “for a little less than half of their current rent.” The Union Square lease, meanwhile, expired last month and some of the space has already been re-leased to Whole Foods.The move, Vornado execs said, put a damper on its financial outlook for 2020.Barneys, meanwhile, is closing all of its 22 stores nationwide, though its Madison Avenue flagship — owned by Ashkenazy Acquisition — will reportedly remain open for a year. In Brooklyn, its 10,000-plus-square-foot Atlantic Avenue store will close, according to news reports. But despite these pain points, this past year saw two huge shopping meccas open in Manhattan: the Columbus Circle Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus at Hudson Yards. “I think the Nordstrom deal is a huge game changer that took a tremendous amount of guts on their part,” said David Firestein of SCG Retail, which ranked No. 8 with 269,862 square feet. Among the firm’s largest deals this past year was — the 60,000-square-foot lease Whole Foods inked at 63 Madison Avenue, which was negotiated by SCG’s Chase Welles and Jacqueline Klinger .Firestein noted that Nordstrom is helping to draw in shoppers with seven bars and restaurants spread across different levels of the store. That includes some watering holes that are offering happy hour specials to draw in large crowds toward the end of the day. “Right now [Nordstrom] flies in the face of what everybody else is doing, and they’re doing it in a really creative way,” he said.Meanwhile, the 1 million-square-foot mall at Hudson Yards open was the arguably the biggest shot in the arm for New York City’s retail in years.Richard Hodos of CBRE — who brokered the 35,000-square-foot lease for Warner Bros. Entertainment’s Harry Potter-themed exhibit at 935 Broadway in the Flatiron District — said the landscape is changing fast as retailers scale back footprints or close stores while rents fall and vacancies climb.Retailers, landlords and brokers, he said, are having a difficult time keeping up with the changes: “In my 32 years of doing this, I’ve never quite seen a market like this. It’s not as bad as some would have you believe, but it’s been a year of tumult and change.”‘How much is too much?’Hudson Yards opened in March with a spectacle that included a marching band parading through its shopping corridors and Liza Minnelli singing “New York, New York” to a crowd at Neiman Marcus.Now, nine months on, New York retail brokers said the project appears to be defying the odds in a still-shaky retail sector.(SOURCE: TRD ANALYSIS OF MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN RETAIL LEASING DEALS THAT WERE COMPLETED OR MADE PUBLIC BETWEEN OCT. 1, 2018, AND SEPT. 30, 2019. DATA WAS PULLED FROM PUBLIC SOURCES AND FROM DEALS SUBMITTED BY FIRMS. POP-UP LEASES OF ONE YEAR OR LESS WERE EXCLUDED. DEALS AND TOTALS WERE SHARED WITH FIRMS FOR CONFIRMATION. NOT ALL FIRMS PARTICIPATED, AND SOME FIRMS ONLY PROVIDED A PARTIAL LIST OF THEIR DEALS.)“I think Related did a tremendous job in a very difficult retail environment,” said CBRE’s Hodos.But he added that the mall was siphoning business away from Midtown on stretches such as Fifth and Madison avenues and the 34th Street shopping corridor.Whether that can be directly attributed to competition from Hudson Yards may be up for debate, but some of Midtown’s prime shopping areas are struggling to lease available space. Madison Avenue, for example, saw the number of ground-floor availabilities rise to 38 spaces from 34 over the past year, according to CBRE.But Hodos also noted that new malls are still coming online, such as the Empire Outlets on Staten Island (and the American Dream).“There’s some question as to how much is too much,” said Hodos. “We have way too much retail space in the country.”As of the beginning of October, U.S. retailers had announced plans this year to shutter almost 8,600 stores, far more than last year. And store closures are on pace to hit nearly 12,000 by the end of the year, according to data firm Coresight Research, a retail consultant.While there are plenty of store closures throughout the five boroughs, New York City is generally a different beast than the rest of the country.Related Companies said the retail at Hudson Yards, which spans 720,000 square feet of leasable space, was 85 percent spoken for when it opened and is projected to be 95 percent leased by the end of the year. If that pans out according to plan, it would be slightly ahead of schedule: The company was predicting that it would be 90 percent leased up by the end of 2019.Nonetheless, retail brokers said it will take some time to see how the mall truly performs. Related estimates 20 million to 24 million people will visit on an annual basis. But broker say traffic may fall off as the novelty dies down.And the project will soon face competition as the retail portion of Brookfield Property Partners’ Manhattan West starts opening across the street. Whole Foods, Peloton and a restaurant from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group are set to open there in 2020.Winick’s Lee Block said Hudson Yards is having a ripple effect up and down the Far West Side, turning it into one of the more active markets.Block is leasing up new retail space at Lalezarian Properties’ 35-story rental tower at 507 West 28th Street, where he’s inked deals with a school and an optical store.“Even outside of Hudson Yards proper — down 10th Avenue and on the side streets — we’ve seen a major uptick in our activity for retailers looking to be in that district,” he said. In Brooklyn, meanwhile, the retail landscape is also in flux.In that borough, the boutique brokerage RIPCO took the top spot on TRD’s ranking. It was followed by Tri State Commercial Realty, Cushman, EXR and Newmark.Those brokerages are also dealing with rents that are correcting. Average asking rents decreased over the summer in 12 out of 17 of the borough’s main shopping corridors, according to the Real Estate Board of New York’s most recent Brooklyn retail report.By and large, rents are on the decline in the borough’s more mature neighborhoods as property owners look to remain competitive, REBNY noted.Yet Brooklyn remains in demand. Life Time fitness inked a 77,000-square-foot lease at CIM Group and LIVWRK’s under-construction condo-and-rental complex Front & York, which is slated to open in 2021 in Dumbo. The outpost is Life Time’s first in Brooklyn.And the popular clothing retailer Everlane opened its first outer-borough store in September. The company, which started out as an e-commerce brand, opened its first New York brick-and-mortar store in Nolita in 2017 and is now expanding to Williamsburg.“It was always like Soho was a really important market to tenants growing, and now Williamsburg is extremely important,” said Greg Tannor of Lee & Associates.Jockeying for positionRKF brokers are in the midst of finalizing their move into Newmark’s offices near Grand Central Terminal, one of the final steps left in integrating the two firms.And while the acquisition turned Newmark into the most dominant retail brokerage in the city, it hasn’t been without drama.Nordstrom opened a massive store at Columbus Circle in October.Some of RKF’s longtime brokers left before the deal closed. Among them, Beth Rosen decamped to RIPCO, and restaurant specialist Spencer Levy went to CBRE. And Newmark fired RKF founder Robert Futterman this summer because of alleged erratic behavior and drug use.Futterman said he had been using medical marijuana and argued that he was falsely accused and unfairly treated. He’s been scarcely heard of since he was arrested for a DWI crash in the Hamptons in July.Newmark CEO Barry Gosin, meanwhile, told TRD last month that Futterman’s departure had no negative impact on the company’s bottom line, noting that RKF revenue is up more than 21 percent from a year ago.“The proof is in the pudding,” he said, adding that Newmark established a joint committee made up of leaders from both firms to help direct the retail business. “I’ve got no shortage of leadership to lead brokers.”Despite those internal disputes, with RKF now part of a larger (and more corporate) brand, some see an opening in the competitive landscape.“An independent competitor was removed from the competitive set,” said Gene Spiegelman of RIPCO.Spiegelman — who left Cushman last June to become a partner at RIPCO — said his company has more than 100 brokers spread across the tri-state area. And Spiegelman, who this year did a 67,000-square-foot lease for discount clothing store Century 21 at the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island, said RIPCO now sees itself as the top independent retail shop. “That’s the business opportunity I personally step into,” he said. Other than the Newmark-RKF shakeup, the top of the Manhattan pack remained relatively unchanged — with the exception of Meridian Retail Leasing, which cracked the top 10 for the first time, brokering 169,400 square feet of Manhattan retail details and clocking in at No. 9. The firm had no retail leasing division until last June, when it hired James Famularo and his team, who were looking to set up shop after Eastern Consolidated shuttered.Famularo said he now has 18 brokers on his team — up from the six he had at the team’s high point at Eastern — and that the group had just closed its 100th lease since joining Meridian.Neiman Marcus opened at Hudson Yards earlier this year.“Keep in mind, that was while we were putting in our infrastructure,” he said. “Now we’re killing it.”And while it wasn’t a massive year for broker poaching, there were some notable moves.In August, Lee & Associates hired Jedd Nero, who spent five years heading up Avison Young’s retail group.On a more somber note, Faith Hope Consolo, the outsized personality who ran Douglas Elliman’s retail division, died suddenly of a heart attack last December.“It was pretty shocking, to say the least,” said Corey Shuster, one of the team members who took the reins.The 73-year-old Consolo — the self-described “Queen of Retail” — had been one of the city’s most prolific retail brokers and served as the chair of Elliman’s retail group.Elliman has kept her team in place and is now expanding its ranks.Shuster said the group has added two more people for a total of five brokers, and it plans to grow to 12 next year.Elliman ranked No. 15 this year with 70,655 square feet.“Since January, we’ve put the pieces back together,” Shuster said. “Obviously, the retail market been a challenge, but it’s been a successful year.”Revisiting regulationStore closures and empty storefronts have drawn attention from local lawmakers, who have proposed legislation the industry is adamantly opposed to.In September, City Comptroller Scott Stringer — who is planning a 2021 run for mayor — released a study showing that empty retail space doubled from 5.6 million square feet in 2007 to 11.8 million square feet in 2017.Meanwhile, in July, the City Council passed a bill to create a registry of retail information including vacancies, rental rates, lease lengths, store sizes and upcoming expirations. But the proposal that concerns brokers the most is the council’s Small Business Jobs Survival Act, referred to in the industry as commercial rent control.The industry was furious when the bill was first introduced in March 2018. The initial proposal would have given commercial tenants — even companies that lease hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space — the right to renew a lease for 10 years and demand arbitration for rent hikes they considered too high.The legislation stalled, but last month Brooklyn Council Member Stephen Levin announced plans to introduce a new version focused on “community-facing” businesses that occupy smaller spaces.Winick’s Block said the new regulations would be a “major strain on the entire industry.”Overall, the numbers do not indicate a retail crisis is brewing. Collectively, Manhattan’s top 15 firms leased 5 million square feet last year — up from 4.2 million on TRD’s 2018 ranking. In Brooklyn, meanwhile, the top 15 brokered 1.6 million square feet in deals, up 12 percent over last yearStill, almost all brokers agree that it’s a strong tenant’s market. Landlords are still willing to lower rents and give greater concessions in order to lock down deals, a trend  since the market peaked a few years ago.Lee & Associates’ Tannor said he’s seeing more opportunities for tenants that might have found it difficult to break into the market in the past.He cited a 3,100-square-foot deal he brokered for Small Door Veterinary at Rudin Management’s Greenwich Lane. In a tighter market, he said, Rudin may have been more aggressive with its lease terms and may not have bothered taking a chance on a startup.“My tenants love this type of market,” Tannor said. “[There are] vacancies throughout Manhattan and the opportunity to take positions that [tenants] can afford now that maybe a few years ago were not affordable.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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James Armstrong appointed MD of Scania (Great Britain)

first_imgJames Armstrong (pictured) has been appointed Managing Director (MD) of Scania Great Britain. He will take over the role on 1 July from Martin Hay, who is to leave the business at the end of June.James will return to Britain after serving in his current role is as MD of Scania Central Europe Region, where he oversees operations in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary from Prague. Previous roles saw him as MD for Scania in South East Asia and as Services Director for Scania (Great Britain).“I am pleased to be coming back to the UK to take up the role of MD,” he says. “The UK business is one of the largest Scania operations and is very successful, and I intend to continue to lead this operation to further success, working closely to support our customers, our colleagues and our Independent network.“I spent several years in the UK as Services Director, so I look forward to connecting with former colleagues and observing how the business has continued to transform.  Scania (Great Britain) has an important agenda ahead with a key focus on sustainability, investing in electrification and driving the shift towards offering more sustainable transport solutions.”last_img read more

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Sanctions work a treat for dictatorships

first_imgThat usually meant harassing some hapless supermarket manager for daring to stock South African sherry or oranges. We got a tremendous glow of righteous self-satisfaction, but the effect on the creepy old racists of Pretoria was fairly minimal, I think. In the aftermath of what seems from the outside to have been a very disappointing election result in Belarus, it is tempting to look for a nice new shiny policy – including tougher sanctions. But that would be a mistake.For a start, it would have little effect. Belarus’s stunted economy exports little in the way of consumer goods, so there’s not much to boycott. (Its best export at the moment is giant tyres for earth-moving machinery and the people who buy such things are an unsentimental bunch, not much interested in the politics of post-Communist human rights.) Second, experience shows that the real effect of sanctions is to create profits for middle-men, not to rock regimes. Even if we did boycott the bison-grass vodka, sausage, socks and other things that do occasionally make it onto western shelves, it would be a mistake. Ten years of freezing out Belarus haven’t weakened the regime. If anything they have strengthened it, by increasing the sense of isolation on which dictatorship thrives. As one of my opposition friends, the Vitsebsk-based local activist Olga Karatch, noted recently, before Belarusian society can be transformed, it needs to be rebuilt. The country is still suffering to a much greater extent than any other former captive nation from the atomisation and disorientation created by the Soviet Union’s rise and fall. People feel lost.What we need is a policy that helps Belarusians find themselves in modern Europe – in culture and outlook at first, in economy and politics eventually. If it isolates the regime from the people too, that’s an added bonus.The best way to do that is to open our doors as widely as possible. Everything that encourages the free movement of people, goods and services across the border increases the number of autonomous decision-makers in the closed Belarusian society – and therefore opens it up. I know that the commanding heights of the Belarusian economy are run by the ruling elite and its cronies. And it is true that they will make even more money if trade increases. But that’s a price worth paying.Trade will only grow slowly. But a quick practical scheme would be to offer plentiful scholarships to Belarusians wanting to study in the European Union. And we should do everything possible to increase sporting ties too.The Kremlin’s assessment of the Belarus elections was that they were splendidly free and fair – and anyone who says otherwise is a spy and should be locked up (I made that last bit up, but you get the drift). That highlights another reason for avoiding sanctions: they just force Belarus ever deeper into Russia’s glutinous embrace. Nobody’s talking about sanctions against Russia, yet, but Vladimir Putin’s idea of democracy is not much different from Lukashenko’s (roughly: sit down, shut up, give me money). And they need the same approach.The big strength of Western societies is that we are open. That’s what we should use in the struggle against autocracy, in Minsk, Moscow and beyond: by demonstrating our openness, to trade, people and ideas. Edward Lucas is Central and Eastern Europe correspondent for The Economist.last_img read more

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