The following is an appeal to Bangalore City Administration (BBMP & DC) and the Health Department by a highly concerned citizen of Bangalore and an ardent reader of ‘Times of India’ – the newspaper that’s in the forefront of making a great impact on the lives of Bengalureans.It’s high time that the Containment Zone is confined to only the house affected by Coronavirus. If the sealing down of areas continue in the way it’s being carried out, the whole of Bangalore City will very soon turn out to be a Containment Zone.Sealing down an entire Area/ Ward/Street will cost a bomb to the Economy of Bangalore City that is just trying to open up.The City Administration & the Health Department should soon review the Containment strategies in such a way that the economic activities and the normalcy of life of the people who reside in the neighbourhood of a Coronavirus infected person or a family are not at all disrupted.It seems to me that the very purpose of Unlock 0.1 will be defeated with the growing number of Containment Zones due to how the city administration is sealing them down and it’s worse than complete lockdown. In the recent past, SP Road has been sealed down for 28 days. Imagine the disastrous effects of such a measure on the business front. If markets are not allowed to operate and sealed down for longer periods and street vendors are prevented from selling, how will the livelihoods of the poor, labourers and the marginalised be revived?The mildly affected should be allowed to isolate themselves in their respective residences and monitored and only the severe cases to be hospitalised. And the immediate contacts too should be allowed to isolate for 14 days in their houses.The rest of the neighbourhood needs to be alerted about the development and allowed to carry on with their daily lives unhampered, of course with caution.The chances of Coronavirus cases spiking in different parts of Bangalore is very high what with the increase in the number of returnees both domestic and foreign. Unhygienic and crowded Institutional quarantine facilities are adding to the woes. Hence Home quarantine is safer.To reiterate and sum it up, only the residential unit in which a Coronavirus case is suspected or confirmed should be declared a Containment Zone for 14 days, instead of the entire Area/Street.And most importantly, an asymptomatic person needn’t be tested for Covid-19.Let’s not shatter the economy even further, giving into fears of unwarranted health hazard.PM Modi has assured the Confederation of Indian Industry recently that the economic activities will be assisted to pick up pace faster.
Does today’s busy doctor have time to listen? Time to be a great doctor, not just a good doctor? And finally, a good doctor treats the diagnosis, a great doctor treats the patient. Because a great doctor understands the full story: not only the disease but also the patient’s context, her social situation, her beliefs. In medical schools today, medicine is taught as a science. Algorithms to diagnose and evidence-based medicine to treat. What if something doesn’t fit into these?Here is a true story. A girl in the US cannot retain any food: she vomits it out. She has seen all sorts of specialists, undergone all sorts of treatment, but to no avail. She is at the verge of dying when someone suggests to her yet another specialist. What’s the point, the girl thinks, I’ve seen so many of them. But what the hell, one more would do no harm she says to herself and goes to see that doctor with an armful of her test reports, specialist opinions and so on. The doctor pushes the pile of papers away without even glancing at them. “Tell me what’s your problem?” What’s with this guy, the girl thinks. “It’s all there in these papers,” she says. “I’m sure it is,” says the doctor, “but I want to hear it from you.” Then he listens to the girl. And finds the diagnosis and the treatment by just listening to her!Yes, listening is a diagnostic tool. To listen is to hear not only what is being said but also what is not being said. Therefore, I say medicine is not just science. It is also an art.That is why an experienced surgeon makes faster, more accurate and more confident decisions than a young surgeon? Because she uses intuition – ‘gut feeling,’ an ‘inner voice’ or a ‘sixth sense’ – given to her by experience, to make decisions without using analytical reasoning. Eighteen seconds of listening to a patient and the doctor has made a diagnosis. But she listens some more, asks probing questions, orders diagnostic tests – all to confirm that her diagnosis is correct.
Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction BayonneNews Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Crime Bayonne Facebook Twitter Davis critics blast Bayonne MUA absorption as $15M budget hole looms The Bayonne City Council unanimously approved Mayor Jimmy Davisâ€™ executive order implementing a one-year hiring freeze, though two staunch Davis critics are against the exceptions made for the city’s Municipal Utilities Alliance.[fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvXroanoeFE[/fve]According to the executive order, an exception will be made for no more than five MUA employees when the autonomous agency is absorbed the city.Peter Cresci pointed fingers at the city council for the water rate increase by first bringing up the transfer of $11 million from the MUA to the city.â€œYou readily took the money and allowed them to raise the rates to 18 percent,â€ he said.According to Bayonne City Council President Sharon Nadrowski, â€œthe money couldnâ€™t be used for rate stabilizationâ€ and the â€œrates were already contracted to a raise.â€Bayonne Corporation Counsel John “Jay” Coffey also chimed in stating that â€œthe money was for tax stabilization and not rate stabilization,â€ based on the contract.Cresci fired back stating the money could have been used to help stabilize the rates and the mayor is really the one to blame because he â€œappointed Tim Boyle.â€â€œThat has nothing to do with the rates,â€ interrupted Nadrowski.Cresci further challenged Nadrowski, stating that Davis appointed all the commissioners and they voted on the rates.Bayonne Chief Financial Officer Terrence Malloy explained that the excess money from the concession fee after retiring debt is required to be used for municipal tax relief.â€œIn terms of the transaction with the concession fee, there was an excess of $150 million that is a relatively small sum of money and that was completed because the KKR wanted some debt left because there is an efficiency agreement between the MUA and the City of Bayonne.â€Due to the ongoing talks of abolishing the MUA, the current debt of a quarter of a million dollars would carry over to the city.There will also be an annual payment of $500,000 made to the MUA to cover operative expenses as part of the agreement with KKR.Cresci then listed what he feels are incomplete, aging jobs by the BMUA such as the â€œAvenue J generator down since Hurricane Sandyâ€ and â€œregulator chambers to be serviced twice a year.â€â€œYouâ€™re acquiring up to five people that donâ€™t do their jobs,” he said. â€œA million dollars between the pension, the salaries, the bonding and expenses.â€Fellow resident Peter Franco also blamed Boyle for the water rate hikesâ€œHe gave himself a raise and then gave us a 16 percent water rate increase.â€Although Coffey argued that Boyle couldnâ€™t just give himself a raise since the board has to vote on it, Franco claimed that four out of the five members of the board is related to him.â€œYouâ€™re right, he didnâ€™t give himself the raise, his family did,” Franco said to applause from the crowd.Further discussion on the dissolution of the BMUA and a bond ordinance of $234,920 will be discussed at the city council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 22nd. Previous articlePolice: Hoboken woman threw dog out the window after fight with boyfriendNext articleWest New York teachers continue to brawl with BOE over contract Jeannette Josue Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say News By Jeannette Josue – May 19, 2016 11:05 am 0 TAGSJohn Coffeypeter crescipeter francosharon nadrowskiTerrence Malloy SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
SIGN UP Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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. Horse Sport Enews Three-time Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping champion, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, has decided to compete her great gelding, Shutterfly, at the 2010/2011 final which opens at Leipzig, Germany tomorrow, 27 April. Originally entered with Checkmate and Kismet, Meredith has substituted the latter for the 18 year old veteran who helped her secure the prestigious title at Las Vegas (USA) in 2005 and 2009 and at Gothenburg (SWE) in 2008. This means that not only is the German rider vying for a record-breaking fourth series victory, but Shutterfly may also go into the record books as the first horse to claim the honours on four occasions. The only other horse to win three titles was Rodrigo Pessoa’s legendary stallion Baloubet du Rouet who scored a spectacular back-to-back hat-trick for his Brazilian rider between 1998 and 2000.Some facts and figures about the 2010/2011 FEI World Cup™ Finals at Leipzig:• For the first time in the history of international equestrian sport, four finals will take place under one roof between 27 April and 1 May – Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping, Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ dressage, FEI World Cup™ Driving and FEI World Cup™ Vaulting.• Leipzig staged its first national event in 1998 and in 2002 held its first international show – the FEI World Cup™ Jumping final – Germany’s Otto Becker reigned supreme on that occasion with Dobel’s Cento.• Leipzig, the trade and cultural capital of eastern Germany, is closely associated with world-famous literary figure Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who studied law at Leipzig University.• A total of 50 competitions will take place at the Leipziger Messe exhibition centre between 27 April and 1 May.• The total prizemoney for the Finals is €1.6 million.• A total of 31 nations will compete in all four FEI World Cup™ events.• 21 nations will be represented in the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping final.• There are 11 lady riders amongst the 43 starters in the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping final.• Course designer for the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping final is Frank Rothenberger.• German footing expert, Oliver Hoberg, will ensure excellent ground conditions for horses and riders.• Stable Management has been allocated to Team Australia.• 100,000 visitors are expected to attend the event – at the 2010 Leipzig fixture a total of 70,000 spectators turned up over the four-day fixture.• Three halls – each sized 21,000 square metres, will be in use during the final.• Hall 1 – 9,500 seats, arena size 40/80 metres, Hall 2 – 3,000 seats, Hall 3 – stabling for 900 horses, 750 of these are allocated for competition horses.• President of the Organising Committee is Volker Wulff. Tags: FEI World Cup, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Shutterfly, 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.
Email Address* Message* Assemblyman N. Nick Perry and Sen. Brian Kavanagh (Getty, iStock, NY State Assembly)State lawmakers are proposing rules to add transparency to co-op and condo boards’ application review process.A new Senate bill would require residential co-op and condominium boards that reject applications from prospective buyers to explain why in writing, the Wall Street Journal reported. Applicants are often frustrated as they have no idea why they got rejected and some sue, alleging discrimination.Read moreCondo, co-op boards mull vaccine mandates for building workersBreak quarantine? Your co-op board can sueCo-op boards battle coronavirus with more rules, litigation The bill is sponsored by Manhattan Democrat Brian Kavanagh, who heads the Senate housing committee.ADVERTISEMENTAssemblyman N. Nick Perry, who sponsored an Assembly version of the bill, told the Journal that more transparency is needed to root out discrimination, intentional or not.“The intent is to prevent discriminatory decisions,” the Brooklyn Democrat said.This is not the first bill of this kind, however. Similar measures in the past failed to overcome strong opposition from co-op boards. Opponents say they fear that clearly stating the reason for rejections would make them more vulnerable to litigation.“I am concerned that something like this may actually create fodder for somebody who wants to make a claim of discrimination where the reasons [for rejection] may be legitimate,” Steven Wagner, a real-estate attorney, told the Wall Street Journal.Unlike in condominiums, residents of cooperatives own shares of their buildings, rather than their units. As a result, co-op boards have been known to be more stringent in reviewing applications. They are entitled to reject prospective residents as long as their decisions don’t violate housing discrimination laws.[WSJ] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsuda Full Name*
has fuelled a wave of Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiments since 11 September, according to two new reports.The studies, by the Vienna-based European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia and UK-based Refugees Studies Centre, acknowledge a greater sense of public fear of minorities but strongly urge European politicians to avoid “pandering to prejudice”.The EU Monitoring Centre cited evidence of rising attacks in every member state against symbols of Islam, such as mosques, and the harassment of Muslims, particularly women in hijabs (headscarves). Its chairman, Bob Purkis, said public anxiety in the wake of 11 September had been a major factor in the increased racist attacks: “A greater sense of fear among the general population has exacerbated already existing prejudices and fuelled acts of aggression and harassment across Europe,” he noted.The group’s report blamed sensationalist reporting in some sections of the media of extreme Islamic views and claimed that ‘mixed messages’ from politicians on asylum-seekers were fanning the flames.“By demonising refugees and asylum-seekers you legitimise racism and xenophobia,” Purkis added.The report, which was compiled before the recent electoral successes of anti-immigration parties in France and the Netherlands, did however commend the efforts of the majority of EU politicians, community leaders and the media for helping to enhance inter-faith dialogue and tolerance.It said more practical initiatives to promote intercultural understanding were needed, however.The Refugees Studies Centre report, on forced migration, sought to dispel the notion of ‘bogus’ asylum-seekers drawn to Europe by the allure of ‘generous’ benefits. It found that the vast majority of asylum-seekers were fleeing conflict or persecution. Of the leading ten countries from which asylum-seekers came to Europe, seven had experienced war in the decade up to 2000 and three had a history of repressing minorities.The report’s authors, Stephen Castles and Sean Loughna, suggest that tougher immigration measures, such as those currently being touted by Britain’s Tony Blair and Spain’s José María Aznar, would do little to stem the flow of asylum-seekers.“Preventing illegal immigration requires fundamental rethinking of our relationship with the developing world. Strident calls for tough action may serve to assuage popular fears stirred up by right-wing parties, but will do nothing to achieve long-term solutions,” the authors noted.Instead, they recommended a programme to address the underlying issues of conflicts, oppression and poverty – that cause people to flee their homelands – through intervention, investment and action against human rights abuses.The publication of the two reports comes against the backdrop of increasing discussion of the issues surrounding Islam and its impact on Western society – until recently a largely taboo subject for all but the far-right. Joschka Fischer, Germany’s foreign minister, this week called for greater dialogue and analysis of the relationship between Islamic teaching and “modernity”.“What we need is a culture of tolerance,” he told diplomats in Berlin. The Green minister’s views were echoed by his UK counterpart, Jack Straw, who said there was “a debate to be had”.
A veteran paramedic sued his employer and Brooklyn Center Police Department on Thursday, alleging they have routinely abused a state law that allows police officers to bring mentally ill people to a hospital if they are a threat to themselves or others. Nate Berg, 30, who has spent almost 10 years working as a paramedic in the metro area, said he has personally witnessed more than 200 incidents in which an individual’s civil rights have been violated. He said local police agencies have been misusing the law as a way to temporarily force people into hospitals when they don’t have enough information to support an arrest.Read More, Paramedic: Cops abuse law to detain people
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore101-year-old Buster Martin is aiming to become world’s oldest marathon runner.He still has a job in a plumbing shop, but in his spare time the 101-year-old is training for the London Marathon while tipping back a pint of beer. This inspiring YouTube video gives you a look at the training centenarian and his beer breaks. He has quite a twinkle in his eye for life. (Thanks to Judy in Australia for submitting the story!)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
SHARE This Festivus Moment…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor a television show about nothing, the cast members sure know how to give a little something to a dying man in celebration of his 67th birthday.Jim Calder had been battling lung cancer for two years leading up to this November birthday. His son, James Calder, felt inspired to throw a virtual party and began asking his dad’s favorite people to send in videos. Then he reached out to the actors of Jim’s favorite show–Seinfeld–asking for happy birthday wishes.Responses from the sitcom’s actors poured in, including Larry Thomas, ‘The Soup Nazi’, exclaiming “No cake for you!” and Wayne Knight, the actor who played Seinfeld’s neighbor Newman, saying a snide “Hello Jim!” in classic character.WATCH: Star Wars Director Grants Dying Man’s Wish, Just In TimeMichael Richards, who played the eccentric Cosmo Kramer, said he wanted to make a phone call instead, while Frank Costanza, played by Jerry Stiller, sent a video but requested it only be kept private within the Calder family.Jim’s health suddenly took a turn for the worse, while the family was keeping their secret surprise–and waiting for more videos to arrive. They decided it was time for the big reveal. At the last minute, a special delivery arrived, from the one and only Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine. In the video below, she congratulates Jim on doing such a good job raising his son. “He clearly adores you,” she said within a very touching message.WANT MORE CELEBRITY KINDNESS?….GET OUR NEW GOOD NEWS APP—> Download FREE for Android and iOS“He was shocked and mystified about how we were able to reach the Seinfeld cast members,” James wrote in a blog post on the Huffington Post. “He really felt the love and support.”Jim died the next day, on November 7th, three days before his birthday. His wife said she took it as ‘a sign’ that one of his favorite Seinfeld episode was on television that day.…Or, it could be a Festivus miracle. (Watch the funny messages below)
Tags: International Day of Peace, Moment of Peace, saint mary’s, United Nations On Tuesday, several Saint Mary’s students and faculty participated in activities celebrating the International Day of Peace.Campus minister Emily Sipos-Butler said the Day of Peace is a way to commemorate and strengthen acts of peace and nonviolence within the community. “It shines a light on the practice of peace and calls all of use to work toward peace locally and globally,” she said. While the Day of Peace mean a lot globally, it also means a lot personally and spiritually to Sipos-Butler. “It’s a chance to recall that we are meant to live in peace with one another and with all of creation,” she said. “It gives us hope for peace and reminds us we are not alone in that hope and work for peace. On a personal level, this day carries a deeper meaning as I remember those in war-torn areas that I worked with or on behalf of when I was with the Catholic Peace-Building Network.” Saint Mary’s is in a unique position to recognize the Day of Peace, as the College is rooted in spirituality and community, she said. “As a Catholic college, our faith calls us to act for peace and justice as we work toward building the beloved community spoken about in scripture,” Sipos-Butler said. “Further, celebrating Peace Day is an exercise of the college’s core values; learning, as we strive to educate the campus about peace and [the] Peace Day; justice, because taking steps toward peace is a work of justice, community, as peace is dependent upon positive social relations; and of course, faith and spirituality, for our faith calls us to be people of peace. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the international dimension of our Saint Mary’s community.”As part of the festivities, students can stop by the Student Center and make a pinwheel for peace to be placed on the Alumnae Green. “We’ll have a prayer cards available, too. We invite the entire campus community to pause for a moment of peace at noon, with people all over the world,” Sipos-Butler said. The Moment of Peace is a way for Saint Mary’s to connect with all others around the world, Sipos-Butler said. “When we stop for a minute to focus on peace, incorporating some sort of prayer and hope for peace, we are part of a wave of peace moving across the globe for 24 hours,” she said. “It’s simple, something anyone, anywhere can do. And when we think about how others around the world are doing the same thing at noon local time, we connect with them through our minute of silence. And on a personal level, a minute of silence can help us feel more peace within ourselves.”
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Talking about saving and smart spending early can help instill essential lessons.by: Karen CordawayHave you ever wished that someone taught you more about money as a child? The sad reality is that many students graduate from college with a degree but unable to manage their money. Here are some tips to educate your children about money so they can better handle their finances in the future:Talk isn’t cheap when it comes to money.Dianne Caliman, creative director of The Centsables, an award-winning animated TV series on the Fox Business network, believes talking is key when it comes to money matters with children. She suggests including your children in the family’s money management activities such as looking through circulars and clipping coupons.She points out that these types of activities are great jumping off points for discussions. Caliman explains that showing real life examples to children fosters understanding and meaningful connections to money management. “Show the kids your bills, and explain how purchases made earlier must be paid for now,” she says.Caliman also reminds parents to be role models and to ask themselves the following: What messages do you send your children? Are you living beyond your means? Do you pull out the plastic for every purchase? Do you and your spouse worry or argue about money? She advises taking a look at your own money habits, and make any changes where you think necessary. “When you exercise good financial judgment, you are automatically teaching your children by example. That’s a win-win situation for all,” she adds. continue reading »
Siebert opener postponed as Gophers host Ohio State at the DomeAshley GoetzApril 2, 2009Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintUntil 2008, Minnesota and Ohio State typically played their annual series in mid-May. When the Gophers hosted, games were played at Siebert Field. But for the second straight season, Minnesota meets the Buckeyes much earlier in the season, and thanks to the upper-MidwestâÄôs notoriously long winters, the series will be played under protection of Teflon. The Gophers host Ohio State at the Metrodome this weekend for the first time since the 1994 Dairy Queen Classic . The series begins tonight at 6:35 p.m. and concludes with games Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at 12:15 p.m. The Minnesota-Ohio State matchup is as evenly matched as it can possibly be. In 156 total meetings, the series is a level 77-77-2 . The team that takes two or three games this weekend will have the overall bragging rights âÄî until the programs meet again at least. âÄúWeâÄôve had competitive series against one another,âÄù head coach John Anderson said. âÄúWe both have great pride in our programs âÄ¦ and weâÄôre looking forward to the challenge.âÄù The Gophers and Buckeyes each have midweek losses to shake off. Ohio State was drubbed 14-3 by Marshall Wednesday night while Minnesota was narrowly beaten by Northern Iowa, 9-7 . The games were uncharacteristic for both teams. Arguably the top offensive team in the Big Ten this season, the Buckeyes are batting .340 as a team and have scored 242 runs in 26 games, easily outpacing IndianaâÄôs second-ranked run total of 191 in 25 games. But Ohio StateâÄôs bats were quiet against the Thundering Herd. The BuckeyesâÄô production fell well short of the 9.3 runs theyâÄôre averaging this year and they managed just 11 hits compared to MarshallâÄôs 21 . On the other hand, Minnesota, the conferenceâÄôs best team defensively in terms of fielding percentage, committed two costly errors in the sixth inning, which led to five unearned runs and the Gophers second loss of the year to the pesky Panthers. âÄúWe didnâÄôt help our pitchers out,âÄù junior second baseman Derek McCallum said, but added âÄúlast night I think was a fluke. âÄúI think weâÄôll be just fine [against Ohio State] if the pitching stays the way it has on the weekends and we play defense.âÄù Assuming Minnesota can put Wednesday in its rearview mirror and assuming Ohio State returns to form at the plate, it will create an intriguing matchup pitting considerable offensive prowess against airtight defense and commanding pitching. The GophersâÄô staff boasts the best ERA in the Big Ten with a combined 4.06 and is allowing opponents to bat just .257 , thanks largely to MinnesotaâÄôs starting rotation of seniors Tom Buske and Chauncy Handran, and sophomore Seth Rosin. TheyâÄôre kept on unwavering 100-pitch counts but consistently eat up more than six innings and keep opponents off the board with those 100 pitches. A week ago against Indiana, Handran needed just 94 pitches to work through a career-high eight innings. He allowed two earned runs on six hits. With the BuckeyesâÄô run-scoring machine in town, an outing like that might be tough to come by, but the other teamâÄôs bats are never the focus as a pitcher, Rosin said. âÄúIâÄôm just going to take it like every other start, just try to paint the knees and get my curveball over,âÄù he said. âÄúThatâÄôs all I can do.âÄù
Colliers has release its 2014 Medical Office Report for the first quarter. Highlights include:Economic and employment growth slowed in the first quarter and these demand drivers spilled over into the medical office market. Despite the recent slowdown, there are indications that growth should accelerate in the coming quarters, supporting future space demand.Vacancy in the Greater Phoenix medical office market ticked up to 20.4 percent in the first quarter, compared to 19.5 percent at year-end 2013. Negative net absorption of 142,000 square feet was recorded in off-campus buildings, with the Scottsdale submarkets accounting for nearly 85,000 square feet of this total.Vacancy in on-campus medical office buildings was 13.1 percent in the first quarter, slightly higher than the five-year average of 12.4 percent.Sales activity in both traditional medical office buildings and medical office condos has slowed in recent quarters, due in part to a drop-off in distressed properties changing hands. With fewer REO properties selling, prices have ticked higher in both condo and non-condo sales.Click here to download the full report [.PDF].
On behalf of Arizona-based DMB, the Phoenix office of JLL has completed the $18.7 million sale of Canyon Village, a Class A mixed-use office project and cornerstone development within the DC Ranch masterplanned community in Scottsdale, Arizona.JLL Senior Managing Director Dennis Desmond and Senior Vice President Brian Ackerman represented the property seller, Canyon Village LLC (an entity of DMB), in cooperation with DMB Vice President of Development Michael Burke and Director of Leasing and Sales T.A. Shover.The team was assisted by Alfred Hackbarth, retail investment expert and Senior Vice President of SRS Real Estate Partners, and by JLL office leasing experts, Managing Director John Bonnell and Vice President Brett Abramson.The buyer is Laurus Corp., a Los Angeles-based private real estate investment and development firm.“As a DMB-built project, Canyon Village carries an unwavering quality and value in a niche location. There is no other office property quite like it in North Scottsdale,” said Desmond. “This buyer purchased Canyon Village knowing that Class A office space in Phoenix is coming back very strong and very quickly. They have tremendous confidence in that recovery and in this superior asset.”Totalling 93,890 square feet on 5.6 acres, Canyon Village includes four buildings and an adjacent 289-car parking structure. It is located at 18801, 18835, 18867 and 18899 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. in Scottsdale, on the northeast corner of Thompson Peak Parkway and Legacy Boulevard, and in the heart of DC Ranch, an 8,800-acre masterplanned community situated at the base of the McDowell Mountains. It is just five minutes from the Loop 101 freeway.Canyon Village is primarily home to office tenants, but also includes high-end medical office, retail and restaurant users such as Ciao Wine Bar & Bistro and The Village Health Club’s hot yoga studio. It is an immediate neighbor to the award-winning DC Ranch Village Health Club and Spa, and Silverleaf, a 2,000-acre private residential community boasting high desert canyons, a world-class golf course, limited custom homesites starting at $1 million and ranging from 1 to 15 acres, and luxury homes from $1 million to more than $7 million. The 2014 median home value within a one-mile radius of Canyon Village was $608,782 – a more than 300 percent difference from the $195,930 2014 median home value for all of metro Phoenix.“It is rare to find all of these amenities in one location – a landmark site, a highly designed formal Mediterranean environment, almost unrivalled access to executive housing and decision makers, a highly educated labor pool and meticulous property management,” said DMB Vice President Mike Burke. “We took all of these factors into consideration when building Canyon Village, laying a strong foundation for a long-term success story.”At the time of purchase, Canyon Village was 75.9 percent leased, with expectations that this figure will increase quickly as development continues around the site and the Phoenix office market enjoys a sustained recovery.According to JLL research, the subset of Phoenix’s Class A office space is significantly outperforming all other office classes. As of year-end 2014, the Class A vacancy rate was 18.7 percent (compared to 21.4 percent Valley-wide) and accounted for 60 percent of the year’s total net office space absorption.
The New York Times: Three men doing time in Israeli prisons recently appeared before a parole board consisting of a judge, a criminologist and a social worker. The three prisoners had completed at least two-thirds of their sentences, but the parole board granted freedom to only one of them. Guess which one:Case 1 (heard at 8:50 a.m.): An Arab Israeli serving a 30-month sentence for fraud.Case 2 (heard at 3:10 p.m.): A Jewish Israeli serving a 16-month sentence for assault.Case 3 (heard at 4:25 p.m.): An Arab Israeli serving a 30-month sentence for fraud.There was a pattern to the parole board’s decisions, but it wasn’t related to the men’s ethnic backgrounds, crimes or sentences. It was all about timing, as researchers discovered by analyzing more than 1,100 decisions over the course of a year. Judges, who would hear the prisoners’ appeals and then get advice from the other members of the board, approved parole in about a third of the cases, but the probability of being paroled fluctuated wildly throughout the day. Prisoners who appeared early in the morning received parole about 70 percent of the time, while those who appeared late in the day were paroled less than 10 percent of the time.The odds favored the prisoner who appeared at 8:50 a.m. — and he did in fact receive parole. But even though the other Arab Israeli prisoner was serving the same sentence for the same crime — fraud — the odds were against him when he appeared (on a different day) at 4:25 in the afternoon. He was denied parole, as was the Jewish Israeli prisoner at 3:10 p.m, whose sentence was shorter than that of the man who was released. They were just asking for parole at the wrong time of day.These experiments demonstrated that there is a finite store of mental energy for exerting self-control. When people fended off the temptation to scarf down M&M’s or freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies, they were then less able to resist other temptations. When they forced themselves to remain stoic during a tearjerker movie, afterward they gave up more quickly on lab tasks requiring self-discipline, like working on a geometry puzzle or squeezing a hand-grip exerciser. Willpower turned out to be more than a folk concept or a metaphor. It really was a form of mental energy that could be exhausted. The experiments confirmed the 19th-century notion of willpower being like a muscle that was fatigued with use, a force that could be conserved by avoiding temptation.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Courtesy photoFORT UNION News:WATROUS – Join park rangers Friday, Sept. 13 for a 1.25-mile tour through the grounds of Fort Union and along the Santa Fe Trail under the serenity of a dark sky.The tour will bring together the history and culture of the valley with a natural dark sky. The program will start at 8:30 p.m. at the visitor center and will run to approximately 10 p.m. Friday.After sunset, the high plains take on a new identity. Beneath the glow of a full moon the remnants of the old fort casts light shadows against the prairie. Fort Union was certified earlier this month as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association.The park gates will open at 7:30 p.m. for visitors who would like to have a picnic dinner or take sunset photos before the guided tour starts at 8:30 p.m. The program will take place even under cloudy skies, but it will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Bring water, a light jacket, and comfortable shoes.To visit the monument take exit 366 of I-25 at Watrous on to State Highway 161, 8 miles west. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 505.425.8025. Visit www.nps.gov/foun, or like us on Facebook.About the National Park Service:More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.