Laura Kozelouzek, CEO of Quest Workspaces, and a Quest classroomOffice is out, but school is in session.Quest Workspaces, a co-working operator with 12 locations in Florida and New York, is turning some of its enclosed office space into small pods where groups of students can gather for virtual learning.The move comes as many school districts are opting to forgo in-person teaching for the start of the new school year, due to Covid-19. At the same time, it’s a means for co-working, which has been hit hard by the pandemic, to cope with declining demand for office space.In New York, co-working leasing was down 84 percent in the first quarter, year-over-year, according to commercial brokerage JLL.Co-working operators like Quest, Industrious and WeWork are looking for ways to fill that space.For Quest, the pods will function essentially as small classrooms. Students will be dropped off in the morning to go to their pods, to be accompanied by a tutor, teacher, parent or supervisor.“It’s no different than what we do in terms of managing our space. We can bring companies together of all different sizes,” said Laura Kozelouzek, CEO of Quest Workspaces. “There is a need for people to get out of their homes.”The Quest Micro-Class Pods start at $200 per child per month, for children of Quest members. For nonmembers, the pods start at $400 per child per month. The pods can include up to six students per pod, and are primarily geared toward high school or middle school students, Kozelouzek said. In South Florida, Quest has two locations on Brickell Avenue and in Coral Gables, and one each in Doral, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. Quest also has two offices in New York City.Suzanne West, a longtime user of Quest’s New York and Miami locations, is considering leasing a pod for her stepdaughter, who is an incoming freshman at Miami Beach Senior High. “I am very comfortable having my daughter there,” West said. “We can have supervision. They can even be on other schedules.”New York-based Industrious is also considering the move. “This is something we are exploring internally to determine whether or not it can be done safely and responsibly,” said a spokesperson for the company.WeWork’s CEO Sandeep Mathrani has also said previously that the company is considering using its space for classrooms.In Chicago, Optima Signature, a 56-story, 490-unit apartment tower in the Streeterville neighborhood, is converting four of its 25 office suites into classrooms, the Chicago Tribune reported. Interest is expected to come from families whose children attend the Montessori school in the tower, according to the report.The new business line could help an office sector that was ailing even prior to the pandemic.Leasing activity for co-working, also known as flexible space, dropped 50 percent globally in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to the previous year, according to JLL.Lending to buildings in which co-working is a tenant is also difficult, according to David Eyzenberg of Eyzenberg & Company, who arranges financing for commercial real estate projects.“It was hard to finance office properties where co-working took up a significant percentage of space,” Eyzenberg said. “If it was a multi-tenant property, it was possible, but if it was a single co-working tenant space it was very difficult and expensive. Throughout the pandemic, it’s been more difficult.”Many of the lagging leasing figures in co-working stem from embattled WeWork. Last year, the New York-based company pulled out of its initial public offering and saw its valuation drop from $47 billion to about $5 billion. WeWork recently hired JLL and CBRE to help fill millions of square feet now vacant in New York City and Los Angeles. The company closed its location on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road and pulled out of a planned 115,000-square-foot lease at 149 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.Yet, co-working’s woes could eventually be alleviated, according to JLL. The firm projects that in the future, companies will gravitate to co-working, or flexible office space, as fewer firms will want to commit to long-term leases. JLL projects that 30 percent of all office space will be consumed flexibly by 2030.Still, challenges remain in the near term. “People are afraid to go into those types of environments,” said Colliers International Florida’s Keith Edelman, referring to some crowded co-working spaces. “We are going to start seeing those spaces downsizing.” Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink TagsCoworkingWeWork
Kindred Spirits Monument/Google Maps Street ViewBy CHEYENNE HASLETT, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — A relationship between Native Americans and Ireland that dates back nearly two centuries has been revived once again during a time of desperate need.A GoFundMe page for Navajo and Hopi families devastated by coronavirus has raised over $2.6 million as of Wednesday, in no small part because of the hundreds of donations coming from names like O’Neill, Hanrahan, O’Leary and Munro.“At Ireland’s time of need during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Native American people donated to the famine relief effort even though they themselves were still living in hardship. Their generosity will never be forgotten,” Dermot Burke wrote on the GoFundMe page on May 3, along with a $30 donation to the Navajo and Hopi relief efforts.“When Ireland was in need you understood what Solidarity really looked like,” read the following message from Alan Hopkins, along with $20.Navajo Nation has seen an increasingly challenging rise of coronavirus cases since the outbreak began in early March, spreading quickly and severely on a reservation that lacks running water for nearly a third of residents, creating barriers to hand-washing, and where crowded multi-generational homes can make social distancing all but impossible.Navajo Nation, which has access to only about 20 intensive care unit beds for a population of nearly 30,000, has pressed for help from the federal government in combating the spread. Neither the Navajo nor any tribes had received any of the $8 billion of aid granted to them in the CARES Act, the nation’s coronavirus relief package, until Tuesday, and tribes are still waiting on 40% of the funds.“The heartache is real. We have lost so many of our sacred Navajo elders and youth to COVID-19. It is truly devastating. And a dark time in history for our Nation,” Vanessa Tulley, an organizer for the Navajo and Hopi family fundraiser, wrote on the GoFundMe page in May.“In moments like these, we are so grateful for the love and support we have received from all around the world. Acts of kindness from indigenous ancestors passed being reciprocated nearly 200 years later through blood memory and interconnectedness. Thank you, IRELAND, for showing solidarity and being here for us,” she wrote, as donations from across the pond continued to roll in.The connection between Ireland and Native American tribes dates back to 1847, when the Choctaw Nation raised $170, which translates to $5,350 today, for a relief fund that was sending food and clothing from the U.S. to Ireland during the Great Famine, which was estimated to have killed 1 million people during the 1840s.“Adversity often brings out the best in people. We are gratified — and perhaps not at all surprised — to learn of the assistance our special friends, the Irish, are giving to the Navajo and Hopi nations,” the Choctaw tribe said in a statement to ABC News. “Our word for their selfless act is ‘iyyikowa’ — it means serving those in need. We have become kindred spirits with the Irish in the years since the Irish Potato Famine. We hope the Irish, Navajo and Hopi peoples develop lasting friendships, as we have. Sharing our cultures makes the world grow smaller.”At the time, the Choctaw tribe was suffering from the toll the Trail of Tears had taken on its own population. Nearly a quarter of the tribe was wiped out by the 600-mile trek from areas in the Southeast to territory west of the Mississippi after being forcibly evicted from their land by the U.S. government between 1830 and 1834.In the decades since, Choctaw Nation and Ireland have kept up the relationship, continuing to use it to remember the suffering that entwines the two nations’ experiences. In 1992, more than 20 Irish men and women walked the Trail of Tears, raising relief funds for a famine in Somalia, and a few years later, Gary White Deer, a member of the Choctaw Nation, led an annual Famine Walk in Ireland, according to the Irish Times.Then, in 2017, the Irish honored the Choctaw nation with the Kindred Spirits Choctaw Monument, an art installation in Midleton, Ireland, to commemorate the Choctaw donation during the potato famine.“After we lost a fourth of our people coming across the Trail of Tears, we turned around and sent $170 over to the people of Ireland. Now, to me that’s true servant leadership. That’s a type of values that I want to pass on to my kids and to my grandkids,” Choctaw Chief Gary Batton said at the time the monument was installed.“It makes me honored to represent the people that does those type of efforts.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
1 Comment Wow… Brawo Skjern! ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsSkjern Handbold are on fire! The Danish vice-champions played one of the best matches on the international level in the history of the club in 60 minutes of clash with powerhouse of European handball – Telekom Veszprem 32:25 (17:13), which will have more than serious task to ensure the placement at quarter-final of the VELUX EHF Champions League.Fantastic performance of Danish team, with a lot of running, powerful goals and high-level of defense, made a collapse of the Ljubomir Vranjes’s team, who was on -9 (31:22 and 32:23) in the last five minutes of the match.Rene Rasmussen and Markus Olsson were the TOP shoters in the winning team with six goals each, while young goalkeeper Emil Nielsen had 14 saves. On the other side, Gasper Marguc netted six, while Kentin Robin Tonnesen ended disasterous night for Veszprem on five goals.Question is, wheather Veszprem in this form is capable to “catch” Skjern even in noisy Veszprem Arena next weekend? 1 Comment KonradB 25. March 2018. at 19:24 ShareTweetShareShareEmail Related Items: Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Apprentices, drivers, engineers, customer service professionals, managers from Go North East came together recently to celebrate excellence within its 2,100-strong team at its annual Team GNE Awards.Leadership Award winner Shirley Connell, divisional manager- North region receives her trophy from Go North East managing director Kevin CarrRe-launched as the Team GNE Awards to help bring Go North East’svision, beliefs and attitudes to life, the revamped event boasted a stunning new location, at Newcastle’s Crowne Plaza, and more categories were added to the bill to recognise talent throughout the business, with bigger prizes up for grabs at the special celebration – including European mini-cruises, luxury hotel and spa breaks and delicious dining experiences.Go North East also introduced an inclusive peer-to-peer nomination process to empower all team members and divisions spanning the region to get involved. And for the first time, individuals could put themselves forward for an accolade.Beginning the evening’s proceedings, 10 team members from across the company were invited to the stage to honour their high levels of internal customer service.Following this, each of the highly-anticipated winners and runners up for the nine categories were revealed.Team GNE Awards 2017 winners and runners up:Apprentice of the Year:Michael Ord, Gateshead Riverside – winnerZoe Gibbons, Bensham – runner upEngineer of the Year:Barry Coates, Saltmeadows Road – winnerDuncan Graham, Percy Main – runner upDriver of the Year:Iain Graham, Deptford – winnerLyndsey Fenwick, Gateshead Riverside – runner upCharity Star:Ian Proud, Gateshead Riverside – winnerGraeme Bradley, Gateshead Riverside – runner upExcellence in Customer Service:Carl Wood, Chester-le-Street – winnerPeter Dobson, Washington – runner upDennis Crighton, Chester-le-Street – special commendationTeam GNE Star:Emilia Fengriffin, Saltmeadows Road – winnerDaniel Graham, Bensham – runner upLeadership Award:Shirley Connell, Gateshead Riverside – winnerJohn Newton, Chester-le-Street – runner upTeam of the Year:Q3 driving team – winner Saltmeadows Road Body Shop – runner upTicketer project team – highly commendedDepot of the Year:Washington depot – winner Hexham depot – runner upInternal customer service:Alison Tindle, BenshamArek Zuzak, Gateshead Riverside Ben Lowery, BenshamChris Green, Gateshead Riverside Chris Stewart, BenshamGraham Hill, BenshamKatie Chapman, Deptford Michael Rich, Gateshead RiversidePaul Duff, Gateshead RiversideStephanie Bell, Bensham
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke performed a DJ set at the Latitude Festival in the UK this past weekend, along with producer Nigel Godrich. According to reports, Yorke mainly stuck with solo material from Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, 2006’s The Eraser, and some tracks from Atoms for Peace’s Amok. However, there were two “new” tracks played that at this time have no origin. Were they new Radiohead songs? I guess we will find out soon.Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood Shares New Album UpdateYorke also joined Portishead during their set on a version of “The Rip” which can be seen below.
Chris and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes have announced a 2020 winter tour, which will see the brothers perform intimate acoustic shows in the U.S. and Europe under the moniker, Brothers Of A Feather.Kicking off at OMEARA in London, U.K. on February 12th, the Brothers Of A Feather tour will see the Robinson’s perform stripped-down versions of classic Black Crowes songs ahead of their recently announced, Shake Your Money Maker reunion/anniversary international tour.Following a stop in the Netherlands, the tour will head to Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA on February 19th before traversing down the East Coast and the rest of the country. Stops at Nashville’s The Basement East (2/25) and Denver’s Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox (3/2) will lead to a tour-closing show at The Chapel in San Fransisco (3/6).Tickets go on sale today, February 10th, at 12:00 p.m. local time. Click here for tickets and more information. Scroll down for a detailed list of tour dates.Brothers Of A Feather 2020 Tour DatesFebruary 12 – London, UK – OMEARAFebruary 15 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso NoordFebruary 19 – Boston, MA -Brighton Music HallFebruary 21 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The FillmoreFebruary 23 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal WestFebruary 25 – Nashville, TN – The Basement EastFebruary 27 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln HallFebruary 29 – Austin, TX – Antone’s NightclubMarch 2 – Denver, CO – Ophelia’s Electric SoapboxMarch 4 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir LoungeMarch 6 – San Francisco, CA – The ChapelView Tour Dates
The Kinks have detailed their upcoming The Moneygoround: A One Man Show For One Night Only livestream event, scheduled to premiere on the English rock band’s YouTube page on January 29th at 3 p.m. ET.The show will look to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One concept album originally released in November 1970. The 45-minute one-man play starring actor Ben Norris as the lead role was co-written by The Kinks co-founder (and recently-appointed Knight) Ray Davies alongside English dramatist Paul Sirett.In addition to Norris’ filmed performance, The Moneyground will also weave in a mix of archival footage, lyric videos for “Any Time 2020” and “Lola”, and an unboxing video for the anniversary edition of the album which was reissued on special multi-formats last month.“‘The Moneygoround’ is a one-man show documenting a character facing the challenging circumstances of making an album under extreme pressure,” Davies said in a statement about his forthcoming virtual production. “This play, similar to a psychodrama, follows the ups and downs of the character as he plays out events in his life. He confronts the dark forces surrounding him after falling into an emotional and financial ‘hole’ […] eventually he is saved by a song after confiding in his friend, Lola.”Watch the official trailer for the show below.The Moneygoround: A One Man Show For One Night Only [Trailer][Video: TheKinks][H/T Rolling Stone]
“I put on the emergency lights and I jumped out and grabbed the hawk,” Eldilemi told the New York Daily News. “My passenger was surprised. He was like ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘Look, I’m gonna drop you off first and then do something with the bird.’”RELATED: Watch Olympic Sprinter Run Onto Busy Highway So He Can Save Tortoise From Traffic“I tell it, ‘Look, I’m going to save you,’” he added. “The bird just looked at me, like, friendly.”Eldilemi then drove all the way to Brooklyn with the bird held firmly in one arm. True to his word, he dropped off his human passenger before flagging down a police officer and handing off the bird.The officer put the hawk into a cage and transported it to the Wild Bird Fund of New York City. The hawk, which had likely been hurt from flying into a car or skyscraper, was named Taxi after rescuers mistakenly thought that she was rescued by a cab driver. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore This red-tailed hawk is no small bird of prey – but that didn’t stop a courageous Uber driver from lending a hand when he saw that it was injured on the side of a major highway earlier this month.58-year-old Kasim Eldilemi was in the middle of driving a passenger across the FDR Drive when he spotted the distressed hawk on the shoulder of the Manhattan road.Though some motorists were content to take pictures of the taloned creature from their windows, Eldilemi stopped his car so he could scoop the bird into his arms. Taxi spent four days in recovery before she was deemed to be in good health and was released back into the wild from Central Park.Uber was quick to praise their courageous driver for rescuing the bird, saying: “Uber’s driver-partners do incredible things every day … but we’re particularly amazed by Kasim who ensured the hawk was safe.”MORE: Watch Good Samaritan Teenager Revive a Squirrel With CPR After it Ran Into His CarEldilemi, however, is humble of his rescue efforts.“This is an example for America,” he told the Daily News. “If I go to drive anywhere, and I see something — animal, human — I stop to help.”Be Sure And Fly This Story Over To Your Friends On Social Media – Photo by Wild Bird FundAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Norwich University,Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has raised $70 million in year two of its five-year, $100 million “Forging the Future” capital campaign. University President Richard W Schneider made the announcement on Saturday to 720 alumni, donors, trustees, faculty and staff at a luncheon held in Kreitzberg Arena. Part of Homecoming festivities held October 1-4, the event launched Norwich’s “Year of Transformation,” the second themed year in the university’s five-year countdown to its 2019 Bicentennial. Norwich welcomed a record 2,000 alumni and guests throughout the weekend.Norwich University’s five-year, Forging the Future capital campaign is timed to culminate during the university’s bicentennial in 2019. Funds will help further enhance the university’s strong financial footing as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.Norwich will use the $100 million to fund Mack Hall, a new, six-story academic building on campus; significantly renovate three academic buildings, Dewey, Webb and Ainsworth Halls; and grow scholarship endowments. Some $6.8M from the Forging the Future campaign has already been used to modernized the Norwich campus library to an epicenter of interactive, collaborative learning.“Nothing transforms people like education, and the Forging the Future campaign is going to transform the educational experience here at Norwich,” said General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59. A former Army Chief of Staff , Sullivan serves as chairman of the Norwich Board of Trustees. “Norwich was where I acquired the knowledge, the skills, the character, and the discipline, to be successful – not just in my military career, but in my life.”Fittingly, the largest campaign in Norwich’s history began with the university’s largest-ever donation. In April 2013, Colonel Jennifer Pritzker, IL ARNG (Ret.) H’07, president of the Tawani Foundation, committed $25 million to the Norwich University bicentennial campaign in a challenge match to current and former university board members.Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu(link is external)In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu(link is external). Source: Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. 10.5.2015