Meet the “wellness real estate movement” evangelist

first_imgShare via Shortlink On the latest episode of Coffee Talk, TRD’s Amir Korangy sat with wellness real estate CEO Paul Scialla, whose company Delos has raised over $230 million to further its mission of, as Scialla put it, “merging the health sciences with the building sciences.”The company has been valued at over $1 billion and attracted attention back in 2014 with a wellness-first development. The project’s residents, including Delos board members Deepak Chopra and Leonardo DiCaprio, enjoyed vitamin-C infused showers and cork floors engineered to provide lumbar support.But the company’s goals go beyond splashy luxe developments. Since 2014, it has garnered investments from the likes of Bill Gates, expanded into Asia and Australia, and made partnerships with major real estate players like Brookfield, Lendlease, and Marriott.Delos’ company includes subsidiary the International Well Building Institute, which provides a new set of standards for building owners and developers.“This is going way beyond removing what’s harmful or toxic and promoting what’s beneficial,” Scialla explained. That includes monitoring the quality of the water, examining the way a building’s lighting influences productivity and engineering spaces that encourage healthy lifestyles.The Well Building Institute “WELL certifies” buildings that provide healthy environs and practices. Delos’ various products — which include the plug-and-play air filters used in its partnership with the NYC Department of Education— provide solutions for the buildings that fall below the WELL standard. Scialla said WELL certification doesn’t require the use of Delos products. “[The standard] is about achieving outcomes,” he said.The science here is fueled by Delos’ Well Living Lab, a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. And it seems especially prescient today. Scialla uses the term “health safety” to refer to the need driving many developers. “Unfortunately, it takes something like a pandemic for people to realize something very simple,” he said. “What surrounds us matters.”Still, Korangy wondered whether developers would push back against another cost add-on.“Like any movement, I think it takes a while. Green building and green principles did not just convert overnight,” Scialla said. “The WELL building proposition… has never been anything more than maybe a half a percent premium in construction costs.”So for Delos, the pandemic has brought a silver lining. “What we’ve seen is certainly a catalyst here for the wellness real estate movement.” Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img TagsCoronavirusDevelopmentWell Buildinglast_img read more

Cardinals end season 3-13, secure No. 1 pick in NFL draft

FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) — This season may be over for the Arizona Cardinals after failing to advance to the playoffs but at least the team has something to look forward to in 2019.With their 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, the Cardinals ended their 2018 season with the worst record in the NFL (3-13), thus securing the top pick in next year’s NFL draft.The last time Arizona had the No. 1 pick in the draft was back in 1958.The second pick will go to the San Francisco 49ers, who ended their season 4-12 along with the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders. The three-way tie to pick second was broken by each team’s strength of schedule. As such, the Jets will get the third pick and the Raiders will get the fourth.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by December 31, 2018 /Sports News – National Cardinals end season 3-13, secure No. 1 pick in NFL draft Beau Lund read more

“Cold as Balls not gunna lie”

first_imgThe Mansfield Ball, which took place last Saturday, received a host of bad reviews from ball attendees.The theme ‘Doors of Perception’ promised the Ball to be an “extravagance of sensory stimulation” and “incredible music, dazzling light and colour, and food and drink to blow the doors of perception completely off their hinges.”However, a second year from Merton, who left the Ball at midnight, told Cherwell, “The coolest part of the ball was an illuminated eye watching over us; if only the Mansfield Ball committee had been so considerate in watching over our basic needs on a cold February night. I was happily tucked up in bed and woke up without even a touch of hangover. How disappointing.”A Pembroke student who attended the Ball commented, “The hot food ran out by 11, there was no appropriate main bar in the main stage and no hot drinks. Even if the music had been good in the main stage it was too cold for anyone to have even wanted to think about dancing. The highlight was smoking my own cigarettes and stealing some marshmallows and toasting them on an outside heater, hardly worth the £90 expenditure.”Despite negative reviews, Instagram revealed some positive comments towards the Ball. One ball-goer posted, “Casually clubbing in a chapel as you do #mansfieldball #club #church #weird #goodtimes.”An attendee on the Facebook page also showed positivity, posting, “Thank you for all your hard work that resulted in a fabulous night!”, while a Mansfield second year commented, “It was definitely an original experience.“It’s a shame the ‘pleasure dome’ was chilly but the fact that the chapel was transformed into a dance-floor was genuinely amazing and was so buzzing. Overall it was just a great night.”However, several attendees did write on the Facebook event during the ball with complaints such as “Can we get some standard drinks somewhere without too much sugar. I have diabetes” and “M9 where are the tunes.”One second year who attended the ball commented on the Facebook page, “Cold as balls not gonna lie”.The Ball committee were quick to defend themselves. Responding to a question on the event page about the lack of food and drinks, the President replied, “Because supplies of these things ran out due to much higher demand than expected. This is fairly obvious. Thanks for your constructive comments though, we’re glad our guests were so very perceptive.”last_img read more

Vigil for Sri Lanka held at University Church

first_imgThe Reverend Dr William Lamb, Vicar of the University Church, said: “Our hearts of out to all those affected by this tragedy. The Easter Sunday bombings killed 253 people and injured at least 500 more, targeting churches and hotels in Colombo in the early hours of the morning. The University Church told Cherwell: “About forty people, including members of the University’s Sri Lankan Society, attended the Candlelit Vigil at St Mary’s on Sunday. The service, which included an extended period of silence, provided an opportunity for participants to reflect, to think and to pray. Many participants lit candles, while a number left flowers before the altar. The lighting of candles in Eastertide is significant. It symbolises the hope of the resurrection.” “Along with our interfaith and ecumenical partners, we are becoming increasingly concerned at the rise of violence directed at religious minorities. In recent months, we have seen violent incidents in New Zealand, in Sri Lanka, and in a Synagogue in California.” center_img He continued: “One of the roles of a University Church is to promote education and learning. Our task is to work with others to help people understand the place of religion in the world – and to recognise that ‘religion’ is not simply a system of beliefs but a lived and embodied practice. It is not simply about the head. It is also about the heart. And that is one of the reasons why we will be gathering to pray and to show our love and compassion at the Vigil on Sunday.” A silent vigil for victims of the recent Sri Lankan terror attacks was held at the University Church on Sunday. last_img read more

Ireland holds off on folic acid fortification

first_imgIreland’s food safety body has advised against the mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid.The implementation group on folic acid fortification said there would be no benefit to public health, because food manufacturers were now adding it to dairy spreads, fruit juices, milk, yoghurts, soups and cereal bars.England’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) now has the results of two studies looking at the effect of folic acid on cancer and heart disease, and is likely to make its recommendation following a committee meeting in June. It had previously agreed flour should be fortified, before being encouraged by the chief medical officer to consider more studies.However Alex Waugh, director general of nabim, said: “The two food bodies do talk and it may be that they sit down and have a discussion later in the year, but at the moment the tide is turning against inclusion in England and Ireland.”Ireland’s national committee on folic acid fortification had recommended in 2005 that all bread should be fortified with folic acid on a mandatory basis. However, the implementation group found that women of child-bearing age now received 30% more folate in their diet, due to voluntary fortification across the food sector. This was coupled with a reduction in the incidence of neural tube defects from 1/1.5 to 0.93 per 1,000 births during that time. It also pointed to preliminary and inconclusive data, which suggested a link between high levels of folic acid and certain cancers.Alan Reilly, chairman of the implementation group and deputy chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, said the potential link between excessive folic acid intake and cancer was “inconsistent and inconclusive”, adding that new data was likely to be available later this year. The Department of Health in Ireland is considering the report.last_img read more

How to approach the CEO search

first_img 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A credit union’s board of directors is charged with many things, perhaps none more important than hiring and replacing its president and chief executive officer. Should the board look at internal candidates? Should it look outside the credit union’s walls? Or both? Should the board approach the search differently if it wants to turn things around as opposed to staying the course? “There are thousands of credit unions with distinct memberships, boards, and cultures,” says Deedee Myers, CEO of  the Phoenix, AZ-based executive recruitment firm DDJ Myers Ltd. (DDM). “Each needs to determine its own best way to proceed.”Here, Deedee and DDJ Myers vice president Peter Myers offer advice for boards sizing up the field and preparing to replace their quarterback.DDM: Turnaround situations could mean several things, including a financial turnaround, a cultural turnaround, or a mixture of both. Financial turnarounds require diverse in-depth leadership competencies that differ from those of growth-oriented CEOs. The competencies of discernment, action, and engagement are primary for turnaround situations.What qualities should a board look for in a CEO when the credit union doesn’t want to merge but does want to go in a new direction? continue reading »last_img read more

Young CU professionals learn advocacy ins and outs with CUNA

first_img continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Nearly 50 young credit union professionals got a wide-ranging education on every aspect of advocacy this week in Washington, D.C. CUNA, in conjunction with the New York Credit Union Association, hosted the professionals, an idea that first came out of a conversation at this year’s CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.“We wanted to make we had a wide variety of presentations by CUNA staff, league personnel, outside consultants and even a panel of congressional staffers,” said Adam Engelman, CUNA’s grassroots manager, who helped coordinate the training. “The Congressional staffer panel was especially popular, as they’re similar age as the credit union professionals, and they went in-depth about the processes and best practices that are essential to making an impression on Capitol Hill.”In addition to the panelists, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan and Chief Political Officer Richard Gose talked the finer points of advocacy and political activity in the credit union world.“This was a pilot in what will be the first of many advocacy training events that CUNA plans to roll out,” said Gose. “Now that we have the base curriculum, we’ll continue to adapt and update to build our Advocacy Army.”last_img read more

House, govt set to revise disaster law in light of pandemic

first_imgHe added that the existing 2007 law needed revision since it had yet to include other prevailing regulations, hindering the government from responding quickly in time of disaster.During Monday’s hearing, the commission also formed a working committee to discuss the bill led by Commission VIII chairman Yandri Susanto of the National Mandate Party (PAN).Yandri said that the reason for the House proposing the revision to the 2007 law was to improve the country’s disaster-mitigation efforts, as well as to ensure a quick response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Read also: New bill mandates 2 percent state budget allocation for disaster mitigation The House of Representatives and the government have agreed to revise the 2007 Disaster Mitigation Law in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara, who was present at the hearing with House Commission VIII overseeing disaster and social affairs on Monday, said that the government would move forward to the next step of the deliberation process.”We are ready to discuss it at further hearings,” Juliari said on Monday. The draft revision would include some changes, including adding more roles for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), making adjustments related to regional administrations’ policies, as well as creating a new scheme of funding and management of disaster relief, he said.The bill would also regulate the participation of businesses, international organizations and non-governmental organizations and communities.“The government will follow up to make its problem inventory list as a response to the House’s proposed draft bill,” Yandri said.According to the draft bill, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, the revision includes a provision that requires the funds allocated for disaster management to amount to 2 percent of the annual state budget.As a country prone to disasters, Indonesia is still facing a significant gap between disaster-management needs and budget availability. This situation has resulted in massive budget reallocations when disasters occur.Read also: House panned for working on non-emergency legislation amid COVID-19 outbreakIn financing Indonesia’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the government announced in March that it would reallocate Rp 27 trillion (US$1.8 billion) from the state budget previously earmarked for ministries, state institutions and regional administrations to fund the healthcare system.From 2017 to 2020, the BNPB’s budget has also been consecutively reduced. This year’s budget, for example, was only Rp 450 billion, a reduction of 26.7 percent from the previous year.In addition to the 2 percent mandate, the bill also aims to strengthen the BNPB’s authority by allowing the agency to form regional task forces to accelerate disaster management and cut down on bureaucracy, in line with the agency’s plan to build disaster-management centers in several regions.Topics :last_img read more

Algeria’s President NamesTrade, Agricultural Ministers

first_imgThose measures followed a sharp fall in global market crude prices. Algeria relies on energy for 60% of state budget, and oil and gas exports account for 95% of its total sales abroad. It expects energy revenues to decline by 50% to $34bn this year, with imports seen at $57.3bn. The trade ministry has said it was preparing restrictions on import licenses but gave no details.Bakhti Belaib was named trade minister in the new reshuffle, which also included Sid Ali Ferroukhi becoming agriculture minister and El Hadi Ouali being appointed as youth minister, said a statement carried by the APS news agency.  In May, Bouteflika named new energy and finance ministers, part of a major cabinet changes. Algeria’s president Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Thursday appointed new trade and agriculture ministers, the second cabinet reshuffle this year. Algeria has approved a plan to boost agriculture and reduce food purchases from abroad while restricting goods imports.President of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflikalast_img read more