The money’s moving to South Florida. Will the office leases follow?

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Share via Shortlink From left: JLL’s Tim Rivers, Levine Kellogg’s Jeffrey Schneider, Meland Budwick’s Mark Meland, Blanca Commercial Real Estate’s Tere Blanca, Savills’ Tom Capocefalo and Collier’s Jonathan KingsleyLaw firm Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman, now at downtown Miami’s Citigroup Center, plans to cut its space in half at its future office as many attorneys opt to work from home permanently. Across the street, at Southeast Financial Center, law firm Meland Budwick plans to expand by 18 percent. These contrasting approaches show the dichotomy of the South Florida office market. As some downsize or exit leases because they’ve found that employees can be productive at home, others eye expansion to accommodate growth and space out staff for health and safety. “It really depends industry by industry,” said Jonathan Kingsley of Colliers International. “Firms realize they can live with less space, and not everyone needs to be in the office at the same time. Other companies, in order to maximize efficiency and collaboration among people, they must have offices.” Add to the equation the region’s desire to be a magnet for financial and technology firms. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has been actively courting firms in recent months, and even before that, Barry Sternlicht’s Starwood Property Trust moved its headquarters to Miami Beach, and Carl Icahn’s Icahn Enterprises set up a new base in Sunny Isles Beach. Blackstone is keeping its New York headquarters, but it’s set to open an office at downtown Miami’s 2 MiamiCentral. And Microsoft, Citadel and Elliott Management are all in talks to lease space in South Florida.These developments raise interesting questions about the future of South Florida’s office market. Will the existing tenant expansions and new-to-market influx be enough to offset vacancies?“That’s the crystal ball or Lucky 8 ball question that we all want to know,” said Tim Rivers of JLL. His answer is yes. “We are extremely optimistic on really the interest,” Rivers said. “We are going to start seeing true activity in the third and fourth quarter of this year, but 2022 is going to bring the real results. We really do see those companies coming in on a regular basis.”Yet not everyone agrees Tom Capocefalo of Savills said the landlord representatives touting a prosperous future mostly lease Class A offices in coveted locations. And they will do well, he added. On the whole, Capocefalo wouldn’t be surprised if the vacancy rate creeps up over the next year. “While all of this positive activity is unfolding, there are many existing tenants in the throes of either restructuring their leases to get smaller or putting their space on the market to get sublet,” Capocefalo said. “Over the next 12 months, I think the tri-county market in general is still going to suffer and see increased vacancy and decreased rental rates.”From panic to prosperityThe choir of excitement over financial and technology firms comes after a lull during most of last year. “We are really basically at the anniversary of the onset of the pandemic,” Kingsley said. “We have seen a swing from panic early in Covid, with tenants downsizing and not coming back to the office, all the negativity we lived through in the pandemic, to then slowly and gradually picking up momentum with tenants recognizing they need office space.” Last year, Miami-Dade County office leasing deals dropped by 25 percent, or 1.9 million square feet, from 2019, according to Blanca Commercial Real Estate. Broward County leases fell 32 percent, or by 956,000 square feet. Palm Beach County’s declined by 23 percent, or 1.2 million square feet. Office vacancies creeped up, with Miami-Dade’s reaching 11.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, up from 9.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to JLL. Broward vacancies rose to 12.1 percent in the fourth quarter, up from 9.7 percent in the same period of 2019. Palm Beach vacancies increased to 11.9 percent, up from 10.9 percent.Gordon Messinger, who just moved to CBRE from Cushman & Wakefield, said he is leading weekly leasing tours, but they are focused on Brickell Avenue, where he leases the Four Seasons Tower on behalf of the owner.“The suburban markets are a little slower,” Messinger said. “Coral Gables, suburban Airport West are still fueled by existing tenants in the market today looking to make moves and changes in their locations, because they are in an outdated space or the space doesn’t work for Covid issues.” Vacancies at buildings he leases have remained stagnant, he added.Tere Blanca, CEO of Blanca Commercial, however, expects a complete turnaround. “We are seeing existing companies in Miami growing, hiring talent, expanding footprint, especially if they are global companies and are looking to bring additional functions from out of state into Miami,” Blanca said. “They are relocating employees and executives, hiring talent locally and generally expanding their presence.”Blanca Commercial is tracking new-to-market tenants looking at 1.5 million square feet of space in Miami-Dade this year. Blanca conceded that not everything would come to fruition, but the out-of-towners include a “whale” of a company eyeing Miami. She declined to provide specifics.Investment sales Investment sales also took a hit last year, but they are now starting to rebound, brokers say.The dollar volume of South Florida office sales in the last half of 2020 plus January and February of this year — $1.3 billion — is the same as that of the second half of 2019 plus January and February of 2020, according to CBRE. But the number of transactions dropped to 80 from 181. CBRE said that although fewer deals closed from last July through this February, they were at a higher price. Related leads the packEarlier this year, the Related Companies bought the downtown West Palm Beach office towers Phillips Point for $282 million, marking the biggest office sale in South Florida in more than a year. Related, led by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, is also in talks to scoop up two nearby gems, Esperante Corporate Center and CityPlace Tower. It also is developing the 25-story One Flagler and the 20-story 360 Rosemary office towers.“You follow the money, and Related is making a $1 billion bet on downtown West Palm,” said Colliers’ Mark Rubin. “A lot of big players are taking notice.” First, it was the private, entrepreneurial capital, and now institutional investors have returned to the market. All have pent-up demand and dry powder, Rubin said. The activity might be stronger even than it was pre-pandemic. “All these investors have less to look at outside of South Florida. So many states are still on lockdown,” he added. Hermen Rodriguez of JLL is in tune with Rubin. He also pointed to Related’s hefty investment in West Palm Beach. “It shows the interest. It shows the bullishness on South Florida office,” he said. He said the value of an office was “not going to go away,” but conceded that remote work would likely increase, even post-pandemic. A tale of two marketsLevine Kellogg is taking a hard look at shrinking its 15,000-square-foot office as the lease expires next summer. Attorneys successfully collaborate and work remotely and their productivity is off the charts, according to founding partner Jeffrey Schneider. The firm has yet to find its new Miami office, but the space will have several offices that any attorney can use if he or she wants to work there for a day. “A number of our lawyers are working remotely now and couldn’t be happier,” Schneider said. “I never would have thought five years ago that we would be leaning towards a hybrid model in which attorneys can work from home and use the office when they need to.”On the other hand, Meland Budwick wants everyone back as soon as it’s safe, and the law firm wants to expand its 14,000-square-foot office to accommodate growth after hiring six attorneys over the past year. The best results come when people are under one roof most of the time, co-founding partner Mark Meland said. “When they are walking by the office and are bouncing ideas off each other,” he added, “that’s where the real magic happens.”Contact Lidia Dinkova Message*center_img 360 RosemaryBroward CountyCBRECitigroup CenterColliersJLLMiami-Dade CountyOne FlaglerPhillips PointSoutheast Financial Center Tags Full Name*last_img read more

Pac-12 to move football title game to Las Vegas in 2020

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Pac-12 will move its football championship game to Las Vegas in 2020 and 2021.Commissioner Larry Scott announced the decision Wednesday at the start of Pac-12 media day in Hollywood.The league title game has been played at Levi’s Stadium in suburban Santa Clara, California, since 2014. The event has struggled for solid attendance in the past half-decade, including a noticeably empty stadium for Washington’s win over Utah last year.After the upcoming season, the game will move to party-friendly Las Vegas and the Raiders’ new stadium, which is still under construction just west of the Strip.The Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament has been played in Las Vegas since 2013, and conference leaders have credited the move with boosting attendance. July 25, 2019 /Sports News – Local Pac-12 to move football title game to Las Vegas in 2020 Tags: Las Vegas/Pac-12/Pac-12 Championship Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

Hurricane Season Remains Quiet With Two Months To Go

first_imgThough Hurricane Edouard was thousands of miles away, the major hurricane generated surf for Ocean City in mid-September. A chart of Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) measurements shows the relative strength of hurricane seasons over the past few decades.The Atlantic Ocean showed no sign of any hurricane or tropical storm development as of Thursday (Oct. 2).Though Hurricane Edouard was thousands of miles away, the major hurricane generated surf for Ocean City in mid-September.With two months to go in the six-month hurricane season, 2014 remains relatively quiet. Through September, the Atlantic had seen five named storms — four of them hurricanes but none coming anywhere near Ocean City or the New Jersey coastline.An average hurricane season (since 1981) produces 12 named storms (sustained winds of at least 39 mph), with six hurricanes (winds of 74 mph) and three major storms (winds of 111 mph), according to NOAA National Hurricane Center statistics.Hurricane season extends through Nov. 30, and Superstorm Sandy — which brought record flooding and widespread damage to the region on Oct. 29, 2012 — showed that powerful storms can strike late in the season.The Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) in 2014 is the 12th lowest (to date) in the last 64 years, according to Accuweather. ACE measures wind energy over the life a storm, and an ACE seasonal measurement calculates the sum of each storm.The first three months of the hurricane season (June, July and August) made good on a forecast by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center for a “below normal” hurricane season with 7 to 12 named storms, 3 to 6 reaching hurricane status (sustained winds of at least 74 mph), and zero to 2 becoming major hurricanes (winds of at least 111 mph).In September, Tropical Storm Dolly had a short life before making landfall in Mexico. Edouard reached major hurricane status later in September but traveled on a track across the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.An Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project for the south end of Ocean City is scheduled to start in late November.last_img read more

INDOT says 83 crashes have already happened this season in construction zones

first_img By Tommie Lee – April 21, 2020 0 320 INDOT says the 2020 construction season has barely begun, and there have already been 83 work zone crashes so far.They ask Hoosiers on the roads to be mindful when they see the orange signs, and slow down.INDOT reports 1,100 projects are underway around the state.There were 23 fatalities last year in crashes at INDOT work zones. IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Facebook Google+ Twitter Pinterest Twitter Facebook INDOT says 83 crashes have already happened this season in construction zones Previous article431 new COVID-19 cases reported in IndianaNext articleIndiana Beach hopes to find a way to reopen this year Tommie Leelast_img read more

Press release: Government boost to rapid workplace testing

first_img Government departments tasked with ensuring targeted, rapid testing is set up in all key workplaces to ensure vital public and economic services can continue Criteria for joining the workplace testing programme is reduced to businesses with more than 50 employees, boosting the availability of rapid testing further New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in people who are not showing symptomscenter_img Cabinet ministers have been tasked to encourage their sectors to take up the offer of rapid workplace testing, marking efforts to normalise testing in the workplace across both public and private sectors.The government is working closely with organisations across different sectors that are vital to the running of our country and where employees cannot work from home during lockdown, from transport networks to food manufacturers, to sign up to rapid testing programmes that identify cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in employees who are not showing symptoms. This will help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and ensure vital public and economic services can continue.Many employers have already taken up the offer of rapid, regular workforce testing, with 112 UK organisations across almost 500 sites joining government backed rapid testing. Today, the government can confirm that it has widened the criteria for joining the workplace rapid testing programme from businesses with more than 250 employees, to businesses with more than 50 employees.This hugely increases the number of different businesses that are able to sign up, so that small and medium size companies can benefit from rapid testing as we work to Build Back Better.Testing is key to breaking the chains of transmission. More than 2.5 million tests have been distributed across the public and private sectors so far, and an online portal has been launched to make it even easier for business in the private sector to get involved and find out more about offering rapid testing in the workplace. All those who can work from home should continue to do so.Around one in three people who have coronavirus (COVID-19) have no symptoms and may be unknowingly spreading the virus. This expansion of testing will find more positive cases, keeping workers who cannot work from home unknowingly passing on the virus and protecting vital public services. It’s essential we still continue to use tests to safeguard the population and prevent the spread of the virus.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:“To save lives and protect the NHS, we have again asked for everyone to work from home. But we know that for some this is not possible, which is why the workplace rapid testing programme is so important.“Employers should regularly test their staff, and this drive across government to raise awareness and encourage more businesses to introduce rapid testing for employees is incredibly important. When you consider that around one in three people have the virus without symptoms and could potentially infect people without even knowing it, it becomes clear why focusing testing on those without symptoms is so essential.“We are already working with many employers to scale up workforce testing, spanning the food industry, retail sector, transport network, and across the public sector too. I strongly urge businesses and employees across the country to take up this offer of rapid testing to help stop this virus spreading further.”Case studiesThe Department for Transport is working with organisations including Transport for London (TfL), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Network Rail on rapid testing to help keep the transport network safer. TfL opened 4 asymptomatic test sites across London, and have been offering testing to frontline operational employees in London Underground and surface transport, including station staff, train operators and revenue inspectors. The rapid testing programme has been protecting teams working on the frontline, operating the railway so that key workers can continue to travel to work. As of 29 January, NHS Test and Trace had provided TfL staff with 2,173 tests, identifying 28 positive cases that would have otherwise continued working alongside colleagues.The Home Office has worked with police and fire services throughout the pandemic to ensure emergency workers have access to testing. This has included working with the National Police Coordination Centre to identify appropriate locations for asymptomatic testing sites. The Metropolitan Police is rolling out asymptomatic testing across 7 sites from 25 January. Other forces are due to get asymptomatic testing running in the coming weeks, including Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, and Dorset. 60,000 tests have been given to fire and rescue services since November to ensure their staff can carry out coronavirus (COVID-19) support roles.The Ministry of Justice is rolling out rapid workforce testing for prisons staff, as well as assessing how it could work in courts, to help ensure that the vital work of the justice system can continue.The Business Department has been engaging with a wide range of businesses across the country, with companies in the energy, manufacturing, life sciences and retail sectors, already ordering mass testing kits for their workforces.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) continue to work closely with businesses in Defra sectors, including food, waste, water, and veterinary medicines, to support them in setting up testing for their workforces or hauliers and protecting supply chains. All major supermarkets are now planning to offer rapid testing to their workforce.Border Force has also rolled out rapid testing to ensure that staff are able to carry out their critical role of protecting the UK border. The Border Force asymptomatic testing programme currently has 3 live sites with testing available for over 900 officers. These sites have seen over 2,100 people tested so far. Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport have access to the airport’s extensive testing capacity, and more than 120 officers have already volunteered to be involved in the asymptomatic testing programme with further sites for asymptomatic testing being identified and brought online in the coming weeks.The government has opened (Monday 1 February) an asymptomatic testing facility in the Queen Elizabeth II Centre to provide rapid testing for essential civil service staff working in key departments involved in the coronavirus (COVID-19) response. The testing centre is one of several measures implemented by the government, including remote working and Covid-secure workplace measures, to help prevent the spread of the disease, keep civil servants safe and ensure the ongoing smooth running of government operations during the pandemic.Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:“Businesses across the country have been working extremely hard to keep their workforces safe during the pandemic, with retail, manufacturing and energy companies among those already taking up the offer of workplace testing.“I urge even more employers to do the same to help stop the spread of the virus and protect our NHS. We want to be able to reopen the economy and recover our way of life as soon as it is safe to do so, and large-scale workplace testing will complement our work in getting the British people vaccinated.”Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:“Our frontline transport workers have kept the country moving, allowing key workers to get to work, and ensuring vital services remain accessible throughout this incredibly difficult time.“This is why it’s so important the government ramps up the rolling out of mass testing, providing them with an extra level of protection and confidence. We’ve already set up a number of pilots to conduct mass testing for transport workers, and I’ll continue to work with organisations to rollout similar schemes right across the transport network.”Dr Samantha Phillips, Head of Health and Wellbeing at Transport for London, said:“We have been part of a Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) pilot whereby employees can volunteer to do twice weekly rapid antigen testing.“We have had an enthusiastic response to the pilot and employees are finding it reassuring, particularly if they have vulnerable relatives at home or family members who are also key workers. Identifying asymptomatic employees has also helped us in our efforts to protect the welfare and safety of all our team members working on the frontline.”Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland QC MP said:“From the outset of the pandemic we have been clear that justice must continue to be delivered for the public, victims and defendants.“So I am delighted we are ramping up the provision of rapid tests for prison staff across the country while exploring how it could work in courts.“I want to thank all those working across our justice system who, in collaboration with health professionals, are making this possible.”Alex Chisholm, Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office, said:“I am delighted we have opened an asymptomatic test centre in Whitehall for those civil servants and contractors who need to go into their workplace. This test centre contributes to ensuring the safety of our staff and smooth running of our operations, while helping to break the chain of transmission.”Notes to editorsLateral flow tests used by the UK government go through a rigorous evaluation by the country’s leading scientists. Tests detect cases with high levels of virus, making them effective in finding infectious individuals who are not showing any symptoms and are the most likely to transmit the disease.See further information on rapid workplace testingSee latest testing statisticsNHS Test & Trace will support organisations to deliver scalable asymptomatic testing through provision of a digital solution, clinical protocol, supply of tests kits, guidance, training and framework for delivery.Tests are currently being provided free to both public and private sector employers until at least 31 March. The government’s support will be kept under review and we will engage with employers before any changes to the support offer are made.Extensive clinical evaluation from Public Health England and the University of Oxford research shows lateral flow tests are specific and sensitive enough to be deployed for mass testing, including for asymptomatic people. The Oxford University and Public Health evaluation is available.More information on getting tested is available.last_img read more

Sainsbury’s bullish despite drop in LFL sales

first_imgSainsbury’s has seen a fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales, due to a “dynamic and fiercely competitive market”, according to the supermarket.The major multiple announced a drop in LFLs of-2.8% excluding fuel, according to its trading statement for the 16 weeks to 27 September 2014.Despite the challenging market conditions, Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe said he still valued its quality food and service, and pointed out the supermarket’s win at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards, where it was crowned best in-store bakery of the year.The retailer also said its convenience businesses had reached a growth of 17%, with annualised sales of £2bn. The company opened 23 new convenience stores and refurbished 10.Coupe said: “In the second quarter, our performance has been impacted by the accelerated pace of change in the grocery market, including significant pricing activity and food price deflation in many areas.“These conditions are likely to persist for the foreseeable future and we now expect our like-for-like sales in the second half of the year to be similar to the first half. We will provide a detailed strategic update at our Interim Results on 12 November 2014.”The retailer also announced it would be changing the way it priced items in store.Coupe explained: “Customers tell us they find supermarket prices and promotions confusing. We have responded by lowering base prices on thousands of lines within the food business and simplifying Brand Match to make it clear that we match Asda’s prices on brands – even when they are on promotion.”A pledge to deliver 750,000 square feet of new space was also made by Sainsbury’s, including the opening of two new convenience stores per week.last_img read more

A Tribute To Butch Trucks On His 70th Birthday, With Thoughts On Col. Bruce Hampton

first_imgToday would have been Butch Trucks‘ 70th birthday. The legendary drummer and original member of the Allman Brothers Band tragically died earlier this year, a reality I haven’t been able to stop thinking about — especially after experiencing the loss of Col. Bruce Hampton last week. Butch was my “godfather,” while Col. Bruce Hampton my dear friend. Two of rock and roll’s greatest influences have passed on, but their stories and legacies will always endure. The key to grieving has been to celebrate life — to share memories, music, and all the people that connect them together.When people tell me they’re sorry for my loss, I often respond that it’s a greater loss for rock and roll and everyone that is a part of that world. It’s occurred to me more recently how instrumental Butch and Bruce were to our community, to our scene. The outpour of stories from fans and musicians alike prove just how accessible, how meaningful they both were to our circle. The relationship between Butch and Bruce goes back as far as the beginning of the Allman Brothers Band; without one or the other, it seems as though each would not be the same.Oteil Burbridge Pens Touching Tribute To His Musical Mentor, The Late Col. Bruce HamptonAs a tribute to Butch’s birthday, the big 7-0, I’d like to share the speech that I delivered at his memorial service in Macon, Georgia on February 20, 2017 at the Cox Capitol Theatre. It was an honor to share my portion of his story amongst the many greats in the room, though I’ll admit a little intimidating to speak alongside Warren Haynes, Johnny Podell, Oteil Burbridge, Jaimoe, Kirk West, and the familial relatives that helped color Butch’s life.But I knew it had to be done. My story wasn’t like any of theirs.When Vaylor asked me to speak today, I was honored — but slightly disoriented. I’m not a blood relative, I never played music with him. I don’t have any stories from the road. He’s just a man who demanded I call him “Uncle Butch” for the last twenty years of my life. I guess that’s pretty special.I met the Trucks family when I was seven years old after they moved to my hometown of Palm Beach. It never really made sense to me why they lived there. I don’t think he made sense of it either, but it brought Butch together with my Dad who became one of his closest friends and mentors. That seemed to be a life-changing friendship for all of us.As my Dad’s been there to help the Trucks family through all this, it’s given me a chance to see how great of an impact that relationship has had on my personal life. Sure, it’s pretty cool that my first concert ever was Frogwings [a band made up of Jimmy Herring, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Edwin McCain, Marc Quiñones, and Butch Trucks] and that I’ve seen the Allman Brothers play more times than I can count, but all those experiences came with great life lessons.Growing up backstage with the Allman Brothers Band provided me with a lifetime of unteachable moments. Where to sit, where to stand, when to hustle; who to ask, who not to ask, when to know your place. Thanks to people like Bert [Holman] and Stacey [Maranz], I learned the etiquette of the industry surrounded by legends. With respect being the overarching theme, I learned very quickly how to act around others.What Butch taught me most, though, was how to act on my own. Every gift he gave me was signed “Eat A Peach” and it wasn’t until my college poetry class that I truly understood what that meant, at least, in theory, according to Butch: it was inspired by a quote from Duane Allman that perhaps came from a line of T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”After going back and forth in his own mind about making a decision inspired by love, the narrator asks: “Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?” In this context, the peach — whatever the thinker chooses to let it represent — becomes a metaphor for life, for risk. It is something one must experience before growing old.To eat a peach is a choice. While the fruit is inevitably messy, it is equally delectable. It gets stuck in your teeth, drips down your shirt, and sticks to your hands, but we still choose to eat them for the satisfaction that we crave. If you dare to eat a peach, you are willing to accept the outcome. Dichotomously, a peach is both sweet and sour, soft and hard, smooth and fuzzy. It’s delicious, but you must eat it with full willingness to get messy – because, you know, you can always change your shirt.Whatever the peach might represent to you, it’s worth taking the first bite.The quote that supposedly inspired the album name came from an interview question about helping the revolution, to which Duane responded: “There ain’t no revolution, only evolution, but every time I’m in Georgia I ‘eat a peach’ for peace.”I know Butch evolved in a profound way after Duane died. A conversation doesn’t go by without citing a reference or telling a story that’s Skydog-related. I may only have been around for the last two decades, but I still reaped the benefits of the wisdom from a man I never knew — and so did all of my friends and family who ever met or spoke with Butch.That’s one of the things that made him so special; he might act like he knows far more than everyone on the planet, but Duane Allman was the exception. Those two shared a mind, and I’m honored to have tapped into it as much as I have.Keeping with the rhythms of life, Butch’s influence on me is never-ending. He flicked a switch in me when I first saw him play. I quickly realized that music had the ingredients to change a life. As I grew older, I centered this passion to become part of my career.My experience in the music industry truly began when Butch started his Roots Rock Revival camp in Big Indian, NY. With Oteil, Luther, Cody, and more of the extended rock and roll family, I found the light of what it means to bring people together — for the love of the music. That camp started almost four years ago, and I saw Butch grow brighter and brighter every summer because of it. He was the happiest I’d ever seen him, ever. And he changed so many lives by doing what he did.It’s hard to think that a soul that loud could just disappear. I’ve never met a bigger character in my entire life, and I know that his voice will live on through each and every one that he’s ever met.It is my life mission to spread his gospel, to eat a peach for peace, and to honor him in my decisions, both personally and professionally. I’m so grateful to have met all of you as a result of my incomparable relationship with this man.After Butch’s service, I had dinner with Col. Bruce. He brought us to this odd, off-the-highway restaurant with fluorescent lights that served both Indian and Mediterranean food. They were about to close but stayed open for only us, and greated us all with an emphatic “Happy Birthday” upon entering. It was an establishment Bruce has faithfully dined at for several decades; it turned out to be one of the best meals I’ve ever had, of course.Instead of mourning the immensely difficult month we’d all experienced, Bruce showed us videos of a 90-something-year-old pianist that he’d found at a club somewhere and was excited to book shows with—he ended up being one of the many on stage at Hampton 70. There was more excitement than sadness in Bruce’s voice, something that confused me at the time. It’s more obvious to me now that he was the kind of spirit that lived just a few steps ahead of the present, and that inspired me to do the same. After all, losing is gaining, right?Related: Stranger Than Fiction: The Cosmic Curtain Call Of Col. Bruce HamptonLast week in New Orleans, a group of musicians came together to celebrate the lives of Butch Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton for a show at One Eyed Jacks. Warren Haynes and Jeff Sipe unexpectedly joined Duane Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Eric Krasno, Danny Louis, Scott Metzger, and several others as the Daze Between Band to honor the two influencers, and quite frankly, to play through the emotions of their loss.In going through the stages of grief with Butch, the death of Col. Bruce Hampton cemented and suspended a feeling of reality. As difficult a thought it is to grasp, losing these two mentors has been a perspective-shifting experience for many. I frequently find myself searching for truth within the same dimensions of heartache, but have found solace in music and the celebration of life. This seems to be a communal sentiment, as the energy from the room catapulted into a marvelous gesture to the sky.While “legends” in their own realm, Butch Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton were staple spirits to the community. They provided much more than music and are two of the few exceptions in rock and roll to ever willingly do so. Everyone who has had the delight of their personal influence will say the same.Happy Birthday, Butch, the world misses you so, so much.[photos by Michael Bloom Photography]last_img read more

GSK, CureVac to make COVID-19 vaccines aimed at new variants

first_imgLONDON (AP) — U.K.-based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and Germany’s CureVac say they plan to collaborate to develop new vaccines that can target emerging variants of COVID-19. The announcement comes as public health experts around the world raise concerns about mutations in the virus that may make existing vaccines less effective. The companies said in a statement Wednesday that “the increase in emerging variants with the potential to reduce the efficacy of first generation COVID-19 vaccines requires acceleration of efforts to develop vaccines against new variants to keep one step ahead of the pandemic.”last_img

Group discusses campus safety

first_imgThe members of Campus Life Council discussed on-campus safety at its meeting Friday afternoon. While crime numbers are not high or increasing, student body president Brett Rocheleau said students are still often afraid to walk around campus alone at night. “We should try to minimize that fear,” Rocheleau said. Multiple campus resources are aimed at keeping the grounds safe and comfortable, he said, but the student body does not have a widespread awareness of their presence. “Whatever we do or whatever we have, it’s publicizing it [that is the issue],” Howard rector Margaret Morgan said. She said students need to know Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), the Quad Squad and Safewalk protect the campus. Rector Maria Hinton of Cavanaugh said the Quad Squad consists of several officers who are assigned to monitor the various quads. “They walk constantly, all night long,” she said. “Their shifts run from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and they stop in the halls and check their basements.” Night monitors were also recently reinstated in all women’s halls this year. Morgan said these officers sit in the lobbies of the residence buildings in order to instill a sense of security. An additional safety device is the blue light phone. These emergency phones are located in various areas of campus, such as near the lakes and along the edge of campus by Stepan Fields. But chief of staff Katie Baker said NDSP does not advocate the phones as a strong form of crime prevention. “They don’t get used really and don’t deter crime,” Baker said. Rocheleau said one way to perhaps deter crime would be to expand the number of video cameras on campus, although Notre Dame already has several located on buildings overlooking the parking lots. Another idea to improve campus safety was to increase lighting around campus. Junior James Slaven, Student Union Board director of publicity, said the construction area around the Morris Inn is a safe walking area. He said the constant, bright lights allow students to feel safe at night, but the downside is the annoyance they cause to nearby dorms. “We need to find a balance between no lights and floodlights,” he said. Areas specified for increased lighting included God Quad, the crosswalks leading to Saint Mary’s and the paths around the Pasquerilla East and West areas. Baker said these locations deal with a large amount of student traffic even at night. “We mentioned putting reflectors on those crosswalks so they stand out more,” she said. Walsh Hall senator Veronica Guerrero said the issue of safety also requires common sense. For instance, students should not go on midnight runs around the lakes. “You have to be aware of your surroundings,” she said. In order to be fully aware, Rocheleau said it is also important to notice large sidewalk cracks and flooding around campus. Although the climate makes it difficult to maintain quality sidewalks, Rocheleau said the university acknowledges the problem and is trying to address it. “They’ve asked us to talk to people and get a list of specific areas,” Baker said.last_img read more

8 types of social media content your credit union must be sharing!

first_img 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Engaging Social Media Content is Essential to Online Marketing SuccessOne of the services we provide clients is to curate effective content for their social media platforms. We make a lot of the same suggestions, so here’s a list of the top 8 kinds of content we recommend. Consider these as you build your Credit Union’s own social media content marketing strategy.1. Tips & Tricks, VideosThese work best when they are made as a post (with an image of some kind) that demonstrates a short but useful tip. We also like to use short tip videos as well, you can find these from sources like ClickVue, which offers a very affordable monthly subscription for Credit Unions.Here’s one video we just posted for a client about credit card tips for college students… continue reading »last_img read more