Office landlords offer amenities to reel in employees

first_img Tags Share via Shortlink Full Name* Message* Such services aren’t necessarily new. Apple, Google and other tech companies in a war for talent have provided amenities to their employees for years. But now the pressure is on to lure workers back to the workplace.Related Companies is rolling out an outdoor space equipped with wifi and power outlets. Employees also can receive free Covid-19 testing and babysitting.Silverstein Properties has introduced parking discounts, Uber and Lyft credits and, for those still unwilling to come in, virtual fitness classes to stay connected.Still, some don’t see the new offerings bringing back employees.“The ice cream socials are appreciated but not a factor,” Jonathan Wasserstrum, CEO of SquareFoot, a commercial real estate broker based in Manhattan, told the Journal.[WSJ] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones (iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)In Manhattan, where just 15 percent of workers have returned to the office, landlords are getting frustrated competing with employees’ couches.So they’re offering amenities ranging from on-site child care to dry-cleaning pickup and parking discounts — anything to bring back employees, according to the Wall Street Journal.Tishman Speyer, for example, is dangling free use of a new co-working space, an app to book services ranging from manicures to grocery delivery, newly installed picnic tables and even free tarts.Read moreYelp employees may work remotely foreverOffice unease: Tenants are paying up but staying away“Little bit of guilt trip”: Jeff Blau joins landlords pushing return to work Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* office marketRelated Companiessilverstein propertiestishman speyerlast_img read more

German tanker Spessart departs EU mission off Africa

first_img German Navy’s Rhön-class tanker FGS Spessart has left the EU Naval Force and Operation Atalanta fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia.The ship spent eighty eight days and sailed over 13,600 nautical miles after leaving Wilhelmshaven navy base on April 18.The EU naval task force is deployed to the Horn of Africa to conduct counter-piracy patrols and to protect World Food Programme ships that carry much-needed humanitarian aid. FGS Spessart’s role was to supply the Operation Atalanta warships with fuel and other supplies to enable them to remain at sea to deter and suppress acts of piracy.During her time with the EU operation, FGS Spessart completed 21 replenishments at sea (RAS) with warships from six different nations, including three Operation Atalanta warships – FGS Bayern, ITS Euro and ESPS Santa Maria, as well as warships from Australia, Great Britain and the United States.FGS Spessart can provide warships and helicopters with fuel, food and water.Speaking about his ship’s important role, Captain Rolf von Bebern said: “During our time with Operation Atalanta, my crew has supplied warships and helicopters with all the fuel that they needed to maintain their patrols and to help keep seafarers safe. Every mission away from home is hard work, but extremely rewarding. I am proud of my crew and we are all looking forward to what we know will be a memorable homecoming in our home port.”FGS Spessart’s transit home to Germany will take three weeks and it will arrive in its home port of Kiel at the end of August. Authorities View post tag: German Navy August 5, 2016 View post tag: Op Atalanta View post tag: FGS Spessartcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today German tanker Spessart departs EU mission off Africa German tanker Spessart departs EU mission off Africa View post tag: EUNAVFOR Share this articlelast_img read more

Natural pest control

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaInsects eat one-third of all food produced worldwide before it ever reaches the dinner table, according to University of Georgia expert Mike Adang. Since his undergraduate days at Indiana University, the entomology professor has been interested in ways to control insects besides using pesticides. Through his research at UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, he’s found a better, natural way to fight pests.Adang discovered BtBooster through a series of biopesticide experiments. By adding a bit of an insect protein to a small piece of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) protein, he learned that it “took less Bt to kill the insects.” In this case, the insects were hornworms, and originally, Adang expected the experiment to leave them ready and waiting to devour more plants. Instead, it left them dead.Bt is a biopesticide that produces proteins toxic to many insect species. “It’s a natural bacterium,” Adang said. “It attacks the insect’s gut, making the insect sick.”However, some insects are resistant to Bt. And that’s where Adang’s surprise comes into play. He and colleagues Gang Hua and John Chen had been hoping to learn how Bt kills insects by feeding them part of an insect protein, the Bt receptor. Instead, they found a way to supercharge Bt and kill the insects faster and with less biopesticide.And BtBooster was born.“We were very pleased to see something come from our basic research,” Adang said. “It’s a long way from the lab to making something useful.”Bt proteins have changed the way crop plants are protected against insects. The technology can be built into a plant like cotton or corn and has been available to farmers since 1996. Vegetables and trees can be protected from insect damage by being sprayed with a biopesticide made from Bt.Bt provides an alternative to chemical ways of dealing with pests, especially where chemicals could harm humans. Bt doesn’t hurt people. For that reason, foresters can spray whole stands of tree with Bt to fight gypsy moths, which are among North America’s most devastating forest pests.Organic farmers can use Bt and still be considered organic because biopesticides come from living organisms. They can control the insects on their crops without having to worry about chemical residues.Though Bt crops are becoming more common, chemicals are still a common way of controlling insects. “Chemical pesticides are still safe,” Adang said. “But over the years, people have started to worry more about problems such as groundwater contamination and other issues like that.”Through Bt, and now with BtBooster, the potential impact is great as more producers use crops that have been retrofitted with the Bt protein.“Using BtBooster will allow Bt crops and Bt biopesticides to work better,” Adang said, “having a positive environmental impact and reducing chemical insecticide use.”Through a National Institutes of Health grant, UGA and his gene design and discovery company InsectiGen, Adang is now studying how Bt kills mosquitoes. Using a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Research Initiative grant, he’s specifically looking at how insects become resistant to Bt in cotton. He’s digging deeper into the workings of BtBooster, too, trying to figure out how it works and making improvements to optimize it.Through UGA’s Georgia BioBusiness Center, Adang formed InsectiGen in 2003 with Clifton Baile, a CAES professor of animal science. Its focus is on discovering and engineering proteins for insect control.Because of his discovery of BtBooster, he was presented the UGA Inventor’s Award on March 29. He has also filed for a patent license to continue his quest of developing a farm-production product for pest control.last_img read more