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first_imgThe story spooks me for many reasons. The most glaring? What I don’t know really can kill me.  The condominium building, at the busy corner of Commercial and Hanover Streets, had many residents; all were ordered to evacuate immediately with only the proverbial shirts on their backs. A couple of weeks later, the owners and tenants were allowed back in their homes for a few minutes to retrieve other possessions. They still have no assurances when they can move back and resume their lives.  Walk by the building and it looks like a construction zone sheathed in scaffolding. Look more closely and you can see metal pillars ringing the perimeter. Are these supports really holding up the wobbling structure? Reportedly, the brick work is also crumbling and bricks fell off the façade. I know nothing about construction but it sounds to this untrained luggo Lego as if the whole edifice is being rebuilt from the inside out. No wonder the condo’s management company is vague about a timetable as to when the building will be suitable for habitation. The cost to owners – on top of all the other costs – must be prohibitive.*Advertisement* The people who were summarily locked out of their homes on Hanover Street have not been heard from since mid-March when there was a spate of news stories about their plight. But imagine their discomfort and disassembly – tossed out without recourse, with no promises about when they could get back to their homes. At the corner of Hanover and Commercial Streets, the metal construction staging remains up, along with the yellow hazard tape. I wrote an email to Globe reporter Fox, identifying myself as a daily subscriber and a resident of the same neighborhood as the condemned building. I asked if there were more stories planned about this cataclysm. As of yet, I have not received a reply. Also, the story extends through the North End, the oldest section of the seventh oldest city in America. We live in a fragile quadrant. If any place in Boston needs more help dealing with deterioration it’s our neighborhood. Yet, the North End always seems to be begging for more garbage collections, more street cleaning, more traffic rules and more noise control.  One of the biggest local news stories of the year nearly got buried under a pile of rubble. That story is the sudden shuttering of 454-464 Hanover Street in mid-March by Boston’s Inspectional Services after an engineer working for the department cited the deterioration of steel beams and reported the possibility of “catastrophic failure.”center_img In another time, news of this calamitous event would have had reporters crawling all over it. Indeed, Boston City Hall used to have bureaus, offices in the Hall staffed by reporters from the Globe, the Boston Herald and broadcast stations. These reporters hung out, nabbing sources as they needed them, soaking up the atmosphere and being close to the stories. Now, Mayor Marty never has to trip over a news hound on his way to work.  In those days of accountability, before budget cuts hamstrung news outlets, public relations was more than “marketing” and “event planning.” Public officials were beholden to the people who elected them. I remember the classic press conferences of Mayor Kevin White when he would shut down reporters he didn’t like and dodge those who persisted with their queries about his fundraising tactics, staffing moves or questionable urban policies. I can only imagine how the story about the condemned condo building on Hanover Street would have played, even how the investigative reporters of the Globe Spotlight team or the scrappers from the old Herald might have dug in. This story seems ripe to launch a larger examination of Boston Inspectional Services and how the department is dealing with the decaying infrastructure of a city founded in 1630.  The Boston Globe has done a couple of pieces on this so far. Reporter Jeremy Fox has written the stories. Other outlets, including the broadcast stations and, have followed. Yet, so far, there’s been no overarching compendium of information or perspective about the catastrophe at 454-464 Hanover Street, what it means for Boston and for the old brick infrastructure so characteristic of this city. The only passing glance came from the city’s chief inspector, Buddy Christopher, when he acknowledged to the Globe the obvious fact the city has many old buildings and owners are responsible for looking after the aging infrastructure.  Monica Collins is a writer who lives on the Waterfront with husband Ben Alper and dog Dexter.last_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 The BlackBerry Priv is turning out to be the adrenaline shot that the dying BlackBerry needed. Forbes reports that that mobile phone and platform maker, long crippled by the the success of iPhone and Android devices, beat analysts’ expectations after announcing its third quarter earnings.[RELATED: Priv is BlackBerry’s Last Stand]Higher sales including handset sales are being credited to the launch of the BlackBerry Priv. The Priv, the company’s latest BlackBerry, was released this past fall and praised as a solid device by many reviewers with its success in the market deemed critical for BlackBerry Ltd. to survive. Overall, phone sales were down by 100,000 units from last quarter.The company saw steady organic software sales of its enterprise products including BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Mergers and acquisitions only accounted for increasing revenue. In September, BlackBerry acquired AtHoc – a crisis communications and emergency services company, as well as Good Technology, a secure mobile communications company – expanding BlackBerry’s product portfolio and its customer base.Non-GAAP revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 was $557 million with GAAP revenue of $548 million. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) revenue reflects a purchase accounting write-down of deferred revenue associated with recent acquisitions.“I am pleased with our continued progress on BlackBerry’s strategic priorities, leading to 14 percent sequential growth in total revenue for Q3. We delivered accelerating growth in enterprise software and higher revenue across all of our areas of focus,” said Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Chen. “Our new Priv device has been well received since its launch in November, and we are expanding distribution to additional carriers around the world in the next several quarters.“BlackBerry has a solid financial foundation, and we are executing well. To sustain our current direction, we are stepping up investments to drive continued software growth and the additional Priv launches. I anticipate this will result in sequential revenue growth in our software, hardware, and messaging businesses in Q4.” LIFESTYLEENTREPRENEURSHIPLISTSlast_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 has a report from the Robert Half Technology company of the most in-demand technology skills and certifications for 2016.Over 2,000 chief information officers in the U.S. were surveyed for the report. The most in-demand technology skills, according to the survey results, are:ASPC#Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)CompTIA A+JavaMicrosoft SQL ServerMySQL.NETOf those surveyed, 61% said it was “challenging” to find tech professionals with the necessary skills, and 37% indicated that staying up-to-date with the latest technology was the “greatest source of pressure” on those who work in technology.According to the article, David Foote, chief analyst at Foote Partners L.L.C., also listed the highest paying technology certifications for the year. They are:GIAC Enterprise Defender (GCED): For enterprise-wide security.GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst (GCFW): For perimeter network security including firewalls, routers, and edge devices.EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA): An ethical hacker certification.Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC-Level 3): To become a certified Linux professional.EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI): A computer forensics certification for working with law enforcement and other agencies and to investigate cyber crime.CompTIA Server+: A certification for deploying and maintaining an IT infrastructure.Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (all): Updated to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer certification, this certifies that an individual can build innovative solutions across multiple Microsoft technologies, both on-premises and in the cloud.PMI Program Management Professional (PgMP): An advanced program management certification.Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP): Indicates expertise in computer forensics techniques and procedures, standards of practice, and legal and ethical principles to assure accurate, complete, and reliable digital evidence admissible in a court of law.Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE): A certification indicating a mastery of core competencies in the field of computer/digital forensics.GIAC Secure Software Programmer-Java (GSSP-JAVA): This certification demonstrates mastery of the security knowledge and skills needed to deal with common programming errors that lead to most security problems.Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Black Belt: This certifies that the individual can deploy Six Sigma within an organization. Six Sigma is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement.last_img read more

Esther Lin MMA Fighting

first_imgEsther Lin, MMA Fighting Lockdown duffle bag Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Standard BJJ Gi Latest From MMA Warehouse Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Accessories Standard Ranked Rashguard ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Gordon Ryan Competition Kit ProMax 440 BJJ GI Good Night Tee King Ryan Longsleeve Shirtcenter_img Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Sale Apparel Gloves Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson More From Latest From Our Partners Travis Browne won’t be fighting at UFC on FOX 4 next week anymore, but he will headline UFC on FX 5 in October.Browne will meet Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on Oct. 5 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, the UFC confirmed on Friday. USA Today first reported the news. The event marks the promotion’s first in the “City of Lakes” since UFC 87 in 2008. Browne was scheduled to fight Ben Rothwell next week, but after Rothwell pulled out of the fight due to an injured ankle Browne was left without an opponent. The UFC decided to leave him off the card and move him over to their fifth FX card. The undefeated Browne (13-0-1) most recently defeated Chad Griggs via submission at UFC 145. Silva (16-4), the former Strikeforce and EliteXC big man, lost his UFC debut to Cain Velasquez in May. He enters the fight stuck in a two-fight losing streak, with his last win coming against Fedor Emelianenko in Feb. 2011. The UFC is expected to announce more fights for the card in the coming weeks. MMA Fighting Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo More: Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs inlast_img read more

This Massachusetts Town Is One of the Countrys Healthiest Communities

first_img 000 3/7/2017, 9:14 a.m. This Massachusetts Town Is One of the Country’s Healthiest Communities Gallup and Healthways released the Community Well-Being Rankings on Tuesday. Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. Printcenter_img By Jamie Ducharme· Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* Barnstable photo via WiedemannBoston gets its fair share of love when it comes to health rankings. We won a gold medal in last month’s CityHealth ratings, and last fall we were named the country’s best city for active living. Today, however, we’re sharing the spotlight.In Gallup and Healthways’ brand new Community Well-Being Rankings, Barnstable claimed second place. The Cape Cod town finished barely behind the Naples, Florida, area, and was the only New England community to make the top 10.The rankings are based on answers given during more than 350,000 phone interviews conducted in communities across the country, and take into account five different types of well-being: physical, financial, social, community, and purpose.Boasting a healthy and energetic populace, Barnstable ranked first nationwide in terms of physical well-being. Next came a second-place finish in social well-being, meaning residents have plenty of fulfilling relationships, and fifth place titles in financial and community health, the latter of which focuses on feeling safe and happy where you live. With a 12th place spot, purpose—defined as “liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals”—was the town’s weakest area.Congratulations, Barnstable, and thanks for proving, yet again, that Massachusetts is a healthy place to be.See the full report here.last_img read more

Cutting Weekend Commuter Rail Service Could Leave Sports Fans Stranded

first_img By Kyle Scott Clauss· 3/17/2017, 10:59 a.m. Photo by Margaret BurdgeFor many Boston sports fans hoping to avoid the perils of driving into the city and—gasp—finding parking, taking the commuter rail is the easiest way to catch a game. But starting this summer, that might not be an option on the weekends.The MBTA has proposed cutting all weekend commuter rail service to save $10 million, as part of a larger effort to shore up a $42 million budget deficit. If approved by its fiscal control board, this yearlong proposal to “reinvent” weekend service as a “demand-driven, fiscally sustainable product” would be among T’s more drastic cost-saving measures under Gov. Charlie Baker, following fare hikes and the elimination of late-night subway and bus service. It would also make Boston the owners of the only one of the top ten busiest commuter rail services in the country that doesn’t have weekend service—a dubious distinction.That could spell trouble for sports fans outside Boston proper, especially as the city’s parking stock is poised for a major shake-up. Three downtown garages are in various stages of redevelopment: the Government Center Garage will eliminate about half of its 2,300 spaces as it transitions into a cluster of two skyscrapers and a mid-rise apartment building; Don Chiofaro’s long-stalled plans to raze the Boston Harbor Garage and its 1,400 parking spaces near the New England Aquarium could soon gain the zoning it needs to proceed; and the Garden Garage will be razed to build a 44-story residential tower, albeit with 775 below-grade parking spaces.So if it’s feasible, taking the commuter rail into Boston makes plenty sense.In March 2014, the MBTA opened its revamped Yawkey station just steps from Fenway Park. At the time, former Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said the Framingham/Worcester stop would have “a profound impact on many of our fans who use public transportation.” According to the T’s website, the commuter rail shuttles “thousands of extra fans as they travel in and out of Fenway Park” throughout baseball season.If the T board axes weekend service in July, as many as 14 regular season home games this year would be inaccessible via commuter rail. With nearly 2,000 inbound trips, the Framingham/Worcester line has the second-highest weekend ridership, according to May 2016 data provided by Keolis, the MBTA’s commuter rail operator.“We are waiting to hear back from the MBTA on whether the cuts would include eliminating service on game days,” says Zineb Curran, senior director of communications for the Red Sox. “As you know, we strongly encourage our fans to use public transportation and hope the MBTA will be able to at least maintain weekend service before and after games and other major events at the ballpark.”Five commuter rail lines—Rockport, Lowell, Haverhill, Newburyport, and Fitchburg—feed into North Station, which could likewise present some difficulty for Celtics and Bruins fans on the North Shore. (A spokesperson for the Celtics declined to comment for this story, while a spokesperson for the TD Garden did not respond.)And what about the commuter rail’s Foxboro train, ferrying Patriots fans down to Gillette Stadium each Sunday? More than 37,300 tickets were sold during the 2016-17 season, according to Keolis, averaging 2,222 riders per regular season game.“We believe the MBTA should take its advice from Coach Belichick: no days off,” says Chris Dempsey, director of Transportation for Massachusetts, a non-profit coalition of 50 organizations focused on transportation policy. “The commuter rail needs to run everyday. Our economy doesn’t take days off. Our economy still runs on Saturdays and Sundays, and the commuter rail is an important part of that.”The MBTA has maintained that the cuts are only part of its preliminary budget and that nothing is final. The transportation agency has vowed public discussion on the measures in the months to come. Print Cutting Weekend Commuter Rail Service Could Leave Sports Fans Stranded The MBTA wants to close its $42 million deficit. But at what cost? center_img Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 000last_img read more

Jeffrey Immelt Steps Down as GE Chairman of the Board Early

first_img 10/2/2017, 6:16 p.m. By Lisa Weidenfeld· 000 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Printcenter_img Business Jeffrey Immelt Steps Down as GE Chairman of the Board Early John Flannery had already taken over as CEO for General Electric. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Photo via APGeneral Electric announced October 2 that Jeff Immelt has stepped down as chairman of the board earlier than planned. CEO John Flannery will step in to replace him.Earlier reports indicated that Immelt would step down as CEO effective August 1, and then stay on as chairman of the board through the end of the year, but clearly that decision has changed. The GE press release indicates that the change comes “in light of Mr. Immelt’s determination that the CEO transition has proceeded smoothly.” The rest of the board voted today to confirm that choice. The Wall Street Journal reports that Immelt felt giving full control to Flannery was necessary “as he prepares to make some difficult changes at the company.”Flannery, the former head of GE Health, was announced as Immelt’s successor June 12, which was the same day the announcement came through that Immelt would be leaving. In recent months, Immelt’s name was reportedly in the mix as a possible new leader of ride-sharing company Uber following the departure of controversial founder Travis Kalanick, but Expedia’s Dara Khosrowshahi was ultimately picked. GE also announced that Immelt has officially stepped down as chairman of Baker Hughes, a GE oilfield company, and was replaced by CEO Lorenzo Simonelli.Immelt had faced questions about his leadership over falling stock prices and his plans for the future of the company, but at the time of his departure, the company praised him for doubling its industrial profit over the course of his time there, as well as his leadership during the financial crisis.last_img read more

Five Open Houses in Arlington to See This Weekend

first_img By Madeline Bilis· Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Print 506 7/26/2018, 11:45 a.m. Five Open Houses in Arlington to See This Weekend From spacious single-families to renovated condos. 1. A Charming Home Near the Minuteman Bike Path9 Longfellow Road, ArlingtonPrice: $628,000Size: 1,233 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1.5Open houses: Saturday, July 28, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,Sunday, July 29, 2 to 3 p.m.2. A Philly-Style Condo Not Far from Alewife16 Orvis Road #1, ArlingtonPrice: $739,000Size: 1,565 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 1.5Open houses: Saturday, July 28, 12-1:30 p.m.,Sunday, July 29, 12-1:30 p.m.3. A Top-Floor Unit in a 1920s Abode113 Mount Vernon Street #2, ArlingtonPrice: $589,000Size: 1,027 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Open houses: Saturday, July 28, 12-2 p.m.,Sunday, July 29, 1-3 p.m. 4. A Single-Family One Mile from the Davis Square T Stop67 Fremont Street, ArlingtonPrice: $450,000Size: 792 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Open houses: Saturday, July 28, 12-1:30 p.m.,Sunday, July 29, 12-1:30 p.m.5. A Newly Renovated Condo13 Cottage Avenue Unit 1F, ArlingtonPrice: $549,900Size: 868 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 1Open houses: Saturday, July 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.,Sunday, July 29, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.The Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros.last_img read more

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first_imgMental health survivors and psychologists have joined forces for a conference that has highlighted the extreme damage caused by welfare reform, and has suggested how mental health professionals can help in the fight to improve the benefit system.The Psychologists and the Benefits System conference in Manchester was organised by clinical psychologist and lecturer Dr Stephen Weatherhead and Joanna, a mental health system survivor, who had been exchanging ideas around the impact of welfare reform for the last two years.The conference – sub-titled Time To Get Off The Fence – featured presentations by both academics and campaigners, including a workshop to help psychologists write letters for service-users needing access to support such as benefits.One of the presentations was delivered by Joy Hibbins, founder of Suicide Crisis, a charity in Gloucestershire which runs a crisis centre that is open to anyone in the county who is feeling suicidal.Hibbins, herself a mental health system survivor, talked about the impact of the benefits system on some of her clients.She described how for one client, Sam*, the risk of suicide “rose sharply the day before his appeal over withdrawal of benefits”.She said: “The loss of benefits (or fear/threat of loss of benefits) was not the reason why Sam became suicidal.“His suicidal thoughts had been triggered originally by the traumatic death of his partner.“However, the prospect of the loss of benefits was a final trigger, when he was already vulnerable, mentally unwell and destabilised by recent trauma.”For another client, Julia – who had emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) and faced a reassessment every year for employment and support allowance (ESA) – the fear of losing benefits caused her suicide risk “to rocket”.When she heard that her ESA claim had been successful, said Hibbins, “her immediate reaction was not relief, but fear and distress that she would have to go through it all again next year. “She is now trying to bring together a group of people with EUPD so that they can meet with Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officials to explain the impact of these annual assessments on them.”She told the conference that DWP officials had always listened when the centre explained the impact of losing their benefits on its clients, and eventually either reinstated or maintained those benefits.But she said this left her and her colleagues “extremely concerned” for benefit claimants who do not have the support of a centre like hers.She said: “We know how at risk some of our clients have been and if they hadn’t had support and advocacy, they may well have ended their lives.”Disabled activist Rick Burgess spoke about “democide”, the idea that actions by a government can cause harm or even death, but often go undefined and unchallenged because the perpetrator is the state.He said this illustrated what had happened to disabled people in the UK over the last decade through welfare reform, with the ideas of “malingering and illness deception” becoming mainstream, and eventually party and government policy, leading to the “surreal situation of people dying daily, of the same ‘errors’ and ‘failings’ repeating daily over many years”. Burgess (pictured) said that “an ‘accident’ that keeps repeating, every day, every week, every month, every year” while there were people able to stop it from happening who instead allowed it to continue, was “not a failure, neglect or an accident” but “the product of policy”.He said: “When other legislative changes contribute towards this outcome, when assessments of cumulative impact are refused, when information is denied and when voices are silenced that is a pattern that reveals a strategy.“Set amidst a global consensus on reducing state spending and support, with governments choosing to make a decision [on] which sectors of the population will lose support, this becomes an inevitable expression of democide.”He said this process had been assisted by the actions of doctors, lawyers, administrators, journalists and judges.He added: “The removal of normal legal redress, the limiting of charity dissent and simultaneous involvement of the third sector and the provision of a tortuous appeal system give the veneer of due process while delivering a reality of brutal denial of rights, up to and including the right to life.”He told the conference that those involved in the system, particularly health professionals, needed to “rediscover their ethical duties” by boycotting DWP, helping claimants with their claims, and encouraging other professionals to follow the same course of action. Dr Brigit McWade, from Lancaster University, spoke about her research with professor Imogen Tyler into how neoliberal governments – including the UK’s – stigmatised benefit claimants in order to justify their welfare reforms and privatisation agenda.She told the conference that Conservative ministers responsible for recent UK welfare reform, including Iain Duncan Smith, believe that the social security system produces “a culture of dependency, and a poverty trap”.And she pointed to research by Friedli and Stearn that showed how psychologists had been recruited into the social security system to help DWP identify “psychological barriers to gaining employment”, punish benefit claimants for failing to comply with the system, and attempt to foster attributes and attitudes that DWP believed would increase their “employability”.In this way, psychologists were supporting DWP’s focus on changing the individual’s behaviour rather than the social barriers they faced, she said.Claimants who failed to conform were subjected to “psycho-compulsive regimes that seek to re-condition” them and remove their benefits “through sanctions designed to punish the poor”.She told the conference that welfare reform policy had become “an act of war on an internal enemy of the government’s own creation”.Weatherhead, who is also based at Lancaster University, said after the conference that the event had provided information for psychologists on how to improve support for benefit claimants, while also drawing attention to some of the flaws in the system.He told Disability News Service: “The key issue we wanted to address was that the WCA is not up to scratch, and we need to get rid of sanctions.“Sanctions don’t work from a psychological perspective and target people already in financial straits and are just cruel to the most vulnerable groups in our society.”Weatherhead is now hoping that other such conferences will take place around the country, again involving both psychologists and service-users.He is also working with mental health survivors on a 24-hour vigil that will coincide with next year’s BPS annual conference, and will “raise support and awareness of all the people whose mental health has been affected by the benefits system, particularly those who have died”.He is hoping that he and other campaigners will persuade BPS to hold a session at the annual conference on the benefits system, the use of psycho-compulsion, and the ethics of psychologists working for DWP.Last year, he organised Walk the Talk, in which a group of psychologists walked 100 miles from British Psychological Society (BPS) offices in Leicester to BPS offices in London to raise awareness of social policies that are leading to psychological distress, such as benefit sanctions and the “fit for work” system, as well as homelessness and food poverty.He can be contacted by email at or on Twitter at @steweatherhead.*Not their real nameslast_img read more