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Rival UAE operators agree on OTT challenges

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 OCT 2014 Justin manages the editorial content for the Mobile World Live portal and award-winning Mobile World Live TV service. In the last few years Justin has launched and grown a portfolio of premier media products, which include the Mobile World Congress... Read more Home Rival UAE operators agree on OTT challenges Previous ArticleEricsson, Facebook optimise app coverage on Indonesia’s XL networkNext ArticleSTC aims to be central player in digital services LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE 360 MIDDLE EAST: Rival UAE operators du and Etisalat were united in their belief that the mobile industry needs to step up a gear in its efforts to grow revenue from mobile data services, particularly as OTT players continue to dominate the launch of innovative new services.The CEOs of both operators acknowledged that this is a challenge that has affected the industry for many years.“From 2008-13 global mobile data traffic grew x46 but revenue grew only x2.4. While we monetised almost 50 per cent of global voice traffic [in that period], we only monetised 5 per cent of mobile data traffic… Our ability to respond to a fast changing sector can be best described as slow,” commented Ahmad Julfar (pictured), Group CEO of Etisalat. “We can complain that OTTs are taking away our rightful revenues as they use our networks as dumb pipes, but the fact is these companies are more agile than us and have been the real reason for driving data growth in the telco sector.”duDu CEO Osman Sultan (pictured, left) lamented the mobile industry’s failure to launch global online service phenomena such as Facebook. “The most constructive thing that happened in our industry – social networking – happened without us,” he commented. This is something we need to reflect on with humility.”The two operator bosses were optimistic that mobile operators could reap future rewards from OTT services, as the digital world is still in its relative infancy, but warned business models must change.“The world is changing very fast and we should be happy we are at the heart of this change,” said Etisalat’s Julfar. “Due to the high demand on data, telcos will always be relevant – the OTTs are here to stay and we need to find ways to work with them and grow with them. We need to move from competitive value destruction to co-operative value construction. This will help to create better products, of course all the while ensuring consumer privacy.”Du’s Sultan went as far as to suggest that operators have not yet determined what position they want to play in the evolving digital world. “Why haven’t we been able to create a model to maximise this? Because we exist in silos,” he stressed. “We continue to work in the standard business model. We need an ecosystem that will foster innovation.”To that end Sultan urged the mobile community to rethink existing strategies. “I’m very passionate about creating a business model to allow operators in the Arab world to exist in the world of direct advertising and operator billing. OTTs are doing a great job and are here to stay but we can gain a piece of the pie if we have these capabilities.” Justin Springham Authorlast_img

Man in court charged in connection with Lifford burglaries

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first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland - May 2, 2019 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Twitter A man has appeared at Letterkenny District Court today charged in connection with a number of burglaries in the Lifford area.Detectives investigating recent commercial burglaries in the Lifford area arrested a man in the town yesterday in connection with burglaries, attempted burglaries and criminal damage incidents in the area during March and April.The man was subsequently detained at Letterkenny Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 and interviewed in connection with the crimes.He was then charged in connection with the crimes and appeared before a sitting of Letterkenny District Court today where he was remanded on bail to appear before the courts on a later date.Gardai have thanked the public for their assistance so far in the investigation.Anyone with further information regarding the burglaries is asked to contact detectives at Letterkenny Garda Station. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Google+ Previous articleHarps hoping to pass Students testNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday May 2nd News Highland Man in court charged in connection with Lifford burglaries Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Facebooklast_img

GEMMA – Erasmus Mundus Master in Women’s & Gender Studies

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first_img Citizens for Dawrak Dialogue in Lebanon → Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society Plus Erasmus Mundus GEMMA Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies 2020/2022 LinkedIn 0 ← Win a Free Trip to Your Dream Destination from Hostelworld Tweet Deadline: 31 December 2013Open to: European and non-European students holding Bachelor degreeScholarship: 24,000 Eur/48,000 Eur per yearDescriptionGEMMA is the first Erasmus Mundus Master´s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe. GEMMA is unique in the way it brings together approaches to feminism from all cardinal points in Europe. Created as a result of the concerted efforts of several universities working together within the ATHENA network, the GEMMA Consortium represents the harmonization of seven different institutions from six European countries: University of Granada (coordinator), University of Bologna, Central European University (Budapest), University of Hull, University of Lodz, University of Oviedo and University of Utrecht. GEMMA is thus the fine tuning of North European, South European and Central European higher education institutions where Women’s and Gender studies is one of the main elements in their postgraduate offer.GEMMA is a joint interdisciplinary programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the areas of Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and Equal Opportunities across Europe and beyond. It collects the best offer from the humanities, social sciences and health sciences, making it attractive to students worldwide and offering a wide span of options and combinations.Courses are taught by the most distinguished and highly recognized professors in the fields of research at each one of the departments involved. Summer schools and language courses are on offer for both students and scholars. GEMMA offers added value through its very strong geographically balanced consortium, which makes it possible for students to choose their international mobility route amongst eight participating universities. It also gives students a unique possibility to obtain a double diploma, acknowledged by all GEMMA Consortium members. The official languages used in the partner universities are Spanish, English and Italian.EligibilityGEMMA Erasmus Mundus Master´s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies is open to students from European and non-European countries who hold a Bachelor’s degree.ScholarshipCategory A scholarships can be awarded to students who come from non-European countries, provided they are not currently residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of the European countries.The total amount of the scholarship is 48,000 EUR, divided into the following three units:Contribution to travel / installation costs – 4,000 EUR per academic year, transferred to the student´s bank account at the beginning of each year;Contribution to participation costs, such as tuition fees, health insurance and other – 8,000 EUR per academic year, automatically retained by the coordinating institution;Living allowance – 1,000 EUR a month during the 24 months of duration of the programme, transferred to the student´s bank account.Category B scholarships can be awarded to students who come from European countries and to other students who do not fulfill the criteria for Category A defined above. What this means is that a student who comes from a non-European country, but has resided in a European country for a total of 12 months over the last five years, is eligible for the Category B scholarship.The total amount of the scholarship is 20,000 EUR, divided into the following units:Contribution to participation costs, such as tuition fees, health insurance and other – 4,000 EUR per academic year, automatically retained by the coordinating institution;Living allowance – 500 EUR a month during the 24 months of duration of the programme, transferred to the student´s bank account.ApplicationThe call for applications for participation in the 8th edition of GEMMA with the ERASMUS MUNDUS scholarship will be open until 31 December 2013, 17 hours Granada local time.The application form HERE should be filled out and submitted online. All other required documents (originals or official and certified copies) should be scanned and attached to it according to the instructions. The required documents in the indicated order are:Current resume or CVBachelor´s Degree (Diploma)Official academic records (transcript)Average grade certificateLanguage certificate for chosen Home UniversityLanguage certificate for chosen Mobility UniversityCopy of passportMotivation letterRecommendation letters (*An automated email will be sent to the two professionals you indicate as authors of your recommendation letters, with a link enabling them to attach the letters to your application.)Other documents (courses, seminars etc., not compulsory but recommended)Please submit your questions to [email protected] the official website HERE for further details. December 13, 2013 Published by tatjana EMARO+ Masters Scholarships for International Studentscenter_img Share 0 Reddit Pocket +1 Similar Stories Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. GEMMA – Erasmus Mundus Master in Women’s & Gender Studieslast_img

Uncharted 4 resists Homefront onslaught to remain UK #1

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first_imgUncharted 4 resists Homefront onslaught to remain UK #1Deep Silver's long in the making sequel settles for third place in its debut weekMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefMonday 23rd May 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareUncharted 4: A Thief's End held on to the number one spot in the UK last week, making it two in a row for Naughty Dog's latest.The most credible threat to Nathan Drake's dominance was Deep Silver's Homefront: The Revolution, a game that survived both the collapse of THQ in 2012 and Crytek's financial struggles in 2014. The IP and its development team, Crytek UK, was acquired by Deep Silver's parent company, Koch Media. Related JobsSenior Game Designer - UE4 - AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer - REMOTE - work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor - GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Crytek UK is now known as Dambuster Studios, and its team isn't likely to be pleased with the critical response to its debut project under Deep Silver. The PC version of the game had a Metacritic average of 55 per cent at the time of writing, a figure extrapolated from 31 separate review scores. Ultimately, Homefront: The Revolution finished behind both Uncharted 4 and Doom on its debut week.The other significant new entries last week were Nintendo's Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright for 3DS and Sega's Valkyria Chronicles Remastered for PlayStation 4.The software top ten is below, courtesy of Ukie and Gfk Chart-Track.Last WeekThis WeekTitle11Uncharted 422DoomNew Entry3Homefront: The Revolution34Call of Duty: Black Ops IIINew Entry5Fire Emblem Fates: BirthrightNew Entry6Valkyria Chronicles Remastered57Tom Clancy's The Division78Grand Theft Auto V99LEGO Marvel Avengers810FIFA 16Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher's bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play "to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term"By Brendan Sinclair 11 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img

How to be a good dad?

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first_imgNishant was very happy when he came to know he became a father, he was not the typical type of father who expects only a baby boy. The moment doctor came out from the labour room, he simply asked about his wife’s health and baby’s health wherein he later discovered that he got a baby boy. Soon, his son started growing, Nishant made sure that he will be with his son maximum of the time. Nishant used to finish his work early and used to be home to spend quality time with his son. His neighbours, friends, and family members started noticing that he and his son has a really strong bonding which is not seen generally in other families. Generally, the son is always closed to his mother than his father. Few of his close friends asked him about it so Nishant said, “There is no magic between me and my son. It’s just how you manage your relationship. But still, if you insist, I have shared the real secrets about how to be a good dad.” His friends were excited to know all this.So friends you wanna know the secret behind how to be a good dad? Then read this blog, and this can reflect in your family too.How to be a good dad?Be with them whenever needed: Yes a very powerful mantra but it works. All kids know that their mom is available 24/7, even if she is working or a housewife so if a mom can do then why can’t you do it? Every child wishes to be with his parents all the time and not just with a mommy, mainly if he has any special events in his school like drama, competitions or some award ceremony. Seeing a father standing there all the time gives them extra confidence.They deserve a hug too: In a lot of houses, we see that a mom is there to hug a kid but the dad is all time strict. Leave these olden days thoughts behind and go ahead and hug your child. This will give him confirmation that yes you love him as well.Read some stories: Reading stories for your child means giving him extra time. SO be with your child, read stories, doing some sections while reading particular ones, and enjoy yourself with your child.Be nicer with their mom too: Every child loves their mother and if anything goes against her they can’t really bear it even if it is their father. So even if you don’t agree with your wifey on any terms but then don’t show it in front of your kids. Take her to another room and express your feelings.You can play too: Playing with kids means creating a strong bond with them. And this benefit even a father can take.  So play more to create a strong bond.They expect protection: Oh yes, every kid’s one major expectation from his dad, where they don’t see their mom be very strong they expect their dad to protect them in every small and big issue of life.To be a good dad, you don’t really need a lot of money but just follow the above points and you will see how your kids will love you back.last_img

Property destroyed by runaway car

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first_img Powered By 10 Sec Mama's Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama's Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGPrime Rib Roast Au Jus Perfect Every Time! No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Property destroyed by runaway carJanuary 28, 2016Peoples DefenderNews0 Authorities suspect driver was drug impaired The front porch of this house was completely destroyed when an out-of-control vehicle smashed into it - Photo by Wade Saunders An Adams County woman has come under investigation after she passed out while driving a borrowed car in West Union on Wednesday, Jan. 27.The West Union Police and Fire Departments responded to the accident at 411 West Walnut Street.Authorities suspect that Lisa Grooms, 44, of Seaman, was under the influence of drugs when she lost consciousness.According to West Union Police Chief Roy Stricklett, Grooms was traveling west on Walnut Street when the 2004 Dodge Stratus she was operating careened off the roadway and crashed into the porch of a two-story brick house. The house is the residence of Kenneth Smith, play-by-play sports broadcaster and sales representative for C103 Radio in West Union.“The porch was completely destroyed by the collision,” Stricklett said.Grooms was transported to the Adams County Regional Medical Center by the West Union Life Squad.She was charged with not having physical control of the vehicle and driving while under suspension. By Patricia Beech - [email protected] Top Searches Top Searches Court NewsDakotaThat HomeNewsProperty destroyed by runaway car Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at [email protected] Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at [email protected] PreviousDevils winNextUC Clermont College hosts College Goal Sunday Feb. 14 Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It's DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent's Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher's content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The front porch of this house was completely destroyed when an out-of-control vehicle smashed into it https://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_HouseWreck.jpgThe front porch of this house was completely destroyed when an out-of-control vehicle smashed into it Photo by Wade Saunders Authorities suspect driver was drug impairedBy Patricia [email protected]last_img

William H. (“Bill”) Dulaney Jr.

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first_imgPreviousLucille Jacqueline (Jackie) BrownNextGrover Phillip Knox Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It's DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent's Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher's content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel William H. (“Bill”) Dulaney Jr.October 14, 2019Mark CarpenterObituaries0 William H. (“Bill”) Dulaney Jr. , age 85, of Springboro, Ohio, died Thursday Oct. 10, 2019 at the Kettering Memorial Hospital. Bill was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on Nov. 4, 1933 to the late William H. and Edna (Clark) Dulaney.He served in the US Air Force and retired as President of Danis Building Division.Bill is survived by his wife, Betty J. (Tackett) Dulaney; a son, William H. (Charlotte) Dulaney III; a daughter, Kelley (Dulaney) Suttles; grandchildren, Wm. Haston (Nichol) Dulaney IV, Jessica (Stephen) Savage, Rachel (Marius) Monnig; Zakary, Daniel, and Lauren Suttles; a great grandson, Wm. Haston (Liam) Dulaney V; sisters, Betsy Lawrence, Peggy Edwards, and Karen Pearon; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.Visitation will be Monday Oct. 14, 2019 at the Anderson Funeral Home, 40 N. Main St., Springboro, Ohio from 5-8 p.m. Burial will be in the Kirker Cemetery in West Union, Ohio with a private graveside service officiated by Reverend Chuck Reeves.Please visit www.anderson-fh.com to send an online condolence. Powered By 10 Sec Mama's Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama's Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Melt and Soften ButterNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. HomeObituariesWilliam H. (“Bill”) Dulaney Jr. Top Searches Top Searches SchoolHe TrySmalk last_img

Outsiders for years, NYC yimbys move into mainstream

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first_img This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Message* Email Address* Full Name* Open New York’s Will Thomas and Kyle Dontoh (Photos via Getty; iStock: Open New York)It was a Wednesday night in April 2019, and Will Thomas was outnumbered.Only two other members of pro-housing group Open New York had made it to a public meeting about the future of Soho, which most attendees wanted to remain unchanged.Still, Thomas gamely took the microphone and declared that Soho should build more housing, especially affordable housing. That’s when the booing started.When he finished, someone cursed at him. Another called him a zealot.“After I sat down, one woman told me that if I wanted to live in Soho, I needed to make more money, and otherwise, too bad,” the 27-year-old recalled.Members of Open New York — the city’s only grassroots, yes-in-my-back-yard (or yimby) group — want the city to build its way out of the housing crisis, a viewpoint that can generate hostility at public hearings. Unlike housing activists who back subsidies, rent control or community land trusts, pro-development advocates have long lacked a safe space in city politics, as Thomas’s experience in Soho showed.But in recent months, Open New York’s call to add as much housing as possible in well-off neighborhoods has started to resonate. Behind the scenes, the organization is professionalizing its operation as it prepares for the biggest year in its five-year history, with two major rezonings — in Soho and Gowanus — up for approval.And it has made fans of people like John Sanchez, a Bronx community board district manager and City Council candidate. Open New York helps educate people about making housing affordable, he said, adding, “Supply and demand is a good place to start.”Showdown in SohoUntil recently, Thomas shared a one-bedroom in the East Village with two roommates (one has since moved to Bushwick). A fellow board member, Casey Berkovitz, 28, has lived in five apartments in three neighborhoods in four years.Casey Berkovitz, Open New YorkThe travails of its members in the city’s bruising housing market have led Open New York to push for affordability in a city where rent has grown four times faster than income and there are two low-income households for every one dwelling they can afford.But the group’s supply-oriented solution inflames passions in Soho and other wealthy areas it has targeted. For years it was largely ignored by City Hall.The political winds, though, are shifting in the group’s favor.This fall, with 15 months left in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, Open New York was preparing a last-ditch effort to put rezoning Soho on the agenda. But to its delight, the Department of City Planning finally released a proposal for the neighborhood in October, with the backing of the mayor himself. The plan, which faces an up-or-down City Council vote this summer, would trigger development of up to 3,200 new residential units, 800 of them affordable.Open New York pivoted, calling for even more housing — and girding for its most contentious clash yet.Preservationists in Soho are battle-tested, bearing scars from such fights as NYU’s expansion and a tech hub championed by the Bloomberg and de Blasio administrations. In the 1950s, their predecessors triumphed over Robert Moses’ plan for an expressway that would have run smack through Washington Square Park.But this time, as Open New York members see it, the gatekeepers of Soho and Noho are on the wrong side of history. For residents who benefit from elite public schools, immaculate parks and access to good jobs to oppose zoning changes that would let lower earners share their good fortune is “fundamentally selfish,” Thomas said.Unlike other yimby groups across the country, Open New York does not advocate for building everywhere. Its members are firm believers that adding supply would reduce the cost of housing, but know that notion has been increasingly rejected in low-income, minority neighborhoods.“We do not engage in working-class communities of color,” said Berkovitz.A former resident of San Francisco, Berkovitz feels the West Coast yimby movement has focused too exclusively on affordability at the expense of diversity and environmentalism.“The integration and sustainability cases for building more [urban] housing are just as compelling, if not more so, than affordability,” he said, noting that housing groups in Minneapolis and Oregon have also prioritized racial and climate justice.“Yimbys are known as being from the West Coast,” Thomas said on recent morning in Soho, where outdoor dining cabins had replaced throngs of tourists. “But Manhattan rent has been pretty high for a long time.”Unlike its left-coast counterparts, Open New York only advocates for new housing in better-off neighborhoods. Besides Soho, Noho and Gowanus, the group is pushing to rezone the South Street Seaport area and Prospect Heights.True to its strategy, it was silent on de Blasio-backed Bushwick and South Bronx rezoning proposals, both of which were killed last year by City Council members.Muddy watersThe group is fighting a similar battle in Gowanus, where the de Blasio administration is trying to push an even larger rezoning through the City Council.In the Brooklyn neighborhood, a mixed-use area where residents have relatively high incomes, rezoning could bring 8,000 new apartments, 3,000 of them affordable, in place of defunct, low-rise industrial buildings strewn with rusty scrap metal.A view of the Gowanus Canal (Getty)In addition to bringing in new housing, the rezoning would accelerate an environmental upgrade. The neighborhood’s eponymous canal, once the busiest commercial waterway in the country but now a polluted eyesore, is being cleaned up. Under the city’s plan, it would be adorned with a developer-funded esplanade.To Open New York, such a plan is like red meat to a pack of hungry wolves. And its message on Gowanus is clear and unified: upzone and build.Opponents of the rezoning, by contrast, mix predictions of the neighborhood being overwhelmed by newcomers with doubts that the new units will fill up.“The canal will never be clean,” said Nora Almeida, a CUNY librarian and representative of Voice of Gowanus, an environmental group against the rezoning.She questions whether anyone should live near the foul waterway, noting that adding residents could worsen pollution. When it rains, raw sewage flows directly into the canal because the city’s pipes cannot handle the water from the sky and effluent from toilet-flushers at the same time.While city officials work on that problem, Open New York members say that adding population to places like Gowanus as progress on climate change.“Moving to New York City is probably the single best thing someone can do for the environment,” said Thomas, alluding to Gotham’s per capita carbon footprint being 30 percent that of the U.S. average.Academic research supports Open New York’s cause. Building affordable housing in wealthy neighborhoods makes what Harvard economist Raj Chetty calls “high-opportunity areas” accessible to people who would most benefit from them.Studies have shown that when children get to live in areas with good jobs, transit, and low rates of crime and poverty, their likelihood of attending college increases and their total lifetime earnings grow by $200,000 for each year they live there.This advocacy strategy aligns Open New York’s interests with those who oppose upzoning in minority communities — a powerful combination that could push the Gowanus and Soho plans across the finish line.The strategy also helps Open New York dodge the most charged word in real estate: gentrification.The median income in Soho is about $150,000. It is already gentrified. Who could object to development that allows lower-earning New Yorkers to live there?Andrew Berman, for one.Andrew Berman, Village PreservationWhen Open New York members discuss opponents of upzoning, Berman enters the conversation as the archetypal nimby (not-in-my-backyard) foe. As executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Berman spends about $1 million annually to celebrate and preserve the status quo, with most funds coming from his well-heeled, well-organized membership.By comparison, Open New York has an annual budget of a few thousand dollars, no staff and no formal membership. It has an email list of about 800, a Slack channel with about 300 and a monthly meeting that draws several dozen participants.Berman thinks the yimbys are Ayn Rand’s spawn, practicing “ivory tower economics.” They, in turn, view Berman as a defender of the selfish and privileged — folks for whom affordable housing means people should live in neighborhoods they can afford.“It’s reprehensible,” Thomas said.Berman says Noho and Greenwich Village preservationists are “against zoning changes which would be detrimental to the neighborhood’s character.” He opposes the taller, denser buildings that would be allowed by the mayor’s plans for Soho and Noho, especially commercial ones.Open New York doesn’t want office towers either, but for a different reason — it wants apartments.The group wants the city to reduce the allowed size of commercial buildings in its plans, making mixed-income housing a more lucrative alternative.“We think there is a risk the city is making high-density commercial buildings too attractive,” Thomas said.Professionalizing advocacyCoalition partners and a persuasive argument can win a policy war in New York, but resources help. To that end, Open New York is trying to close the financial chasm with groups like Berman’s. It completed its first real fundraising drive in October, banking $70,000 in cash — a paltry sum for a citywide group and less than half of Berman’s salary, but enough to start advertising for an executive director (target salary: $80,000 to $90,000). Membership dues are also in the works.Mayoral candidate Kathryn GarciaThe group plans to register as a 501(c)4 social welfare organization, which allows participation in political campaigns. It sent questionnaires to 2021 candidates for mayor and other offices and in mid December issued its first endorsements, backing eight City Council contenders, including Sanchez. On Dec. 29, the group hosted a virtual Q & A with mayoral contender Kathryn Garcia.To its detractors, Open New York remains a conundrum. Most assume it is a tentacle of the real estate lobby and motivated by principal, not principle.“It has to be connected to developers,” said Almeida, the Gowanus activist. Berman believes that Open New York, as much as it claims to care about housing, shills for developers who would build retail space. (Berman’s preservation group does have a connection to brokers, helping them meet licensing requirements through courses about historical preservation.)Kathryn Wylde, CEO of Partnership for New York CityBut Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of the business organization Partnership for New York City, cautioned that people should not leap to conclusions. “Groups can represent the interests of people you wouldn’t expect,” she said, alluding to Open New York and perhaps her own entity. “That happens sometimes in New York.”One founder of the group, Ben Carlos Thypin, does come from a real estate family. In 2015, Thypin started a distressed assets data firm and became an industrial broker. For the fledgling pro-housing group, he said, a question arose: Where would its members and funding come from?“The easiest thing would have been for Open New York to harvest my contacts in real estate,” Thypin said. “But we decided against it.”Thypin stepped away from the group as other leaders emerged. Today a recusal policy mitigates conflicts of interest among real estate professionals who join.“Let’s make something very clear,” said board member Kyle Dontoh, 26. “We don’t take any money from real estate lobbyists, REBNY, or developers who are working on projects we advocate for.”A spokesperson for the Real Estate Board of New York said it has not worked with Open New York and does not know how it operates.Thypin said unlike Open New York, the industry is actually divided over new development. Limiting new housing increases prices, benefiting property owners and brokers. “Brokers are not the most civically engaged people,” Thypin said.There is no apparent division in Open New York, with its resolute support for adding housing in high-opportunity areas. In addition to the Soho and Gowanus rezonings, the group has advocated for 80 Flatbush Avenue, a mixed-use skyscraper at the edge of Boerum Hill that was approved in 2018; Haven Green, a controversial senior affordable housing development in Nolita; and 250 Water Street, which would bring affordable apartments to the South Street Seaport.Almeida calls rezoning a “neoliberal” approach, but Thomas sees it as a throttle to speed the creation of housing.“Rezoning is a tool the city has,” said Thomas. “It’s imperfect, but we recognize it’s also very effective.”The next nine months or so will reveal whether the same can be said for Open New York.Contact Orion Joneslast_img

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