Does Andrew Yang’s housing plan make sense?

first_img Message* Share via Shortlink Full Name* Email Address* Andrew Yang (Getty)New Yorkers no longer have a choice: We have to take Andrew Yang seriously.The Democratic primary for mayor is less than two months away and he’s leading the polls as the eight identifiable candidates begin to invade our lives with TV ads.Yang is winning mostly because of name recognition. He’s famous for being famous. Voters have no idea what he does for a living or what his skills are, but he has a following and he might win. It’s time to consider whether this smooth talker actually knows what he’s talking about.Yesterday he unveiled his affordable housing plan in a 12-minute speech. I’m going to grade it on three criteria: Is it good policy? Is it innovative? Is it achievable?The first thing to consider when candidates talk housing is whether they even understand it. Based on his speech, Yang does.Read moreDevelopers oppose Scott Stringer’s housing planWhere NYC mayoral candidates stand on real estate issuesMayoral contenders debate on housing policy Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink He began by properly framing the issue, noting that the housing problem limits social mobility, hampers education, increases homelessness and spreads Covid. His comment that 2,600 New Yorkers left the city weekly from 2010 to 2019 was rhetoric — he failed to say how many moved in — but it’s fair to say that some moved for better housing elsewhere.Then he cited the main problem with New York City’s housing: We don’t build enough.Anyone who says our problem is “too much luxury housing” or “not enough affordable housing” is shilling for votes and not getting to the crux of the problem. Yang seems to understand that supply and demand largely determine housing prices. Reducing demand (as Covid did) is not a good way to lower them. That leaves one option: increasing supply. Yang gets that.Is that innovative? No. Most of the candidates agree, including Kathryn Garcia, Ray McGuire, Eric Adams and, of course, Sean Donovan, the only housing expert in the race.Is it achievable? Yes. New York is not uniquely resistant to housing development. Whether Yang has the necessary leadership skills is another matter, but at least he passes the economics test and is not running around blaming developers and gentrification. Grade: B+Yang also adeptly described the struggle to allow more housing: “A rezoning of a neighborhood to build denser, new types of housing runs into a bureaucratic gauntlet that favors the loudest voices in a room, not necessarily the most sensible,” he said. “The needs of the country’s largest city have been drowned out by narrow interests most concerned with maintaining the status quo — and their own status.”That surely made city planners cheer and Nimby groups curse. So, points for Yang. Grade: A.His next policy idea is to spend $4 billion a year to build or preserve 30,000 affordable units annually. That’s more than Mayor Bill de Blasio’s record-high spending and not at all innovative. It’s not terrible, but it’s really a fallback for governments that cannot foster a functional housing market.Affordable units are allocated by lottery, compelling many “winners” to move away from their families, support networks and jobs. The below-market rents are a blessing but essentially trap tenants in the units. A market that supplies affordable housing organically allows people to move when their household gets bigger or smaller or when they get a better job far away. That should be the goal. Most of the country has achieved it. Grade: B-.Yang then attacked the political system known as “member deference” by which neighborhoods or project sites are rezoned: The decision falls to the local City Council member.“If elected, I plan on working with the council to eliminate member deference,” he said.That’s like saying, “If I come across lions with a fresh piece of meat, I will work with the pride to snatch it away.”Yang did not say how he would end the policy or how he would replace it. He gets an A for his diagnosis, an F for his realism and an incomplete for his solution.He did vow to speed up the seven-month political approval process for 100 percent affordable projects. “It’s counterproductive to waste months in one hearing after another, waiting for advisory votes, when we often know what the right thing to do is,” he said. Nicely put. He did not, however, say how he would speed it up, such as by sparing such projects from the process entirely. And what about mixed-income projects? Grade: B.Yang attacked parking minimums — rules that force developers to create private parking spaces proportional to the project size, regardless of necessity. This is not a new idea but it’s a good one because it allows for cheaper housing and reduces driving. It is cheered in areas well served by subways and booed in transit deserts, an obstacle Yang did not address. And he did not say if developers would be compelled to pour the savings from not having to build parking into affordable housing. Grade: A-.He called for bus rapid transit to allow for upzoning. Good idea, but upzoning has to come first. Bus service is expensive in low-density areas that lack riders, and a state agency controls buses. Grade: B+.Yang said he would bring back single-room occupancy, which was banned for being unfair to the poor — a decision that made housing more expensive. “We should embrace ideas like co-living,” he said. Innovative? Not exactly. But wise and feasible, although he failed to note that a new state law would be needed or say what he would do when SRO tenants have kids. Grade: A-.Accessory dwelling units, sometimes called granny flats or basement apartments, should be legalized, Yang said. The city has a pilot program for this but progress has been slow. Yang did not mention fire-safety rules and other impediments to making this work, and exaggerated how many units it would create. Grade: B.The candidate also failed to mention the city’s infamous property tax system and highest-in-the-nation construction costs.Yang called his speech “just a start” — indeed, his website has more details and other ideas. So do the other candidates, and voters must consider them as well. The tougher question is which contenders have the political skills to make these changes. Only Adams and Scott Stringer have held public office, although Donovan, Garcia and Maya Wiley all have government experience.But it is at least comforting to know that Yang has a solid grasp of housing issues. Either that or a very good speechwriter.Contact Erik Engquist Tags Affordable HousingDevelopmentmayoral racenew york city councilPoliticsRezoningslast_img read more

Video: USS Milwaukee launches Longbow Hellfire missiles

first_img View post tag: SSMM View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Longbow Hellfire Share this article View post tag: USS Milwaukeecenter_img View post tag: LCS Photo: Freedom variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) fires an AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missile during a live-fire missile exercise off the coast of Virginia, May 11, 2018. Photo: US Navy The US Navy has shared a video of its Freedom variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) launching Longbow Hellfire missiles as part of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) developmental testing (DT)The live-fire missile exercise took place off the coast of Virginia on May 11 and saw Milwaukee fire four missiles that successfully struck fast inshore attack craft targets.The navy said the ship’s crew executed a scenario simulating a complex warfighting environment, utilized radar and other systems to track small surface targets, simulated engagements and then fired missiles against the surface targets.“The crew of the USS Milwaukee executed superbly and the test team ran the event seamlessly, both were critical in making this event successful,” said Capt. Ted Zobel, LCS Mission Modules program manager.This marks the completion of the first phase of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) developmental testing for the LCS mission modules program.This was the first integrated firing of the SSMM from an LCS. Additionally, this was the second at-sea launch of SSMM missiles from an LCS.SSMM leverages the U.S. Army’s Longbow Hellfire missile in a vertical launch capability to counter small boat threats. Initial operational capability and fielding of the SSMM is expected in 2019.“The east coast littoral combat team continues to grow and mature with two Freedom variant LCS arriving annually in Mayport. We look forward to conducting the next phase of SSMM testing onboard USS Detroit (LCS 7),” said Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two Capt. Shawn Johnston.last_img read more

Worcester JCR reintroduce standing for formals

first_imgEchoing this, JCR President Ellen Flower summarised the feeling of the student body – “people really like some of Worcester’s traditions and feel strongly about the prospect of them changing.” She added that “it’s interesting that the JCR members appear more conservative than members of the Governing Body”; indeed, the original proposer of the motion, Damon Falck, claimed it was an attempt “to get things back to how they used to be.” A Worcester fresher, who asked not to be named, dismissed the argument that traditional formal hall might hinder attempts to make the college more inclusive of people of diverse backgrounds, calling it an “overreaction.” Worcester JCR has recently voted overwhelmingly to reinstate the practice of standing as tutors approach the high table at formal hall, after the recently appointed Interim Provost and the college governing body banned the custom without JCR consultation. After passing the results of the referendum on to the college administration, with 130 out of 155 in favour of maintaining the practice, attendees can now choose to stand if they wish – this choice was already made by students at the formal on Tuesday of 1st Week, even prior to the JCR motion being put forth. Though few other colleges aside from Worcester and St Catherine’s have had JCR motions addressing this specific issue, and in some the concerns surrounding traditions at formal hall are met with apathy – a fresher at Queen’s claimed that “no one [in the student body] has raised it as an issue to debate, it’s not given too much thought” – there have been strong reactions from individual students calling for the tradition of standing for tutors to be abolished. However, it is important to note that the apparent conservatism of Worcester students only goes so far; the aforementioned fresher also argued that saying grace has more connotations of elitism than standing for tutors, citing the use of Latin and the fact that “it shows respect only for one specific religion.” In this way, Worcester students do not appear to be opposed to attempts to make college life more inclusive, but feel that this particular attempt has been misdirected. Indeed, despite the motion students still stand for their tutors at hall and it is unclear whether the Governing Body will implement the vote. The proposition argued that undoing the tradition would make hall more popular and was not only practical but more inclusive; it should also be noted that St Catherine’s is seen as one of Oxford’s more progressive colleges, and unlike Worcester does not have a tradition of saying grace, and has a casual dress code. ll. However, there were concerns that the motion could damage relations between the JCR and the faculty and, like at Worcester, some students argued that standing showed respect for the work of those seated at high table. The proposer of the motion at St Catherine’s declined to comment. Controversy over the role of tradition in formal hall and discord between college administration and the student body are hardly unique to Worcester; in the first week of Hilary term last year, the St Catherine’s JCR voted for a motion for students to make a ‘personal decision [of] whether to stand or sit, silent or not, when the tutors walk into the Hall.’ This motion, the very opposite of Worcester’s effort to preserve tradition, passed with 24 votes for, 21 votes against and 2 abstentions, a very low turnout among just under 500 undergraduates. Since Worcester is one of the few colleges that retains most formal hall traditions, including gowns, formal dress code and Latin grace there is a strong feeling within the student body that Worcester’s reputation for traditional formals or, as the original JCR motion put it, “the element of theatre,” should be maintained. Zaman, a fresher at Corpus Christi, thinks it wrong that “someone should command such a show of respect merely because of the official position they hold,” and cited racism, transphobia and climate change denial on the part of tutors as reasons why some students might be uncomfortable standing for them. An Oriel student who requested to remain anonymous raised the issue of the accessibility of formal hall to disabled students, which is not often acknowledged in related JCR motions. “As a disabled person who sometimes finds it hard to stand,” the student wrote, “I would feel embarrassed if I weren’t able [to stand for tutors] at formal while everyone else does,’” though she did also acknowledge the “warmth and empathy” she felt from her college towards her disability.last_img read more

Civil Forfeiture Reform Passes General Assembly

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare by Olivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comA bill to reform many aspects of Indiana’s civil forfeiture proceedings is headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb after receiving unanimous support on final passage from the House of Representatives on Monday.Senate Bill 99 sailed through each committee and chamber that heard it without opposition or amendment. The bill, authored by Sen. Rod Bray, R-Martinsville, was designed to increase due process protections for property owners whose property is seized as part of a civil forfeiture action.Among the most significant changes SB 99 makes is its requirement for a court to find probable cause to support a property seizure within seven days of law enforcement seizing the property. The bill also builds in hardship provisions for “innocent owners,” or people who lend their property to someone else without knowing it will be used for illegal purposes.The common example of an innocent owner hardship given during discussion of SB 99 has been seizure of “grandma’s car” — that is, a grandmother lends her vehicle to a grandchild, who engages in illegal activity resulting in the car’s seizure. Referencing those situations prior to Monday’s House vote, Evansville Democrat Ryan Hatfield said depriving a grandmother of her property could create hardships for her family — such as a loss of transportation or property kept in a seized vehicle — even though she had nothing to do with illegal activity.“I think even the prosecutors acknowledge that too often we’re holding too much property that probably doesn’t have much to do with the crime that’s alleged, and we’re holding it for too long and it’s really placing a burden on these families,” Hatfield told the House. “So for those purposes, I think we’re headed in the right direction.”But Rep. Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington, reminded his colleagues of an issue that has been a frequent sticking point in civil forfeiture reform discussions — how forfeiture proceeds should be disbursed. The bill provides for a disbursement mechanism that begins with attorney fees, trickles down to prosecutors’ offices and law enforcement, and ends with all remaining funds going into the Common School Fund. However, Article 8, Section 2 of the Indiana Constitution requires all forfeiture proceeds to be deposited into the Common School Fund, a constitutional mandate Pierce said the General Assembly cannot get around.“It doesn’t say ‘after expenses,’” Pierce said. “So what we’re really trying to do with this bill … is hope that if we say it’s reimbursement of expenses that the courts will let us get away with not putting it in the Common School Fund, which the Constitution says we ought to do in the first place. So we need to deal with that issue at some point.”The constitutional question Pierce raised is the subject of a Marion County lawsuit brought by the Institute for Justice, Jeana M. Horner, et al. v. Terry R. Curry, et al., 49D06-1602-PL-004804, which is scheduled for a summary judgment hearing on March 16. Despite those concerns, Pierce voted in favor of SB 99 because he said it resolves the due process shortcomings that were identified in part of Indiana’s civil forfeiture framework that was struck down in Leroy Washington v. Marion County Prosecutor, et al., 1:16-cv-02980.A spokeswoman for Holcomb said civil forfeiture reform is not part of the governor’s agenda, but he will “consider it carefully” before deciding whether to sign SB 99 into law.last_img read more

Cargill strengthens marketing with new director

first_imgCargill has appointed a new marketing and communications director, as it puts greater focus on its cocoa and chocolate business.Niklas Andersson has filled the role, and will be responsible for as marketing and communications for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia.He joined the business from food manufacturer Corbion, where he led the global marketing team. He has also spent a lot of time with Unilever.Andersson said: “I am extremely pleased to join Cargill at such an exciting time. The cocoa and chocolate business is growing geographically and continues to get closer to customers. I am looking forward to applying my experience of B2B and B2C marketing, brand-building and innovation to the company. In today’s fast-paced business world, the business-to-business angle needs to be increasingly consumer-oriented; we need to utilise Cargill’s food expertise and market knowledge to better anticipate consumer needs, so we can best serve our customers.”Meanwhile, the European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the proposed acquisition of the industrial chocolate business of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) by Cargill is in line with the EU Merger Regulation.last_img read more

San Fran’s Boom Boom Room Announces Benefit Concert & Auction For Wildfire Victims

first_imgWildfires have been continuing to devastate Northern California, and across the country, people are stepping up to help those affected by the fires rebuild. San Francisco’s Boom Boom Room, a beloved funk, jazz, and blues club across from the iconic Fillmore, has just announced that on Thursday, October 19th, the venue will be hosting a live music benefit for victims of the fire featuring five local bands. Tapped for the $10 dollar benefit show are the Bay Area’s own Sweet Plot, The Crooked Stuff, Adam Knight & Friends, Evan Lanam & The Live Oaks and Jamie Clark Band. In addition, the night will also see special auctions and raffles with all proceeds going back to victims of the fire.In addition to the bountiful live music that is meant to bring a little bit of joy into the community that’s been terrorized by fire, the night will also see special auctions and raffles with all proceeds going back to victims of the fire. The venue will also be accepting item donations for North Bay Shelters, with the items in need listed here. All proceeds from the event will go toward the American Red Cross with a designation to focus the money toward Northern California fire relief.The show starts at 8 pm and runs until 2 am, with doors opening at 7:30 pm. Come out this Thursday to help support a deeply important cause, and you can check out the raffle items below.Items for Raffle/Auction:$250 Gift Certificate to SafewaySafeway Gift Basket3D Printer$150 Gift Certificate to Warrior Within DesignsCustom Tie Dyes from Ben Jammin [Tie Dye Artist for the Grateful Dead]Festival Tickets to For The Funk of It [August 2018]Trey Anastasio Band Tickets at the Fox Theater Oakland2 Tickets to any  show at The Fillmore SF2 Tickets to any show via BISS List2 Tickets to Atta Kid + Merch Friday 10.20 at Boom Boom Room2 Tickets to Dumstaphunk + Crooked Stuff Halloween at Sweetwater Music Hall2 Tickets to Robert Walter’s 20th Congress at Boom Boom Room November ’17TONS OF BAND MERCHTONS MORE CONCERT TICKETSTONS MORE PRIZESALL AUCTION + RAFFLE PRIZES go directly to helping the fire victimslast_img read more

This year’s chief marshal

first_imgAs Harvard alumni and alumnae stream into Tercentenary Theatre for the University’s 364th Commencement on May 28, award-winning author and journalist Farai Chideya ’90 will lead the charge as this year’s chief marshal.Since 1899, the 25th reunion class of Harvard College has selected a member from its ranks to hold this distinction. The selection is based not only on the individual’s personal success, but also on his or her contributions to Harvard and society more broadly.Chideya’s career in journalism includes work for NPR, CNN, ABC News, Newsweek, and MTV. She is the author of four nonfiction books and a novel, all of which have been used for teaching in college courses.She describes the honor as “people saying nice things behind your back.”“You hope that you live with integrity and that your work speaks for itself,” Chideya said. “You hope that you are the kind of person who can maintain longstanding friendships. To me, this is an affirmation of that, as it is for all the other candidates for marshal, as well as so many others in our class. It’s a complete and utter honor and sounds like a lot of fun too.”The chief marshal’s duties include leading the alumni procession onto Tercentenary Theatre on Commencement Day and hosting a lunch for fellow alumni and alumnae that afternoon.“What an honor to have the remarkable Farai Chideya join us as chief marshal this year,” said Harvard Alumni Association President Cynthia Torres. “This distinction recognizes Farai’s noteworthy career as a groundbreaking multimedia journalist, author, broadcaster, and commentator. In a field where guiding and educating the next generation of young people is critical, Farai’s long involvement with training and mentoring aspiring arts and culture journalists through her nonprofit work is truly exemplary. She will be an inspiring presence to our students and alumni at Commencement.”Prominent alumni to have received this honor include U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, U.S. Sens. Leverett Saltonstall and Henry Cabot Lodge, and actor John Lithgow. More recently, NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson (2013), U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (2011), and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse (2007) have served in this role.Chideya has taught at the University of Southern California and is currently the distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She also served as a 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, where she taught a seminar on the intersection of social media and retail politics.She noted that “through a stroke of good luck, many of the students who served as liaisons for my class are graduating in the Class of 2015.”Long before returning to Harvard as a fellow, Chideya found that Harvard connections ran through her career, from a network of colleagues in New York City, where she took her first job out of college at Newsweek, to numerous mentors and mentees over the years. Then there are the friendships that she fondly acknowledges have been the biggest part of her life outside of the square.But maybe it’s simply joining in the pomp and circumstance of the day that will be the highlight. “The fact that I get to march in Tercentenary Theatre and wear a top hat is just magnificent!”For Commencement, graduates interested in reserving tickets for the Alumni Spread Luncheon and the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (the Afternoon Program) can do so online.last_img read more

The poetic perspective

first_imgThat activist impulse was key to her college choice. Initially unsure about attending Harvard, a trip to campus helped her see the “University’s commitment to growth and evolution, to social justice and inclusion. That visit made me think, ‘Maybe I can have a role in shaping these types of issues in our country,’ and I realized Harvard was the place to be.”Gorman’s process for writing commissioned works follows a pattern of intense study and research followed by a period of seclusion, during which she pours the information she has absorbed back onto the page. “Then I begin to shape.”For today’s commission, “Making Mountains as We Run,” Gorman studied Harvard’s history and Bacow’s life and work. She said her piece was partly inspired by Bacow’s love of running and by his description of his Harvard role “not as a sprint but as a marathon, and thinking in the long term,” said Gorman. “And it’s the hope that we are in essence leaving achievements and mountains for other people to climb as we run forward in our path as a community.”,Among Gorman’s artistic inspirations are Tracy K. Smith ’94, Pulitzer Prize winner and the 52nd U.S. poet laureate, and author and activist Maya Angelou, whom she calls her “spirit grandmother.” When times get tough, Gorman likes to imagine sitting under a tree with Angelou as she reassures, “Baby, everything is going to be OK.”Her mother was the first to encourage Gorman’s love of words. A devoted English teacher in the Watts public schools in southern Los Angeles, Gorman’s mother offered “an up-close view of how important literacy is in my city, but also around the country. While my mom is not a poet, she has definitely inspired me in so many ways to pursue my education and take my own writing seriously.”“That’s a big piece of who I am.”The summer was a busy time for Gorman, who took part in a reading of letters by the late South African President Nelson Mandela with his granddaughter, spoke at WE Day to thousands, and appeared on television for the BET Black Girls Rock! awards. She read her poem “Earthrise” for Al Gore and “The Playhouse” for Dick Van Dyke and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. So how does she think Harvard’s inauguration will compare?“It’s every poet’s dream to be part of an inauguration because it’s the commencement of something greater than themselves,” said Gorman, adding that the event resonates both personally and nationally.“Harvard’s not only watching but the world is watching us at this moment, and we have this incredible opportunity, through the vision of President Bacow, to reimagine Harvard’s role in the globe, but also our individual role at Harvard.”As a poet, Gorman hopes to offer readers and listeners an entry point into an art form often considered “dusty and archaic.” With her work, she hopes to strike a conversational tone, one that “feels very personal, very intimate, but that just coincidentally happens to have these poetic qualities.“My job is to coax people into my lyricism without them realizing they are listening to a poem. I hope that happens….” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Amanda Gorman ’20, the inaugural U.S. youth poet laureate who has written a poem for Harvard President Larry Bacow’s inauguration, wants to change the world with her words, and eventually with her political agenda.“I am working on hashtags,” said Gorman about the social media strategy for a future presidential run. “Save the 2036 date on your iPhone calendar,” the sociology concentrator tells people without a trace of irony.Like successful politicians, she has a gift for words, and for seeing challenges as opportunities. An auditory disorder that makes her “hear and process information differently than other people” resulted in a speech impediment she has struggled with since childhood. But the Los Angeles native has refused to let it hold her back.“I always saw it as a strength because since I was experiencing these obstacles in terms of my auditory and vocal skills, I became really good at reading and writing. I realized that at a young age when I was reciting the Marianne Deborah Williamson quote that ‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure’ to my mom.”At age 5, Gorman said she realized “the voice I was reading on the page and writing on the page was the voice I really wanted for myself.” Through the years that voice has grown and garnered attention. She was named the youth poet laureate of Los Angeles in 2014 at age 16 and published her first collection of poetry, “The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough,” the next year. Named the nation’s first youth poet laureate in 2017, she wrote “In This Place: An American Lyric,” a piece informed by poet Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen: American Lyric,” hat has been described by The New Yorker as a “book-length poem about race and imagination.”“My poem was inspired by this political climate, social, economic, even in terms of the environment,” said Gorman, whose work frequently reflects her commitment to pressing social concerns. Her 2014 poem “Neighborhood Anthem” addresses themes of inequality and injustice. “In the Eye Of,” a poem she wrote for “Weathering Change,” an artistic response to climate change edited by Devin Jacobsen, M.Div. ’18, then a Harvard Divinity School student, and recently released by the Harvard Office for Sustainability, Gorman evokes the havoc wrought by hurricanes.“It’s not enough for me to write,” said Gorman. “I have to do right as well.”last_img read more

Welcoming New Additions to VCE Block and Rack Families

first_imgStart small and grow to extreme scale (1000+ nodes)Capable of supporting multiple hypervisorsIn summary, depending on your use cases and needs (OpenStack, VMware, Scale-out Storage), the VxRack Systems family has you covered. They bring all of the hyper-converged advantages to a rack-scale system to enable scale-out simplicity and performance.Now, let’s take a look at the release for our Vblock Systems family.The Vblock System 350 and VxBlock System 350 with Unity are the newest additions to the System 300 Series and VCE product portfolio. With a flash optimized Block portfolio – 350 with Unity, 540 with XtremeIO, and 740 with VMAX All Flash – VCE continues to offer its customers additional choices to deploy all-flash converged infrastructure and transform their data centers.More than ever, customers are moving towards all-flash data centers. According to the Worldwide and U.S. Enterprise Storage Systems Forecast Update 2015-2019, the all-flash and hybrid-flash array market have projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.2% and 5.5%, respectively, far above the hard disk drive market CAGR of -12.8%. Flash delivers the increased performance required by next-generation applications as well as traditional workloads, at a better price than hard disk.With the launch of Vblock and VxBlock System 350 with the all-new EMC Unity storage platform, VCE further enables customers to modernize their infrastructure and transform their data center operation into a cloud environment, while minimizing total cost of ownership.Vblock and VxBlock System 350 with Unity is a leading choice for customers, and here’s why:Provides a fast, low-risk path to an all-flash data centerOffers an ideal infrastructure for midsized deployments, ROBO use cases, and cost-sensitive mixed workloadsMeets the needs of resource-constrained IT professionals in large or small companiesTops the current mid-range external storage array market – it is smaller, denser, and easier to useOffers the highest levels of performance at low latencyScales for ultimate flexibilityAnd, provides a complete, rich set of data services and featuresVblock and VxBlock System 350 customers have the flexibility to choose from multiple storage configurations, either in hybrid-flash or all-flash arrays, to meet their requirements.For more information on Vblock Systems and VxRack Systems and to learn more about VCE’s full portfolio of products, visit vce.com. Start small and scale incrementally to hundreds of nodesComplete lifecycle managementNew EVO SDDC manager for single pane of glass management of physical and virtual resourcesVxRack System 1000 with FLEX Nodes–Perfect for organizations that need a flexible foundation for delivering IaaS at scale and can support a wide range of use cases (separately or in combination)Leverages EMC ScaleIOVirtualizes the server’s direct-attached storage into a shared network-based storage pool-similar to SAN storage We are happy to welcome in our two new arrivals, VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes and the Vblock System 350 and VxBlock System 350 with Unity.The VxRack System 1000 Series is joined by another outstanding rack system. The VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes brings with it all of the cloud native capabilities that companies have been dreaming about. No need to have an enormous group of developers spending large amounts of time configuring and developing an environment that may or may not work or even be used over time.  The VxRack with Neutrino Node is a turnkey environment that makes standing up multiple cloud stacks based on open source a breeze.The magic within the VxRack with Neutrino Nodes is the integration with proven, existing technologies to ensure the entire stack is stable and reliable. This multi-service architecture provides IT with choices of IaaS or PaaS that the lines of business need for developing their cloud native apps. And with all VxRack Systems, compelling economics are brought to the table with the commodity hardware, one call support, simplified upgrades, patches, and unified management.Here’s a high level view of the family after today’s announcement:VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes–Perfect for organizations that want a turnkey platform for cloud native services (OpenStack, Hadoop, Photon)IaaS – OpenStack deployment in hours vs. weeks/monthsPaaS – Native Hybrid Cloud (including Pivotal Cloud Foundry)Purpose-built for cloud native (P3) applicationsVxRack System 1000 with SDDC Nodes–Ideal for organizations that have standardized on VMware and want a turnkey private cloud with end-to-end system automation- simple!Leverages the VMware EVO SDDC stackEasy to deploy, operate and managelast_img read more

Vermont to get $600,000 from settlement with Merck over Vioxx marketing

first_imgAttorney General William H Sorrell announced today that Vermont will receive approximately $600,000 in damages and penalties to the Vermont Medicaid program as part of a national settlement with pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp regarding its illegal marketing of the drug Vioxx.Merck marketed Vioxx for uses not approved by the FDA, misrepresented the cardiovascular safety of the drug, and made other false and misleading statements. The settlement resolves complaints filed by the federal government and a number of States after Merck voluntarily withdrew Vioxx from the market in September 2004, citing an increase in the incidence of adverse cardiovascular events in patients taking Vioxx.In May 2008, Vermont obtained a $1.7 million dollar settlement with Merck on its consumer protection claims related to the illegal marketing; the settlement announced today addresses separate damages to the Vermont Medicaid program. As part of the settlement, Merck will plead guilty to a criminal misdemeanor for misbranding Vioxx, pay a $300 million criminal fine, pay $615 million in damages and penalties, and enter into a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the federal government to closely monitor the company’s future marketing practices.Vermont AG. 11.23.2011last_img read more