Thursday, September 13, 2018

New York, the first city in the US to limit Uber-type services

The Council of the City of New York approved on Wednesday a moratorium of one year in the delivery of new licenses for transport services type Uber, based on applications installed in cell phones.

The one-year moratorium calls for a study to analyze the impact of private transportation services offered in New York by companies that also include Lyft, Juno and Gett, among others.

The Council also voted to establish a minimum wage for drivers, similar to that received by drivers of yellow and black taxis in the city.

The limit on the growth of these companies, as well as the obligation they will have to offer a minimum wage to their employees, could serve as a model for other cities in the United States and the world, according to The New York Times.

"We are pausing the issuance of new licenses in an industry that has been allowed to proliferate without proper controls or regulations," said Corey Johnson, president of the New York City Council.

Johnson added that the intention is to support and encourage drivers of private transportation services, making sure they receive enough salaries to support their families. Mayor Bill de Blasio has supported legislation in this regard, and is expected to sign it.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The prestigious New York University offers a career in medicine completely free

The institution will cover the annual tuition of $ 55,000 for current and future students without distinction of merit or financial need, in an attempt to prevent young people being scared off by the high costs of the profession. The program will require 600 million dollars in donations.

The School of Medicine of the prestigious New York University announced on Thursday that from now on will offer completely free medical career, both for students already enrolled and for future applicants, and without distinction of merit or economic need.

"When you look at the median debt of medical students at the time of graduation, it's getting to the point where it impacts the workforce of doctors," said Rafael Riviera, associate dean of admissions and financial aid at the private US institution.

With tuitions that reach US $ 55,000 a year throughout the country, Riviera ensures that the offer will attract students who are scared away by this huge number when it comes to pursuing their vocation and who end up choosing more accessible study programs.

"Young people are in high school or college and think about what they want to do, they think medicine is a great career opportunity for them, they love the material, but they see that number and think, 'Well, you know, it should be better think of something else. "And for me that is a loss for society," he said.

Riviera also highlighted another problem. "Once people start studying medicine, we do not want debt to be a factor when it comes to deciding specialization," he explained, citing the case of pediatrics and research, very necessary but unprofitable options.

Because of the high costs involved in university education, especially in frontline institutions, in the United States it is usual for students to get into debt to pay for their studies. After graduating, they begin to repay the loan, but many times the returns of professional life are not enough to carry this weight.

According to the American Association of Medical Universities, one out of every five medical students in private institutions graduates with a debt of more than $ 300,000. At NYU, the percentage of students who graduate with debt reaches 62% and an average of 187,000 dollars.

With this announcement, NYU becomes the only prestigious university in the United States to offer the race for free, and Riviera hopes that other institutions will soon do the same.

To finance the program, the university has raised 450 million dollars in philanthropic donations, out of a total of 600 million that it considers necessary to ensure the sustainability of the project in the future.

However, although this covers all education costs, students are expected to be responsible for paying their support in New York City during the years of study, an expense estimated at $ 27,000 per year.

The NYU medical school is ranked third among the best universities in the United States, in a tie with Stanford University, and behind Johns Hopkins University (2) and Harvard (1).

NYU currently has 350 students enrolled in their medical school, according to the New York Times. Across the country, the number rises to 22,000.

Friday, July 27, 2018

New York will have the first underground park in the world

New York will have a green space hidden in the subsoil: Lowline, the future park in southern Manhattan that will become a reality in 2020.

Inspired by the famous Highline Park, this project is about some old tram tracks that run up to three blocks underground and are now transformed into a public park that will live under the famous American island, a somewhat more futuristic version of what we are accustomed.

Solar light underground

The new concept that seeks to revolutionize the way parks are designed, will house around three thousand types of plants and the most important challenge in this project is to achieve that light reaches a closed and dark space. According to the revealed information of the project, this will be achieved through a fiber optic technology and mirrors that filter the sunlight from the roof of the building to the green areas that are inside.

Likewise, in the streets of New York solar collectors will be installed that during the day will reflect it in a homogeneous way for the underground space. The project promoted by James Ramsey and Dan Barasch guarantee that there will be the necessary sunlight supply for plants to achieve natural photosynthesis, even in the coldest months.

At the moment it is a project that is still in the planning phase and seeks to raise 60 million dollars to raise the green space, even when it is in this facet, the protagonists of the work, consider that by 2020 it will be a reality.