As Boeing 737 MAX Planes Remain Grounded, The Company Is Turning to Parking Lots
Jun26

As Boeing 737 MAX Planes Remain Grounded, The Company Is Turning to Parking Lots

Parking lots have generated over $8 million in revenue over the last nine years. For the most part, as long as general upkeep is maintained and nothing too strange happens, a parking lot can effectively last for 20 to 30 years. Parking lots are often great spots for festivals, public markets, and even holding storage units. None of that is really considered strange — but when Boeing 737 MAX planes start taking up space on these lots, people will likely give a few strange looks. And justifiably (justiFLYably) so — it’s a Boeing 737 MAX airplane. According to CNBC, there are about 500 Boeing 737 MAX planes grounded across the globe, and 100 of them are being stored in a parking lot at Boeing’s factory in Renton, Washington. Some of the planes are factory fresh and cannot be delivered to their destinations due to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) grounding of the jets in mid-March following two fatal crashes. Despite the fact that these jets aren’t in the sky, the company is still manufacturing these large aerial vehicles. “Boeing is still maintaining output at 42 per month, only slightly down from the 52 maximum rate they intended,” said Richard Aboulafia, aviation analyst. “Month-after-month of production, but no delivery to the end user is going to produce traffic jams and strange scenes like these.” It’s only an 80-minute flight from Miami to the Turks and Caicos islands — and chances are, if you’ve been flying out of Miami, you’ve done so on a Boeing 737 MAX. Now, after the FAA’s pullback, these planes are grounded until further notice. “I think as much as anything now it may be politics as much as the true certification [and] safety issues,” added American Airlines CEO Doug Parker. “I don’t think the FAA wants to be alone in doing this.” Currently, Boeing is attempting to get the airplanes re-certified with the FAA. There is no clear date for when the planes will be cleared for flight once again. As of late June 2019, many carriers have removed 737 MAX planes from their flight schedules through September and into October. “We’re going to bring a MAX back up in the air that will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly,” added Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing. “But we also know it will take time rebuilding the confidence of our customers and the flying public, and this will be a long-term...

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IV Therapy Gaining Momentum Across the United States
Jun19

IV Therapy Gaining Momentum Across the United States

Intravenous therapy (IV) is a therapy that delivers liquid substances directly into a vein. It can be administered through injections with a syringe or infused using pressure and gravity. This therapy is the fastest way to deliver medications and fluid replacement throughout the body. Additionally, IV therapy is a fantastic tool to get vitamins and minerals into the body with 100% absorption. According to KGUN 9, IV therapy bars are gaining momentum across the U.S. — but concerns are growing about the effectiveness of the treatment. However, athletes and fitness enthusiasts are turning to IV therapy thanks to its physical advantages. Over 80% of adults don’t meet the guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. “It makes you feel superhuman,” said Vinnie Lopez, owner at Vital Strength and Fitness in Denver. “Which is why it’s not allowed in mixed martial arts anymore, because it brings you back better than you felt before.” Since vitamins and other minerals can easily be administered into the body, patients can do everything from cure hangovers and combat lethargy to boost their immune system and enhance their skin’s health. The process works by providing the patient with a direct infusion of vitamins and minerals, like high doses of vitamin C or magnesium. “Honestly, it’s a game changer,” added Erica Beard, former NFL cheerleader. “You can notice a difference in your energy level. It helps with muscle recovery and staying hydrated. It’s not easy drinking enough water as we need to.” Many other medical professionals, however, aren’t as willing to accept IV therapy. “The whole thing is really nonsense,” said Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. “It’s just catering to people’s sense that they’re taking their health into their hands.” Despite the skeptics, plenty of world-famous celebrities have been supporting IV lounges. Rihanna, Simon Cowell, Cindy Crawford, Adele, and Chrissy Teigen all have voiced support of this unconventional practice. “IV vitamin drips and shots can be used both proactively to maintain optimum wellness and to treat acute and chronic conditions,” said LaQuicha Westervelt-House, a nurse practitioner and owner of Thrive Vitamin Drops and Shots. More research needs to be done but whether it’s the placebo effect or actual hard science, IV therapy seems to be working — at least for some — and is gaining momentum across the United...

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Traffic Congestion: 5 Of The Worst Cities In the United States
Jun19

Traffic Congestion: 5 Of The Worst Cities In the United States

There are about 265 million vehicles in the United States. Though the country is certainly large enough for all these vehicles, many of the most popular metros don’t have the necessary space. Daily traffic congestion can be quite annoying, but it can also be just as dangerous. No one wants to wait in a traffic standstill for hours on end before or after work — but getting in an accident is a much more serious problem. Nearly 1.25 million people die in vehicle crashes each year, averaging 3,287 deaths per day. For the most part, traffic congestion causes much more fender benders than fatal accidents, but it only takes one person driving erratically to cause serious crashes. There isn’t a stretch of roadway in the U.S. that isn’t dangerous, but there certainly are high-traffic areas that experience a significant amount of car accidents, ranging in severity. The United States Census Bureau reports that the average American spends 26 minutes getting to work but some cities are much — much — worse. Here are some of the worst cities across the U.S. with the worst traffic: Washington, D.C. — Average commute time for all commuters: 34.3 minutes. According to Inrix, a company that provides traffic data for cities all over the globe, D.C. was the 6th most congested city in the nation in 2016. During that year, drivers spent an estimated 11% of their driving time in traffic congestion.D.C. does have a strong and healthy transit system that includes several subway lines, but due to rising housing costs in and around the city, thousands of families have been forced deep into the suburbs of Virginia and Maryland, having to commute to work each day. Now, 76.1% of D.C. commuters drive their own vehicle for about 75 hours a year. New York City, New York — Average commute time for all commuters: 34.7 minutes. There is a perception that no one in NYC owns a vehicle, but that’s not the case at all. In fact, 56.9% of commuters drive their own vehicle every day across the Big Apple. Los Angeles, California — Average commute time for all commuters: 28.9 minutes. In 2018, about 32.35 million people moved in the United States. Across the country, millions of people dream of living in Los Angeles. Every year, tens of thousands of people make that move and hope to start a new, sun-filled life. However, it’s not all glitz and glam. It’s a lot of sitting in traffic. LA drivers lose an average of 128 hours a year in congestion — at least there are some nice views while they wait. Boston, Massachusetts — Average...

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Father And Son Team Leave Their Mark On The Organic Industry
Jun17

Father And Son Team Leave Their Mark On The Organic Industry

The organic food industry is experiencing a boom. Organic food sales in the U.S. amounted to approximately 45.21 billion dollars in 2017; with more people going organic every day, that number is only expected to rise. However, just because organic foods are currently popular doesn’t mean they’re a recent invention. Gary Hirshberg created his business, Stonyfield Organic, back in 1983 with a focus on dairy products; from yogurt, smoothies, and milk, Hirshberg has dedicated his life to the idea that “healthy food means healthier people, healthier business, and a healthier planet.” Now, his son Ethan has decided to follow in his footsteps. “I grew up in the natural products industry. I’d go to trade shows with my dad when I was a kid,” Ethan Hirshberg explained. “So I always had an interest in it and that eventually developed into a passion.” Those experiences inspired him when he set out to launch a business in organic two years ago. He created the aptly named Ethan’s line of organic products; offering the benefits of apple cider vinegar without the bitter taste, Ethan’s is an organic, functional drink business that sells shots designed to provide antioxidant support, immune system support, digestion support, as well as promote weight loss by helping you feel full. The younger Hirshberg recently landed a nationwide partnership with Whole Foods, which is expected to double his revenue to four million dollars this year. Gary has stood by his son’s side throughout the entire process, offering support and “keeping [his] mouth shut” when needed. Overall, he believes Ethan’ endeavors and successes have brought them closer together. “This experience has deepened our relationship and mutual respect. We talk and share all the time, and we’ve seen that we speak the same language and our observations enhance each of our understandings and empathy. I think he now better understands all that I went through in building Stonyfield, and I have been impressed how much quicker a learner he is than I was at his age,” the elder Hirshberg said. “And we’ve had a lot of fun.” The father-son duo have definitely left their mark on the organic industry. Who knows; maybe Ethan will continue the legacy with a child of his own to bring into the fold years down the...

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Backyard Bungalos: Why Your Home Should Have A Detached Office
Jun14

Backyard Bungalos: Why Your Home Should Have A Detached Office

Florida is known for its sunshine and warm weather. With an average temperature in the mid-70s, most people who visit want to spend all of their time outside. If you’re lucky enough to live in the Sunshine State, you’re free to explore the Floridian outdoors in all its glory, year round. One of the best ways to truly take advantage of such ideal weather is to invest in a backyard office; let’s take a look at the many perks building a detached studio or office can bring to your life. Increased Storage Space Did you know that the average American home has 300,000 things in it? Considering the fact that we tend to collect more as we age, it makes sense to try to move some of the more cumbersome items — from couches to collectibles — into a separate space outside. Though you’ll need to invest an initial amount in the structure itself, you’ll end up saving more than you would if you were simply relying on a storage unit; with the convenience of being able to access your extra items in your own backyard, you’ll never be too far away from anything that you need. Home Away From Home We all need to escape from our lives every once in a while. Since most backyard studios can be transformed into fully livable spaces, you won’t have to give up the luxuries of life when you retreat to your personal haven. You can include electricity, air conditioning, and even spruce up the place with some quality window treatments (their two main uses are for functionality or decoration, and your backyard office can make use of both). When you need to recover from a hard day at work or simply get away from your bustling home, your own oasis will be waiting for you. Privacy, Guaranteed Working from home can be a nightmare. If you’ve got little ones running around and constant distractions (such as neighborly nuisances), it can be extremely hard to focus. Rather than retreating to a space across town where you may end up ostracizing yourself from your loved ones, heading to your backyard office will give you all the privacy, peace, and quiet you need; you’ll be a stone’s throw away from your family should they need to contact you, yet you’ll be able to experience the serenity of an entirely separate, private office. With an average size of 10 feet by 12 feet, backyard studios allow you all the space you need to do what matters most to you. Whether you decide to furnish your space with a cozy chair and bookshelf or turn it into the ideal office, you’ll be happy that you can enjoy...

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