Even on the sunniest day, a dark cloud lingers. It is the veil of exhaust and stench of garbage that hovers over northern Bushwick. Osiris Arias and his wife, Marina, have endured it since they moved to the Brooklyn neighborhood in 1995, and it has only gotten worse, they say. The source of their problem stands a few hundred feet from their home: a waste transfer station.
Three neighborhoods in three boroughs take in nearly 80 percent of the city’s trash, about 40,000 tons a day. They are located in the South Bronx; Jamaica, Queens; and North Brooklyn. There are no waste transfer stations in Manhattan, despite the fact that the borough produces 40 percent of the city’s garbage.

Gallup – “Last summer, Brexit shocked the world. Few global experts saw it coming. In their defense, most economic indicators didn’t point to a political upheaval. Gross domestic product in the U.K. was growing at about 2%, and unemployment had dropped to 4.9%. From a data perspective, things seemed OK. Another metric, however, showed something different happening in the U.K. — “happiness.” In the two years leading up to Brexit, Gallup found that the percentage of people who were “happy” (or “thriving“) was in dramatic decline. In fact, the 15-percentage-point decline in the percentage of people rating their lives positively enough to be considered thriving was so dramatic that it remains among the largest two-year drops in Gallup’s history of global tracking. Today, the U.N. launches its next iteration of its “World Happiness Report.” Popularized by previous reports, these happiness rankings have become world famous. Many people can quickly identify Denmark, Norway and Switzerland as among the happiest countries. What people don’t know is how happiness is measured and why it’s so important to track…” Scroll down to see the listing of World Happiness Rankings – no the US is not even in the top 10!

Why civil service leaders need to take workplace stress seriously. Although stress can be productive, research increasingly shows that too much of it can have serious health impacts. Managers need to be personally in touch with the working environment. (Civil Service World)