The developer of a 10-story mass timber tower in New York City has abandoned the project, citing a lukewarm response from lenders and a weaker real estate market. According to an article posted at The Real Deal, a real estate magazine, the tower in the city’s Chelsea district would have been the tallest wood condominium tower in the city. It also would have been and one of the tallest timber buildings in the U.S.Designed by SHoP Architects, the building was one of two projects that won $1.5 million in a 2015 competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Plans for the other, a 12-story building in Portland, Oregon, are moving forward, Architect said.Both projects represent a surge of interest in using cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels as a substitute for concrete and steel in tall commercial buildings. Advocates say that timber panels cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions, are less expensive, and more aesthetically pleasing. Taller timber buildings have been constructed elsewhere, including an 18-story residence hall at the University of British Columbia. RELATED ARTICLES A New Timber Tower Opens in MinneapolisCross-Laminated Timber Condos Planned in PortlandCan Wood Replace Concrete and Steel in Skyscrapers? CLT panels also can be used in residential projects, such as the Wolfe Island Passive House in Ontario, the subject of a continuing blog series at GBA.Developer Sy Ghassemi told The Real Deal that the condo high-rise “just wasn’t feasible” in New York. He said there’s been a downturn in the market since the project was first announced, and lenders seemed less interested in the project. Plus, the use of wood components would have required a change in New York City laws, which currently do not allow wood towers to be taller than six stories.
Video producers take note! The following detailed map shows you all the places you can and cannot fly a drone.Video drones are awesome. From shooting incredible nature footage to superhero spoofs, drones can create some spectacular videos. So it’s no surprise that the market is flooded with new drone models coming out. As video drones get cheaper we can expect to see more and more flying through the skies.However, concerns surrounding drone safety have begun to find their way into pop culture. For example, a runner at the Geraldton Endure Batavia triathlon in western Australia received injuries after allegedly being struck with a drone. In Ohio a man faces felony charges after refusing to down his drone so a medical helicopter could land. Even the name “drone” implies scary robot overlords or unmanned death planes. With all the negative press surrounding drones, it’s no surprise that there has been stricter regulations in regard to drone piloting.As of June 21, 2014 national parks have been designated “no drone” zones along with airspace surrounding airports. 11 states have already passed drone regulatory legislation with many more to come, so figuring out where you can and cannot fly a drone can be really quite confusing.Luckily for us the good people at The Verge have created an interactive showing us where drones are prohibited. This map only takes into account “no fly zones” surrounding national parks, military bases, and airports. Before you fly a drone for your next big project you need to make sure your state allows for commercial drone use.This map was created by The Verge. Thanks for sharing guys!What are your thoughts on “no drone” zones? Should there be more or less regulation? Share in the comments below.
Former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel has been named the next Madhya Pradesh Governor.She replaces Om Prakash Kohli, who has additional charge of the office of MP Governor along with the office of Gujarat Governor.“The President of India is pleased to appoint Smt. Anandiben Patel to be the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, with effect from the date she assumes charge of her office,” announced the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Twitter. A protege of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ms. Patel succeeded Mr. Modi as Gujarat CM after the 2014 parliamentary polls. In 2016, she resigned as CM on the ground that she was completing 75 years so decided to step down in keeping with the party’s tradition of age criterion.In her Facebook post about the resignation, she hinted at an unwritten rule set by PM Narendra Modi that mandates party leaders above the age of 75 to quit the executive post in the government.In the recently held assembly polls in Gujarat, Ms. Patel did not contest, claiming her age to be the reason.After her resignation as CM, BJP had appointed Vijay Rupani, a protege of Party President Amit Shah. According to party insiders, Mr. Shah and Ms. Patel did not enjoy good relations and were always political rivals in the state politics.She has become the second BJP leader from the state to be appointed as Governor after Vajubhai Vala, currently Karnataka Governor.
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Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles She gave FEU the 11-7 lead with a crosscourt spike and followed it up with a booming off-the-block kill that put the Lady Tamaraws ahead, 13-7.The graduating Guino-o, who finished with 17 points to lead FEU’s offense, said they just wouldn’t let themselves graduate early.“This cannot be our last game, we can’t just allow it,” said Guino-o in Filipino. “This can’t be the last time that we’re playing with each other. It really is ecstatic for us that we extended this series.”Despite a confidence-boosting win, Malabanan said they still have to be wary of Ateneo in their rubber match on Wednesday.“I think we’re still even because today they [the Lady Eagles] had the twice-to-beat advantage and next game it’s all even,” said Malabanan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jerrili Malabanan and Heather Guino-o vowed that they won’t let FEU’s season end in the Final Four and they don’t care if they’re up against the league’s best team at the end of the eliminations.That attitude ultimately paid off for the Lady Tamaraws as they scraped past the Lady Eagles 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 25-8, Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I told the team earlier that this wasn’t going to be our last game,” said Malabanan, the team’s skipper. “We’re all happy that we achieved that goal.”Malabanan finished with eight points in the victory and a couple of those came in the deciding set. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew NU thrashes Adamson, advances to 7th straight UAAP finals FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University had the odds stacked against itself when it faced Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Final Four and for several reasons.The Lady Tamaraws (9-5) were swept by the Lady Eagles (12-2) in the elimination round and headed into the semifinals with a twice-to-win disadvantage, but that didn’t deter FEU’s seniors from putting up a spirited fight.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments
DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Season over, Real Madrid faces turbulent summer Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting As in: a total of just one match on the surface since last year’s tournament at Roland Garros. Forever, it seems, Williams has been the woman to beat on the Grand Slam stage, provided she is in the field and is healthy. No one really knows this time just how ready she is.“We just don’t know her physical status at this point,” 18-time major champion Chris Evert said in a telephone interview. “She relies so much on the physicality of her game and her movement and her sprinting and just her court coverage and setting up those big shots. Her legs are vital to her game. I don’t know if we’ve seen her 100 percent since the beginning of the year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWith the French Open set to start Sunday, the 10th-ranked Williams has played only nine matches in 2019.Five were at the Australian Open in January, when she lost to Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals after blowing a 5-1, 40-30 lead in the third set and four match points in all. MOST READ She retired from a match at Indian Wells, citing an illness, then withdrew from tournaments in Miami and Rome, citing her knee.“I haven’t played a ton of matches this year. Not my choice; just by force,” Williams said after her lone clay appearance, an opening victory at the Italian Open before she pulled out ahead of what would have been a match against her older sister, Venus. “I really, really actually desperately wanted to be on the tour and to be playing, but it hasn’t been able to work out.”The red clay used in Paris never has been the most natural surface for success for Williams, in part because it slows down her massive serves and groundstrokes that earn so many quick points on grass or hard courts.“Remember, she hits the ball very early and very flat. So if she doesn’t have control of her body, many errors will come,” International Tennis Hall of Fame coach Nick Bollettieri said, “because she’s not going to push a ball.”Still, it’s a testament to her greatness that Williams did manage to win three titles in France, part of her haul of 23 Grand Slam singles trophies. That’s a record in the professional era, which began in 1968, and one shy of Margaret Court’s all-time mark.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this June 6, 2015, file photo, Serena Williams holds the trophy after winning the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. Welcome back to Paris, Serena Williams. The tennis world can’t wait to find out exactly how that bothersome left knee is holding up. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)Welcome back to Paris, Serena Williams. The tennis world can’t wait to find out exactly how that bothersome left knee is holding up.Williams practiced at the French Open’s redesigned main stadium on Monday — alas, Court Philippe Chatrier’s retractable roof won’t be ready until next year — and will want to get some more work in over the coming days, given how little she’s played on clay courts lately.ADVERTISEMENT “She takes great pride in Grand Slams and her lead-in has not been up to her high standards,” Evert said. “It’s all about the knee, which has been nagging her. It is a concern, especially now on the clay, where you’ve got to move more to win a point. You use your legs, your knees, more than on any other surface.”Here’s the thing: Williams is not just any player, of course.After 16 months away from Grand Slam competition because of her pregnancy and the birth of her daughter in September 2017, Williams showed up in Paris a year ago and looked to be approaching the height of her powers right away. She knocked off a pair of seeded women to set up a showdown against Maria Sharapova in the fourth round, but then pulled out because of a chest muscle injury.Williams would go on to reach the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open before coming up just short of her 24th major trophy each time.That showed what she’s still capable of doing, even without much prep work.“Serena’s always — always — someone that you’re thinking about in the draw. Whenever she’s there, she can win any tournament that she plays,” said 14th-ranked Madison Keys, the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up and a semifinalist in Paris in 2018. “She played a handful of tournaments last year and made the finals of, what, at least two Grand Slams? So Serena’s Serena, and there’s a reason that she has so many titles to her name.”So can Williams go to the French Open and contend, despite the lack of action? Keys’ response: “100 percent.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Nagpur, Mar 27 (PTI) Scoreboard in the World Twenty20 Nagpur, Mar 27 (PTI) Scoreboard in the World Twenty20 match between Afghanistan and West Indies here today. Afghanistan innings: Mohammad Shahzad c Benn b Badree 24 Usman Ghani b Badree 4 Asghar Stanikzai c Bravo b Badree 16 Gulbadin Naib c Bravo b Sammy 8 Samiullah Shenwari c Sammy b Benn 1 Najibullah Zadran not out 48 Mohammad Nabi c Samuels b Russell 9 Shafiqullah c Fletcher b Russell 4 Rashid Khan not out 6 Extras (LB-2, W-1) 3 Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 123 Fall of wickets 1-8, 2-33, 3-50, 4-52, 5-56, 6-90, 7-103. Bowling: Andre Russell 4-0-23-2, Samuel Badree 4-0-14-3, Craig Brathwaite 2-0-21-0, Sulieman Benn 4-0-18-1, Dwayne Bravo 4-0-28-0, Darren Sammy 2-0-17-1. More PTI PM PM
Premier League Boxing Day Premier League Team of the Week: Liverpool stars lead the way Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:52 12/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Premier League Liverpool Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ragnar Klavan and Philippe Coutinho were among Tuesday’s top performers as the Reds thrashed Swansea City
Bayern München Lewandowski equals Bundesliga record to match Heynckes’ scoring streak Rob Lancaster 03:11 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Bayern München Robert Lewandowski Bayern München v Schalke 04 Schalke 04 Bundesliga The Bayern Munich striker has now found the net in each of his side’s first 11 home league games this season Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski joined manager Jupp Heynckes in the Bundesliga record books after continuing his scoring streak on home soil.The Polish striker tucked away a rebound six minutes into Saturday’s fixture with Schalke at the Allianz Arena, meaning he has now found the net in each of his side’s first 11 home league games this season.Heynckes achieved the same feat back in the 1972-73 campaign while playing for Borussia Monchengladbach, but the German wasn’t on hand to congratulate Lewandowski equalling his tally. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lewandowski will have to wait for the chance to make it 12 games in a row – Bayern’s next home game in the league is not until February 24, when they host Hertha Berlin.11 – Robert #Lewandowski is the second player to score in each of the first 11 home games of a #Bundesliga season. Only Jupp Heynckes achieved this before (1972/73 for @borussia_en ). Record. @FCBayernEN #FCBS04 — OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) February 10, 2018 Heynckes was forced to stay at home with flu instead of attending the game, leaving assistant coach Peter Hermann in charge of the Bavarian giants. An official club statement read: “Bayern will have to make do without Jupp Heynckes in the top clash against Schalke.”The head coach has to stay in bed due to a heavy bout of flu and will not be in the dugout.”Get well soon, Jupp!The boss will not be at today’s game due to a heavy bout of flu. #FCBS04 pic.twitter.com/T2zVd6qwQX — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 10, 2018 Bayern went into the game looking to restore their 18-point lead at the Bundesliga summit with a victory after RB Leipzig closed in with a 2-0 win over Augsburg on Friday.
OTTAWA – The Liberal government has been fielding a lot of complaints about controversial proposed tax reforms — and now the premiers are poised for their turn as they gather in Ottawa to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.The provincial and territorial leaders will get a chance Tuesday to hear Finance Minister Bill Morneau discuss his proposals to eliminate small business tax provisions the Liberals believe allow some wealthier Canadians to avoid paying their fair share.The suggested changes have led to an outcry from doctors, farmers, small business owners and even some premiers who fear the effect they would have on their provincial economies.One of them is Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, who said Monday he wants the Liberal government to abandon the plan.“We need to be very, very careful with our engine of growth, not to take out the spark plugs,” Pallister said in an interview.Don Morgan, deputy premier and justice minister of Saskatchewan, said the proposed changes could have unintended, negative consequences in his province, which he said has used tax tools to encourage professionals to move to rural areas.“There are doctors that have moved to smaller centres than Saskatoon based on the fact that they were able to do some tax planning,” said Morgan, who will be attending the meeting instead of Premier Brad Wall.“Some of those people may very well not only leave Saskatchewan, but may leave Canada. So we’re hoping that they (the federal government) will look at those things and say ‘This was not what we contemplated. This was not what we wanted’,” he said.Morneau has said repeatedly he was listening throughout the consultation period that wrapped up Monday and is open to changes, but Pallister said he thinks it is too late.“I’ll use the phrase poisoned water,” he said. “The nature of the dialogue has offended so many people.”The premiers will also meet MP Bill Blair, parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice, to discuss the role they will play in regulating the coming legalization of marijuana for recreational use.Some of the provinces have been expressing their concerns about the tight timeline for legalizing pot.Once again, Manitoba is one of them, although it has introduced some legislation to prepare for the new reality.“I think it’s a rush job and a dangerous one at that,” said Pallister.“We have one chance to get this right. I understand the prime minister wants to keep his promise, but he could also keep his promise one year later.”Morgan said Saskatchewan could use another year too, or at least six months.He said it would “allow us to get up to speed training our police officers and to get better testing and just sort of consider all of the options that are necessary to get a plan in place.”Ontario has already announced its framework for legalizing recreational marijuana, with legislation to be introduced this fall, but the province is still looking for support from the federal government, such as adequate taxation levels for enforcement at the provincial and municipal levels.Asked about cannabis Monday, Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette could not avoid slamming the federal government over its handling of the issue.“We know that the federal government sent us the problem and we have to handle the risks that go with it,” he said in Montreal.Trudeau and the premiers begin their day-long meeting by gathering with Indigenous leaders from the Assembly of First Nations, the Metis National Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.Perry Bellegarde, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said he will press the premiers to invest in education and training, by measures such as increased funding for colleges and universities that have a strategy to help Indigenous youth develop the skills they need to join the workforce.“Tap into that untapped potential,” Bellegarde said.Bellegarde said he will also ask the premiers to support adding an Indigenous chapter to the new North American Free Trade Agreement, among other economy-related proposals, but he will also be pushing for a separate meeting devoted entirely to Indigenous issues.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador in Washington, will give the premiers an update on the relationship with the U.S. following the third round of negotiations for the new NAFTA.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will be listening keenly for NAFTA negotiation updates, as her government has been on a strong push to promote Ontario trade on a subnational level.Wynne has met with more than two dozen U.S. governors in an attempt to fight against a tide of U.S. protectionism and she is expected to update fellow premiers on her recent meeting with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.The premiers will also hear from Anil Arora, the head of Statistics Canada, and Stephen Poloz, the governor of the Bank of Canada.— With files from Sidhartha Banerjee in Montreal, Allison Jones in Toronto and Jennifer Graham in Regina.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau is standing by a senior government official who suggested factions within the Indian government were involved in sabotaging the prime minister’s visit to India last week.But he’s nevertheless accepted the offer of Liberal backbencher Randeep Sarai, who’s taken responsibility for inviting an attempted murderer to events with the prime minister in India, to resign as the chair of the party’s Pacific caucus.During his first question period since arriving back in Canada, opposition MPs grilled the prime minister Tuesday about invitations issued to Jaspal Atwal — a B.C. Sikh convicted of attempting to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister in 1986 — to attend two events with the prime minister in India.In a background briefing arranged by the Prime Minister’s Office, a government official last week suggested that Atwal’s presence was arranged by factions within the Indian government who want to prevent Prime Minister Narendra Modi from getting too cosy with a foreign government they believe is not committed to a united India.Conservatives identified the official as Trudeau’s national security adviser, Daniel Jean, and they pressed Trudeau to say whether he agrees with Jean’s “conspiracy theory.”“A senior security official made these allegations. Does the prime minister agree or disavow those allegations?” asked Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer.Trudeau defended the official as a member of the professional, non-partisan public service that provides quality advice. He accused the previous Conservative government of using the public service for partisan ends, saying “they torqued the public service every possible way they could.”“And they do not understand that our professional, non-partisan public service does high quality work. And when one of our top diplomats and security officials says something to Canadians, it’s because they know it to be true.”Conservative MPs pressed Trudeau to provide evidence to back the assertion, but it was left to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to field those questions.“Before our prime minister destroys our relationship with our ally, the government and country of India, will he please tell this House what proof he has of that allegation?” asked Tory MP Candice Bergen.Goodale said Bergen was providing “her interpretation of events” and said “her insinuations and her accusations are false.”New Democrat MP Charlie Angus asserted that Atwal — who has been photographed over the years posing with various Liberal MPs, ministers and leaders, including Trudeau himself — turned up on the trip because his presence was “useful” to local Liberals back in Canada. And he accused Trudeau of using a senior civil servant to “spin a conspiracy theory that somehow the Indian government is trying to make the Liberals look bad.”“What was the prime minister thinking, putting the interests of the Liberal machine ahead of national security, international relations and Canada’s reputation?” Angus demanded.Atwal, a one-time member of a Sikh separatist group that is banned in Canada and India as a terrorist organization, was convicted of attempting to kill Indian cabinet minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu on Vancouver Island in 1986.He was also charged, but not convicted, in connection with a 1985 attack on Ujjal Dosanjh, a staunch opponent of the Sikh separatist movement, who later became B.C. premier and a federal Liberal cabinet minister.Trudeau’s office says Atwal’s invitation to a party in New Delhi was revoked as soon as his name was discovered on the guest list. However, Atwal showed up at a reception earlier in the week in Mumbai and was photographed with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the prime minister’s wife.Shortly after endorsing the official’s theory that factions in the Indian government arranged Atwal’s presence to embarrass Trudeau, the prime minister met with Sarai late Tuesday and accepted the B.C. MP’s resignation as Pacific caucus chair.“I want to again apologize for my role in recent unfortunate events,” Sarai said in a statement, adding that he’ll “be exercising better judgment” in future.“As I don’t want to distract from the good work of the Pacific caucus, I will be stepping down as caucus chair.”News of Atwal’s presence was an embarrassing setback for Trudeau, who had spent much of his trip trying to reassure Indian political leaders that Canada does not support separatist Sikh extremists.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, who was also photographed with Atwal in Mumbai, said he had no idea who Atwal was and simply posed for a picture when asked. He declined to say whether he shares the belief that factions in the Indian government were behind the embarrassment.“(It) doesn’t help to be speculating on these kind of things,” Sohi said.
QUEBEC — Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson has regained consciousness after being in a medically induced coma for three weeks following a knockout loss on Dec. 1.Stevenson’s girlfriend, Simone God, issued a statement Saturday saying the light heavyweight boxer is now awake.His condition deteriorated after he was helped into the dressing room following the fight against Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.He was transported to hospital by ambulance and was admitted with a traumatic brain injury that required rapid neurosurgery.Intensive care specialist Dr. Alexis Turgeon told reporters earlier this month that the majority of patients suffer lasting effects from such injuries.The Canadian Press
CBC/Radio-Canada is transferring the eastern part of its lot to Broccolini Group for one dollar, as part of an overall transaction for the construction and leasing of the new MRC on this parcel of land. The agreement ensures that CBC/Radio-Canada can lease its new facility for the next 30 years at a stable annual cost equivalent to its current maintenance costs, which amount to $21 million per year. The public broadcaster can thus avoid the risks inherent in managing real estate assets. Preliminary work for the construction of the new MRC will begin on August 7, with the new facility due to open in 2020.Redevelopment of the tower and siteCBC/Radio-Canada is also selling its existing building and the western part of its lot to Groupe Mach for $42 million, after adjustment. This allows the public broadcaster to offload an accumulated maintenance deficit on the tower equivalent to $170 million. The agreement also contributes to the site’s redevelopment in line with the priorities that emerged from consultations with the community. Work on the tower and site will not begin until after the move into the new facility is completed in 2020.“Today’s announcement is the culmination of months of hard work by a large number of people both within CBC/Radio-Canada and our promoter partners,” added Hubert T. Lacroix. “I sincerely thank them for their effort.” MONTREAL, July 28, 2017 – Yesterday, CBC/Radio-Canada and its partners officially signed agreements for the two main components of the Maison de Radio-Canada (MRC) redevelopment project: the construction of the new broadcast centre in Montreal; and the sale of the existing building and lot, enabling the revitalization of the site in the city’s Centre-Sud neighbourhood.“This marks yet another milestone in the plan to equip CBC/Radio-Canada Montreal with optimal facilities that will turn it into an unparalleled creative and production space for its teams – at no additional cost to the government or taxpayers,” said CBC/Radio-Canada’s President and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix.New Maison de Radio-Canada Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
TORONTO – Sears Canada began its liquidation sales at its remaining stores across the country Thursday, but many shoppers found the deals to be underwhelming.While signs suggested discounts of 20 to 50 per cent off — with a note that exceptions apply — relatively few items at a Toronto store appeared to be offered at half off. Some big ticket items such as snowblowers and treadmills were only 10 per cent off.“For a close-out deal, I would have thought the sale would be a bit higher. And maybe it will be, as closing time approaches. And maybe by that time everything will be gone!” said 86-year-old Madeline Cameron, who said she had been shopping at Sears for 60 or 70 years.After looking at the dozens of shoppers braving long, slow check-out lines she decided to leave without buying anything.“I can’t stand in lineups for a long time … I might come early tomorrow morning. I’d say the lineups are maybe half an hour, an hour long.”A joint-venture group — which includes Hilco Global, Gordon Brothers Canada, Tiger Capital Group and Great American Group — is running the liquidation sales at 74 remaining department stores and eight Home stores, a step towards Sears Canada closing its doors for good after 65 years in business.Sears Canada gift cards will be honoured throughout the sale, but the company stopped honouring extended warranties as of Wednesday.“It’s rather sad. Sears could always be counted on to be a good competitor, and certainly I think the Kenmore brand is very reliable, and has been a staple in the Canadian market. It’s going to be a loss,” said shopper Karen Ottmann.At the Toronto Fairview Mall location, the appliance department was among the busiest, with many shoppers picking up vaccuums, microwaves, blenders and other kitchen equipment.Some shoppers, like stay-at-home mom Elana Iordan, were happy to get a head start on Christmas shopping. But many, Iordan included, expressed regret about the company’s imminent closure.“We always came at Christmas. It was affordable,” Iordan said, noting there aren’t any similar stores in locations convenient for her. “We don’t have anything around us anymore.”Another shopper, Joan Challis, said she was angry at the way the closure has been handled by the company’s management.“It’s nasty, what happened here … I’m not happy about it. Neighbours of mine have extended warranties on appliances, so that’s going to hurt them,” she said.“The employees and the public, they’re all going to lose out. But head office, management, they’re not going to lose out, I don’t think. I think they’ll end out coming out fairly clean.”Liquidation sales at 49 Sears Hometown stores were expected to start Thursday, or sometime soon, but discounts there will vary, according to Sears Canada spokesman Joel Shaffer.Some items are also listed for clearance on the Sears Canada website, including a four-piece outdoor furniture set discounted from $499.99 to $299.95. However, not everything online has been marked down just yet.The sales are expected to last between 10 to 14 weeks. Sears Canada timed its liquidation sales to take advantage of the busy holiday shopping season to maximize the value it could attain for the inventory.The retailer has been in creditor protection since June, but was unable to find a buyer which would allow it to keep operating.Sears Canada received court approval to proceed with its liquidation sales last week. A group led by its executive chairman Brandon Stranzl had been in weeks-long discussions with Sears Canada to purchase the retailer and continue to operate it. However, no deal was reached.Stranzl resigned from Sears Canada’s board of directors on Monday.
The Court of Appeal today issued an interim order against the move to remove Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake.The move to remove Ekanayake was supported by several Central Provincial Council members in a motion signed by them. (Colombo Gazette)
Former Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran claims a torture chamber existed in Vara’ni in Jaffna.He made public photographs taken at the alleged torture chamber which shows blood stains on the walls. He said the chamber had barbed wire on the roof and blood stains on the walls and he had photographed everything but was not in a position to make it public, till now.Premachandran said that the UN Human Rights Council and the Government must ensure a proper investigation is conducted into the torture chambers operated by the military during and soon after the war. The former Parliamentarian said that he visited the camp as soon as the army shifted from the location and in one house he found a torture chamber. Premachandran said that the torture chamber was in an army camp which was later shifted to another location following public protests as the camp included several private homes taken over by the army. A UN team which visited Sri Lanka recently had revealed details of another torture chamber operated by the Navy in Trincomalee.Premachandran said that several torture chambers existed at several other locations as well, including in Mannar. (Colombo Gazette)
Collision on Caledonia bridgeA two-vehicle collision on the Argyle Street bridge in Caledonia sent both female drivers to hospital.First responders were called to the scene on May 22 around 2:24 p.m. One vehicle had rolled over and collided with the other, trapping one of the drivers inside.A 17-year-old female from Caledonia was transported by paramedics to an out of town hospital with serious injuries and a 23-year-old female was transported to a local hospital.Police say that the vehicle, driven by the 17-year-old, was travelling north on Argyle Street when it struck the bridge over the Grand River, causing the vehicle to roll over and collide with a vehicle travelling southbound.Investigation is continuing. Police are asking anyone that witnessed the collision to contact them to assist with the investigation.Tires slashed At some point in the early hours of May 19, vandals slashed three tires of a vehicle that was parked on Water Street in Simcoe.Police received the report of the mischief around 7:44 a.m. on the same day.The OPP are continuing to investigate and are seeking the public’s assistance.Victoria Day long weekend busy for OPPThe Norfolk County OPP answered 303 calls for service between May 17 and May 20.Along with responding to calls, police were out patrolling the county.Norfolk County OPP charged one person with an impaired driving offence and issued two three-day suspensions as a result of people consuming alcohol and then getting being the wheel.There was an additional charge for failure to wear seatbelt, four charges for Liquor Licence Act offences, three charges for distracted driving and over 30 charges for speeding.Police also issued several warnings to riders of off road motor vehicles.The OPP Marine Unit was out on the water ensuring boaters were wearing life jackets or personal floatation devices. Police were also checking to ensure boat operators were qualified and had all the required safety equipment on board.“We responded to higher than average calls for service over the course of the Victoria Day long weekend. Even though these are excellent results, drivers still need constant reminding not to drive impaired by alcohol or drugs. There is no safe level of alcohol/drug consumption when getting behind the wheel of a vehicle or vessel,” said Inspector Joseph Varga, Norfolk County OPP Detachment Commander. “I would like to thank all residents and visitors that attended Norfolk County and enjoyed our highways, trails and water ways in a safe, mature and responsible manner,”Man revived with naloxone Police were called to Cedar Street in Simcoe on May 19 around 8:30 a.m. due to a 34-year-old man in medical distress.When officers arrived they found the male in crisis from what appeared to be an opioid overdose. An officer immediately administered two doses on naloxone, and the male began to breathe.The man was then taken to a local hospital by ambulance to be treated by physicians.Officers located blue and purple fentanyl on the scene.“The OPP is reminding all members of the public that there is help in our community,” said Inspector Joseph Varga, detachment commander of the Norfolk County OPP.Those needing assistance are urged to call Community Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-866-487-2278,” Motorcycle rear ends vehicleA motorcycle ran into the rear end of a vehicle on Highway 59 in South Walsingham after shortly after noon on May 19.Police say a driver slowed down for an animal that was crossing the road when the motorcycle collided with the rear end of the vehicle.The 57-year-old motorcycle driver, and the 60-year-old passenger, both of St. Thomas, suffered minor injuries and were transported to a hospital by ambulance to be treated. The driver and passenger of the vehicle did not suffer injuries.The investigation is continuing. Ride program takes driver off the roadA male driver was charged after a traffic stop at Turkey Point Road in Turkey Point on May 19.Police were conducting a R.I.D.E. program (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) at Turkey Point Road and Front Road on Sunday to check for driver sobriety.As a result, a 21-year-old man from Haldimand County was charged with impaired driving and with having a blood alcohol level above zero.He is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
“A comprehensive development response to complement our humanitarian efforts in Syria and its neighbours is overdue. We are determined to change that,” said Sima Bahous, Chair of the Regional UN Development Group, which is hosting the meeting, and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the UN Development Programme (UNDP).The meeting of the Regional UN Development Group, which started today and will continue over two days, is expected to conclude with a plan focused on development in Syria and its immediate sub-regional context and how to put that response to action, according to a UNDP news release.Regional directors and representatives of more than 20 UN agencies, including UNDP, are in the Jordanian’s capital of Amman to discuss means to harmonize UN responses to the conflict which has killed more than 100,000 people and forced millions to flee their homes within Syria and into neighbouring countries. Almost 97 per cent of Syria’s refugees are hosted in the immediate surrounding region, with around one million in Lebanon, followed by Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. “The spillover of the crisis into its four neighboring countries is impacting economic and human development outcomes in those countries at the national and local levels,” UNDP said in a news release.Key sectors including investment, tourism, trade and local production are affected at varying levels of intensity, according to the UN agency. The crisis also is raising concerns over possibilities of triggering tensions between refugees and local populations in those countries.Recent impact assessments in the two countries most affected by the crisis – Lebanon and Jordan – raise concerns that the crisis may be seriously compounding the deterioration of their economies, which were already under stress, with direct impact on incomes and poverty levels especially among the most vulnerable populations.A joint World Bank-UN assessment in Lebanon estimates that over the period of 2012- 2014, the Syrian conflict may cut real GDP growth by 2.9 percentage points annually, leading to a cumulative loss in wages, profits, taxes and investment of up to $7.5 billion. The number of Lebanese who are living in extreme poverty could rise from 1 million to 1.17 million and the unemployment rate could double to above 20 percent.According to UNDP, official assessments in Jordan indicate that the Government has incurred over $251 million during 2012 to provide and maintain services and basic needs of Syrian refuges and estimate that additional costs needed to continue hosting them may reach $1.68 billion, excluding the additional costs for the camps.This burden has stifled efforts to recover economic growth in the Jordan from 8.15 per cent in 2005 to 2.3 per cent in 2010. According to the cited figures, the national unemployment rate rose to 13.1 per cent from 12.7 per cent.
According to the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, issued Monday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the need for external food assistance in 37 countries – either affected by conflict or adverse climate shocks – remains unchanged compared to the situation three months back.“Civil war and insecurity are direct reasons for high hunger rates in 16 of those countries, ranging from Burundi to Yemen,” said FAO in a news release announcing the findings.“Conflict is displacing millions of people, hampering agricultural activities and, in many cases, also driving basic food prices up sharply,” it added.At the same time, inadequate and erratic rainfall is also posing a growing threat to food security in southern and eastern Africa, where many rural households have suffered from four consecutive drought-affected agricultural seasons.In Somalia, aggregated cereal production for the country’s “deyr” rainy season is estimated at 20 per cent below average, and similar pattern in rainfall and yields has been observed in north-eastern Tanzania.Furthermore, prices of staple cereals such as wheat, millet or sorghum continued to remain high as a result of removal of subsidies, increased demand, and weakening of currencies.In the Democratic Republic of Congo, for instance, inflation pushed prices to more than double in 2017 to a 42 percent annual rate.Another factor driving up prices was the disruption of traditional trade routes due to violence, such as in and around the Sahel, as a result of which countries dependent on these routes (such as Libya) witnessed much higher prices as well as facing food shortages.The FAO report lists the following 37 countries as currently in need of external food assistance: Afghanistan; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Guinea; Haiti; Iraq; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Libya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mozambique; Myanmar; Niger; Nigeria; Pakistan; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Sudan; Sudan; Swaziland; Syria; Uganda; Yemen; and Zimbabwe.