The Hustler’s Playbook: Winners and Losers

first_imgI hate the word losers. It sounds like it is defining a person, but it is only defining an event that happens to a person—a person that sometimes wins. But, I am drawing a line here, and the word “loser” works.What Others Will NotWinners do the things that losers will not do. It’s not that winners are the only people capable of doing things. Really, anyone is capable. The people who routinely win behave this way.Winners do the difficult tasks that losers avoid. They do the things that other people find to be too unpleasant to do. They make the phone call to the angry or disappointed customer. They follow-up and keep their word, even when keeping their word means giving people bad news.They get up in the morning instead of hitting the snooze button. They do the important things they need to do instead of living in their inbox. And they take care of their physical health instead of sitting on the couch watching television.Act ConsistentlyWinners know that sometimes isn’t a strategy. Instead, they focus on taking consistent action. Losers are sporadic; they do some things that need to be done only some of the time.Winners consistently make their calls. They consistently follow a process that will produce the results they want. They consistently question what they are doing to see what improvements they might make to be even more effective.Any single action they take by itself isn’t what allows them to succeed. It’s the consistency of action over long periods of time that build success.Seek an EdgeWinners look for an edge. They look for some way to create a strategic advantage. Losers look for shortcuts, tips, tricks, and secrets.Winners look for domain expertise and dominance. They don’t want to be one of the people considered for some project; they want to be the only one considered.Winners read. They listen to audio books. They attend conferences to learn, and they attend workshops. Winners invest in themselves because they want to increase their advantage.Losers want the same things as winners, but instead of working to create an advantage, they look for shortcuts, believing they can cheat the learning curve and still gain mastery.Pay In AdvanceWinners pay in advance for their success. Whatever the price is, they pay it.The price that winners pay might be countless hours of hard work, grinding it out. That price might be giving up a lot of hours of things that bring them pleasure, like hanging out with friends, or watching hours of sports on television. But the winner knows that the investment comes before they generate results, never the other way around.Losers, on the other hand, expect a handout. They believe time served means they deserve something better. They believe that they are owed something, that they are entitled to what they want.Winners do what losers won’t, they act consistently, they seek an edge, and they pay in advance for what they want. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Arunachal civil servant given ‘compulsory retirement’ for sexual assault on minor

first_imgThe Arunachal Pradesh government has given ‘compulsory retirement’ to a senior civil servant as punishment for sexual assault on an 11-year-old girl.The State’s Tax and Excise Joint Commissioner Tani Jongkey was served the retirement order on August 12 with immediate effect under the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965.The order from the office of the Chief Secretary said that Mr. Jongkey did not provide “any new and convincing evidence in his defence for consideration and, as such, the charges against the erring officer were found to be proved beyond reasonable doubt.”The order said that the Arunachal Pradesh Governor imposed the penalty after examining “all documents placed on record and after being totally convinced with the recommendation of the inquiry officer and keeping in view the sensitivity and seriousness of the matter and grave misconduct committed by the delinquent officer”.The State police had booked the civil servant under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) after he was accused of assaulting the minor on June 2, 2017. He was placed under suspension 20 days later but the Itanagar Bench of the Gauhati High Court reinstated him on November 21 that year as his suspension order was not reviewed within a specified period.An officer assigned to probe the charges against Mr. Jongkey later found him to have indulged in “misconduct and misbehaviour” with the minor girl. The inquiry officer accordingly recommended imposition of strict and exemplary punishment against Mr. Jongkey under relevant sections of the rules governing civil servants.Officials said Mr. Jongkey was on November 6, 2018, given an opportunity to submit his counter to the inquiry officer’s recommendation within 15 days.‘Unprecedented penalty’“The penalty levied on a senior civil servant in Arunachal Pradesh is unprecedented. It sends an unequivocal message that the safety and security of women and children is top priority for the government and not negotiable,” State’s Secretary of Tax and Excise Anirudh Saran Singh told reporters in Itanagar.The Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society, which had sought justice for the child, welcomed the government’s “path-breaking” action against Mr. Jongkey. A member said that the minor’s mother had received threats from community leaders, officers and politicians to withdraw the case.last_img read more

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Second Paralympian says she was stopped from racing Tanni Grey-Thompson

first_img Read more Paralympics Share on Messenger Highlighting the Duty of Care report which made recommendations for improving the welfare and duty of care for those engaged in sport, he accused Grey-Thompson of a “double standard”.He also condemned her husband, Ian Thompson, who has admitted raising concerns about Wafula Strike’s classification in 2006.Wafula Strike, who is paralysed from the chest down after contracting polio at the age of two, competed in the same T53 category as Grey-Thompson in 2006 and was edging closer to the champion’s times.However, after Thompson suggested she be reassessed, Wafula Strike was reclassified into a more able-bodied category, despite her medical records going missing before the test.It is not clear whether Thompson’s intervention was the only trigger for the reassessment.Wafula Strike said she was moved out of T53 wheelchair racing after a 2006 complaint made about her by Grey-Thompson’s husband. Lewis says she was told that Grey-Thompson would be her representative because a more independent official was unable to attend. Speaking to the Guardian ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, Lewis, 53, said: “I was shocked and devastated. How could a competing athlete be on the selection panel?”She said she believed the selection process before Atlanta was “highly unethical”.Lewis told the Guardian she believed that she and another athlete competing with her and Grey-Thompson at the time – Rose Hill – posed a huge threat to Grey-Thompson. “I don’t know what happened to Rose Hill but she also left the sport. Rose and I would have given Tanni a run for her money.” The international governing body for the sport, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), has declined two invitations to give evidence to the committee, a move condemned by the committee chair, Damian Collins.He said: “The IPC’s decision not to attend the committee in person is disappointing. Their written evidence leaves too many questions unanswered for the committee. An appearance would have given them an opportunity to offer a defence on matters raised by others in the inquiry.“Our investigation goes much further than just the classification of Paralympic athletes. It’s about getting to the bottom of why cases of mistreatment and a glaring lack of proper grievance procedures are being brought to the DCMS committee, as opposed to their own governing bodies, time and time again.”An IPC spokesman said Wednesday’s hearing coincided with major sporting events and that the first hearing did not reveal any new issues or highlight areas for improvement “that we were not already aware of or working hard on”.“In our view, the Paralympic classification system is fit for purpose, however improvements can and will be made by the IPC to make the system more robust for all athletes,” he said. “We openly acknowledge that the processes whereby people can raise issues about classification on a domestic and international level do need to be improved and work is already under way in this area.”The IPC spokesman said the organisation was currently working on a whistleblower policy.Becky Bailey, national classifier for para-badminton, also submitted written evidence. She said that while classification was well managed, she did have concerns about the behaviour of a minority of athletes.“It has happened that a small minority of players tell us they cannot jump or hop or perform a variety of tasks when asked to initially, yet go on to demonstrate this clearly during competition.”Grey-Thompson said: “In regards to 1996 Games, the BWRA had to send a representative. The BWRA was run by disabled people and many athletes who were involved were also up for selection. “I went to represent wheelchair racing as the competent person with the least conflict – as the world record holder and world champion my selection was already widely seen as being secure.“I, and the BWRA, were aware of a potential conflict of interest and raised this prior to the meeting and as is common in these circumstances I declared an interest where appropriate in the meeting. Other people also declared an interest when they had a conflict – for example, if they were a personal coach of an individual athlete.“I asked to be removed from part of the selection process and was told that it wasn’t possible. For the 1996 Games, the athletics team had 60 places available to select, and there were at least 120 athletes who had gained qualifying times.” • This article was amended on 8 December 2017. Due to an editing error, a few references to the surnames Grey-Thompson and Thompson were confused. Topics A second Paralympic athlete has told MPs she was denied the chance to race when she was a direct rival to Lady Tanni Grey-Thompson.In written evidence to the digital, culture, media and sport committee (DCMS), Tracy Lewis said she was not selected for the 1996 Paralympic Games after a selectors’ meeting attended by Grey-Thompson as the representative for the British Wheelchair Racing Association (BWRA) and its athletes.Ahead of the 1996 Paralympics, Lewis was ranked among the fastest in the world in the T53 100m, with a time that would have won a bronze medal in Atlanta that summer.Lewis did not name Grey-Thompson in her statement to the DCMS, only referring to her as “a direct rival”. Lewis complained she was a victim of unethical practice. Her complaints follow those of Anne Wafula Strike who said she had the best years of her career taken away from her when she was moved out of Grey-Thompson’s T53 category. Testifying via videolink from Canada against the 11-time Paralympic champion Grey-Thompson, Peter Eriksson, the former head coach at UK Athletics, said she was “the only one who benefited” from the category changes of rival athletes Wafula Strike and Lewis.“Tanni Grey-Thompson has benefited herself from making sure other athletes got out of her class,” he said. Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 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Indiana Basketball Fans Have Launched TomCreanBuyout.com

first_imgWebsite devoted to Tom Crean's buyout.Tom Crean has put together a very talented Hoosiers roster, but many fans aren’t thrilled with the results. Crean took over a program that was hit hard by NCAA violations under head coach Kelvin Sampson, and went 28-66 in his first three years in Bloomington, before leading IU back to the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12 and 2012-13, when it reached back to back Sweet Sixteens. Crean’s program was a disappointing 17-15 last season, and is 19-11 this season, and right on the cusp of the NCAA Tournament. We’ve seen unhappy fans launch websites calling for coaches’ jobs before, but the unhappy Indiana fans have taken a bit of a different approach. Someone has launched www.tomcreanbuyout.com, which provides information on the cost to buyout Crean’s large contract. http://www.tomcreanbuyout.com/http://www.tomcreanbuyout.com/Indiana is set to bring back most of its roster next year, barring possible NBA Draft departures, and stand a solid shot at making this year’s NCAA Tournament. We expect Crean to be back, but it is certainly understandable why Hoosier fans’ patience is running short.last_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Weighs In On Nick Bosa’s Decision To Leave Ohio State

first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.Yesterday, Ohio State confirmed that star defensive end Nick Bosa would not be returning this season. Bosa was injured in Week 3 and had surgery to repair a core muscle injury. Originally, it was hoped he could come back at some point, but instead Bosa will focus on rehabbing and preparing for the 2019 NFL Draft.Bosa’s decision was met with praise and understanding by his teammates and many in the media. Paul Finebaum supported the move this morning on ESPN.Making an appearance on SportsCenter, Finebaum backed Bosa’s choice to heal up and prepare for the professional ranks.“I think he made the right decision,” Finebaum said. “He’s an elite rusher. He could be the No. 1 pick. College football is a billion dollar business. The people who run college football don’t care about Bosa. This is a business decision and when you’re an elite player at Ohio State, this is what you do. When you have a top player like that, you have a trickle down effect. Elite players think about one thing — making money at the next level.“You go to college so you can get to the next level,” Finebaum said. “You don’t go to college to learn about American history. It’s a serious injury, so this is not like, ‘I’m taking the week off.’ He wasn’t coming back until December anyway.“Coaches set the example. They recruit these guys, then they bail (to the NFL). The younger guys (question) loyalty when coaches leave and it’s no different with players.”Bosa is considered a likely top-3 pick in next year’s draft. He could potentially go No. 1 overall, depending on the needs of the team picking first.In three games this season before getting Hurt, Bosa recorded 14 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble and scored a touchdown on a fumble return.[ 247Sports ]last_img read more

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TEN Reports Lower Profit, Gears Up for Newbuild Deliveries

first_imgzoom Greek tanker owner and operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) posted a net income of USD 25.4 million in the first quarter of 2016, down from last year’s USD 37.2 million amid less operating days due to scheduled drydockings.Namely, three suezmaxes were sent to drydocking in order to install necessary regulatory upgradings, losing 121 operating days in Q1, which equals to USD 3.5 million in forfeited net revenues. These lost days were mainly responsible for the lower fleet utilization in the quarter to a level of 95.3%.In addition, the LNG carrier Neo Energy completed its long term time charter in mid-February 2016, resulting in a further USD 3.9 million net revenue cut. The vessel is currently employed on a spot contract.In a relatively strong market, the company’s fleet earned healthy rates during the quarter achieving an average daily TCE rate of USD 23,378, TEN said.“The year started on a positive note both for the tanker markets and the company. 2016 is a pivotal year for TEN’s growth. Over the course of the next eighteen months, our bottom line will be boosted by the deliveries 15 state-of-the-art newbuilding vessels, 12 of which on long period charters with the potential of adding about USD 100 million in TEN’s EBITDA going forward,” said Nikolas P. Tsakos, President and CEO of TEN.Earlier this month the company took delivery of the new VLCC Ulysses from Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea, which entered an attractive spot contract however management is pursuing employment opportunities in the time charter market.The remaining deliveries are to start coming in mid-June. By the end of 2016, four aframaxes and two LR1 product carriers will have been delivered, all with accretive time-charters attached. In addition, later this year, the VLCC Hercules and the LNG carrier Maria Energy will be delivered and management is in active negotiations for securing employment for both.“We have arranged financing at competitive terms for each of our newbuildings subject only to final and customary approvals relating to a loan for the LNG carrier and one VLCC under construction. In total, the newbuilding program amounts to an investment of almost USD 1.07 billion of which approximately USD 800 million will be financed by committed bank loans, USD 190 million of which has already been drawn down by March 31, 2016,” the company said.OutlookAccording to TEN, the second quarter of 2016 continues to exhibit signs of a good market with tanker charter rates, across the board, providing healthy returns.The company said that it will continue to shift its employment policy towards predominantly longer term charters and lock into the attractive levels currently on offer, while maintaining presence in the spot market to take advantage of possible rate spikes.On the specialized vessels’ front, TEN intends to preserve its LNG presence and is investigating opportunities for long term charters or conversion possibilities for its 2007-built 150,000cbm Neo Energy to a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). In addition, the company said that it was starting to build up its own expertise in LNG carrier technical management.In conclusion, TEN noted that it remains open to opportunities to divest some of its older vessels in order to lower the current age profile of the fleet.last_img read more

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Mise à jour sur les feux de forêt le jeudi 11 août

first_imgVoici une mise à jour du gouvernement provincial sur les feux de forêt, publiée le jeudi 11 août à 16 h. -30- Le feu de forêt de Ten Mile Lake, dans le comté de Queens, est maintenant circonscrit dans une proportion de 60 p. 100. Il n’y aucun changement majeur aux autres feux, mais les équipes font des progrès. Aucun nouveau feu ne s’est déclaré aujourd’hui. La route 8 demeure fermée en raison de l’arrosage aérien dans la région. Toute activité et tout déplacement dans les régions boisées sont toujours interdits. Les gens peuvent continuer d’utiliser les plages et les parcs provinciaux, mais l’accès aux réseaux de sentiers sera limité, et l’interdiction de brûlage demeure en vigueur. La fumée causée par les feux se déplace à l’échelle de la province et a atteint Halifax. Des avertissements sur la qualité de l’air sont en place dans les comtés suivants : Hants, Annapolis, Kings, Lunenburg et Queens. La fumée et l’humidité ont une incidence sur la qualité de l’air, et les jeunes enfants, les personnes âgées et les personnes qui souffrent d’allergies, de problèmes cardiaques ou de problèmes respiratoires sont les plus à risque. Les symptômes incluent l’irritation des yeux, l’augmentation de la sécrétion de mucus dans le nez ou dans la gorge, la toux et des problèmes de respiration pendant l’activité physique. Si vous êtes sensible à la qualité de l’air ou au taux d’humidité, restez à l’intérieur ou dans un endroit frais. Par exemple, rendez-vous dans un endroit climatisé tel qu’une bibliothèque, une installation de sport intérieur, un centre d’achats ou tout autre endroit public. Si vous avez un climatiseur, utilisez le réglage de « recirculation » et laissez-le en marche. Fermez les portes et les fenêtres pour bloquer l’air pollué, et évitez toute activité physique intense, à l’intérieur comme à l’extérieur. Si vous avez des questions au sujet de votre santé, communiquez avec le service 811 ou consultez votre fournisseur de soins de santé. Pour de plus amples renseignements : http://novascotia.ca/nsfire/fr/faq.asplast_img read more

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NRC is political vendetta of BJP wont allow it in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made it clear in the state Assembly on Friday that she will not allow the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Bengal and termed it as a tool on the part of the BJP to divide Hindus and Muslims and people who speak diverse languages. Banerjee’s remark assumes significance as the BJP has been insisting on the implementation of the NRC in the state.”The BJP-led government at the Centre wants to initiate NRC in Bengal as part of political vendetta. They want to divide people. We will never let BJP implement the NRC in Bengal,” said the Chief Minister while participating in a discussion on the subject in the Assembly under Rule 185. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsShe also informed the House that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has also made his stand clear on the issue and has asserted that he would not allow the exercise in his state. Banerjee further argued that the Supreme Court had directed the NRC exercise in Assam because it was part of the Assam Accord. “What is applicable for Assam can’t be extrapolated for the entire country,” she maintained. Coming down heavily on the saffron party over the recent developments in Assam, she said: “They went for the NRC in Assam with the intention to exclude Muslims from the NRC list. So, 41 lakh people were excluded from the primary NRC list. Later, when they found that they have not been able to fulfil their objective, the figure came down to 19 lakh and they insisted on incorporating the dropouts. Most of the dropouts in Assam are Bengalis. They have also excluded about one lakh Gorkhas,” she claimed. Banerjee then turned to the earmarked seat for Darjeeling MLA and said: “Where is our Darjeeling MLA? You voted for the BJP and see what BJP did for you,” she said. She told the House members that the NRC authorities in Assam did not even recognise the refugee cards that were handed over to those who came from East Pakistan during Partition and settled in Assam. Continued on P7last_img read more

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Highlights from the Ontario budget unveiled on Wednesday

first_imgOntario Finance Minister Charles Sousa has unveiled the Liberal government’s last budget before the spring election. Here are the highlights:____MULTI-YEAR DEFICITSAfter a year of balanced books, the Liberals are projecting a deficit of $6.7 billion for the coming fiscal year.The shortfall is largely due to big-ticket spending promises from the Liberals aimed at “making everyday life more affordable” for Ontarians.The Liberals project shrinking deficits over the medium term, with a plan to balance the books again by 2024-25.That assumes they’d be able to form a government not only in this year’s election on June 7, but in the next vote as well.____NEW DRUG AND DENTAL PLANMany of the big promises included in the budget were announced ahead of time, but one major program unveiled Wednesday promises drug and dental support to those who don’t have other health coverage.The Ontario Drug and Dental Program will reimburse up to 80 per cent of eligible expenses for those without other coverage.The plan will cover $400 per person, $600 per couple and $700 for a family of four.The program takes effect in summer 2019, and will cost the province roughly $800 million over its first two years.____SUPPORT FOR SENIORSThe budget contains several perks for seniors, including a new benefit for those living at home and full prescription drug coverage.Under the Seniors’ Healthy Home Program, those age 75 and over will receive up to $750 a year to offset home maintenance and other costs.The new plan will cost over $1 billion over three years, starting in 2019-2020.The province is also expanding its OHIP+ program, which currently serves those under 25, to make prescription drugs free for people over age 65 and over at a cost of about $1 billion over three years.____BIG SPENDING ON CHILD CAREParents with young children stand to save in the future, with the province promising to make preschool free for kids aged two-and-a-half and up.The Liberals say the program, which takes effect in 2020, would save the average family with one child $17,000.It’s expected to cost roughly $2.2 billion over three years.The government also plans to add 100,000 new child-care spaces, and provide before- and after-school programs in most elementary schools.____BOOST FOR HOSPITALS, MENTAL HEALTHThe province is spending big on health care, with roughly $19 billion earmarked over the next decade for hospital construction and renovation.That includes $2.4 billion for redevelopment of Toronto’s SickKids hospital, and a $1.8 billion project at the Ottawa Hospital.The government is also pledging to provide “better and faster” mental health service through more than $2 billion in new funding over four years.The money will increase access to free psychotherapy, provide high schools with mental health supports and create a new fund to support LGBTQ and other under-served communities.____SUPPORT FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLEThe Liberals are promising to continue what they call a “commitment to reconciliation,” with several budget measures to support Indigenous people.The biggest pledge is aimed at improving on-reserve child care, with the government promising $40 million over three years in new operating funding.It’s also committing $290 million over six years in an effort to double child-care capacity on-reserve.Other measures include targeted funding for mental-health care and $1 million to help provide healthy food to remote communities.____RAMP UP TO CANNABIS PROFITSThe government predicts it will take some time for the province’s legal cannabis regime to start turning a profit.With the federal government planning to legalize recreational pot this year, Ontario will set up a Crown corporation to handle distribution.The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, a subsidiary of the LCBO, is projected to lose $40 million in its first full year of operation.But by the 2020-21 fiscal year, it’s expected to bring in a net income of $100 million.____TOBACCO TAX CONTINUES TO CLIMBSmokers will pay about two cents more per cigarette starting March 29, as the province tries to get more people to kick the habit.Continuing a plan announced in last year’s budget, the price of a carton of smokes will go up by $4 per carton.That follows a $2 per carton bump in 2017, with another $4 increase coming in 2019.The province hopes to achieve the lowest smoking rate in the country, and reduce the estimated 16,000 deaths attributed to smoking each year.____NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT GETS A BOOSTThe Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, which supports job creation across northern Ontario, is getting a boost from the provincial budget, to the tune of $85 million over three years.The new money will bring the corporation’s total budget to $150 million by the 2020-21 fiscal year.The government says the aim is to create jobs and foster “productivity and innovation in the north.”The Liberals are also pledging to support the forestry industry in the face of uncertainty over U.S. trade policy on softwood lumber.____OPPOSITION LEADERS REACTDoug Ford and Andrea Horwath don’t agree on much, but they found common ground in what they both call the “good news” in the latest Liberal budget.In separate speeches Wednesday afternoon, the Progressive Conservative and NDP leaders promised it would be Kathleen Wynne’s last budget as premier.Ford accused Wynne of making big promises with taxpayer money, while pledging that a Tory government would find enough efficiencies to balance the books.Horwath said the Liberal government leaves too many people behind, falling short of her goals of universal pharmacare and dental coverage.____last_img read more

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Doug Ford says Boris Johson will do great job as Britains next

first_imgLUCAN, Ont. — Ontario Premier Doug Ford says Boris Johnson will do a “great job” as Britain’s next prime minister.Ford praised the new leader of Britain’s Conservative Party at a news conference in Lucan, Ont., this morning.He says Johnson is “a no-nonsense type of person” who will “get the job done.”The premier says he would like to meet Johnson if he ever travels to the United Kingdom.Johnson overwhelmingly defeated rival Jeremy Hunt in a vote of party members.He is also set to succeed Theresa May as prime minister on Wednesday.— with files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Sharon Stone And James Cromwell To Tackle CyberBullying In The Principle

first_img“One of the greatest ways to capture the attention and teach our world about the devastating effect of bullying is through film. One healing film that goes viral can quickly impact more hearts and minds than one million classes on the subject,” says John Viscount, creator of the powerful new screenplay The Principle.International Award-Winning filmmakers launched a Kickstarter campaign for this new transformational short film starring Academy Award nominee Sharon Stone and directed by Academy Award nominee James Cromwell.“The Principle” is the second film from Viscount and ONE Film Company. It’s a modern dramatic parable that deals with the devastating plague of the digital age — cyber-bullying. Tragically, the global reach and 24-hour accessibility of today’s internet and social media platforms make cyber-bullying an even greater problem than traditional bullying because it affects more people and is more rapidly spreading — 43% of kids have been bullied online and one in four has had it happen more than once.

Viscount has also adapted “The Principle” into a hybrid three-act play that merges profound philosophical teachings, high drama and social activism. The debut production will be directed by Barry Brodie at the Sho Art, Spirit & Performance in Windsor, Ontario.Viscount’s first film, “Admissions” stars Academy Award nominee James Cromwell. He leads a culturally diverse cast in a tragic and hopeful story that tackles directly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to reveal at its heart, a profoundly human struggle. To date, “Admissions” has won 26 awards on four continents and has been screened for world leaders and governmental bodies. Additionally, the film is translated into Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and Farsi, and has been broadcast to over 80 million people. 

After viewing “Admissions”, Ms. Stone proclaimed it her favorite film of the year and reached out to Viscount. She asked him to write a script for her addressing the issue of cyber-bullying and agreed to be the spokesperson for the film. Stone and Viscount plan to introduce the film into school curriculums across the globe with a classroom discussion guide.“By examining humanity’s intractable problems in a very modern and dramatic context, the purpose of these short films is to do more than just spark a conversation – the hope is to inspire real action,” stated Viscount.John Viscount is co-founder of PeaceNow.com, a one billion person, online signature campaign to enact a United Nations Global Resolution that creates Departments & Ministries of Peace in governments worldwide.

PeaceNow.com is a 501c3 non-profit organization that to date, has signers from over 190 countries. In July 2015, Sharon Stone, global humanitarian, activist, actor and mother of three children, joined the Board of Directors.

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Giant Beach Ball Installation Announced for Redpath Waterfront Festival presented by Billy

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Menkes is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of this unique concept, which really embodies the spirit of the festival and celebrates Toronto’s Waterfront,” said Peter Menkes, President, Commercial/Industrial. “With two significant development projects underway (Sugar Wharf and Waterfront Innovation Centre), this sponsorship is particularly meaningful as it further supports our ongoing commitment to the waterfront. We’re sure this installation will add a fun and playful element to this remarkable event.”HTO Pendulum Wave has been partially funded by the Government of Ontario’s Celebrate Ontario enhancement grant program, which is helping to support 328 festivals and events across the province in 2018.Construction of the installation is underway and more details will be released as they become available. HTO Pendulum Wave, presented by Menkes is named after HTO Park, the urban beach where it will be displayed during the festival. The name is also a play on the word H2O, an ode to Toronto’s vibrant and beautiful waterfront.Other Fast Facts about HTO Pendulum WaveThe entire installation will be 22′ tall, 42′ wide and 12′ deepThe entire installation will weigh approximately 19,000 lbsMore than 130 sq. ft of PVC material is being used to create the beach ballsVisitors will be able to interact with the installationThe Redpath Waterfront Festival bounces onto the waterfront June 22-24 with a variety of programs including: Aqua Cirque – an H20-themed circus show, the Waterfront Artisan Market, Wine & Spirit Festival, a Family Fun Zone and now an unforgettaball installation.Redpath Waterfront Festival 2018 partners include: Redpath Sugar, Billy Bishop Airport, Menkes, Waterfront BIA, Government of Ontario, Government of Canada, Westin Harbour Castle, Cision, Porter Airlines, Bell Media and Toronto Star.For details and updates visit towaterfrontfest.com and follow @towaterfrontfest on Facebook and Instagram and @towaterfest on Twitter.ABOUT MENKES DEVELOPMENTSMenkes Developments Ltd. is an award-winning, fully integrated real estate company involved in the construction, ownership and management of office, industrial, retail and residential properties. Founded in 1954, the company is one of the largest private developers in Canada, with a primary focus in the Greater Toronto Area. Menkes is known for its innovative, multi-disciplinary approach and particularly for its expertise in large-scale, mixed-use development. Past projects include the Empress Walk entertainment, shopping and residential complex in North York City Centre, and two landmark projects in Toronto’s South Core district, 25 York (TELUS House) office tower and the two million square foot One York commercial retail complex. The company’s latest project Sugar Wharf is a proposed waterfront community on an 11.5 acre site in downtown Toronto, which will be anchored by a new two-acre park. For more information about Menkes, please visit menkes.com and follow us @MenkesLife.ABOUT DECOR & MOREDecor & More is Canada’s largest event decor firm, designing and executing more than 400 events every year. Part of the North American event landscape for over 25 years, their team has the talent to combine fine art, craftsmanship and technology, defining some of the most progressive and innovative event designs in the country. www.decorandmore.comABOUT REDPATH WATERFRONT FESTIVAL, presented by Billy Bishop AirportThe Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, is an annual summer event providing on-land and on-water programming for people of all ages and interests, with the goal of promoting Toronto locally and internationally as a premiere waterfront destination. With music, food and nautical entertainment, the festival offers something for everyone to enjoy. Every three years, the event welcomes majestic Tall Ships to Toronto. www.towaterfrontfest.com TORONTO – The Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, is pleased to announce it will be bringing another incrediball installation to Toronto’s waterfront. Though not quite as large as last summer’s rubber duck, the festival anticipates this year’s activation will make just as big of a splash.Relive your best beach memories with HTO Pendulum Wave, presented by Menkes. The waterfront activation, custom-made for the festival by Canadian event design firm Decor & More, is made up of six 6.5′ tall beach balls. Inspired by science’s popular instrument, the pendulum wave, the beach balls will be suspended from a large truss frame and will swing back and forth like a pendulum.Menkes Developments Ltd. has signed on to be the presenting partner of HTO Pendulum Wave.   Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Facebook The Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport, will be bringing a giant beach ball installation to Toronto’s waterfront. (CNW Group/Water’s Edge Festivals & Events) Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Winnipeg in midst of a crystal meth epidemic frontline workers

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN NewsGrassroots organizations in Winnipeg are calling on the province to address what they are calling a “meth crisis” in the city.This comes following a fire set at a transitional housing complex by a client in the throes of a crystal methamphetamine addiction.On Jan. 7 around 12:30 a.m. a man barricaded himself in a room on the top floor of the Morberg House and set a mattress on fire.A look at the room that was set on fire in the Morberg House. PHOTO: Brittany Hobson/APTNThe man was in the middle of a crystal meth psychosis according to Marion Willis, founder of Morberg House.“We know this person and, believe it or not this person is actually quite a nice guy,” said Willis.“He would never do anything like that except that he had a big slip and the slip was with meth. He entered a deep level of psychosis and that was the outcome.”Staff and founder of Morberg House. PHOTO: Brittany Hobson/APTNThere were about 15 people in the house at the time. No one was injured but Willis said the incident, along with the death of Windy Sinclair , 29, in December, show the extent of the growing crystal meth problem in the city.Sinclair was struggling with a meth addiction at the time her death. Her body was found frozen in a downtown back lane. The mother of four was two-months pregnant at the time. A cause of death has yet to be announced.“The level of meth use in this city has reached an epidemic. The meth psychosis is reaching a crisis that is beyond measure right now,” Willis said.Willis isn’t alone in voicing her concerns. Bear Clan Patrol founder James Favel said the group has seen a significant increase in meth use on the streets.“In our first year of operation, between June and November when the snow fell, we found 12 to 18 needles. The second year we found 300. This last year we’re over 4,000 already.”According to Willis and Favel, accessibility and cost are to blame for the increase. Costs can be as low as $10 for one hit or roughly a quarter of a gram and the high can last for up to 15 hours.Ruth Dixon knows first hand the devastating effects of addiction. Her 28-year-old son started using meth a year ago.“He wasn’t the same after that,” she said. “Once he took it he wasn’t the same. He’s not the son that I knew before.”Dixon works with youth in Winnipeg’s North End. She said the effects from inter-generational trauma are still embedded in the community and kids are seeking ways to self-medicate.“They turn to drugs for comfort, for a way out; to escape. It’s devastating to see our people in that condition,” she said.“Alcohol and marijuana are no longer the painkillers. It’s now stronger drugs.”Winnipeg police are also struggling to address the issue. They say they’ve seen an increase in crystal meth use within the past three years. Adding it’s fueling property crime, violent crime, and dangerous interactions with officers.So far the province has done little work with organizations to combat the crisis, said Willis.“We are the ones that can inform a strategy. We are the ones that can mobilize people and we are the ones that can act quickly, and yet we are invisible to this provincial government,” she said.She wants the province to fund the creation of a drug stabilization unit.Earlier this year the province increased the budget to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba by $985,500.In a statement to APTN, the office for Minister of Health Kevin Goertzen said, “building upon our experience with opioid addiction, Manitoba’s work with methamphetamine will focus on the development of processes and team work to address challenges with withdrawal management, detoxification and treatment, in order to reduce risks to clients and staff who are working with these individuals.”bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

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AlarmForce fires CEO Joel Matlin after strategic review

TORONTO — AlarmForce Industries Inc. said Tuesday it has “terminated” chief executive Joel Matlin after a strategic review of the company.“The board and management of AlarmForce wish to thank Mr. Matlin for his dedicated years of service and numerous contributions,” the company said in a statement.Matlin, who holds a nearly eight per cent stake in the company, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters, will continue to serve as a company director.The home security company said it has started a search process to find a permanent replacement. Chief financial officer Anthony Pizzonia will serve as interim president and chief executive.AlarmForce completed a nearly year-long strategic review, including a possible sale of the company, earlier this month without a deal.The company said at the time it would focus on growing its business.Acumen Capital analyst Brian Pow said it’s possible the move is related to the company’s failure to find a buyer.“Joel’s been the face of the company since inception,” Pow said.“I’m certainly surprised by this at this point. Hopefully we’ll get some clarity from the board at some point.”The Toronto-based company said a growing subscriber base and a reduction in marketing helped it nearly double its net income in the quarter ended Jan. 31.But Pow said the company has been shifting its focus to south of the border, where earnings have been stronger lately.“Overall, the Canadian numbers a little bit weaker than they’ve been trending historically, but the U.S. numbers are picking up,” said Pow.“That’s where really where the game plan is going forward. At least it was until today. We’ll have to see what happens.”Shares in AlarmForce, which were halted pending the announcement, were down 20 cents at $9.60 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.AlarmForce, which has operations in Canada and the United States, provides security alarm monitoring, personal emergency response monitoring, video surveillance and other services.The Canadian Press read more

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Ontario cannabis lottery winner disqualified for breaking the rules

TORONTO — Ontario’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission has disqualified one of the winners of a lottery held to apply for cannabis retail licences.The agency says the entity has been removed for breaking a rule that prohibits someone from changing the name of the person on an application or the corporate structure of the company operating the store.The disqualified entity had won the right to apply for a cannabis retail licence in the Greater Toronto area.The commission selected 25 winners through the lottery process last month.Those selected had five business days to turn in their applications along with a $6,000 non-refundable fee and a $50,000 letter of credit, with the first private stores set to open April 1.The licences are being divided regionally, with five going to the east of the province, seven in the west, two in the north, six in the Greater Toronto Area and five in Toronto itself. read more

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Lightstream Resources asset sale to creditorowned firm wins court approval

Lightstream Resources asset sale to creditor-owned firm wins court approval CALGARY – Oil and gas producer Lightstream Resources Ltd. says it has court approval to sell its assets to a new company that will be owned by its creditors.The sale to newly created private firm Ridgeback Resources Inc. is to close by Dec. 29 and represents the final act of the company which will then be wound down.Its creditors will be issued shares in the new firm based on how much Lightstream debt they hold.Lightstream, struggling under close to $1.2 billion in debt, moved to a court-supervised sale this fall after it was unable to reach a settlement agreement with debt holders.The Calgary-based company’s stock has been delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange.Its assets are focused on light oil production from the Bakken and Cardium formations, which underly several states and provinces including Saskatchewan and Alberta. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 8, 2016 4:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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No 1 Alabama No 4 Georgia return to scene of thriller

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Hello again, Georgia and Alabama.For the second time in less than 11 months, the two Southeastern Conference powers are set to meet at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a championship on the line in a mentor-versus-protege coaching showdown. Tua Tagovailoa’s back, too, this time as anything but an understudy.Kirby Smart’s fourth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC) get another crack at Nick Saban and No. 1 Alabama (12-0, 8-0) on Saturday in the SEC championship game. They put on quite a show in an overtime thriller with a national title on the line back in January.Tagovailoa came off the bench to lead a second-half comeback and returns as perhaps the Heisman Trophy front-runner.A rematch almost seemed inevitable with both teams clearly the cream of their divisions. But Smart says the Alabama rematch couldn’t be a focal point because “certainly both teams had to win some football games to get to it.”That future-oriented mentality wouldn’t fit The Process, Saban’s acclaimed methodology that Smart absorbed as his longtime assistant at Alabama, LSU and the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.“I’ve never been around really good teams that are focused on other teams,” Smart said. “The good teams I’ve been around are focusing on whoever they play that week. And it’s really not been different for us this year.“We’ve really tried to hone in on what we’ve got to do and what we’ve got to do to get better. Our concern can’t be with ‘Bama all year. We wouldn’t be here. It’s a concern now because we’ve got to go play them.”Both teams dispatched their in-state rivals with relative ease leading up to this game. Georgia raced to a 38-7 halftime lead in a 45-21 win over Georgia Tech . The Tide struggled in the first half but ran away from Auburn, 52-21.But they’ve known this meeting was coming since Nov. 3, the earliest the title game matchup has been set. Really, they’ve been on a collision course since that national title clash.Saban called the Bulldogs “probably one of the most complete teams in the nation in terms of offence, defence, special teams.”“This will be the most challenging game that we have all year,” he said. “I’m really proud of our guys for what they’ve been able to accomplish this year. Why guys come to this school is they get to play in games like this against great teams, and this will be a great challenge for us.”Alabama has won every game since the national title game by 20-plus points, a 12-game streak that is the longest to open a season in NCAA history. The previous record of 10 consecutive 20-point wins at any point during a season was set by Boise State in 2002.Alabama has reached the 12-win mark for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons.The Bulldogs haven’t had that kind of sustained success, but they’ve been awfully good the past two years.They have won five straight by 17-plus points since dropping a similarly lopsided game to No. 12 LSU.The reward: An Alabama rematch.The January meeting ended with Tagovailoa’s winning, second-and-26 touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith in overtime. Now, Tagovailoa could perhaps cement the Heisman if he’s as good for four quarters as he was for two on that last visit. He wasn’t particularly interested in talking about either the Heisman or the end of last season after Saturday’s win over Auburn.“That was last year,” Tagovailoa said. “For me, I just want to enjoy this win with my team, with that 24-hour (celebration) rule. And coming back into the office on Monday, we want to focus on Georgia.”Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, likewise, resisted the temptation to talk about ‘Bama after the Georgia Tech game.“I’m not supposed to,.” Fromm said.There’s no getting around it now, guys.___AP Sports Writer Charles Odum in Athens, Georgia, contributed to this report.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25John Zenor, The Associated Press read more

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Proposal to research trans regret rejected by university for fear of backlash

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A general view of the Royal Courts of Justice  The case was heard at the Royal Courts of JusticeCredit:Jack Taylor/Getty Images Mr Caspian had applied to study an MA at Bath Spa universityCredit:Jay Williams The City of Bath A psychotherapist who wanted to research reverse gender reassignment claimed that he had his academic proposal rejected because his university was scared of backlash from trans community, the High Court heard.James Caspian, 59, planned to study the experiences of people who have detransitioned as part of an MA at Bath Spa University, but his idea was rejected because it was “too ethically complex for a piece of research at master’s level”.When Mr Caspian proposed the project, the university’s ethics subcommittee said: “attacks on social media may not be confined to the researcher but may involve the university.” On Tuesday, Mr Diamond told the court: “That is not academic judgment, that is terror on the streets of our universities.”Mr Caspian’s barrister, Paul Diamond, argued that the Bath Spa had rejected the proposal on the grounds that “engaging in a potentially politically incorrect piece of research carries a risk to the university” and was seeking a judicial review of the process. However, the judge, Michael Kent QC, quashed their case, saying: “I entirely accept that there are important issues of freedom of expression. I just do not accept that, on the facts of this particular case, there is an arguable case made out.He added that the application was brought too late after the university’s decision, and said: “I accept that it could be said that this is pedantic and it is far removed from the underlying decision, but I can’t see any way round that.”Speaking afterwards, Mr Caspian told The Telegraph: “I think this sets a dangerous precedent in that research into sensitive areas will not be carried out because universities don’t want to take ownership.”Mr Caspian was described by his barrister as “a psychotherapist with an esteemed reputation in the field of gender transition and gender dysphoria”, and as a “highly qualified and experienced professional” who is “clearly objectively qualified to do research on this subject matter”.“He’s not a spotty-nosed adolescent student. He’s the real McCoy,” said Mr Diamond.He argued that “research in this complex field is needed as there are pressing social pressures on wider society to commence the procedure of gender realignment”, but added: “There is an atmosphere of fear in the academic community on researching this phenomenon.” The psychotherapist had worked with transgender patients for eight years when he enrolled for the MA at Bath Spa University, and was a trustee of the transgender charity the Beaumont Trust.He previously told BBC’s Radio 4 that he was “astonished” at the university’s decision to stop him studying people who regret changing their gender.”I think that a university exists to encourage discussion, research – dissent even, challenging perhaps ideas that are out of date or not particularly useful,” he said.Since 2017, when his case first gained public attention, more than 50 people have approached Mr Caspian after deciding to reverse their gender reassignment surgery.Now, having failed in his bid for a judicial review, he says: “I will be discussing with our lawyers the next steps which may include going to the court of appeal.” read more

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The demise of coal biggest scalp Peabody Energy

first_imgYesterday Peabody Energy announced: “Taking a major step to strengthen liquidity and reduce debt amid an unprecedented industry downturn, Peabody Energy Corp today voluntarily filed petitions under Chapter 11 for the majority of its US entities in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Through this process, the company intends to reduce its overall debt level, lower fixed charges, improve operating cash flow and position the company for long-term success, while continuing to operate under the protection of the court process.“All of the company’s mines and offices are continuing to operate in the ordinary course of business and are expected to continue doing so for the duration of the process. No Australian entities are included in the filings, and Australian operations are continuing as usual.”“This was a difficult decision, but it is the right path forward for Peabody. We begin today to build a highly successful global leader for tomorrow,” said Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow. “Through today’s action, we will seek an in-court solution to Peabody’s substantial debt burden amid a historically challenged industry backdrop. This process enables us to strengthen liquidity and reduce debt, build upon the significant operational achievements we’ve made in recent years and lay the foundation for long-term stability and success in the future.”In connection with the process, Peabody has obtained $800 million in debtor-in-possession financing facilities, which were arranged by Citigroup and include participation of a number of the company’s secured lenders and unsecured noteholders. The facilities include a $500 million term loan, a $200 million bonding accommodation facility and a cash collateralized $100 million letter of credit facility, and are subject to court approval as well as limitations as set out in the company’s filings. In addition to the company’s existing cash position, Peabody believes that it has sufficient liquidity to operate its business worldwide post-petition and to continue the flow of goods and services to its customers in the ordinary course.Peabody also announced today that the planned sale of the company’s New Mexico and Colorado assets was terminated after the buyer was unable to complete the transaction.The factors affecting the global coal industry in recent years have been unprecedented. Industry pressures in recent years include a dramatic drop in the price of metallurgical coal, weakness in the Chinese economy, overproduction of domestic shale gas and ongoing regulatory challenges.Still, multiple third-party estimates project that both the US and global coal demand will stabilize. Globally, thermal coal is expected to continue to fuel hundreds of existing coal generating plants as well as scores more that are under construction. Coal currently fuels approximately 40% of global electricity and is expected to be an essential source of global electricity generation and steel making for many decades to come.“A company like Peabody with safe, efficient operations will be well positioned to serve coal demand that will continue in the United States and around the world,” said Kellow. “We are a leading producer and reserve holder in our core regions of the Powder River Basin, Illinois Basin and Australia. Peabody has a new management team, outstanding workforce, unmatched asset base and strong underlying operational performance that represent a key driver in the company’s future success.”In 2015, all of Peabody’s US operations were cash-flow positive, the Australian platform earned more than the prior year despite lower prices for coal and the company’s administrative expenses and capital investments were at the lowest levels in nearly a decade.Kellow noted that, “throughout this process, the company will continue to be guided by its mission and values that include safety, customer focus, leadership, people, excellence, integrity and sustainability. The company also continues to take aggressive steps to improve the business with actions consistent with its core priorities in the operational, financial and portfolio areas.“This process does not change Peabody’s approach toward best practices in mining and its focus on sustainability to create high-quality land restoration for generations that follow. The company sees its land restoration as an essential part of the mining process, takes great pride in the work it does and has been consistently recognized for these programs. In addition, Peabody intends to continue to work with the applicable state governments and federal agencies to meet its reclamation obligations.”last_img read more

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Block 10 plan includes housing retail office space in Vancouver tower

first_imgHot on the heels of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Vancouvercenter’s fourth tower, developer Holland Partner Group is already moving forward on its next big project for downtown Vancouver: a new office and residential tower on Block 10, which would also serve as a new headquarters for the company.Holland submitted a pre-application packet earlier this month outlining its tentative plan for the block, which includes approximately 150,000 square feet of office space, 125 units of housing, structured internal parking and approximately 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.The company’s initial pitch — outlined by Vancouver Community and Economic Development Director Chad Eiken at a May 6 Vancouver City Council meeting — was an 11-story tower with about 110,000 square feet of office space that would be divided between Holland and separate tenants, plus a seven-story residential tower that would be geared toward workforce housing. The version in the pre-application packet is similar but appears to have grown larger, adding 40,000 more square feet of office space. The building’s total gross square floor area is listed at 374,192 square feet. In an email on Tuesday, Holland Development Manager Jamison Loos confirmed the new 150,000-square-foot office space number, but said that the vision for the block is still an 11-story office tower and a seven-story residential tower with workforce housing.The project will also include an “incubator” space for small startup companies and a possible flexible-use space for co-working, he said.last_img read more

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