Dansanli House / ADF Architects

first_img Photographs Year:  2013 Architects: ADF Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area:  205 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Dansanli House / ADF ArchitectsSave this projectSaveDansanli House / ADF Architects Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/564189/dansanli-house-adf-architects Clipboard Projects Dansanli House / ADF Architects ArchDaily Photographs:  Park Young-ChaeArchitect In Charge:Kim HonggeunDesign Assistant:Lee DonggeunCity:DaeguCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Park Young-ChaeRecommended ProductsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemText description provided by the architects. This property is located is about 5 minutes away from the main road that links Daegu and Chungdo. Despite its proximity to the traffic, it gets quiet once you enter into town. There are gentle hills in the background when you look at this town from a distance. Dansanli welcomes its visitors with a sense of familiarity.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe property is enclosed by the straight road to the south, which was extended to farm roads, and the curved road that is located to the west. The town was shaped over a long time by the force of nature. The southern part of the property is elevated, so the northern part provides a serene view of the surroundings.Save this picture!© Park Young-ChaeCommon residential areas contain the hills and the mountains in the background, and this view is an essential part of this town. Therefore, the starting point of Dansanli House was to add new volume, colors, and texture, while complying with the existing flow and order of the town. Although it was not an easy task, the smell of chimney smoke that filled the dim evening sky inspired the development of this project.Save this picture!Cross SectionSave this picture!Longitudinal SectionThe spatial zoning of Dansanli House contains primary living space, such as living room, dining room (kitchen), master bedroom, and also supplementary living space like guestroom and spare rooms that could be utilized for various activities including music and prayers. The floor plan was designed to separate living room, dining room, and guestroom according to their atmospheric and emotional aspects.  Save this picture!© Park Young-ChaeVarious areas of the plan become each other’s view (*crossing view and the outside scenery) and background. The living room widely spreads from the central point, the fireplace, and its space maximizes the amount of light exposure in the morning. Like traditional Korean houses, the kitchen is placed in the center of the whole house to be the vertical and horizontal focal point. The layout connects the line of view ‘from the kitchen to the deck and living room,’ and ‘from the kitchen to the courtyard, balcony, and guestroom.’ This was achieved by interpreting the traditional Korean architectural techniques that coordinate movement and rest, or open and close.Save this picture!© Park Young-ChaeMaster bedroom is private due to the bordering bathroom with no windows and a dressing room to the west. Also, the outdoor shower was added for summer. The stairs incorporated modern design and face the courtyard with the skylight brining the focus to the top. In the second floor, the windows were minimized to give the outside scenery a sense of rarity.Save this picture!© Park Young-ChaeWindows can be opened and closed depending on the outside weather, and they are designed to promote interplay between the light and the building’s walls and floors. The exterior finish used materials that seem to blend in with the surrounding nature. In fact, the exposed mass concrete and cedar finish seem consistent with Dansanli’s true character.Save this picture!© Park Young-ChaeArchitecture is often objectified by its external characters. However, the true spirit of architecture is represented by its use of space and the order within. The space, visual guide, and floor planning could control the actions of those that use the building. Architecture, ultimately, is a form of human expression.Save this picture!© Park Young-ChaeArchitecture is a living process that considers its use, size, presentation and various theories. Fine households are completed by the user’s lessons of the past and dreams of the future, as well as life philosophies. Therefore, interpretation of purpose and the understanding of human conditions are the keys to great architecture.Save this picture!© Park Young-ChaeOriginally published on 6 November, 2014.Project gallerySee allShow lessPierhouse & 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge / Marvel ArchitectsSelected ProjectsRåå Day Care Center / Dorte MandrupSelected Projects Share “COPY” South Korea ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/564189/dansanli-house-adf-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Daegu, South Korea Save this picture!© Park Young-Chae+ 29Curated by Paula Pintos Share “COPY” CopyAbout this officeADF ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDaeguWoodIcebergHousesSouth KoreaPublished on August 31, 2019Cite: “Dansanli House / ADF Architects” 31 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. 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Perdue too chicken to debate Ossoff again in Georgia runoff

first_img– Advertisement – Ossoff is in. “Looks like Sen. David Perdue is too much of a coward to debate me again,” he tweeted Sunday. “Perdue can’t defend his lies about COVID-19, self-dealing stock trades, his bigotry, or his votes to take away Georgians’ health care. Senator, come on out and try to defend your record. I’m ready to go.”Perdue’s campaign is trying to pretend that he’s above it all, and has it so much in hand that he doesn’t need to bother with something so trivial as making his case before Georgia’s voters again. “The runoff in Georgia is an extension of the November 3rd general election, where 52 percent of Georgians voted against Jon Ossoff and his radical agenda. Perdue had a commanding first place win, outpacing Ossoff by over 85,000 votes—in nearly every other state, Perdue would have been re-elected already,” campaign manager Ben Fry told CNN. What he neglects to mention is that 52% of Georgians also voted against Perdue. That’s why he’s in a runoff now.- Advertisement – By the way, on the invitation to the other candidates, “Warnock’s campaign has tentatively agreed, while Loeffler’s campaign has yet to respond.”last_img read more

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Who are these makeshift Marlins and how are they leading the NL East?

first_imgAt this point in the season, almost two weeks after the first pitch was thrown of the 2020 MLB campaign, the NL East standings are a jumbled mess. The Braves and Mets have played 13 games each. The Nationals have played nine. The Marlins and Phillies have played only six. It’s bizarre. The division standings look like they belong to a recreational kickball league, where a couple of unlucky teams had too many 8 p.m. games on their schedules that were washed out by late, vindictive thunderstorms.  The strangest thing, though, just might be the fact that the Marlins — a team that lost 105 games last year and was projected to finish last in the division by pretty much everyone and the club that had 18 players test positive for COVID-19 a couple days into the season — are sitting up there in first place. Sure, it’s early. And sure, they’ve only played six games, but Miami is 5-1, a half-game ahead of the 8-5 Braves, 2 1/2 ahead of the 4-5 Nationals, 3 ahead of the 2-4 Phillies and 3 1/2 ahead of the 5-8 Mets. Will the success last? Who knows? And, frankly, who cares at this point? The Marlins’ 2020 story is already pretty fascinating. So let’s take a look at these Marlins: What’s happened so far, who’s actually healthy and on the active roster and how in the world they’re off to a 5-1 start.MORE: MLB’s coronavirus rules, explainedCOVID roster complicationsWe have to start here, of course. The Marlins opened their season in Philadelphia, splitting the first two games. The club knew of positive tests before the third game, but the team voted via text messages to play anyway — yikes — and beat the Phillies, 11-6, on Sunday, July 26. Turns out, the problem was much more widespread than they had feared. The final count had 18 players — of the 30-man roster — testing positive for the coronavirus. They wouldn’t play again until Aug. 4, but more on that in a moment. Losing that many players to the virus meant the roster had to be overhauled. These 11 players were placed on the injured list on Aug. 4: pitchers Sandy Alcantara, Jeff Brigham, Robert Dugger, Yimi García, Nick Neidert, Ryne Stanek, Adam Conley and Caleb Smith, along with position players Chad Wallach, Sean Rodríguez and Miguel Rojas.Yeah. And this litany of corresponding moves to fill out the active roster happened the same day. Today’s Roster Update: pic.twitter.com/reqvTIywnD— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 4, 2020Sheesh. FAGAN: Cardinals’ COVID-19 outbreak won’t stop MLB season, but is needed wake-up callCOVID schedule complicationsThe Marlins were supposed to return home after the Philly series for a quick two-game set against the Orioles. Then, after two games in Baltimore, it was supposed to be back home for three against the Nationals and three against the Phillies. The Orioles games — in Florida and in Maryland — were postponed, as was the series in Miami against the Nationals, as the Marlins remained sequestered in their hotel in Philadelphia. And then the schedule was altered so that, instead of playing the Phillies at home (as originally planned) Aug. 4-6, the Marlins trekked to Baltimore to make up the four games against the Orioles — with the Marlins technically as the home team for two of them, meaning they hit in the bottom of each inning. They’ll play the fourth game on Thursday evening, then play three in New York against the Mets, then two in Buffalo against the Blue Jays. The series against psuedo-Toronto is sandwiched between two off days, which will be welcome. Then, finally, they’re scheduled to host the Braves — in Miami — for three games starting Aug. 14. If you’ve been following along, you realize that’s 11 games to start the season played in road ballparks, but more importantly 21 days away from home. Yikes. MORE: MLB is learning to cope with COVID-19’s speed and deception, but is it too late?So how are they 5-1?Even though the Marlins lost 105 games last year — 13 more than any other NL squad — and even though they were picked to finish last in the NL East by pretty much everyone, there were reasons for optimism this year. The PECOTA projections, for example, still projected them to finish last in the NL East, but with 71 wins, a big jump from 57 last year. So there’s talent building in the organization. But, again, of the 11 players placed on the injured list, eight of them were pitchers. Somehow, though, in the first three games in Baltimore, the Marlins pitchers held the Orioles to a single run over 23 innings (two seven-inning double-headers in that mix). The staff’s scoreless streak reached 21 innings before the Orioles finally pushed across a single run in the sixth inning of the third game. Five of the pitchers acquired/called up on the Aug. 4 flurry combined to throw 6 1/3 innings in the three games, with only one run allowed. “Our pitching has been incredible,” young Marlins veteran Brian Anderson told reporters. “I don’t know how they go from throwing into a (hotel) mattress to going out and getting big league hitters out like that, but whatever they’re doing we’ve got to keep doing it.”And when your pitchers allow one run in three games, it’s pretty easy to win all three games. Olympic Eddy has arrivedThe Aug. 4 flurry of moves featured interesting names, including two pitchers named Josh Smith, and Monte Harrison, a top prospect in the Marlins’ organization who is also the brother of NBA guard Shaquille Harrison.Man…where do I start lol…not how I visioned it starting off lolol but the nerves running through my body I’ve never felt before….the Excited/Anxious/Nervous/Bubble Guts feeling of stepping on the field…I’m so blessed/Honored to get to step foot on a Big League field.— Monte’ Harrison3️⃣ (@Team_Harrison3) August 5, 2020But the most fascinating story belongs to Eddy Alvarez. Before he started on his journey to the majors, the now 30-year-old rookie was an Olympic speed-skater. Alvarez, who is from Miami — not exactly a speed-skating hotspot — made the 2014 U.S. Olympic team and was part of the silver-medal winning 5,000-meter relay squad.  “Baseball is my true passion,” Alvarez told Sports Illustrated recently. “Skating was more of a short-term goal.”Alvarez started his baseball journey after the Olympics, signing with the White Sox as a 24-year-old amateur free agent in June 2014. He played five years in that organization, spending the 2018 season at Triple-A Charlotte, where he posted a .783 OPS and eight homers in 101 games. Late in March of 2019, the Marlins purchased Alvarez, and he thrived with his new franchise.  Alvarez, in 66 games at Triple-A New Orleans, batted .323, hit 12 homers and stole 12 basesWhen he made his big-league debut in Baltimore (he went 0-for-5 in the games), Alvarez became the first Winter Olympics medalist ever to play in an MLB contest. That’s pretty darn amazing, in any year.last_img read more

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Murphy Presses Pause on Indoor Dining

first_imgThe move follows an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases statewide as well as overcrowding at multiple establishments with “a complete disregard for social distancing” and “very few, if any, face coverings,” Murphy said Monday. Cases also continue to increase throughout the country, and areas including New York City and Philadelphia have also paused the planned reopening of indoor dining. “Restaurants across New Jersey spent real time, funds, and labor preparing for a safe and responsible indoor reopening, only to find their efforts callously dismissed. We owe it to them – to the livelihoods of their employees and their families, and to the long-term health of these small businesses – to help them through these unprecedented times and make them whole again,” Gopal said. In Monmouth County specifically, the case total reached 9,305, including Atlantic Highlands, 37; Colts Neck, 87; Fair Haven, 29; Highlands, 34; Holmdel, 321; Little Silver, 40; Middletown, 754; Monmouth Beach, 21; Oceanport, 66; Red Bank, 259; Rumson, 47; Sea Bright, 12; and Tinton Falls, 232. Some elected officials who have fought to bring back indoor dining are frustrated with the setback. Sen. Vin Gopal, for example, said that while he understands why the governor took the action, restaurants are struggling and need help. As of Wednesday, July 1, there were 171,928 total COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, with 13,224 lab-confirmed deaths. Murphy said the state anticipates an additional 1,854 COVID-19-related deaths which have not been lab-confirmed. The daily positivity rate was 2.29 percent, recorded June 27. The total number of hospitalizations increased to 1,080. “Given the current situation in numerous other states, as I mentioned, we do not believe it is prudent at this time to push forward with what is, in effect, a sedentary indoor activity, especially when we know that this virus moves differently indoors than out, making it even more deadly,” said Murphy June 29 during a press conference. “We have seen spikes in other states driven in part by the return of patrons to indoor dining establishments where they are seated and without face coverings for significant periods of time. We do not wish to see New Jersey experience a similar spike.” NEW JERSEY – This week Gov. Phil Murphy put a temporary pause on indoor dining which was originally scheduled to partially reopen July 2. By Allison Perrine Additionally, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) issued a joint statement Monday following Murphy’s rescindment of indoor dining. The two called the move “a real slap in the face” to the restaurant and hospital industries. The article originally appeared in the July 2 – 8, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. “With this removal of indoor dining hundreds of thousands of restaurants will need even more money as they laid out supplies, staff, and cleaning in anticipation of a reopening. We are killing them with this crushing decision only three days before reopening,” the statement read. “The carelessness of one establishment can completely undo the good work of many others. We will not tolerate outlier bars and restaurants and frankly, patrons who think the rules don’t apply to them,” said Murphy. “They are the ones who ruin it for everyone else. Compliance is not a polite suggestion. It is required. Selflessness, not selfishness. So unfortunately, the national situation, compounded by instances of knucklehead behavior here at home, are requiring us to hit pause on the restart of indoor dining for the foreseeable future.” Murphy acknowledged that most bars and restaurants have been doing “the right things” and have been enforcing social distancing policies. But it only takes one to ruin it for the others, he said, as he criticized The Factory Restaurant and Lounge in Jersey City for not following the orders. In the local area, people on social media called out Donovan’s Reef in Sea Bright and D’Jais Oceanview Bar and Cafe in Belmar for doing the same. “Don’t be the match that starts a COVID wildfire,” Murphy said Wednesday. “Use your common sense for the common good.”  Other scheduled reopenings for July 2 were allowed, including casinos, outdoor amusement parks and water parks, museums and libraries, indoor recreation and gyms and fitness centers for individualized training or by appointment only.last_img read more

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No joy in Boundary Country, Leafs pound Bruins 15-0

first_imgIt’s easy to say Carsen Willans likes playing the Grand Forks Border Bruins.As a matter of fact, so do a lot of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League teams.Willans, a Nelson Minor Hockey Association grad, scored four times as the Nelson Leafs shocked it to the Bruins 15-0 in Murdoch Division play Thursday in the Boundary City.Despite winning its first of the season last week in the Invermere, there’s not much positive to report for interim coach Matt Zamec.The former assistant was elevated prior to the win after head coach and GM Brent Batten was relieved of his duties by team executive.Nelson scored five times during the first eight minutes of the opening period to literally put the game away after 20 minutes.During the first frame the Leafs outshot the Bruins 21-5 en route to a 57-shot barrage at the Grand Forks tandem of Jeremy Mandoli and backup Nathan Nicloson.Grand Forks also surrendered three power play goals in the contest.Along with Willans padding his stats, a host of other Leafs also filled the stats bucket.The game’s first star Brett Norman scored three times while adding two helpers for a five-point night.Former Trail Smokie defenceman J.J. Beitel also had a breakout game, with two goals and three assists along with center Nik Newman, one goal four assists.Nelson defenceman Walker Sidoni had four assists as well as Nelson native Dallon Stoddart, also finishing with four points on a goal and three assists.Other goal scorers included Matthew Naka, Julian Davis, Eric Spring and Matti Jmaeff.Patrick Defoe had a relatively easy time in the net, stopping 27 shots.The only real bright spot for the Bruins came in the third period when Grand Forks fired 14 shots — more than the first two periods — at the Leaf goal.LEAF NOTES: Nelson, 18-9-0-2, climbs into a second-place tie with idle Castlegar Rebels, each team now has 38 points. However, Castlegar has played two less games. . . .The night was cut rather short for Leaf center Matthew Naka. After scoring Nelson’s fifth goal of the opening period, the Vanderhoof native was handed a game misconduct for an illegal check to the head later in the first frame. . . . In four games against the Bruins Carsen Willans has accumulated 17 points, including seven goals. . . . Grand Forks has yielded league high 253 goals in 27 games for an average of almost 10 per game. . . .Thursday’s game was the lone contest of the weekend for Nelson. The team returns to action Friday, December 9 at the NDCC Arena when the Rebels visit in a Murdoch Division showdown. Game time is 7 p.m. . . . After playing 19 games in seven weeks, Nelson’s schedule is back to somewhat normal as the Leafs have eight games in December. Seven of the eight are against Murdoch Division opposition, including two each against powers Castlegar and Beaver [email protected]last_img read more

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Photo library: Tourism and leisure 4

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The seal show at Sea World in the uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The seal show at Sea World in the uShaka Marine World theme park. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Beach scene, Durban north. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Relaxing at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Relaxing at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Relaxing at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The entrance to the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal province: Beach scene. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal province: Beach scene. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageTOURISM AND LEISURE 4:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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BJP’s Murlidhar Mohol all set to be elected next Pune Mayor

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Murlidhar Mohol is set to become the next Mayor of Pune. Election for the top civic post is scheduled to be held on November 22.Though the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance has fielded Prakash Kadam, the contest is expected to be completely one-sided as the BJP has an overwhelming majority of 97 corporators in the 162-seat Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).Current Mayor Mukta Tilak’s tenure ends on November 21. Ms. Tilak was fielded by the BJP from the Kasba Assembly segment and won an emphatic victory there.Given the changing political equations in the State following the Assembly polls, even if the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress join hands in the PMC Mayoral election to replicate the ‘Mahashiv Aghadi’, the BJP’s superior numbers will be enough for it’s candidate to sail through.Mr. Mohol had played a vital role in engineering the victory of BJP State unit president Chandrakant Patil from the hotly-contested Kothrud Assembly segment in the recently-concluded Assembly polls. Prior to the Assembly polls, the party had dropped its sitting Kothrud MLA, Medha Kulkarni to make way for Mr. Patil, who was perceived as an ‘outsider’ on account of his hailing from Kolhapur. Mr. Mohol, too, was an aspirant for the candidature of the Kolhapur segment.The Kothrud seat is considered a BJP bastion and was a ‘safe’ constituency for the BJP State chief, whose prestige was at stake in the electoral contest. According to sources, Mr. Mohol, a three-time corporator is being compensated for his part in ensuring Mr. Patil’s victory in the Assembly polls.In the 2017 civic polls, the BJP’s landslides in the Pune and the Pimpri-Chinchwad civic bodies had broken the Pawar clan’s power bases in these two municipal bodies by ending the NCP’s decade-long reigns in the cash-rich PMC and PCMC.Meanwhile, the BJP has nominated corporator Saraswati Shedge for the Deputy Mayor’s post while the Congress has fielded Chandbi Nadaf.In a related development, the NCP’s Surmanjiri Latkar was on Tuesday elected as the 49th Mayor of the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC).Ms. Latkar trounced Bhagyashree Shetke, fielded by the BJP and the Tararani Front, by securing 43 votes against Ms. Shetke’s 32.All four corporators from the Shiv Sena remained absent during the voting.The NCP-Congress coalition is in power in the 81-member KMC. An internal power-sharing arrangement between the Congress and the NCP necessitates a mayoral election every 18 months.last_img read more

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Port Authority Will Continue Goat Islands Assessment – Dr. Davies

first_imgStory Highlights MoU signed between the Port Authority of Jamaica and China Harbour Engineering Company Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies has instructed the Port Authority to continue its assessment and monitoring of Goat Islands and the greater Portland Bight protected area.Dr. Davies made the comments during a statement on the proposed Chinese investment in the Portland Bight Protected Area in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, September 10.He explained that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Port Authority of Jamaica and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), under which CHEC would carry out investigations to determine whether it would enter in to a definitive agreement for the development of Fort Augusta as a trans-shipment port.He noted that CHEC, having completed its assessment of Fort Augusta as trans-shipment hub came to the conclusion that it did not sufficiently qualify for such a development, partly because the scope and nature of its proposed work project had expanded.Dr. Davies further stated that as a result, Cabinet on April 21, 2013 approved an Addendum to the existing Memorandum of Understanding between the Port Authority and China Harbour Engineering Company to allow the investors to undertake the necessary feasibility studies/due diligence of the project.“This would include consideration of the technical, financial and environmental factors, to facilitate the refinement of a final proposal that would be submitted to the Government of Jamaica,” he stated.The Minister noted that the period of assessment is one year and is expected to be completed by the end of April 2014.“At that time a decision will be made as to whether to proceed to a conclusive agreement, providing that all social, developmental and environmental issues have been addressed and the requisite regulatory permits are in place,” Dr. Davies said.“Whilst this assessment is being carried out, officials of the Government of Jamaica in particular those from the Port Authority, have remained in constant dialogue with CHEC. It is through this interaction that the Government was informed that CHEC’s first choice for the proposed development was Goat Islands and lands to the north on the mainland,” he added.He noted that it was consequent on these developments that, the Port Authority had been mandated to continue its assessment and monitoring of the proposed project area to undertake detailed environmental and feasibility studies. The Authority will also offer effective guidance to the investors about the required development processes, as well as the approvals needed before any final proposal is put to the Cabinet for consideration.“In this regard the Port Authority has commissioned an Environmental Management Scoping Project to identify precisely the levels of interest in Portland Bight and the principal bio-physical and socio-cultural characteristics,” Dr. Davies said.He said some of the objectives of this study include: determining the geographic boundaries of the Portland Bight Protected Area; archival research on the historical use of the area; and identifying applicable international and national environmental policies, legislation, regulations and standards for the area.The study will also seek to: identify the biologically sensitive features of the marine and terrestrial environment; determine the location of rare, threatened and endangered species and their spatial distribution in the Portland Bight and Ridge Area and the Goat Islands; and identify the boundaries of fish sanctuaries.The Works Minister noted that when the Environmental Scoping Project is completed, the resultant data will be used to inform the composition of the terms of reference for the Environmental Impact.Meanwhile, Dr. Davies said that when development is proposed in or near to rich environmental areas, it is expected that concerns will be raised. He however noted that, given the present stage of the process some of the statements that have been made and the opinions and positions taken, “are premature”.“Still, such public discourse is a healthy part of how we, as a nation, move forward on important issues,” Dr. Davies said.The proposed investment of approximately US$1.5 billion would, represent a key development milestone for Jamaica and could have a significant positive impact on the country’s development agenda, he stated.“Although we are bound by the terms of the MoU whilst the feasibility studies are being undertaken, we are also aware that in the absence of some information about the project, it is easy for speculation and suspicion to be cultured,” Dr. Davies said.“Therefore, it is important that we allow the process to take its course and await the findings from the Port Authority and CHEC so that all issues could be put to proper assessment and determination,” he added.Meanwhile, Dr. Davies is inviting those who oppose the project to present some alternatives, which would simultaneously protect the natural environment, as well as assist the country. Port Authority instructed to continue its assessment and monitoring of Goat Islands The period of assessment is one year and is expected to be completed by the end of April 2014last_img read more

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Tories attack Morneau with allegations over 2015 sale of Morneau Shepell shares

first_imgOTTAWA – The Conservatives have opened up yet another new line of attack against Bill Morneau, accusing the embattled finance minister of selling off stock the week before his own policy announcement drove the value of the shares down by half a million dollars.Inside the House of Commons on Monday, Tory MPs peppered Morneau with questions about the timing of the sale of $10 million worth of shares in his family-founded human resources firm, Morneau Shepell.Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre claimed a motion introduced by Morneau in December 2015 to raise income taxes on the highest earners caused the entire stock market to drop — including Morneau Shepell’s share price.Poilievre fired more than a dozen queries at Morneau on the subject during question period. He asked Morneau to confirm he was the ‘someone’ responsible for selling off about 680,000 shares in the company about a week before the tax-change announcement.“That ‘someone’ would have saved a half a million dollars by avoiding the drop in the stock market that followed his introduction of tax measures in this House of Commons,” Poilievre said.“Was it just a coincidence that those two transactions line up so carefully? Or in fact did the minister jump the gun and sell his shares before he introduced his tax measures?”Morneau largely avoided the queries, insisting simply that he had absolutely nothing to hide.“Members across the way will continue to focus on me because they do not want to talk about what is actually going on,” he said. “What is actually going on is the policies that we put in place are making a better situation for our economy and a better situation for Canadian families.”Daniel Lauzon, a spokesman for Morneau, later called Poilievre’s insinuations “utterly false” and “absurd” — and challenged the Tories to make the accusations outside the House of Commons, where members are not protected by parliamentary privilege.Following question period and outside the House, where he was asked directly about his line of questioning and whether he believed the law had been broken, Poilievre demurred.“We really have to know the details first — I don’t want to speculate,” he said.“We know that ministers have the ability to introduce tax changes on the floor of the House of Commons that could potentially affect stock prices and we think it is important that everybody have that information before that minister acts on it.”Morneau has been at the centre of an ethics controversy for weeks.The ethics commissioner has launched a formal examination to determine if he was in a conflict of interest related to his work to introduce pension-reform legislation, which critics have insisted would benefit Morneau Shepell — a company in which, until recently, Morneau owned about $21 million worth of shares.Morneau was executive chairman of Morneau Shepell, which he helped build with his father, until shortly after the 2015 election and before he was named finance minister a couple of weeks later.After the ethics controversy erupted, he sold off the remainder of his holdings in Morneau Shepell and vowed to place his other substantial assets in a blind trust.Morneau donated the difference between what the shares were worth at the time of the sale and their value in 2015 when he was first elected — an amount estimated at about $5 million.He has also faced intense criticism about his integrity after information surfaced showing that, based on the ethics commissioner’s advice, he did not divest shares or place his holdings in a blind trust after being was named to cabinet.New Democrat ethics critic Nathan Cullen said Morneau failed to clear the air Monday over the 2015 sale of his shares, even though he was given many opportunities to do so.“This is the problem that Mr. Morneau creates for himself continuously — by having made decision after decision that does not fall into even the ballpark of common sense and puts him in a constant threat of conflict of interest,” Cullen said.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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Japan court opts to detain Nissans Ghosn through Dec 20

first_imgTOKYO — A Tokyo court has decided Nissan Motor Co.’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn and another executive, both arrested Nov. 19, will remain in custody through Dec. 20.The Tokyo District Court decision on Tuesday comes a day after Ghosn, Greg Kelly and Nissan Motor were indicted for allegedly falsifying financial reports to underreport Ghosn’s pay by about 5 billion yen ($44 million) in 2011-2015.The extended detention is for additional allegations prosecutors issued Monday against Ghosn and Kelly, of underreporting another 4 billion yen ($36 million) in 2016-2018.The arrest of an industry icon admired both in Japan and around the world stunned many and has raised concerns over the Japanese automaker and the future of its alliance with Renault SA of France.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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