Lloyds buys Birmingham’s NEC for £307m

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Emma Haslett whatsapp More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com Share Friday 16 January 2015 12:09 pm Brummie institution the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) has been sold along with its parent company to LDC, the investment arm of Lloyds Banking Group, in a deal valuing it at £307m.As well as a 125-year lease on the NEC itself, the deal also includes the Genting (formerly known as the LG) Arena and 25-year leasehold interests in the International Convention Centre and the Barclaycard Arena – although Birmingham City Council will keep the freehold of all the sites, and has the right to claw back “non-core land” for development.  A statement released by the council said selling off NEC Group will allow it to “maximise its growth opportunities and achieve its strategic potential”. Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, said it was pleased to have attracted a “Birmingham-based buyer… that understands the local importance of the NEC and shares our vision for the future”. This will ensure that the business goes from strength to strength, and that the NEC continues to play a leading role in the wider economic development of the region whilst securing Birmingham and the wider West Midlands’ position as the home for outstanding live events.Put together, the businesses are thought to bring in £2bn a year for the West Midlands. Lloyds buys Birmingham’s NEC for £307m Tags: Company Lloyds Banking Grouplast_img read more

Weeks after Kymera signed $70m deal with Vertex, the biotech’s CEO is out

first_imgBiotech What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Laurent Audoly, CEO and president of Kymera Therapeutics, left the Cambridge, Mass., biotech late last month, just weeks after the startup signed a $70 million business deal with Vertex Pharmaceuticals, company executives said Monday.A news release issued by the privately held company said Audoly “has decided to pursue new entrepreneurial opportunities” but did not elaborate. He has been temporarily succeeded by Nello Mainolfi, a cofounder and the chief scientific officer of the firm. About the Author Reprints By Jonathan Saltzman — Boston Globe July 15, 2019 Reprints Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe Jonathan Saltzman — Boston Globe What’s included? Log In | Learn More Weeks after Kymera signed $70m deal with Vertex, the biotech’s CEO is out GET STARTED Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Tags biotechnologyBostondrug developmentSTAT+last_img read more

Execution for only woman on death row reinstated

first_img New law in South Carolina makes death row inmates choose electric chair or firing squad May 18, 2021 AdvertisementMontgomeru’s attorney said she disagrees with the judges. She is going to file a petition for them to reconsider their decision. The judges gave her until Saturday to file.“The federal government must be required to follow the law in setting any execution date, as the district court correctly held … Given everything we know about Lisa Montgomery’s mental illness, her lifetime of horrific torture and trauma, and the many people in positions of authority who could have intervened to save her but never did, there can be no principled reason to carry out her execution,” her attorney Meaghan VerGow said. “The government should stop its relentless efforts to end her life.”Montgomery is accused of killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett, cutting the baby from her body and claiming it as her own. WATCH LIVE: Trump’s impeachment trial continues Friday February 12, 2021 KANSAS CITY, KS – In this handout photo provided by the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department, Lisa Montgomery appears in a booking photo released December 20, 2004 in Kansas City, Kansas. Montgomery, of Melvern, Kansas, is accused of murdering the pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett, cutting the fetus from her body, and claiming the live baby as her own. (Photo by Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department via Getty Images) RELATEDTOPICS South Carolina could become the fourth state to legalize executions by firing squad May 7, 2021 Facebook oversight board upholds Trump suspension May 6, 2021 Advertisement Tags: Death rowexecutionLisa MontogomeryTrump VerGow has asked President Trump to commute Montgomery’s sentence to life without the possibility of parole.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. CNN – Judges on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a lower court judge was wrong when he vacated an execution date for Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row.The order says Michael Carvajal, the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons was acting under governing regulation,” which allowed him to reschedule the execution because the original execution date had not passed.Montgomery’s original execution was supposed to be Dec. 8. It was postponed after her attorneys said they were diagnosed with Covid-19 after flying from Texas to visit with Montgomery at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.On Nov. 23, Carvajal rescheduled Montgomery’s execution to Jan. 12. The order said he was acting under the law, clearing the way for her execution later this month because he set it at that date. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

€2,050,560 secured for ‘The Cube’ In Portlaoise

first_img Pinterest €2,050,560 secured for ‘The Cube’ In Portlaoise By Alan Hartnett – 8th January 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twitter “I am confident that it will have the potential to make a real and lasting impact on enterprise development at county, regional and national level.“The Cube will specialise in bespoke professional services and training programmes tailored to align with the requirements of disparate sectors for which there is currently minimal advice or service available.“The Regional Enterprise Development Fund is about supporting every region to build on its unique strengths and ultimately create sustainable jobs.“Collaboration is at its core – among the public and private sectors, within and across regions.“I want to congratulate John Mulholland, CEO Laois County Council, Laois LEO & Enterprise Centre and am very pleased that the Regional Enterprise Development Fund is getting behind projects in Laois.” Facebook TAGSThe Cube Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois/Offaly TD and Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan has announced the allocation of €2,050,560 to Portlaoise Innovation Centre DAC under the €40m Regional Enterprise Development Fund this morning.Portlaoise Innovation Centre DAC proposes to facilitate the creation of a Low Carbon Centre of Excellence.‘The Cube’ at Portlaoise is a multi-point incubation hub for the development of a Low Carbon Centre of Excellence, assisting in attracting and developing companies with a low Carbon focus.Portlaoise Town has been designated as Ireland’s first ‘Low Carbon Town’.Minister Flanagan said: “This project is at the cutting edge of innovation. Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datecenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp News Previous articleAbuse survivor calls on Laois County Council to cancel plans to build school near convicted paedophileNext articleAnger as elderly person forced to wait hours for ambulance to arrive to Laois home Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Home News €2,050,560 secured for ‘The Cube’ In Portlaoise News Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

L’immobilier en plein boom à Sinuiji

first_img News Le marché immobilier dans la régionstratégique de Sinuiji est en plein boom. Certains appartements se vendent mêmejusqu’à 30.000 US$, a appris Daily NK. Pour ce qui est des investisseurs par contre,le retour sur investissement est particulièrement prometteur. « Si unindividu investit dans l’un des projets immobiliers de ces entreprises, ilreçoit 30% des profits de la vente » a expliqué la source. L’immobilier en plein boom à Sinuiji Les appartements dudit complexe sont de troissortes, selon leur finition. « S’il n’y a que les murs, le prix atteint20.000 US$. Si l’intérieur est terminé, c’est 25.000 US$. Et si l’on ajoute lesdétails décoratifs, cela peut monter jusqu’à 30.000 US$ ». Sur les marchésnord-coréens, le dollar s’échangeait le 7 janvier à 8,000 wons. News Les ouvriers affectés au chantier viennentd’entreprises d’État. Les « travailleurs 8.3 », bénéficiant d’uneexpertise particulière, sont également présents. Le terme « 8.3 » tireson nom du système permettant aux ouvriers de gagner de l’argent en dehors desentreprises d’État dans lesquelles ils sont contraints de travailler. Cesouvriers payent leurs taxes à l’employeur (l’entreprise d’État à laquelle ilssont rattachés) mais peuvent conserver une partie des profits. En l’occurrence,les « travailleurs 8.3 » sont répartis en groupes de cinq à huitpersonnes, et chargés des travaux de maçonnerie ou de couverture sur lechantier. News Bien que la propriété privée demeure illégaleen Corée du Nord, le gouvernement, contraint par les difficultés économiques,accorde son tacite consentement à ces projets, encourageant de la sorte un peuplus le commerce illicite grandissant du fait d’un marché immobilier en pleineexpansion. Facebook Twitter « Le développement immobilier à Sinuiji aété intense ces deux dernières années » a déclaré mardi à Daily NK unesource de la province. « Depuis juillet-août, des gratte-ciel sont encours de construction dans le quartier de Chaeha-dong. » La constructionde ces appartements est financée par des investissements conjointsd’entreprises d’import-export et des donju (la nouvelle classe possédante)selon la source. Afin de laisser la place au projet, le marché de Chaeha, leplus grand de la ville, a été déplacé dans le quartier de Namsang-dong. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Dans les zones comme Sinuiji, qui fait face àla Chine, on ne compte plus les gens prêts à acheter une propriété dont ilssavent que le prix continuera d’augmenter. Les appartements situés à la placedu marché de Chaeha font environ 100 mètres carrés, et sont construits avec desmatériaux provenant exclusivement de Chine. Le complexe, situé près des douanesde Sinuiji, offre par ailleurs des options de transports très pratiques, quigarantissent les prix relativement élevés, a expliqué la source. Quant aux compensations, les« travailleurs 8.3 » concluent un accord salarial avec leconstructeur du complexe, affilié à l’entreprise d’import-export. Le travail alieu 24/24h. Comme le dit la source, « le temps, c’est de l’argent ».Elle ajoute qu’un ouvrier reçoit entre 30.000 (3,75 US$) et 50.000 wons (6.25US$) par jour ainsi que des rations et les repas. AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Dans le même temps, les habitants du quartierde Chaeha-dong résident dans les dortoirs de l’université de médecine ou chez leurs proches. Selon la source, ces personnestemporairement déplacées, qui constituent par ailleurs un pourcentagedisproportionné des résidents du complexe, emménageront gratuitement dans lesnouveaux logements une fois ceux-ci terminés. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Les membres de la nouvelle classe aisée – lesdonju – investissent dans ce type de projets immobiliers via ces entreprisescar le ministère de la Construction ne leur permet pas de se lancer eux-mêmespersonnellement. Bien que parfois, ces investissements prennent la forme deprêts aux entreprises de construction – aux taux d’intérêt élevés – cetteméthode est moins populaire pour la simple raison que les donju ne sont pascertains de récupérer leur mise ; d’autant qu’aucune loi n’existe pourencadrer ces transactions toujours officiellement illicites au regard du droitnord-coréen. Cela conduit dès lors la plupart des donju à préférer la sécuritéet la stabilité en investissant dans les propriétés, dont ils récupèrent 30%des profits de la vente. C’est également pour cette même raison que la sourcepense que ces investissements vont continuer à croître. Elle ajoute que lescadres du parti et les donju continuent d’acheter des logements, certains enacquérant même deux ou trois en utilisant les noms des membres de leur famille pouren garantir l’utilisation future. Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April SHARE By Daily NK – 2015.01.19 12:01pm last_img read more

Project to Protect Children in Emergencies gets Allocation

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A sum of $400 million has been allocated to a project to protect children in emergencies.The implementing agency is the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), and the project is entitled: Protecting Children by Strengthening the Capacity of Schools and their Surrounding Communities to respond to Disasters (Phase 2).The provision has been made in the Estimates of Expenditure for 2007/08, now before the House of Representatives.Anticipated targets for 2007/08 include the development, preparation and community recognition of 150 Disaster Management Plans in 150 children’s homes and schools. Up to March 2007 the project has completed 26 disaster emergency plans for 26 schools islandwide. The project also seeks to: ensure that community recognition of these master plans are maintained; develop and use hazard maps; distribute 3,000 basic communication sheets to all children’s institutions.It will train emergency personnel from 150 children’s institutions and surrounding communities to take care of children in emergencies, and establish 250 community based emergency response teams, which would respond to emergency or disaster situations to better protect 80,000 children in their communities.The programme is being funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Advertisements RelatedProject to Protect Children in Emergencies gets Allocation RelatedProject to Protect Children in Emergencies gets Allocationcenter_img Project to Protect Children in Emergencies gets Allocation UncategorizedApril 3, 2007 RelatedProject to Protect Children in Emergencies gets Allocationlast_img read more

Vancouver auto show adds sizzle to the steak

first_img ‹ Previous Next › “That’s the toughest thing. It always takes things to the eleventh hour in terms of what we can promote about the show,” he says, then points to his head. “That’s why you get gray hair six weeks out.”The Vancouver International Auto Show runs March 28–April 2. For more info visit vancouverinternationalautoshow.com COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Are auto shows dead? That soul-searching question has made the rounds in the automotive industry the past few years, as even the annual car showcases haven’t escaped this age of disruption.“This year, fewer marques than ever in modern times will devote the time and considerable expense to attend this weekend’s Parisian debuts,” Bloomberg’s Hannah Elliott wrote on the eve of the 2016 show in the City of Lights. “To them, in an era when social media and live video feeds disseminate new-car images and information instantaneously worldwide, it just isn’t worth it.”Jason Heard can relate. The Vancouver International Auto Show Executive Director is putting the final touches on the 2017 show, which takes place at the end of next month at the downtown Convention Centre.“I’ve learned the industry is changing very fast,” he says when asked the biggest takeaway from his three-year term at the helm. “And also that it’s up to managers of shows to produce additional content that will support what the manufacturers are doing.”RELATED Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSVancouverNewsVancouverVancouver Auto ShowAutomobile ManufacturingAutomotive ShowsCars and Car DesignConsumer CyclicalsConsumer Products and ServicesCulture and LifestyleDriving.caFerrari 250Hannah ElliottIndustriesLuxury and Exotic CarsManufacturing SectorMark EdmondsMaserati SpAMercedes-Benz International Inc.MonacoMotor Vehicle ManufacturingSports CarsVancouverVancouver International AirportVancouver International Auto ShowVancouver Sun advertisement The good, the bad and the unexpected at the inaugural Monaco Auto ShowTo their credit, Heard and his team have done just that, most notably by opening up the Convention Centre’s main floor for displays the past two years, with a focus on automotive lifestyle. And judging from last year’s attendance — a show record — it’s working. More impressive is the fact that the 2016 show was one day shorter than usual.As much as Heard would like to take full credit for the bump in attendance, he says a big reason the Vancouver show has bucked the sagging attendance trend at other global shows has a lot to do with the city.“Our advantage is we have a huge part of the population that loves cars, especially luxury cars,” he notes, adding, “It’s the niches that really set us apart, whether it’s EVs or classics or hot rods or exotics. That’s the fun thing about our market.”Think of it as the sizzle to the steak, which in the case of an auto show is new vehicle previews.Those niches are what his team has focused on expanding over the past two shows, from the Green Ride ‘n’ Drive program — which saw a record 300 per cent increase in the number of people taking part during last year’s show — to reaching out to the classic car community and connecting with the city’s thriving exotic dealer network.That latter segment will be back in full force again this year, most notably with a couple of multi-million-dollar display cars in the Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver dealership.Reports Heard: “[FMoV GM] Mark Edmonds just confirmed with me that they’ll be bringing a 1960 Ferrari GTO short wheelbase — valued at between $12 million and $14 million — and a 1957 Maserati 200Si Fantuzzi.”But there are still battles he’s not winning. For example, Mercedes-Benz Canada skipped the show last year and won’t be there again this year.He also has frustrations in getting up-to-date information from some automakers on what vehicles they plan to bring to the show. Auto shows are a place for kids to dream Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Vancouver auto show Executive Director Jason Heard with the show promo car, a 2017 Audi S7, at Jack Poole Plaza. last_img read more

CU Traditions: Commencement

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Learn more about these traditions and more at the Commencement website. You know the tune, and as the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” waft through your memory, let’s take a moment to reflect on the traditions that make the commencement ceremony at the University of Colorado Boulder such a special time.One item that really puts the “pomp” into this celebratory occasion is the academic regalia of campus officials and our graduates. In 1896, the colleges and universities in the United States adopted a uniform code governing academic dress.The Oxford cap, usually referred to as a mortarboard, has a long tassel that is fastened by a button on the top. Candidates for baccalaureate degrees wear the tassel pendant over the right front of the cap before the degree is conferred, and over the left thereafter. Doctoral regalia headwear often consists of a velvet four-, six- or eight-sided tam, and this is what many of our faculty wear as well.Those who are receiving a master’s or doctoral degree from the University of Colorado wear hoods lined with the university colors, silver and gold. While these silver and gold hoods are obviously the most commonly seen at our commencement ceremony, if you look closely you will notice faculty and commencement marshals wearing many different styles and colors of caps and hoods, each one representing the degrees conferred upon them and the universities from which their degrees were conferred. Those graduates who leave our campus and go on to pursue careers in academia can carry their CU silver and gold with pride in other institutions.CU-Boulder has several other commencement traditions that make its ceremony unique and a reflection of the university’s heritage.The Norlin Charge to the GraduatesAt each ceremony, a special guest is invited to read the charge that the late University President George Norlin addressed to the class of 1935. Dr. Norlin was a professor of Classics at CU from 1899 to 1942. For 23 of those years, he served as President of the University, and the library he helped plan during that time now bears his name. He devoted his career to two great causes:  the life of the mind and love of this university, which he articulated in this charge to CU graduates:The university is not the campus, not the buildings on the campus, not the faculties, not the students of any one time — not one of these or all of them. The university consists of all who come into and go forth from her halls, who are touched by her influence and who carry on her spirit. Wherever you go, the university goes with you. Wherever you are at work, there is the university at work. (President George Norlin)You can read the full version of the Norlin Charge on the commencement traditions page.The Presidential Chain of Office and the University MaceMany attendees of our commencement ceremony may wonder about the significance and meaning of these two items. The mace, carried by the commencement marshal, is the more visible item during the ceremony, but if you look closely you can also see university President Bruce Benson wearing the chain of office.Both items are constructed from materials that symbolically and uniquely represent the State of Colorado and our university. Colorado gold and silver are used in both pieces to symbolize the importance of these minerals to the history of the state. The chain’s gemstones also consist entirely of minerals from Colorado, and the shaft of the mace was carved from a black walnut tree thought to have been one of the saplings given to the settlers of the Colorado Territory by President Abraham Lincoln.For more information about the history and meaning of both objects, visit the Mace and Chain page on the CU Heritage Center website.The Alma MaterThe words “Alma Mater” can mean both the school that you have graduated from, as well as the song of your school. CU-Boulder’s Alma Mater provides a reflection on our newly-minted graduates connection to their institution, as they step from the world of the student into the role of alumni, and Forever Buffs:Hail, all hail our Alma Mater!Ever will our hearts be true:You will live with us forever,Loyal we will be to you.We will sing forever your praises,Ever more our love renew,Pledge our whole devotion to you.Dear old CU! Published: Dec. 16, 2015 Categories:AcademicsCampus Communitylast_img read more

JAIFA Lauded For Support To Health Sector

first_imgRelatedNHF Extends Opening Hours Story HighlightsMinister of Health, Hon. Horace Dalley, has praised the Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (JAIFA) for the well-needed assistance it has been providing to the health sector over the years.Minister Dalley’s speech was delivered by Principal Finance Officer in the Ministry, Michael Maragh, at the inauguration ceremony for the 63rd President of JAIFA held on Wednesday, December 2, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.The Minister noted that the philanthropy of JAIFA and other private sector interests is critical in achieving the goal of a healthy and stable population as stated in Jamaica’s National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica. JAIFA Lauded For Support To Health Sector Health & WellnessDecember 4, 2015Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards Minister of Health, Hon. Horace Dalley, has praised the Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (JAIFA) for the well-needed assistance it has been providing to the health sector over the years.“I believe that this group (JAIFA) is an important stakeholder in the move to improve the health of this country,” he said.Minister Dalley’s speech was delivered by Principal Finance Officer in the Ministry, Michael Maragh, at the inauguration ceremony for the 63rd President of JAIFA held on Wednesday, December 2, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.The Minister noted that the philanthropy of JAIFA and other private sector interests is critical in achieving the goal of a healthy and stable population as stated in Jamaica’s National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica.He said the Government aims to provide quality and affordable health care services, while improving access for all citizens, and welcomes any assistance from private entities in the process.In the meantime, the new JAIFA President, Joel Dixon, informed that last year, JAIFA donated a colposcope, valued at over $800,000 to the Princess Margaret Hospital in St. Thomas.The instrument, which helps in the diagnosis of cervical cancer, has facilitated over 20 procedures.   Mr. Dixon said the group will soon be donating an air-conditioning unit to complement that piece of equipment.He noted as well that JAIFA has already acquired an incubator that will be delivered to the children’s ward of the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon “in very short order.”JAIFA’s 2015/16 project is to raise funds for a refrigerator valued at over $1 million for the Percy Junor Hospital in Manchester.JAIFA’s projects are mainly funded from the dues of its 836 members and through fundraising activities.Established in 1932, JAIFA, formerly the Life Underwriters Association of Jamaica (LUAJ), is one of the oldest membership organisations in Jamaica. It is a non-profit entity that represents the sales force of the life insurance industry. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedGround Broken For $100 Million Expansion Of Linstead Hospital RelatedEssential Health Needs of Women Often Neglected in Assistance after Natural Disasters and Conflicts FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

No home field advantage for new Frank Gehry project

first_imgHomeNewsNo home field advantage for new Frank Gehry project Jan. 15, 2018 at 6:00 amNewsNo home field advantage for new Frank Gehry projectKate Cagle3 years agodowntown santa monicafrank gehryGuggenheim MuseumSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica news Resident input into newly redesigned development was less oppositional, but not quite acceptingIt’s been twenty years since Frank Gehry set off a firestorm in the art and architecture worlds with his signature accomplishment, a soaring, sinking, curving, titanium modern marvel: the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.The building is a crown jewel in Gehry’s career and in Spain, where locals attribute its success as a world-class destination with reviving Bilbao’s sluggish economy. Ten years ago, Vanity Fair asked 11 Pritzker Prize winners, eight architecture school deans and 33 other experts to name the most significant structure built in recent decades – 28 of them voted for Gehry’s Guggenheim.Since then, Santa Monica’s own Gehry has been called “the most important architect of our age,” an iconoclast (Louis Vuitton) and a “living legend” (TED).On Thursday, the 89-year-old legend himself sat in front of a skeptic audience: his own neighbors.“We want it to be human scale,” Gehry said of the Ocean Avenue Project, a mixed-use hotel, apartment complex, cultural center and shopping center. “We don’t want it to get out of line. We want it to be pedestrian friendly.”Public attendees were still skeptical of the project, but the reception was far more optimistic than for other recent downtown developments. There were no outright boos or jeers from the crowd. The newly revised plan reflects the criticism already lobbed toward Gehry and the developer Jeff Worthe since 2013. New plans eliminate condominiums on the property, cut the height from 244 feet to 130, and increase the number of deed-restricted affordable housing units among the apartments.“It’s what you have to do if you want to do this,” Worthe said at the community unveiling of the plans, complete with an intricate wooden model of Downtown Santa Monica to show the project’s place in the skyline. “I think Santa Monica is challenging but so are a lot of other cities in Southern California.”In fact, Gehry told the crowd, which included business stakeholders and architecture students, there have been mistakes made in the past. He noted 100 Wilshire, a 21-story office tower known to some as the “refrigerator,” calling it “out of scale” and complaining it blocks views. However, he argued uniform heights along Ocean Avenue are not the answer.“Variety is important,” Gehry said. “That’s what makes it interesting.”“Interesting” put Gehry on the map forty years ago, when he pushed the boundaries of residential architecture by wrapping his early 20th century bungalow on 22nd Street in fragmented steel and chain-link fencing. Architecture students studying deconstructivism know it as the “Gehry residence.” Gehry’s own Wikipedia page notes many of his neighbors “were not happy at the unusual building being built in their neighborhood.”Compared to his home in the city and the Guggenheim in Spain, the Ocean Avenue Project with its gentle, white waves plays it safe. After all the project, complete with 115 hotel rooms, about 80 apartments, a museum and a 5,000 square foot observation deck, must survive public scrutiny, the Architectural Review Board, the Planning Commission and, finally, City Council.“This is the very first step of a very long process,” Worthe told the Daily Press, observing Santa Monica is home to as many opinions as there are residents, about 92,000. Gehry told the audience he doesn’t want a repeat of Santa Monica Place, the mall he designed early in his career that has since been remodeled, gutted and stripped by the late Venice architect Jone Jerde. He blamed downsizing during the planning process for the mall’s failure.Historical advocate and planning commissioner Nina Fresco winced when she looked at the wooden model of Gehry’s building in the mock-up of her beloved city. She called Worthe’s two acres of real estate along the coast a “sacred site” and the bluff itself a “natural wonder” that should be the star of the show. The project incorporates and preserves two landmarked-buildings.After complimenting the artist who carved the model, City Councilmember Kevin McKeown had a lot to like about the project.“I’m very impressed by how much they listened to our discussion of the Downtown (Community) Plan,” McKeown said, who is running for reelection this year. “I’m relieved the condos are gone because our beach front should not be a place for rich people to park their money. I love that all the affordable housing is on site.”Moments later, an outspoken resident interrupted McKeown to complain about the project’s vehicle circulation and valet parking plan.Visitors leaving the meeting at the Main Library were encouraged to leave notecards with their comments. Worthe said he felt blessed to be working on the project.“It’s an unbelievable piece of real estate,” Worthe said. “We’re working with a phenomenal architect and that doesn’t happen every day.”As for Gehry, he left the room soon after the audience began the question and answer portion of the unveiling. As he walked toward the elevator, he said he couldn’t predict the future of the project but remained optimistic this is the version that will be built.“I hope so,” Gehry said, “with Santa Monica you never know.”[email protected] :downtown santa monicafrank gehryGuggenheim MuseumSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica newsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentKate CagleSenior ReporterSenior reporter for the Santa Monica Daily Pressview all postsCity exploring emergency ordinance to decrease the size of new homesPermitting and safety concerns threaten to ground Bird scootersYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours agolast_img read more