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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Urban Land Institute has called the redevelopment of the former Philadelphia Navy Yard one of the “most successful” projects in U.S. history.The Navy Yard has attracted more than 150 companies and 12,000 employees since the project began more than 15 years ago, reported CBS Philly. To date, the 1,200-acre waterfront campus has focused on the office, industrial/manufacturing, and research and development sectors. But now PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and the project’s master developer, is planning to take the redevelopment in a new direction.“I think you should look forward to hopefully a residential component being layered into the development, so we can create a really urban place at the Navy Yard,” said PIDC President John Grady.“A place where people can live and work and have recreation and amenities. I think you will look for more connections with our mass transit system and better connecting the Navy Yard to the rest of the city and the region,” Grady said.Urban Land Institute cited the Navy Yard’s college campus-like feel, the buildings’ architecture, green design and recreational spaces, according to the story.last_img read more

first_img Hatchbacks Car Industry More about 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Preview • 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Techier than ever 49 Photos Tags Comments 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The transmission is responsible for turning an engine’s series of small explosions into forward motion. If the transmission fails, the car isn’t going anywhere. That’s not exactly expected vehicle behavior, hence Toyota’s latest recall.Toyota on Thursday issued a recall for the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Approximately 3,400 vehicles are included in this recall, but Toyota did not say if they share similarities like build dates or anything.The problem comes from the hatchback’s continuously variable transmission. There is a chance the torque converter could fail, and if that happens, the vehicle won’t be able to accelerate forward. If this happens at higher speeds, it could increase the chance of a collision. The fix isn’t necessarily complicated, but it does require a bit of heavy lifting. In order to remedy the issue, dealership technicians will replace the CVT in its entirety with a new CVT featuring a revised torque converter. Since it’s a recall, the work will be completed with no charge to the owner — that said, it may take a few hours to slap that new CVT in there, so don’t expect a lightning-fast swap.Toyota is currently sourcing the parts for the recall. Owners should receive recall notifications via first-class mail by the middle of February. Share your voice 4 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is a welcome addition Review • 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: The best it’s ever been More From Roadshow Recalls Toyota Toyotalast_img read more

first_imgHighlights of Oikya Front manifestoThe opposition coalition of Jatiya Oikya Front on Monday unveiled 35 pledges announcing its election manifesto .ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections on 30 December.If voted to power, according to the manifesto, the Front will ensure checks and balance in power between the president and the prime minister.A person cannot hold the position of the prime minister for more than two consecutive terms, the Front pledges.It also announces that current development activities and trials of the war crimes will continue.The Front, led by Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain, includes the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), ASM Abdur Rab’s Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rab), Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s Nagorik Oikya, and Abdul Kader Siddique’s Krishak Sramik Janata League.Mahmudur Rahman Manna read out the manifesto at an event at Hotel Purbani International in the city.Kamal Hossain, BNP secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Ganashasthya Kendro’s founder Zafrullah Chowdhury, and Kader Siddique, among others, were present.In his opening remarks, Kamal Hossain said, “We saw a farcical election in 5 January 2014. A total of 154 candidates became members of parliament without any contest. It is contrary the constitution.”Manna said the price of electricity will not be raised in the next five years for consumers.A truth and reconciliation commission will be formed to investigate the enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and false cases filed in the past 10 years, he added.According to the manifesto, those, who attacked students during the recent movement of safe roads, will be brought to book in a speedy trial tribunal.The Front pledged immediate steps to mitigate the traffic congestion in major cities.The manifesto also vows to fight corruption and ensure accountable governance.On foreign policy, the manifesto said, the steps will be taken to strengthen relations with India on the basis of equality.If the Front assumes office, Bangladesh will also join the projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative that are beneficial for the country, according to the manifesto.Issues such as water-sharing of Teesta and other common rivers and Rohingya issue will be resolved through bilateral talks, the Front pledges.UNB adds: The Front’s manifesto includes  introducing upper house in parliament, restoration of people’s ownership of the country.“We announce the Jatiya Oikya Front’s election charter. It’s a manifesto of the people. We’ve formulated it based on public opinion for welfare. We believe in the people’s ownership of the country that will be restored through voting,” Kamal Hossain said in his inaugural speech.“If Jatiya Oikya Front gets responsibility of running the country by winning the elections, it will ensure welfare of all citizens. National unity, not the political vengeance, will be our main principle in running the government,” Mahmudur Rahman said.Referring to the spirit of the constitution, Manna said people are the owners of all power of the republic. He added that, not only those who will win the election, but also those who will suffer defeat—their leaders and activists—will be the owners of the country if Oikya Front comes to power. “We’ll take opinions of the opposition parties in governing the country,” he added.The opposition coalition promised to scrap the Digital Security Act.Manna said Oikya Front will form a ministry for minorities and stop repression on them if it comes to power.“An upper chamber of parliament will be created while article 70 of the constitution will be amended through discussion with all,” Manna said.The some other promises of Oikya Front include stopping torture in police remand and arrest of people by plainclothes, ensuring compensation for those who have been made accused in false cases, showing zero tolerance to sexual and verbal harassment of women, preventing dowry, forming an independent commission comprising eminent citizens and opposition MPs for all important appointments including those of judges, examining the justification of formation of provincial government, investigating the plundering in banking sector, reforming the health sector, bringing down the cost of medical treatment, introducing health cards for all and appointing an ombudsman for bringing discipline in the health sector.The coalition also pledges to revoke PSC and JSC examinations, introduce unified admission test in all public universities, reduce number of reserved seats for women to 10 per cent from 15 per cent, but ensure nomination of at least 20 per cent women candidates for parliamentary polls, ensure freedom of the press, encourage investigative journalism, announce regular wage board for journalists, ensure security of journalists in discharging their duties, reduce call rates of mobile phone and internet, and send a new satellite into the space.last_img read more

first_imgWhite Oak Music HallWhite Oak Music Hall To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:14 Harris County District Judge Kristen Hawkins recently granted a temporary injunction prohibiting two planned outdoor concerts at the North Main music venue. A lawsuit that was filed by nearby residents is set for May 15th, but attorney Cris Feldman says they’re now asking for a hearing in a separate action. Listen X “Residents are asking that Section 30-11 of the Municipal Code be invoked. That provision allows for a hearing on the sound permit. In papers publicly filed by White Oak Music Hall, they state it would be impossible — and they actually italicize the term ‘impossible’ — to keep their music to 75 decibels at the perimeter of their property.”   But Diana Pfeifer of the Lindale Park area says the music hall has been forthcoming about its plans when it first presented its Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU. “White Oak Music Hall never hid the fact that they wanted to have an outdoor venue, and that’s why components like sound and parking and traffic were included in the MOU.”   Attorney Feldman says the citizens he represents are not asking that the indoor stages be shut down — only that the hearing be held on the sound permit allowing outdoor amplified music. Sharelast_img read more

first_img“Anyone listening to this podcast is probably familiar with the acceleration in cord-cutting, and perhaps even more serious is the fact that lots of younger people are not connecting the cord to begin with,” Ryan said.Pluto is trying to capitalize on this trend — by offering free linear programming on mobile platforms — while sticking to the belief that channel surfing is human nature.“One of the misconceptions over the past few years is that everything’s moving to on-demand, and one of our core theses is actually that the linear use — the programmed use case — is alive and well and will remain alive and well in the digital space because people fundamentally want to be programmed to.”“Strictly Business” is Variety‘s weekly podcast featuring conversations with industry leaders about the business of entertainment. Listen to the podcast below for the full interview, or check out previous “Strictly Business” episodes featuring comedian/actor/producer Kevin Hart, ICM Partners agent Esther Newberg, and HBO chairman/CEO Richard Plepler. A new episode debuts each Tuesday and can be downloaded on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and SoundCloud. “We are one of many players, but I think we’re quite a differentiated player,” Ryan said. “When we launched the service live in 2014, everyone said, ‘Everything is going on-demand, and subscription is the only way to do it.’ We had a different opinion about delivering a programmed, linear-ized experience — or leading with it at least — and also going free, which we also saw as an underappreciated opportunity.”Pluto TV offers a mix of channels that span multiple networks — like News 24/7, which aggregates different networks’ takes on news stories — as well as content from singular networks like NBC or Scripps. While Ryan advocated for the consumer appeal of having options, he also acknowledged the decreasing popularity of linear programming. Pluto TV isn’t concerned about the growing number of cord-cutting consumers seeking content via paid streaming options.In this week’s episode of the Variety podcast “Strictly Business,” Pluto CEO Tom Ryan expressed his faith in the OTT service, which delivers hundreds of channels to more than 6 million users for free. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety last_img read more

first_imgDescribed as, ‘A theatrical journey through Marguerite Duras approach to love and desire,’ French play, created in English Gates to India, had its world premier at the residence of the French Ambassador on 9 March. The text of the play is based on India Song and The Vice-Consul written by Marguerite Duras and directed by Eric Vigner. The cast comprised of Nandita Das (playing the role of Anne-Marie Stretter), Suhaas Ahuja (The Vice-Consul), Subodh Maskara (Ambassador/Club Secretary), Jim Sarbh (Charles Rossett) and Neeraj Kabi (Peter Morgan). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the first time on the eve of celebrating the centenary of Duras’ birth, the India dreamt in The Vice-Consul and the India Song by the author of Hiroshima mon amor meets the reality of India. Duras is one of the most important French authors of the 20th century.The play revolves around the story of a love lived in an India of the 1930’s, fixed in the climax of passion. As the scenes unfold in dialogues intertwined with the suffocating heat of India, the travels and the travails of the Vice-Consul who on an assuming sultry evening in the then Calcutta, screams out his love for Anne Marie Stretter. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNandita Das as Annie Marie Stretter is the ultimate Durassian heroine who travels through the writer’s body of work and Suhaas Ahuja as the Vice-Consul captures the imagination of the audience with his stoic resilience that crumbles in to a haunting and troubled expression of love.The play will be travelling to Mumbai and Kolkata as well and to give Gates to India the right feel, specific venues have been selected for both the cities. While in Mumbai, the Prithvi Theatre and the NCPA will host the play; Kolkata will have the tale unfold in the courtyard of Tagore House.The Delhi chapter had the site-specific piece unfold in the Residence of the French Ambassador on a perfect Saturday evening. Starting off in the interiors, the story and the play travels to the garden where the climactic end braces the characters.The play is on from the 9 to the 13 at the Residence of the French Ambassador, 7 pm onwards. Entry is by invitation only, so make sure you bag one.last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 7, 2014 3 min readcenter_img If you have one too many cards to keep track of, payment startup Plastc purports to have the solution: a single card that holds all of your pertinent information, from credit and gift cards to electronic key access. Users can store up to 20 cards (though not a driver’s license).The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company was launched in January 2013. The patent-pending, waterproof Plastc cards — which have e-ink displays and can be swiped through like an e-reader — are now available to pre-order and will begin shipping summer 2015. The card costs $155 and runs on a rechargeable, wireless battery. There are no additional fees when a customer uses the Plastc card.  Related: 4 Things Businesses and Consumers Need Before They Adopt Mobile PaymentsThe company is also showcasing a smartphone app on the site called Plastc Wallet that links up with the card and alerts a user when they make a purchase. For concerns about security and privacy, the app requires the pin number and facial recognition to access data.And if it seems like a card that contains all of your identifying and financial information is just asking to get lost, the app alerts you if you get too far from the card. If you do lose it, the company says on the site that it locks up and can be remotely wiped clean.Related: Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is ‘Better Than Currency’So what does this mean for the mobile payments space now? Apple’s new digital wallet service Apple Pay is being touted as a game changer before it is even announced, and it is entering a growing field that includes Amazon, the newly independent PayPal, and startups like Square, Stripe and Plastc’s more direct competition, Coin.The Verge reports that the two-year-old Coin which announced its card back in November with plans to begin shipping the eight-card storage product this summer — but it hasn’t made an appearance yet.Related: Apple Pay May Be the Creative Leap That Outmaneuvers SamsungPlastc cards come equipped with a barcode, magnetic strip, a pin number you key in on the display, and an EMV chip (a fraud-prevention technology). As of now, Coin cards do not support that chip. This a vital difference between the two companies, in Plastc’s favor. By October 2015, retailers and restaurants must transition over to chip cards — if they don’t want to be held liable for counterfeit fraud. So if a business continues to accept magnetic-stripe credit cards after this deadline, they will be held responsible for any fraudulent activity.While it is still too early to determine which platform will win out, the evolution of the credit card is putting these companies on notice. Related: PayPal Spawn Have Advanced Where the Online Payments Giant Has Stood Still Register Now »last_img read more

first_img Tuesday, August 1, 2017 MIAMI — Barceló México Reforma, Barceló Hotel Group’s new five-star flagship hotel and first urban property in Mexico, is now open in the heart of Mexico City.The 500-room property is located on the city’s iconic Paseo de la Reforma. One of Mexico City’s most dynamic destinations for shopping, culture, tourism, and business, Paseo de la Reforma has experienced a real estate boom in recent years thanks to the construction of large skyscrapers and the restoration of classic buildings.“With 21 hotels, we already have a strong presence in Mexico, but it has taken us some time to reach the capital,” says Juan Perez Sosa, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing in the U.S. “We are proud to establish our presence in Mexico City with such a superb hotel.”Barceló México Reforma has a buffet restaurant, a steakhouse, lobby bar, wellness offerings, a sports bar and lounge, and modern events facilities that can accommodate groups of up to 800 people. The hotel is geared to business, cultural and leisure travellers.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise rates“We’re using our classic Barceló brand principles for this new property,” said Sosa. “This will enable us to transform Barceló México Reforma into an example of quality and exclusiveness, where guests can enjoy exciting and unforgettable experiences.” Tags: Barceló Hotel Group, Mexico Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Barcelo’s first big-city hotel in Mexico opens its doors Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more