San Francisco eyes tallest skyscraper

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – The rivalry between Los Angeles and San Francisco permeates life in California, infiltrating debates on everything from sports and weather to cuisine and water consumption. When it comes to competing for the West Coast’s tallest building, though, few would expect this city to enter the fray, much less end up on top. Yet here in the land of earthquakes and cafe culture, plans are unfolding for not just the loftiest skyscraper on the coast, but the three highest high-rises west of the Mississippi River. All are part of a proposed downtown neighborhood to be built around a regional bus and train terminal – a Grand Central Station of the West – that is being promoted as an environmentally sensible magnet for development. “What it will mean for San Francisco to have its tallest building be the Transbay Terminal tower is a statement that our highest value is ecology,” said Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, a local public policy think tank. “It will be this exclamation mark saying the most important location in our city is the transit center.” Six years after many architects and urban planners predicted that the indelible images of Sept. 11, 2001, would stifle Americans’ enthusiasm for iconic skyscrapers, San Francisco is not the only U.S. city where the landscape is moving up. Instead, fueled by high land costs, disenchantment with suburban sprawl and urban one-upmanship, the nation is experiencing its biggest high-rise construction boom in decades. “Everybody can be forgiven for having reactions after 9-11 that they want to reconsider today,” said Miami Art Museum Terence Riley, who as the architecture curator of New York’s Museum of Modern Art put together a 2004 exhibit on skyscrapers. Supporters of the taller, denser neighborhood that has been proposed in San Francisco, a city known in architecture circles as much for its anti-development attitudes as its skyline, know they also have a future fight on their hands. A regional transportation agency is scheduled to pick the winning design for the tower that would anchor the transit center on Thursday. The shortest of the three finalists would rise 350 feet above San Francisco’s own Transamerica Pyramid. It would outreach the West’s reigning top story, the 1,018-foot U.S. Bank Tower building in downtown L.A. Anti-skyscraper sentiment has a long history in the city; voters passed a ballot initiative 21 years ago that created the country’s first annual limit on high-rise development and required the local government to make neighborhood character and small businesses two of its top planning priorities. To get around the height restrictions, city officials would have to rezone 25 blocks near the current downtown where much of the land is located on soft soil that is especially unstable during earthquakes. To overcome opposition, backers of the Transbay Tower and a pair of proposed 1,200-foot-tall buildings nearby that would also be among the nation’s 20-tallest buildings are playing the green card. They argue that concentrating so many jobs and apartments so close to mass transit would keep commuters from driving into the city and lessen the need for development elsewhere, a concept known as “eco-density.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From Miami and Las Vegas to Chicago and New York, buildings that would either eclipse or stand spire-to-spire with the 1,250-foot-tall Empire State Building are promising to reshape skylines. The 1,200- to 1,375-foot-tall tower that is supposed to help finance and attract riders to San Francisco’s new public transportation hub is one of 11 buildings nationwide either planned or under construction that, if completed, would make the list of the 20 tallest buildings in the United States. “Many people thought 9-11 would sound the death knell for tall buildings, and it’s been the opposite,” said Antony Wood, executive director of the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The collapse of the World Trade Center “probably induced the largest introspective analysis of the whole typology that has ever happened – is this a viable part of our cities or is it not? And like it or not, that has resulted in a resounding yes.” Compared to the high-rises that were erected in the 1970s, the new crop of super skyscrapers are more likely to be residential or government-supported expressions of civic or even national pride than symbols of corporate wealth, according to Wood. The 150-story, 2,000-foot-tall Chicago Spire rising near the shores of Lake Michigan, for example, would be both the tallest skyscraper in the U.S. and the world’s tallest residential building. “Tall buildings are being used to project a certain status for a city on a world stage. That’s undoubtable,” Wood said. “For a city to be taken seriously on a local or domestic or international scale, they want to be seen to be keeping up with the times, and tall buildings are part of that.” Planners, real estate agents and sociologists say the trend shows that Americans are willing to trust recent engineering advances conceived to help buildings stand up to earthquakes and terrorist attacks – and that their fascination with all things oversized outweighs their fears of disasters, both man-made and natural. last_img read more

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Men’s Golf Returns to Action at the John Dallio Memorial Tournament

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s golf team returns to action on Monday at the John Dallio Memorial Tournament in Lemont, Ill. at the Ruffled Feathers Golf Club. Live Scoring Story Links The Bulldogs are coming off a 12th-place finish at Badger Invitational on Tuesday. Junior Drew Ison was the team’s top scorer with a total score of 222 (73-75-74), placing tied for 32nd. Frehsman Kyle MacDonald completed his first collegiate tournament with a score of 227 (77-76-74), while follow freshman Chase Wicklund also totaled a score of 227 (76-73-78). Tommi Avant finished with a score of 229 (77-78-74). Matt Lavery fired a 75 on the final day for a total score of 236 (79-82-75).center_img The 12-team event hosted by DePaul will get underway with 36-hole on Monday starting at 7 a.m., followed by 18-holes on Tuesday. The 12-teams include; Bradley, Creighton, DePaul, Detroit Mercy, Drake, Green Bay, IUPUI, Nebraska-Omaha, Nicholls State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Oakland. Following the John Dallio Memorial Tournament the Bulldogs hosts the second annual Zach Johnson Invitational at The Harvester Golf Club in Rhodes, Iowa on Oct. 3-4. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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QPR v Watford player ratings

first_imgSee also:Austin nets winner as QPR seal play-off spotQPR’s Bond plays down Austin injury fearsQPR 2-1 Watford: Highlights of Rangers’ Easter Monday victoryQPR need key players to ‘turn up’ – GreenTwo more goals for QPR striker JohnsonMbia would have been a ‘force’ – RedknappRangers duo fit despite injury scaresRangers boss faces decision on DunneFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Minister calls for more women in aviation

first_imgAUSTRALIA needs more women to enter the aviation industry to help avoid potential skills shortages in coming years.A report commissioned by the Australian government found that women represented just 20 per cent of the overall aviation workforce compared to 46 per cent across all industries.This figure was largely driven by significantly more women working as flight attendants and the figure dropped as low as 10 per cent in most other specialist aviation occupations.The report by Australian Industry Standards and released Friday also found the gender distribution in aviation was unlikely to change in the absence of targeted industry initiatives to encourage more female participation.The finding prompted Transport Minister Darren Chester to urge the industry to attract more women into flying, engineering and other senior aviation roles. His call echoes one last year by senior Boeing executive Sherry Carbary.“In looking to the future we need to find ways to attract more young people, including women, and deliver affordable and accessible pathways for them to achieve their training requirements,’’ Chester said. “This report is important to the future of an industry estimated to have added more than $15 billion to the Australian economy in 2015-16.’’Read: Women an untapped resource to fill pilot and technician demand.The Civil Aviation Safety Authority estimates there were almost 55,000 workers in Australia’s aviation industry in 2013 but the AIS report suggested this is too low, pointing to an IBISWorld estimate that the number at more than 82,000.It expected the number to fall slightly this year and rise by 2 per cent by 2021.There was still high demand for pilots, although the report said this could not be considered a shortage due to a large number of candidates with basic qualifications.Also in strong demand were ground operations occupations such as aircraft baggage handlers, airline ground crew and load controllers.But the number of airline maintenance vacancies advertised online had more than halved since 2006.“The offshoring and/or outsourcing of aircraft maintenance functions by Australian airlines in recent years has had a tremendous effect on the maintenance engineering training landscape,’’ it said. “Several generalist engineering training providers have stopped their aviation courses.“There is significant concern within the industry that closing engineering training facilities will impede the ability of training providers and maintenance businesses to rebound or take advantage of international growth opportunities.’’The report argued for a strong industry-wide approach to aviation workforce planning and development, supported by streamlined policy and regulation.Acknowledging the cost barriers in aviation training, it said there was a need for the industry to invest more in its current and future workforce though public and private funding mechanisms.It also pointed to significant issues raised by industry about safety regulatory reform and the cost -benefits of the changes.It identified flying training as a potential growth area, noting this was high quality but costly in Australia.The report found opportunities for greater collaboration between the aviation industry and its training suppliers as well to strengthen Australian aviation training in the Asia-Pacific through joint industry-government efforts.Chester said the report’s findings would be considered by key industry participants and the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) in the context of a study on general aviation.“While the Australian Government will provide a formal response to the study in the coming months, I am looking forward to working in partnership with industry to help address skills and training issues,” he said.last_img read more

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Day One Summary

first_imgSix of Australia’s seven divisions remain undefeated after the first day of competition. The Australian Men’s 40’s were the first team to take to the fields for Australia, and did so in style defeating Singapore 12-0. Their big challenge came in game two for the 40’s team, playing a New Zealand side celebrating Peter Walters 100th test cap for New Zealand. The game didn’t disappoint, with both sides playing impressively, and showing plenty of flair in attack. Australia led for the majority of the game before a late New Zealand comeback saw them take the game in the dying seconds, 9-8.Their third game saw the team up against England, winning 15-0. The Australian Men’s 35’s got their campaign off to an impressive start, with three big wins on day one of the event.  They met Spain in their first game and came away 9-1 winners, before defeating England 14-0 and Ireland 15-0. The Australian Men’s 30’s nearly had event organisers reaching for the record books in the first round of their division, starting their campaign off in a blistering fashion, defeating Luxembourg 31-0. Captain Gavin Shuker led by example, scoring 11 touchdowns in the win. They followed this up with a 16-2 win over South Africa, and a 10 touchdown win over Fiji late on the first day of competition. The Australian Senior Mixed team created history on day one, beating a previously undefeated New Zealand side 10-9. The team dug deep and proved that they will be a force to be reckoned with during the event, and went on to defeat Italy 15-1. Australia got their campaign off to an impressive start in the Men’s Open division, with two big wins on the opening day. Game one saw the team defeated France 22-1, and they backed this up with a 21-0 win over the Netherlands on Wednesday afternoon. The team will meet New Zealand late on Thursday afternoon, with the game set to be a thrilling encounter. The Australian Women’s Open team was impressive in attack and defence on day one, scoring 51 touchdowns for and not conceding any touchdowns against in their three games. Australia defeated the England Women’s 30’s side 17-0, Wales 19-0 and Scotland 15-0 on day one. The Australian Mixed Open team are also undefeated after game one, with two strong wins on day one of the event. In their first game, the team defeated England 16-1, and went on to defeated Nuie 10-4 in their second match of the day. Highlights from several of the games are being uploaded to the TFA YouTube Channel throughout the event, as well as interviews with players and ‘Plays of the Day’. Head to www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus to view all of the videos.last_img read more

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a month agoBenfica midfielder Adel Taarabt: My fault I never played for Real Madrid, Barcelona

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Benfica midfielder Adel Taarabt: My fault I never played for Real Madrid, Barcelonaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBenfica midfielder Adel Taarabt concedes he could’ve done more in his career.The former Tottenham youngster had a six month spell with AC Milan, but never fulfilled his early promise.Taarabt admits: “I don’t like to say these things about myself but if you talk to anyone who has seen me play when I was younger, they will tell you that I could have played at Real Madrid or Barcelona. “Even Luka Modric told me one day. “It didn’t happen and it wasn’t just because of others but because of me…” last_img read more

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Oscar Nominee and Canadian Legend Dan Aykroyd Creates the Official Caesar of

first_imgOscar Nominee and Canadian Legend Dan Aykroyd Creates the Official Caesar of 2018 (CNW Group/National Caesar Day) TORONTO, April 4, 2018 – Some things are a natural fit. Bread and butter. Salt and pepper. Legendary Canadian and legendary Canadian cocktail. Now the final pair can be enjoyed thanks to Dan Aykroyd!The Saturday Night Live Alumnus, Oscar Nominee, Ghost Busters co-creator and legendary comedian is showcasing his Canadian roots by creating the official Caesar of 2018.“When I learned Canadians consumed more than 407 million Caesars last year alone and that a group of Caesar-loving Canadians created a day just to celebrate Canada’s Cocktail, I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” said Aykroyd. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Each Thursday before the May long weekend, Canadians celebrate National Caesar Day to honour Canada’s Cocktail, as declared by Parliament in 2009. Now in its fourth year, Dan Aykroyd is joining the team to create the official Caesar of 2018, which he calls “The Hot Head Caesar.”A zesty take on the classic, Aykroyd blends fresh garlic, lime juice, and Sriracha sauce with his own Crystal Head vodka and Mott’s Clamato. Unlike traditional recipes however, there’s one thing missing – the garnish!“A Caesar this great deserves something more inspired than a celery stalk,” said Aykroyd of his Hot Head Caesar. “I’ve seen Canadians create some spectacular garnishes over the years, so I want their help to choose the best one for my Caesar.”Whether it’s the most elaborate, appealing, or creative garnish, Canadians will be able to submit their recommendations for Aykroyd to review at www.GarnishDansCaesar.ca. The Canadian who suggests his favourite garnish will join him in Toronto on National Caesar Day where they’ll toast Canada’s favourite new holiday with the Caesar they created together.Canadians can enter from April 2nd until May 2nd and the winner will be announced on May 7th, 2018. Hot Head Caesar– 1 Tsp chopped garlic– 1 Tsp Sriracha Hot Sauce– 2 Quarter Wedges Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice– 1.5 oz Crystal Head Vodka– 4 oz Mott’s ClamatoRim high ball glass with spicy seasoning of your choice, add garlic, hot sauce, lime juice, Crystal Head vodka and muddle. Fill glass with ice, top with Mott’s Clamato and stir. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Hummels injury alters Big Ten race

It has been a year full of injuries in the Big Ten.Before the season even started, Northwestern lost its best player, Kevin Coble. Then it was Ohio State’s Evan Turner, Indiana’s Maurice Creek and Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas. But now, as the season approaches its end, the conference’s highest-ranked team has been bit by the injury bug in perhaps the most devastating fashion.Purdue’s Robbie Hummel tore his right ACL in a win last week at Minnesota and will miss the remainder of the season. Hummel was a member of the All-Conference team a season ago and was averaging almost 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists a game before the injury.“I was sick,” OSU coach Thad Matta said when asked what he thought upon hearing of Hummel’s injury. “You hate to see that for any player—any kid. It’s just, it’s not right”The Buckeyes witnessed firsthand Hummel’s importance to the Boilermakers in last month’s game at Purdue. Although OSU managed to win the game, Hummel scored a career-high 35 points, including 29 in the first half. “I love his game and I’ve told him that,” Matta said. “He can pass, he can shoot, he can put it on the floor and he rebounds on both ends. Obviously he’s a tremendous loss for Purdue.”With him in the lineup, Purdue had Big Ten and even National Championship aspirations. Although both are still attainable, neither will be nearly as easy with Hummel watching from the sideline. read more

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Titus This is my story of what I did in college

Senior guard Jon Diebler might have one of the purest shots in the history of the Ohio State basketball program, yet his shooting stroke can never earn him the nickname “Mr. Rainmaker.” That moniker belongs to “Club Trillion” blog founder and former Buckeye Mark Titus. The blog’s popularity and Titus’ writing spurred a book deal with the Doubleday Publishing Group — an announcement Titus made Feb. 21 on Twitter. Titus told The Lantern his intent behind penning the book was not to publish it, but to use it as a personal memento. “As corny as it sounds, I wanted to hand it to my kids and say, ‘This is my story of what I did in college,’” Titus said. “After my junior year, after about a year of the blog, I realized there would probably be an outside interest in a book.” The book, titled “Don’t Put Me In, Coach,” will chronicle Titus’ role as a team manager turned walk-on at OSU. “There are going to be a lot of stories about my teammates, the dumb stuff they did that I like to make fun of,” he said. “The overall gist will be what I went through over the course of four years, and the funny things that went alongside playing with guys like Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Evan Turner.” The book has already spawned interest — particularly with OSU coach Thad Matta. “I can’t wait to see what he’s got coming out of there,” Matta said in a press conference Feb. 21. “I don’t even know what the book’s about.” Matta frequently asks about the book. “It’s like he’s nervous about what I’m going to write,” Titus said. “I don’t know if he’s going to read it, but I know the other coaches will. I’ve been told they want to screen it before I release it.” Titus’ legacy at OSU wasn’t just an impending book deal. When he graduated, he held the record for most career wins with 110, a mark he shared with fellow former walk-on Danny Peters. Unfortunately for Titus, fifth-year senior forward David Lighty broke that record against Minnesota on Jan. 9. “With guys like me, who can’t actually lay claim to anything, we search for ways you can twist it,” Titus said. “I decided to put the caveat on it that he’s a fifth-year player, so I have the four-year record still.” In his time in Columbus, Titus also cashed in on the YouTube craze of making “trick-shot” videos. His video, “Mr. Rainmaker,” set to the tune of the Warrant song by the same name, has nearly 400,000 views. “I never really thought of my video as a ‘trick-shot’ video,” Titus said. “At least, not until people started showing me all of these other ‘trick-shot’ videos.” Titus mentioned Duke forward Kyle Singler, who made a similar video called “Kyle Gets Buckets.” Titus said that video, released after “Mr. Rainmaker,” had a lot of elements similar to his. “The intro, where he looks at the camera, says something he thinks is funny, shoots it and then looks back at the camera — I took that as a blatant rip-off of mine,” he said. “I knew he obviously was going to get more attention for it because he’s a better player, so I just laughed it off.” Titus briefly wrote college basketball articles for ESPN.com before focusing on his book. With his experience from ESPN.com and The Walt Disney Co., Titus said he hopes he persuaded two of their most profitable personalities to help with his book. “(ESPN.com columnist) Bill Simmons and (ABC talk-show host) Jimmy Kimmel told me they would write the forward for the book,” Titus said. “If nothing else, I can throw their names on the book and sell a few more copies.” Titus said the book will be released March 2012 and that he hopes he can do a signing tour on campus before then. “Maybe I’ll try to get Ted Williams, the homeless man with the ‘golden voice,’ to do my audio book, too,” he said. “I’ll see if I can try to set that up.” read more

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Ohio State Buckeyes turn to Corey Philly Brown to lead undefeated team

Wide receiver Corey ‘Philly’ Brown (10) celebrates a touchdown during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhen senior safety Christian Bryant went down with a broken ankle against Wisconsin, the Ohio State defense lost one of its most experienced players and a vocal leader.Although redshirt-senior safety Corey “Pitt” Brown has taken Bryant’s place on the field, it has been senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown who filled the void in the locker room.“People will listen … In the past, I wouldn’t be able to say something to somebody that wasn’t in my position or on the offense and whatever. They just wouldn’t listen,” “Philly” Brown said after practice Wednesday. “But now, I mean, offense, defense, specials, I mean everybody listens to me now, so I know that I got the power of influence.”After the game against Iowa Oct. 19, coach Urban Meyer said “Philly” Brown has stepped up as a leader in the locker room since Bryant’s injury against Wisconsin Sept. 28.“When you lose a Christian Bryant, I keep looking for that next guy and I found him, I think. It’s No. 10, ‘Philly’ Brown,” Meyer said last Saturday. “The emotional guy that’s in that locker room and the kickoff team.”“Philly” Brown’s leadership role is a huge improvement over last season, said Meyer, who added that the wide receiver has become a player he can really rely on.“‘Philly’ Brown, I wouldn’t walk across the street from him last year. Now he’s a guy (who is) an incredible leader,” Meyer said after the game against Iowa. “I just looked at him: ‘Don’t let me down.’ He was phenomenal today. He was picking up the slack that (Christian Bryant left).”“Philly” Brown leads the team with 33 catches for 453 yards and six touchdowns so far this season.But Meyer said “Philly” Brown’s growth has been much more visible off the field.“He’s (180-degrees) to where he was. He’s an absolute leader of this team, unchallenged, unquestionable, maybe one of the leaders. He is one of the leaders, one of the top two or three leaders on the team. If you said that a year ago, we would have gotten in an argument, because that’s not who he was of the his development as a person, a player, as a student, I couldn’t say enough,” Meyer said.Even defensive coordinator Luke Fickell has been impressed with “Philly” Brown’s growth as a player and a leader.“Guys can say things at any point in time, but it’s the guys that with their actions are consistent and that’s what you’ve seen with ‘Philly,’ whether it’s in practice, whether it’s in the game,” Fickell said after the Iowa game.Against the Hawkeyes, the Buckeyes headed into halftime struggling, after scoring only 10 points, a season-low, and allowing the Hawkeyes to score on each of their first three drives.Junior wide receiver Devin Smith said moods were low in the locker room, but “Philly” Brown helped bring the energy back up heading into the second half.“We came in and you can kind of tell that the locker room was dead, just from everybody just really not saying nothing,” Smith said Monday. “Everyone just looking at each other … ‘Philly’ just stood up and basically just said, ‘This is not how we play.’ He was screaming and just letting it pour out, really. Basically he was saying, ‘This is not us, this is not how we play. We need to come out this half and really show them what we’re about.’”“Philly” Brown said as soon as the whistle blew for halftime, he wanted to talk to the team to let them know what needed to be done to secure the victory.“I walked up to coach Meyer and I asked him, I asked him if I could say something to the team before we went out … I can’t say the exact words that I used, but it was some bad words in there and I just told them what we looked like and what we needed to do,” “Philly” Brown said.After trailing, 17-10, at halftime, OSU outscored the Hawkeyes, 24-7, in the second half en route to the 34-24 victory.Meyer agreed and said “Philly” Brown’s intensity helped push the Buckeyes to victory.“He doesn’t just open his mouth up,” Meyer said. “It’s nice to have a team meeting and show that to the team. Because they heard what he said. And then it’s easy to pop your mouth off and go sit in the back and sulk or throw your helmet. And he didn’t, he went as hard as he could. That’s the sign of a really good leader.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to host Penn State Saturday at 8 p.m. and look to push their winning streak to 20 games.“Philly” Brown said having a vocal leader on the team is nice for the players because it changes up the routine.“When a coach screams, you can kind of blank them out and just not really try to hear what they’re saying,” “Philly” Brown said. “But when a person that’s actually out there on the field with you, grinding and in the war with you, when they say it, that’s when you know it’s real.” read more

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