A Toronto-based firm, Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects, has unveiled a proposal to build a 27-story condo building spanning an entire city block in Toronto’s downtown core. The building would slope up toward its peak, creating giant terraces home to about 500 trees. The vegetation would serve a fundamental purpose rather than an ornamental one: to reduce the city’s overall carbon footprint.
The building on Designers Walk, a commercial area in an upscale neighborhood, would be Canada’s first “vertical forest” – and one of at least a dozen architectural projects of its kind completed or now under construction around the world.
Proponents say these buildings are good for the environment and have the potential to change the way millions of urbanites live.
Detractors have raised doubts about their environmental contributions and sustainability.
Pelosi, as leader of the opposition party, arguably will become the most powerful person in the country.
Not only will Pelosi head the House chamber that is expected to investigate President Trump and possibly impeach him, but she can thwart the president’s legislative wish list as well, experts note. Even before she had tied down the final votes she needs to become speaker, Pelosi was adamant to Trump in an extraordinary, combative public negotiating session Tuesday that he would not get the border wall he had promised during his campaign.
She never said it out loud, but the implication was clear: Pelosi might be ascending to a third-ranking post – behind the president and vice president – but she holds much of his fate in her well-manicured hands.
The votes were largely symbolic because to become law the resolutions would have to pass the House of Representatives, whose Republican leaders have blocked any legislation intended to rebuke the Saudis.
In a historic move, Senators voted 56-41 to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war.
Republicans are girding themselves for a partial government shutdown, just in time for Christmas.
The partial shutdown has grown more and more likely, they say, because of President Trump’s self-defeating comments at a White House meeting with congressional Democrats earlier this week about how he would accept blame for a shutdown caused by his demands for $5 billion in wall funding.
When the federal prosecutors made their submissions for the most part public, they revealed two disturbing facts.
Special counsel Robert Mueller in Washington revealed that in the government’s view, Manafort had reneged on his plea agreement by lying to FBI agents who were sent to debrief him about his contacts with the White House.
And federal prosecutors in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York revealed that some of Cohen’s crimes had been committed with the knowledge of and at the direction of Trump or to shield him.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said Thursday that the Senate Intelligence Committee has made “quite a few referrals” to special counsel Robert Mueller of cases where witnesses questioned in the panel’s Russia probe were suspected of lying, adding he expects there will be more.
“We’ve made quite a few referrals,” Burr, who chairs the Senate panel, told The Hill on Thursday afternoon. “I won’t get into the numbers, but where we have found criminality, we have made those referrals, and I’m sure that they’re not the last.”
While all of those perspectives are relevant, the most revealing aspect of GM’s announcement may well be what the layoffs say about broader technology trends. GM’s layoffs are not just incremental but existential, in that sense:
They are about accelerating the staffing changes mandated by the company’s aggressive transition from analog to digital products and from gasoline to electric power.
As such, the new layoffs (and associated future hirings) are likely an augury of much more disruption coming — in the auto sector, for sure, but also in firms all across the economy.
By that, we mean that GM’s layoffs significantly reflect the talent and workforce strains associated with the diffusion of digital and electronic technologies into nearly every industry, business, and workplace in America.
The policy update will help support the migration to cloud, said Federal CIO Suzette Kent. With the new TIC in place, “agencies are preparing for work in 2019 as they now have a clear policy path,” Kent said.
The federal CIO’s office recently put out an updated data center optimization policy draft and a revised policy on ID management. The Office of Management and Budget also recently released updated guidance on identifying and protecting high value assets.
Kent cited progress in cloud adoption. In the last year, she said, cloud email migration among agencies went from 40 percent to 70 percent.
Government authorities or operators in six countries, including a few of the world’s biggest economies, have now restricted Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in some manner, supposedly out of concern that Chinese vendors are a threat to security.