September 21, 2021

Brick House / Natalie Dionne Architecture

first_img “COPY” Projects ArchDaily Canada CopyHouses•Montreal, Canada Year:  Photographs:  Raphaël Thibodeau Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” Save this picture!© Raphaël Thibodeau+ 24Curated by Paula Pintos Share Photographs CopyAbout this officeNatalie Dionne ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMontrealOn FacebookCanadaPublished on March 02, 2020Cite: “Brick House / Natalie Dionne Architecture” 02 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamcenter_img Area:  172 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: Ceragres, Lambert & fils, Solū Custom Hardwood, Montréal Brique et Pierre, Prodomo, Ramacieri, Rocvale, WetstyleDesign Team:Corinne Deleers, Martin Laneuville, Rosemarie Faille-FaubertClients:France Houle, Leonard EichelEngineering:Donald Arsenault ingénieur conseilCity:MontrealCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Raphaël ThibodeauRecommended ProductsResidential ApplicationsAccoyaAccoya® Wood in a Split-Level West Vancouver HomeResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade Panels in Fonsanta RestaurationDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40Text description provided by the architects. Montréal is known for its lively neighborhoods and its traditional streets, lined with two- and three-story row houses. Often built in the first half of the 20th Century, these homes no longer correspond to today’s lifestyles. In the hope of preserving this urban heritage, a number of architects are now attempting to give these homes a new lease on life.Save this picture!© Raphaël ThibodeauNewly renovated, the Brick House is located on de Gaspé Street, near the popular Jean-Talon Market. The in-depth transformation bears the signature of Natalie Dionne Architecture. The program involved turning what was once a three-unit building into a generous single-family home. Interiors were opened up, the light was brought in, and the yard was turned into a convivial room.Save this picture!© Raphaël ThibodeauSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Raphaël ThibodeauThe architectural intervention is easily understood from the back of the building. Although their initial intention was to preserve the façade’s main elements, the architects had no choice but to replace the brick entirely. This gave them the opportunity to integrate more generous openings to the exterior wall. In keeping with the existing typology, four elongated windows were inserted on the upper floor, where the original openings had been. Carefully aligned with the new windows, two sets of folding doors run across the dining and the kitchen area.Save this picture!© Raphaël Thibodeau A centrally located chimney, no longer in use, becomes an esthetical object, which reinforces the composition of the symmetrical façade while adding a touch of fantasy to it. With its brick, left apparent inside and outside, the chimney becomes a link between the past and the present, the old and the new.Save this picture!© Raphaël ThibodeauThe ground floor was transformed into a vast living area while the upstairs was redesigned to accommodate three bedrooms and a large bathroom area. The architects’ most theatrical gesture was to introduce a two-story volume above the dining area. As a result of this move, the master bedroom and the upstairs bathroom appear to be floating over the ground floor. A small “balcony” was inserted between both volumes.Save this picture!SectionInterior openings generate a series of unexpected views towards the dining area, the backyard, and the nearby alley. The careful positioning of the upstairs partitions ensured fluidity and transparency from one space to another. Skylights installed in previous times on the roof were totally revamped bringing natural light over the central staircase and the upstairs bathroom.Save this picture!© Raphaël ThibodeauThe white walls contrast with the strong presence of brick, concrete and wood surfaces. The dark shades of the walnut floors and furnishings, as well as the texture of the chimney, provide warmth to space. The choice of noble materials and a subdued palette bring calm and harmony to the contemporary interiors. In the kitchen and dining area, the continuous floor is polished concrete, which blends into the stone pavers of the adjacent terrace when the windows fold open. The backyard thus becomes an integral part of the home’s living spaces, particularly during the long summer nights when family and friends rally around.  Save this picture!© Raphaël ThibodeauThe traditional shed disappears into the perimeter fence, its grey tone recalling the nearby terrace. Freed from built elements, the yard is ready to be turned into a fanciful flower garden or vegetable plots. The back alley, another one of these neighborhood features, is accessed through a large sliding door.Save this picture!© Raphaël ThibodeauThe Brick House is meant as an ode to Montréal’s rich residential heritage. It shows how traditional houses found everywhere in Montréal can be adapted to new realities. It also is a virtuoso demonstration of Natalie Dionne Architecture’s ability to make architecture a true celebration of space and lightSave this picture!© Raphaël ThibodeauProject gallerySee allShow lessSarpanch House / Neogenesis+Studi0261Selected ProjectsHabitable Station / Rozana Montiel | Estudio de ArquitecturaSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Brick House / Natalie Dionne ArchitectureSave this projectSaveBrick House / Natalie Dionne Architecture 2019 Houses Brick House / Natalie Dionne Architecture Architects: Natalie Dionne Architecture Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

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Editorial: What a Smart Energy Transition Must Look Like

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Akron Beacon Journal:Consider that today roughly 70,000 people work in the coal industry while 88,000 work in wind power. Note that Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway have plowed $15 billion into wind farms. The coal industry will be affected adversely by the Clean Power Plan of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Yet employment in the industry already has suffered, especially going back to the 1980s, and not because of regulation for the most part.Coal mining has become more efficient, employment levels declining nearly 90 percent since the 1920s, even as production nearly doubled.Add the recent glut of natural gas, driven by new discoveries in this part of the country and the expansion of hydraulic fracturing. Amazon wants to see its storage facilities powered by renewable sources. Other companies have joined in seeking reduced emissions and lower prices, alert to climate change and the company bottom line.Thus, right here in Ohio, you can see the shift, from coal mining to jobs in natural gas and renewable energy. That is how a dynamic economy works, and Hillary Clinton, for all the grief she has taken, outlined what a smart transition must look like.Contrast what Clinton said with the words of Donald Trump during a recent stop in West Virginia: “We’re going to get those miners back to work,” adding: “The miners of West Virginia and Pennsylvania … Ohio and all over are going to start to work again, believe me.” Not in coal mines, short of an economic miracle. The Trump “guarantee,” in its way, reflects what is so discouraging about our political conversation. It is a formula for disappointment, promise big, then fail to deliver.Full item: Why coal faces hard times, and Hillary Clinton deserves better Editorial: What a Smart Energy Transition Must Look Likelast_img read more

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Rest may be a concern as LVR Bombers open play Monday at the AA Soccer Championships

first_imgThe final game of round robin goes Tuesday at 11 a.m. against West Vancouver Sentinel.The top teams in each of the four round-robin pools advance to the tournament final four with the winners playing for the provincial crown.The rest of the teams play in the consolation rounds.LVR did not qualify for provincials in 2011 losing to Mount Baker Wild in the AAA zones.The Bombers, fielding one of the youngest varsity teams in school history, decided to drop to the AA division for this year and qualified easily last month in Creston.The Bombers were the top seed at the Kootenay tournament and easily defeated host Prince Charles in the final 3-0. The L.V. Rogers will be well tuned and ready for action when the club opens play Monday at the 16-team B.C. High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships in Burnaby.Rested? Now that may be a concern.Most of the Bombers were in Vernon during the weekend playing in the Vancouver Whitecaps Kootenay Soccer Academy before traveling late Sunday to the Lower Mainland to play in the AA provincials.“The tournament was to have started on Wednesday but (organizers) moved the dates for the AA tournament up a few days,” said coach Dave Spendlove.The Bombers get little time to rest and relax from the weekend of training at the Whitecaps programe as the Kootenay champs open the tournament bright and early at 9 a.m. Monday against Okanagan Mission of Kelowna.LVR then meets Aldergrove at 12:45 p.m. to complete Day one of the round robin draw.last_img read more

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Golden Boot is up for grabs — Killjoys meet Dam City Rollers

first_imgThe Golden Boot is up for grabs.And the Nelson Killjoys want it — again.The defending West Kootenay Roller Derby champs are back in the final, this time against Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers as the league culminates a season with the Mountain Mayhem 5 Saturday at the NDCC Arena.The Final goes at 7 p.m. with the consolation contest starting at 5 p.m. between Valley Brutality against the Rossland Trail Rollergirls.The Killjoys and Dam City Rollers, the top-ranked West Kootenay teams, fought mercilessly less than a month ago with the Dams taking home their first win against the Nelson team in three years.It was a hard fought battle that started with many lead changes, but the Dams’ devastating walls broadened the gap and the Killjoys were unable to close it in time. The Dams’ momentum is at an all-time high coming out of an undefeated home season – a sentiment that the Killjoys know only too well, having done the same in 2013.The Dam City Rollers are known region-wide for their big hits and even more for their proclamations of confidence, so the Killjoys will have to live up to their name if they’re to slow the steamroller down.Luckily for the hometown audience, Kerowhack and Meg Ablast continue to live up to their names, giving as good as they get from the first whistle to the last. The Dams have developed their triple-threats this season with skaters like Missy Helliot and Pantsoff, formerly dedicated blockers, taking turns as pivots and jammers.A deep bench is a strong one – and while the challenging Dams have a lot to boast about, Nelson’s Killjoys have been practicing hard and are sure to give their hometown crowd something to cheer about for the rest of 2014.At 5 p.m., the third-place game pitting the Valley Brutality against the Rossland Trail Rollergirls.Both teams have shown marked improvement throughout the season and this game is sure to be a fierce one. RTRG’s jammers Smashy Smurf (a tiny but mighty skater who is increasingly hard to take off her feet) and Roll N Loki (one of the team’s seasoned pros), and their hard-hitting blockers, took on the Dams this month at the semi-finals, and they know how to deliver a hit or two. Meanwhile, the Valley Brutality have welcomed back track-aware pivot Pell Mell, in addition to solidifying their ever-stronger bond from 2 teams into a mighty 1. Will Penetrator be able to get around DeTail Her? Valley Brutality’s blockers are as ruthless as RTRG’s jammers are fearless, and the improvement in both these teams’ games over the season has been staggering to watch – and may well leave a skater or two staggering before the game is over.This fight for end-of-season rankings is sure to be a tough one.last_img read more

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Groves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight referee

first_imgGeorge Groves’ trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick reveals he had pre-fight reservations about the appointment of Howard Foster prior to the referee’s controversial stoppage of the previously unbeaten challenger in his world title clash with Carl Froch.Video courtesy of iFL TVSee also:Relaxed Groves unfazed by Froch – trainerHeartbreak for Groves in world title clashFroch insists ref was right to stop fightGroves: I’ll bounce back and be championGutted Groves says he proved he belongs at the top levelPromoter predicts Froch-Groves rematchFroch claims Groves rejected rematch offerFroch ordered to face Groves in rematchGroves to face Froch in rematch on 31 MayFroch-Groves rematch will be at WembleyGroves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’Groves: My left hook will finish 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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SA economy ‘above average free’

first_img17 January 2008South Africa’s economy is 63% free, according by the latest Index of Economic Freedom, ranking it 57th out of 157 countries worldwide and fourth out of 40 in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite obtaining a score that is above the world average, the country’s overall score is lower than last year’s figure.The report, a product of the Washington-based Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal, finds that the South Africa scores above average in seven out 10 categories of economic freedom.While its scores for fiscal freedom, government size and monetary freedom declined from last year’s survey, South Africa’s score of 63.2% comes in higher than the sub-Saharan average of 54.5% and the global average of 60.3%.Among major emerging markets, South Africa places ahead of Brazil (101 worldwide), India (115), China (126, termed “mostly un-free”), and Russia (134, termed “repressed”), and is only bettered by Mexico (44, termed “moderately free”).Worldwide, the freest countries were Hong Kong, Singapore and Ireland, while the bottom of the list was propped up by North Korea, Cuba and Zimbabwe.“The South African government has been working to increase the transparency of commercial regulations,” the report states.“Income tax rates are high, but corporate taxes are moderate, and overall tax revenue is moderate as a percentage of gross domestic product. Inflation is moderate, and the government subsidises the market prices of only a few staple goods. The financial system is Africa’s most advanced.”The report finds that starting a business and obtaining a business licence take less time in South Africa than the world average, while closing a business is also fairly simple and straightforward, giving the country a score of 71.2% for business freedom.Despite scoring an above average 74.2% for trade freedom, the report warns that import and export restrictions, burdensome technical standards, excessive regulation, weak enforcement of intellectual property rights, inefficient bureaucracy and inconsistent customs administration add to costs of trade with the country.“An additional 15 percentage points is deducted from South Africa’s trade freedom score to account for non-tariff barriers,” the report adds.The report gives the country a score of 60% for financial freedom, above the world average, pointing to the existence of well-developed financial and capital markets, and to the JSE, which ranks among the world’s top 20 stock exchanges.“Regulation is generally consistent with international standards and should be further improved by a new set of capital guidelines,” the researchers found.SA received a score of 77.2% for monetary freedom, above the world average but lower than last year’s score. Researchers mention that the good score is due to relatively stable prices. They did, however, deduct 10 percentage points to account for policies that distort domestic prices.“Prices are generally set by the market, but the government controls the prices of petroleum products, coal, paraffin and utilities and influences prices through regulation, state-owned enterprises and support programmes,” the report finds.South Africa scored 50% for investment freedom, similar to the world average. While the researchers state that unclear regulations and rigid labour laws as disincentives, they point out that the country permits foreign investment in most sectors, generally without restricting its form or extent, while foreigners are allowed to establish foreign exchange accounts.The country was given a score of 76.8% for government size, with the report pointing out that government spending equalled 27.8% of gross domestic product, while the state still exerts monopolistic control of enterprises in certain sectors.It scored 50% for property rights, though the report finds that optical disc piracy is substantial and end-use piracy not a crime.In addition, the researchers add that while South Africa’s judiciary is independent, and contracts are generally secure, the country’s courts are slow and understaffed and might impose undue burdens and costs on rights holders pursuing infringement cases.With a freedom from corruption score of 46%, the report finds that corruption is perceived as significant, with South Africa ranking 51st out of 163 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2006. “Official corruption, particularly in the police and the Department of Home Affairs, is viewed as widespread,” the report states.The only two areas where South Africa scores below the world average is for fiscal freedom (69.5%) and labour freedom (57.5%).“Inflexible employment regulations hinder overall productivity growth and employment opportunities,” the researchers state. “The non-salary cost of employing a worker is low, but the rigidity of hiring and firing a worker creates a risk aversion for companies that would otherwise employ more people and grow.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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To Sell is Human with Dan Pink – Episode 2

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 36:34 — 17.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSOne of the most influential authors in the business realm in recent years is Dan Pink. His books, “Free Agent Nation,” “The Adventures of Johnny Bunko,” “A Whole New Mind,” “Drive, and now, “To Sell Is Human” are reshaping the way professionals think about business and the mindsets and fundamental drives behind it. On this episode, you’re going to hear a valuable conversation that could help you make some adjustments to your thinking and practices to increase your production and sales volume. The audio is a bit rough but the content is entirely worth the struggle so be sure you listen.To Sell is Human with Dan Pink – Episode 2Click To TweetNo matter who you are – you are in salesDan Pink has come to the conclusion that a fundamental part of being human is the desire to help people solve their problems. That kind of service is what is at the heart of sales. In this conversation, you’ll hear Dan unpack how he came to that conclusion and his insights regarding the repercussions that realization has on salespeople, sales organizations, and the business world as a whole. You’ll enjoy Dan’s easy-going manner and the expertise with which he addresses these foundational issues.Why the changes that have happened in sales matterAs the culture changes so must the sales approach that professional salespeople use. Dan Pink has noticed that throughout the early 2000s much has changed on the sales landscape and that sales professionals who are wise will adapt as needed. One of the fundamental changes that have happened has to do with the mindset behind what sales truly is. It’s not pushing an unneeded item on someone who doesn’t want it. Sales is helping – pure and simple. Dan Pink puts action steps in place to support that belief on this episode of In The Arena.Why the changes that have happened in sales matterClick To TweetThe power of OUR story over my story or your storyOne of the best things you can glean from this conversation between Anthony and his guest Dan Pink is the importance of discussing things in mutually beneficial ways. Sales presentations and pitches can easily become about you, your company, your product, etc. – but the savvy and wise salesperson – and the most effective – are those who are able to place their product or service into the context of the customer’s needs. Then the pitch becomes about OUR story rather than just yours or theirs. You can hear Dan Pink unpack this idea on this episode of the podcast.Why sales is a fundamentally human qualitySales is a fundamentally human quality simply because every human being has it within themselves to help others. Sales is nothing more than discovering the needs of a particular person or group of people, including a business, and providing a solution or satisfactory answer to that need.  In this great conversation Anthony and his guests Dan Pink chat about how important it is for salespeople to understand that truth and implemented into their attitude and approach to selling.Why sales is a fundamentally human qualityClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to this conversation with Dan Pink. What hooked Dan on the idea that everyone is in sales. The changes that have happened in sales over the last 20 years and why they matter. The ABCs Dan has highlighted for salespeople. The philosophy for dealing with rejection. The power of OUR story over MY story or YOUR story. What Dan feels about the profession of sales. Dan’s views about sales compensation, bonus structures, etc.Resources & Links mentioned in this episode044667879115944848051594631905 www.DanPink.comThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: Tweets you can use to share this episodeThe power of OUR story over my story or your storyClick To TweetNo matter who you are – you are in salesClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Video Chevron Sends 1st Wheatstone LNG Cargo to Japan

first_imgThe 2017-built LNG tanker Asia Venture set sail from Western Australia on October 31 carrying the first shipment of liquefied natural gas from the country’s Wheatstone Project, according to energy company Chevron Australia.The 82,637 dwt tanker is currently on its way to Tokyo, where it is scheduled to arrive on November 10, AIS data provided by Marine Traffic shows. The cargo will be delivered to one of Chevron’s foundation buyers, JERA for delivery into Japan.The Bahamas-flagged LNG tanker is one of six new state-of-the-art LNG carriers recently added to Chevron’s operated fleet.“The first shipment of LNG from the Wheatstone Project signifies our commitment to be a safe and reliable long-term supplier of cleaner-burning natural gas for our customers in the Asia-Pacific region,” Nigel Hearne, Chevron Australia Managing Director, said.The Wheatstone Project is located 12 kilometres west of Onslow in Western Australia. It is Australia’s first third-party natural gas hub “enabling future development of the vast natural gas resources offshore Western Australia,” Hearne added.At full capacity, the Wheatstone Project’s two train LNG facility is expected to contribute around six percent of the Asia Pacific region’s total future LNG production, delivering 8.9 MTPA of LNG for export to customers in Asia, according to the company.The Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG facility is a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC), Woodside Petroleum Limited, and Kyushu Electric Power Company, together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd, part owned by JERA.last_img read more

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ATT suit may herald a new antitrust era – or Trumpian pique

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The Trump administration’s decision to oppose the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger may be clouded by suspicions of political influence. But considered on its merits, it could mark a significant departure in antitrust policy, one that might block or modify a broader set of mergers found to harm consumers.The move disconcerted both Wall Street and the telecom and media industries, none of which expected it. Consumer groups are applauding, saying it’s a good step by the Justice Department to protect people from higher cable bills and ensure that web-based alternatives to TV aren’t stifled. (Many of the same groups, however, are also protesting the government’s plan, announced Tuesday, to roll back “net neutrality” rules intended to equalize access to the internet.)Matters, of course, are complicated by President Donald Trump’s long-running feud with CNN, a Time Warner company, which Trump regularly denigrates as “fake news” and “failing.” On Tuesday, Trump called the deal “not good for the country” and said he thought it would cause prices to go up. A White House spokeswoman said Monday she wasn’t aware of any efforts to influence the case.The Justice Department has suggested that AT&T could resolve the case by selling off DirecTV or a Time Warner business that includes CNN, according to a person familiar with the situation who couldn’t go on the record. AT&T has rejected any option that would cause it to lose control of CNN.LEGACY OF THE PASTIn 2011, Obama-era antitrust regulators waved through Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal — a deal that, like the current one, brought together a major provider of television and internet service and an entertainment conglomerate. (AT&T offers wireless, home internet and TV services; Time Warner owns the Warner Bros. studio and networks including HBO, CNN and TBS.)To prevent Comcast from abusing its greater leverage, regulators imposed a host of conditions on the company. For example, Comcast had to offer its TV and movies to online video competitors at the same rates as it did to cable and satellite rivals. But this approach isn’t universally acclaimed.For one thing, conditions are typically temporary; the ones for Comcast expire next year. They also don’t fundamentally change behavioural incentives for the company, and they require ongoing enforcement. Complaints in the past have dragged on for years. Among critics of such “behavioural commitments” is Makan Delrahim, now the Justice Department’s new antitrust chief.“The DOJ in this instance is learning from those past mistakes,” said Lina Khan, the legal policy director at the Open Markets Institute, a think-tank that opposes excessive corporate power.Delrahim has argued for requiring merged companies to divest certain businesses instead of imposing post-merger requirements on them. AT&T, however, doesn’t want to do that. Its plan is to marry popular Time Warner networks with its nationwide wireless and television services in order to build a data-driven ad business on top of it all.NEW THEORY OF COMPETITIONAT&T says TV bills won’t go up and consumers will benefit from innovations in packaging video. The Justice Department and some experts argue the opposite.For instance, MoffettNathanson analysts said in a note Tuesday that it was “in fact, very easy to imagine” how a company that both makes and distributes “must-have” news, sports and entertainment programming could use its power to thwart competitors by withholding it from rivals.The government argues that AT&T could, for example, charge upstart streaming services prohibitively expensive fees for the rights to HBO or other channels, or even withhold them, making it harder to compete with AT&T’s services. AT&T has said it intends to broaden, not limit, distribution of Time Warner.“The DOJ’s argument is simple: AT&T cannot lawfully be given this market power, because the incentives for them to abuse it are self-evident,” the analysts wrote. “It is simply not the case that this is a ‘novel’ legal theory.”Antitrust enforcement used to be more aggressive. But starting in the 1980s, it became more focused on promoting consumer welfare than on ensuring competitive markets, Khan said. That made “vertical mergers,” where the companies in question weren’t direct competitors, more attractive, since regulators believed they created efficiencies without harming consumers.For regulators to reject a vertical merger “represents a stark departure from the U.S. enforcement practice of the recent decades,” Columbia law professor Anu Bradford said in an email. The last time the U.S. government won a court victory in a vertical merger antitrust case was in 1972, when the Supreme Court said Ford’s takeover of a spark-plug business violated antitrust law.The suit against AT&T could be the start of a new, more aggressive tack in antitrust by the Justice Department. But that depends on whether other considerations played a role.“If it’s politically motivated because the president doesn’t like CNN, then it’s just a wild card,” said NYU law professor Eleanor Fox. “If this represents a change of heart, to be much more aggressive against mergers, it would be a game changer.”last_img read more

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Tickets on sale now for the Fort St John Rodeo

first_imgConcessionsDo you have a concession?  Email [email protected] to get your application in! Buy a weekend pass in advance and save on your tickets to the rodeo.Adult tickets are $15 a day get a weekend pass for $40Seniors and youth (10 and up) are $10 a day or get a weekend pass for only $25Children under 9 freeTo check out the dance, tickets are either $25 a night or $40 for both nights.If you are looking for any further information or to sponsor or volunteer please contact:250-262-1032 and 855-262-1032 emails are [email protected] need volunteers to help make this event possible.  For more information about becoming a volunteer, email [email protected]  Are you a part of a local non-profit?  We could also use your help, email us for more information. The Fort St. John Rodeo returns for another year at the North Peace Light Horse Rodeo Grounds July 20-22, 2018. There will be all the rodeo events, chuckwagons, food trucks and more.Plus Dance in the Dirt featuring Trevor Panczak and friends on Friday and Saturday night. The dance gets underway at approximately 9 p.m. at the North Peace Light Horse Rodeo GroundsGates open at 11 a.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at Systems Sound Source or at the gate.last_img read more

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