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State Highway 3/Napier Rd improvements to go ahead

A plan to improve safety on State Highway 3/Napier Rd is moving ahead, with funding secured for detailed design and consenting work.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is developing a package of safety improvements along a 3.4km section of Napier Rd, between Keith St and Stoney Creek Rd, and including Roberts Line intersection.

Regional relationships director Emma Speight says the improved saftey of the road will go ahead following investigation and consultation on options.

“I’m pleased that we can now move into the detailed design and consenting phase of this project.”

“This is a positive step towards making the road safer and more accessible for the everyone.

“We’ve had lots of feedback from locals who say the area feels unsafe, and we’ve taken their feedback into consideration when making decisions about ways that we can improve safety.

“We heard that it is difficult for cyclists and pedestrians from Kelvin Grove to cross the road and access the Manawatū River pathway on the other side, so to make access easier and safer for all road users, we will be installing traffic signals at the intersection of Roberts Line and SH3/Napier Rd.

“There is also a shared path planned between Sutton Place and Roberts Line.

“This will be an off-road facility connecting the Manawatū River pathway with the Kelvin Grove residential area.”

Palmerston North City Council chief executive, Heather Shotter says the council welcomes the funding as it addresses a part of the transport network that the community has been concerned about for many years.

“We will work with Waka Kotahi to ensure the design reflects the urbanisation of this part of the city, and the plan to remove the state highway network from travelling through the city via the proposed regional freight ring road.

“We look forward to the project progressing

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Waldorf Astoria Hotel auctions off 80,000 items ahead of renovation in New York

Dubbed the “unofficial palace,” the Waldorf has hosted the likes of Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and every US president from Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama. Some members of high society even lived at the hotel, including composer Cole Porter and the Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, with his partner, Wallis Simpson, after he abdicated the British throne.
The Windsor Suite at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC.
But now, the landmark hotel on Park Avenue is auctioning off 80,000 of its most timeless furnishings in preparation for a complete renovation, as part of the Fine Furnishings of the Historic Waldorf Astoria New York auction, according to a news release from Kaminski Auctions, which is hosting the sale.

“Many of the pieces for auction have been a witness to history, and we are excited to see them find new life in the homes of avid collectors,” said Andrew Miller, CEO of Dajia US, the owner and developer of Waldorf Astoria New York.

Anyone can now own classic 19th century French furniture from the Windsor Suite, the Cole Porter Suite, the Winston Churchill Suite and the Presidential Suite, among others. The furnishings include bespoke chandeliers, a Steinway grand piano and Charles X-style benches.

The Presidential Suite at the Waldorf Astorial Hotel in NYC.

Online bidding and personal viewings of the items at Silver City Galleria Mall in Massachusetts, where they’re being held, started Saturday. A two-week live and Covid-safe auction is scheduled to start October 17. The auction is set to end November 15, according to the news release.

All proceeds from the auction will go to the St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy to help restore the exteriors and gardens of St. Bartholomew’s Church and Community House, located across the street from the hotel, according to the news release.

The Waldorf Astoria started the construction in December 2017 as part of a major renovation. The hotel is expected to reopen in two
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New York’s historic Waldorf Astoria hotel auctions off 80,000 items ahead of complete renovation

Since it opened in 1931, the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York has been frequented by society’s elite: politicians, actors and even royalty.

Dubbed the “unofficial palace,” the Waldorf has hosted the likes of Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and every US president from Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama. Some members of high society even lived at the hotel, including composer Cole Porter and the Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, with his partner, Wallis Simpson, after he abdicated the British throne.

But now, the landmark hotel on Park Avenue is auctioning off 80,000 of its most timeless furnishings in preparation for a complete renovation, as part of the Fine Furnishings of the Historic Waldorf Astoria New York auction, according to a news release from Kaminski Auctions, which is hosting the sale.

“Many of the pieces for auction have been a witness to history, and we are excited to see them find new life in the homes of avid collectors,” said Andrew Miller, CEO of Dajia US, the owner and developer of Waldorf Astoria New York.

Anyone can now own classic 19th century French furniture from the Windsor Suite, the Cole Porter Suite, the Winston Churchill Suite and the Presidential Suite, among others. The furnishings include bespoke chandeliers, a Steinway grand piano and Charles X-style benches.

Online bidding and personal viewings of the items at Silver City Galleria Mall in Massachusetts, where they’re being held, started Saturday. A two-week live and Covid-safe auction is scheduled to start October 17. The auction is set to end November 15, according to the news release.

All proceeds from the auction will go to the St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy to help restore the exteriors and gardens of St. Bartholomew’s Church and Community House, located across the street from the hotel, according to the news release.

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RSF Launches ‘50-day Clock’ And Petition Calling For Press Freedom Improvements Ahead Of G20 Summit

On the second anniversary of the assassination of Saudi
columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and with 50 days left until the
November 2020 G20 summit in Riyadh, Reporters Without
Borders (RSF) has launched a ‘50-day clock’ and petition
urging G20 capitals to obtain concrete press freedom
improvements in Saudi Arabia – starting with the release of
the country’s 34 jailed journalists.

From November
21 to 22, Saudi Arabia is set to host the G20 summit
virtually from Riyadh, despite holding one of the world’s
worst records on press freedom. RSF has launched a petition
calling on G20 capitals to hold the Saudi government to
account and act to obtain concrete press freedom
improvements in Saudi Arabia in the 50 days left until the
summit.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most
prolific jailers of journalists, with 34
journalists
currently languishing behind bars in
connection with their work. Many of these journalists have
been mistreated in detention. RSF has consistently
campaigned for their release, and raised their cases
directly with the Saudi government in an unprecedented
press freedom mission
to the country in April
2019.

This is in addition to continued impunity for
the horrific murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi
inside the Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on October
2, 2018. A closed
trial
with no public or media present reportedly
resulted in the sentencing of eight unidentified defendants
to prison sentences and the acquittal of three others –
falling far short of international standards. No independent
international investigation has taken
place.

“Without addressing these serious
ongoing violations in Saudi Arabia, G20 members risk
severely damaging their own reputations. But we believe the
Riyadh summit could instead present an opportunity to secure
concrete improvements. We call on G20 capitals

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Google Chromecast hits Home Depot shelves ahead of official launch, report says

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We’re just two days away from the new Chromecast, but some have been able to buy it already. 


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Two days before Google’s Pixel 5 event, Google’s rumored new Chromecast has been spotted for sale at Home Depot for $50. People on social media as well as tech site The Verge said they were able to purchase the still unannounced streaming device at the home improvement retailer. The receipt listed the new Chromecast as “Sabrina-Abbey Rock Candy,” the hardware’s codename, according to The Verge. 

Read more: Best streaming device of 2020: Roku, Apple TV, Fire Stick, Nvidia Shield and more compared

CNET reached out to Google for comment and we’ll update when we hear back.

The new device apparently isn’t available at all Home Depot locations, so you might not have any luck if you try to score one early yourself. One Reddit user came across one on Sunday and posted a photo: 

After a leak earlier this year, Google’s Chromecast Ultra successor has been spotted at a host of retailers for between $50 and $60, including Walmart. Earlier this month, Google’s yet-to-be-released Nest Audio device was also spotted at a Walmart. 

We should learn more about the new Chromecast with Google TV at the tech giant’s “Launch Night In” event on Wednesday. Stay tuned!

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