Nine water main breaks reported in Glendale

GLENDALE • Nine water main breaks in the city of Glendale were affecting thousands of residents Friday morning and closing roads. When the second break was reported about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, it was so bad on Berry Road that it was buckling the road. The city's public works director and other city staffers and police closed the road. Police said about a quarter of its residents -- in the town of 6,000 people -- have "little water pressure or no water at all this morning," Assistant Police Chief Bob Catlett told KTVI/Channel 2. The city reported these issues: Berry Road, between Manchester Road and Glenhaven Drive, is closed due to ice on the road. Repairs will be made overnight Friday, and Berry Road will remain closed until the repairs are finished. At the intersection of Brownell Avenue and Elmwood Drive, water has been turned off by Missouri American Water. Repair crews are on the scene there and hope to restore service Friday afternoon. At the intersection of East Essex and Edwin avenues, Glendale says there is ice on the road and that water is still flowing. The same is true at the intersection of East Essex and Elm avenues. Other breaks were reported in the 400 block of Clif Side Drive, the first block of Hill Drive, the 800 block of Albert Avenue, the first block of Nolan Drive and the 900 block of Brownell Avenue. Some areas had ice in the road; others had no problems. Because there are so many water main breaks, Glendale said that the Missouri American Water repair crews can't give an estimate for when things will return to normal. Public works crews in Glendale are plowing away ice and slow as it accumulates, the city said. They also are putting down materials to melt ice. "Once repairs begin, residents should expect the water to be out of service surrounding each location for a period of 6-8 hours," the city said on its website. Continue Reading

Things to know about the new U.S. Embassy in Britain

LONDON — The new state-of–the-art U.S. Embassy in Britain will open its doors next month.Woody Johnson, the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, showed off the building this week and described it as a "signal to the world" that the “special relationship” between the two nations "is stronger and is going to grow and get better."That's despite a recent spat between President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May after Trump retweeted posts by a far-right British group depicting physical attacks the group claimed were carried out by Muslims."This embassy, when you look out through the windows, it reflects the global outlook of the US going forward in the 21st century: rather looking out, than looking in,” Johnson said.Here are some things to know about the new building, which will open to the public on Jan. 16.The 12-story, 518,000 square foot embassy, at a cost of $1 billion, is believed to be the most expensive embassy in the world. The U.S. government says the cube-shaped, glass-facaded building — which will be home to a unit of Marines — will be “a modern, welcoming, safe and energy efficient embassy for the 21st century.” Philadelphia-based  architecture firm KieranTimberlake won a competition to design the building in 2008. Each floor has a garden based on U.S. landscapes including the Canyonlands, the Midwest and the Gulf Coast. Officials said it was funded entirely from the proceeds of real estate sales, and not by taxpayers.The embassy is moving from Grosvenor Square in the well-heeled Mayfair neighborhood of central London, where it has been since 1938, to Nine Elms, a former industrial area on the southern bank of the River Thames. Authorities said renovating the previous building, where the embassy has been since 1960, would cost too much. Grosvenor Square was known as "Little America" during World War II because U.S. troops were Continue Reading

Nine things to do in Brookfield-Elm Grove-Wauwatosa: From holiday trains and tree lighting to Santa Bike trek

The holiday train stops in the Village in Wauwatosa for the third straight year and the 17th annual Santa Cycle Rampage will embark from East Towne Tosa.The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make a stop in the Village in Wauwatosa for the third consecutive year. The train's arrival, near the Hart's Mills parking lot at Harwood Ave., is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Dec. 3.All Aboard for Tosa Cares is back as the main beneficiary of the event, which is aimed at helping raise awareness of and increasing donations to Tosa Cares, a local food pantry. The top donated items requested are peanut butter, jelly, tuna, soup, cereal, canned fruits (not in heavy syrup), and vegetables, rice, pasta, and macaroni and cheese. The following personal care items also are needed: soap (bar or pump), toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and toilet tissue. Be sure to check the expiration date on items before donating. For more details, visit Grand Hall will be open after the Packers game on Dec. 3 with food and drinks as guests can wait for the Holiday Train to pass by The Landing at Hoyt Pool and Park.Exact times may vary, but after the train is done in the village it will head west and pass by Hoyt Park, giving our guests an opportunity to go outside to see its colorful light display. The train does not stop at Hoyt Park but can be viewed from the parking lot.The City of Wauwatosa Tree Lighting will take place Dec. 1 in the Village. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a free trolley that will run loops through the Village visiting shops, restaurants and parking areas. The tree-lighting ceremony begins at 5:45 p.m. and will feature musical performances, a local chorus and Santa himself arriving on a fire truck courtesy of the Wauwatosa Fire Department.The program will end around 6:30 p.m. and Santa will move to Paulina Esthetics Boutique, 7601 Harwood Ave., where he will visit with children. The trolley will continue to run after the Continue Reading

Dalian Wanda says report chairman prevented from leaving China is ‘groundless’

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group said on Monday a report claiming its billionaire chairman, Wang Jianlin, was prevented from leaving the country was "groundless" and that it planned to take legal action. Taiwanese news site Bowen Press had reported on Sunday that Wang, who was with his family, was stopped from leaving Tianjin airport on Friday and had been detained for a few hours. It was not clear from the report if Wang's family had also been stopped from leaving. "That rumor first appeared in mid-August," Wanda said in a statement, adding it "was scotched" when it was shown that Wang had traveled to Lanzhou on the same day. The statement said the news report was issued with ill intent. Bowen Press could not be immediately reached for comment. Wanda, which has spent billions buying entertainment and sports companies in recent years, has become a target in China's clampdown on capital outflows, and sources say Chinese banks have been told to stop providing funding for several of its overseas acquisitions in order to curb its appetite for offshore deals. Shares of Wang's Wanda Hotel Development <0169.HK> slid as much as 11 percent but pared the declines and were down 4.6 percent by 0415 GMT. Bonds of Dalian Wanda group companies bounced back from early losses after the statement. Squeezed for finance, Wanda last month agreed to sell 77 hotels to Guangzhou R&F Properties <2777.HK> for 19.9 billion yuan ($3 billion) and 91 percent equity in 13 tourism projects to Sunac China <1918.HK> for 43.8 billion yuan. It also said last week it had scrapped plans to buy Nine Elms Square in London. (Reporting By Clare Jim and Umesh Desai; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree and Muralikumar Anantharaman) (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017. Click For Restrictions Continue Reading

China’s R&F Properties roars back into the spotlight on Wanda deals

By Clare Jim HONG KONG (Reuters) - Once the leader of the elite group of developers known as the "Five South China Tigers", Guangzhou R&F Properties <2777.HK> gradually became overshadowed by bigger beasts, but it's now back in focus even as many rivals shy from the limelight. The developer, with a market value of HK$52.5 billion ($6.7 billion), has grabbed international headlines over the past few weeks with two property deals linked to one of China's richest men, Wang Jianlin, and his Dalian Wanda Group. On Tuesday, R&F said it had teamed up with China's CC Land <1224.HK> to buy Nine Elms Square in London in a 470 million pound ($606 million) deal. R&F stepped in after Wanda scrapped plans to buy the property, the latest setback for Wanda as Beijing tightens controls on overseas investment. The purchase came just weeks after R&F bought 77 hotels from Wanda for 19.9 billion yuan ($3 billion), as part of a $9 billion restructured deal. The pair of deals has prompted some analysts to suggest the Hong Kong-listed company is a white knight of billionaire Wang's property to cinemas conglomerate. Wanda has become a target in China's clampdown on capital outflows, and sources say Chinese banks have been told to stop providing funding for several of its overseas acquisitions in order to curb its appetite for offshore deals. "Wang Jianlin and I are long-time friends," R&F Chairman Li Sze Lim said at an earnings conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday. "We bumped into each other in an event in Beijing, and struck the deal after 20 to 30 minutes," he said, referring to the hotel purchase in July. Buying the hotels at a 40 percent discount showed Wang's trust in R&F, he added. If indeed it took less than 30 minutes to strike a $3 billion deal, the pair must certainly be well-acquainted. Sources have told Reuters Wanda approached R&F about taking on some of the assets from the initial deal with Sunac China <1918.HK> Continue Reading

Transparent sky pool will hover 10 stories above London street

No sharks, no slimy seaweed — just the bustling street 10 stories below in a proposed London pool bridging two apartment buildings. The see-through pool will stretch 90 feet from one Embassy Gardens building to another with a water depth of four feet for residents to swim laps, according to developers with Ballymore. It’s not clear when the pool will be operational and openly to apartment’s residents in the city’s Nine Elms neighborhood, but swimmers will have a view of the city’s Palace of Westminster and the London Eye. The apartments — about 2,000 total — will go on sale in September starting at about $944,800. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

British boy photographs Scottish soldier’s ghost during cemetery visit

Is this the ghost of a First World War warrior? A British boy claims to have captured the specter of a Scottish soldier while snapping away on his iPhone at a battlefield cemetery in France. Mitch Glover took several photographs during a school trip to the Neuville-St. Vaast German burial ground, near Arras, last week. When he got home to Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, he was stunned to see what looked like a soldier — wearing a kilt and tam-o'-shanter — in one of the images. "I ran upstairs to show my mum. She was kind of freaked out," the 14-year-old told the Daily Record. The teen was even more shocked when, after researching the history of the region, he discovered that the site was close to the Nine Elms military cemetery. Spookily, it’s where Scottish soldiers from the 114th Seaforth Highlanders fell in battle in April 1917. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NYPD evacuates nine Staten Island homes after fake bomb find

Cops evacuated nine Staten Island homes after a fake bomb was found nearby, police said. The NYPD bomb squad evacuated residents from Cornell St. near Decker Ave. in Elm Park at 8:45 p.m. Monday after a laptop bag was found containing what appeared to be a clock, some wires and plastic bottles encased in shrink wrap, police sources said. The bag was found behind the Cornell St. homes on Barrett Ave. “Nothing like this has ever happened here,” said stunned resident Nievas Pavia, 31. The bomb squad used a robot to inspect the bag. Once cops learned it didn’t contain an explosive, people were allowed back in their homes. The investigation continued Tuesday. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Ramapo’s Elm Street housing ‘below market,’ not ‘affordable’

RAMAPO – Opponents of the town administration have been criticizing a 132-unit housing development on Elm Street, saying that condominiums there were bought by companies or investors, not families who are in need of affordable housing.The Journal News recently revisited the housing complex, called Ramapo Commons, developed under the Ramapo Local Development Corp., as most of the units were either sold or under contract. The probe into the project About two years ago, Rockland County's Office of Community Development, on behalf of the federal government, looked into Ramapo Commons based on complaints that a majority of the 24 condominiums already sold were purchased by limited liability corporations even though the housing project was assisted by government funding to offer affordable units. But the agency later concluded that the RLDC's use of federal funding — $200,000 — was appropriate."The County concluded that the RLDC was doing an excellent job in managing the program funds and determined that the federal funds were being used in accordance with program requirements," Aaron Troodler, RLDC's executive director, wrote in an email last week.The RLDC was established as Ramapo's economic development arm to build its controversial ballpark. The recent buyers As of last week, the Rockland County Clerk's Office website shows 88 units sold in the 132-unit development.Since opponents criticized limited liability corporations' purchase of units, the trend has shifted, and more people are buying the condominiums as investments, said Bruce Levine, a former Spring Valley village attorney who has been closely watching the project."This project was created, zoned, planned to be affordable," Levine said.One of those buyers who Levine perceives as an investor is Michael Tauber, a Monsey builder who developed the project. About a year ago, Tauber bought three units, each priced at $349,000.Tauber said he bought those units for his young-adult children. Continue Reading

New on DVD: ‘Leap Year,’ ‘Nine,’ ‘Tooth Fairy’ and restored classics like ‘Doctor Zhivago’

Whose turn is it to pick the rentals this week? Because Tuesday's releases are likely to split your household into stubborn factions.You've really got to love rom-coms to sit through "Leap Year" (PG, $29.98), a generic jaunt around Ireland with uptight American Amy Adams and cranky local Matthew Goode. Wanna guess what happens when they're forced to travel to Dublin together?It's harder to define the audience for "Nine" (PG-13, $28.95), a gaudy musical that falls flat. Still, it's kinda fun to watch actors like Daniel Day-Lewis, Kate Hudson and Penelope Cruz do the song-and-dance routines.Horror fans will appreciate "Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy" (unrated, $24.99), which documents the slasher series with recollections from Wes Craven, Robert Englund and lots of other people who had nothing to do with the abysmal reboot out now.Speaking of abysmal, skip "Furry Vengeance" and rent "Tooth Fairy" (PG, $29.99) instead. This family fantasy is no masterpiece, but the Rock in a tutu is a lot funnier than Brendan Fraser being abused by raccoons.Really, though, the week's best bets were made years ago, starting with a stunning restoration of David Lean's 1965 epic "Doctor Zhivago" (PG-13, $24.98). Blu-ray releases include "Saving Private Ryan" (R, $39.99) and "The Notebook" (PG-13, $19.98). And Roger Corman's "Cult Classics" series rolls out the gleefully anarchic "Rock 'n' Roll High School," from 1979, and 1983's rebel-punk anthem "Suburbia" (each unrated, $19.93).Returning to the present, ­Barbra Streisand fans get a big gift with "One Night Only" (unrated, $18.97), which captures a rare, intimate ­concert at the Village Vanguard. And the BBC, along with Patrick Stewart and David Tennant, presents an acclaimed "Hamlet" (unrated, $19.98). Tennant is not, however, on this week's "Doctor Who" disks, which focus on the Jon Pertwee years (unrated, $24.98).Nostalgists may also enjoy "Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s" (unrated, $26.98), though apparently Continue Reading