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High-Profile Skeptic on Solar Power Has Changed His Mind

first_imgHigh-Profile Skeptic on Solar Power Has Changed His Mind FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Joe Ryan for Bloomberg News:David Keith, a Harvard University scientist, has long doubted solar energy’s potential to compete on cost with conventional power sources. Now he sees the light.“I was wrong,” largely because the fundamentals of solar power have changed, Keith, a professor of applied physics and public policy, wrote in a recent essay. “One can now build systems in the world’s sunny locations and get very cheap power.”His reversal reflects the steep declines in producing electricity from sunlight. Even without government subsidies, power from large solar farms in some regions is now significantly below $40 a megawatt-hour and is on pace to drop below $20 by 2020, Keith wrote. That would be the cheapest power on the planet.It’s a significant shift from his earlier stance, that high costs would relegate solar power to being “green bling for the wealthy.” “Obviously the market was created by subsidies,” Keith said in an interview Tuesday. “But the subsidy-created market really did drive this supply chain innovation.”Full article: Harvard Scientist, Longtime Solar Skeptic, Now Sees the Lightlast_img read more

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President-Elect Otto Pérez Molina Vows Crackdown on Drug Cartels in Guatemala

first_imgBy Dialogo December 05, 2011 Guatemala’s incoming president, former Gen. Otto Pérez Molina, says he won’t waste time fulfilling his campaign promises — and that he intends to emulate Mexican President Felipe Calderón in taking the fight to organized crime, drug cartels and street gangs. In interviews since his Nov. 6 runoff election victory, Pérez has outlined in more detail the war on crime he plans to wage. “We have to fight them head-on, I say,” he told the Mexico City newspaper El Universal, adding that he would consider using special army units to combat Mexican cartels that have been making inroads into Guatemala and their allies among powerful street gangs such as MS-13 and Calle 18. Pérez, 61, obtained 54 percent of the popular vote on the basis of promising a crackdown on corruption and crime — particularly the gang violence that has worsened since the arrival of Mexican drug cartels vying to control trafficking routes. A report released in October by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ranked Guatemala seventh in world homicide rates, with 41.4 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 2010. Skyrocketing crime and violence were key issues in the elections, and Pérez has raised public expectations about confronting crime, said Adrián Zapata, director of the Institute of Research and Analysis on National Problems at the University of San Carlos. “It is essential for the government to seek a national consensus on these priority issues,” said Zapata. Pérez appears likely to heed such advice and to build up cross-party support. Speaking to lawmakers following his electoral win, he urged them to put their differences aside. 

 In the interview with El Universal, the former general and intelligence director said he plans to engage drug cartels in a “full frontal assault” as soon as he takes up his duties next year. He said he will use Guatemala’s elite military forces, known as Los Kaibiles, to combat the cartels and he cited specifically the “war on drugs” strategy adopted by the Mexican government since 2006. “To those groups of drug traffickers, I say they will encounter a president who has made his mind up to take back control of the territory,” he said, vowing to devote 60 to 65 percent of his time on security issues — and that his plan involves not just turning more to the military but also strengthening the police and justice systems. Zapata said that will put pressure on the national budget, and that Pérez “will have to increase state revenue,” which currently is around 11 percent of GDP. Pérez suggested in a post-election press conference that he may need to boost tax collection to 14 percent of GDP. Even so, security consultancy Stratfor concluded in a recent report that a full-fledged confrontation with organized crime “will require significant help, most likely from the United States,” which last summer announced that it would donate more than $300 million in security-related aid to Central American countries to combat the expansion of major Mexican organized crime groups. Los Zetas has been more aggressive than any other drug cartel in expanding to Guatemala and other countries, where their path is made easier by underfunded and ill-equipped armed forces when compared to the Mexican military. The increasing presence of Los Zetas and the rival Sinaloa cartel is so strong that it has triggered alarm across the region. In late June, Central American leaders met in Guatemala City for a two-day conference to develop a coordinated security plan to stem the cartels’ growing influence in Central America. None of the leaders at the conference doubted the challenges they face. Guatemala’s harsh reality was underscored in May when 27 people were massacred — most of them beheaded — on a ranch in the department of El Petén. In an effort to counter the Zetas, Guatemalan authorities took a leaf out of Mexico’s current anti-drug playbook — namely, turning to the military for help. Last December, the government imposed military law in the department of Alta Verapaz for several months and had some success in halting cartel advances. President Álvaro Colom, who hands over power to Pérez on Jan. 14, told The Economist magazine that since then, only drug flights have landed in Alta Verapaz, where “before it was like an international airport.” But in El Petén, which abuts the border with Mexico. It has been more difficult to take back what the Zetas have seized; in short, prevention has better success than dislodging once a foothold has been gained. El Petén, which covers one-third of Guatemala, is difficult terrain for counter-narcotics. It is thinly populated with only 500,000 people and is undeveloped. The northern part of the department has long been home to smugglers, and dense tropical forest cover makes clandestine runways hard to locate. Guatemala’s formal land crossings with Mexico have rudimentary migration controls, and many border crossing are unpatrolled by law-enforcement agencies, making it easy to cross vast tracts of land. In fact, Guatemala has only one helicopter and five pickup trucks to patrol its entire 871-kilometer border with Mexico. Los Zetas has seized on these weaknesses, co-opting domestic criminal groups in the process. “The financial rewards are great and resistance can result in harsh consequences,” said Col. Rony Urizar, a spokesman for Guatemala’s military. Urizar noted that the Zetas have taken a particularly aggressive approach in its expansion into Guatemala, and that it employs the same levels of violence there that it uses in Mexico. The Sinaloa cartel, meanwhile, has been more focused on controlling routes through allies than directly dominating territory. Although Guatemalan officials are aware of links between the interloping cartels and gangs such as MS-13 and Calle 18, they say the ties are murky and are stronger in some localities than others. But firmer alliances are something they work to prevent.last_img read more

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Mattis’s Visit Forges Chilean-U.S. Cybersecurity Agreement

first_imgBy Felipe Lagos/Diálogo August 22, 2018 As part of his first official tour in South America, U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis visited Chile August 16, 2018, to meet Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and Chilean Minister of Defense Alberto Espina. Following a meeting addressing security issues, science and technology development, military exercises, and disaster assistance, Mattis and Espina signed a cybersecurity cooperation agreement. The agreement, signed in a ceremony at the presidential palace of La Moneda in Santiago, guarantees closer mutual support to counter cybercrime threats. In June 2018, Banco de Chile reported the loss of $10 million due to a cyberattack. That same month, the Chilean government’s Cybersecurity Interministerial Committee held its first meeting, where authorities discussed operational and legislative measures to strengthen this field. “The joint statement that we signed today will enhance our defense cooperation specifically in cyber operations and protection of Chile’s cyberdomain,” Mattis said. “This agreement recognizes the threat to all our democracies that we now face in that contested domain.” The agreement establishes cooperation between Chile and the United States on three main points: to maintain a safe and reliable Internet network, protect the critical infrastructure of both countries, and promote norms on the responsible use of cyberspace. According to Minister Espina, the agreement will take effect in the coming months. “A topic that interests us greatly, which we need to learn from and collaborate with the United States, is cybersecurity,” President Piñera said. “It’s something Latin American countries are not well-prepared for, and we need to catch up quickly.” Chilean leadership During the meeting, Mattis praised Chile’s efforts for advances in science and technology, and highlighted the support of the U.S. government in areas such as drone development and military medicine. In late May, the Chilean Congress approved the creation of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge, and Innovation. The new entity will promote research and development, and advise the Chilean government on allocating resources to science. “We applaud Chile’s leadership in this area, fostering innovative institutions,” Mattis said. “In partnership with all three of the U.S. Armed Forces, we are pleased to invest in basic research. This is one of only three nations in the world where we invest in that sort of basic research. This innovation forges a path in science and engineering, from improving command of unmanned vehicles to accelerating military medical research.” The visit allowed both countries to strengthen bonds of friendship and close collaboration in different areas, including combined and international training events such as multinational maritime exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018, which concluded August 2nd. Mattis highlighted the role of the Chilean Navy as the first Latin American nation to lead the maritime component of the exercise—a proud moment for Chile and the United States. “This achievement was no surprise to the U.S. military, who recognized this prestigious post was well earned by the professional Chilean Armed Forces,” Mattis said. “This is a fitting role for Chile’s Navy as it celebrates its 200th birthday.” Cooperation and response to natural or man-made disasters with the support of the armed forces was another issue the defense counterparts addressed. Mattis praised Chile’s proposal during the preliminary meeting of the XIII Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, held in early June. The conference is scheduled for October in Cancún, Mexico. “We fully support and welcome Chile’s proposal for a regional cooperation mechanism to better enable humanitarian assistance amidst natural disasters,” Mattis said. “This I believe helps to solidify Chile’s global reputation as a trusted security partner.” A prosperous future During his visit to Chile, Mattis announced the upcoming nomination of his senior military assistant, U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Craig Faller, to lead U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Vice Adm. Faller would replace U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of SOUTHCOM since 2016. “Our country intends to maintain a privileged relationship with the United States,” President Piñera said. “We’ve been friends, we’ve been partners, we’ve shared causes, but most importantly, we share values, principles, and our commitment to democracy, with respect for human rights, the rule of law, world peace. From that point of view, without a doubt, we want this privileged relationship with the U.S. to continue and strengthen; we want it to face new challenges, new missions.” Secretary Mattis’s tour—which started in Brazil, continued in Argentina, and concluded in Colombia—reaffirmed the wish of the United States to remain a partner of choice for the Americas. “I am confident in the bright future ahead for U.S. and Chile; as your poet Gabriela Mistral wrote, ‘we go on and on,’” Mattis concluded. “And we intend to go on and on into the future alongside you.”last_img read more

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New Cassel Man Charged With Stabbing Woman, Beating Witness

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man has been accused of stabbing a 24-year-old woman and beating a witness who tried to help her with a baseball bat in Westbury over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Luis Andrade, 56, was charged with assault and possession of a dangerous weapon.Police said the New Cassel man first stabbed the woman with a kitchen knife in the abdomen as she exited a building in Westbury at 11:30 p.m. Friday.A 40-year-old man who witnessed the stabbing and tried help the victim was allegedly attacked by Andrade with a metal baseball bat.Both victims were taken to the Nassau University Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.A judge set bail for Andrade at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash. He is due back in court Tuesday.last_img read more

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New Guidebook to Manhattan Reveals Great Deals on Restaurants and Bar Specials

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Want to take a bite of the Big Apple without it taking a bite out of your bank account? This handy new guidebook by Monica DiNatale will fit the bill—and make sure you get your fill with some of the best deals around. In fact, the 365 Guide New York City serves up more than a year’s worth of great deals at restaurants and bars in Manhattan so you can eat, drink and save every time you go out to eat.DiNatale, a foodie whose blogs and videos at ifood.tv average more than 2 million hits annually, started this project about three years ago because she was determined to prove that you didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg to have a great dining experience in Manhattan.“I do eat out eight days a week—it is what I do!” she says with a laugh.She got the idea for this guidebook when she decided to jot down how many deals she knew about, and in half an hour, she adds, “I had 50 places written down!”Her criteria are that the places had to have been in business for at least five years and were established with their deals. She explains, “I feel like a lot of times a bar or a restaurant that’s only open a year or two is still trying to figure it out: ‘Do we want to be the dollar-oyster guy? Do we want to be just a happy hour bar? Do we want to have dinner specials every night?’”What constitutes a deal in her guidebook ranges from free salsa with your chips to free food with the purchase of a drink, or buy one get one free. And the venues vary from dive bars to high-end restaurants. For example, she loves Barbounia on Park Avenue South at 20th Street.“It’s an extremely high-end Mediterranean restaurant,” she says. “I’m talking $30 entrees, beautiful super-modern décor, that kind of thing. But every day you can go there from three to seven p.m. and you can find $6 appetizers. I mean this is delicious, high-end food, and there’s also $6 cocktails that might run you $13 or $14 after 7 o’clock. That’s another kind of deal I look for.”The 365 Guide New York City comes with an ingenious index arranged by neighborhood, type of establishment (for example, casual, pubs, sports bars, restaurants), weekend deals, plus seasonal finds perfect for Oktoberfest, Passover, Christmas and Restaurant Week. There are also maps of the neighborhoods with numbers corresponding to her recommended restaurants so you can quickly pinpoint where you are and what you want to eat, and last but not least, she even throws in a subway map in the back of the book. And if you have a hankering for the basics, like pizza, hot dogs and desserts, she’s got that covered, too.The main guidebook arranges the restaurants alphabetically, with descriptions of the deal, location, hours, contacts and what she calls the “365 extras.” For a place in the East Village called Keybar, DiNatale touts it this way: “Get a FREE round of shots for you and your friends on your birthday (within three days). It feels like a basement with mismatched furniture and an eclectic vibe. Love it.”For The Tangled Vine, a wine bar and restaurant on the Upper West Side on Amsterdam Avenue at West 81st Street, she touts the best offers between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.: $1 oysters, $4-$5 appetizers, $4 beer and $6 wine by the glass with 30 percent off wine bottles on Mondays.“I like the meatballs and grilled bread with ricotta,” she writes. “It’s an inviting bright wine bar with a wine list that spans the globe. You may have to wait for a spot at the bar, but it’s worth it.”DiNatale claims she’s found free food specials throughout the city and $2-$3 drinks any day of the week, as well as the best happy hours in Manhattan when time is on your side.My only quibble with this guidebook is that it’s not organized by cuisine but it doesn’t take a lot of thumbing through the pages to find a delicious deal.For Indian food, she favors Darbar, near the Grand Central Terminal on 46th Street. between 3rd and Lexington avenues. “They do free appetizers at the bar every day between 5 and 8 p.m.,” she says, “and the food is excellent.”For pizza slices, she recommends Justino’s—one in Hell’s Kitchen on 10th Avenue between 57th and 58th streets and the other on 3rd Avenue in Murray Hill between 31st and 32nd streets. “They do a thin crust and fun flavors,” she says.Hankering for a hamburger? She loves Corner Bistro at Jane Street and West 4th Street in the Village.“It’s an old-school bar, with brown, dark wood, $3 drafts…and the burgers are just outstanding!” she gushes. “If there is a line, wait! They cook them perfectly, and they’re old school: lettuce, onion and pickle. That would be my all-time favorite.”DiNatale admits she’s not a vegetarian. “I eat everything,” she says, adding that she can cook, “but I go out more than I cook, to be honest with you.”In the guidebook, she mentions if the bar or restaurant has a great brunch offer. “Some of them might include two-hour unlimited mimosas,” she says. “You don’t get too much done on those days if you’re at brunch having two hours of them!”For people coming into Manhattan for the day, she advises they do some research first but be forewarned.“If you just Google it, you’re generally going to get the higher-end places or Zagat, which is fine, but they’re going to cost you more,” she advises. “So get advice from a friend, or ask a cab driver, they know the best local places in every neighborhood, so you really can learn a lot from them. And if you move a little bit outside of the ‘touristy area,’ you’ll find a little more chill places. If you’re coming in to see a show, definitely check out Restaurant Row. There are great deals on Restaurant Row.” That’s the array of restaurants on West 46th between 8th and 9th Avenues.And she’s got a great tip for families coming into the city and looking for a bargain. It’s the Bierhaus at 712 3rd Avenue between 44th and 45th streets. “On Sundays kids under 10 eat free from noon until 9 p.m.,” she says. “Who knew!”DiNatale, who lives in the Upper West Side, has found places in every corner of Manhattan to satisfy her curious taste buds—and she’s always on the hunt for a new deal.“I usually wake up thinking, ‘What am I going to do for dinner?’ Or, ‘where am I going this weekend?’ Those are the two questions that pop into my mind.”The answers she’s already found promise to be very fulfilling.For more information, check out 365guidenyc.com or find her on Facebook.last_img read more

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Reaction of the Ministry of Labor and Pension System to the appeal of the employer in tourism: Employers contact the CES

first_imgAccording to the MRMS, there are still about 2.100 permits left, and slightly more than 3.000 applications for work permits are being processed. On the eve of the beginning of the main tourist season, the situation with the workforce is critical and the opening of certain tourist facilities as well as restaurants and cafes is endangered, / / / HUT AND HUP APPEAL: URGENTLY MAKE A DECISION TO INCREASE QUOTAS BECAUSE THERE ARE NO WORKERS AND THE SEASON IS IN DANGER The above-mentioned data, according to the MRMS, should be sufficient to meet the current needs for work in tourism, and invite employers to contact the CES. The Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of Labor and Pension System (MRMS) are in continuous talks with employers and we are constantly monitoring the situation on the labor market, the Ministry of Labor and Pension System emphasizes, adding: “Preparations for this tourist season began last year when the Croatian Employment Service surveyed all the unemployed in the Republic of Croatia at that time, of whom more than 20 expressed a desire to work in tourism. At the beginning of this year, through the Job Day in tourism in Osijek, Zagreb and Split, we connected them with employers who were looking for labor. In addition, we have enabled retirees to work up to half-time, so we see an opportunity for employers in tourism, who are mostly looking for workers for auxiliary jobs in tourism and catering. So far, over 12.300 retirees have taken advantage of the opportunity to work part-time while receiving a full pension”Emphasize the MRMS and add that the main goal of the Government is to activate the domestic workforce. Apart from too small a quota for labor imports and poor activation of domestic labor to be employed in the tourism sector, an additional problem and frustration is caused by the long process of obtaining work permits, ie administrations, where employers waste a lot of time at the Ministry of Interior and filling out various documents. In a position where their job is “burning” due to the season and they also have a shortage of manpower, they have to spend their time in the Ministry of the Interior in order to fill in all the forms and get all the permits. HUT AND HUP APPEAL: URGENTLY MAKE A DECISION TO INCREASE QUOTAS BECAUSE THERE ARE NO WORKERS AND THE SEASON IS IN DANGER There are no local employees, and quotas for the import of foreign workers have been used up and an urgent reaction from the Ministry of Labor and Pension System and the Government of the Republic of Croatia is needed, the Croatian Employers’ Association and the Croatian Tourism Association said in a statement yesterday. decisions to increase quotas because there are no workers, which directly endangers the tourist season. Is it finally time to introduce the Slovenian model for labor imports? That is why this year they have secured over 15.000 permits for the employment of workers from third countries in tourism, which is twice as many as last year. RELATED NEWS: “We hereby invite employers to contact the CES in order to connect them with the unemployed through the mediation system and to find a suitable workforce for the season. If necessary, as we did in previous years, after the domestic labor force is used, we will consider requests to increase the quota for the import of foreign workers as soon as possible, but we note that the goal is primarily to activate the domestic labor force. ” conclude from MRMS.  So we currently have just over 900 license applications more than we have approved quotas. At the same time, at the CES we currently have about 4.000 unemployed, of which about 1.600 on the coast, who are available to work in the season and have expressed a desire to work in the season. The response of the Government of the Republic of Croatia came the very next day, more precisely, from the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, which invited employers in the tourism sector to contact the CES in order to connect them with the unemployed in the domestic labor market. WILL WE FINALLY INTRODUCE THE SLOVENIAN MODEL FOR IMPORTING FOREIGN WORKERS FROM NEXT YEAR?last_img read more

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Change on the menu

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Governor Wolf Statement on Former Gov. Rendell’s Health Announcement

first_img Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement on former Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell’s announcement he is battling Parkinson’s disease.“Frances and I are sending our thoughts and encouragement to our friend Ed Rendell today. Pennsylvania has seen few leaders as tough as Ed and we have full confidence that neither has Parkinson’s disease. Ed should know that the entire commonwealth is standing behind him and hoping for the continued success of his treatment and therapy. As he always has, he is putting others first by going public with his diagnosis so others can also get the help they need. We are proud of everything Gov. Rendell did and does every day for Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. We look forward to continuing to work with him to build stronger and safer communities for a long time to come.” Governor Wolf Statement on Former Gov. Rendell’s Health Announcement June 18, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Classic charmer in prime location

first_img105 Eyre Street, North WardThe Queenslander is a blank canvas with the potential to be one of North Ward’s grandest family homes.It has three bedrooms, one bathroom and a sparkling in-ground pool.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Byrnes said it was an easy decision to auction the home with North Ward remaining popular.“I generally recommend that parties who own houses in North Ward auction,” he said.“That’s because demand is so strong and there is going to be multiple offers on the property. “The auction system is still, in my view, the most transparent way to realise the true value for the seller.“It will be a family most likely (who will buy it). A family with a view of doing the work to it immediately. “I’m also seeing a lot of families seeking to have a beachside lifestyle and when the time is right they will sell their property and move in.“There has been a lot of good activity in North Ward and that’s a good thing. That activity is highlighting the area’s attractiveness.” 105 Eyre Street, North WardA MERE 200m away from this North Ward Queenslander lies The Strand.RE/MAX Excellence Townsville agent Garry Byrnes is selling 105 Eyre St and says the home’s prime location, large block and classic style will be a drawcard for those wanting to buy in to the seaside suburb.“It’s the position that’s going to be the main attraction of this place,” he said.“It’s an older style Queenslander but it has really solid bones with a hardwood frame, polished hardwood floors throughout, no pine floors, and it’s got the original bay window at the front.“It’s on 1012sq m, which is a good bit of land so that’s been a big attraction.” 105 Eyre Street, North WardThe home will be open for inspection today from 2-2.30pm and on Wednesday from 5-5.30pm.It will go to auction on Saturday, October 14, at 10am.For more information call Garry Byrnes on 0409 134 130.last_img read more

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Construction starts on luxury West End apartments

first_imgAn artists impression of the Virtuoso developmentMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoLou and Toni Kamenos were among the first to snap up a new home within the development, which has experienced $90 million in sales to date, and is due for completion in late 2018. An artists impression showing a study nook in the Virtuoso developmentConstruction has started at Virtuoso, a boutique and pet-friendly apartment complex at West End.The project, being constructed by Stockwell within its Stockwell Dress Circle precinct, will feature 77 luxurious three, four and five bedroom residences, with a maximum of two residences per lift entry. Lou and Toni Kamenos have bought in to the Virtuoso development“It made sense for us to live in West End. Both of our children live here, we have a Greek heritage so love all the food and we wanted to live in a place where we could just walk down the road to get milk,” Mrs Kamenos said. “We had been thinking about downsizing for a long time and were seeking an inner-city lifestyle where we could walk to places. “We didn’t want to worry about gardening, or maintaining such a large house – and Lou wanted to focus on golf.”The opportunity to downsize from their six-bedroom house at Stretton arrived about three months ago. The couple spent considerable time researching inner-city apartments before deciding their new home was at Virtuoso.“It feels like a home, not an apartment,” Mrs Kamenos said. “We have worked very hard all of our lives so were looking for a touch of luxury. A lot of the other apartments we viewed felt fairly small..” Mr Kamenos said he was now on a first-name basis with the traffic controller at the Virtuoso site, having checked out the construction progress on a regular basis.“We explored a few different options, but as soon as we saw Virtuoso we knew it was the one,” the couple said.Each residence faces the river and comes with a gourmet kitchen, scullery or butlers pantry, a full suite of designer appliances. and side-by-side parking.last_img read more