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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

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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

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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

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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

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Greenwich Library’s renovation work is ahead of schedule

GREENWICH — The doors of Greenwich Library have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. And during that time, a massive renovation project has been underway to rebuild the interior space of the historic institution.

“I am really looking forward to the day we can invite everyone into the building to see how we reimagined, renewed and repurposed the space,” Greenwich Library Director Barbara Ormerod-Glynn said Wednesday.

The library is zeroing in on completion of the approximately $17 million project that will change the look of every floor of the library; add new features including a reading room, auditorium and cafe; and expand the children’s room and more.

Library officials hope all of the construction will be completed by the end of the year. The COVID-19-related closure allowed the library to get ahead of schedule. Under the original plan, the Greenwich Library would have remained open throughout construction

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City in Oklahoma Requires Masks During Gatherings in Private Homes Ahead of University Football Game

A mask ordinance in an Oklahoma city was amended on Tuesday to extend the definition of a “public setting” to include private homes and residences where more than 25 people gather.

The Norman City Council previously upheld a mask ordinance that required people to wear a face covering in all public settings “wherein social or physical distancing cannot be maintained,” with some exceptions including eating at a bar or restaurant. The amendment will expand these public settings to include social gatherings of 25 people or more people on public or private properties.

Norman Mayor Breea Clark’s decision to redefine public spaces in the ordinance comes after videos surfaced on social media of off-campus gatherings at the University of Oklahoma—located in Norman—during the school’s first home football game. Clark credited those types of gatherings as the reason for a rise in COVID-19 cases in the city. The spike led Norman Public

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Mortgage bailout numbers improve slowly, but real test is ahead

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The number of borrowers in government Covid-19-related mortgage bailout programs is shrinking, but those in private-label or bank bailouts is rising.

This suggests that there is still pain ahead in the mortgage market, as some borrowers are simply not recovering enough financially to afford their home loans.

The total number of mortgages in active forbearance programs, where borrowers delay their monthly payments for at least three months, declined by 26,000 last week or 0.7%, according to Black Knight, a mortgage technology and data firm. This marks four consecutive weeks of improvement, but the pace has been slowing for the past few weeks.

As of Sept. 15, just under 3.7 million homeowners remain in these plans, representing 7% of all active mortgages. Together, these loans represent $781 billion in unpaid principal. The number of forbearance plans are now down more than 22% from the

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