The Manchester, VT based firm of Ramsay Gourd Architects has recently opened a satellite office in Burlington. The new office, located in the Hall Block, at the corner of College & South Winooski Streets provides the firm with the opportunity to expand their service territory to the north, while maintaining a personal connection with their client base.Founded in 1996, Ramsay Gourd Architects is a small practice with a strong portfolio of residential and small-scale commercial and hospitality projects to its credit. “We see the Burlington office as providing us with an opportunity to reach a more diverse client base. While we currently have projects in Boston and New York, it’s great to do work in your backyard.” said Ramsay Gourd. “We are just expanding our backyard.”The Burlington office is being run locally by Patrick King, a three-year employee of RGA, and alumnus of Norwich University’s class of 2006 Master of Architecture Program. A native to Vermont, Patrick comes to the field with a background in construction and a strong understanding building sciences.To learn more about Ramsay Gourd Architects, or to see a sample of their work, log onto www.RGAvt.com(link is external).
By Dialogo June 11, 2009 BOGOTA, June 9, 2009 (AFP) – Colombian drug traffickers seem to have found an effective means of transporting drugs to U.S. and Central American destinations: homemade submarines, as evidenced by the seizure of a total of 46 such devices since 1993, 13 of which were captured in 2009 alone. “About two years ago this method of drug transportation was revived because, in general terms, these ships are harder to detect once under way, and they can transport huge cargos,” Admiral Hernando Wills, of the Coast Guards of the Navy (War Navy), told AFP. According to the Navy, the seizure of semi-submersible ships, seven of which were captured by American authorities and another one by the Mexican Navy, may have impeded the distribution of more than 414 tons of drugs, which would sell for up to $10.35 billion in the American black market. The construction of each semi submersible ship, mostly made of Fiberglas, can cost $1,500 to 2,000 million pesos ($725,000 to 969,000 USD), and their design has evolved over time, especially the hull. “They are basic vehicles built of Fiberglas – which give it very good hydrodynamic features – and the hull shape has been improved to allow them to pass smoothly through the water,” the officer explained. He added that the builders of these vehicles have a good knowledge of engineering, because the engines “are very well located, as is the propeller, which is well connected to the generator.” Besides, he said that “the compartments for storing illicit materials are, most of the time, separated from the engines and the command centre.” Nevertheless, according to Wills, their crews, composed of professional sailors, have to work in appalling conditions during the eight or ten days that the journey to their final destination can take. The officer remarked that each semi-submarine has a system of “bottom valves,” which can be opened by the crew to sink the semi-submersible and its cargo, when they realize that they might be captured; this has already happened on several occasions. The first “semi-submersibles,” so named because they travelled barely below the water surface, transported only two tons of cocaine and the same number of crew members. However, some of the most recently seized semi-submarines could reach any country in Central America from the Colombian Pacific coast, transporting five crew members and up to 15 tons of drugs. Of the 37 semi-submersibles seized by the Navy, 30 were captured in the Pacific and 7 off the Atlantic coast. Curiously, one of the most sophisticated vehicles – Wills said that it was very similar to a real submarine – was found by the Colombian police in September 2000, in the town of Facatativá, only 40 km away from Bogotá, in the central part of the country. It is the only semi-submarine whose characteristics evidenced that its construction featured foreign technology, specifically Russian, while the naval steel sheets of the hull came from Europe.
Jimmy Butler free agency rumors: Wing ‘has interest in being’ Lakers’ third star While the 76ers are also reportedly interested in keeping Butler, he also has been linked to the Lakers and Nets. He is expected to visit Miami Sunday before meeting with the Rockets in Los Angeles next week, according to an ESPN report. Butler is in hot pursuit of a big deal.Sources: Jimmy Butler expected to meet the Miami Heat in South Fla. Sunday. Butler/Rockets meeting likely early week in LA. Sixers haven’t ruled out working with Butler on sign-and-trades, which Miami and Houston need to acquire the All-Star guard.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019“Hopefully I’ll get a max contract anywhere I choose to go,” Butler told reporters about his free agency last month. “You always want to be able to win, I think that’s key for sure. You’re looking at coaches, you’re looking at the city. There’s a lot that goes into it.” Related News Jimmy Butler rumors: 76ers ‘likely’ open to sign-and-trade scenario with Rockets Jimmy Butler is “very interested” in signing with the Heat when free agency begins Sunday, according to the Associated Press.It would likely have to be a sign-and-trade scenario, similar to the type of deal that has been speculated between Butler and the Rockets. That type of offer would be the only way the Heat could obtain Butler because their cap situation prevents them from signing him as a free agent, Heat Nation notes. NBA trade rumors: Rockets won’t deal Clint Capela until they potentially secure Jimmy Butler He began the season with the Timberwolves before he was dealt to the 76ers in mid-November. He averaged 18.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 33.8% from 3-point range in 55 regular season games with Philadelphia. Butler helped the 76ers reach the Eastern Conference semifinals before they fell to the Raptors in seven games.As expected, he declined his player option that was worth more than $19 million for the 2019-20 season.
Don Cherry has been fired by Sportsnet and will no longer appear on “Coach’s Corner” during “Hockey Night in Canada.””Sports brings people together — it unites us, not divides us. Following further discussions with Don Cherry after Saturday night’s broadcast, it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down,” Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley said in a statement Monday afternoon. Statement from Sportsnet: pic.twitter.com/LRKrww0AQ1— Sportsnet PR (@SportsnetPR) November 11, 2019The decision came less than 48 hours after Cherry made insensitive comments about Canada’s immigrants when discussing poppies, the official symbol of remembrance for Canadian veterans and those who served during times of war. “You people love, they come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey. The least you could pay [is] a couple of bucks for a poppy or something like that,” Cherry said on Saturday night. “These guys pay for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada. These guys pay the biggest price.”Sportsnet released a statement on Sunday, saying: “Don’s discriminatory comments are offensive and they do not represent our values and what we stand for as a network. We have spoken with Don about the severity of this issue and we sincerely apologize for these divisive remarks.”Later that night, Cherry’s longtime partner Ron MacLean issued an on-air apology for not condemning him during the segment.”Don Cherry made remarks which were hurtful, discriminatory, which were flat out wrong,” MacLean said. “We at Sportsnet have apologized. It certainly doesn’t stand for what Sportsnet or Rogers [Communications] represents. We know diversity is the strength of the country. We see it in travels with our show and with Hockey Night in Canada. I owe you an apology, too: that’s the big thing I want to emphasize. I sat there, did not catch it, did not respond.”Cherry responded to news of his firing in an interview with the Toronto Sun. He said he had “no problem” with Sportsnet’s decision, but refused to apologize for his remarks.“I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honour our fallen soldiers,” Cherry said, via the Sun. “I speak the truth and I walk the walk. I have visited the bases of the troops, been to Afghanistan with our brave soldiers at Christmas, been to cemeteries of our fallen around the world and honoured our fallen troops on Coach’s Corner.”“To keep my job, I cannot be turned into a tamed robot,” Cherry added.Earlier Monday, the hashtag, #DonCherryIsRight was trending in Canada. NHL:“While we recognize Cherry’s 4 decades of service broadcasting NHL games, today’s decision was justifiable response to his comments on Saturday night. Opinions he expressed are in direct conflict with values of diversity/inclusion that we embrace as pillars of our sport”— Devin Heroux (@Devin_Heroux) November 11, 2019The firing ends a long-twisted road for the 85-year-old former NHL player and coach who became a polarizing figure in Canada for his controversial remarks for years, aimed at, among other things, European and French-Canadian players, women in the sports industry and the physicality of the sport.A week ago, Cherry laughed when discussing Scott Sabourin’s injury that left the Ottawa Senator forward hospitalized.Sportsnet has not said how or if it will replace Cherry’s “Coach’s Corner” segment moving forward.