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North Red Deer Regional Wastewater System Construction Update from The City of Lacombe

The North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission (NRDRWWSC) is pleased to report that construction on the wastewater transmission system connecting Lacombe, Blackfalds and Lacombe County to the regional wastewater treatment facility in Red Deer is on budget and progressing well.

Six construction contracts are underway concurrently:

  1. Pipeline construction from the Odour Management Facility to the City of Red Deer’s Wastewater treatment Plant is expected to be completed ahead of schedule in November 2017. PVC installation was completed by mid-October, and the entrance chamber construction is on-going and nearly complete. (see Fig. 1: Installation of PVC gravity pipe. Trench box being utilized due to poor ground conditions.)
  2. Construction of the Odour Management Facility is on track for completion on schedule by mid-January 2018. Precast concrete walls are up and work on the building roof is ongoing. (see Fig. 2: Construction of the Odour Management Facility.)
  3. Construction on the pipeline from Blackfalds to the Odour Management Facility is on schedule. Crews are currently installing pipe North of Highway 597, including well point dewatering. Pressure testing completion is set for December 15, 2017. (see Fig. 3: Installation of a case bore on the North side of Blindman River.)
  4. Construction of the Blackfalds Lift Station is on schedule for completion in late January 2018. PVC site piping is being completed and the precast concrete walls are up and roof work is ongoing. (see Fig. 4: Construction of the Blackfalds Lift Station.)
  5. Pipeline construction from Lacombe to Blackfalds, is ahead of schedule. Crews are working on pipe installation towards Lacombe (Range Road 264) and along Highway 597. Pressure testing completion is set for December 15, 2017. (see Fig. 5: Pipe installation within a trenched area.)
  6. Construction of the Lacombe Lift Station is on schedule for completion in late February 2018. All cast-in-place concrete work has been completed and all underground pipe and backfilling to grade level has been completed. (see Fig. 6: Construction progress of the Lacombe Lift Station.)

Construction completion of the overall project is scheduled for March 31, 2018.

The project is expected to cost approximately $71 million.

Funding partners for the project include the Government of Canada, the Alberta Government and the NRDRWWSC municipal partners (City of Lacombe, Town of Blackfalds, and Lacombe County) as well as the City of Red Deer.

For more information, please visit http://www.nrdrwwsc.ca.

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Women's tennis tour suspends China events over Peng concerns

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The head of the women’s professional tennis tour announced Wednesday that all WTA tournaments would be suspended in China because of concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former high-ranking government official in that country of sexual assault.

Peng posted her allegations on social media last month.

WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon wrote in a statement that he doesn’t believe China has addressed Peng’s safety “in any credible way.”

He said he doubts Peng is not subject to coercion and intimidation.

Simon repeated his call for a “full and transparent investigation — without censorship” into Peng’s accusations.

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CNN suspends Chris Cuomo for helping brother in scandal

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NEW YORK (AP) — CNN indefinitely suspended anchor Chris Cuomo on Tuesday after details emerged about how he helped his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to face charges of sexual harassment earlier this year.

The network said documents released by New York’s attorney general Monday indicated Cuomo took a greater level of involvement in his brother’s efforts than CNN executives previously knew.

“As a result, we have suspended Chris indefinitely, pending further evaluation,” the network said.

The CNN anchor pressed sources for information on his brother’s accusers and reported back to the governor’s staff, and was active in helping craft their response to the charges, according to emails and a transcript of his testimony to investigators working for state Attorney General Letitia James. Her office found Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women.

Chris Cuomo previously acknowledged talking to his brother and offering advice when the governor faced harassment charges. But the information released Monday revealed far more details about what exactly Chris Cuomo did. Andrew Cuomo resigned in August to avoid a likely impeachment trial.

Cuomo’s program, which airs at 9 p.m. Eastern time on weeknights, averaged 1.3 million viewers, narrowly outpacing Anderson Cooper as CNN’s most popular show, according to the Nielsen company. Like many cable newscasts, viewership is down significantly after being swollen during the election year.

Cuomo appeared on his program on Monday night, talking about COVID-19 and politics without mentioning his own issues.

There was no immediate response to a request for comment sent to Cuomo and the lawyer who represented him during this summer’s testimony.

Anderson Cooper subbed for Cuomo on his show Tuesday.

During the first two months of the pandemic, Cuomo interviewed his brother on the air a number of times. It was a hit with viewers, although it violated CNN’s policy of not having Cuomo report on his brother, and was a programming choice that has grown worse with time and additional revelations.

Chris Cuomo frequently consulted with his brother’s aides when Andrew was fighting the charges last May, sometimes disagreeing with their advice.

“This is my brother, and I’m trying to help my brother through a situation where he told me he did nothing wrong,” Cuomo testified last July to investigators at the attorney general’s office.

He has said he did nothing to influence his own network’s coverage of the story.

Cuomo also said he reached out to other journalists to find out whether they were writing stories about his brother, most notably seeking information on what Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker was writing. He acknowledged he didn’t tell CNN he was doing this, and characterized his actions as nothing out of the ordinary for a journalist.

Critics have called on CNN to take action following the attorney general’s release, with David A. Graham of The Atlantic saying Cuomo should resign — or be fired by CNN if he doesn’t.

After it was first revealed last May by The Washington Post that Cuomo had consulted with his brother’s aides, CNN released a statement saying that his actions were inappropriate, but it did not discipline him.

Cuomo, a lawyer, is 13 years younger than Andrew Cuomo, who he has described as his best friend. They are the sons of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, who was in office from 1982 to 1996.

He worked for several years at ABC News, joining CNN in 2013 as co-host of the network’s morning show.

A veteran TV executive, Shelley Ross, wrote a column for The New York Times in September saying Cuomo had groped her at a party 16 years ago. Cuomo told the newspaper that “I apologized to her then, and I meant it.”

David Bauder, The Associated Press

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