MONTREAL – Mayor Valerie Plante will meet with the potential investors who hope to bring major league baseball back to Montreal.Plante said this week she will sit down with businessmen Stephen Bronfman and Mitch Garber on Friday to gather information on the project and see what role the city may play in getting a team.Montreal has been without a franchise since the Expos were moved to Washington D.C., and renamed the Nationals after the 2004 season. Bronfman and Garber lead a group looking to land a team either through expansion or the relocation of an existing club.Bringing back the Expos was a pet project of former mayor Denis Coderre, but Plante vowed during her successful election campaign last fall not to commit any money to a baseball team without a referendum.Plante’s stance may have softened after Bronfman said last week they were not seeking money from city hall but need its support in other areas.“Already it’s a better deal,” Plante said after an executive committee meeting this week.While the meeting has stirred hope for baseball’s return, Garber played down the importance of the meeting on Twitter.“There is a lot of speculation about the meeting with @Val_Plante,” he wrote. “The (mayor) has never met Stephen Bronfman and has communicated a desire to get to know a cross-section of Montreal business leaders and also to hear about the potential for baseball in Montreal. Nothing more.”Bringing back baseball would be a major investment, not only in paying for a team but also building a stadium.Major League Baseball is considering expansion, while teams that may be contemplating relocation include Oakland and Tampa Bay.Plante did not attend a pair of pre-season games at Olympic Stadium last week between the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals, but city representatives were present.Robert Beaudry, the executive committee member responsible for economic development, said the city would also be open to a National Basketball Association team if investors are found. The city’s chamber of commerce indicated this week it would collaborate with a group led by former federal cabinet minister Michael Fortier that is studying the possibility of landing an NBA team.An NBA franchise could play at the Bell Centre, saving the cost of building a venue, but several cities are reportedly looking for a team and expansion fees would likely be steep.
A number of roads are impassable, Amtrak has suspended service south of D.C., DASH buses are suspended, even the White House basement is flooding. https://t.co/UkQIx6AQbG pic.twitter.com/RBabFTXwfx— DCist (@DCist) July 8, 2019 Serious flooding situation on Canal Road near Fletchers Cove with numerous drivers stranded, so I’m swimming to safety #DCWX @WTOP pic.twitter.com/UNFOmZkltO— Dave Dildine (@DildineWTOP) July 8, 2019 White House is leaking pic.twitter.com/rmfQBDiyCk— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) July 8, 2019 Comments Scary exit from the parking garage under the Capitals Ice Rink / Ballston Commons Mall in Arlington. The bottom level is a River! @WTOP @WTOPtraffic @ABC7News pic.twitter.com/exleKNbpEw— Wendy Marco (@WendyMarco924) July 8, 2019 The rain is largely over, but power outages, sinkholes, road closures, and flooding remain. https://t.co/dBbu51zlJB pic.twitter.com/gi1zw3p416— Rachel Sadon (@Rachel_Sadon) July 8, 2019 Twitter 3 Got to see a waterfall today during my morning commute #VSquare pic.twitter.com/e3i0sCmxGo— Hugo Dante (@HugoDanteJr) July 8, 2019 #DCsBravest have removed several occupants to safety from cars in high water at 15th St and Constitution Ave NW. pic.twitter.com/MKXSMJzsua— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 8, 2019 The leaks from this White House just don’t stop.— 🏴☠️ PirateCat 🏴☠️ (@PirateCat8) July 8, 2019 I’m advising commuters not to use the street elevator at Pentagon Metro this morning. #wmata pic.twitter.com/z8bNwAPcPG— Nick Scalera (@nickscalera) July 8, 2019 It’s official: The White House basement is flooding. pic.twitter.com/f1DR6awE89— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) July 8, 2019 The Reflecting Pool is getting a bit full of itself…— Charles King (@PundITInc) July 8, 2019 Share your voice Harder for the brits to burn down again…— Tormented Penguin (@TormentedPengu) July 8, 2019 At press time, transportation officials were warning of a bad evening commute ahead for Washingtonians. We got a bit of an issue here… 😱 pic.twitter.com/58g9RJfm0c— Dr. Rocío Caballero-Gill (@CaballeroGill) July 8, 2019 Update: swamp draining in progress. WH leaks appear contained. Press pool dry. pic.twitter.com/crYTdjelG5— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) July 8, 2019 The situation was serious, but it being DC, jokes, of course, were inevitable. That happens a lot downtown, and it is actually fine, to a point. Remember: This was a swamp, and you are really in what was the Potomac’s marshy banks all the way up to Capitol Hill. And once in a while nature reminds you of it.— Tᴏm Mᴏᴏʀᴇ (@PaperMissiles) July 8, 2019 The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is closed today due to electrical outages. The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights–along with all of the permanently valuable records stored in the building–are safe and not in any danger. pic.twitter.com/aGWOie0BjC— US National Archives (@USNatArchives) July 8, 2019 I spent all weekend being like “Will it just fucking rain already?” and now I have to go gather up animals by twos.— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) July 8, 2019 Unnerving photos and video shared to social media showed just how deep the water really was. The weather led to some frightening images of water flooding elevators, Metro stations and parking lots.The White House didn’t go untouched. Several journalists posted photos of water leaking into the press space in the White House basement, which naturally led to plenty of jokes about presidential leaks and swamp-draining. Tags The Washington, DC, area on Monday was deluged with heavy rain, which turned streets into rivers and led to closed roads and stranded drivers. Water also seeped into the White House basement. The National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency, and CBS News reports that “the storm dumped about 6.3 inches of rain near Frederick, Maryland, about 4.5 inches near Arlington, Virginia, and about 3.4 inches at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in a two-hour period.”The flooding was deep in the streets outside the National Archives building, which had to close Monday. The site’s official Twitter account said the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and other valuable records stored there were not in danger. Random
Office Depot and Alibaba Group Holding together launched an e-commerce website in the United States, offering hundreds and thousands of US-based small and medium businesses an opportunity to go global. The partnership was announced on Monday, as a result of which both companies will capitalise on the opportunities to do business with small and medium businesses directly.Office Depot is already reaping the benefits of this partnership as its shares shot up 10 percent to $3.9 in premarket trading on Monday. According to MarketWatch, this puts the shares of the company to open at the highest price seen during regular-session hours since October 2017. Alibaba shares were also up by 1.3 percent at $186.35 in premarket trading.Office Depot and Alibaba partnership would give the Chinese e-commerce giant access to Florida-based office supplies provider’s 10 million business customers and 1,800 sales agents. On the other hand, Office Depot will be able to gain access to Alibaba’s global network of 150,000 suppliers and get a major boost in its struggle to compete against Amazon.com. Alibaba and Office Depot partnershipReuters FileTogether, both companies will be able to tap into a $23.9 trillion global B2B e-commerce market opportunity. This is also a boon for small and medium businesses in the U.S. that will be able to sell their products globally and search for verified manufacturers, negotiate deals and make payments seamlessly from a single platform.Office Depot can provide next-day delivery to 99 percent of U.S. businesses and discounts will be provided on select purchases through Alibaba marketplace.”Leveraging Office Depot’s trusted brand, local presence, and national supply chain distribution network with Alibaba’s global supplier network and well-known capabilities in serving SMBs, U.S. businesses can now access a wide array of products and services through Office Depot and Alibaba.com’s collaboration, which will empower them to compete and thrive. Through this initial phase of work together with Alibaba.com, we intend to grow our collaboration in ways that will drive even greater value and choice for our current and future customers,” Gerry Smith, CEO of Office Depot, said in a statement.