French Intellectual BernardHenri Levy Wants USD 68 Million for Tangier Villa

Rabat – French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy, commonly known as BHL, has put his seaside Tangier mansion on the market for USD 6.8 million.Lévy’s decision came as a result of his numerous real estate holdings and time spent traveling. “I live part of my time in Paris, part of my time in New York, part of my time in Marrakech,” the author told Bloomberg Pursuits. “I have too many houses and too many places to be in the world, and alas, the year is only 52 weeks.”To date, his six story, 594.58 m² villa is displayed for sale on Christie’s International Real Estate, which describes the mansion as a “one-of-a-kind villa, arranged over six levels with spectacular sea-view terraces on every floor.” The leftist author of “Barbarism with a Human Face” bought the villa in 2000. Upon first looking at it, he thought that it was “the most magical spot in Tangier,” he explained to Bloomberg.Located at the “precise point where Atlantic and Mediterranean meet,” the villa sits at “the top of a cliff, in front of Gibraltar,” which inspired Lévy to buy the house, despite its “ordinariness.” He trusted renowned interior designer Andrée Putman to renovate it.“The spot was unique, but the house was ordinary, so I brought in my old friend Andrée Putman,” he said, stressing that “I had the feeling that if I trusted her [Putman], she might do a sort of masterpiece. And she did.”Both the intellectual and the interior designer were fans of the Dutch painter, Piet Mondria, whose works served as a basis for the villa’s design and as a “sort of a password between her and me.”After five years of renovation, “the minimalist property is a masterpiece of clean lines and geometric forms, and its prominent location helps create unforgettable 180-degree maritime panoramas. The exquisite villa is one of only four homes ever designed by Andrée Putman, who was renowned for her work designing boutiques for Yves Saint Laurent and Thierry Mugler,” describes Christie’s International Real Estate.Now that Lévy is selling his Tangier mansion, he plans on leaving as much of Putman’s decorations to the next owners as he can. “Real decoration that belongs to the house,” he elucidated “But, of course, I will not leave my books or my paintings.” read more

Loblaw says it ordered 25 Tesla electric trucks wants fully electric fleet

MONTREAL — Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it is among the first purchasers of Tesla’s new electric truck.Canada’s largest supermarket chain (TSX:L) says it has pre-ordered 25 of the vehicles called the Tesla Semi.“It’s part of our commitment to electrify our fleet,” spokeswoman Catherine Thomas said.Earlier this month, Loblaw committed to have a fully electric fleet as part of the company’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 2030.That would involve adding 350 zero-emission vehicles and more than 2,500 trailers to the fleet.The Ontario-based grocer said removing diesel from its transport trucks and refrigerated trailers could reduce more than 94,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of removing more than 20,000 cars from the road.By 2030, Loblaw expects to have reduced emissions from electricity use by 35 per cent, transportation by 25 per cent, and refrigerants by 50 per cent.First deliveries of the Tesla trucks are expected in 2019.No price for the trucks was provided, but reservations for the Tesla Semi cost US$5,000 per truck.Wal-Mart says it has also pre-ordered 15 vehicles, including 10 for its Canadian routes.“We have a long history of testing new technology — including alternative-fuel trucks — and we are excited to be among the first to pilot this new heavy-duty electric vehicle,” Wal-Mart spokesman Ryan Curell wrote in an email.“We believe we can learn how this technology performs within our supply chain, as well as how it could help us meet some of our long-term sustainability goals, such as lowering emissions.”Tesla declined to identify any other Canadian buyers for the truck that it says can go from zero to 100 kph in five seconds without a trailer, compared to 15 seconds for a comparable diesel truck.It says the Tesla Semi requires no shifting for smooth acceleration and its brakes recover 98 per cent of kinetic energy to the battery.“Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car traffic,” it said on the company’s website.Tesla says that a fully loaded Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile and has a range of about 800 kilometres. That could save owners at least US$200,000 in fuel costs over 1.6 million km.The Canadian Press read more