CALGARY – TransCanada Corp (TSX:TRP) says it plans to restart operations on its Keystone pipeline on Nov. 28 after making repairs to a leak that spilled about 795,000 litres of crude oil in South Dakota.The company says U.S. regulators have cleared its restart plans, which include restarting the pipeline at a reduced pressure before gradually increasing the volume of crude oil in the system.TransCanada says that as of Nov. 24, it had recovered about 168,000 litres of crude oil from the spill in a farmer’s field, and that there are no indications of the spill affecting water sources.The spill on Nov. 16 forced the company to shut the section of the Keystone pipeline system between Hardisty, Alta., and Cushing Okla. and a spur line to Patoka, Ill., while a southern section extending to the Gulf Coast remained in operation.The leak increased scrutiny of the company’s pipeline operations just days before Nebraska regulators voted on whether to allow the company’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline project to run through the state.Regulators gave the go-ahead for the project on Nov. 20, but approved an alternative route to the one preferred by TransCanada.
LONDON — Official figures show that inflation in Britain dipped in May, back to the Bank of England’s target, amid lower air fares and car prices.The Office for National Statistics said Wednesday that consumer prices were up 2% in the year to May, compared with 2.1% the previous month.The fall means inflation is back at the Bank of England’s target of 2% and could ease the pressure on rate-setters to back a rate hike in the near future. The bank’s Monetary Policy Committee is expected to keep its main interest rate at 0.75% on Thursday.The Associated Press
23 May 2011Three Brazilians – a businessman, a designer and an artist – will be formally named Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday, the agency announced today. Three Brazilians – a businessman, a designer and an artist – will be formally named Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday, the agency announced today. UNESCO said the new ambassadors, the businessman Nizan Guanaes, the designer Oskar Metsavaht and the artist Vik Muniz, will serve for two years as unpaid ambassadors using their talents and fame to advocate UNESCO ideals on behalf of vulnerable groups in Brazil and elsewhere. Mr. Guanaes, 52, is the chairman of Grupo ABC de Comunicação, which brings together 18 advertising, marketing, content and entertainment companies. Mr Guanaes is also the President of the Association of Entrepreneurs and Businessmen Friends of UNESCO, which he founded in 2004 with Oskar Metsavaht. Mr. Metsavaht, born in 1961, trained as an orthopaedist. In 1997 he created the sportswear label Osklen, which promotes a philosophy of living in harmony with the environment. He is also the founder of Instituto-E, a non-profit organization in Rio de Janeiro that promotes sustainable human development through its e-brigaders, groups of young people working for sustainable development, environmental protection and social inclusion. Mr. Muniz, born in São Paulo in 1961, has lived in New York since the late 1980s. He uses photography to immortalize the images he creates with materials as varied as sugar, chocolate, diamonds, dust and recycled objects. He has shown his work in major museums and galleries around the world. His award-winning documentary film Waste Land is based on one of his projects. The new ambassadors will join a roster that also includes former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, the Cuban ballerina and choreographer Alicia Alonso and Princess Caroline of Hanover.
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has urged Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to take steps to hold the Parliament debate on the reports of the Presidential Commission which investigated the treasury bond scam and the Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption, before the Local Government elections.JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that even President Maithripala Sirisena is now of the opinion that the debate must be held before February 10. Meanwhile, party leaders had decided that the debate on both days will be a full day debate. The reports of the Presidential Commission which investigated the treasury bond scam and the Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption, were tabled in Parliament this week. (Colombo Gazette) Parliament is set to debate the reports of the Presidential Commission which investigated the treasury bond scam and the Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption on February 20 and 21st.
The Police media unit said that the three policemen have been interdicted and an investigation was launched. (Colombo Gazette) The policemen had then assaulted the youth. Three policemen attached to the Ingiriya Police station have been arrested for assaulting a suspect.According to the Police media unit, the policemen had been on duty in Ingiriya last night and had stopped two youth to search them. A tense situation arose at the Ingiriya Police station with residents and family members of the two youth alleging that the three policemen were drunk at the time. The two youth had been admitted to hospital following the assault and residents demanded that the policemen be arrested.A Police complaint was also later lodged against the policemen over the assault.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo was carted off on a stretcher with 7:17 left in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game at Golden State after crashing to the floor and colliding with Warriors forward Jonas Jerebko.Diallo’s left leg was stabilized as he was wheeled away to applause from the Oracle Arena crowd.Diallo was credited for rebounding Jerebko’s missed layup when they went down. Clearly in pain, Diallo moved himself off the court and was under basket for several minutes.In a loss Monday at Sacramento, Diallo became the first Thunder rookie ever to go at least 7 for 7 from the floor. He made both his 3-point tries on the way to 18 points.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
College Football Things That Caught My EyeAwful year to be a quarterbackBased on Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Games Lost metric, the NFL’s quarterback corps are at 77.8 adjusted games lost in 2017 ahead of this past weekend. Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill, Sam Bradford, Carson Palmer, Deshaun Watson, Jameis Winston, Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, and Jay Cutler all were or are injured, and 2017 is already the eighth highest AGL since 2000, and we have several weeks left in the NFL season. [FiveThirtyEight]I’m sorry, MississippiThe New York Times dove deep on who watches what NFL games on every Sunday. It’s part of a serpentine series of rules blacking out or making constant or flagged for mandatory pullout when it comes to what goes on CBS where. Thanks to rules saying no team’s home market can have a competing game on air, 9 percent of the country’s population didn’t get an NFL game on CBS at 1 p.m., and 86 percent of the country watched New England and Oakland play in Mexico. The fun part is that when deciding where to air a game, sometimes the players come up: Eli Manning plays well in Mississippi, where he went to college, just as Carson Wentz plays well in North Dakota and Marcus Mariota play well in his home state of Hawaii. [The New York Times]They blew it!Washington had a 99.7 percent chance of beating the Saints about six minutes before the end of regulation Sunday, and the Saints even had just a 0.2 percent chance of victory with 4:42 into the fourth quarter. Hilariously, Washington blew a 15 point lead and lost 34-31 in overtime. [ESPN]New recordKatie Ledecky broke her own American record in the 1,650 freestyle at a meet in Texas. The Olympic superstar swam the distance in 15:03.31. [Swim Swam]Nigeria is going to PyeongChang!Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga will makeup the first African bobsled team to qualify for the Olympics. They’re also Nigeria’s first ever qualifying team for the games. Canada has won the past two gold medals in women’s bobsledding. [Deadspin]No major CFB upsets mean no major changesRight now, Alabama has a 83 percent chance of finishing with a top four strength of record, followed by Miami, Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia. Wisconsin will be a very interesting case for this season: They’ve got a 32 percent chance of finishing with a top-4 record, are currently undefeated, but as it stands according to ESPN’s FPI there are eight teams that look better than them on paper. [ESPN, ESPN]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number11 completions, 6 of which were to the correct teamRookie quarterback Nathan Peterman started for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after the team benched Tyrod Taylor. He completed six passes out of fourteen attempts. He also completed five passes to the other team. The five interceptions in fewer than 15 passes in a single game is up there with the worst ever performances by a quarterback at the professional level, and only four other people have matched the achievement, three of whom did so in the 1930s. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:This Tyrod thing must be the most catastrophic QB switch everheynawl-enten:SeriouslyIDK what this even istchow:Eagles should always go for two rest of the season…even if Elliot comes back finePredictions NFL All newsletters See more NBA predictions Oh, and don’t forgettake a chance We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe See more college football predictions NBA See more NFL predictions
South Africa and Japan have concluded a cooperation agreement in mining during this year’s annual Investing in African Mining Indaba.Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and his counterpart the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, Hiroshige Seko – signed a cooperation agreement in mining, an important bilateral tool to assist the two countries to collaborate in a number of areas across the mining value chain.The areas of cooperation include exploration and the creation of geo-scientific knowledge; reciprocal investments in South Africa and Japan – based on mineral value chain integration; skills development; environmental issues; research & development; and clean coal technology.“With the agreement, the two countries acknowledge that Japan, as an important consumer and investor, and South Africa, as a supplier of minerals and most importantly, a key participant in the mineral beneficiation value chain, have complementary interests in mining,” Minister Zwane said.“Our country cannot grow exclusively on the back of supplying raw minerals to other nations. It is in this context that we wish to invite Japanese companies to invest in South Africa’s downstream mineral development industries, effectively manufacturing and beneficiation as well as production of goods and supply of requisite services,” he added.Minister Zwane further said that the agreement would serve to strengthen the positive and long-standing political and economic ties to create mutually beneficial economic relations.
The School Office of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA) is organising a Children’s Bilingual Story Book Competition. Following last year’s successful outcome with the publishing of Kalyani Huilgol’s “Whatapotamus”, the Competition is open to all students attending afternoon and Saturday Greek Language Schools. All interested students are invited to write an original story in both Greek and English, approximately 250 words, and to submit their entry in electronic format (on CD) as well as hard copy, to the Schools Office by Friday 3rd July 2009. A panel of judges will select the winning story that will be professionally published and placed in the Greek Schools Resource Centre. The winning book will be launched at a special ceremony during the Adelaide Hellenic Cultural Festival Odyssey 2009. Students have the option of illustrating their stories although this will not be criteria on which they will be judged. The selection criteria include: Simple, concise and complete sentences;Correct use of language (syntax and grammar);Originality;Interesting story line and/or content and Contemporary moral message or conclusion.Interested participants can send their stories to the Greek Language Schools at GOCSA. For any further clarifications you may contact the Schools Office, on 8231 4307. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Extreme weather conditions in South Australia and New South Wales is causing high demand on Victorian electricity supply, which may result in 100,000 homes and commercial properties in Victoria being affected by power outages. Accordingly, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), the organisation responsible for managing supply and demand for electricity, has advised the Energy and Resources Nicholas Kotsiras, that it may need to reduce the amount of electricity being supplied to Victoria.AEMO has advised that the power outages will not affect any hospitals, nursing homes, public transport or emergency services.To assist with this outage, distributors have cancelled all non-essential maintenance and are assigning extra crews to complete critical works.Large energy users are assisting the situation by agreeing to reduce electricity usage.
Following last weekend’s re-run of the WA Senate vote – which has enabled the Palmer United Party to form a strong voting bloc in the upper house – Nick Xenophon has warned that senators who are seen to turn the upper house into a “circus” will be punished by the electorate.The vote in Western Australia saw a swing towards the Palmer party and the Greens, with the Liberals and particularly ALP losing votes.Senator Xenophon said this week that the new Senate would either work well or be a “complete disaster” – implying the cashed-up MP Clive Palmer could have a seriously destabilising influence.“I think the new Senate will pose challenges to the government that they’ve never seen before,” Xenophon told reporters on Monday.Mr Palmer has warned the government that it may face tough negotiations to get policies such as the carbon and mining tax repeals through, despite the PUP’s previously expressed support for the policy.With his hand strengthened by the WA results, Mr Palmer said a deal on the mining tax was reliant on the government scrapping plans to stop welfare payments for children of Australian soldiers injured of killed in the line of duty.The PUP leader is also set on backdating the repeal of the carbon tax to its introduction in 2012.While Palmer says his party had not made any final decision on its bargaining position, Nick Xenophon said the billionaire’s capacity to pursue radical positions on legislation could backfire.“If the Senate turns into a circus, the Australian people will punish those senators that are turning it into a circus accordingly at the ballot box,” said the SA senator.From July 1, the Senate could have a cross-bench of up to eight minor-party senators.The PUP is likely to hold three seats and has signed an agreement with Victoria’s Motoring Enthusiasts Party senator-elect Ricky Muir, giving Clive Palmer control over four upper house votes.Over a lunch between Xenophon and Palmer in recent days, the two politicians discussed their common ground and differences.“Fish was on the plate, but there was nothing fishy about the meeting,” Senator Xenophon told Neos Kosmos.“It was constructive. I want the new Senate to work and I believe Clive Palmer does as well.”One issue discussed related to Senator Xenophon’s long-standing campaign against poker machines.“We talked about pokies and I’m really encouraged by the fact that Clive Palmer has a genuine concern about their impact.”Senator Xenophon said that whilst the issue of the carbon tax repeal may have been alluded to briefly at the lunch, no substantive details had been discussed.Xenophon supports the adoption of an alternative scheme to reduce carbon emissions to replace the tax – a scheme which Palmer is unlikely to support. Asked how he saw his relationship evolving with the PUP-led bloc, the Independent senator for SA said: “We’ll wait and see. They need to know that you need to work constructively with your cross-bench colleagues. If you don’t it will be counter productive.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Microsoft Kinect : une version PC pour 2012Le Kinect de Microsoft n’arrête pas de faire parler de lui. Cette fois, il s’agit de la version spécialement conçue pour les PC, qui serait en préparation pour l’année prochaine.Finalement, on parle beaucoup moins des jeux développés pour le Kinect que de ses diverses utilisations atypiques. En effet, entre le récent Kinecthesia (pour aider les aveugles) ou les aides aux professionnels avec le projet Kinect Accelerator et le kit de développement dédié, on en oublie presque que le Kinect était à la base un accessoire pour la XBOX 360. À lire aussiPour Steve Ballmer, Microsoft, il y a 4 fois plus de Windows Phone vendus en 2012 qu’en 2011Microsoft vient d’annoncer qu’un modèle spécialement pour PC verra le jour, avec un câble moins long, un dongle USB pour n’utiliser qu’un seul port et un nouveau mode permettant à l’utilisateur de se situer à 50 cm des capteurs (il faut actuellement compter 2,5 mètres de recul pour jouïr d’une utilisation efficace du Kinect). Les modifications de son accessoire fétiche poussera Microsoft à l’accompagner de nouvelles fonctionnalités (sûrement liées au SDK), notamment pour pouvoir concevoir des applications utilisables avec le Kinect.Prévu pour 2012, Microsoft n’a pas donné de détails mais il est problable que nous ayons plus d’informations en janvier prochain, lors du CES de Las Vegas.Le 23 novembre 2011 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambert
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Solo: A Star Wars Story’s first trailer debuted during the Super Bowl, and it looked pretty lacking. I’m not sure about the actor they chose for Han himself, and I’m not very excited to see the movie. But I’m still a Star Wars fan, so I was thrilled to see this manmade anime short by Daz Tibbles in just four days. It’s only a 40-second video teaser, but it captures Han’s attitude and personality perfectly. It does a better job of the trailer showing off a side of Han that we should have seen from the live-action version.It’s impressive work, especially since one person took the time out of their schedule to put it together. You can see Han zooming along in his speeder while being tailed by stormtroopers, a devilish grin on his face, before the trailer fades to the Star Wars logo with Japanese embellishments. It would make for the perfect project, but unfortunately, we’re getting the live action…whatever that was that is Solo: A Star Wars Story.If you like what you see, there are other Star Wars anime and manga out there that you can explore, such as this excellent TIE Fighter short and the Star Wars manga adaptations. Four movies were adapted, including The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, and of course the original Star Wars. It’s a format that lends itself well to the fantastic storylines of the original trilogy and beyond, and it’s strange that there hasn’t been a proper anime series made adapting the story. If you think Kylo Ren is impressive without a shirt for some reason in The Last Jedi, wait until you see a bishounen version.What do you think of this fan’s handiwork? Is it indicative of a Han Solo movie you’d want to see? Stay on target Dear Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars, Let Directors DirectMy Complicated Relationship with Gender and Star Wars
Aristocrat launches biggest linked jackpot in the Philippines at City of Dreams Manila The company’s Belle Corp subsidiary, which was first established as Belle Mining and Oil Exploration Inc in 1973 before turning to tourism and leisure property development in 1989, acquired Premium Leisure & Amusement, Inc in 2010 and two years later made its first foray into the gaming industry when it signed a cooperation agreement with Melco Resorts & Entertainment to develop and operate City of Dreams Manila.Belle Corp announced last year an 18% year-on-year increase in its revenue share from City of Dreams Manila to Php1.73 billion for the first six months of 2018 as well as a 3% increase in revenue from the leasing of the land and buildings comprising City of Dreams Manila to Php1.06 billion.City of Dreams contributed almost 62% of Belle Corp’s total revenue in 1H18.Sy, who was born in Fujian province in China before moving to the Philippines at age 12, stepped down as Chairman of the board of SM Investments in 2014.His son, Henry Sy Jr, currently serves as Chairman. Lottery decline hurts Belle Corp bottom line despite rising revenues from City of Dreams Manila RelatedPosts Load More Pacific Online says operators still in dark as government confirms 21,000 Philippines lottery outlets closed The Philippines’ richest man and founder of Melco Resorts’ local partner Belle Corp, Henry Sy, has passed away aged 94.Best known as the king of the retail mall, Sy’s holding firm SM Investments owns a vast network of department stores and supermarkets across the country as well as the BDO Unibank and extensive interests in real estate and property development.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A Virginia-based health care management firm is opening a call center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., on the first floor of a building used by the Air Force’s Financial Services Center.Advance Health is leasing the space through the enhanced use leasing program (EUL). Base officials worked through the governor’s office of economic development and the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority to court Advance Health, which was looking for a more central and western location for a call center, reported the Rapid City Journal.“We have our first success with that program,” said Scott Landguth, director of the Ellsworth Development Authority.The call center will employ about 17 people in July, with the workforce rising to 40 by the end of 2015, according to Advance Health. In three to five years, the company could employ up to 200 workers.At a ceremony Tuesday, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) applauded the arrangement, saying it will provide good-paying jobs for western South Dakota, income to offset the base’s operating costs and an added reason to keep Ellsworth off a future BRAC list.“It also makes it highly likely that we’ll be able to do this again. I’m hopeful that Advance Health will be the first of many enhanced use leases we can put into place at Ellsworth Air Force Base,” Daugaard said.The space in the Financial Services Center building opened up after nearly 400 workers were let go in 2011. The remaining Financial Services Center employees work on the second floor.
News Twitter 2018 FYF Festival: Florence & The Machine, Janet Jackson To Headline From the Breeders to St. Vincent and the xx, FYF is celebrating their 15th anniversary in style with a diverse lineupTim McPhateGRAMMYs Mar 30, 2018 – 3:26 pm Coachella and Stagecoach are just around the corner. But, in case those fests aren’t your speed, there’s another big SoCal festival on the calendar for July.Florence & The Machine and Janet Jackson have been tapped to headline the 2018 FYF Festival July 21–22 at Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles. The off-the-charts lineup for the 15th anniversary of the festival will also feature the likes of the Breeders, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Cuco, Glassjaw, Jayda G, Curtis Harding, Future, the xx, My Bloody Valentine, Car Seat Headrest, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, St. Vincent, Skating Polly, Moodymann, Neil Frances, Skepta, and Sudan Archives, among others. Facebook Who’s Headlining The 2018 FYF Festival? 2018-fyf-festival-florence-machine-janet-jackson-headline Email “In the past 15 years, this festival has grown immensely with a strong team of women and men behind it to bring fans the best weekend of summer,” said Jennifer Yacoubian, booker for FYF “And with incredible artists like Janet Jackson and Florence + The Machine topping this year’s bill, we are so psyched to have two badass women leading the roster as we head into FYF Fest 2018.”Tickets, including weekend and single-day general admission and VIP passes, will go on sale April 6 at noon PT.Of course, July in Los Angeles offers up a variety of appealing activities. But festivalgoers looking to tack on some additional music fun to their FYF experience should seek out the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more
The Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage. (Staff photo)Citing the concerns among his constituents an Anchorage Assembly member knelt during the pledge of allegiance during a Tuesday meeting.Listen Now Downtown assembly member Patrick Flynn represents Fairview and Mountainview, two of the most diverse census tracts in the country.As the pledge began, Flynn kept his hand over his chest and recited the words, but took to one knee.In a brief interview afterwards, he said the gesture was “out of respect for those who’ve expressed concern that we don’t always live up to our ideals.”“I’m mindful and respectful of that, particularly since I represent a lot of that population,” Flynn added, referring to minority communities in his district.Political protests surrounding the pledge have been a contentious topic the last few weeks, both at the national level among professional athletes, as well as closer to home, with several football player’s from Anchorage’s West High recently taking a knee ahead of a game.Flynn said it was likely a one-time demonstration for him.The gesture went largely unnoticed at the time, with Assembly Chair Elvi Gray-Jackson saying later on that she thought Flynn simply fell.But Amy Demobski, who represents the conservative Eagle River district, said towards the meeting’s end she was bothered by what had taken place.“As a veteran, as someone who supports law enforcement, as someone who looks at the Pledge of Allegiance as something that honors the sacrifices made from men and women who’ve died defending our country I find it disrespectful. As an assembly member I find it disrespectful, this is a formal procedure,” she said during comments.Demboski asked the assembly’s leadership to counsel members against similar displays, citing it as a violation of formal protocols for the body.But others, including both active-duty and retired service-members, disagreed with that level of condemnation.A mild counter-protest to the kneel came from Flynn’s conservative colleague from South Anchorage, Bill Evans, himself an Army veteran.Evans sits next to Flynn on the dais, and heard through social media that his colleague was considering making a statement. He went out of his way during opening remarks to mention that he’d pinned his jump wings from airborne training to his lapel. But Evans was matter-of-fact that respects anyone’s right to symbolic protest.“I just thought if we were going to open it up to comments with symbols I wanted to do the same thing,” Evans said during a brief interview.“It’s great Patrick (Flynn) has the right to express whatever concern he’s trying to express, and I just want to make it clear that other people view it somewhat differently, and have equally valid concerns.”
Hyderabad: Now get your driving licence renewed without coming to the RTA office as the Telangana Transport department is planning to allow the citizens to renew their licence online and with self-certification of medical condition. According to sources, the department officials have evolved a software for making the renewal of driving licence and also to make a few other facilities online and sent the proposal to the state government for approval. Until now citizens must visit the RTA offices for getting their licences renewed. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The citizens over 50 years of age had to get a medical certificate from a doctor stationed in the RTA offices. Now the citizens can give self-certification regarding their health condition and can renew their licence as per the new system. The licence holder has to upload his existing licence to department website and also send a photograph for issuing new licence, said a senior official in the department. “All the preparations have been made and we are ensuring there are no mistakes when it gets operational. After getting approval from the government, the new system would be implemented,” said the official. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The department was planning to make 32 services online, but they were moving cautiously for a fool-proof system. There were reports that the dealers in Andhra Pradesh had allegedly swallowed the vehicle tax hence the department is taking all precautions, the official said. The other services include transfer of ownership, tourist permits and so on. The software would be designed in such a way that the vehicle owner would get certificate only after payment of the prescribed taxes and fees in the registration and permits category. Advertise With Us The idea is to decrease the rush of the citizens to the RTA offices and provide hassle-free services to the motorists, the official said. Regarding the medical certificate, the official, said that the onus of making sure the vehicle owner certifies himself instead of a medical officer. The new system would be implemented once the department gets approval from the state government, the official added.
If you’ve lived in Cyprus for more than a year, you know exactly which beaches you prefer. Looking for a pebbly shore, and a quiet day by the sea in Larnaca? Then Oroklini Beach is the place to be. Eastward bound, and in search of sand, snorkeling, and facilities on a Blue-flagged beach? Fig Tree Bay’s a good choice. Or if you’re after total peace and quiet near Limassol, and in possession of a 4×4, then it’s down to Ayios Yiorgos. But here’s the thing: even if you’ve known the island your whole life, there are hundreds of coastal spots still to be discovered. Or, if you’re a tourist, you probably have little notion of just which beach suits your needs. And that’s where the new app, Cyprus Beaches, comes in extremely handy…Developed by Andreas Papadopoulos in cooperation with the CTO, Cyprus Beaches was released at the start of May. Available for both Android and iOS (in Greek, English, and Russian) it’s still in the fine-tuning stage, but the basics are there, the photos spectacular, and the options legion. You can search by region, morphology, facilities, access, number of visitors, activities and atmosphere. You can filter for disabled access, for public transport routes, for nearby picnic sites; for a party atmosphere, for wifi, for sunbeds and umbrellas. You can even access the Get Directions option which will gps you on your way. Or, you could just sit back and scroll through the entire list of 135 beaches, taking in a slide show of more than 500 coastal shots (taken both from the ground and the air) to see which beach takes your fancy.Less a labour of love than an abiding passion for its creator, the Cyprus Beaches app has been four years in the making. Or possibly a decade, depending on how you look at it. The author of four books pertaining to the beaches of Cyprus (published between 2012 and 2017), Andreas is passionate about his homeland, and especially fascinated by the local coastline.“The sea holds your gaze like the land holds your feet,” he enthuses. “I’ve visited beaches all over the world but Cyprus,” he suggests, “is unique. In Scotland, you get unbelievable beaches, but you can’t swim; it’s too cold. In North Carolina, it’s beautiful, but the huge waves are incredibly dangerous. Even in Mykonos you get uncomfortable winds. But here, along with richly varied coastal terrain, you get warm, clear, shallow, safe waters and weather that’s generally mild and pleasant.”It’s a rare combination of parameters, a blend of factors which lends itself perfectly to exploration and discovery. And this ties in perfectly with Andreas’ ultimate aim for the newly-released app: that it should facilitate the exploration, appreciation and care of the island of Cyprus. “So often you hear people complain that we don’t take care of our country. And I am of the belief that this is the case not because we are incapable of looking after our island, but because we don’t really know it. If you get to know Cyprus – really know and understand the beauty and the value we take for granted – then you grow to love it, to be proud of it, and begin to take care of it.”Andreas himself exemplifies this sentiment: not only has he written four books on the island’s beaches, and recently released the app, he’s also the owner of both Discovering Cyprus (a directory of all beaches on the island) and protaras.org, as well as being an ardent photographer of the island’s beauty. In fact, all the photos of beaches (and there are at least four pictures of every spot) come courtesy of the man behind the app…“I’ve visited every single one of these beaches myself,” Andreas grins, adding that he’s certainly put his car through its paces in the process! “Firstly, I note down all the features such as morphology of the coastline, the attributes of the sea – whether it’s deep or shallow, its colour and clarity – and the wind direction. I take sand samples and check the softness, particle size and colour. And I also look at the nearby facilities: bathrooms, wifi, disabled access, and so forth… Then I choose the right time of day and photograph the beach: both from the ground and the air…”This he does mainly by paragliding above the shore, a process which is – he suggests – incredibly enjoyable but rather costly; especially when you run the risk of dropping your camera equipment into the sea! “Once I was 100 metres up in the air and pressed the lens release rather than the focus button – it was almost a total disaster,” he laughs. “But it’s all worth it in the end!”In the course of his coastal journeying, Andreas has had any number of novel experiences: he knows where all the turtles nest and has seen the hatchlings; he’s pedal boated up close to the elusive Mediterranean monk seal, and – thanks to his love for Cyprus’ coastline – is currently involved in a project to green the beaches, in cooperation with the Department of Forestry, the municipalities, and the Blue Flag organisation CYMEPA. He’s also busy adding the beaches of Larnaca to the app (all other districts have been covered), while looking forward to a future in which Cyprus Beaches becomes interactive.“This is a soft launch; a primitive app in a way because users can’t rate or comment,” he says, adding that he hopes to amend this in time. “At the moment, I can’t communicate with users, and I do want to include these interactive parameters in the future – giving everyone the opportunity to make our beaches better,” he explains. With approximately 10 downloads a day just a month after launch – and no marketing or publicising to date – the app looks to be well on the road to success. “It’s not like a book: printed, published, and unchangeable. It’s dynamic. And I believe it’s already helping both locals and tourists to appreciate the beaches and nature of the island. So this,” Andreas concludes, “is really just the beginning….” The Cyprus Beaches app is available to download for both iOS and Android at a cost of €2.29. For more information, visit www.discoveringcyprus.com/ or ‘Cyprus Beaches’ on Google Play and the App Store. You May LikeLa Mexicana Authentic FoodLamexicana2019La Mexicana Authentic FoodUndoDailyChoicesMost People Don’t Know This Song Was Written About HerDailyChoicesUndoLifeInTheGoldenYears.com11 Most Difficult Dogs To RaiseLifeInTheGoldenYears.comUndo Greek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: VerHeulen News 02Jul Local lawmakers announce road projects to benefit Kent County State Reps. Peter MacGregor, Ken Yonker, Rob VerHeulen, Lisa Posthumus Lyons and Tom Hooker today announced road projects that will help fix some of the crumbling roads and bridges throughout Kent County, adding a long-term plan is still being worked out.“All of the projects being announced today are much-needed and will greatly benefit our area, but that does not lessen the necessity of a long-term road-funding solution,” said MacGregor, R-Cannon Township. “Michigan’s roads and bridges are in bad shape, and, despite the House’s passage of a plan earlier this year, we are still working to deliver a comprehensive plan to fix our current transportation woes once and for all. House Republicans have put additional money into roads the past several years, but the fact remains that every Michigan resident deserves safe, sustainable roads – both now and well into the future.”The money was previously set aside by the Michigan Legislature, which allocated a total of $230 million in the fiscal year 2014 budget for road improvements across the state. One half of the existing state funds were available for appropriation late last year, and the other half is now being appropriated.“This funding will go toward repairing roadways across the state that residents and visitors alike travel while enjoying the summer getaways throughout Michigan,” said VerHeulen, R-Walker, who chairs the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. “But these projects are just the beginning, and they will serve as a great springboard toward finding a sustainable solution to our roadway issues.”More than 10 Kent County road projects totaling $4.1 million are being announced in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation, including:A resurfacing and widening of M-11 from M-45 north to Remembrance Road, totaling $2.3 million;A $530,000 project to resurface M-21 between Lovell Street and Hillcrest Drive; andA $78,000 cap and seal improvement to Commerce and Sycamore Streets in the city of Wayland.“These projects are a great first step and are part of a much needed long-term fix for our ailing roads and infrastructure,” said Lyons, R-Alto. “A long-term solution still needs to be identified, and I’m confident that discussions and actions taken thus far in the House are heading in the right direction. In the meantime we cannot neglect our most dire roads, so this additional funding will be helpful.”Other improvement projects totaling $1.2 million will be taking place on Fruit Ridge Avenue, Wilson Avenue, Alden Nash Avenue, Myers Lake Avenue and 13 Mile Road as well.“We look forward to the much needed improvements these road projects will offer the state, ensuring that our road conditions do not deteriorate further,” said Yonker, R-Caledonia. “They are a solid start toward turning the poor road conditions around as we work to find a way to sustain better road maintenance in the future.”The funding is in addition to $285 million the Legislature approved for roads and bridges in June, which is part of the fiscal year 2015 budget. Since FY 2012, the state has allocated nearly $870 million to improve roads and bridges – a stark contrast to the zero general fund dollars spent on roads between 2003 and 2011.###