Chennai Super Kings should be disqualified, says Supreme Court

first_imgN. Srinivasan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gurunath Meiyappan.The Supreme Court on Thursday said that the Chennai Super Kings should be “terminated without further enquiry” from the Indian Premier League because one of the team’s officials, Gurunath Meiyappan, has been indicted for betting by the Justice Mudgal panel.Meiyappan, son-in-law of suspended BCCI president N Srinivasan who claimed he worked as a team principal for the Chennai Super Kings, is accused of betting on the IPL games. The Mudgal Committee, which submitted its report on November 17, had indicted Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals franchise co-owner Raj Kundra of betting and confirmed their role in their teams but cleared Srinivasan of match fixing and scuttling the probe.The apex court asked about the exact share holding pattern of India Cements, which owns the Chennai Super Kings franchise. Srinivasan is the Managing Director of India Cements.In further setback for Srinivasan, the Supreme Court wanted fresh elections in the BCCI and asked all those involved with the IPL betting scam to stay away from it. The annual general meeting of the BCCI is scheduled on December 17 where Srinivasan, who is already the chairman of the International Cricket Council, is seeking another term.The Supreme Court had on Monday blasted Srinivasan for conflict of interest, asking how somebody within the sports body is also holding a franchise in the Indian Premier League. “Your (Srinivasan) duty as a president is to keep the show (IPL) running and to keep it clean. What is your duty as a team owner? To win the tournament,” the apex court noted.advertisementThe apex court ruling came after Srinivasan petitioned that he may be restored to his position as BCCI chief and be allowed to function. On Thursday, the Supreme Court also gave the BCCI ten days to initiate action against Srinivasan and prepare grounds for fresh elections of its managing committee.last_img read more

Former Manchester United and Manchester City players brawl in a MLS game

first_imgAdvertisementMajor League Soccer has played a major role in the uplifting of the sport in the USA. Several prominent players from across the globe have gone there in the fag end of their career and, two such players who played for Manchester United and Manchester City in the English Premier League previously engaged themselves in an ugly brawl there.Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nedum Onuoha didn’t exit the pitch in a happy moodThe players in question are Nedum Onuoha, who represented City from 2004 to 2012, and football’s most controversial superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede scored the winner for LA Galaxy against Real Salt Lake and then, he brushed the Nigerian-born’s shoulder.Zlatan went into the locker room of Real Salt Lake after the match got over but, Onuoha didn’t accept it.“He came in to apologize after the game, because from 60 minutes in, he’s saying he’s going to do me, he’s going to hurt me for that game. This is a guy who says he’s the face of the MLS, as he calls himself, and he plays that way on the field. I don’t care. If someone comes in and says that to me, you don’t say that on the field. I am not going to accept his apology. It is unacceptable.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Iker Muniain shares his views on Spanish football

first_imgSpanish footballer and Athletic Club’s prolific goal-scorer Iker Muniain gets chatty and shares his views on his career so far and what he aims to achieve in the coming seasons. Q: Does getting a win takes a great weight off your shoulders?A: Yes, achieving a victory when you are in that dynamic always drives you on. I remember that we managed to beat Girona in the last minute, with a penalty, and from that point on, good results came along for us. Then, when the dynamic begins to turn positive, it is easier to feel good on the pitch and dare to do more things. In one way or another, we have been finding an idea and a style of play that is allowing us to enjoy what we do. This is also reflected in the atmosphere, since people identify more with the team. Q: On a personal level, how are you feeling?A: On a personal level it’s a great moment in my career. I feel full of confidence and happiness, I am able to enjoy playing and some very nice things are coming my way, such as the call-up to the Spanish national team. I am enjoying myself very much, with the same excitement as my first day playing, and with a lot of desire to do big things with the club. Q: And you’re also scoring goals …A: I’m happy about the goals I’ve scored. I hope that, for the remainder of the season, I can get more and end the season with a nice number to my name. Q: Which is your favourite from this season?A: I would say the goal that I scored against Real Betis. I thought it was a good goal, especially because of the great move I made inside the area, moving the ball with my heel and shooting with my left foot. It was a good goal, in a beautiful game which we ended up winning 1-0 … I’ll go with that, although every goal is special. Q: How do you remember your first goal for Athletic?A: My first goal for Athletic was very emotional and very special. It was a goal with which I broke the record as the youngest player to score in LaLiga. That record was broken again a few years later, but it was very special. It was in Valladolid, when I was 16 years and 9 months old; it was an afternoon that I will never forget. Q: Which is your son’s favourite goal of yours?A: My son watches all the goals that I have scored, as he can see them on a tablet and the like. He watches all the goals and he sees videos of me. He’s a kid, so as I score them he likes them all. Q: What’s your favourite one?A: In LaLiga, the goal I scored against Real Sociedad. I took the ball on the left side, dribbled inside and then put the ball into the top corner. It was a nice goal, in a derby, which is always important. I’m sure I’ve forgot another one, but I’ll go with that one. Q: You’re having fewer injuries now.A: The injuries I suffered during my career have been major injuries, which meant I went a long without playing. That is tough for a player. Now I’m fit again, and I don’t think about the injuries when I’m on the pitch -because that would distract me from the game. I work to minimise the risk of injury every day, doing prevention exercises, but once I get on the pitch in a game I forget about that. What you want is to play, enjoy yourself, help the team and do your best. Q: How have the injuries helped you mentally and athletically?A: The issue of injuries has helped me in general. I believe there is a before and after in my life, both in the sporting and personal sides. After going through some hard times, you recover, and you see that you are still performing at a good level and doing good things after the ordeal. That gives much more value to what you have suffered and what you have gone through. I believe that it strengthens you on the inside, having dedicated so much time to recovering. Q: What do you remember about your first injury?A: The first knee injury I had was at the Sánchez-Pizjuán, in a LaLiga match. I have that moment in my mind where I noticed something was wrong with my knee. It was when I was holding the ball up in the area. When I remember it, the hairs on the back of my neck still stand up on end. Then there was the operation, which is also tough, and then you have to recover, get back to exercising and work constantly every day. I don’t like to think back to the incident itself, because it gives me a little chill down my spine. Q: Let’s talk about your contract renewal. How do you get to the point of thinking: I want to stay here forever?A: The issue of my renewal has also been a very important matter recently. It was a different renewal, without a buyout clause, that binds me completely to this club, with no option for another team to pay a certain amount and be able to sign me. It’s a decision I made because I love this club and I feel that this is my home, where I want to be. I communicated that to the Board of Directors and between the two of us we managed to devise this renewal that created so much impact. Now we are seeing that other players have also opted for this method of signing without a buyout clause. It’s something that makes me proud, that other players are following suit, especially because it’s good for the club. Taking into account that, at other times, the buyout clauses for some of my teammates have been paid and they have left, hurting the fans, I think this also gives them peace of mind. Q: I’m sure the fans let you know about thisA: Yes, they let you know. In the end, for the fans the club and the players are sacred. When one of us leaves, the fans have a hard time because they feel disappointed, so to speak. I did not want that to happen to me and that’s why I opted to make that decision. I am very happy with how everything was resolved and how the people have taken it. Catch up on all the latest IPL News and updates here. 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Juergen Klopp urges Liverpool F.C. attack to be more clinical

first_imgLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp wants his side to convert their dominance of possession into goals as they prepare for a return trip to Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.The Merseyside club suffered a 2-0 defeat to Leicester in Tuesday’s League Cup clash despite dominating the play with 70 per cent possession and 21 attempts on goal.”We are still fluent and still creative but we don’t score and that’s the problem,” Klopp told a news conference on Thursday. “I need to help the players to stay positive.”Our opponents struggle to defend us. We play really well but don’t score often enough so far.”But it was too easy for them (Leicester) to make an impact in the game with one situation. We need to be more concentrated in these situations and we have to be more clinical.”Following last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Burnley, Liverpool slipped to eighth in the standings but are still only five points behind early leaders Manchester City and Manchester United.Only five games into the league campaign, the manager believes it’s too early to write them off in the title race.”It sounds like we have nil points and are the worst team in the league,” Klopp added.”But you can make it more serious than it is or you can take it like it is. Yes, we have still work to do. If we had 15 points it would still be the same, it would only feel different.”Klopp also defended new-signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who struggled during his first Liverpool start at Leicester.advertisement”He had a few good situations and a few unlucky situations – and a little problem with his calf. He did really well in some moments and he is trying to adapt to the style of play,” said Klopp.”He didn’t make the best game in his life so people ask but I’m not in doubt.”Klopp confirmed centre back Dejan Lovren is a doubt ahead of the weekend after missing Liverpool’s last two games with a back issue.last_img read more

Minimum Wage to Increase Oct 1

first_imgNova Scotians are reminded that the minimum wage is increasing to $10 per hour on Saturday, Oct. 1. This is a 3.6 per cent increase from the present rate of $9.65. The minimum wage for inexperienced workers, with less than three months’ experience in the work for which they were hired, will rise to $9.50. “The minimum wage rate is now back to the buying power it once had in the mid-70s,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Going forward, tying it to an annual index will help make sure it stays in line with changes to the cost of living. It will also provide predictability for both employees and businesses.” After the increase Saturday, future increases will occur in April, beginning in 2012, indexing the minimum wage to the Low Income Cut Off, a figure set by Statistics Canada where people are devoting a significantly larger than average percentage of their income to the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing. Increases will be based on the national Consumer Price Index from the previous calendar year. Increasing the rate annually, based on inflation, will directly impact more than 36,000 Nova Scotians who make close to the minimum wage. The government is also investing an additional $18.25 million this year to help income assistance clients and low-income Nova Scotians make ends meet. These include a 22 per cent increase per child, per month, to the Nova Scotia Child Benefit, a $15 per month increase in the Income Assistance Personal Allowance, indexing the Affordable Living Tax Credit and the Poverty Reduction Credit to keep up with inflation, and allowing working income assistance clients to keep more money each month.last_img read more

Beyond Meat tumbles after secondary offer is priced

NEW YORK — Shares of Beyond Meat are tumbling before the opening bell after it opened a secondary stock offering at more than six times the price of its initial public offering just three months ago.In that time, shares are up 619%. The 10 year old company went public in May, selling shares for $25 each.Beyond Meat offered 250,000 shares and existing shareholders are selling 3 million. Gross proceeds are anticipated at $40 million.On Monday, Beyond Meat Inc. reported quarterly losses of $9.4 million, but its revenue of more than $67 million blew past expectations and it raised its outlook for the year.Shares slid nearly 9% before the opening bell Thursday. The shares, which cost $25 in May, now go for more than $178 each.The Associated Press read more

Orfield anechoic chamber the quietest place on Earth

first_imgImagine darkness and utter silence surrounding you; the only thing you can hear is the pulse of your own heartbeat. This description isn’t of outer space, this is Orfield Laboratories acoustic sound chamber in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Considered by the Guinness Book of World Records (2005) as the quietest place on the face of planet Earth, this anechoic chamber is 99.9% sound absorbent. Inside the chamber, the sound level measures −9.4 dBA; the human ear can detect 0 dBA, so basically the chamber could be compared to a space simulation. Or at least the whole “devoid of sound” portion that’s part of the outer space experience. It achieves this super silence with thick, 3.3 foot fiberglass wedges, double walls of insulated steel, and a solid foot of concrete on top of that.The room minimizes sound reflections to the point of disorientation, if you stay in there long enough. Steven Orfield, the company’s founder, makes a habit a challenging people to try and stay in the room as long as possible. The record time was obtained by a journalist visiting the facility, who managed to stay in complete darkness and silence for a total of 45 minutes before he began hallucinating.One might think sitting in darkness and utter silence would be soothing, but the lack of feedback ultimately becomes so disorienting that sitting down during the experience is a must. While inside, your ears adapt to the quiet, so much so that you can hear your lungs, heart, and stomach.Though, the chamber isn’t solely used for disorienting reporters (especially before interviews I’m sure), companies like Harley-Davidson and Whirlpool use it as a test chamber to find out how much noise their engines and machines produce. No doubt there are manufacturers that frequent the chamber to test the noise direction and power of their speakers, as well as all sort of other cool things that you need a sound-proof room to accomplish.via Daily Maillast_img read more

Conman accuses Fraud Office of conspiracy

first_imgAlleged conman Loizos Michaels is accusing the Serious Fraud Office of conspiring to build a case against him. The Greek-Australian restaurateur is on trial in the Auckland District Court for a raft of charges relating to losses of more than $3 million. Michaels, 45, is claiming the SFO has coached witnesses to tell the same story of deception they have alleged against him in 31 charges. The Crown has called more than 50 witnesses. Many have told of Michaels boasting of his family connections to the Cyprus based Louis Cruise line and close links with an Asian casino operator. “You can make everything fit into that square hole. That’s what you’re doing and it’s not true,” Michaels told the Auckland High Court. “One common denominator…SFO. I’ll leave it at that.” Michaels is the only witness giving evidence in his defence. His image in the community was one associated with criminals. Members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang were frequent patrons of the Auckland-based restaurant run by Michaels. Michaels said he didn’t know who the gang members were at first, but they shared things in common “like our children and so forth”. “Everybody was welcome at Platos,” he told the court. “I wasn’t there to judge them.” Under questioning from defence lawyer Peter Kaye, Michaels has repeatedly denied telling several people he had links to a range of criminal networks, including the Japanese Yakuza and Cypriot mafia. Michaels also spoke of falling behind on lease payments for his struggling Greek restaurant, which were often paid in cash and funded with his own money or by his family in Melbourne. “It was a struggle, and all the adverse media didn’t make it any better.” He said the Serious Fraud Office had told him not to speak to anyone, and had turned family, friends and suppliers against him. Court proceedings continue. Source: One News and TVNZ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mourinho hails Wenger as one of the best

first_imgJose Mourinho has hailed his long-term rival Arsene Wenger as “one of the best managers in the history of football”.Both managers regularly had their squabbles and banter on the sidelines and off the pitch during their managerial careers in the Premier League.But the Portuguese gaffer admitted he always had “real respect” for Wenger, who received a Lifetime Achievement award at Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday.”Sport is tremendous, I had a long career but my passion for sport is intact, my passion for human beings is intact.”He changed football and still considered a mentor by the world stars who played for him.A man who truly understands #Laureus19 Sport for Good: Arsene Wenger pic.twitter.com/Wcin3t68G5— #Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019“There were some episodes along the road. I can only speak by myself. I really enjoyed the competition. But the real respect was always there,” said Mourinho, in a video message to Wenger.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“He made lots of history in that football club. The nickname is there – the Invincibles. Amazing. A coaching philosophy, the almost perfect team.“He is one of the best managers in the history of football.”Mourinho and Wenger are both without a club with the Portuguese currently considering a move to the French Ligue 1, a territory he is yet to exploit.AT LAST!! Jose Mourinho Finally Ends Longtime Quarrel With Arch Rival Arsene Wenger https://t.co/XfDt3a54jz pic.twitter.com/K5jxLqLj3c— iyknaija (@iyknaija) February 19, 2019Wenger, meanwhile, left Arsenal at the end of last season after 22 years in charge of the Gunners and the Frenchman admits there is no certainty he will return to management.“My future is unknown. Even for me,” said Wenger via Sky.“I enjoy daily life now and I have been travelling a lot recently all over the world.”last_img read more

Find the biggest piñata at Cinco de Wynwood

first_imgSounds like a wyn wyn situation — a little north of the border.Tony Albelo: “If you really want to embrace the Mexican culture, celebrate with our Mexican brothers and sisters, Cinco de Wynwood is the place to be.”Bartender: “Happy Cinco de Wynwood. Let’s go!”FOR MORE INFO:Cinco de Wynwood at MANA Wynwood2250 NW 2nd Ave.Miami, FL 33127https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinco-de-wynwood-tickets-33471758932Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. That’s gonna hold a lot of candy.Tony Albelo: “So inside the piñata, we’re going to have everything adult oriented or adult themed. Drink tickets, necklaces, beads, a little bit of everything. Trust me, there’s gonna be a few hidden surprises in there.”And at the bar — the margaritas are flowing.Bartender: “Oh yeah, this is gonna be good!”We’re talking premium tequila — and plenty of it.Tony Albelo: “A normal margarita, it’s gonna be a 10, 12 oz margarita. Our margaritas are 24 oz; the bigger the better.Bartender: “We’re gonna put some fresh tequila in this glass for you.” The fiesta is going strong all over SoFlo and Deco’s checking out Cinco de Wynwood — where you can get goodies from the largest piñata on earth!Get ready for a grande good time at Cinco de Wynwood. The street festival will feature food, drinks and music — so you can live large!Tony Albelo, event director: “Think of Cinco de Mayo, except colossal. It’s everything you would expect but bigger and better. Giant margaritas, all the food trucks are Mexican themed food, the tacos are bigger, the burritos are bigger.”Food trucks will serve up Mexican favorites — no hot dogs or hamburgers allowed!Tony Albelo: “Even if it’s a barbecue truck, that day they’re doing Mexican barbecue, they’re doing everything Mexican style.”Organizers also went big with a jumbo sized piñata.Tony Albelo: “It took two forklifts to bring it in. It took three days to build. It’s built out of aluminum, it’s the largest piñata ever to be hung in the world.” last_img read more

Kodiak Island looks at internet solutions for island communities

first_imgThe City of Kodiak has easy access to internet compared to many other rural locations in the state, but Kodiak Island’s village communities are struggling. Village residents, local Native corporations and community partners are trying to figure out how to bridge the digital gap.Listen nowPort Lions, on the North End of Kodiak Island, is home to a school, a library and a few lodges. It’s also home to Judith Clayton, who owns a bed-and-breakfast and has a background in education.In the island communities, students often use online resources and classes to supplement their educations.Clayton said internet connectivity is an ongoing battle for parents. She said the school and the library are the only realistic internet access points.“I hate to even think of doing anything at home on the computer because it’s so time consuming. The speeds are just phenomenally slow,” Clayton said.And since the school is closed during the summer, that leaves only the library for internet access for part of the year. Clayton said access there is unreliable and pricey. She said over the years, these issues took a toll on parents.“It became very, very critical in 2011, 2012 and to where we as a community were very, very frustrated and started looking at telecommunications,” Clayton said.Port Lions put together a broadband survey earlier in March, and Clayton said that’s when they connected with the Digital Inclusion Corps through the Alutiiq Museum in the City of Kodiak.The museum is one of five sites in the United States participating in the federally funded program, which is aimed at building digital knowledge and broadband infrastructure in rural areas.Development Assistant Jeff Garcie joined the staff in February to tackle the project. He said he’s been working with the island communities to assess their situations, touch base with residents, and brainstorm solutions.“We have a very unique situation here in Kodiak because of our lack of infrastructure where other communities are facing a lack of just digital education, Garcie said. “The infrastructure’s there, the connectivity is there, and it’s just a matter of learning. We have both people who aren’t comfortable using the internet and a lack of connectivity which is causing a digital divide.”Garcie said the microwave system on the island only goes so far. It has the ability to broadcast only a certain amount of data.“Without upgrading the microwave system to different radios, they’re limited on how much data can be pushed through those microwave towers,” Garcie said. “Right now, that’s the big problem for the villages, is A, getting the amount of data, which would cost a lot of money to upgrade those, and B, having the infrastructure in those villages to actually broadcast that data out to the houses.”Some communities are still working on getting a microwave tower. Garcie said Larsen Bay will install one in the fall and Karluk will follow.Garcie said he and some local representatives have joined together under the name of Kodiak Rural Connect to think up possible solutions. Among its members are the Afognak Native Corporation, Koniag Native Corporation and Old Harbor Native Corporation.Garcie said Kodiak Rural Connect will speak at the Kodiak Archipelago Rural Regional Leadership Forum in late September to share their ideas.last_img read more

Official PSA Group buys Opel and Vauxhall brands from General Motors for

first_imgA Peugeot car is pictured at the Opel plant in Bochum October 22, 2012ReutersPSA Group, the parent company of Peugeot, Citroen and DS Automobiles car brands has bought Opel and Vauxhall car brands from General Motors for a deal worth € 1.3 billion. The French multinational manufacturer also bought GM Financial’s European operations for € 0.9 billion.Also read: Peugeot to re-enter India with CK Birla Group; to use Hindustan Motors plant in ChennaiWith the addition of Opel and Vauxhall brands, PSA Group will overtake Renault to become the second-largest automotive company in Europe, with a 17 percent market share, behind Volkswagen.PSA’s buyout includes all of Opel and Vauxhall’s automotive operations, comprising Opel and Vauxhall brands, six assembly and five component-manufacturing facilities, one engineering center at Russelsheim and approximately 40,000 employees. GM will retain the engineering center in Torino, Italy. Opel and Vauxhall will also continue to benefit from intellectual property licenses from GM until its vehicles progressively convert to PSA platforms over the coming years. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and reorganisations, and is expected to close before the end of 2017. Opel and Vauxhall joins PSA groupPSA”We are proud to join forces with Opel/Vauxhall and are deeply committed to continuing to develop this great company and accelerating its turnaround,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman of the Managing Board of PSA.”We are very pleased that together, GM, our valued colleagues at Opel/Vauxhall and PSA have created a new opportunity to enhance the long-term performance of our respective companies by building on the success of our prior alliance”, said Mary T. Barra, GM chairman and chief executive officer.PSA, together with BNP Paribas, will also acquire all of GM Financial’s European operations through a newly formed 50/50 joint venture. This joint venture will be fully consolidated by BNP Paribas and accounted under the equity method by PSA.The GM has reported a loss of $257m from its European operations last year. It is the sixteenth consecutive loss-making year for GM in Europe. Hence it is logical to do away with the loss-making brands.last_img read more

Helsinki UrbanNature Interactive Invites WorldWide Visitors Via Flickr

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — CityWall is a large interactive touch display in central Helsinki Finland. The interactive 3D touch screen display portrays the ever changing landscape of Helsinki as nature and urban life interrelate. The touch screen and applications for the was created by Ubiquitous Interaction and MultiTouch under the auspices of the Helsinki Institute of Information Technology. The exhibit is co-funded by the 6th Framework Research Programme of the European Union. through the IPCity Project. The purpose of the interactive display is to promote a discussion on the benefits, burdens and adjustments city dwellers see in their daily lives relating to the natural world. CityWall–Helsinki Citation: Helsinki Urban/Nature Interactive Invites World-Wide Visitors Via Flickr (2008, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-10-helsinki-urbannature-interactive-world-wide-visitors.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Helsinki like many urban settings has an urban-wildlife dilemma. In recent years wild rabbits have moved to the city looking for vegetation and a warm place to hunker down and propagate. Helsinki´s city centers, gardens, parks and neighborhoods have been overtaken by rabbits. For some Helsinki residents the rabbits lumbering around monuments, hillsides and scrambling through the city presents a picturesque view. For other residents, the rabbits are a tremendous nuisance. City workers, avid gardeners, health and safety residents don´t find the rabbits one bit cute. Toppled over trash cans, rabbit pellets and destroyed gardens is not a pretty sight in their opinion. The city officials have decided to cull the rabbit population as a solution to the urban-wildlife dilemma. The CityWall interactive touch display allows visitors to upload pictures and comments to the Flickr page. The pictures and comments are then automatically included in the CityWall interactive exhibition in Helsinki. The pictures and comments are divided into two-categories. If you think the nature is a “nice thing” submit your comments and pictures to cwnicehki. If you wish to comment that nature can be a nuisance, submit your comments and pictures to cwnuishski. Everyone is welcome to submit comments and pictures. Anyone wishing to do so will need to use their own Flickr account or establish one at no charge. Contributors are urged to include tags like Helsinki, CityWall and cwhkirabbits if your comment is about the urban rabbits. Thus far the comments both for and against man´s interaction with nature in Helsinki are about even. Some contributors offer photos of Snow Geese causing traffic problems, overgrown bushes blocking bike paths and rabbits ravishing the Helsinki Botanical Gardens. Other contributors point out the difference between the Helsinki Hare and Rabbit. The Hare has longer, black-tipped ears and appears to have longer and more muscular legs. Another distinction is made between the Arctic Hare a family member of the Irish or Celtic Hare and the Brown Hare. Pictures of Hares engaging in pre-connubial boxing matches, resting by the seaside and parks provides a distinctly different view of man´s interaction with nature in an urban setting. Other contributors see both the positive and negative aspects of trees, plants and wild life and appear to be seeking answers for co-habitation with nature. Whether global warming is the cause of wildlife´s exodus into Helsinki or a combination of factors is up for discussion. The 3D interactive touchscreen with a world view stands for the proposition that all views are equally important in understanding the whole. last_img read more

The old fishing village of Kato Paphos due for upgrade

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneAN area in Kato Paphos, close to Apostolos Pavlou- Saint Paul’s pillar, known locally as the ‘old fishing village’ of Kato Paphos will see upgrading work get underway by the end of the year.The area, “Psarochori”, which is home to a number of small streets and old traditional buildings will be upgraded as part of an extension of other larger projects to connect and unify the archaeological sites of Kato Paphos, according to a Paphos municipality spokesman. It was granted €3.5m when President Nicos Anastasiades announced €60m worth of projects for Paphos in 2015.The spokesman told the Cyprus Mail that on Thursday, Paphos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos, signed agreements with Simpraxis Architects and PSquare Architects for architectural and construction studies to get underway.“The upgrading project will not include the buildings of the area, but the radical upgrading of the road network, the placing of services underground, such as telecommunications, and the landscaping of the squares and the wider area extending out from Saint Pauls’ pillar, in order to make it more attractive, accessible and functional not only for local residents, but also for the thousands of foreign visitors,” he said.He added that the project will complement the larger works of the unification of the archaeological sites of Kato Paphos, bringing with it all of the obvious advantages for culture, tourism and economy of the city.The famed pillar of Saint Paul which is popular with pilgrims and visitors, is named after the saint who visited Paphos on a missionary journey and is said to have been tied to the stone and lashed for preaching Christianity.It’s found next to the church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, which was built in the 13th century over the ruins of the largest early Byzantine basilica on the island. The floor of the basilica was covered with colourful mosaics, some of which are still preserved.Pope Benedict XVI also visited the church and pillar in June 2010.“Obviously no work will be undertaken at the church or its grounds, but in the surrounding areas to beautify it,” he stressed.Under the terms of the contract, the architectural studies and construction plans, along with the terms of the tender, will be completed by October 17, he said.“The public tender bidding process will immediately follow and the start of the construction works will get underway, probably before the end of the year.”In the meantime, he said that there are no plans to intervene and upgrade the main tourist strip of Ayiou Antoniou Street- known as ‘bar street’, part of which joins and connects to the area.“The municipality is not a businessman, there is nothing that we can do here,” he said.The street which runs parallel to the seafront in Kato Paphos is full of bars and clubs and is the town’s main ‘nightlife street’; it has seen visitor numbers decline over the years.For years complaints have been raised by locals and visitors that the area is ‘grotty and run down’ and in desperate need of upgrading and business owners have made numerous requests to the municipality to help to upgrade the area.However, one local resident that wishes to remain unnamed said that the blame lies firmly with the businesses who, for decades, have only been interested in quick profits.“It’s a very sad story, the bar owners have opened cheap bars, that offer a cheap product, there is noise all night, drunk tourists fighting and they are mostly cheap tourists. The owners create this situation and it’s by their own choice.”He added: “There is nothing of quality in this area, no good traditional food or cafes, nothing for the locals or quality tourists and nothing at all for families. Without this, nobody will go,” he said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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