(READ the full story from Grist.org)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePeople pee a lot, and four African teenage girls have actually figured out a way to make pee useful.They created a urine-powered generator — which can turn one liter of urine into six hours of electricity.They presented their invention this week in Lagos, Nigeria, at the fourth annual Maker Faire Africa.
This year, Istria is the head of the stars of our tourism, which in the first eight months achieved 3.190.000 arrivals, which is 200.000 arrivals more than last year, and as many as 1.060.000 more overnight stays than last year, ie a total of 20.880.000 overnight stays.Istrian County Prefect Valter Flego, in the presence of the director of the Istria County Tourist Board Denis Ivošević and the head of tourism Nada Prodan Mraković, presented today at the Rivalmare Boutique Hotel in Novigrad, the results of the tourist season. “Istria is the most tourist region in Croatia, which is confirmed by this year’s results, the best in the tourist history of Istria. After the end of August, we can freely say that Istria is the absolute champion of Croatian tourism with over 3 million arrivals and over 20 million overnight stays.”Pointed out the Istrian parish Valter Flego and added that one third of the total income from tourism in Croatia, was realized in Istria.According to the prefect Flego, the top results of Istrian tourism do not happen by chance, but are the result of a job well done and the synergy of the private and public sector, increased investment, and quality and strategic marketing. “Thanks to all this, Istria is today a clearly recognized brand focused on creating an experience tourism that is realized throughout the year”, Points out the Istrian prefect.Namely, tourism in Istria is aimed at stronger connections with agriculture, as well as the promotion of enogastronomy, cycling tourism, health and nautical tourism. In this way, the offer that is no longer related only to the coast is enriched and expanded. Also, the positive trend of investments of large hotel houses in Istria, which will amount to more than 200 million euros next year, continues. These investments will contribute to increasing the attractiveness of Istria and its competitiveness, and enable new employment.According to Flego, the County of Istria has developed and adopted a Master Plan for Tourism 2015-2025, which will create an even more competitive tourism management system. “The results we have achieved, with the distribution of funds so far and the resources we have at our disposal, show that Istria is a strong and successful tourist destination, to the pride of all of us.. But we can be even stronger, and this is only possible by resolving open burning issues in the country such as the issue of ownership of tourist land and the payment of sojourn tax. In this way, further investments will be encouraged, new jobs will be created and even higher revenues will be enabled in the tourism of Istria, from which the entire country will benefit.”.In accordance with the excellent tourist results as well as the announcements for the post-season, it is expected that by the end of the year Istria will have 3,8 million arrivals and approach the magic number of 25 million overnight stays. “The post-season, and especially the ninth month, which we consider an extended eighth month, according to all announcements by travel organizers, hoteliers and tour operators, will be extremely good until September 20.. We also expect a continuation in this positive trend. In the first five days of September, Istria already has 50.000 more overnight stays compared to the same period last year, which tells us that Istria has 10.000 more guests on a daily basis every day than it was last year.”Denis Ivošević, director of the Istria County Tourist Board, points out and adds that 3,3 million overnight stays are expected in July.
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Keita Balde Diao 1 Arsenal and Liverpool-linked Keita Balde Diao is set to leave Lazio after handing in a transfer request but Inter Milan are believed to be favourites to land the promising youngster.The Kop club have been tracking the 20-year-old forward and their hopes of signing the Senegalese star improved after he stunned Lazio by demanding a move away.Although Diao has struggled to breakthrough on a regular basis into the Biancocelesti first-team picture, both Liverpool and Arsenal have been tipped to launch bids in the region of £7m for the former Barcelona La Masia graduate.However, according to Tuttosport, Inter are hoping the lure of a long-term stay in Serie A will convince Diao to move to the San Siro rather than the Premier League.Diao registered just six league starts last term but clubs are well aware of the striker’s potential to become a big name on the big stage.
Across North Carolina, municipalities and arboriculture businesses are faced with the problem of what to do with urban trees that are removed due to age, pests, disease or damage. In fact, across the country, removal of urban trees produces an estimated 200 million cubic yards of wood residue annually, typically costing municipalities or businesses large sums to have that wood hauled to a waste facility.The Southeast Urban Wood Exchange is attempting to address this problem. “This website encourages the highest and best use of the urban wood resource by connecting the producers of the urban wood, like arborists and municipalities, with local businesses or individuals who want that wood,”said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This can add value and reduce the amount of wood entering the waste stream.”The N.C. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, in partnership with the N.C. Urban Forest Council, has relaunched the website, which was previously part of the Urban Hardwood Recovery Project. The site has been revamped to serve the Southeast.“Urban wood is an underutilized resource and marketing opportunity, and we hope that providing a way for those who have wood to connect with those who want wood will provide a service that will benefit communities, businesses and residents,” said Nancy Stairs, Urban Forestry Program coordinator with the N.C. Forest Service.The need for improving the visibility and accessibility of the urban wood market has been amplified by the rise in invasive insects and other threats to the health of municipal trees. Stairs said renewable wood resources help cities and towns avoid disposal costs and even generate revenue that can support pruning, replanting and other tree care activities.
Simdega: A Jharkhand court has sentenced two men to 25 years in prison for raping a 20-year-old woman in Simdega town in 2017. Additional district judge (I), Neeraj Kumar Srivastav, has found Vijay Kumar and Ajay Mishra guilty of the crime under sections of the Indian Penal Code and pronounced the quantum of the sentence against them on Saturday. The judge also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on them, additional public prosecutor Subhas Prasad said. On defaulting in payment of the penalty amount, the convicts will have to serve an additional jail term of six months, he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The incident had taken place on October 30, 2017 when the victim had gone to Simdega town to purchase medicines. The duo had kidnapped the victim and raped her at Ranikudar Jhumki hills near the town, before dumping her near Kherantoli village in the district. The woman had lodged an FIR with the Simdega police station, following which the two men were arrested. The same court had on Friday sentenced 20 year-old Sonu Lohara to 20 years rigorous imprisonment, besides slapping a fine of Rs 10,000 on him for raping a teenage girl in Simdega last year, Prasad said.
TORONTO – The federal government has made good on a promise to deliver $11 million to help the City of Toronto defray costs associated with an influx of asylum seekers, a development the province called “an insult” to taxpayers as it demanded further funds.Border Security Minister Bill Blair made the announcement Friday after meeting with Mayor John Tory, and said more financial support may be provided as talks with the city continue.“These initial funds have been allocated to help alleviate the immediate pressures being experienced by the City of Toronto,” Blair said. “We continue to work toward longer-term solutions.”Some of the money will be used to relocate hundreds of irregular border crossers who’ve spent the past few months in dormitories at two major Toronto-area colleges. They will be sent to hotels and motels, Blair said. The dorms at Humber and Centennial colleges will be empty before a previously announced deadline of Aug. 9, he added.More than 400 new arrivals were living in the dorms at one time, but Blair said that number has dropped considerably in recent days. He said officials reported 272 people still in residence as of Friday morning.“The federal government announcement today is an important step and helps us address the immediate pressure we faced in housing those living in the two Toronto dormitories,” said Tory. “The minister has also indicated further discussions that will be held on additional funding to come our way.”The $11 million earmarked for Toronto was announced in June as part of a $50-million commitment to Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba to help cover some of the costs they have borne as a result of the ongoing spike in asylum seekers crossing the Canada-U.S. border irregularly.Last week, the Ontario provincial government requested $200 million from the federal government to pay the costs of asylum seekers living in Ontario, including other areas in the province such as Ottawa. Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister responsible for immigration, sent a letter demanding the funding after she clashed with the Liberal government over its handling of the asylum-seeker issue.Blair said on Friday that the federal government is “not having a spat” with the province.“I’m very interested in working with the province,” said Blair, adding there are “ongoing discussions” with MacLeod regarding the province’s request. “I look forward to hearing more particulars on what those expenses might be.”A spokesman for Premier Doug Ford said details of the costs incurred by the province were outlined in MacLeod’s letter, which he said Ottawa hasn’t responded to.Simon Jefferies said Blair’s funding announcement on Friday was an “insult to Ontario taxpayers” who are still waiting for $200 million to pay for asylum seekers’ costs.“The province of Ontario is demanding the federal government pay their share of the costs related to the illegal border crossers and develop a real long term solution to the border crisis,” he said in a statement.” Tweets, photo-opportunities, and hotel rooms are not the answer.”Federal Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel also criticized the $11 million given to Toronto, saying it was “another example of an unbudgeted, band-aid solution” by the Liberal government.“Justin Trudeau can’t keep throwing money at this crisis and hope it will go away,” she said in a statement.A new survey released Friday shows two-thirds of Canadians consider the current situation involving irregular border crossers “a crisis.” The Angus Reid Institute online poll of 1,500 Canadians asked a number of questions gauging views on how government is managing the border.Among the findings are that almost half of respondents overestimated the number of irregular border crossers actually coming across the border, and that 59 per cent believed Canada is “too generous” to irregular migrants. Only 27 per cent of respondents said they believed most of the people crossing the border are genuine refugees.The polling industry’s professional body says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Blair said he had seen the results of the poll.“Unfortunately Canadians have a misperception of people coming and the circumstances of which they’re coming,” he said. “I believe that it is important that we address many of the misconceptions and misinformation that Canadians have heard that quite frankly causes fear.”Blair added that Ottawa is working with Ontario municipalities to finalize details on a triage system that would manage the flow of asylum seekers and ensure those municipalities have the capacity and resources to house them.Ottawa announced the triage system in April following concerns raised by the province of Quebec over an influx of asylum seekers flooding temporary housing facilities in Montreal. The system would redirect irregular border crossers from crowded shelters in both Montreal and Toronto.— with files from Teresa Wright in Ottawa.