Himachal experiences driest September in at least 17 years

Noble Horvath


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THE SOUTHWEST monsoon withdrew from Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, with the state recording a deficient rainfall this season and the driest September in at least the last 17 years, weather officials said.

During the monsoon season (June 1 till September 30), Himachal recorded 567.2 mm rainfall, which is 26 per cent below the long period average (LPA (50 years)) value of 763.5 mm, said a season summary report by IMD’s meteorological centre at Shimla. Last year, the monsoon rainfall was 10 per cent below normal and in 2018, it was 12 per cent above normal, it said. The total seasonal rainfall this year was the least since 2014, when a 37 per cent deficit was recorded.

The southwest monsoon had arrived in the state on June 24 this year, a day ahead of its normal date of arrival, and withdrew five days after its

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Harvest festival held to welcome China’s National Day holiday in E China village

Noble Horvath

Children take part in a painting competition with their parents during a harvest festival held to welcome China’s National Day holiday in Longxi Village, Yiwu City of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Sept. 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

 

Children have fun on a harvest festival held to welcome China’s National Day holiday in Longxi Village, Yiwu City of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Sept. 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

 

Children take part in a painting competition with their parents during a harvest festival held to welcome China’s National Day holiday in Longxi Village, Yiwu City of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Sept. 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

 

Tourists admire scenery of farm fields during a harvest festival held to welcome China’s National Day holiday in Longxi Village, Yiwu City of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Sept. 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Xu Yu)

 

Tourists admire scenery of farm fields during a harvest festival held to welcome China’s National Day holiday

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Park & Recreation Commission To Hold Public Hearing On FY2021 Community Matching Fund

Noble Horvath

Sep 25, 2020 at 7:35 PM

Park & Recreation Commission to
Hold Public Hearing on FY 2021 Community Matching Fund

For Immediate Release: September 25, 2020

The Park and Recreation Commission will hold a public
hearing to receive information and recommendations from staff on the applications
received for the Fiscal Year 2021 Community Matching Fund on Thursday, October 15 at 7
p.m. Following the public hearing, the
Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic emergency, the October 15, 2020
meeting of the Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission is being held
electronically pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3708.2(A)(3), the
Continuity of Government ordinance adopted by the City Council on June 20, 2020
or Sections 4-0.00(g) in HB29 and HB30 to undertake essential business. All of
the members of the Board and staff are participating from remote locations
through a Zoom Webinar. This meeting is being held

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Try out an Italian-style car tour with wine in Paso Robles

Noble Horvath

Drivers, start your engines. With many tours and events canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canossa Grand Tours is launching Italian-style car tour in the Paso Robles area during harvest. Four-day luxury road trips, called Grand Tour California, take travelers to Paso’s wineries and California 1. Tours will be offered weekly and are limited to 20 guests and/or 10 cars.

The Grand Tour costs $3,950 per couple per car, offering a safe way to travel in the age of COVID-19. Drivers take their own cars — yes, you can bring your Ferrari or Maserati, or rent one when you arrive — to take off-the-beaten-track vineyard drives, visit with winemakers and eat farm-to-table food along the way.

Bruce Munro's Field of Light at Sensorio.

Bruce Munro’s Field of Light at Sensorio, a field in Paso Robles, Calif.

(Serena Munro / From Bruce Munro)

The four-day, three-night tour includes lodging at Allegretto Vineyard Resort, an evening experience at the

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Japanese Court Opens Government and TEPCO to Further Fukushima Claims | World News

Noble Horvath

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese appeal court on Wednesday ruled that the state and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) could have taken steps to prevent the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and are therefore liable for compensation claims.

The ruling by the Sendai High Court, which upholds a lower court decision, means the government and TEPCO must pay 1.01 billion yen ($9.6 million) to 3,550 plaintiffs forced to flee their homes after a magnitude 9 earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated the country’s northeast and crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant, public broadcaster NHK reported.

The ruling could open up the government to further damage claims because thousands of other residents evacuated as reactors at the coastal power station overheated and released a radioactive cloud. While some people have returned home, areas close to the plant are still off limits.

The court said that the government could have taken measures to

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7 quaint destinations in India

Noble Horvath



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Restrictions on international travel and economic slowdown mean budget-friendly domestic vacations are the way forward. And if you’re wondering where to travel during COVID-19, here are seven spectacular hidden marvels in India you’d love to explore.

Orchha, Madhya Pradesh



a bridge over a body of water: where to travel during COVID-19


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where to travel during COVID-19

Orchha has many astounding palaces and temples dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, built by the Bundela Rulers. One of the most iconic sites is the chattris buildings that dot the landscape. The spires against the sky in the morning or at sunset is a magical sight. Then there is Jehangir Mahal, the 17th century Raja Mahal and the fountain-studded Phool Bagh. But the best experience in Orchha is sitting by the river Betwa and seeing the world pass by. Thrill-seekers can indulge in rafting and boating here.

Sindhudurg, Maharashtra



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Middle East’s first sovereign green bond sees strong demand

Noble Horvath

Egypt pulled in orders for nearly five times the $750 million size of the Middle East and North Africa’s first sovereign green bond, as it pushes ahead with antipollution and renewable energy projects.

The Arab world’s most populous nation sold the 5-year notes at a yield of 5.25%, well inside an opening target of about 5.75%, after amassing more than $3.7 billion of investor orders. The sale “put Egypt on the map of sustainable financing,” the Finance Ministry said.

Among those attracted were a “new investor base from Europe, the U.S., East Asia and the Middle East, as well as asset managers, pension, investment and insurance funds,” the ministry said in a statement. Such “high-quality,” long-term investors “will reduce price volatility.”

The bond forms part of Egypt’s strategy to lock in new financing sources and broaden the country’s investor base, steps that could in turn help lower its borrowing costs.

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World’s 10 most scenic airport landings for 2020

Noble Horvath

(CNN) — They say absence makes the heart grow fonder.

The world’s most scenic airport airport approaches, as ranked annually by booking platform PrivateFly, are this year looking more glorious than ever.

More than 6,000 frequent fliers and aviation enthusiasts took part in the 2020 poll, with voting taking place in February and March, just before travel restrictions to fight Covid-19 were introduced around the world.

The winner, for the third year in a row, is Ireland’s Donegal Airport. On the island’s northwest coast, there are sweeping views of rugged coastline, pristine beaches and the steep slopes of Mount Errigal on the approach to this regional airport in Carrickfinn.

While the top spot was held by an old favorite, there are six new entries in this new year’s top 10.

The highest new entry is Tanzania’s Msembe Airstrip, in second place, which serves East Africa’s Ruaha National Park.

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Wall Street closes higher as energy, financials lead broad rally

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(Reuters) – Wall Street rallied to close sharply higher on Monday as investors sought bargains among sectors hardest-hit by the coronavirus recession, now limping toward its ninth month.

All three major U.S. stock indexes made solid gains on the heels of the longest weekly losing streak in over a year for both the S&P 500 and the Dow.

But energy <.SPNY> and financials <.SPSY>, which suffered the most bruising blows from the economic shutdown, enjoyed the largest percentage gains among major S&P 500 sectors, all of which ended the session in the black.

“Today’s market is being led by energy and financials, but it’s a very well-balanced market,” said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness Counsel in New York. “Every sector is participating in this rally.”

However, even with Monday’s jump,

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Long to attempt “swim run” throughout Mount Desert Island

Noble Horvath

MOUNT DESERT — A local varsity coach and biathlete is set to attempt an arduous athletic endeavor for a good cause. 

Aaron Long, head outdoor track coach and assistant cross-country coach at Mount Desert Island High School, will be attempting what he is calling the “Acadia Ponds and Trails Swim Run” this weekend. The roughly 19mile journey will take Long across Mount Desert Island to raise money for the Mount Desert Nursery School. 

On Sunday, Long, who is also Mount Desert Nursery School’s executive director, will run the first leg of the trip from the MDI High School track to Mount Desert Campground. From there, he will traverse a stretch that includes Somes Sound, Somes Pond, Long Pond, Camp Beach Cliff on Echo Lake and Mile Rock before concluding his journey in Seal Cove. 

Long had originally planned for the “swim run” to be held as the

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