French council – IMOS Journal http://imos-journal.net/ Fri, 20 May 2022 17:19:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://imos-journal.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/favicon.png French council – IMOS Journal http://imos-journal.net/ 32 32 Gwynedd Council to create French-style stopover motorhome sites near county town centers https://imos-journal.net/gwynedd-council-to-create-french-style-stopover-motorhome-sites-near-county-town-centers/ Fri, 20 May 2022 09:10:17 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/gwynedd-council-to-create-french-style-stopover-motorhome-sites-near-county-town-centers/ Gwynedd Council has secured funding to develop a network of French style lay-bys allowing motorhomes to stay close to town centres. These small urban stops are common in France and CAMPRA – the campaign for Real Aires UK – has been pushing for them to be rolled out in the UK. Now Gwynedd Council has […]]]>

Gwynedd Council has secured funding to develop a network of French style lay-bys allowing motorhomes to stay close to town centres.

These small urban stops are common in France and CAMPRA – the campaign for Real Aires UK – has been pushing for them to be rolled out in the UK.

Now Gwynedd Council has received £240,000 in funding from the Welsh Government to develop its Aros-fan project which will improve assets such as public car parks in six destinations across Gwynedd. It will provide a network of locations that will create legitimate provisions for “overnight” parking and year-round sleeping for motorhomes.

Venues will need to be within walking distance of town centers with the idea that they help bring in money to the shops, pubs and restaurants in those communities.

It will also help reduce illegal and inappropriate parking by some RV owners.

READ MORE: Holidaymakers staying in Wales will NOT have to pay tourist tax for ‘years’

It is part of the Welsh Government’s Brilliant Basics investment fund and will be shared between 18 projects that will help deliver small-scale infrastructure improvements at strategically important tourist sites across Wales.

A full list of projects can be found at the bottom of the story.

Dafydd Williams, Environment Manager for Gwynedd Council, said: “Gwynedd Council has undertaken significant research into campervans in the county and listened to the views of communities, campervan owners coaches and campground operators to understand illegal or inappropriate overnight stays in the county.

“Through the Brilliant Basics funded project, we will pilot a network of up to six ‘Aros-fan’ sites across Gwynedd which will provide suitable overnight supply for campervans and motorhomes with their own onboard facilities. .”

Sioned Williams, Head of Economy and Community for Gwynedd Council, said: “To support the local economy, the six sites will be located within walking distance of key towns and destinations, have basic services and will operate a strict maximum of 48 hours. to stay.

“While these facilities will not be operational this summer, we expect all relevant infrastructure to be in place by spring 2023. If the pilot project is successful, the Board may consider the development of other Aros-fan facilities in the county in the future. “

Economy Minister Vaughan Gething said: “We are keenly aware of the important part that local tourist facilities have on a person’s overall experience on a day trip or holiday. These facilities often go unnoticed, but they are an important part of people’s experience when visiting Wales, while also benefiting those who live in the area.

“The £2.9 million of new funding I’m announcing today will go towards projects that will help us make our destinations more accessible and sustainable, and grow tourism for the good of Wales.”

Organization name

Project name and description

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Brecon Beacons APN

Access for all to the national park visitor centre.

Facilities will include disabled changing rooms and toilets, parking spaces and an all-terrain mobility scooter for hire

117,565.00

Powys CC

Powys Visitor Experience Improvement Project.

The project focuses on three key tourist sites in Powys; Brecon, Llandrindod Wells and Lake Vyrnwy. Each location will feature improvements that allow visitors to more efficiently navigate areas upon arrival, and locate and access key visitor highlights more easily.

210,400.00

Radio-Canada Conwy

Colwyn Bay wharf benches.

Seating will be provided on the newly renovated pier to enhance the visitor experience and provide much-needed seating for those with accessibility issues.

32,000.00

Radio-Canada Conwy

Improvements to maps, signage and tourist information in Conwy and Llandudno

21,200.00

Cyngor Gwynedd

Aros-fan

The ‘Aros-fan’ project will improve assets such as public car parks in 6 destinations across Gwynedd to develop a network of locations that will create legitimate arrangements for ‘overnight’ parking and sleeping throughout the year for motorhomes in Gwynedd.

240,000.00

Cyngor Gwynedd

Gwledig Padarn Park, Llanberis.

The project will make improvements to the parking lot in the Glyn area and will include charging stations for electric vehicles, bicycle shelters, an outdoor equipment washing area and earthworks.

250,000.00

Denbighshire CC

Improve Riverside Park (Llangollen)

Improvements will be made to this popular destination and will include mini-golf, play equipment, green infrastructure including e-bike charging stations, water play infrastructure, bandstand seating, signage, etc. interpretation and ramp access between levels of the park.

200,000.00

Flintshire CC

Parks for all.

The Parks for All project will upgrade and improve facilities for visitors and local communities at Wepre Country Park and Greenfield Valley, two of Flintshire’s most popular.

heritage green spaces. Facilities will include improved washrooms including changing facilities and accessible play equipment.

196,000.00

Isle of Anglesey CC

Mon Coastal Gates.

The project will support the delivery of the Môn Coastal Gateways project, which includes electric vehicle charging stations, e-bike chargers, bike storage and improvements to infrastructure works including digital interpretation and recycling facilities .

248,000.00

Snowdonia APN

Improved Morfa Mawddach, Gwynedd

The project will bring much-needed improvements to this popular site and includes car park improvements, refurbished public toilets, charging points for electric vehicles and bicycles.

72,000.00

Bridgend Radio Canada

Bridgend County Sustainable Coastal Path

The funding will enable the completion of the Porthcawl Cycle Scheme which will link the cycle route from Rest Bay to Harborside and from the town center to Trecco Bay. Smart recycling bins will also be located along the route.

52,000.00

Monmouthshire CC

Tintern Welcome

Tintern Welcome will make improvements to the visitor experience at Tintern’s main arrival points including the Abbey, car parks, village center bus stops and at the new arrival point where the Wye Valley Greenway (route walking and cycling) enters the village.

250,000.00

Carmarthenshire CC

Car park layout east of Burry Port.

The upgrades will include an accessible parking area with disabled parking spaces, additional EV charging points, e-bike charging facilities, 6 motorhome day parking areas, smart bins, a new signage and a durable drainage system.

248,000.00

Radio-Canada Neath Port Talbot

Electric vehicle charging and public facilities at Margam Country Park

The project includes charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and the renovation of public amenities facilities in the castle courtyard.

250,000.00

Pembrokeshire CC

Public convenience upgrades to improve inclusivity at Whitesands Beach.

Redevelop existing public amenities in Whitesands Beach to include the provision of changing toilets and a family room. A water filling station will also be installed along with improvements to the interior and exterior appearance of the facility to enhance the visitor experience.

158,900.00

Pembrokeshire CC

Tenby Beach Access Improvements.

Improvements to access to steps, handrails and access walks to North, Castle and South Tenby Beaches.

42,000.00

PAN of Pembrokeshire coast

Gwnewch y pethau bychain.

Improved access will be seen at select Pembrokeshire beaches for wheelchair users which will provide a walkway over the sand, a portable changing structure with a winch and beach wheelchairs. The project will also see boardwalk access at Poppit Sands and the creation of a new viewing platform. In addition, a pilot e-bike rental program will be implemented at St David’s.

160,688.00

Swansea Council

Change places at Rhossili and Mumbles.

Installation of Changing Places prefabricated toilets at Rhossili & Mumbles.

148,576.00

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Howard County Council District 5 Candidate Joan U. Pontius – Baltimore Sun https://imos-journal.net/howard-county-council-district-5-candidate-joan-u-pontius-baltimore-sun/ Tue, 17 May 2022 20:06:22 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/howard-county-council-district-5-candidate-joan-u-pontius-baltimore-sun/ Howard County CouncilDistrict 5 Joan U. Pontius Democratic 60 Ellicott City, Howard County Retired data analyst/project manager with a specialization in bioinformatics I have a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in Biology from the Université Libre de […]]]>

Howard County Council
District 5

Joan U. Pontius

Democratic

60

Ellicott City, Howard County

Retired data analyst/project manager with a specialization in bioinformatics

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in Biology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. After living in Belgium for 8 years, I speak French and Dutch conversationally. During my career, I trained as a project manager and obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Community activism. Testimony before county and state authorities. Active in Howard County-related social media websites. Howard County Green Party Co-Chair Maryland Green Party Treasurer

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the county and how would you address it?

he biggest problem in Howard County is the lack of a sustainable economy. In an effort to increase revenue, the county often turns to converting open space into residential and commercial lots, which then results in overcrowded schools, environmental damage, segregated communities, loss of open space, and a excessive stormwater runoff. This short-sighted planning leads to higher costs instead of savings.

Is the county doing all it can to reduce flooding in Ellicott City? If not, what more should be done?

The county must: -Stop development causing storm water runoff. -Keep spaces open. -Hold back stormwater before it reaches Main Street.

What would you do to increase the number of affordable housing units? Where does affordable housing rank among your priorities for the county?

Acres and acres of “starting at $900,000” home developments are converting our open spaces into high-maintenance, high-energy homes and leading to segregated communities. I would love to see any new development include a range of home prices, as well as rental properties. I would like energy efficiency standards to include energy consumption per capita. Affordable housing is a crucial topic as it relates to school, social diversity, energy use and preservation of open spaces.

What are your plans to increase or improve public transportation in the county?

Public transportation is important not only for reducing emissions, but also for reducing traffic congestion, travel costs, and for providing HoCo residents with access to various resources in the county. Ideally, I would like to see the use of public transport encouraged by the provision of free shuttles. I would also like to see roads expanded west of Howard County, so residents can more easily access amenities in Columbia, such as medical facilities, stores, and businesses.

What plans do you have to help the county and its businesses successfully emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic?

Maintain availability of testing sites and home testing so individuals know when to self-quarantine. Prioritize high-speed Internet access to enable telecommuting for workers and students. Use state and federal funds intended to provide relief to small businesses and residents.

What do you think of the future growth and economic development of the department?

Howard County is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation and traditionally has low unemployment. Future growth must benefit all of our residents. We need to encourage the start-up of small businesses that can pay themselves and their employees a living wage. Having our workers earn a living wage will help reduce economic disparities in the county.

What role can the county government play to improve education in county schools?

The county must: -provide funds to reduce overcrowding -reject real estate developments that, through pricing or age restrictions, lead to segregated communities -ensure homes and schools have high internet access throughput for distance learning – increase technical training and opportunities for students who are not college-bound

What efforts should county schools make to address systemic racism in education and society?

It is crucial that schools provide students with a thorough understanding of the basics of civil rights and equally important that students are aware of society’s ongoing struggles for equality. Some of this can be addressed through lesson plans. Other aspects such as bullying need to be addressed by student counselors and perhaps even family counselors. It is equally important to lead by example and provide equitable access to education for all students up to secondary school. Given the racial wealth disparities in Howard County, it is important that all opportunities such as sports, summer schools, and even community colleges are not limited by family income. It is crucial that non-English speaking students receive language lessons so that they can integrate quickly with other students.

What steps should the county take to improve public safety?

The county must continue its vigilance on recent public safety issues such as Covid, gang activity and human trafficking. The county must also find and address the root cause of excessive stormwater runoff to prevent flooding, loss of life, and destruction of property. As traffic returns to pre-Covid levels, it will be important to follow national highway recommendations and make any necessary road improvements.

What is the impact of climate change on the county and what can be done locally to deal with the effects?

The county must prepare for flooding, extreme heat and cold, and seasonal changes. The destruction caused by flooding in Ellicott City and elsewhere will continue without the prevention of excessive stormwater runoff. The need for air conditioning on extremely hot days could lead to brownouts. The county should work with BGE to restructure its energy conservation incentives and make them adhere to federal pricing regulations by offering lower prices to low-power customers. Changing seasons will affect agriculture. It will be important to increase the variety of county agriculture in scale types and plant types. This could be done by encouraging small-scale vegetable growing, facilitating the distribution of local produce from large farms, and organizing pick-your-own events to help local farms harvest their crops.

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EU – Participation of Jean-Yves Le Drian in the Foreign Affairs Council (Brussels, 16 May 2022) https://imos-journal.net/eu-participation-of-jean-yves-le-drian-in-the-foreign-affairs-council-brussels-16-may-2022/ Mon, 16 May 2022 15:28:35 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/eu-participation-of-jean-yves-le-drian-in-the-foreign-affairs-council-brussels-16-may-2022/ The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, is today taking part in the Council of EU Foreign Ministers. The 27 ministers will discuss EU support for the Western Balkan countries, first among themselves, then joined by their six regional counterparts. Mr. Le Drian will remind Ministers that strengthening their engagement with these […]]]>

The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, is today taking part in the Council of EU Foreign Ministers.

The 27 ministers will discuss EU support for the Western Balkan countries, first among themselves, then joined by their six regional counterparts. Mr. Le Drian will remind Ministers that strengthening their engagement with these countries is one of the priorities of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU. He will remind his regional counterparts of the importance of alignment with the sanctions taken by the EU in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine and will recall France’s commitment to meet their European aspirations.

Ministers will discuss the Ukrainian crisis in the presence of Ukrainian and Canadian Foreign Ministers Dmytro Kuleba and Mélanie Joly. Mr Le Drian will reaffirm the EU’s full support for Ukraine, its independence and its territorial integrity. He will highlight the extent of Europe’s response to Russian aggression in the military, financial and humanitarian fields, as well as in the area of ​​sanctions, the fight against impunity, support for affected third countries and the fight against the manipulation of information. He will stress the need to deal with the repercussions of this Russian-imposed war on food security.

Ministers will also discuss the issue of Finland’s and Sweden’s early NATO membership. Mr. Le Drian will repeat that France fully supports this sovereign choice.

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Virginia Beach City Council must protect West Neck – The Virginian-Pilot https://imos-journal.net/virginia-beach-city-council-must-protect-west-neck-the-virginian-pilot/ Sat, 14 May 2022 22:10:28 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/virginia-beach-city-council-must-protect-west-neck-the-virginian-pilot/ The current owner of the former Signature at West Neck golf course, formerly an Arnold Palmer course, is trying to maximize his profits by selling the golf course to condominium builders who would build a series of condos on the driving range and fairways of the golf field. Fortunately, no sale has taken place since […]]]>

The current owner of the former Signature at West Neck golf course, formerly an Arnold Palmer course, is trying to maximize his profits by selling the golf course to condominium builders who would build a series of condos on the driving range and fairways of the golf field. Fortunately, no sale has taken place since the owner must ask the city to rezone the land of the golf course for the construction in question.

That’s the problem: the golf course land was already included in the original density planning that approved the 936 homes that make up our community. Any zoning changes would not be consistent with the city’s overall plan or its transition zone guidelines. Building on the property would flaunt the “rules” and in fact disrespect all previous developers who have built within the defined transition zone of the city. Our West Neck Board of Directors and the majority of owners want the new owner to revitalize the golf course (or at least cut the grass, weeds and vegetation) and offer it for sale as a golf course prestigious as it is. City Council must stand firm in protecting our unique community by not voting to rezone the golf course if, or when, it comes before them.

Joseph Kuhn, resident of West Neck, Virginia Beach

Re “Military Orders” (Your Views, May 12): Writer Glenn Neklason said military men don’t have control of their bodies when they’re sent to war, it’s true. But these men made the choice to join the army; they weren’t forced to.

Re “Limits for men” (Your Views, May 12): Writer Webb Lancaster gave examples of where men are ruled by wealthy older white men. Each example applies equally well to women, and again these are choices made.

Re “Reverse it” (Your Views, May 12): The author ignores that the Constitution was written by rich old white men for rich old white men. John Bloom contradicts his argument by asserting that the Constitutional Party of Virginia will protect the rights of everyone, which would include the right of women to control their own bodies and lives as well as that of a fetus. How they propose to do this is a mystery. The Fifth Amendment protects the “right to life,” which includes women. When the Constitution was written, women were essentially property.

The real problem is that the MAGA party (formerly the GOP) is actively taking away rights from Americans, from the right to vote to women’s rights, to LGBTQ people, to everyone outside of their white matriarchal society. Roe v. Wade isn’t just about abortion; it is about a woman’s right to health care and to have control over her body and her life. They don’t care about a woman who has been raped or who has been the victim of incest. They don’t care about the child once it’s born. They are all about control. Vote wisely in November.

Susan Clark, Suffolk

Those of us in our 70s and 80s still have memories of life before 1973. For those pro-life believers, you have no idea. My friends and I didn’t even know what was going on to get pregnant, was it “french kissing”?

At 15, my friend and I were planning our future. We knew she would graduate first. All the boys we knew were terrible flirters; we may have teased, but still lived by the advice of our parents. So I was jealous when my friend went to her older cousin’s party. I couldn’t wait to hear all that. But she slept the next day and her mother said she was sick.

A few months later she said she was leaving for Arizona to visit her aunt, a tearful confession followed letting me know she was pregnant. She promised she would be home soon – and she was, in a coffin. His family was destroyed, his friends left with a horrible memory.

Please understand, no one, no matter how liberal, is pro-abortion. However, we love life and cherish our health. Making the choice to terminate a pregnancy is heartbreaking in itself. Yet we cannot go back in time. We cannot afford to lose even one more friend. Would we build orphanages to house unwanted children, which was the norm at the time? Learn the truth about the past. Pray that you never lose a loved one to a clandestine and illegal situation, because that is what will happen if Roe v. Wade is canceled.

Kimberle Rizzo, Virginia Beach

Re “Global Pollution” (Your Views, May 10): The author implies that there is nothing the United States can do to stop the rest of the world from continuing to pollute the world. The author needs some facts of British, French or even Spanish colonialism, that through 100 to 400 years of rule they left countries depleted in resources for the benefit of their own lands.

Coal has been imposed on countries like India and China. The United States has 5% of the world’s population, but uses about 25% of the world’s resources and outsources the production of buckets, nuts, bolts and telephones. How dare we say they are carbon polluters.

If they were produced here, the carbon footprint will increase here. The climate justice movement says it is worried about the future, but what future for children in Africa, Asia and Latin America who worry about the present? When 2.3 billion people can’t eat now and the West says to cut back on your intake, now try saying that to a child who hasn’t eaten in days. There is no future to think about until Western society fixes the present in these countries.

Ray Patel, Chesapeake

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Kosovo bids for Council of Europe in move sure to irritate Serbia https://imos-journal.net/kosovo-bids-for-council-of-europe-in-move-sure-to-irritate-serbia/ Thu, 12 May 2022 16:49:55 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/kosovo-bids-for-council-of-europe-in-move-sure-to-irritate-serbia/ Russian forces appear to have suffered more setbacks in Ukraine as Moscow faces mounting accusations of war crimes committed since its unprovoked invasion began. Ukrainian forces managed to prevent an attempt to cross the Russian river into the Donbass, the British Ministry of Defense shelp in regularly updating information May 13. The ministry said footage […]]]>

Russian forces appear to have suffered more setbacks in Ukraine as Moscow faces mounting accusations of war crimes committed since its unprovoked invasion began.

Ukrainian forces managed to prevent an attempt to cross the Russian river into the Donbass, the British Ministry of Defense shelp in regularly updating information May 13.

The ministry said footage suggests Russia lost armored equipment and deployed bridging equipment while attempting to cross the Siverskiy Donets River west of Severodonetsk, the report said, adding that Russian forces did not failed to make significant progress in the region.

Russian commanders are therefore under increasing pressure from their superiors and are employing increasingly risky strategies on the battlefield, the report says.

Live briefing: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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Ukraine also said it damaged a Russian Navy logistics vessel near Snake Island, a strategic outpost in the Black Sea.

Ukrinform, Ukraine’s national news agency, quoted Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the regional military command which includes Odessa, as saying in a telegram message that the ship had been set on fire.

The agency reported that the Russian Navy “lost” the Vsevolod Bobrov in the alleged strike off Snake Island.

The claim could not be independently verified and there was no confirmation from the Russian side of damage to any of its warships in the Black Sea.

The FleetMon sea tracking information website identifies the Vsevolod Bobrov as a 95-meter-long transport vessel.

Throughout the 11-week conflict, Russian forces have been accused of committing atrocities including the killing of unarmed civilians, torture and rape.

Documenting such atrocities, on May 12 the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) overwhelmingly approved a resolution to open an investigation into alleged abuses by Russian troops in areas of Ukraine which they temporarily controlled.

The UNHRC resolution cited apparent cases of torture, shootings and sexual violence, as well as other atrocities documented by a UN team on the ground.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, who leads the council, said earlier that thousands of bodies were found in the Kyiv region after Russian forces withdrew, which could be evidence of war crimes.

“The scale of unlawful killings, including indications of summary executions in areas north of Kyiv, is shocking,” Bachelet said.

The HRC resolution coincided with the release by CNN and the BBC of alleged security camera footage on May 12 showing a Russian soldier shooting two Ukrainian civilians in the back on March 16 on the outskirts of kyiv.

One man died on the spot, the other shortly after, according to the media.

On May 12, previously neutral Finland made a seismic policy shift, announcing it would seek NATO membership “without delay”, amid Moscow’s ongoing war in Ukraine, which President Vladimir Putin said he launched to prevent the expansion of the alliance, reshaping Europe’s security architecture. .

Finland, which shares a 1,340 kilometer border and a turbulent relationship with Russia, has stepped up cooperation with NATO since Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014.

The announcement from Helsinki prompted Russia to warn that it would have to take “military-technical” measures in response.

Helsinki will announce Finland’s official decision on a membership application on May 15, while another Nordic country, traditionally neutral Sweden, is also expected to announce its intention to join NATO in the coming days.

NATO officials have indicated that Finland’s and Sweden’s membership protocols could be signed when the alliance holds a summit in Madrid on June 28-29 if formal applications land on the secretary general’s desk. NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, by the end of this month.

Russian forces continue to shell a steel mill in the southern port city of Mariupol, which is the last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance, its defenders said.

Ukraine offered to release Russian POWs in exchange for the safe evacuation of seriously injured fighters trapped inside the Azovstal steelworks.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said negotiations were underway to release the injured. She said there were different options, but “none of them are ideal”.

Russia has not confirmed any discussion on the subject.

Officials have said in recent weeks that around 100,000 residents could still be trapped in Mariupol, which had more than 400,000 residents before the war.

Russian and Ukrainian authorities agreed to ceasefires to evacuate residents, but those efforts mostly failed.

As fighting raged in southern and eastern Ukraine, kyiv said it would not reopen the suspended Sokhranovka gas transit route between Russia and European customers until it had gained control of its gas transit system.

The flow of gas from Russia to Europe has meanwhile declined, raising fears for Germany and other economies heavily dependent on this energy source.

Russian energy giant Gazprom said it would stop supplying gas through the Polish part of the Yamal-Europe pipeline, while Kyiv said it would not reopen a pipeline route it closed this week unless he regains control of areas from Moscow-backed fighters.

With reports from AP, Reuters, AFP and dpa

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Tribal Council approves $75 million for ‘theme show’ and site development at exit 407 https://imos-journal.net/tribal-council-approves-75-million-for-theme-show-and-site-development-at-exit-407/ Wed, 11 May 2022 12:58:20 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/tribal-council-approves-75-million-for-theme-show-and-site-development-at-exit-407/ One of the world’s largest amusement park companies, based in France, Puy du Fou, is teaming up with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to create a “theme show” centered on Cherokee history on the property of 200 acres under development by Kituwah LLC, off Interstate 40 at Exit 407 in Sevier County. The Cherokee […]]]>

One of the world’s largest amusement park companies, based in France, Puy du Fou, is teaming up with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to create a “theme show” centered on Cherokee history on the property of 200 acres under development by Kituwah LLC, off Interstate 40 at Exit 407 in Sevier County.

The Cherokee Tribal Council voted May 11-1 to appropriate $75 million for the project, including $45 million budgeted for attraction construction and $30 million for site development costs on the entire 80-acre section of the property slated for Phase 1 development. The Puy du Fou project is expected to control 4-5 acres when it opens in 2024.

“This project in Tennessee developed with EBCI means a lot to us: it will initiate our presence on American soil, where there are so many great stories to tell”, Nicolas de Villiers, President & Artistic Director of Puy du Fou . “As lovers of history and cultural roots, we are proud and honored to partner with the EBCI Tribe to achieve this goal.”

Twice voted “Best Theme Park in the World”, Puy du Fou operates an original flagship park in France that attracts more than 2.3 million visitors each year and only follows Disneyland Paris for the most in the country. The park features multiple shows, vintage villages, and more than half a dozen on-site resorts custom designed and built with authenticity as the focal point. The company now has attractions in Spain, the Netherlands, the UK and China.

This would be its first foray into the US market, and under the agreement, Kituwah LLC would have first right of refusal on any future US projects.

“We are excited to take the first steps towards developing this world-class attraction that will help sustain our nation economically while creating a new platform to share dimensions of Cherokee history that many have never heard” , Tribal Council Chairman Richard French said in a statement.

The concept

The tribe’s relationship with Puy du Fou at exit 407 will be similar to its relationship with Caesar’s Entertainment at its casinos. The tribe will own the property, building and business through a newly formed company called Cherokee Rose, which in turn is owned by Kituwah LLC, but Puy du Fou will design and operate the attraction.

The attraction itself will consist of a 125,000 to 175,000 square foot “retail entertainment” dining and entertainment space, with an immersive show that will be the first of its kind in the United States, said Matthew Cross, CEO of OE Experiences, the Knoxville-based experience development company that represented Kituwah and The 407 in their global search for ideal partners.

“The closest example would be something like Titanic over there in Pigeon Forge where you walk around a themed space, but it’s much more about immersion and the authenticity of actually being there,” said said Cross. “And those sets are complemented by live actors, which is sort of Puy du Fou’s signature.”

“The vocation of Puy du Fou is to tell stories in an innovative, original and rooted way,” said Manon Rigaudeau, Puy du Fou’s international press officer. “This new immersive show is the embodiment of this vocation: it will plunge visitors into the heart of a moving epic, from the Appalachians to the plains of Champagne.

Puy du Fou is one of the only companies in the world to create its own creative design and operate the attraction, allowing it to “seamlessly integrate” guest experiences into the space.

The show itself will present the “authentic and heartbreaking” story of Cherokee heroism during World War I through a “fully immersive” show that will take guests on a “patriotic and moving journey for the whole family”, according to a news. Release.

“These were Cherokees who actually participated on behalf of the Allies, and this experience will put you in the thick of the action as someone who travels overseas with them and has that experience,” Cross said. “Our goal, as is the goal of any experience, is for it to be highly transformative. This is going to be a very emotional yet very positive story, and we hope everyone comes away with a sense of admiration for a story that many people don’t know and which, in my opinion, deserves to be told.

Council debate

During a May 5 Tribal Council discussion, Big Cove representative Teresa McCoy said the proposal met with a favorable reception from Big Cove residents when she discussed it with them at a meeting. She said she was also “comfortable” with the decision, despite the steep price tag.

“If we give the information to our people, they will read it and make their own decisions and take away the fear of us sitting here and handing out $75 million, because it’s scary,” she said. . “He is.”

Birdtown representative Albert Rose was the only one to vote against the project. He disputed that the tribe, not Puy du Fou, would pay to build the attraction and wondered what the return on investment would be. His instinct is that it’s not a good deal, he says.

“Commercial games, you’re going to get a pretty quick return,” he said. “This, I don’t know when I was going to get it back.”

Registered member Ernest Tiger also spoke out against the proposal.

“I just think the money could be better spent,” he said. “Why not spend $75 million and buy every member of the tribe a house?”

Progress on the 407

Buc-ee’s, the first company to announce its partnership with Kituwah, is currently working to vertically build what will be the world’s largest convenience store when it opens next summer. The entire 80 acres of Phase 1 is now the subject of letters of intent from restaurants, retail chains and concepts looking to build there. Although these letters are not binding, Cross expects the Puy du Fou announcement to prompt these companies to make their own public commitments. In December, the Tribal Council voted to allow another of its LLCs, EBCI Holdings, to proceed with construction of a sports betting bar on the property.

In addition to work at Buc-ee, fine grading has begun for the construction of a Marriott Courtyard owned by Kituwah LLC. The tribe hopes to see this facility open in 2023, but achieving that goal will be “challenging” given current supply chain issues, Cross said.

Cross said he doesn’t anticipate any zoning issues with the development, as the property was designated as a tourism improvement district before the tribe purchased it in 2019. However, he said the developers are discussing the how the current labor shortage might impact development plans and considered potential solutions, including labor housing, and also assessed infrastructure needs in the community.

“Many new timelines all start at the same time after a milestone like this, but we pay a lot of attention to the City of Sevierville, Sevier County, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation regarding area infrastructure and which is necessary to support not just our development, but the community itself.

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Can Hastings become a destination for arts and culture? His council hopes so https://imos-journal.net/can-hastings-become-a-destination-for-arts-and-culture-his-council-hopes-so/ Mon, 09 May 2022 21:30:32 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/can-hastings-become-a-destination-for-arts-and-culture-his-council-hopes-so/ Hastings is getting a makeover – the town known as the birthplace of the Mongrel Mob is repositioning itself as a mecca for arts and culture. Renovated Municipal Chambers will open in July and August after years of change Photo: RNZ / Tom Kitchin There are millions of dollars of investment all over the neighborhood […]]]>

Hastings is getting a makeover – the town known as the birthplace of the Mongrel Mob is repositioning itself as a mecca for arts and culture.

Renovated Municipal Chambers will open in July and August after years of change
Photo: RNZ / Tom Kitchin

There are millions of dollars of investment all over the neighborhood and new developments are soon to open in the city center.

Heretaunga St East becoming the cornerstone of the town with multiple bars, restaurants, a specialist chocolate shop and a French bakery among others.

Local bar The Common Room is here and celebrated its ninth year over the weekend.

It’s an alternative-style craft pub, billing itself as ‘the cutest little bar in Hastings’.

Owner Gerard Barron said in its early days there was a sex shop across the road, a labor and income office and closed shops.

“It was pretty dark, Hastings like a lot of provincial towns cross the country through Rogernomics and everything, the freezing works were closed in Whakatu, it was a rough time, and obviously we have the Mongrel Mob here – and it was a bit of a ghost town – there were a lot of tumbleweeds.”

The owner of the common room, Gérard, appreciates

Common room owner Gerard appreciates Hastings ‘worker honesty’
Photo: RNZ / Tom Kitchin

His bar was the first boutique, specialty style in this space.

“It was a lonely few years, sitting by myself and a lot of people saying I was crazy – a lot of established bar owners in Havelock [North]they admitted to me later that they gave me six months.”

Jill Laird of the Coco and Co gift shop agreed, saying the area had changed significantly.

“The whole street environment has changed, the people on the street have changed – for the better – so much nicer.”

Yet the constant road works, due to the developments, had not been good for business.

“It’s affected us quite a bit, it’s been pretty quiet, it’s affected foot traffic.”

Across the road at wine bar Decibel, Paul Sanders called roadworks a short-term pain for a long-term gain.

“So it was quite uncomfortable, obviously it affected our traffic,” he said.

“It seems to have calmed down at least immediately – there’s still some road work going on up higher.”

He was looking at the next block, where half the street was blocked off as the council renovated old municipal buildings.

This is a huge multi-million dollar project – Toitoi – which aims to revitalize the arts and culture of Hastings.

The opera house next door has finished and the municipal buildings are a few weeks away from opening. There will be a brand new i-Site, specialty shops and a huge upstairs ballroom.

The Municipal Chamber Ballroom, which is expected to open in mid-winter

The Municipal Chamber Ballroom, which is expected to open in mid-winter
Photo: RNZ / Tom Kitchin

The development is led by Hastings District Council.

Its managing director, Nigel Bickle, said the project was slow to come because the area was closed for earthquake reinforcement.

“It will have been an eight year journey and a $40 million investment to bring that back – but as a space that is fundamentally for the community, but also as a place, for Hastings, we are trying to position ourselves as a true destination for arts and culture.”

Hastings District Council chief executive Nigel Bickle said Hastings is repositioning itself as a true arts and culture destination.

Hastings District Council chief executive Nigel Bickle said Hastings is repositioning itself as a true arts and culture destination.
Photo: RNZ / Tom Kitchin

He said road closures were never welcome, but the council had tried to be transparent.

“It’s disruptive, and I think you have to try to be upfront in the business world saying ‘this is why we’re doing it, how can we do it in a way that minimizes disruption? “

The official reopening of municipal buildings is scheduled for August.

There are over 40 commercial and industrial developments in the Hastings district – including a new $100 million automated packing station for Turners and Growers Orchards – one of the biggest, if not the biggest in the southern hemisphere, and the second largest wind farm in New Zealand.

As for Hastings’ appeal, Gerard Barron put it in blunt terms.

“I think there’s a certain working-class honesty here. I think Napier is our pin-up for tourism and all, but there’s only a limited number of Art Deco buildings that I can take care of me.”

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🌱 North Toledo SWAT Standoff + City Council Health Clinic Controversy https://imos-journal.net/%f0%9f%8c%b1-north-toledo-swat-standoff-city-council-health-clinic-controversy/ Fri, 06 May 2022 21:24:16 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/%f0%9f%8c%b1-north-toledo-swat-standoff-city-council-health-clinic-controversy/ Happy Saturday neighbours! Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Toledo today. First, today’s weather forecast: Costs; cloudy, then some sun. High: 60 Low: 43. Here are the top five stories from today in Toledo: Kenneth Prior30 years old, is in custody after a North of Toledo stalemate with Toledo Police and […]]]>

Happy Saturday neighbours! Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Toledo today.


First, today’s weather forecast:

Costs; cloudy, then some sun. High: 60 Low: 43.


Here are the top five stories from today in Toledo:

  1. Kenneth Prior30 years old, is in custody after a North of Toledo stalemate with Toledo Police and CRUSH happened Thursday night Ontario Street North. Law enforcement was alerted to the scene after Richard Richardson36 years old, had been transported to St. Vincent Medical Center after being shot. (WNWO NBC 24)
  2. William R. Gergich31, died after his car was hit by a vehicle driven by Joshua Whitaker31 years old, the Path of Alexis near Douglas around 6 p.m. Thursday. whitaker lost control of his vehicle and Toledo Fire and Rescue had to extract three individuals from the scene. (With)
  3. Toledo Police are looking for a suspect who broke into Cherry Street Mission on April 24 and stole a television. (WTOL)
  4. A project to convert the old Mott Branch Library build a health center managed by Benevolence Health has been the subject of controversy. Many Members of the Toledo City Council accuse Sandy Spang, Toledo Business Services Commissionernot to disclose that she served on the board of directors of Benevolence Health when promoting the sale of the building. (WTVG)
  5. Daylen Dunson22 years old, Cleveland Heights became the sixth suspect to plead guilty to death by hazing of Stone Foltz, student at Bowling Green State University. dunson is accused of providing false information to investigators following at Foltz the hospitalization and instruction of other members of Pi Kappa Alpha suppress evidence of the incident. (WNWO NBC 24)

Today in Toledo:

  • Maker’s Mart, Handmade Toledo (11:00)
  • LIVE WIRE – The ultimate AC/DC experience at Hollywood casino (20:00)
  • Searching for your home’s history – Toledo Public Library – Main Branch (11:00)
  • National Comic Book Day – Toledo Public Library – Main Branch (2:00 p.m.)
  • Watercolor – Sanger Branch Library (2:30 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Ohio Bill 631 would require health departments to “promote and increase the distribution” of COVID-19 treatments that have not been approved by the FDA, such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. ProMedica’s Vice President of Health and Safety, Dr. Brian Kaminski expressed reservations about politicians promoting ineffective treatments. (WTOL)
  • open-air opera returns to the Toledo Botanical Garden with weekly performances scheduled for the rest of the month. (BG independent media)
  • the Department of Economic Development of the City of Toledo is implementing a new program aimed at streamlining local development projects. The “Pre-development meetingswill provide training on state and municipal codes, timelines and the inspection process. (WTVG)
  • the Perrysburg Farmer’s Market returns for another season this week. (WNWO NBC 24)
  • Cinco de Mayo was celebrated this week by the El Corazón de Mexico Ballet Folklorico Dance Group. holiday brands from Mexico victory over the French Empire to Battle of Puebla in 1862. (WNWO NBC 24)

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You are now in the loop and ready to start this Saturday! I will see you soon.

Brad King

About me: I’ve always been from northwest Ohio and graduated from the University of Toledo (Go Rockets!). I’m old enough to remember when the Mud Hens were still playing Maumee. The City of Glass has seen an amazing revitalization, and I’m excited to share every update with you!

Do you have a topical tip or a suggestion for an upcoming Toledo Daily? Contact me at toledo@patch.com

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Newport City Council will hold their next regular council meeting on May 11, here’s a look at what’s on their docket https://imos-journal.net/newport-city-council-will-hold-their-next-regular-council-meeting-on-may-11-heres-a-look-at-whats-on-their-docket/ Fri, 06 May 2022 11:59:05 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/newport-city-council-will-hold-their-next-regular-council-meeting-on-may-11-heres-a-look-at-whats-on-their-docket/ Newport City Council will hold its next regular council meeting on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. Here’s a first look at what’s on their file, the agenda with supporting attachments will be posted on the City’s website in the coming days. CITY OF NEWPORT DOCKET FOR A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING MAY 11, 2022 The […]]]>

Newport City Council will hold its next regular council meeting on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. Here’s a first look at what’s on their file, the agenda with supporting attachments will be posted on the City’s website in the coming days.


CITY OF NEWPORT

DOCKET FOR A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

MAY 11, 2022

The following matters, filed with the City Clerk pursuant to council bylaws, will be brought before council at a meeting to be held on May 11, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840. Meeting viewing and joining is also available via Web Ex: Membership Link:

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Gateshead Council: Planning applications week ending May 6 https://imos-journal.net/gateshead-council-planning-applications-week-ending-may-6/ Wed, 04 May 2022 09:06:20 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/gateshead-council-planning-applications-week-ending-may-6/ The list below, taken from the Gateshead Council website, contains applications received and decided on last week. Recently received planning requests Property extensions offered including front garage, two storey side extension, single storey rear extension with first and second floor balconies. Dormers to the existing roof profile and a new boundary wall to the front […]]]>

The list below, taken from the Gateshead Council website, contains applications received and decided on last week.

Recently received planning requests

  • Property extensions offered including front garage, two storey side extension, single storey rear extension with first and second floor balconies. Dormers to the existing roof profile and a new boundary wall to the front elevation including the electric entrance gate at 12 Langdale Road, Gateshead
  • Erection of a one-storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 5m, with a maximum height of 3.6m and an eave height of 3 m at 4 Sanders Gardens, Birtley
  • Side and rear single storey extension and garage conversion to Holly Cottage, Pennyfine Road, Sunniside, Whickham, Gateshead
  • Proposal for single storey rear storey, two storey rear and side extension to 18 Church Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, Gateshead
  • Proposed single storey side extension and installation of new folding doors to the rear elevation of 29 Denewell Avenue, Low Fell, Gateshead, Gateshead
  • Proposed demolition of existing single storey side extension and replacement of single storey side and rear extension at 16 Runhead Gardens, Ryton Central, Ryton, Gateshead
  • Single storey rear wraparound extension project at 14 Shepherd Drive, Crawcrook, Ryton
  • Demolition of the existing veranda at the rear of the property and replacement with a one storey extension. The structure is to be constructed from a hollow block wall with a white plaster finish, a flat roof with a roof lantern to 5 Hollydene Kibblesworth, Birtley, Gateshead
  • Proposed demolition of existing single storey rear extension and erection of new single storey rear extension at 14 Norwood Gardens, Low Fell, Gateshead, Gateshead
  • 2 storey rear extension project at 23 Chilside Road, Bog House Estate, Felling
  • Proposed dormer window at the front elevation of 5 Ashgrove Terrace, Gateshead
  • Works on trees in the grounds of Windsor Court at Windsor Court, Rowlands Gill
  • Installation of a 20m monopole supporting 6 no. antennas, installation of 2 no. equipment cabinets and auxiliary development, including the installation of 3 no. Remote Radio Units (RRU) and 1 no. GPS module for landing at Sheriffs Highway, Gateshead
  • Erection of a single storey rear extension and erection of a single storey extension to the front garage at 40 Grayling Road, Gateshead, Gateshead
  • Proposed rear garden terrace, loft conversion with rear dormer at 9 Church Rise, Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Alteration and extension of hardstand and steps beside property (description amended 26.04.22) to 40 Hardwick Court, Gateshead
  • Temporary use of Enterprise Hub for seasonal cafe (class E part b)) and public house (sui generis part p) and q)) from May to 31 October 2022 at Souvenir Shop Cafe And Offices Hillhead Lane, Gibside, Whickham, Gateshead
  • CERTIFICATE OF LEGALITY PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT: Hipped Gable Attic Conversion with Rear Facing Dormer at 37 Dryden Road, Low Fell, Gateshead
  • Construction of a new mezzanine inside the existing learning resource center to create 4 no. additional classrooms (2 no. on mezzanine, 2 no. below) with 1 no. new office and 1 no. new store and associated traffic at Kingsmeadow Community Comprehensive School, Market Lane
  • Installation of a digital sign on the outside elevation of Metrocentre Red Mall to Metrocentre The Galleria Metro Centre, Whickham
  • Change of use from a residential house (use class C3) to a children’s home for up to four supported children (use class C2), with a new connecting structure with the veranda and the addition of two new windows at Ayton Villa Galloping Green Road, Gateshead
  • PROPOSED LEGAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE – conversion of garage to habitable space and replacement of garage door with French doors to rear of dwelling at 7 Ropery Road, Teams Gateshead, Gateshead
  • Removed 6 no. existing antennas mounted on freestanding frames on the roof, proposed 6m truncated tower with 6 no. replacement antennas on a new steel support grid mounted on the technical room, 6 no. existing ERS units to be moved to the new truncated tower, proposal 9 no. ERS units mounted on new truncated tower legs, 1 GPS module and auxiliary development required for Park House Park Road, Gateshead
  • Proposed dormer window to the rear of the pitched roof and front skylights at 11 Caddy Close, Northside, Birtley, Gateshead
  • Demolition of existing garage and new 2 storey extension to side of property (description amended 27.04.2022) at 1 Valley Drive, Low Fell, Gateshead, Gateshead
  • Erecting external wall-mounted air handling units on the south elevation and reconfiguring the existing warehouse to provide additional office/auxiliary space by means of a new mezzanine at Unit 5 Queens Court, North Team Valley, Gateshead, Gateshead
  • Conversion of the existing Project Managers’ apartment into two 1-bed apartments and extension of the existing Project Managers’ office to the front of the building at 1 Vicarage Court, Heworth, Gateshead
  • Change of use from open land (adopted motorway land) to private garden and erection of a wooden fence (retrospective) on the land to the rear of 22 The Brambles Northside Birtley, Gateshead
  • Single storey side and rear extension, second storey rear extension above existing kitchen to 65 Beechwood Avenue, Lyndhurst, Gateshead, Gateshead
  • Advertisement for Sales Area and Signage at Proposed Story Homes Housing Development for 1 x Lighted Totem, 1 x Marketing Suite Sign, 7 x Freestanding Flagpoles and Flags, 1 x Marketing Suite Goalpost Fascia, 1 x Tri-Stack, 1 x House Type Signs, 1 x Double Sided Stack, 2 x Visitor Parking Signs and 1 x Health and Safety Sign for Old Dunston Hill Hospital, Whickham Highway, Whickham
  • Proposed roof elevation of existing detached garage to accommodate loft and balcony at Rhodeferns 741 Durham Road, Gateshead
  • Change of use from allotment land to private garden land (retrospective) to land south and west of 138 Market Lane, Dunston Hill, Gateshead
  • Change of use from allotment land to private garden land (retrospective) to land south and west of 138 Market Lane, Dunston Hill, Gateshead

Recently decided planning applications

  • Proposed Non-Material Amendment to Application DC/20/00333/FUL to Allow for Alterations to the Interior Layout of the Proposed Apartments (Re-submission) at Granville House 16 Durham Road, Gateshead, Gateshead – Took of
  • Change of use from material storage yard to residential and erection of 2no. 3 Bedroom Double Storey Houses With Parking And Storage In Land At Strothers Road, Rowlands Gill, High Spen, Tyne And Wear – Took of
  • Change of use from a materials storage yard to a residential lot and construction of 1no. 3 bedroom double storey house with parking and storage in Land At Strothers Road, Rowlands Gill, High Spen, Tyne And Wear – Took of
  • Parking lot lighting: removal of 1 no. 3m high and 16no. Lighting columns 5 m high and replaced by 7 no. 8m high light columns to land at the Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead – Granted
  • Project to build an annex with terrace and detached double garage (amended plans received 27.04.2022) at Greyholme Wynbury Road, Gateshead – Granted
  • Construction of a new mezzanine inside the existing learning resource center to create 4 no. additional classrooms (2 no. on mezzanine, 2 no. below) with 1 no. new office and 1 no. new store and associated traffic at Kingsmeadow Community Comprehensive School, Market Lane, Dunston Hill, Gateshead – Took of
  • Proposed single storey side extension, rear terrace and front entrance platform (description amended 15.03.2022) at 16 Ilfracombe Gardens, Gateshead – Granted


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