Unexpectedly Popular Waterfall Angers Locals

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Damage has been caused to woodland this winter by visitors to Brúará river, since the waterfall Brúarfoss gained sudden and unprecedented internet fame.

Hundreds of tourists now visit the previously little-known waterfall every week—traipsing over summerhouse lots and down little-used woodland paths, which have become muddy furrows in places.

Brúarfoss is not even marked on normal maps, Vísir reports, and there is no road to it.

In past centuries, however, it was on a main thoroughfare and was re-paved and renamed “King’s Way” in honor of the Danish king’s visit in 1907. It is still possible to walk the old/new road in places, though most of it is now mud.

After being largely forgotten for decades, Brúarfoss suddenly finds itself listed online as one of the country’s top ten waterfalls. TripAdvisor even has it marked out as the best natural attraction in Reykjavík—despite being 90 kilometers away from the city.

The local landowners say they noticed people start arriving last summer, but that this winter has seen an explosion in visitor numbers. The total lack of parking means mud now rules where grass was once king.

One tourist website apparently tells visitors not to take any notice of private road signs banning unauthorized traffic, while another tells visitors to park in the summerhouses’ private car park.

The worst damage, however, is the new walking paths that are appearing through the forest, revealing mud and damaged tree roots.

One farmer has received a tourism development grant to pave a 3-km proper path to the now-popular waterfall (though the amount is far too little for a whole path), while another angry farmer plans to close his private road off with an electric fence.


Source : icelandreview.com

Prime Minister reacts strongly to the documentary about organized beggars

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Prime Minister Erna SolbergPrime Minister Erna Solberg.Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

Prime Minister Erna Solberg is asking people to consider that they might support organized crime by giving money to beggars, and wants a ban on begging.

In the Focus (Brennpunkt) documentary “the Happy Land” (Lykkelandet),broadcast by NRK on Tuesday it was showed how a network of approximately 140 Romanians are making millions on organized begging, prostitution, drugs and other crimes.

– I reacted strongly to this. At the same time, this is not something new, and the problems we pointed out even before the 2013 election, Prime Minister Erna Solberg told NRK.

She states that the Conservatives still wants a ban on begging.

– If there is a consensus in Parliament, the Government has a proposal ready to be submitted shortly.

The Prime Minister however meets with criticism for her approach.

– A ban on begging would change the streets for a few days, but exploitation of people will just be done in other ways. These will be less visible and will not better our community, Senior Advisor for the Church City Mission, Børre Arnøy, states.

The Socialist Party (SV) has no plans to vote for a begging ban, but asks that the fight against the organized crime uncovered in the documentary is given higher priority by the police.

– Everything that appears in the documentary is already illegal. We do not need a ban on begging to combat it. The Government once again wants to make poverty less visible. They should fight the criminals, not the poor, says Member of Parliament for the Socialist Party, Karin Andersen.

Mayor of Os wants an end to begging

– The NRK documentary was the last drop, Mayor of Os, Marie Bruarås (Conservatives) said after watching the documentary “Lykkelandet” which is about beggars in Bergen.

The Brennpunkt documentary shows how a Romanian criminal network earns big money on organized begging, prostitution, racketeering and drug use in and around Bergen.

Bruarøy wants an end to begging

– We have some Romanian beggars in Os, which are transported here in groups. Many of them have been very aggressive, especially against children and the elderly. Therefore we will not stand it anymore, she says to Nettavisen.

She says that the sheriff in Os, Oddbjørn Dyrdal, supports a total ban on begging.

– We have long considered introducing a local prohibition, but when we now see how clearly the police state the seriousness of the problem both the documentary and locally, the time has come, according to the Conservative mayor.


Source : http://norwaytoday.info

Irregularidades do governo Pimentel no repasse de recursos para saúde serão debatidas em audiência pública


Crédito/Foto: Clarissa Barçante – ALMG

A omissão do governo de Minas no repasse de recursos destinados à saúde tem deixado ainda mais alarmante a situação financeira de vários municípios mineiros. A irregularidade e atraso nesses repasses geraram ao Estado uma dívida de R$ 1,5 bilhão, segundo dados do Conselho de Secretarias Municipais de Saúde de Minas Gerais (Cosems-MG). Sem esses recursos, os municípios não conseguem implementar suas políticas públicas na área da saúde e quem paga essa conta, infelizmente, é o cidadão.

Para piorar, o levantamento do Cosems-MG aponta que a maior parte desse dinheiro que não chega às prefeituras refere-se a recursos federais dos quais o governo de Fernando Pimentel está se apropriando indevidamente ao não realizar o devido repasse. O cenário é tão preocupante que será debatido em audiência pública da Comissão de Saúde da Assembleia Legislativa de Minas Gerais. O requerimento para a realização do debate foi aprovado nesta quarta-feira (19/04).

O deputado Bonifácio Mourão, um dos autores do requerimento da audiência pública, explica que esse dinheiro é indispensável aos municípios e, apenas com recursos próprios, eles não conseguem prestar os serviços de saúde demandados pela população. “Nada justifica o governo pegar esse dinheiro e não repassar a quem é de direito. As prefeituras não conseguem com dinheiro próprio conter esse rombo. Muitas delas, que têm a obrigação legal de destinar 15% do seu orçamento à área, já estão aplicando 20%, 30% e mesmo assim não estão conseguindo resolver todos esses problemas causados pelo governo Pimentel”, disse.

Segundo revelou reportagem da Rádio Itatiaia, a Secretaria de Estado de Fazenda estaria repassado para a pasta da Saúde apenas 30% do que seria o valor total. O secretário-adjunto da Secretaria de Estado de Saúde, Nalton Moreira, reconheceu que recursos estão sendo retidos. Na entrevista, ele disse não saber onde o dinheiro não repassado estaria sendo usado e afirmou ser essa uma informação a ser dada pela Secretaria de Estado de Fazenda.

Tanto o secretário da Saúde, Sávio Souza Cruz, quanto o de Fazenda, José Afonso Bicalho, já foram convidados pelo presidente da Comissão de Saúde da Assembleia, deputado Carlos Pimenta, a participar de reuniões no Legislativo e explicar o motivo pelo qual esse dinheiro não está chegando aos municípios mineiros.


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Turkey’s election board rejects referendum annulment request

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Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) rejected appeals to annul the referendum results after a meeting on Wednesday.

The YSK released a written statement following the meeting, saying that the board agreed to reject the petitions submitted by the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and the Patriotic Party (Vatan Partisi) to annul the April 16 constitutional reform referendum.

The statement added that ten out of 11 board members voted against the petitions.

The board meeting started at noon in Ankara and announced the decision at 17:30 pm local time.

Opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahçeli commented on YSK’s decision on his official Twitter account, saying that the board has put an end to the debate.

While criticizing those questioning the validity of the referendum, Bahçeli said that everyone should respect the results and the will of the people.

“Making a fuss about calling elections is a clear indication of humiliated defeat by those who do not recognize the will of the people,” Bahçeli said, adding that such acts are against democracy.

On Sunday, 51.4 percent of Turkish voters cast their ballots in favor of 18 constitutional amendments that will, among other things, see Turkey switch from a parliamentary system to a presidential system of governance.

According to unofficial results, the “Yes” campaign won with 51.41 percent, while the “No” votes stood at 48.59 percent. Voter turnout was 85.46 percent.


Source : dailysabah.com

Greek armed forces investigate crash that killed four officers

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The Greek military on Wednesday was investigating the cause of a helicopter crash that killed four army officers and injured a fifth, prompting Defense Minister Panos Kammenos to declare three days of national mourning.

The UH-1H helicopter crashed near the village of Sarantaporo in Elassona, central Greece, on Wednesday morning, during a routine patrol flight, according to defense sources.

Such routine flights are regularly carried out as part of exercises to monitor the country’s northern borders, the sources said.

The officers killed in the crash were Major-General Yiannis Tzanidakis, Colonel Thomas Adamou, Major Dimosthenis Goulas and First Lieutenant Constantinos Hatzis. Sergeant Major Vassiliki Plexida emerged from the wreckage with relatively minor injuries but remained in shock late on Wednesday.

It remained unclear what went wrong and caused the so-called Huey chopper to crash.

The UH-1H disappeared from the air force radar shortly before 8 a.m., prompting authorities to dispatch two F-16s, three rescue helicopters and a CL-415 fire service aircraft to search for it.

Police in the area of Sarantaporo reported a helicopter crash shortly after 10 a.m.

The fall knocked out the power supply in the area, raising questions about whether the helicopter hit electricity lines.

Military officials indicated that the UH-1H in question had not had any mechanical problems.

Authorities are expected to question Plexida when she has recovered from her injuries and shock.

Separately Kammenos lashed out at Ankara after six Turkish fighter jets violated Greek air space in the Aegean in wake of the four army deaths.

“The violations on a day of mourning in the Greek armed forces… show the quality of the Turks,” Kammenos wrote on his Twitter account.


Source : ekathimerini.com