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Miami is Transforming its Metrorail into The Underline Urban Park

first_img Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Editors’ Recommendations For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List Ever-shrinking green space in many major cities often leaves residents without a place to escape to the outdoors, even when they are outdoors. But, by repurposing and rethinking about existing underused land, some cities are devising clever ways to solve this problem. Inspired by New York City’s wildly popular High Line, Miami has started developing its own (cutely named) The Underline urban park.Much of the land beneath Miami’s overground Metrorail is covered in asphalt, dirt, and dead grass — the definition of a “concrete jungle.” It’s underused, largely abandoned, and, by all accounts, an eyesore. However, the innovative new The Underline project will transform a 10-mile strip of its total 24-mile length into a beautiful urban park, which will connect South Miami to downtown Miami via Coral Gables. Metrorail riders will have direct access to the park at six  stations throughout the city.Throughout the world, linear or “trail-based” parks have proven hugely popular. Seoul is home to the Seoullo 7017 Skygarden and plans are in the works for Camden Town in London. But the proponent’s of The Underline say the park is more than just a park.The proposed 100-acre expanse will provide better ways to integrate the surrounding communities. It will offer relaxed public spaces focused on nature and wildlife habitat restoration, as well as general education opportunities. Local artists will be commissioned to decorate much of the existing concrete structures, and a variety of other installations and nature exhibits will dot the trail. Active city dwellers can explore the park via two parallel paths — an eight-foot-wide pedestrian footpath and a 10-foot-wide bike path — and several playgrounds and outdoor fitness areas will likely reside in the park.Late last year, the City of Miami cemented $50 million to construct The Underline. The city is currently fundraising the remaining $70 million of the total expected cost. The park’s construction is already underway and should be completed by 2020. In the meantime, Underline Cycling Club organizes group bike rides to explore the park and the sites of its future exhibits.last_img read more

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Hammouchi Says No to Nepotism in Police Hiring

Rabat – Abdellatif Hammouchi, Head of Morocco’s Directorate of National Security (DGSN), has given strict instructions to end nepotism in recruitment for the national security body.Following his appointment as Director of National Security Body (DGSN) in May, Hammouchi has unveiled his plan to establish a strategic body for the maintenance of peace and security in the country.He has said that policemen will no longer be hired by any means of nepotism, adding that only “competence will qualify candidates to wear the police uniform.” Hammouchi made this statement during a recent meeting about recruitment within the national security body, according to Daily Assabah newspaper.The DGSN‘s new director went on to add that access to posts within the national security body should be done only through a competition.This move is intended to do justice to hundreds of thousands of highly qualified Moroccan youth who can’t find a decent job because of nepotism in the hiring process for police posts.The same measure will be put in place for receiving promotions. Only competence will enable policemen to be promoted, the same source added.Hammouchi also ordered traffic policemen to respect the law, and show no tolerance with any breach of the Highway Code. He also warned traffic policemen against favoritism, saying they should treat all citizens equally, regardless of their functions or social status.Hammouchi warned that any overruns or failure to follow these guidelines will be severely sanctioned by the DGSN. read more

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From Halifax to Fredericton March madness continues for Brock Badgers

With the USPORTS men’s basketball national championships wrapped up in Halifax, Brock Sports is turning its attention to Fredericton, where the men’s hockey team is set to play in the University Cup National Championship. The Badgers basketball team finished its national championship run with a decisive 94-57 win over the Acadia Axemen in the consolation final Sunday, March 11. That came after a heartbreaking 78-76 loss to the eventual national champion Calgary Dinos in the quarter-finals and then an 81-65 win over the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds in the consolation semifinals.The consolation title gave Brock a fifth-place finish in their first trip to the USPORTS National Championship since 2008.While the basketball team is headed west to go home, the men’s hockey team is packing up to head east to Fredericton, where the USPORTS U Cup National Championships will be hosted this week by the University of New Brunswick.Brock lost the OUA Queen’s Cup provincial championship game 5-1 to the McGill Redmen in front of a sold-out crowd at home Saturday night, but just getting to that game guaranteed them their first trip to the nationals in 10 years.After a media conference Wednesday, March 14, the tournament gets underway Thursday at 1 p.m. ADT (noon EST) with the Badgers, who drew the fourth seed, playing the fifth-seeded St. Francis Xavier in the quarter-finals.Unlike the basketball championships, there’s no consolation side of the U Cup hockey championships, so a Brock win would move them into the semifinal round Saturday while a loss would send them home.The bronze and gold medal games are scheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ADT, respectively. The quarter-finals are all available to be streamed online at sportscanada.tv/usports while the semifinals and championship game will be broadcast on Sportsnet. read more

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Gibraltar reacts with fury after King of Spain snubs territorys right to

first_imgThe King told an audience of MPs and peers that the future of Gibraltar would be determined by the “two governments” of the UK and Spain.He said: “During our rich and fruitful history there has been also estrangement, rivalry and distance but the work and determination of our Government, authorities and citizens have relegated such events to the past.”I am certain this resolve to overcome our differences will be even greater in the case of Gibraltar and I am confident that through the necessary dialogue and effort our two Governments will be able to work towards arrangements that are acceptable to all involved.” Prince Charles and Camilla greet King Felipe and Queen Letizia Members of the Foot Guards are seen marching along the Mall at the start of Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia’s three-day state visit The day was otherwise filled with pomp and pageantry, with King Felipe and Queen Letizia ceremonially welcomed to the UK by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Horse Guards Parade.The Queen, Duke and King are all descended from Queen Victoria and greeted one another warmly as they embarked on the first State Visit by a Spanish monarch since King Juan Carlos toured Britain in 1986.The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall had escorted the King and his wife from their London hotel to Horse Guards Parade, arriving in chauffeur-driven limousines. Fabian Picardo Chief Minister of Gibraltar Prince Charles and Camilla greet King Felipe and Queen Letizia The Queen introduced the Spanish couple to leading figures from UK national life, including Mrs May, and in the afternoon, the Royal party were shown around an exhibition of items relating to Spain from the Royal Collection. He said: “Any dialogue there may be going forward, something which we would welcome as long as they obviate the issue of sovereignty which as far as we are concerned is not up for discussion or negotiation.”Conservative MPs had raised the prospect of walking out of the address but ultimately decided against it.But Tory MP Andrew Rosindell said afterwards: “It is inappropriate for a visiting Head of State to talk about ‘arrangements’ over British territory. It’s none of his business.”The King must realise that there will never be a discussion with him that will lead to one inch of Gibraltar being ceded to Madrid.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Members of the Foot Guards are seen marching along the Mall at the start of Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia's three-day state visit Spain was accused of trying to use Brexit to make a “land grab” for Gibraltar after EU negotiating guidelines suggested it would be given an effective veto on whether the deal applies to the territory.Damian Green, the First Secretary of State, reiterated the UK’s commitment to Gibraltar before the King’s address, telling MPs that “the primacy of the wishes of its inhabitants, which are overwhelmingly to stay British, will be respected”. Show more Carriage procession: Queen leaves with King Felipe. Duke of Edinburgh accompanies Queen Letizia #SpainStateVisit pic.twitter.com/0oH71G6ozt— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) July 12, 2017 There was also a traditional exchange of gifts: The Queen was presented with copies of love letters between Queen Victoria’s granddaughter and a king of Spain and King Felipe given a bound album featuring pages from the Royal Library and Royal Archives. The Queen and Prince Philip drive to Horse Guards Parade. #SpainStateVisit 🇪🇸🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/nHBwuUnw1P— Majesty/Joe Little (@MajestyMagazine) July 12, 2017 Fabian Picardo Chief Minister of GibraltarCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph But Mr Picardo told Sky News the King’s failure to acknowledge Gibraltar’s leadership “really harks back to a time when the governments in Madrid and London might make decisions over the heads of the people of Gibraltar”.He said that Spain is “seeking to ignore” Gibraltar and that the territory should have the “most important voice” in any talks about its future. Gibraltar has responded with fury after the King of Spain failed to acknowledge the territory’s right to determine its own future in an address to Parliament.The monarch said he wanted a “dialogue” between Madrid and London on the status of The Rock in a snub to Gibraltar’s own democratically elected Government.The omission prompted Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, to warn that the issue of sovereignty is “not up for discussion or negotiation” as he accused the King of “seeking to ignore” the wishes of the people who live on The Rock.Tory MPs reacted angrily to the King’s address saying that the future of the territory is “none of his business”. However, they did not carry out a threat to walk out as he was speaking. Spain has long disputed the status of Gibraltar, a British overseas territory, but Theresa May has previously insisted that its future will not be up for discussion during Brexit talks with the EU.last_img read more

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