The Eurovision Song Contest 2003 was the 48th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Riga, following Marie N's win at the 2002 contest in Tallinn, Estonia with the song "I Wanna", it was the first time. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union and host broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija, the contest was held at the Skonto Hall, with the final on 24 May 2003; the live show was hosted by Renārs Kaupers. Twenty-six countries participated in the contest, it saw the return of Iceland, the Netherlands and Poland after having been relegated from competing the previous year. Portugal returned to the contest after withdrawing the previous year, while Ukraine participated in the contest for the first time. Denmark, Lithuania, North Macedonia and Switzerland were required to withdraw due to their poor results in 2002; the winner was Turkey with the song "Everyway That I Can", performed by Sertab Erener who wrote it with Demir Demirkan. This was Turkey's first victory in the contest, in 28 years of participation.
Belgium, Russia and Sweden rounded out the top five. Further down the table, the United Kingdom achieved their worst result to date, finishing twenty-sixth with no points. However, they avoided relegation due to being one of the "Big Four" countries at the time; the host country Latvia placed twenty-fourth – this was the first time since 1995 that the host entry didn't place in the top 10, it was, the worst result for a host entry, since 1992. This was the last contest to take place on one evening; the EBU revealed that it would be adding a semi-final show to the competition in order to accommodate the growing number of interested countries wishing to take part in the contest. This was the last contest in which a relegation system was used to determine which countries would participate in the following year's contest; the contest marked the first time in the history of the competition where all participants were participating for the first time. As the Belgian entry was sung in an imaginary language, this was the first time the contest featured a song not performed in English or a language native to the country.
On 22 August 2002, Latvian public broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija announced that it had chosen the Skonto Hall in Riga as the host venue for the 2003 contest. Latvia won the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 on 25 May 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia with the song “I Wanna” performed by Marie N; this was Latvia's first victory in the contest, which carried the right for LTV to organise the 2003 contest. LTV had budgetary concerns with staging the contest; the chairman of the National Radio and Television Council Ojārs Rubenis stated that if the government presented no budget guarantees, the council, which owns shares in LTV, would vote against organising the contest. Rubenis elaborated that LTV was prepared to cover the creative side and broadcasting of the contest, but additional funds would be needed for infrastructure and other financial issues; the Government of Latvia allotted €5.3 million for the event with a further €1.1 million being provided by the Riga City Council – covering the anticipated organisational costs for the contest.
A task force that included members from LTV, the National Radio and Television Council and state secretaries was formed to explicitly work on organisation of the contest and report on the estimated expenses. Three cities were considered as host city of the contest: Ventspils and Jūrmala. LTV requested proposals from the three cities concerning. Riga City Council offered the Mežaparks Open-air Stage, Skonto Hall and the Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre as potential venues for hosting the contest. Ventspils bid to host the contest at the Ventspils Olympic Centre with a pledge of support from city mayor Aivars Lembergs, who added that Ventspils could provide two cruise ferries that could be used to accommodate up to 8,000 guests. Jūrmala City Council offered the Dzintari Concert Hall with plans to expand and upgrade the facility and surrounding infrastructure. LTV's organisational task force decided to proceed with the bids from Riga and Ventspils, eliminating Jūrmala and the Mežaparks Open-air Stage in Riga.
On 15 June 2002, the EBU Reference Group decided in conjunction with the organisational task force in Latvia that Riga would host the 2003 contest with the venue option between the Skonto Hall and Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre being decided upon by LTV. LTV chose the Skonto Hall as the venue to stage the contest. Key Host venue The EBU released the rules for the 2003 contest in November 2002, which detailed that twenty-six countries would participate, making it the largest number of participants to take part in the contest up to this point; the rules modified the eligibility criteria for entries, changing the date of release cut-off point for songs from 1 January 2003 to 1 October 2002. There was a change in the tie-break rule, which would now resolve such a case in favour of the nation that received points from a higher number of countries rather than taking into account the number of top scores received; the draw for running order was held on 29 November 2002 in Riga, hosted by Marie N and Renārs Kaupers, with the results being revealed during a delayed broadcast of the proceedings that day.
The official sponsors for the contest were Latvian mobile telecom provider Latvijas Mobilais Telefons and Latvian bank company Parex Banka. LTV selected Latvia Tours as its official partner to provide lodging
The National Progressive Unionist Party is a socialist political party in Egypt. Known as the National Progressive Unionist Organization, it was established as the left-wing faction of the governing Arab Socialist Union and became an independent party the ASU's dissolution; the party considers itself a defender of the principles of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952. It calls for standing against attempts to reverse the revolution's social gains for labourers, the poor, other low-income groups. In late 2014, the party withdrew from the Egyptian Front; the party was established in 1977 and its founder was Khaled Mohieddin, a former free officer. Its membership consisted of of Marxists and Nasserists; the party boycotted the first presidential elections in 2005. The party won 5 out of 518 seats during the 2010 legislative elections. In the Egyptian parliamentary election, 2011–12, the party ran in the Egyptian Bloc electoral alliance. Rejection of religious extremism. Building the character of the Egyptian citizens.
Ending the state monopoly over the media. Raising awareness of environmental issues. Developing the Egyptian industries. Khaled Mohieddin – Party founder, former chairman, a member of the Egyptian Revolutionary Command Council. Sayed Abdel Aal- New Party Chairman Al Ahali, official paper of Tagammu
New Town Eco Park is an urban park in New Town and the biggest park so far in India. The park is situated on a 480 acres plot and is surrounded by a 104 acres waterbody with an island in the middle; the park was conceptualised by Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee in July 2011. West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation is the overarching body coordinating the construction of the park, along with different other government bodies responsible for implementation of different works inside the park; the park has been divided into three broad parts. The Eco Park is further divided into different sub-parts according to the different types of fauna planted; the copy of Seven Wonders of the world are constructed in this park for the people to visit it. According to the plan, the park will have different areas like wild flower meadows, a bamboo garden, tropical tree garden, bonsai garden*, tea garden, Cactus Walk*, a heliconia garden*, a butterfly garden, a play area and an amphitheatre.
Further, there is plan to develop an eco-resort in public-private partnership, will include an area where handicrafts from different part of the state will be exhibited. The park was inaugurated on 29 December 2012 by Mamata Banerjee; the Eco park is located along the Major Arterial Road in Action Area - II of New Town at 22°35′55″N 88°28′03″E, 10 km away from Kolkata International Airport. The park is surrounded by the Kolkata Museum of Modern Art on the North, the upcoming Central Business District and International Financial Hub on the east, the Kolkata International Convention Center, HIDCO Bhawan and Rabindra Tirtha on the south and existing human settlement of Jatragachi/Hatiara on the West, it is well connected with EM Bypass. Buses are available from Ultadanga, Kolkata Airport, Salt Lake and Chingrighata. According to the masterplan made by Bengal Urban Infrastructure Development Limited, the park has been divided into the following areas: Active Zone - Consisting of Visitor center, Food courts, Urban Museum, Crafts Haat, Seven Wonders Theme Area - Consisting of Maidan, children's play area, Chinese garden, formal garden, Bonsai garden, Cactus walk, Butterfly garden, heliconia garden and mist house and bamboo garden Theme Area - Play area, tea plantation, Water garden and utility area Lake Zone - A bridge connecting the island, Bengali restaurant, Sculpture court, Lakefront Promenade, Wildflower meadows 3 different Eco-zones consisting of wetlands, grasslands and mixed-moist deciduous forests.
The Eco Tourism Park is opened on:Summer Timings Tuesday to Saturday = 2:30 P. M. to 8:30 P. M. Sunday & Holidays = 12 Noon. to 8:30 P. M. Winter Timings Tuesday to Saturday = 12 Noon. to 7:30 P. M. Sunday & Holidays = 11 AM. to 7:30 P. M; the park is closed on Monday. Park entry and Ticket counter closes at 07:30 P. M. Entry charge is Rs 30/-. Eco Park Rides Rate Chart. On 5 January 2013, Vokatta - a kite festival was organized by Benchmark Developers Pvt. Ltd, in association with HIDCO in Eco Park ground. There was an open invitation for all to participate after 11 AM onwards. On 5 January 2014, again Vokatta-2014 was organised by Benchmark NewTown Kolkata International Kite Festival Trust, In co operation with WBHIDCO. Kite fliers from the UK, Belgium, the US, Singapore and Malaysia participated in Vokatta 2014. National kite fliers from Ahmedabad, Kochi and Rajkot joined the festivity, This year, the emphasis was on Fancy kites. Hot Air Balloon was another attraction. HIDCO List of national parks of India Ecotourism Kolkata Museum of Modern Art Nicco Park Official homepage