Ocean Park Hong Kong known as Ocean Park, is a marine mammal park, animal theme park and amusement park situated in Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong. It is the second largest theme park in Hong Kong, after Hong Kong Disneyland, and the largest theme park in Hong Kong by area. It is the second oldest theme park in Hong Kong, after the now-defunct Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park which closed in 31 March 1997, four months before the 1997 handover. Opened in 1977, Ocean Park became popular, but 22 years it was unprofitable and expected to close due to the new Hong Kong Disneyland. However, the Park responded with a HK$5.5 billion development plan that saw it expand to over 80 attractions and rides, grow visitor numbers to 7.6 million in 2014, making it the world's 13th most visited theme park, one of the largest theme parks in Asia. Half of all visitors now come from mainland China, in growth that parallels rising mainland tourist visitor levels to Hong Kong over the same period.
Covering an area of 91.5 hectares, the park is separated by a large mountain into two areas, The Summit and The Waterfront. These areas can be reached by a 1.5 kilometres cable car system, or the Ocean Express funicular railway. To ascend the Headland comprises several hills, visitors can use Hong Kong's second longest outdoor escalator; the theme park has various attractions and rides, including four roller coasters, animal exhibits with different themes, such as a giant panda habitat and polar displays, as well as an aquarium featuring the world's largest aquarium dome. Between 1979 and 1997, Ocean Park was most famous for its signature killer whale, Miss Hoi Wai/Susie Wong; as well as being an amusement park, Ocean Park Hong Kong aims to merge entertainment and education, including conservation advocacy. However it has been criticised by wildlife advocates for practices including the wild capture of large sea animals, such as dolphins and orca, the presentation of shows featuring such animals performing.
Ocean Park is renowned for holding the largest Halloween events in Asia. The park will be closed for five months on 26 January 2020, along with several other public facilities across Hong Kong, to help combat the novel coronavirus outbreak. Opened in January 1977 by the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Murray MacLehose, Ocean Park was constructed as a subsidiary of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, with HK$150 million of funding; the land was provided free by the Hong Kong Government. Between 1982 and 1984, the Jockey Club put a further HK$240 million into developing facilities at Tai Shue Wan and thrill rides at the Summit. Ocean Park ceased to be a Jockey Club subsidiary on 1 July 1987, becoming its own statutory body, with a Government-appointed Board; the Jockey Club established a HK$200 million trust to ensure the Park's continued development. At present, Ocean Park is managed by the Ocean Park Corporation, a financially independent, non-profit organisation. In 2003, Allan Zeman, known for leading the creation of the popular Lan Kwai Fong entertainment district of Hong Kong, was appointed Chairman of Ocean Park Corporation, a position he held for 11 years.
In 2005, the same year that the park's rival Hong Kong Disneyland opened, Ocean Park unveiled a HK$5.5 billion Master Redevelopment Plan, under which older features at the park were rejuvenated and new areas developed. The number of attractions more than doubled, from 35 to over 80; the Lowland was redeveloped as a new area called the Waterfront, while the old'Headland' became'The Summit', with polar and rainforest exhibits. A dedicated thrill ride area, Thrill Mountain and the children's area was refurbished as Whisker's Harbour; the first of the new developments, Amazing Asian Animals, showcasing some of the Asia's endangered creatures, including giant pandas, red pandas, Chinese giant salamanders, Asian small-clawed otters and the Chinese alligators, Ocean Express, a funicular train system capable of transporting 5,000 visitors per hour between the Summit and the Waterfront, were launched in 2009. In January 2011, Aqua City was opened; the zone features the Grand Aquarium, designed by St. Louis-based PGAV Destinations, displaying some 5,000 fish from over 400 species, the world's first and only 360° water screen show Symbio.
In June of the same year, the Rainforest, an integrated theme zone featuring over 70 exotic animal species, was opened. In March 2012, the new attraction zone Old Hong Kong opened, evoking the streetscapes and spirit of Hong Kong between the 1950s and the 1970s from various perspectives. In April, the newly refurbished Hong Kong Jockey Club Sichuan Treasures opened. In July, the final element of the redevelopment, Polar Adventure, featuring animals such as penguins, Pacific walruses, spotted seals, northern sea lions, snowy owls and Arctic foxes, aiming to highlight some of the conservation issues they face. A 20,000 sq ft shark aquarium opened in July 2014 at the former Atoll Reef site called Shark Mystique. On 19 February 2019, Ocean Park opened its first hotel: The Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel. On 26 January 2020, Ocean Park closed temporarily due to the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak, along with its rival, Hong Kong Disneyland, which closed on the same day. In January 2020, the park sought HK$10 billion from the government for a major upgrade, following a 14 percent decline in visitor numbers and a cash-flow crisis.
The government was ready to support the move. The Park's expansion grew visitor numbers to 7.6 million in 2014, making it the world's 13th most visited theme park, one of the largest theme parks in Asia. From this high, visitor numbers decli
Houston Housing Authority Housing Authority of the City of Houston, is the public housing authority in Houston, Texas. The Mayor of Houston appoints the board of directors of the HHA, but it itself is not a department of the city government. Most of its funding originates from the Federal Government of the United States. In 2002 Mike Snyder of the Houston Chronicle wrote that the HHA had "considerable autonomy" and operated at a "distance" from the city authorities, making it "far more independent" from municipal authority than the actual City of Houston Department of Housing and Community Development. One year after the passage of the Housing Act of 1937 from the federal government, Houston City Council established the HHA, in the following year its first public housing properties opened. At one time William McClellan served as the executive director of HACH. Beginning in 1977 its finances were no longer balanced. In 1982 Mayor Kathy Whitmire appointed an African-American named Earl Phillips as the executive director.
Joy Fitzgerald served as executive director. There was considerable controversy involving the 1996 redevelopment of Allen Parkway Village in the Fourth Ward into Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway Village, which halved the capacity of the complex. In April 2017 budget cuts in the federal government occurred, leading the HHA to terminate some of the housing choice vouchers it had given away and stop issuing new ones. All properties are in the City of Houston. With two exceptions, each property is within the Houston Independent School District. Clayton Homes - Second Ward Cuney Homes - Third Ward Ewing Apartments Zoned schools: Poe Elementary School, Cullen Middle School, Lamar High School. Forest Green Townhomes Zoned schools: Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, Forest Brook Middle School, North Forest High School. Fulton Village - NorthsideZoned schools: Clemente Martinez Elementary School, Marshall Middle School, Northside High School. Heatherbrook Apartments - NorthsideZoned schools: Garcia Elementary School, Henry Middle School, Sam Houston Math and Technology Center.
Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway Village - Fourth Ward Historical Rental Initiative - Fourth Ward This is the management of thirty single-family houses in the Fourth Ward designated for HHA tenants. Residents of the Fourth Ward are zoned to Gregory-Lincoln Education Center for K-8 and Heights High School. Irvington Village - NorthsideLenwood Johnson, an activist who spearheaded a campaign against the destruction of Allen Parkway Village, lived in Irvington Village after APV's redevelopment. By 2001 the HHA was trying stating he owed $4,000 for the operation of utilities. In 2001, after the HHA agreed to provide a moving service, Johnson agreed to vacate. Zoned schools: C. Martinez Elementary School, Marshall Middle School, Northside High School. Kelly Village - Fifth Ward Kennedy Place - Fifth Ward Kennedy Place first opened as a 60 unit development in 1982; the HHA used $7.8 million, including some federal stimulus funds. The demolition of the old Kennedy Place began on December 28, 2009. In January 2011 the new Kennedy Place opened, with 108 units.
Zoned schools: Bruce Elementary School, McReynolds Middle School, Wheatley High School. Lincoln Park Zoned schools: Wesley Elementary School, Williams Middle School, Booker T. Washington High School. Long Drive Townhomes Zoned schools: Juan Seguin Elementary School, Hartman Middle School, Sterling High School Mansions at Turkey Creek The complex is within the Aldine Independent School District, has the following zoned schools: Magrill Early Childhood/Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten School, Ogden Elementary School, Teague Middle School, Nimitz Ninth Grade School, Nimitz High School. Oxford Place Zoned schools: Burbank Elementary School, Burbank Middle School, Houston MSTC. Peninsula Park/The Peninsula Zoned schools: Billy Reagan K-8 School, Madison High School. Sweetwater Point Zoned schools are: Mitchell Elementary School, Thomas Middle School, Sterling High School. Uvalde Ranch Apartments Zoned schools are: Oates Elementary School, Holland Middle School, Furr High School. Victory Place - Fourth WardZoned schools are: Gregory-Lincoln for K-8 and Heights High.
Willow Park Apartments It is within the Fort Bend Independent School District, is zoned to E. A. Jones Elementary School, Missouri City Middle School, Thurgood Marshall High School. Senior housing: 2100 Memorial Drive Apartments This is a high-rise facility; as of 2017 it had 185 residents. In 2017 Hurricane Harvey caused flooding but not any power outages; the HHA began removing residents, but Harris County Civil District Judge Daryl L. Moore gave an injunction. In 2019 the HHA announced plans to rebuild the complex, but stated that for now residents need to move to other accommodations. Bellerive Lyerly The Pinnacle at Wilcrest Telephone Rd. Villas on Winkler It is headquartered in western Houston. At one time the agency had its headquarters at Allen Parkway Village, therefore did not have to pay rent to house its administrative facilities; as conditions at APV deteriorated, the agency moved its headquarters to River Oaks. Harris County Housing Authority "DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF FAIR HOUSING AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF HOUSTON".
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Harlem is an American garage rock band comprising vocalist/guitarist/drummer Michael Coomers, vocalist/guitarist/drummer Curtis O'Mara and bassist Jose Boyer of Chapel Hill-based The Gondoliers and The Kashmir. Harlem started in Tucson, AZ before relocating to Austin where they generated a mountain of attention, both with their live shows and their self-issued 2008 album Free Drugs. Matador signed the Texas trio to a multi-record, worldwide deal. Harlem recorded their 2nd album in the summer of 2009. Hippies, was released on April 6, 2010, it was recorded by Mike McHugh at "The Distillery" in California. The band supported The Dead Weather in July, 2010; as of April 2012, the band is on an indefinite hiatus. Coomers performs with Lace Curtains, who have released the albums The Garden of Joy and the Well of Loneliness on 1 August 2009, A Signed Piece of Paper on 28 October 2014. O'Mara plays with Grape St. and Boyer is performing with Daytona and Las Rosas. Harlem released a new album Oh Boy in 2019.
Robert Benjamin'Bobby' Schwartz is an American professional speedway rider. He became World Pairs Champion with Bruce Penhall in 1981 and Dennis Sigalos in 1982. Born in Santa Barbara, Schwartz was introduced to speedway by the boss of his local bike shop, ex-rider Sonny Nutter, his father bought him a Jawa motorcycle for his 17th birthday and he was soon progressing around the Irwindale Raceway in California. It took a few years, he came with a sparkling reputation as one of America's brightest young stars, and, enhanced by the recommendation by none other than Bruce Penhall. When he came to ride in England for Cradley Heath after reaching the Inter-continental final in the UK, Schwartz progressed from novice British league reserve to an out and out heatleader, competing with and beating the best, it was all no surprise though, after he scorched to 11 points from 4 rides in his Dudley Wood debut meeting. There followed a fantastic partnership with his friend, Penhall, as the two knew each other's track style as well as they knew their own.
They Won the 1981 World pairs title together and Bobby repeated this with a different partner, Dennis Sigalos in 1982. He won the World team Cup with the USA in 1982, he was US team Captain from 1983–1987 and US National Champion in 1986 and 1989. Bobby'Boogaloo' Schwartz continues to ride in the US to this day, he has competes on the tiny Californian circuits. 1981 - Chorzów, Silesian Stadium – Winner – 23pts 1982 - Sydney, Liverpool City Raceway – Winner – 30pts 1983 - Göteborg, Ullevi – 4th – 18pts 1984 - Lonigo, Pista Speedway – 4th – 19pts 1985 - Rybnik, Rybnik Municipal Stadium – 3rd – 22pts 1980 - Wrocław, Olympic Stadium – 2nd – 29pts 1982 - London, White City – Winner – 37pts 1983 - Vojens, Speedway Center – 3rd – 27pts 1984 - Leszno, Alfred Smoczyk Stadium – 3rd – 20pts 1985 - Long Beach, Veterans Memorial Stadium – 2nd – 35pts 1986 - Göteborg, Vojens, Speedway Center, Odsal Stadium - 2nd - 76pts
Astrantia minor, the lesser masterwort, is a species of herbaceous plant belonging to the family of Apiaceae. Astrantia minor is a flowering plant that reaches 15–30 cm in height, with simple stems branched in the upper half, the basal leaves are of two types on the same plant: one with narrow segments that are all pinnatisect, the other with broad segments, the central being pinnatisect and the lateral being pinnatipartite. Inflorescence with 1-3 peduncles unequal, the central, sometimes branched, longer than the sides that have unique umbels; the flowers are 30-40 per umbel, of the same length or shorter than the bracts hermaphroditic in the centre and male peripherally. Calices have teeth about 1 mm in size, ovate-oblong and bearded. Petals are similar in size to cream. Stamens exserted. Fruit ovoid 2–5 mm with scales in the form of a vesicle, subobtuse, it differs from its congener Astrantia major, by its smaller size, basal leaves of seven segments with calyx teeth that are obtuse and mucronate.
Found in some clumps of large plants near streams and in clearings in the scrubland of mountain azalea, on fresh alpine and subalpine soil. It prefers. Flowering occurs from July to August and fruiting in August–September. Endemic to central and southern Europe. In the Iberian Peninsula it is found only in the Pyrenees, the Catalan lands and Huesca where it is found in the extreme southwest Valle de Benasque. Synonyms: Astrantia alpina Clairv. Astrantia major subsp. Minor Bonnier & Layens Astrantia helleborifolia Salisb. Astrantia digitata Moench
The Oregon Historic District is a neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio. The Oregon District includes one of the earliest surviving combinations of commercial and residential architecture in Dayton. Examples of Dayton's architectural history from 1820 to 1915 line the brick streets and lanes in this 12 square block area. Styles range from Federal to Queen Anne. Excellent examples of late Victorian commercial and residential architecture illustrate both the entrepreneurial success and the increasing affluence of many Oregon merchants and residents; the district is populated with art galleries, specialty shops, pubs and coffee houses. The origin of the name "Oregon" for the area is uncertain but is known to have been in use at least as early as 1845. In 1974, Oregon was registered on the National Register of Historic Places, between Patterson Blvd. and Wayne Ave. north to Gates St. and south to U. S. Route 35, Downtown Dayton. City of Dayton Ordinance #24358-9; the architecture of the Oregon Historic District includes examples of Federal, Greek Revival and Queen Anne.
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