Palm Jumeirah

The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, created using land reclamation by Nakheel which extends into the Persian Gulf. It is part of a larger series of developments called the Palm Islands, including Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira, when completed, will together increase Dubai's shoreline by a total of 520 kilometres, it has an estimated population of 10,500 as of 2016. It is located in the United Arab Emirates. Palm Jumeirah Monorail is a 5.4-kilometre-long monorail connecting the Atlantis Hotel to the Gateway Towers at the foot of the island. The monorail connects the Palm Jumeirah to the mainland, with a planned further extension to the Red Line of the Dubai Metro; the line began operating on 30 April 2009. It is the first monorail in the Middle East. Construction of the Palm Jumeirah island began in June 2001 and the developers announced handover of the first residential units in 2006. At this time, 75% of the properties were ready to hand over, with 500 families residing on the island.

By the end of 2009, 28 hotels were opened on the Crescent. The complexities of the construction were blamed, in part, for the extended delays to the completion of the project, the date of, pushed back multiple times and was nearly two years late. In 2009 The New York Times reported that NASA's laser altimeter satellites had measured the Palm as sinking at the rate of 5 mm per year. In response Nakheel said they had received no reports of structural problems of a type that would be expected if there were any subsidence, pointed out that the laser satellites had a measurement resolution of only 50 mm. After launching the project, it was revealed that Nakheel increased the number of residential units on the island from the announced 4,500; this increase was attributed to Nakheel miscalculating the actual cost of construction and requiring the raising of additional capital, although Nakheel has never commented publicly on the matter. The New York Times reported in 2009 that many people had bought houses before they were built and are furious about the space available now and the way they seem to be living on top of each other.

The outer breakwater was designed as a continuous barrier, but by preventing natural tidal movement, the seawater within the Palm became stagnant. The breakwater was subsequently modified to create gaps on either side, allowing tidal movement to oxygenate the water within and prevent it from stagnating, albeit less efficiently than would be the case if the breakwater did not exist; the Palm Jumeirah has a number of hotels and hotel residences: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort Atlantis, The Palm The Fairmont Palm Hotel & Resort St. Regis Dubai - The Palm Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai Kempinski Hotel & Residences Rixos The Palm Dubai Sofitel Dubai, The Palm Resort & Spa The Langham, Palm Jumeirah Jumeirah Zabeel Saray One & Only The Palm Taj Exotica Resort & Spa The Residences, Palm Jumeirah The Retreat Palm Dubai Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah Kingdom Of Sheba, Palm Jumeirah The 8 The Palm Resort & Spa FIVE at Palm Jumeirah Dubai W Hotel Dukes Dubai Retail and Dining Destinations: Nakheel Mall The Pointe Palm Views West and East The Boardwalk Al Ittihad Park Club Vista Mare Golden Mile Galleria Palm Islands The World The Universe Tourism in Dubai Palm Grandeur Jumeirah Islands The Taj Exotica Hotel & Resort Longshore drift The Palm Jumeirah official website

Middleburgh, New York

Middleburgh is a town in Schoharie County, New York, United States. The population was 3,515 at the 2000 census; the Town of Middleburgh contains. The town is west of Albany. Settlement occurred around 1712 near Middleburgh village, but the early years were marred by several competing claims to the site, once called Weiser's Dorf, named after its founder, Johann Conrad Weiser, Sr; the American Revolution caused great hardship due to raids from British territory. The town was formed along with the county in 1797 and is one of the original towns of Schoharie County. In 1881, the community of Middleburgh set itself off from the town by incorporating as a village. In 1941 artist Mary Earley painted the oil and tempera mural Dance of the Hop Pickers in the Middleburgh post office, she had been commissioned by the Treasury's Section of Sculpture. Nicole Sullivan, actress/comedian who appeared in MADtv and The King of Queens. Edward C. Sullivan, former member of the New York State Assembly and father of Nicole Sullivan.

Joseph Bouck, U. S. Congressman. Arlington P. Van Dyke, former member of the New York State Assembly According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 49.3 square miles, of which, 49.2 square miles of it is land and 0.1 square miles of it is water. The east town line is the border of Albany County; the Schoharie Creek flows through the central part of the town and is increased by the Little Schoharie Creek and Stony Creek by Middleburgh village. The most prominent geological feature near the town is Vroman's Nose, in the adjoining town of Fulton and is a popular hiking destination. New York State Route 30 intersects New York State Route 145 at Middleburgh village; as of the census of 2000, there were 3,515 people, 1,383 households, 945 families residing in the town. The population density was 71.4 people per square mile. There were 1,676 housing units at an average density of 34.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 97.75% White, 0.37% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.63% from other races, 0.71% from two or more races.

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.88% of the population. There were 1,383 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.6% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02. In the town, the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males. The median income for a household in the town was $34,063, the median income for a family was $42,056. Males had a median income of $30,203 versus $23,448 for females; the per capita income for the town was $17,560. About 11.5% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over.

Canaday Hill – An elevation in the eastern part of Middleburgh. East Cobleskill – A hamlet on the town line in the northwest part of the town, located on NY-145. Huntersland – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town by Little Schoharie Creek, it was first called Huntersville. Middleburgh – The Village of Middleburgh is in the southwest part of the town at the intersection of NY-30 and NY-145. Mill Valley – A valley at the west town line. West Middleburgh – A hamlet by the southwest town line and the west side of Schoharie Creek; the current Supervisor of the Town of Middleburgh is James Buzon. He succeeded Denise Richards. Richards took office after Dick Hanson, regarded as a prime factor in Middleburgh's revitalization. Middleburgh tends to vote overwhelmingly Republican. Middleburgh Emergency Volunteer Ambulance Corps Town of Middleburgh, NY Early history of Middleburgh Middleburgh Emergency Volunteer Ambulance Corps Official Middleburgh Blog

Moheli scops owl

The Moheli scops owl is a scops owl endemic to the island of Mohéli, one of the Comoro Islands. The Moheli scops owl has two colour morphs, the rufous morph has reddish-brown plumage, weakly marked with dark streaks and bars. Both morphs have grey legs and black beaks, their length is 22 cm. The Moheli scops owl is vocal, producing hissing whistles and screeches in a series of five notes, as well as screeching; this owl is found on only the mountain in the centre of the island of Mohéli, the total range covering 21 square kilometres, including the highest point of the ridge, at 790 metres in altitude, the adjacent upper slopes. It occurs in dense humid forest, rich in epiphytes between 450 and 790 m; the Moheli scops owl is nocturnal and becomes active only after sunset. Calling males have been recorded in September; the diet is mainly made up of insects. The species was only described in 1998, it has an estimated population of 400, is classified as critically endangered due to it being restricted to such as small area, being deforested, In 1995, only five percent of the island still had intact, humid forest.

Ae well as habitat loss, other threats to the Moheli scops owl include hunting, black rats which may eat its eggs and young but compete with it for food. At present, the montane forest where the Moheli scops owl occurs is not protected. BirdLife Species Factsheet