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Transport in Yemen

As a direct consequence of the country's poverty, Yemen compares unfavorably with its Middle Eastern neighbors in terms of transportation infrastructure and communications network. The roads are poor, although several projects are planned to upgrade the system. There is no rail network, efforts to upgrade airport facilities have languished, telephone and Internet usage and capabilities are limited; the Port of Aden has shown a promising recovery from a 2002 attack. However, the expected imposition of higher insurance premiums for shippers in 2006 may result in reduced future throughput; the announcement in summer 2005 that the port's main facility, Aden Container Terminal, would for the next 30 or more years be run by Dubai Ports International brings with it the prospect of future expansion. Considering Yemen's size, its road transportation system is limited. Yemen has 71,300 kilometers of only 6,200 kilometers of which are paved. In the north, roads connecting Sanaa, Al Hudaydah are in good condition, as is the intercity bus system.

In the south, on the other hand, roads are except for the Aden -- Taizz road. In November 2005, the World Bank approved a US$40 million project to upgrade 200 kilometers of intermediate rural roads and 75 kilometers of village-access roads as part of a larger effort to strengthen Yemen's rural-road planning and engineering capabilities. Plans are underway to build an estimated US$1.6 billion highway linking Amran. The road will include more than 10 tunnels and halve the travel time between the southern coast and the northern border with Saudi Arabia. Travel by road in Yemen is unsafe. Without cities and small buses ply somewhat regular routes, picking up and dropping off passengers with little regard for other vehicles. Taxis and public transportation are available but lack safety precautions. Despite the presence of traffic lights and traffic policemen, the U. S. Embassy advises drivers to exercise extreme caution at intersections. While traffic laws do exist, they are not always enforced. Drivers sometimes drive on the left side of the road, although right-hand driving is specified by Yemeni law.

No laws mandate the use of seat belts or car seats for children. The maximum speed for private cars is 100 kilometers per hour, but speed limits are enforced. Furthermore, there are many underage drivers in Yemen. Many vehicles are in poor repair and lack basic parts such as functional turn signals and taillights. Pedestrians children, animals are a hazard in both rural and urban areas. Beyond main intercity roads, which are paved, the rural roads necessitate four-wheel-drive vehicles or vehicles with high clearance; the British government has a clear warning for their military and civilian employees, or British tourists, about using the roads in Yemen: “In the event of a breakdown of law and order access routes in and out of major cities may be blocked. If you wish to drive outside Sana’a you will need prior permission from the Yemen Tourist Police. Travel permits may take at least 24 hours to be issued and are easiest to obtain through a travel agent. Travel without such permission is to result in detention and possible deportation.

You should be aware that the consular assistance we can offer outside Sana’a is limited due to restrictions on travel. There have been disturbances in Aden, Lahij and al-Dhali’, which have resulted in closures of the Aden-Sana’a road; these have been short-lived but if you intend to travel by road you should check that the road is open before starting your journey. You can drive in Yemen on an International Driving Permit. Driving standards are poor and mountain roads hazardous. You should avoid all road travel outside the main cities at night. Care should be taken to avoid minefields left over from Yemen's civil wars. Travelling off well-used tracks without an experienced guide could be hazardous in parts of the south and the central highlands." Yemen does not have any railways, despite several proposals. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Ottoman Empire suggested that the Hejaz railway be extended to Yemen, but this never materialized. In 1916 the Royal Engineers built a metre gauge railway from Ma'alla in Aden to Sheikh'Othman.

This was extended to El Khudad, a total distance of 29 miles. The line was operated by the North Western Railway of India until it closed in 1929. More in 2005, the Yemeni government began to investigate rail connections as part of an overall initiative to upgrade its transportation infrastructure. In 2008 the Gulf Cooperation Council announced that it had agreed to include Yemen in plans for an integrated regional rail system and launched feasibility studies. Yemen has expressed preference for a coastal route beginning in Aden. Yemen's main ports are Aden, Al Hudaydah and Mocha. In addition, Ras Isa serves as the loading point for oil exports, a small amount of cargo passes through Nishtun. Facilities at Aden consist of the Maalla Terminal and the Aden Container Terminal, which opened in March 1999; the port can handle container ships, cargo ships, as well as tankers. In November 2003, following the October 2002 bombing of the French supertanker Limburg off the Yemen coast and the resultant dramatic drop in throughput at the Aden port, the Port of Singapore Authority sold its majority stake in the ACT back to the Yemeni government.

In June 2005, Dubai Ports International was selected to manage and operate the ACT under a 30-year or longer contract.

Kentaro Higuchi

Kentaro Higuchi was a Japanese dermatologist and educator. Higuchi was born in Fukuoka Prefecture and graduated from Kyushu Imperial University in 1934, he studied mycology under Masao Ota. In 1942 he became assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology at Kyushu Imperial University. One year he became professor of dermatology at Jakarta University, he was a professor of dermatology at Kurume University in 1947 and at Kyushu University in 1948. In 1957 he studied in Germany. In 1971 he became professor of dermatology at Fukuoka University. Higuchi wrote more than 450 medical papers on various aspects of dermatology, including mycology and syphilis. More than 100 doctors obtained their PhDs under his instruction, he edited many textbooks on dermatology. He accepted many congresses, on topics including dermatology, allergy and hospital management. At his time, Kyushu University was the most influential university in the Kyushu area, he himself willingly accepted many congresses. In 1958 he lectured on the treatment of syphilis with antibiotics and proposed the idea of scar in the serum for positive reactions to syphilis in case syphilis is cleared and treatment is unnecessary.

His view was favorably received. In many examinations for syphilis at his time, the reactions had remained positive after satisfactory treatment. So his explanation that the positivity of the examination was only the scar, satisfied many physicians. In 1968 there occurred an outbreak of yushō disease, which proved to be caused by contamination of rice bran oil with PCBs. A team was produced the book PCB poisoning and pollution under Higuchi's editorship. In 1954 he described a kind of erythema named erythema punctatum Higuchi, it is characterized by small erythematous lesions encircled by anemic rings. Insect bites are its cause. Oubei Kikou Igakusha no Me, in Japanese. Oyama shoten, 1959. Hitorigoto, in Japanese, 1969. Donnerstag, in Japanese, Nishinihon Shimbun, 1977. Donnerstag is the Fukuoka dialect which has come from the Holland language, means Sunday. Mawaru Fuusha, in Japanese, Shukousha, 1983

Vlug en Lenig

Vlug en Lenig is a Dutch handball club in Geleen. The club was founded on 1 September 1949; the men's team of V&L won the Dutch National Championship in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986 and 2002. The club has participated in European club team tournaments several times, it has won the national cup three times, in 1983, 1985 and 1994. In 2008, V&L co-operated with HV BFC to form a stronger men's team; the project was called Tophandbal Zuid-Limburg and two team were formed: Limburg Lions and Limburg Wild Dogs. In 2016, the management of BFC decided to take no longer part in the collabation; the woman's team of V&L has been succesfull, they won the Dutch National Championship in 1987 and 1990. In 2010, the woman's team promoted back to the eredivisie after one year of absence, where they have been a stable factor since. NHV Eredivisie: Winners: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 2002 Runner-Up: 1968, 1970, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998Dutch Handball Cup: Winners: 1983, 1985, 1994 Runner-Up: 1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2003Dutch Supercup: Runner-Up: 1994, 2002 NHV Eredivisie: Winners: 1987, 1990 Runner-Up: 2004, 2005, 2007Dutch Handball Cup: Runner-Up: 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2004, 2008Dutch Supercup: Runner-Up: 1992, 1993 Vlug en Lenig Official Website


Duniyadari is a 2013 Marathi film directed by Sanjay Jadhav. The film is about the journey of every one which makes them realize the true face of life, it has been acclaimed by Marathi audience. Critical reception was positive; the film is based on a book of the same name by the author Suhas Shirvalkar. It had the most collection at box office for a film in Marathi, broken by Timepass in 2014 and again by Lai Bhaari; the film was remade in Kannada in 2017 in Gujarati in 2017 as Duniyadari. It ran for more than 100 days in Maharashtra. Duniyadari opens with grandma Shirin with a streak of grey accompanying grandpa Pritam to Pune, grandchildren in tow; the story traces itself back to the late 1970s. Nothing is spelt out, but each character and its relevance in the plot is unveiled through the narrative that revolves around Shreyas Talwalkar, he is thrown into college in Pune on his mother's insistence. Under circumstances which are reminiscent of college life in the Hindi cinema of the 80s, Shreyas makes friends with DSP aka Digya and his Katta gang.

A do-gooder standing tall for friendships in the face of a creepy Saai, Shreyas becomes the voice of reason for the rustic gang. He finds himself attracted to Shirin, but Meenu get attracted to Shreyas which creates a love triangle. Shirin is a student of Medical sister of Pritam, they are children of an MLA from Kolhapur, who hates his own daughter. Shreyas is not sure about their future. Saai fixes his marriage with Shirin against her wish. Meenu understands that Shreyas is in love with Shirin. On Saai and Shirin's wedding day and his friends fight with Saai's gang. Shirin gets married to Shreyas, she is aware that Shreyas is a patient of a deadly disease and has only few months of life in his hands. They are about to enter parenthood; the film ends with a touching scene where all the friends, now in their early 50s, meet at the same katta of their college on Shreyas's birthday and express their feelings for him. Swapnil Joshi as Shreyas Ankush Choudhary as DSP/ Digambar Shankar Patil Sai Tamhankar as Shirin Jitendra Joshi as Sainath Sushant Shelar as Pritam Urmila Kanitkar as Minu Richa Pariyalli as Surekha Sandeep Kulkarni as MK Nagesh Bhosale as Shirin & Pritam's Father Varsha Usgaonkar as Rani Maa Uday Tikekar as Shreyas's Father Kasim Pishori as Surekha's Father Uday Sabnis as Minu's Father Yogesh Shirsat as Shree/ Sunil Nitesh Jalbande Askya Sanjay Jadhav ace cameraman of films like Dombivali Fast, Mumbai Meri Jaan and director of Checkmate, Ringa Ringa, Fakta Ladh Mhana is the man behind the production house Dreaming 24/7.

What makes Duniyadari more special with Jadhav's directing is the plot inspired from one of the all-time best seller's Duniyadari by eminent writer late Shri Suhas Shirvalkar. Though it is a story of the 1970s, it remains related to the today's youth. Duniyadari was released in Maharashtra and Gujarat, Karnataka etc. acclaiming huge success outside Maharashtra. The film had a record 710 shows daily and more than 5,000 shows weekly across 270 theatres; the film has received positive reviews. Duniyadari is a huge financial success in an all-time blockbuster. ABP Maaza, a Marathi news channel, gave 4 out of 5 stars acclaiming film for its story and brilliant acting of all the actors. Highest grossing Marathi films Duniyadari on IMDb Duniyadari on Facebook Duniyadari on Twitter

Presidential Departments (Greece)

The President of the Hellenic Republic has a number of minor departments underneath him in order to help him exercise his duties. Although the office of President is a ceremonial one, powers are only theoretically meant to be used in the event of a national emergency, these departments help the President keep track of the day-to-day running of Government (which is exercised by the Prime Minister. There are 7 major offices of 4 minor offices. Secretary General The Secretary General oversees all the departments of the Presidency of the Republic and supervises all the offices attached to it. President's Office This office is responsible for aiding the President of the Republic in the carrying out of his duties, for handling his personal and official correspondence and for arranging his personal meetings; this office has the sub-offices of The Press and Public relations departments under its control. Legal Department The Legal Department is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations about all matters relating to the exercise of the powers given to the President of the Republic by the Constitution, for the issuing of laws, acts of legislative content, regulatory or individual decrees, for the granting of pardons, the reduction or commuting of sentences which have been imposed by the courts.

Diplomatic Office The Diplomatic Office is responsible for following all matters connected with international relations, for keeping the President of the Republic briefed on such matters and for preparing Presidential visits abroad. This office organizes receptions and deals with all matters of protocol related to the President's meetings with Heads of foreign countries and other dignitaries. Military Office The Military Office makes sure the President is briefed on all Military matters pertaining to things such as national security and arms procurement, it is headed by a Major of the Hellenic Army. Administrative Office The Office of Administrative Affairs is responsible for all matters relating to the staff of the Presidency, the coordination and supervision of administrative issues connected with the Presidency of the Republic, the observance of the general protocol as well as for the supervision of the buildings and facilities of the Presidency. Financial Affairs Office The Financial Affairs Office is responsible for matters relating to the drawing up of the budget, the financial management, the payment of staff salaries and the management and distribution of materials.

Office of Security. Office of Postal services. Office of Financial Control. Telecommunications Office

Rebecca Rusch

Rebecca Rusch is an American ultra endurance pro athlete, world champion, entrepreneur, Emmy winner, motivational speaker whose career has spanned numerous adventure sports including rock climbing, expedition racing, whitewater rafting, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. Rusch was nominated to the international Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2019, owns seven World Championship titles in multiple disciplines and was a member of the US National Whitewater Rafting Team as well as several international adventure racing teams, participating in the Eco Challenge, Primal Quest and Raid Gauloises series. Rusch was born August 1968 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to Stephen Rusch and Judy Tomlinson Rusch, her father, a US Air Force F-4 pilot, was shot down during combat in the Vietnam War in 1972 when Rusch was 3 years old. She has USAF Brigadier Gen. Sharon Bannister. Rusch attended college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied business marketing. Rusch married Greg Martin in September 2014.

Rusch and their dogs Diesel & Gracie reside in Ketchum, Idaho. Rated a Top 5 gravel event by Global Cycling Network and one of the 25 Best Bike Rides in the World by Outside Magazine, Rebecca's Private Idaho has been staged every Labor Day weekend since 2013 in Rusch's hometown and surrounding Idaho backcountry. Conceived and reconned by Rusch, produced in partnership with her sponsors, the gravel grinder, stage race and outdoor festival benefits local and global charities: the Wood River Trails Coalition. RPI, along with other cycling clinics and guided tours coordinated and led by Rusch, plus adventures like mountain biking up and down Mount Kilimanjaro have raised over $500k to date in support of select nonprofits. Rusch established the Be GoodTM Foundation, a 5013 nonprofit, in honor of her father Capt. Stephen A. Rusch, who signed his letters home from Vietnam using those two words, its mission is to enrich communities by using the bicycle as a catalyst for healing and evolution and to create opportunities for outdoor exploration, personal discovery and humanitarian service.

Priorities include removal of unexploded ordnance, throughout Laos. Rusch has partnered with Mines Advisory Group and jewelry company Article22 to support UXO mitigation efforts. Rusch to Glory: Adventure, Risk & Triumph on the Path Less Traveled, published August 2014 by VeloPress and written by Rusch with Selene Yeager, chronicles her journey from rookie suburban high school cross-country runner to World Champion endurance athlete, all the adventures in between. Set in the exotic locales and extreme conditions that forged an extraordinary athlete from ordinary roots—trekking through Borneo, mountain climbing in Patagonia, navigating the rivers of Vietnam, racing bikes across the Andes—Rusch's rambling led to a successful career in ultra adventure racing, but when the TV cameras dropped out and sponsorship dollars followed, Rusch's story carried on. "At age 38, Rusch faced a tough decision: reinvent herself yet again. Determined to go for broke, she shifted her focus to endurance mountain bike racing and rode straight into the record books at a moment when most athletes walk away.

Rusch to Glory is more than an epic story of adventure. Accepted as a presenter at the inaugural TEDxSunValley event, Rusch spoke to a hometown crowd of 300 on November 30, 2016. "Navigating Home", her 17-minute address, can be viewed on Rusch's YouTube channel. On May 27, 2019, Rusch and her sister Brig. Gen. Sharon Bannister were invited to be co-keynote speakers in Washington DC by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, dedicated to remembering those who served in the USA armed forces in Vietnam and to maintaining the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Rusch counted it as "the most important speech of our lives, sharing our parallel stories of finding Dad and keeping his memory and impact alive. Through the loss of one family member, we have gained thousands of new family members who have been touched by loss." Outside TV has broadcast a 3-part documentary miniseries following Rusch and fellow explorer Steve "Doom" Fassbinder over 6 days of mountain biking, rock climbing and packrafting in Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments with the intent to promote preservation of public lands.

Outside TV captured the Iditarod Trail Invitational as Rusch, in her first attempt at the race, completed 350 miles as the first female finisher in a self-supported wilderness bikepacking venture through Alaskan wilderness in subzero temperatures. These efforts and more are discussed in a Rich Roll podcast. An ultra athlete and author, "Rebecca's accomplishments are beyond impressive, but our conversation lives beyond elite performance to explore things like curiosity. The richness of adventure. Feeding the soul. Continuous personal growth. Redefining age. Contributing to the greater good, and giving back. Most of all, this is about, and living outside the comfort zone. My hope is, and inspired to live more adventurously." In 2015, Rusch became the first person to pedal the entire length of the 1,800 km Ho Chi Minh