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Roquefort-les-Pins

Roquefort-Les-Pins is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Shops: grocery stores, hair salons, pharmacies, hardware, nursery. Industry: personal services. Hotels and restaurants. Petrol stations. Real estate agencies, expert surveyor. Medical center, podiatrist, speech therapists, nurses. Post office. College, Primary School and nursery care. Religious private school. Cinema. Library. Hall. Stables. Sports center. Assorted associations and clubs. Firefighters and police. Football and tennis club with artificial pitches and courts; the village is situated between 300 metres above sea level. Roquefort-Les-Pins is surrounded by a pine forest and rocky landscape, making it a picturesque Cote D'azur village; the river Miagne is situated to the north of the commune, running parallel to the D7 national road. The commune is cut into 4 zones expanding from the center: A forested zone, a sparsely populated zone, a moderately populated zone and a densely populated zone.

During the past decade, to help satisfy a growing population, the town has invested in several new developments and improvements to community services and buildings, these include: -extension and renovation of the primary school -creating a sports complex -creating a sports area -establishment of a college -creation of a skate park -creation of a town centre -implementation of social housing -development of a village centre with housing -creation of a health centre -expansion of the town hall -beautification of the main axis -reconstruction of the fire station -modernisation of the canteen The town is served by various bus lines that lead to nearby villages such as Valbonne and Sophia Antipolis Communes of the Alpes-Maritimes department INSEE Mairie website

Old Metropolis, Veria

The Old Metropolis is an early 11th-century Byzantine basilica, dedicated to Saint Paul, that during the Ottoman period of the city became an Ottoman mosque as the Hünkar Mosque, in the northern Greek city of Veria. The building, dating to the early 11th century, is considered one of the largest surviving middle Byzantine buildings in the Balkans, one of the largest episcopal cathedrals in the region of Macedonia, but its early history is obscure apart from a single inscription on its western entrance that records that it was the work of a certain Niketas, attested as the city's bishop in 1078. Opinions differ as to its original consecration, believed to be either to Saints Peter and Paul or to the Twelve Apostles, but during restoration work in 2010–16 a fresco depicting the enthroned Theotokos was discovered above the church's main northern gate, indicating that the church was dedicated to her, it is a rudimentary transept. The main aisle is framed by alternating columns topped by reused Ionic order capitals.

The southern aisle no longer survives. Veria fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1430, the metropolitan cathedral was converted into a mosque named after the Ottoman Sultan; the Ottomans made a few alterations to the building, replacing the semi-circular arches of the upper windows to pointed ones, demolished the northern portion of the transept to add a plain minaret. The external decoration of ancient Greek motifs remained unaltered but survive only in fragments today, but in the interior they covered up the 13th-century frescoes with plaster, damaging them in the process as they drilled holes to make the plaster stick. Following the capture of the city by the Greek Army during the First Balkan War, the mosque was reconsecrated and functioned for a period as a church, it passed to the local "Apostle Paul" Christian Union, housed government agencies during the World Wars, was used as a stable during the German occupation of Greece. As late as 2007, the building remained in a half-ruined state, without proper maintenance or restoration work being undertaken.

Since October 2010. The building underwent restoration by the 11th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, funded by the EU through the Partnership Agreement for the Development Framework 2007–13, with a budget of 3,465,000 Euro; the work involved extensive interventions to enhance the building's structural stability and preserve the rediscovered frescoes, as well as the elements added during the Ottoman-era use as a mosque. Following completion of the restoration work, the church will be re-consecrated on 5 June 2016 by the Bishop of Veria, will be re-opened to the public beginning from 1 July 2016. Marge, Anastasia I.. "Η οθωμανική αρχιτεκτονική στην πόλη της Βέροιας". Αρχαιολογία και Τέχνες: 72–78. ISSN 1108-2402

Interbedding

In geology, interbedding occurs when beds of a particular lithology lie between or alternate with beds of a different lithology. For example, sedimentary rocks may be interbedded if there were sea level variations in their sedimentary depositional environment. Intercalation is a special case of interbedding where a layer is variably inserted into an existing sequence. While interbedding has layers that are horizontally flat, intercalated rock on the other hand has slanted layers that streak through each other. For example intercalated conglomerate and sandstone looks like ripples of different material networked through each other somewhat off the horizontal, as the beds are deposited in a gradient; this is due to differing fluvial conditions and gradual changes in sediment transport over time. Typical alternation sequences include sequences of limestone. In its most conspicuous form, such an interbedding as seen on a quarry wall can look like the stripes of a zebra: a dark gray marl layer, for example twenty centimeters thick, is followed by a half-meter-thick light limestone bench, which in turn is overlaid by a marl layer and this again by limestone and so on.

Such evenly banded layers can consist of hundreds of alternating layers and can be several hundred meters thick. Interbedding reflects a cyclical change in sedimentation conditions. Lime-marl interbeddings represent the cyclical detachment of a high carbonate production due to the stronger influence of the terrestrial background sedimentation, attributed sedimentologically to an increase in sea depth and distance from the coast at the time of deposition at the corresponding deposit location, but these can cause alternations by recurring special events, such as the deposition of coarse turbidity current sediments on what would be otherwise be a quiet and continuously running background sedimentation. For example, a river that sees regular interrupts in the form of flash floods

Jeff Hoad

Jeff Hoad is a Canadian-British former professional ice hockey player. He played in the British Ice Hockey Superleague for the Nottingham Panthers, Ayr Scottish Eagles, London Knights and the Belfast Giants, he played in the East Coast Hockey League for the Erie Panthers and Toledo Storm, the American Hockey League for the Springfield Falcons and the German 2nd Bundesliga for the EC Bad Tölz. He played for the Great Britain national ice hockey team in three World Championships, he is now a proud member of Manitoba Police Service. Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com

Osman Ahmed Osman

Osman Ahmed Osman ‎ was an Egyptian engineer, contractor and politician. Known as el-mo'alim, Osman founded the Arab Contractors and led the Egyptian effort to build the Aswan Dam, he went on to become the Egyptian Minister of Housing and Development and a member of the Egyptian Parliament. Osman was born on April 1917, in the town of Ismailia in Egypt. Osman was born to an impoverished family, whose situation was made worse after his father died in 1920, when Osman was three years old, his eldest brother, dropped out of school to provide a steady income to support the family. As a child, Osman himself had to work to supply additional income. Upon completing his schoolwork, Osman moved to Cairo to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering. Unable to afford tuition, rent, or public transportation, Osman improvised: he received a scholarship from Cairo University, lived with his older sister, commuted on a bike he had assembled himself. Osman graduated in 1940 with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.

He returned to his hometown, Ismailia. He worked with an illiterate but savvy contractor, for 18 months. Osman's dream was to build a successful contracting firm. At the time, all such firms operating in the Middle East were European. After only 18 months of work experience, Osman founded Osman Ahmed Osman, Engineer & Contractor, which would become the Arab Contractors, his startup capital was 180 Egyptian Pounds. Osman was employee, he operated out of a small one-room office, undertook various small projects, such as building small shops and garages, repairing buildings, etc. With Osman's hard-work and fantastic organizational skills, the company grew and his operations expanded, but he struggled to compete with foreign firms for larger-scale projects, he began to undertake larger projects, such as erecting an all-girls school and a theater, expanded his operations to Cairo. In 1950, Osman traveled to Saudi Arabia; the Persian Gulf area was experiencing a huge boom in the construction sector related to the oil boom.

Osman was able to take advantage of this, within a short period of time was carrying out multimillion-dollar projects in Kuwait, Libya and the UAE, amassing a great deal of wealth. Osman mentions that in most of these countries, he found the construction markets dominated by monopolies and cartels of foreign companies. In 1956, Osman returned to Egypt. By this time, the Egyptian revolution, led by Gamal Abdel Nasser, had taken place. Osman returned with a bang, winning a $48 million contract for the Aswan Dam. However, Osman's entrepreneurial style was not compatible with Nasser's socialist revolution. Despite this, the Arab Contractors continue to thrive in Egypt, since Nasser's confrontational strategy with Israel required construction such as bunkers, missile silos, etc. In 1961, Nasser's regime nationalized the Arab Contractors. Osman was abroad at the time, faced a choice of whether to return, or continue pursuing his wealth abroad. Osman returned to Egypt, claiming that he felt it his duty to his employees.

Osman pledged that the company would continue to operate at the same level regardless of who it was owned by, which seemed difficult at the time. Osman had practiced a wage-incentive program within his company, which would be illegal for any public sector company. However, after his success at the Aswan Dam project, Nasser allowed Osman to continue running the company, a special law was passed to allow public sector companies, that did a substantial part of their business abroad, to be able to flexibly determine wages and incentives. Nasser's death in 1970 came as a shock for the country. However, Osman welcomed Sadat as a breath of fresh air. Osman and Sadat had been friends for several years. Osman was critical of Nasser's policies and believed that the Egyptian people had paid a high prices for Nasser's combination of domestic repression and foreign adventurism. In 1973, Sadat launched the October War. Again, the Arab Contractors played a role. Politically, Osman was a staunch supporter of President Anwar Al Sadat.

Like Sadat, Osman believed in capitalism, free-market principles, open-door policies with trade, with certain restrictions. He believed, he denounced Nasser's socialist agenda as a ploy to gain support of the masses. For example, Nasser guaranteed jobs for all university graduates. Osman said that this policy was a trick to gain support of the people, but that the policy itself was not sustainable or practical. In his book, he warns graduates from accepting the default government position, saying that the government would not be able to provide such a large number of jobs. Osman argued that the "owner of any private project is interested in expanding it along with his wealth, expansion of the project can only mean increased production and job opportunities". Like Sadat, Osman believed that it was in Egypt's best interest to try and tackle the Israeli-Palestine conflict diplomatically. Osman believed. Osman accompanied Sadat on his visit to Israel in 1977 to speak at the Knesset. Osman believed that for developing a country and economic development were a