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Sohar

development projects. The Omani government has paid special attention to the city of Sohar, and placed it in the priorities of the future plan of the Omani economy (Economy of Oman) in 2020. The goal of the Omani government is to make Sohar a business and industrial hub and help the Omani economy diversify away from oil. In order for the Omani economy to achieve this economic diversification, the Omani government is investing in a number of projects in the industrial area of Sohar. For example

Sohar port is bound to help Oman transform its economy significantly The government is undertaking many development projects to modernize the economy, improve the standard of living, and become a more active player in the global marketplace. Oman became a member of the World Trade Organization in October 2000, and continues to amend its financial and commercial practices to conform to international standards. Increases in agriculture and especially fish production are believed possible

built a $200-million copper mining and refining plant at Sohar. Other large industrial projects include an 80,000 b d oil refinery and two cement factories. An industrial zone at Rusayl showcases the country's modest light industries. Marble, limestone, and gypsum may prove commercially viable in the future. Modernization thumb right Sohar (File:Sohar-Cranes.jpg) port is bound to help Oman transform its economy significantlyThe government is undertaking many development


Houston, British Columbia

, Cullen worked in several countries in Central and South America, during the 1990s, on community economic development projects. After returning to Toronto, he started a private consulting business focussed on strategic planning and conflict resolution.


Chabahar

started by order of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. A modern naval and air base was established as part of the Shah's policy of making Iran into a dominant power in the Indian Ocean. At that time these and other development projects in and around Chabahar involved the extensive participation of foreign companies, especially from the United States. After the 1979 revolution the foreign companies left the projects and Iranian public companies linked to the Ministry of jahade sazandegi (or jihad for construction) took them over. The Iraq-Iran war caused Chabahar to gain in logistical and strategic importance. War brought insecurity to the Strait of Hormuz and ships were unable to enter the Persian Gulf. Accordingly, Chabahar became a major port during the war. In the 1980s the Iranian government developed a new scheme named the Eastern Axis Development Scheme, which aimed to use Chabahar's geographical position as a regional development tool to stimulate economic growth in the eastern provinces. The establishment of the Chabahar Free Trade-Industrial Zone in 1992 resulting from the EAD Scheme brought development and encouraged immigration from other parts of the country to Chabahar. Religions and sects A majority of Chabahar's people are Baluchs linked to the Hanafi Sunni faith and very close to the Deobandi school in India. Their leader and main cleric is Maulana Abdul Rahman Mollazahi. He leads a big madrasa known as Arabia Islamia. Other faiths were also growing because of immigration. Shias linked to Ja'fari jurisprudence are most important after Sunnis. Other minority faiths also can be found in Chabahar, including the Baha'i Faith, Zikris and kojas or Ismaili. Society and culture Society and culture in Chabahar gained its characteristics from the classified tribal community of the Makran region. In this classification, Chabahar society is divided into superior and inferior tribes. Social structure is hierarchical; at the top of the pyramid are superior tribes locally dubbed as Hakom , independent influential tribes are in the middle, and other inferior weak tribes are at the bottom of the pyramid. Hakomes are Khan (Khan (title))s or Sardars, which in Chabahar refers to Sardarzahi and Boledehi tribes. Hoot and Mir (jadgals) are examples of independent, influential tribes which are at the next higher level in the hierarchy. There are many tribes in the upper and lower middle level, but at the bottom are former slaves from eastern Africa that have been brought by colonialists and Arab traders, especially Omanis, to the Makran Coastal area. These tribes are known as Darzada, Nokar, Sheedi and Gholam (Gholam (slaves))s. The railway network converges on Tehran and connects all major parts of the country. The Iranian cities of Isfahan and Shiraz were linked to Tehran in 2009. Further extension of this line to Bushehr and Bandar Abbas is planned. Furthermore the construction of Chabahar-Zahedan-Mashhad railway, extending from southeast to northeast of the country to the length of 1,350 kilometers, started in 2010 with 3 billion euro credit. http: www.payvand.com news 10 may 1080.html


Santa Tecla, El Salvador

development projects such as the installation of water services and the first illuminated plaza in the city; he was also one of the founders of San Rafael Hospital (located on the outskirts of Santa Tecla). On July 16, 1896, Hernandez died in the city he helped to build. Jose Maria San Martin Town Square right thumb 200px José San Martin Park (Image:Parque San Martin Santa Tecla LL El Salvador 2011.jpg) The city of Santa Tecla, formerly known as “Nueva San Salvador”, was the temporary capital of El Salvador in the mid nineteenth century. This left behind many historic buildings and landmarks including two historic town squares within its historical center: José María San Martín and Daniel Hernandez. The first one is located on street Daniel Hernandez, better known as the Pan-American Highway. This plaza is the scene of a monument in honor of former president, José María San Martín, who issued a decree authorizing the establishment of the city under the name of Nueva San Salvador, on August 8, 1854. In April 1854 a devastating earthquake caused extensive damage to San Salvador, capital of the country. It was decided to move the government to the city of Cojutepeque, department of Cuscatlan, and later it was moved to a “new” city: “Nueva San Salvador,” in a valley less vulnerable to earthquakes, in a farm know as Santa Tecla. José María San Martín was president of the country at the time; among his achievements was the creation of the Department of Chalatenango in 1855. He also instructed the lawyer Isidro Menéndez to issue several laws for the country. San Martín died in 1857. Tourism and sites of interest Shopping Plaza Merliot Located at 17th Avenue North, and Chiultipan Street, Plaza Merliot was built by the Salvadoran construction company, Grupo Agrisal, in 1994. It became the first mall ever to be built on the City of Santa Tecla, and the third one to be built in the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador. Although many people in Santa Tecla go to the Antiguo Cuscatlan shopping district, which is the current shopping hotspot of the metropolitan area, made up by 3 shopping malls, and 8 shopping centers, restaurants, communications, hotels, and business parks, Plaza Merliot continues to be preferred by the people of Santa Tecla. Plaza Merliot is made up of three levels, and a central plaza where the food court is at. Natural tourism Ecoparque El Espino thumb 200px right Entrance to the Ecoparque El Espino (image:Ecoparque.jpg) Ecoparque El Espino is located in the villa of the same name in the foothills of Boqueron (San Salvador) Volcano, just 5.1 km north of the Santa Tecla Downtown. Visitors will enjoy the natural beauty of pine trees, coffee trees, cypresses and flowers of various colors that adorn this 35 hectare park, that are constantly monitored by rangers of the cooperative that administer the site. There are many activities to do in Ecoparque El Espino. One of them is mountain biking. You can purchase a membership for US$ 20 a month with unlimited access to the Eco Park and of all its trails. The park has three hiking trails that you can travel in an average of 45 minutes each. They pass through a forest made up of massive 200-year-old trees and luscious forest. Among its main attractions there is a hanging 24 mete long bridge. One can spot many local birds like clarineros, toucans, chachas (wild chickens), tinamous and magpies. There are also wild animals like kinkajous, armadillos (locally known as cuzucos), rabbits, Central American agouti, and many others. Another attraction is the site called “El Infiernillo” (the little hell) a small area of land where steam is emanating deep from the depths of the earth. The park monitors this volcanic activity with the help of high tech equipment donated by the Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECI) in 2004 for purposes of education and scientific research. At the end of the 45 minutes walk there is an outlook, whose height is 1, 233 meters above sea level. There you will find a spectacular panoramic view of the capital city metropolitan area that contrasts with the green of the Cordillera del Balsamo. Los Chorros right thumb 200px Entrance to Los Chorros (File:Los Chorros, Colon, La Libertad 2012.jpg) Just 5.7 kilometers west of Santa Tecla, lies a natural oasis, a tourist icon visited by many national and international tourists. Made up of 12 acres of land; four of them are entitled for public use, the other acres are part of a nature preservation area. This park has a unique natural beauty due to the large number of water springs coming down from San Salvador volcano. There are four pools: one for children, one with slides and the other two designed to integrate them with the natural uniqueness of the location. This tourist center opened in 1952, thanks to the vision of Salvadoran poet Raul Contreras, who wanted his remains buried at the park. The land where the park is located belonged to the Soundy family who sold the property to the Salvadoran Institute of Tourism in 1956. This park has held important international events, including Miss Universe in 1975, due to the impressive landscape. In 2001 the facilities were severely damaged by the earthquakes. But its reconstruction was done shortly after the natural disaster. In this park you will find children’s play areas, an amphitheater for educational and cultural events, picnic areas, a footbridge, access ramps for people with disabilities and trails into the forest. Boqueron (San Salvador) Volcano Located on top of San Salvador volcano at 1,800mts and just 13.6 kilometers from Downtown Santa Tecla, this park main attraction is an amazing crater 5 kilometers in diameter and 558 meters deep. El Boquerón enjoys a cool climate year round. The park offers many walking trails through pine trees where you can appreciate the beauty of plants cultivated in this site. Among the plant species identified are ornamentals such as “cartuchos”, hydrangeas, begonias and wild “sultanas”. There is wildlife such as armadillos, raccoons, deer, and foxes, among others. You can request the company of guides, such as the Tourism Police (POLITUR) if you are brave and fit enough to hike down to “El Boqueroncito” inside the large crater. From there you can see the “Picacho” the highest point of the volcano, which an excellent place for mountain is biking. Worth noting that El Boquerón last eruption took place in 1917 causing extensive damage to San Salvador and other towns as Nejapa, Quezaltepeque where large amounts of lava can still be seen at the site known as El Playón, outside the city. Recently the road to the Volcano has been developed in an effort to expand tourism in the surrounding city areas. Several restaurants, coffee shops and other recreational activities have opened in the past two years, one them being Plaza Volcán. http: plazavolcan.com Education There are 104 school centers in the municipality, of which 34 are public and 70 are private schools. By the beginning of 2001 there were 16,918 students enrolled in the Santa Tecla public school district, of which 2,072 were in kindergarten, 12,979 enrolled between the grades 1st through 9th, and 1,867 in 1st and 2nd Bachelor Year. There was a total of 8,332 male student enrolled, and 8,586 female student enrolled. The total number of citizen in Santa Tecla (aged from 5 to 19) is as of 2001 53,228, thus the public school district cover approximately 46.2% of the student population. modificados PEP PEP1.pdf On the other hand there are far more private schools than public but they only cover 42.2% of the student population. Among the most priced private schools in the municipality, is the Cuscatlán British Academy, known as ABC in its Spanish acronym, which offers all classes in English, and has adopted the school calendar of Great Britain. The French Lyceum, a school that offers all classes in French and has adapted the French school year. There are many other private institutions located on the northern side of the historic downtown of Santa Tecla, and many Private Catholic institutions as well, one of the best known are, Ilamatepec School a bilingual Catholic school for boys only, and the Floresta, a bilingual catholic school for girls only. Other schools and educational institutions are renowned Santa Tecla: Saint Cecilia Salesian School, St. Agnes School, Champagnat School, Belén School, Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima School, Bethania School, French School (French-Spanish), and the British Academy (British English). This leaves an 8.6% of the youth (age 5 to 19) to fall under the categories of home schooled, or not attending to either a private nor public institution for various reasons, which among the top one is poverty. Officially out of the student population only 0.17% are registered as home schooled, the other 8.43% are children who are not attending to either a private nor public education institution is mainly due to rural poverty factors, and others. Santa Tecla is home to the first Salesian institute to be founded in Central America, Saint Cecilia Salesian School (1899), which is one of the most prestigious schools in El Salvador. UES: Dr. Manuel Gallardo Later arrived the Sisters of Mary Help of Christians, who established the Colegio Santa Inés in 1906; Fundación del Colegio Santa Inés the Colegio Belén, established in 1916 by the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Joseph; El Diario de Hoy: En camino a los altares the Colegio Champagnat, a Marist school established in 1925; Colegio Champagnat and Bethania Institute, established in 1928. Instituto Bethania Other important schools are Colegio Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Fátima, and Escuela Alberto Masferrer, both operated by the Dominican Sisters of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin. Dominicas de la Anunciata: Comunidades Santa Tecla also offers higher institutes of education such as various universities. The most known and expensive university in the municipality is the Higher School of Economy and Business, known as ESEN for its Spanish acronym, the institution is fairly new, owned, and constructed by Luis Poma, owner of the Grupo Roble, one of the top businesses in the country. Another top university is the Communications University of Monica Herrera, which offers the careers of strategic design, marketing, and integrated communications. Sister cities * Biography Segundo Montes grew up in Valladolid, Spain, where he also went to secondary school until 1950. On August 15, 1950 he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Orduña. After a year there he moved to Santa Tecla (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) in El Salvador under the mentorship of Miguel Elizondo, who described him as an adolescent that hit the football so hard against the wall of the Iglesia El Carmen that he rattled the roof tiles.


Lakeside Apartments District, Oakland, California

Since Brown worked toward the stated goal of bringing an additional 10,000 residents to Downtown Oakland (Downtown Oakland, Oakland, California), his plan was known as "10K." It has resulted in redevelopment projects in the Jack London District (Jack London District, Oakland, California), where Brown purchased and later sold an industrial warehouse which he used as a personal residence, and in the Lakeside Apartments District (Lakeside Apartments District, Oakland, California) near Lake Merritt. The 10k plan has touched the historic Old Oakland district, the Chinatown (Chinatown, Oakland, California) district, the Uptown (Uptown Oakland) district, and Downtown (Downtown Oakland). Brown surpassed the stated goal of attracting 10,000 residents according to city records, and built more affordable housing than previous mayoral administrations. Oakland City Council Nadel was elected to Oakland's District Three "Downtown-West Oakland" City Council seat in 1996. The district includes Adams Point (Adams Point, Oakland, California), most of Oakland's Central Business District (CBD) including all of Downtown (Downtown Oakland, Oakland, California) and the Lakeside Apartments District (Lakeside Apartments District, Oakland, California), but excluding the Civic Center (Civic Center, Oakland, California) district south of 14th Street, and Chinatown (Chinatown, Oakland, California). District Three also includes Jack London Square (Jack London Square, Oakland, California), the Jack London District (Jack London District, Oakland, California), Pill Hill (Pill Hill, Oakland, California), and West Oakland (West Oakland, Oakland, California).


Sharafat, East Jerusalem

Hananiap156 Hanania, 1996, p. 156. Development projects In 2010, the Latin Patriarchate launched a construction project to house dozens of Christian families, mostly young couples with children. Some 9,000 square meters of land were purchased by the families and the Jerusalem municipality granted the necessary construction permits. Eighty apartments are now under construction.


Beit Sahour

*Herodium - A fortress built by Herod the Great. It is administered by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. In 1988-9, during the first Intifada, the Palestinian resistance urged people to resist paying taxes to Israel. Marysdaughter, Karen “Palestinian Tax Resistance Update” ''More than a Paycheck'' April 1997 NWTRCC.org The people of Beit Sahour responded to this call with an unusually organized and citywide tax strike (tax resistance). As a result of the tax strike the Israeli military authorities placed the town under curfew for 45 days and seized goods belonging to citizens in raids.


Nasiriyah

Governorate Co-ordinator Senior Advisor in Dhi Qar, two provinces in southern Iraq. His responsibilities included holding elections, resolving tribal disputes and implementing development projects. He faced an incipient civil war and growing civil unrest from his base in a Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC) compound in Al Amarah (Amarah), and in May 2004 was in command of his compound in Nasiriyah when it was besieged by Sadrist militia. He was made an Officer of the Order


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