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Another 8 million m3 added to Strategic Petroleum Reserves

zStwW3G.jpgO'POLIS -- Recently elected chairperson $Name said on Thursday that: "Orioni is looking to add as many as 8 million m3 of oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve," a preventative project started in 2018 under the previous administration. Orioni’s strategic petroleum reserves stand at 95% of available underground storage capacity of 12 million m3, the new councillor of Energy $Name told Roiters on Friday, adding that: "the action will top the OSPR out."

The Sibiseba is likely to approve the action. Since the 2018 agreement, the energy security took a great leap forward, with the construction of emergency crude reserves as a buffer against volatility in oil prices and supply disruptions. Demand for crude has become volatile as a result of the Bainbridge crisis. But OPEC has assured Orioni refiners of continued supply, the Orinese government confirmed. The Phase III construction of additional storage adds reserves that can last an additional 14 days on top of Phases I and II.

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Phase I (5,3 million m3)

  • 2,5 million m3 in Zuidhaven
  • 1,5 million m3 at Meda
  • 1,3 million m3 at Nordhaven

Phase II (6,5 million m3)

  • 2,5 million mat Oris
  • 2 million mat Dion
  • 2 million mat Andro

Phase III (8,2 million m3)

  • 2,2 million m3 at Nordhaven
  • 1,5 million m3 at Zuidhaven
  • 1,5 million m3 at Corona Borealis
  • 1 million m3 at Dion
  • 1 million m3 at Cygnus
  • 0,5 million m3 at Andro
  • 0,5 million m3 at Oris

Recently the OSPR was shown in a bad light when an ex-employee illegally accessed the oil reserve's computers. A Dion man pleaded guilty to illegally accessing the computers and causing Φ15.000 in damage. Federal prosecutors say in court records that 56-year-old Gari Petirosi of Meda had been a contract worker. He resigned in December 2019. But the following month he accessed the petroleum reserve office's computers from his home and altered or deleted files, including log files showing which computer resources were accessed. He faces up to five years in prison.

OOC: The $Name will remain anonymous for now, until I get a chance to update my election info.

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Sitia opens 24-hour book store

photo-1526199119161-4be1e3368d52?ixlib=rZUIDHAVEN -- Readers hoping to browse through books at 4 o’clock in the morning will soon be able to do so. Orinese bookshop chain Sitia has announced that its branch in Zuidhaven, will become a 24-hour operation from 11 May.

The building in which the bookstore is located was rebuilt under an urban renewal project. With three levels below ground and two above in the 12-story Tonan Financial Building on Ababochi South Road, the store is set to become a big draw for many foreign visitors and a tourism attraction at night.

The shop, which is a short walk from the Lovra museum and conference centre, will take up round-the-clock duties. The remodelled bookshop will have Sitia’s first dedicated foreign-language section, stocking some 20,000 Anglish and Cristinese titles, alongside coffee, cocktails and an arts section curated by international publishers.

Mihirati Mani, chairwoman of Sitia Holdings Corp, which owns the bookstore chain, department stores and restaurants, and also sells appliances and equipment for hotels, restaurants and kitchens, announced the decision at a news conference in Zuidhaven yesterday. "The store held a soft launch 24-hour operations earlier this month, allowing the staff to get used to the process," Mani added.

All the more reason for foreigners to book a trip to Orioni.

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Civilian victims of EOS mission

photo-1523251127149-3b7322b12ca1?ixlib=rBainbridge Islands -- EOS has been pushing its peacekeeping operation far out into Bainbridge Islands. The speed and scale of its military intervention is unprecedented. A KBI fishing vessel collided and badly damaged an Orinese maritime destroyer. Orioni said this was vessel was sailing in international waters and endangered its safety. The sinking of a KBI fishing boat near the Crab Island on May 2nd was another example. The fishing boat sank after being hit by a Orinese patrol vessel. A crew of eight on board the boat were rescued. Orioni's excuse was the same: threat to EOS operation in the Northern Meteorolas. The area is internationally notorious for piracy.

Stolen Ide Jiman artefacts seized at Dion port

DION -- A joint police and customs operation in the port of Dion has led to the recovery of more than 2.000 items and the arrest of 52 people. The initiative included officers from EOS nations targeting the trade in stolen archaeological artefacts. The operation focused on criminal networks that steal from museums and plunder archaeological sites to loot cultural treasures. Police officers recovered several rare Golden River objects, a pre-Ide Jiman golden mask, a carved Kokuan elephant, historical weapons and hundreds of ancient coins. Dion’s chief of police Mr Yigeni Akisiyoni said thirty-nine people were arrested in the city during the crackdown. Thirteen traffickers were arrested in Cygnus. Chief Akisiyoni added that: "Particular attention was paid to monitoring online marketplaces. Our officers gathered information and identified cultural objects offered for sale online. This amount of objects shows the enormous scale of illegal trade in cultural artefacts and opportunities for money laundering." The chief of police concluded that law enforcement agencies across the world need this international phenomenon that's financing organised crime networks.

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Less trucks, more cargo bikes

cubicycle-1-680x0-c-default.jpgPERSEUS -- With city traffic growing each year, Perseus has become the latest city to explore the possibilities of using cargo bikes to complement delivery trucks. Some UNEX drivers in the mostly flat coastal city are taking to two wheels as part of a pilot project (to prepare for the future 5G introduction) to test electric-assisted cargo bikes for citywide deliveries. Mr Negade Tajir, CEO of UNEX, tells Roiters that: "We're exploring the potential for similar schemes in other cities. Next up is Andro. Each of the bikes can carry 200 kg of cargo and replace one delivery truck on city streets. The vehicles in the pilot programme can save 100.000 kg of carbon-dioxide emissions a year." While cargo bikes are rather common in large Oriental cities, they remain a rare sight in the rest of the Wurld. More and more cities shut their city-centre streets to large polluting vehicles, prioritising pedestrians and cyclists. It’s a smart time for delivery companies to test pedal-powered solutions.

Wittier to test online medical service

O'POLIS -- Wittier, the biggest messaging social service in Orioni, will beta test an online medical-diagnosis app this summer. The Orinese government, reluctant to allow people to see doctors online in the past, has relaxed restrictions to better service smaller towns off the home island. In May, the government cleared the public to seek online consultations from any doctor. This requires some technical innovation. Hospitals and patients need to use the same application so everything can run smooth. This includes making appointments, payment, and filling prescriptions. This is where Wittier comes in. It has a massive network of millions of users, a cashless service called Wittier Pay and plans to recruit more than 1.000 doctors. If the test proves successful, a more general plan could ease the pressure on medical workers. This can help doctors treat patients with uncommon issues who are avoid hospitals because of long travel distances.

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Medanese wine goes for record price at auction

photo-1506377247377-2a5b3b417ebb?ixlib=rMARYAMA -- A rare bottle of wine preserved since the end of the 19th century has set a new auction sales price record. The bottle of Gayiyeri dragonfruit wine 1792 fetched Φ132.000 in an online sale. "Only four bottles of this exceedingly rare wine remain to this day," a spokesperson said, "Having been held in the same family for generations with their original labels attached." This was the largest of these remaining bottles. Most bottles from this period are spoiled. But these four were preserved in pristine condition. "This should still be drinkable," commented food influencer Nimas Tarson on Wittier. The wine was bought by an anonymous private collector.

680-year-old stone tablet discovered in east Orioni

KEITO NIMA -- A stone tablet dating back to the Taneino period (1318-1500) has been discovered in east Orioni's Tauri Province, local authorities said Friday. Found during a survey of cultural relics outside Keito Nima, the tablet, which was made in 1340 during the reign of Empress Koniharo as shown on the inscriptions, has a history of 680 years, according to the county's archaeological department. The tabled is 104 cm tall, 52 cm wide and 26 cm thick, with inscriptions of 512 characters describing official verdicts and market disputes between two villages from 1339 to 1340. With rich and detailed content, the record on the tablet is thought-provoking and is of great historical value for the study of the political and judicial system, and local customs during the Taneino period, said An Fonigi, head of the Copiae University's cultural preservation institute.

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UNEX Arenigwade docks at Port Santa Isabella

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SANTA ISABELLA, Cristina -- On Sunday, 15 June the UNEX Arenigwade, the new flagship of Orinese liner shipping company Universal Exports called at the Port Santa Isabella on her maiden voyage. In @Cristina, she was handled by Port Santa Isabella Co where a total of 12.000 standard containers were discharged and loaded.

This mega-containership was built by the Orinese shipyard group Talako-Semayi Heavy Industries as the first ship in a new series of six, and recently delivered to UNEX. According to UNEX, the Arenigwade is one of Eurth's newest XXL containership. This mega-containership will be deployed in the Oriental-Europan trade. The Port of Santa Isabella was called during the maiden voyage of the UNEX Arenigwade.

With a length of 410 metres and a breadth of 60 metres, along with her five sister-ships to follow, the UNEX Arenigwade conforms to the environmental regulations in force since the beginning of this year. All twelve ships are delivered with fitted scrubbers. One of her sister-ships will be named UNEX Santa Isabella.

“We are delighted that the UNEX Arenigwade has been able to complete her maiden voyage to Cristina with no problems. All those involved in Santa Isabella have contributed to the safe and efficient handling of this unusually large vessel,” said Mr Giovanni Maggiore, CEO of Port Santa Isabella Co.

Multiple liner services link the ports of Cristina with Orioni. Cristina mostly imports raw commodities (oil, ore meat and grains), mainly intermediated by companies such as Sandrine Trade Co, Agritec, Vital Chimica and others. In 2019 there was a +5% year-on-year increase of containers transported. Cristina currently ranks 9th among the Orioni’s top trading partners for container handling.

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World Day to combat Desertification and Drought

480px-Oman-Oasis.jpgCYGNUS -- The desert is not deserted. Traveling north from O'polis to Cygnus, you quickly hit the Ayawo Gulf, a relatively shallow body of water that separates the Orinese regions of Irisha and Semeni. These coastal lands of Semeni are home to plenty of unique local species, such as the adorably small web-footed sand gecko (Stenodactylus arabicus). Shallow islands on the Gulf coast also support critically endangered nesting sea turtles and vast numbers of breeding seabirds in summer, including greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) and booted warbler (Iduna caligata).

Species like these are under threat from increased desertification. Increased desertification poses major challenges to the lives of people, plants and animals. The World Desertification and Drought Prevention Day is observed annually on 17 June. Organised by the United Eurth League, the day promotes public awareness of the fight against drought an desertification.

As Eurth's population continues to climb, becoming wealthier and city-based, ever greater demands are places on land to food and resources. At the same time quality and productivity of existing farmland is declining. Humanity is relentless in its production and consumption. Orioni is committed to protecting the biodiversity of this rich coastline while also preventing further soil degradation.

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Rezovi: "EOS cornerstone of neighbourhood security"

VideoconferenceO'POLIS -- During a private video conference with leaders of the Entente of Oriental States (EOS) on Tuesday, Chairlady Awidefale Rezovi emphasised the importance of partnerships that support the growth of security, stability and prosperity in the Oriental neighbourhood.

"These past decades we have seen how effective our cooperation is," Rezovi was quoted by spokespeople as saying. "I am humbled by how the EOS countries are helping each other. And more can be done. For example, by developing digital solutions to enable easier communication between our residents," she added.

The chairlady highlighted the situation in Bainbridge Islands is an important example for both external and internal threats. "Defusing the pirate menace will increase security of the entire region. There can be no stability and prosperity without security," Rezovi said.

In her statement, the chairlady also emphasised the fight against disinformation. "In recent years, we have seen the impact of disinfo and propaganda become ever more dangerous," Rezovi said. According to her, frozen conflicts, like the rivalry with New Wurld blocs or inter-Europan spats, cannot be forgotten either.

Rezovi said that there are several opportunities to support the EOS, especially in the field of science and technology. "Our exchange of mutual talent is growing quite fast since the STEM grants were introduced. And we still have a long way to go in integrating our newest partners into the common market," she said.

The chairlady said that the EOS have made progress in implementing its goals set in recent years. These objectives are divided into areas of economic development and market opportunities, strengthening institutions and good governance, and the environment and climate change. They include the Antargic Strategy, Responsibility to Protect, proposed observer status, and intervention in Bainbridge Islands.

"These objectives have a positive impact on the daily lives of people in the EOS countries. We will continue to move forward and agree on concrete actions for the coming years," Rezovi said, affirming Orioni's readiness to contribute to improving the standard of living of residents of EOS countries.

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Checking wastewater pollution in Mar province

39a6a7f661fbfc9ab2d0c6eecae861f4edcae229MAR YAHOSN -- The Weledi Gulf Tourism Cooperative (WGTC) has called for addressing the pollution caused by wastewater in the Weledi Gulf and the Dimeti Barrier Islands. The Cooperative raised the issue of wastewater from tour boats and tourism activities. Pollution caused by discharges from vessels remains a challenge despite many regulatory efforts taken by provincial authorities.

The Dimeti Barrier Islands in northern Orioni are made up of 67 islands that span 250 square kilometres in length along the northern edge of Mar province in the Amilaki region. The largest island, called Dimeti, has roughly 9.000 inhabitants, with an additional 3.000 people living on floating fishing villages off the coast. The island is the adventure-tourism capital of Orioni, with places to mountain bike, rock climb, hike, and more. In 2019 around 750 tourism boats operated in Weledi Gulf, including over 200 vessels that anchored overnight.

In April and May, the WGTC invited two international experts to evaluate the sustainable tourism management and environmental protection in the bay. The experts concluded that the gulf wasn't threatened by pollution. Nonetheless, they did express concern over growing tourism numbers and ineffective waste management, concluding it would pose a significant threat. Both experts also hoped the province would soon announce the standards for wastewater systems.

Mr Gideta Yelemi, the Provincial Director of Environment, said the department has asked the Council of the Environment to set national wastewater treatment standards that could be adopted by 2020. Mr Yelemi added that: "All boat owners understand the impact on the environment of untreated wastewater from cruise ships. They support the initiative to instal treatment systems on vessels."

During a recent workshop with stakeholders from business circles and the provincial government, the Zuidhaven Institute of Technology (ZIT) presented several technology and management solutions to alleviate wastewater pollution in the area. The solutions are aimed at helping tour boat owners comply with stricter regulations: either having built-in treatment systems or using external treatment services.

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Visit Orioni: top 5 destinations you must experience

Adventures in OrioniO'POLIS -- From the beaches of Amilaki, to the chaos of Zuidhaven, alongside the history, culture and jungles, there is just so much to see in Orioni. There is no question about it, Orioni is one of our absolute favourite countries to visit. If you’re looking for somewhere tropical, relaxed and has amazing food, you'll find it hard to pick somewhere more idyllic and relaxed. Whether you are staying in a tranquil Oriental beach villa, or a hotel suite in a high-rise Zuidhaven hotel, there are plenty of possibilities for everyone.

The country is home to a variety of landscapes and climates. You can find crystal clear blue waters and blinding white sand running around the edge like Dimeti and Deseti, just two of its many spectacular islands. If you want something different you can experience the bustling chaos of Zuidhaven, or climb up into the cooler mountains in the northeast. Here you will find peaceful jungles, rich spirituality and picturesque views. Wherever you go, you will find yourself charmed by the ancient and mysterious culture, the delicious food and the welcoming locals.

If you've been to Orioni a few times, you'll have created a routine for yourself. Fly into O'polis or Zuidhaven and stay for a few days. After that, it is off to a dreamy beach getaway. With so much to offer it can be hard to narrow things down. With that in mind, here are our top five destinations in Orioni that you have to visit.

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O'polis

Even if your plans for Orioni mainly involve frolicking on a beach and eating as much biryani and spiedini as humanly possible, you'll probably spend at least a day or two in O'polis. There are plenty of things to see and do in the capital, but the Imperial Palace should be at the top of your list. This is the number one sightseeing attraction in the city, and it's staggering in both historical significance and craftsmanship.

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Zuidhaven

Orioni's bustling 2nd city can be overwhelming at first. It is a hive of activity and its chaos is all part of its charm. The sights, sounds and smells that assault your senses will also inspire your curiosity. Each street will bring something new and alien to try to understand. It makes the perfect introduction to the country and southeast Europa as a whole. For history buffs and photography enthusiasts, a favourite stop is the ruins of Hierapolis. The ruins of this old city still stand proud despite enduring centuries of battle and exposure to the elements.  It offers many lovely photo opportunities.

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Deseti

Deseti is Orioni's largest island, and also one of its most well-established island resorts. The island is popular with everyone from backpackers and stag parties, to rich and discerning EOS diplomats looking for 5-star luxury. Just like all the other islands in Orioni, it has unreal beaches fringed with swaying palm trees, and these are Deseti's main attraction. You will undoubtedly find it a peaceful place to relax after the commotion of Zuidhaven, but it is certainly no backwater either. There are also opportunities to get to know the local culture on the island, with the Sahini monastery being a great place to start. There are a wide variety of places to stay on the island, and luxury retreats offer some of the best villas in Deseti.

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Dimeti

The name Dimeti refers to a chain of barrier islands, and the largest island in particular. It is a much smaller place than some of Orioni's other beach destinations. If you're not looking for a party, Dimeti is a great option. There are plenty of attractions in the Amilaki region, but the main one is diving along the Weledi Gulf. The waters are teeming with colourful fish, as well as coral reefs and turtles and the landscape is so unique with little islands popping up everywhere.

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Adansi

If you finally decide you have had enough of the beach, head up to Adansi to see a completely different side of the country. The city is located in the mountainous Kidusi province, and it is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to see what the area has to offer. Mountain walks, mysterious hill tribes and ancient temples are just some of the things to do around Adansi. Elephant rides are a popular activity here, although the practice is sometimes ethically questionable. You'll love visiting the elephant sanctuaries, transplanted from the Kingdom of @Koku, which allow visitors to appreciate these magnificent creatures while providing them with a safe and loving environment at the same time.

(OOC: I was planning my own summer holiday. But the options in 20202 are rather limit with fluctuating quarantaine rules and travel restrictions. So wondering about fictional travel proved an easy alternative.)

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Getting the show on the rails

TrainNORDHAVEN -- Later this year the State Railway of Orioni will take delivery of a high-speed train constructed by the Cristinese manufacturer Locomotiva Bizantina. The leporhundo means greyhound in @Cristina's second official language, Esperanto. It can travel at up to 220 km/h and has been designed for comfort. It will initially service the O'polis-Nordhaven line along the Owara canal. Overall, the project will include a 58 km section of existing rail line and 436 km of a new high-speed rail route. The new route will feature 18km of elevated track and 8km of underground track. In a later phase, it will also connect with Sirius and Perseus. Once completed, the high-speed rail network will provide connections between the densely populated cities in the Irisha and Wereki regions.

Green light for urban redevelopment in Gruis

GRUIS -- The city council of Gruis (Crus) has given the go-ahead to New West. This vast redevelopment project is anticipated to transform a huge swathe of neglected land into gleaming homes, parks and offices. The Φ3.1 Billion development will be the biggest of its kind in Orioni and is expected to create about 100.000 new jobs in the Gruis metropolitan areas. It’s been a long time coming: since the idea was first floated in 2010 it has suffered from a series of setbacks, with plans repeatedly being rejected by city hall. Now that the developer Western District has struck a deal with the city, construction is expected to start in 2020. Construction will take about 5 years to complete – so that’s roughly half the amount of time it took the city to deliberate on the plans.

Beach tourism takes a backseat

MAR YAHOSN -- In theory, come Summer, Orinese beaches should become the textbook backdrop for a bit of what Occidental foreigners call il dolce far niente: the "sweet doing nothing". But this most chilled-out of settings has proved far from drama-free this summer. For starters, business hasn’t been buoyant over the past few months: be it the Azure refugee crisis or a few instances of freakishly bad weather, the number of tourists on Orinese shores has decreased by 5 per cent compared to last year. Then came the news in June that swimming was temporarily forbidden on several beaches on the Weledi Gulf. The reason? A very unappealing above-the-limit level of wastewater in the water.

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More green spaces in the blue delta

Two flamingoesZUIDHAVEN -- A group of Zuidhaven residents has launched a campaign that aims to protect the city’s ever-shrinking number of green spaces and wildlife habitats. Called Biodiversity in the Delta, the movement will bring together urban planners, environmental experts and law students to push policies that safeguard flamingo populations and the city’s parks, forests and mudflats. If successful it will enhance Zuidhaven’s green credentials – and its character.

Flamingos wading against a backdrop of the city skyline is a sight that has come to define Orioni’s largest metropolis; it should be celebrated and protected accordingly. Other cities take note: protecting the natural assets that make your patch special is always a worthy cause. And if it means that a few trees are saved from the bulldozer, that can only be a good thing.

Energy change is in the air

O'POLIS -- Earlier this week the Imperial Council unveiled a roadmap to increase offshore wind-energy production. Due to be launched formally in October, it’s the first such strategy from the Rezovi-government and it aims to boost electricity generated by wind power ten-fold within the next 3 years. The plan’s success will hinge on a co-operative rollout from governments and energy providers that will need to ensure that there’s plenty of space between wind farms: if they are too close, the airflow to turbines can be hindered, dramatically reducing power production.

Although such understandings will be key, stakeholders are hopeful that the initiative will run smoothly. According to Orioni's energy councillor Elisa Solna, even countries that aren’t hugely ambitious about cutting emissions are still interested in investing in renewables. Here’s hoping that the winds don’t change.

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Dual citizenship in the cards

CitizenshipO'POLIS -- Orioni has on of the Eurth’s largest diaspora but the country’s constitution doesn’t permit Orinese nationals to have dual citizenship: if they wish to apply for citizenship elsewhere, they must forsake their Orinese passport and the right to participate in their home island's democratic process.

Some in O'polis think that it would be a good idea to allow the 10 million Orinese living abroad to have the best of both worlds. A bill is currently being considered in parliament that could amend the constitution and throw out the rule barring dual citizenship for Orinese nationals.

Many of Orioni's brightest and best seek education and business opportunities abroad; the proponents of dual citizenship will hope that the measure encourages Orinese to return home.

Who watches the watchers?

ZUIDHAVEN -- O'polis wants to keep better tabs on its citizens. This week authorities announced a Φ4m plan to increase surveillance on the streets of Zuidhaven by introducing a smart system that will consolidate CCTV cameras and enable the southern metropolis to deploy more in the future. The plan is to have 2.000 eyes monitoring the city in the next three months and then to expand to about 6.000 by the end of 2021.

While few people would complain about making the city safer, the technology behind the system is worrying others. The imaging – which can be accessed by the police service, the Akali 11 and the transport authority – will use facial-recognition software. The government will certainly learn in the coming months that residents have mixed feelings about being watched.

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Winter solstice lottery results: jackpot hits Φ500K

Winter solstice lotteryANDRO -- The Orinese Winter Solstice Lottery (officially “Yekiremiti Loteri”) is a special draw of the Biherawi National Lottery. The special draw is the biggest draw of the year and takes place every winter solstice.

This year the jackpot went to a woman from @Pirilao. She was the only one to have the winning numbers 4 - 7 - 11 - 17 - 18 - 28 and the bonus number 23. “I’m going to buy some Cataplana de Marisco to celebrate,” she said. The last time a person from Pirilao won an Orinese jackpot was in 2006.

On Monday evening, children from the Andro Academy of Fine Arts school called out the winning numbers. Each year, the lottery is marked by a grand celebration. After they announce the number, jubilant street parties follow the winners with bottles of Lysian champagne.

The Winter Solstice lottery is the biggest lottery draw wurldwide. And this year, there’s Φ500.000 euros being shelled out. Tickets cost Φ20 and there’s a total of Φ2,5 billion in payouts available this year, much of it in smaller prizes. Prizes under Φ50K are tax free.

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Tech giant proposes district conversion with 5.000 new houses

Zuidhaven redevelopmentZUIDHAVEN -- Boogaloo has given Zuidhaven residents a first look at plans for its proposed campus development near the city’s central train station. The technology giant will join some of the biggest tech companies in the Zuidhaven Station district north to the city’s downtown. The district is arranged to be converted from an old industrial area into a bustling mixed-use area. With a promise to build 5.000 houses in the Delta Area within the next 5 years, the submitted plans are the first phase in that direction with 1.000 to 2.000 homes proposed. Despite resistance from local resident associations concerned about being priced out, the Zuidhave city council looks set to adopt Boogaloo’s plan, persuaded by promises that it will relieve the demand for housing along the south coast.

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Govt council to outlaw drones near airports

DroneO'POLIS -- Orioni’s transport councillor is moving rapidly to counter a growing menace to air traffic: drones. A new plan, set to be presented before the end of February by Oriental Air Traffic Control, will develop the legislation around operating unmanned remote-controlled vehicles close to airports and suggest further actions. That said, outlawing drones near airports won’t be enough to stop those who are bent on using them for harm. Despite an estimated 100.000 devices being in private and commercial use in Orioni, this initiative is the first to propose a unified system of defence. There’s currently no process for monitoring or stopping suspicious drones. Airport authorities around the Eurth will likely be keeping Orioni’s next moves on their radars.

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Visit Cashar: top 5 destinations you must experience

Advantures in CasharPROTIVA -- Looking for an exotic getaway in Alharu? Then @Cashar is where you need to be heading! A gateway into Western Alharu with stunning coastlines on the Oriental Ocean, Cashar offers it all and then some. From rugged coastlines, mountains and the mighty desert to ancient cities, and bustling markets, you could spend weeks here drinking in the dizzying diversity and still not feel like you’ve scratched the surface.

"In today's hard-working, nose to the grindstone world, you need a place where you can truly relax and be you." Whether you’re a hiker, mall-rat, or would-be camel rider, Cashar has adventures aplenty. Fly into Protiva and stay at the finest resorts. You'll enjoy some of the finest foods and drinks in the western hemisphere. Take a tour of Malmega and clothe yourself in fine fabrics. In Kridshar you can marvel at the ancient wonders of the Amir Empire. Enrich your life with a cultural experience and education like none other. "Want to see the exotic wildlife of Cashar but it's too hot to go on safari?" Then get a front-row ticket to the greatest wildlife spectacle at Zefaire Zoo with an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitats, including camels, elephants, lions, oh my! Haven't you always wanted a pet lion? Traveling with kids? Then you simply have to finish your stay in Cashar with a visit in Yednisvo World Park, the most joyous wonderland on Eurth, where you can meet all the Yednisvo characters you've come to love! 

Full of diverse cultural influences, Cashar gives off a charm that will have you coming back for more. So live the life you want to live. To experience the most out of Cashar, read on for a complete guide of travel tips, where to stay, what to eat, and what to do. 

(Article published in partnership with the Cashari Board of Tourism.)

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Cashari water crisis averted

Cashari water crisis

PROTIVA -- The impeding water crisis in far-away @Cashar has been averted. Nearly a month after a desert storm rolled in and knocked out power to a major Cashari desalination plant. Water shortage loomed over the country, threatening the well-being of hundreds of thousands of people. A mobile desalination plant was moved into position with the help of swift action by the extensive network of EOS nations. Local news media report how: "the ship was greeted with open arms by the Cashari people."

While the Orinese leadership purports that technology is only effective if we share it with the world, the general international opinion remains divided. What some countries see as an offer of assistance and good-will is perceived as an attempted manipulation by others. This shouldn't come as a surprise, noting other recent criticism of Orinese actions. It does no harm to Orioni's diplomatic interests to export or share technology to scores of countries. The fight for crisis relief should be an opportunity for humanitarian harmony rather than Anti-EOS posturing.

Regardless of the opinion of some minor media pundits, what matters in the end is the impact on Cashari people. "The country owes these two fine nations a great deal of gratitude," reported the Cashari Broadcasting Corporation (KBK). To commemorate the mutual assistance the Actus Extreme beverage company rolled out two new flavors: Orioni Ultra and Esonice Extra. Both beverages have already sold out.

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Scoop: Orioni bars entry to "over 9000" refugees from KBI

Scoop: Orioni bars entry to "over 9000" refugees from KBISIRIUS -- A leaked government report reveals how last month the Orinese government barred entry to over 9000 boat refugees from Bainbridge Islands, displaced people from pirate violence in the South-Europan archipelago, the NGO Mercy International has said.

Previously, Mercy International had independently estimated about 2500 people tried to enter Orioni from KBI in search of asylum. The true number turns out to be far higher. "We had received worrying reports from displaced populations that more than 2000 people had been turned away," said Director Adam Brand. "Our organisation continues to monitor the situation and calls on Orioni's neighbours to provide access to territory and asylum procedures for those escaping violence and seeking protection."

In the statement released on Wednesday, Mercy International says that civilians had been reaching Perseus, Sirius, Vega and Zuidhaven by boat. Orinese authorities believe that known criminals have infiltrated the groups of asylum seekers. "Most of these arriving refugees are women and children, holding onto scarce belongings, showing signs of severe trauma following the atrocities they witnessed and worried about relatives left behind," Mr Brand stresses.

Five years of turmoil in the area have seen at least 800 thousand people displaced, most of them in the past year. And almost 230.000 people are currently sheltering in neighbouring countries under military protection, according to independent sources. Mercy International believes that this number could exceed one million by the Summer of this year if the violence does not stop.

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Mercy Int. calls on EOS to prosecute SSI Junta leader

Colonel IshijimaZUIDHAVEN -- As members of the Entente of Oriental States (EOS) are set to discuss events in Anglia and SSI's governance crisis, the NGO Mercy International is calling on the regional bloc to prioritise de-escalating the conflicts and protecting human rights.

Mercy is also urging @Sunset Sea Islands (SSI), as a member nation, and other EOS member states to investigate the coup leader, Colonel Ishijima, leader of the coup. The military in SSI, which used to be known as Mặt Trời Lặn, overthrew the country's elected leader First Speaker Gao He Ping in mid-April, triggering a violent crackdown on protesters and civilians who want a return to democracy.

"The Orinese authorities and other EOS member states cannot ignore the fact Ishijima is suspected of serious human rights violations," said Director Adam Brand. "It is necessary that the Orinese authorities shouldn't forcibly deport SSI journalists back to their home country," he added while emphasizing that: “To do so would place them at real risk of arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, and death."

"This is not an internal matter for SSI but a major human rights and humanitarian crisis which is impacting the entire region and beyond," he continued. "Orioni has long played host to displaced and exiled communities from around the Wurld. We urge the government to offer sanctuary to those seeking safety, in line with international law." The diplomatic office has issued a foreign travel advice but other official comments remain scarce. An official government spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment at the time of this report.

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Home Cllr bans anti-Suverina rally

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ZUIDHAVEN -- Orinese Councillor of Home Affairs Nijo Kujo-Michiie on Saturday asked Zuidhaven police officials to ban an upcoming anti-Suverina demonstration. "I have ordered the Zuidhaven police chief to outlaw the demonstrations on Sunday connected to the ongoing conflict in the Occident," posted the Cllr on Wittier. Activists have called to protest in Zuidhaven to demonstrate against @Suverina's complicity in the Qubdian conflict and Anglian offensive.

On Wednesday, police detained the head of human rights advocacy group Mercy International near the foreign affairs council building for several hours before he was released again. Mr Adam Brand was arrested after he met with a Suverin diplomatic advisor as part of a delegation including members of the Sibiseba and representatives of other organisations. The detention of Mr Brand sparked outrage from several activists and political figures on the left.

Protest organisers say they aren't deterred by this ban: "We refuse to keep quiet," one participant told Roiters. Several other demonstrations are also set to take place in Orioni tomorrow. Nearly 30 groups said they would join the protest.


Azanian countries presured to sign OCA Pact

O'POLIS -- Less than a week after offering protection under the EOS security umbrella, the countries of Jilderen, Bulungi, Afropa, Sa Hara, Mahdah, Hakenium, and Alshamal have been forced into the Occidental-Azanian Pact. The OCA Pact was signed at the behest of Anglian leadership, who hailed at as a sign of "strength and unity". Grand Vizier Suleyman of Alshamal  has voiced "strong condemnation of the Anglian measures in Alshamal and the acts of violence carried out by the figurehead King", and stressed his country will rise up against these foreign usurpers.

As violence in Amutia and the Occident threatens to spiral out of control, EOS called for sanctions against Anglia. The Entente's success as a mediator has been mixed at best. Foreign Cllr Anna Hackney, as former EOS ambassador, said that international mediation efforts are critical but must help tackle the root causes – not step in only when violence makes the international headlines. "De-escalation is not a solution," she told Roiters, "We have to go much further."


Sunset Sea Islanders up in arms

ESPERANZA -- The army of Sunset Sea Islands has entered Esperanza, a city on the western island, in a bid to vanquish a recently assembled local rebellion. Esperanza is one of several places where anti-junta residents have armed themselves against security forces.

"This seems to have been a spontaneous uprising against the army in the wake of the coup," Bili Hayiteni, a teacher who used to live and work in SSI, told Roiters. "We’re talking about people using traditional hunting weapons, with percussion-lock firearms rather than AK-47s."

Almost 800 people have been killed since SSI’s Colonel Ishijima seized power in April, deposing civilian leader First Speaker Gao He Ping. A new report by Mercy International, an international human rights monitoring group, found the election to be "representative of the will of the people". Such findings will only make people more determined to take matters into their own hands.

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Anglian warship catches fire, sinks in Adlantic

KEROON HOLD, Dragonryders -- A warship in the Anglian navy caught fire and later sank last week in the Adlantic Ocean under unclear circumstances, the latest calamity to strike the country’s military in recent weeks amid tensions with the EOS.

As of yet unconfirmed images show fire on deck during the twilight hours, the Europan News Network (ENN) reported, but firefighting efforts failed to save the ANS Javelin. Anglian media reported no casualties, but it is believed that 400 sailors and trainee cadets were on board, some of who may have fled the vessel. Photos circulating on Wittier showed sailors wearing life jackets evacuating the vessel as a fire was burning behind them.

ins-javelin.jpgENN published a picture of thick, black smoke rising from the ship late Wednesday evening. Satellites from the EOSAT that track fires from space detected a blaze near Keroon Hold that started just before the time of the fire reported by ENN. Satellite images published by EOSAT showed the Javelin off Keroon Hold with no sign of fire as late as 18:00h on Wednesday.

The ship sank off the Ryderian coast near Keroon Hold, some 150 nautical miles west of Dragonryders in the Adlantic Ocean, well outside territorial waters but within the EEZ.

Anglian officials were quick to offer their account of the catastrophe, accusing the Ryderian government of launching an anti-ship missile while the Javelin was conducting training exercises. The Ryderians strongly refute this allegation. An official investigation has yet to begin. 

Like much of Anglia's major military hardware, the Javelin dated back to the 1980s. That ageing military equipment has seen fatal accidents occur before. The Javelin was seaworthy enough to operate in both green and blue water.

The attacks came amid heightened tensions between the EOS and Anglia after the latter's ongoing aggressive actions in the Occident. The Orinese chairlady’s office did not respond to a request for comment regarding the Javelin. EOS permanent representative Mr Tobiya Wayanor said the EOS was aware of the loss of the ship but declined to comment further.


Coup in Alshamal ousts Grand Vizier

SABAH, Alshamal -- During an almost undetected coup in Alshamal, the Grand Vizier Mamadou bin Sambo of Alshamal was quietly arrested and exiled from his country. When this news was broadcast, large protest demonstrations were held throughout the country.

On 15 May, he denounced the Occidental-Azanian Pact for its implied support of the Anglian aggression. Later that same day he was detained by military officers, taken to the international airport in Sabah and sent to Orioni. As the Grand Vizier boarded the plane to take him out of Alshamal, many of the Royal Guardsmen wept.

From his residence in exile, he called upon the opposition to help preserve the constitution, proposing a "national unity" government. The Anglian-backed figurehead King rejected these demands and appointed his own interim government instead.

The newly-established Occidental-Azanian Pact was enshrined in treaty during a public conference by representatives from Anglia, Suverina, Jilderen, Bulungi, Afropa, Sa Hara, Mahdah, Hakenium, and Alshamal.

The pact implies bringing together many Europan states in one common cause for "strength and unity". However, rumours of how the negotiations went down reveal a much different story. Anglian officials applied intense pressure on these states, many of whom trade extensively with the hostile nation.

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Classic football derby ends with Tamurine defeat against Orioni

Football stadiumALAGHON, Tamurin -- Neighbours @Tamurin and Orioni played out a 1-3 game in Alaghon which is a positive sign for the Orinese sign as it prepares for a series of international friendlies. On July 15 at the Elecoms Stadium in Alaghon with 64790 in attendance.

Once the 26th edition of this derby fixture was underway, it was Orioni whose players encountered an early setback with Davud Moreno (O-5) sent off early with a red card after injuring Tamurine captain Marius Steimle (T-2). This forced Tamurin coach Daniel Siwiri into an early reshuffle when Steimle hobbled away from the action.

Despite now being one player short, ongoing fitness woes for the Tamurine side didn't tilt the game in their favour. Orioni's forward line struggled to create clear-cut chances until Caoimhe Laing (O-11) scored a header after a corner kick from Gusti Luca (O-6). Ten minutes later captain Romeo Acosta (O-10) outfoxed goalie Michael Ulaska (T-1) with his superb lob. 

Orioni's defence struggled with quick Tamurine counters and Bagus Palmeiro (O-3) pulled down Tim Kielholz (T-9) in the penalty area, leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Kilian Brahms (T-8) emphatically dispatched a 23rd-minute penalty on home turf. 

The visitors were close to having a penalty kick of their own as the end of the first half approached, with Peter Hermann (T-4) scything down Ratnam Jain (O-7) on the left-hand edge of the area. In the 43rd-minute Hugo Weisz (T-7) almost gave the home crowd something to cheer about when his 30-yard screamer looked destined for the top-left corner, but Tristão Paredes (O-1) was rescued by the crossbar.

The second half only proved to be even more one-sided, with Orioni seeing a flurry of chances kept out by Tamurine goalkeeper Mihkel Ulaska. The Orcas' patience paid off in the 59th minute, as Laing (O-11) tapped in his second goal from close range, beating the impressive Ulaska for a third time. The last part of the game saw a parade of walking wounded as (T-5) suffered a hamstring strain and Palmeiro (O-3) was carried off the pitch after a neck crunching collision with Ulaska (T-1).

The Orinese have gone from strength to strength since the trauma of their first-round defeat in 2018. After the game, Orioni coach $PersonName said he felt his squad will strive to continue their run. "We are just happy and proud of what football means to the world." The next match will be another international friendly game against @Prymont in the New National Stadium in O'polis.

Match Statistics

Tamurin
Team
Orioni
1
Goals
3
4
Shots On Goal
7
9
Shots
13
26
Fouls
23
5
Corners
3
2
Free Kicks
0
1
Offsides
1
0
Own Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
1

Match Events (Time: Event)

First half

  • 5: Orioni is shown a Red Card. The player has been sent off! 🟥
  • 8: Tamurin takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 10: Orioni scores! The scorer was Caoimhe Laing (11) ⚽
  • 18: Orioni takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 20: Orioni scores! The scorer was Romeo Acosta (10) ⚽
  • 23: Tamurin scores! The scorer was Kilian Brahms (8) ⚽
  • 24: Orioni takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 25: Orioni takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 29: Orioni takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 36: Tamurin takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 37: Orioni is shown a Yellow Card. 🟨
  • 40: Tamurin takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 43: Tamurin takes a shot. That's off target.

Second half

  • 46: Tamurin takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 51: Orioni takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 58: Orioni takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 59: Orioni scores! The scorer was Caoimhe Laing (11) ⚽
  • 64: Orioni takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 70: Tamurin takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 72: Orioni takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 81: Orioni takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 89: Orioni is shown a Yellow Card. 🟨
  • 92: Tamurin takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 94: Orioni takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 95: Tamurin takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
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Increased student interest in STEM jobs

STEM grantsO'POLIS -- The number of women in Orioni who have opted for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as a field of study has increased by 5,3% in the last year, Education Councillor Mihaeli Timos said earlier this week. "Changes in demand and technology require that our youth obtain sophisticated skills and support in these areas," she added, "And this is one of the many positive consequences of the Ascend Orient grants."

This grants programme were introduced to help foreign scientists relocate to Orioni, in an effort to boost domestic research and development. As a side-effect, this spotlight has also increased student interest in STEM subjects and careers. The provincial governments established local initiatives to match students with local professionals. In each province, between 25-50 representatives of local businesses and employers have participated in the outreach programme. These STEM professionals were encouraged to interact with students, to answer questions about their work, and to tell students about their potential future career opportunities. Based on the current prognosis of changes in the future workforce, the government considers it necessary that more students become professionals in areas that are essential to the nation's competitiveness in the global marketplace. 

The Idigeti Subcouncil predicts a 25% growth in career opportunities in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) between 2020 and 2030. This trend requires that the country's young people gain particular skills and are given opportunities to learn. Thorough preparation for the changes in workforce skill requirements will positively impact women and minorities’ chances to compete for employment, wages, and leadership in every professional field.

Five years ago, the government found that student interest in science and mathematics was lacking. Girls, in particular, showed declining interest while a greater number of boys completed courses in physics. As a solution, the STEM grants were introduced in 2018 by Trade councillor Elisabeth of Hakushaku. Initially aimed at Europan researchers, the research grants were expanded to all Eurth nations, according to organizers. Some Orinese researchers have complained that Mrs Hakushaku showered money on foreign STEM specialists at a time when they have been pleading for more support for domestic higher education. Not much later a similar programme was also announced by the Logothesion of Education in @Tagmatium Rules.

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OOC: A simple follow-up to a programme that was mentioned twice. And a wink at Tag. May the best science win. Obviously not mine.

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