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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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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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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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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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