Us-cuba Thaw Could Spell End For Island’s Iconic Cars – Yahoo News

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The original went only 6 kilometers per liter (14 miles per gallon). British architect Norman Foster, struck by the fun way to travel cars’ looks and upkeep during a recent trip to Cuba, paid tribute in the book “Havana: Autos and Architecture,” where he describes a tight relationship between the island’s history and its vehicles. He tells of Ruben Hernandez, who in 1951 bought a Buick Super Dynaflow. In 1959, his family’s belongings were confiscated in the Cuban Revolution, but Hernandez managed to save the car. The collector’s item now belongs to his youngest son William Hernandez, who inherited it in 1989. Since then, he’s taken it every day to display alongside other flashy cars at Havana’s tourist hot spots.
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Along with drawing in football fans, it also drew in business for local hotels, restaurants and tourist spots. I love Albuquerque and so it’s nice to come back up here for a football game, Cesar Karmona said. Many Utah State and University of Texas-El Paso fan traveled in for more than a game; they made a trip of it. Eating, going to Nob Hill after the game, one fan said. Were going back to the hotel and taking the kids to the water park, said another. A Legislative Finance Report says annually, the bowl sparks $2.5 million worth of spending and creates $15 million worth of exposure for Albuquerque. The live broadcast highlights New Mexicos weather and landscape.
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Spared the butcher’s knife, horses get new lease of life in Italy – Yahoo News

“What we had before we started this project was just rubble and remains of the parking lot that had fallen,” said Pete Krulder, who manages the state park off the coast of Pinellas County. “This is going to shore that up and provide more recreation for our park visitors, protect our infrastructure and increase wildlife habitat.” Krulder said the problem dates to the 1960s, when a developer who envisioned building homes and other projects on the island attempted to double its size by dumping fill material. The parking lots are built on top of that material, which is washed away during storms. In 2008, one T-groin was placed near the island’s center lot. But constant assault by waves still caused about 70 feet of the north parking area to crumble, lopping off 50 or 60 of that lot’s 331 spots and prompting officials to realign the straight spaces diagonally to regain 22. Erosion also forced the relocation of two bath houses. In addition to the T-groins, the latest renourishment will add about 150 feet of sand along a half-mile stretch of beach.
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Dunedin’s Honeymoon Island undergoing beach renourishment | Tampa Bay Times

A T-groin that was built in 2008 holds sand on the shore of Honeymoon Island. Three more T-groins are being built as beach renourishment is under way at Honeymoon Island State Park. Construction crews in September embarked on a project to install three T-groins to hold the sand in place. The park attracts more than 1 million visitors a year. 

Daidone admits the selection process can be difficult. “Obviously we can only take one at a time and the others will go to the slaughterhouse. But that is how it is and not all of the horses have the psychological or physical characteristics required for a working life.” They are not, she says, out to change the world. “As far as I am concerned, people can eat what they like and it is not realistic to try to ban something that has been done for so long. “Rather the concept is to try to make people revalue these animals and say, “Look: see what they can do’.” Tony Gerardi and his wife Miky Daidone aim to demonstrate a practical alternative through their &quo – Heart of a Lion – Most of the horses they take are of the Trait Comtois breed, a medium-sized French working horse that was used in the cavalries of Louis XIV and Napoleon and is famed for its docile temperament.
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