UKRAINE-Russian relations have been tense at the best of times but they bubbled to the surface recently when naval forces from Russia captured three Ukranian vessels. We look what the disputes are over and why Russia prizes Ukraine so highly. What does Russia want with Ukraine? The two countries have been intertwined for more than 1,000 years, not all of it peaceful by any means. Russia sees the Ukraine as highly strategic – due to Ukraine’s coast it gives Russian ships access to the Black Sea and a warm water port along its Western borders. It is also important for Russia as it tries to hang on to its “sphere of influence” with countries on its Western borders after the collapse of the Soviet Union and many of its former satellite countries allying themselves with the West in general and the European Union specifically. Ukraine is also strategic for transit routes for its natural gas pipelines to the west. Losing control of the country would mean losing control … [Read more...] about What does Russia want with Ukraine, what is their history together and what happened in Crimea?
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A FAMILY are having to live with a sink hole in their living room - and its filling with water every day. Alison Evans, 51, from Trebanog in Perth, Wales, even has to pop home during work hours to pump water out of the hole so it does not flood the £80,000 home. And despite asking the water company, council and builders what the source of the water is, no one has managed to come up with an answer. She said: "The hole has been there from the start of the year. I go to work and I don't know if there'll be water all through the house. "I have tried everything - the insurance won't pay out until they know where the water is coming from. No one knows where it's coming from." As a result of the sinkhole, she has been forced to live in other rooms - and move all her furniture elsewhere. Mrs Evans, who works in a factory, first realised there was an issue when she saw water coming from the ground. A hole had to be dug to try and find the source of the water. She said: "There are days I … [Read more...] about Couple left with SINK HOLE in family home that keeps filling up with water
Gallery: National Park Service to help with Sequatchie River Water Trail development +3 more photos A National Park Service program will help officials develop ideas and plans for a water trail on the Sequatchie River, the 70-mile-long river that bisects its pastoral namesake, the Sequatchie Valley. Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts in the area probably already know the Sequatchie River, but much of it runs through private land or is otherwise inaccessible. The river flows south from the southern fringe of Cumberland County, Tennessee — where it emerges from the ground at a location known as Head of Sequatchie — through Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties to the Tennessee River in Marion County. The Southeast Tennessee Development District, in a joint effort with Bledsoe, Sequatchie and Marion counties, is working to introduce the water trail with help from a federal team working on issues related to public use, according to district spokeswoman Jenni Veal. "We will be … [Read more...] about National Park Service to help with development of Sequatchie River water trail
By Alyssa Pereira, SFGATE Published 3:55 pm, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Antioch is aware of the criticisms. And it wants to address them. The East Bay city has decided to address its image problems head on, and has gone so far as to hire a consulting firm to help restore its reputation, according to KTVU. Beginning on Tuesday, the consulting firm, called Evviva Branding Agency, began surveying a few city residents to find out what they believe Antioch's best qualities are. The goal, they say, is to help Antioch home in on those to develop its own identity and marketing strategy. "Our job number one is to help the city get its swagger back," said Envviva's CEO, Dr. Dave Kippen. "People here want to point to the goodness in Antioch. It's a gorgeous place." RELATED: The coolest thing to do in each Bay Area city One resident on board: the city's mayor, Sean Wright. Wright says Antioch has actively been fighting its notoriety as a high-crime area, mainly by hiring more … [Read more...] about Antioch wants its ‘swagger back,’ hires consultant to help with its image problem
The city of Denver’s first foray into cutting checks on behalf of residents who face a rent hike, past-due utility bills or another housing crisis was nearly overwhelmed by the demand. After 486 low-income households received about $1,200 on average in rent assistance in late 2017 and early 2018, the City Council on Monday approved a $1 million extension of the program through the end of this year. City officials tapped into the city’s affordable housing fund in November with the aim of providing limited assistance to individuals and families who need short-term help. The idea was that the assistance would help avert some evictions amid Denver’s ongoing housing affordability crisis. “This is the next frontier of housing policy,” Councilwoman Robin Kniech said. “Over the past 12 months and in the future two years, you’re going to see us focus more on policies that keep people in place.” Data provided by the city shows the program served as … [Read more...] about Nearly 500 Denver households received help with rent during a pilot city program that’s getting a $1 million extension