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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ARAB TIMES, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011




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                                                                                       Many New Yorkers taking to two-wheeled option


New York City joins the bike path with new lanes
NEW YORK, Oct 1, (AFP): Bicycle                                                                                                     Bloomberg and his prominent transport       tions and a large crowd came in the         tion, rides will be free for trips of less
lanes, cycling lessons for adults, and                                                                                              commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan.           rain at Union Square on Thursday to         than 45 minutes, at which point a fee
soon 10,000 bikes in a sharing pro-                                                                                                    “Their leadership and vision have        get their first glimpse of the colorful     will kick in.
gram: New York is pedaling hard to                                                                                                  been tremendous,” said Brent Tongco,        bicycles.                                      Opponents to the bike trend say the
join the world’s growing love affair                                                                                                spokesman for Bike New York, a non-                        Subway                       money and attention on such projects
with the bicycle.                                                                                                                   profit promoting bicycle use and safety.                                                could be better spent on protecting
   The number of New Yorkers taking                                                                                                    “With many more bike lanes, peo-           “I’ve been waiting for that for           pedestrians, including from rogue
the two-wheeled option to commute                                                                                                   ple feel safer,” he said.                   ages,” said Qinn, a 17-year-old stu-        cyclists. Opponents recently lost a
has doubled in the last five years,                                                                                                    Tongco said an attraction to bicy-       dent from the borough of Queens.            lawsuit seeking closure of a Brooklyn
according to Mayor Michael                                                                                                          cling is part of a broader awareness        “The subway is expensive. I can’t pay       bike lane.
Bloomberg’s office. They are still a                                                                                                among New Yorkers about their health        a monthly ticket, while using the bikes
                                                                                                                                    and protecting the environment.             will cost 104 dollars a year — less                         Accidents
relatively rare sight as they zigzag
between the yellow cabs and heavy                                                                                                      Next summer will see 10,000 bikes        than the monthly fare for the subway.”         The city says that while bike use is
traffic pouring through Manhattan                                                                                                   deployed in the world’s third largest         Victor Matos, a photographer who          up, the total number of accidents is
each rush hour.                                                                                                                     bike-sharing scheme after Hangzhou          has biked in the city since the ‘70s,       stable. According to a Hunter College
                                                                                                                                    in China and Paris.                         said he was worried about the shared        study, some 500 pedestrians are hurt
              Prominent                                                                                                                The scheme was met with enthusi-         bicycles being vandalized, but he said      each year by cyclists.
  But if this can still be a perilous                                                                                               asm, at least among some New                the initiative would be popular, not           At Bike New York, there is nothing
activity, that’s starting to change, with                                                                                           Yorkers, when announced Sept 14.            least for tourists.                         but optimism.
350 kilometers of new bike lanes put                                                                                                Within a week, almost 6,000 visits had        The bicycles will be stationed every         The organization is seeing “very
down since 2007, bringing the total to      New York residents try a demonstration of a new bicycle sharing system                  been made to the official Internet site     few blocks in Manhattan and available       high demand from a wide array of
683 miles (1,100 kms) and a target of       which will start next year in New York on Sept 29. Alta Bicycle Share                                                               around the clock, with smartphone           people” for its cycling lessons, Tongco
                                            announced that it had won a contract from New York City to deploy some                  for the project, where residents could
1,800 miles (2,900 kms) by 2030,            10,000 bikes over 600 bike stations in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, start-          use an interactive map to suggest loca-     apps available to inform users of           said. This year, 3,650 adults and chil-
according to the mayor’s office.            ing summer 2012. The bikes will be stationed every few blocks and will be               tions for the future bike stations.         availability.                               dren took courses. Others come to
  Cyclists couldn’t be happier with           financed from sponsorship and low-cost annual membership fees. (AFP)                     The city has rolled out demonstra-         After paying the annual subscrip-         learn how to repair their machines.



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AWARE diwaniya: The AWARE
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            diwaniya presentation Tuesday, Oct 4,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            entitled “Marriage in Kuwait and customs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            surrounding it” by Iman Martin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Preparing for marriage, all the family,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            relatives and neighbors share in the wed-
In this Sept 22, 2011 photo, bison graze at the Tallgrass Praire National Preserve near Strong City, Kansas. The 11,000 acre preserve gives tourists a glimpse of what settlers on the Kansas prairie                       ding preparations. Families always treat
                                                                                        would have seen. (AP)                                                                                                               marriage as an important occasion. Lots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of money is usually spent on it. In the
                                                                                        It’s kind of a cerebral                                                                                                             past, marriage was a means of strengthen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ing bonds between families of similar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            social and financial levels and having sim-

National Park offers glimpse of tallgrass prairie                                                                                                                                                                           ilar creed. The family used to choose the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            partner, rather than the bride or the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            groom.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After the consent of both families, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            date is arranged for meeting. Do you
     By Heather Hollingsworth               replaced the prairie that once teemed       of rolling hills that stretch out 15 to     There was resistance to the move            Manhattan, the college town for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            know what “daza” means and what it con-
                                            with hundreds of species of plants          20 miles (24 to 32 kms) in any direc-       from residents who feared federal           Kansas State University, a $24.5 mil-       sists of? What happens if the fiancée’s
I  t’s easy to envision the world that
   America’s pioneers encountered
while looking at a herd of bison graz-
                                            like switchgrass and blue sage.
                                               “So what was seen as a hazard for
                                            settlers 150 years ago is a benefit for
                                                                                        tion. Lizards and skinks scamper
                                                                                        among the rocks. Butterflies flit
                                                                                        among the flowers, and crickets
                                                                                                                                    intrusion and that the land would be
                                                                                                                                    taken off the tax rolls. Landowners
                                                                                                                                    put up signs reading, “Private Land in
                                                                                                                                                                                lion center that will chronicle the
                                                                                                                                                                                geology, biology and cultural history
                                                                                                                                                                                of the Flint Hills is on track to open to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            father doesn’t accept the “daza?” Where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            do the newly- wed couple spend their first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            week? Why wasn’t it allowed for the
ing at Tallgrass Prairie National           us now,” said Eric Patterson, the lead      chirp.                                      Private Hands” and “Say No to               visitors in April. In northern              bride’s mother to go with her to the
Preserve in east-central Kansas.            park ranger.                                   “It’s kind of a cerebral,” Patterson     National Parks.”                            Oklahoma, visitors can see the              groom’s family house? In her 25-minute
   Little has changed over the decades         On the mostly unplowed prairie           muses. “It’s one of those environ-             Former US Sen Nancy Landon               40,000-acre            (16,188-hectare)     presentation, Iman will answer all these
on the landscape of the only national       that became the park nearly 15 years        ments that challenges you to reach          Kassebaum came up with the idea of          Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, a Nature        questions and many more. Join AWARE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            on Oct 4, at 7:00pm to learn more about
park dedicated to protecting this           ago, early settlers made use of the         out for it. It’s almost like it wants you   a public-private partnership. The           Conservancy project and the largest         marriage in Kuwait and customs sur-
dwindling ecosystem, which once             land much the same way as American          to be a part of its discovery. You have     National Park Service owns just 34          preserved tract of native tallgrass         rounding it.
covered 40 percent of the United            Indians before them. But instead of         to look close or it’s not going to real-    acres (13.7 hectares) of the land; the      prairie.                                       For more information, call 25335260
States. Today, less than 4 percent          hunting the millions of buffalo that        ly tell you much.”                          bulk is owned by the Nature                    It all makes the words of D.W.           ext 0/104/105 or log onto:
remains of the original tallgrass           once grazed upon the prairie, the set-         After the hazy skies of summer are       Conservancy, an environmental               Wilder, the one-time editor of the          www.aware.com.kw or email:
prairie. Most of what’s left is in the      tlers made use of the land to fatten        replaced with clear, fall skies, visitors   group, that handles grazing leases and      Hiawatha World in Kansas, seem at           saleha.aware@gmail.com.
Flint Hills of eastern Kansas and the       cattle.                                     can catch stunning views of the stars,      taxpaying.                                  least a little prophetic. He wrote nos-                  ❑        ❑       ❑
Osage Hills of northeastern                    One early rancher grew so wealthy        far away from the city lights. While           “It’s really an experiment in how        talgically in 1884 of the already               ‘The AWARE Center cordially invites
Oklahoma.                                   he used the area’s limestone to build       the ranch house and barn close in the       you can operate a national park and         dwindling prairie in an editorial the       you to its diwaniya presentation Tuesday
   Patches of the prairie are burned in     a grand four-level ranch home and           evening, the trails are open 24 hours a     have the bulk of the property be in         National Park Service now uses in its       Oct 4, 2011 entitled ‘Diabetes: Defeating
the spring, and the early growth            barn on the land in the 1880s. A new        day. No camping is allowed in the           nonprofit, private ownership,”              brochures.                                  it at an Early Age’ by Andrew Mandell.
                                            visitor’s center is under construction,     park, but there is camping available        Patterson said. “So far so good.”              “Whenever you stop on the prairie            This presentation is an overview that
offers vibrant shows of wildflowers.                                                                                                                                                                                        captures the importance of prevention and
By September and October, visitors          but for now, most of the 23,000 visi-       nearby or visitors can choose fancier          Other efforts have cropped up to         to lunch or camp, and gaze around,          the means and methods to prevent dia-
can walk among grasses that reach           tors that come to the preserve each         digs such as the Grand Central Hotel        save and tell the story of the tallgrass    there is a picture such as poet and         betes based on Kuwait’s internal capabili-
chest high in damp years. But after a       year start their tour in the ranch          in nearby Cottownwood Falls.                prairie and the flint-filled hills. About   painter never succeeded in transfer-        ties this includes an emphasis on nutrition
blistering summer with little rain, this    house, watching a short movie in the           “It’s very serene,” Amber Smyers,        55 miles (88.5 kms) to the north in         ring to book or canvas.” He lamented        education, increasing physical activity and
year’s show of foliage is knee-high in      home’s former dining room. Period           26, a Kansas native who lives in                                                        that people should have saved a park        reaching out to the population- particular-
all but the wettest areas.                  furniture fills the rooms of the par-       Seattle, said after the bus tour ended.                                                 “ten thousand acres broad - the             ly women and children, the importance of
                                            tially restored home.                          Her friend, Jessica Cutting, 27, also                                                prairie as came from the hand of God,       early detection, obesity as part of the dia-
   Grazing                                                                                                                                                                                                                  betes equation, the critical nature of self-
   The ground was too rocky to plow                         Visitors                    of Seattle, had visited numerous                                                        not a foot or an inch desecrated by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            management of the disease and adherence
in this stretch of the Flint Hills, so                                                  national parks - from little-known                                                      ‘improvements’ and ‘cultivation.’ It is     to treatment protocols and developing
                                               From there, visitors can wander          ones in Alaska to the popular destina-                                                  only a memory now.” (AP)
named for a type of quartz that litters     among the ranch buildings, hike more                                                                                                                                            effective diabetes management teams in
the ground. And so this nearly              than 40 miles (64 kms) of trail or fish
                                                                                        tion of Yellowstone and the Grand                                                                       ❑ ❑ ❑                       the medical sector.
11,000-acre (4,450-hectare) patch                                                       Canyon.                                                                                                                                 Andrew P. Mandell – Mr. Diabetes®,
                                            in some of the preserve’s ponds.               “It was pretty,” she said. “I think                                                     If You Go …                              is co- founder and Executive Director of
was saved - a landscape created                Bus tours - the only way to drive                                                                                                   Tallgrass Prairie National               Defeat Diabetes Foundation, Inc., a
through a combination of limited                                                        there is beauty in everything.”
                                            through the park - are usually offered         But this isn’t the typical national                                                  Preserve: Strong City, Kansas;              nationally registered 501(c) (3) non-profit
rainfall, grazing and fires that rou-       once or twice a day and last about 90                                                                                               http://www.nps.gov/tapr/index.htm           whose mission is to help save the lives of
tinely sweep across the land. Only a                                                    park experience, the rangers readily                                                                                                children, adults and families impacted by
                                            minutes.                                    acknowledge. There are no stunning                                                      or 620-273-8494. You cannot
few trees survive these conditions,            Patterson hands out binoculars so                                                                                                drive through the park, but bus             the pain of Diabetes! He is knowledge-
and they grow mainly along the                                                          mountain views, canyons or water-                                                                                                   able in the field of diabetes, authored a
                                            visitors can get a closer look at a herd    falls to behold. Much of the magic is                                                   tours are available most days at            fitness manual for diabetics as well as
springs that dot the area.                  of 16 bison during one stop on the                                                                                                  11 am daily through Oct 30; call to
   Early explorers called the land-                                                     underground, where the plant’s roots
                                            bumpy trip. All but the babies were         reach 15 to 25 feet into the soil.                                                      check the schedule. Hiking trails                     Continued on Page 27
scape the “Great American Desert.”          captured two years ago at Wind Cave                                                                                                 are open 24 hours a day.
But later settlers realized the land was    National Park in South Dakota and                           Awareness                                                                  Grand Central Hotel: 215
fertile and tilled the fields. And so it    relocated here.                                As awareness grew that the land                                                      Broadway, Cottonwood Falls,
                                                                                                                                    This Sept 22, 2011 photo shows the
mostly disappeared. Homogenous                 At another stop on a high point that     was unique, Congress voted in               massive three story stone barn at the       Kansas; http://www.grandcentral-
fields of corn, wheat, soybeans and a       challenges Kansas’ flat-as-a-pancake        November 1996 to create the                 Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve         hotel.com/. Rates start at $160
type of grain sorghum called Milo           reputation, visitors can glimpse views      Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.           near Strong City, Kansas. (AP)           nightly.

				
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