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Google Maps has captured a fascinating sight in the South American country of Argentina. On the Google Earth function, an intriguing, perfectly circular island can be seen near the Uruguay border in the east. The disc of land is surrounded by a thin channel of water, leading the island to be nicknamed ‘The Eye’ or ‘El Ojo’ in Spanish. It is easily visible from above and appears to feature nothing but thick jungle.

According to documentary producer Sergio Neuspillerm, the island appears to be turning on its own axis.

He revealed in a YouTube video: “By using the time control function on Google Earth, we discovered that the inner land disc is moving and turning on its own axis.”

Neuspillerm and two specialists visited the fascinating phenomenon and found the water to be “incredibly clear and cold, which is unheard of in this area,” he explained on the Maxisciences website.

“The place is incredible and extremely strange,” he said, adding that the two circles, one formed by water, the other by land, “are so perfect it’s hard to believe they are a natural formation.”

Neuspillerm said of the geographical feature: “The base is hard in comparison with the swamps that surround it and the part that is floating in the centre. We don’t know why, but it floats.”

Some people have suggested there is a supernatural explanation behind ‘The Eye.’

However, others have put forward more rational theories, and that it is, in fact, not unique and part of tens of similar formations.

Neuspillerm hoped to “lead an expedition to this weird place, discover its secrets and proceed a complete documentary to share with sponsors” and set up a Kickstarter campaign.

He hoped to raise nearly £39,000 but in fact, crowdfunded just over £7,000, according to the Kickstarter website.

Google Earth users can check out the mysterious island themselves, using the coordinates, 34°15’07.8″S 58°49’47.4″W.

This is far from the first intriguing island that can be spotted on Google Maps.

Far off the coast of Russia in the East Siberian Sea lies Jeanette Island – but Google users cannot see it. 

The island has been blurred out on Google Maps. All that can be seen is a large black smudge.

The island itself measures just 1.2 miles in length. It is mainly covered in ice and has a 1,152-foot peak in the centre.

The small rock outcrop was discovered in 1881 in an expedition led by American Navy officer and explorer George E. De Long who hoped to discover open seas in the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole.

One theory to explain why the island is blurred out on Google Maps is because of the problem as to which country it could belong – both the US and Russia have laid claim to it.

Another island visible on Google Earth in the Adriatic Sea is particularly striking because it’s perfectly shaped like a heart. The tiny landmass is officially called Galešnjak but it’s more commonly known as Lover’s Island. 

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American woman faces $2,800 parking bill after leaving car in Toronto during pandemic

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Parking in the city can be costly, but one American woman is learning just how bad it can be after being unable to retrieve her car for nearly a year.

Detroit resident Kim Richardson left her 2004 Honda Element at the Park2Sky lot by Pearson airport in March 2020 before flying out to Europe for a medical procedure. She originally planned to retrieve it within two weeks but partway through her trip, the Canada-US border got closed due to COVID-19 precautions.

Richardson’s return flight was rerouted to Detroit and she’s been unable to return to Toronto since.

What was originally a $100 bill has now inflated to $2,800 as the lot’s owner says he has a business to operate and is owed payment for 11 months of storage. However, Richardson believes she’s being extorted for an issue beyond her control.

Park2Sky personnel claim that several Americans who found themselves in similar predicaments have had their cars shipped home.

“I don’t understand, I don’t know what’s going on here. Business is down, I’m not making any money at all. People who leave their car are paid. She’s the only one that hasn’t paid,” said the owner to CBC News this week.

The stalemate is expected to last a while longer as travel restrictions remain in place and Ontario Provincial Police have said they won’t get involved in a civil matter.

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All systems are go for St. Lawrence Cruise Lines in 2021

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KINGSTON — Despite Canada’s newly extended cruise ship ban, Canadians still have a small-ship cruising alternative in 2021 with St. Lawrence Cruise Lines.

The small-ship operator, which sails on the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, has confirmed operations for 2021, with overnight cruises on both rivers from May 20 to Oct. 24. A variety of cruises ranging from four to seven nights will depart from Kingston, Ottawa and Quebec City, sailing exclusively in domestic waters with stops at select ports in Ontario and Quebec.

On Feb. 4, Canada’s Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra announced that Canada’s cruise ship ban will be extended until Feb. 28, 2022. This measure, which effectively prohibits cruise vessels carrying more than 100 passengers from operating in Canadian waters, does not impact the small-ship operations of St. Lawrence Cruise Lines and its 32-stateroom CANADIAN EMPRESS.

“We are excited to offer travellers a small ship option for the 2021 season,” said President Jason Clark. “Our overnight cruises stay close to shore in Canadian waters and our COVID-19 Health and Safety program has been recognized for its high standards.”

This past December, the cruise line was awarded the Safe Travels Stamp by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) for adherence to global standards of health and hygiene. The program includes a wide range of safety measures, including reduced passenger loads, masking, physical distancing and hospital-grade electrostatic disinfecting for both private staterooms and shared spaces. Plus, all staterooms have access to fresh air, climate controls and views of the river.

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Here’s How Canada’s ‘Screening Officers’ Will Check On Travellers During Quarantine

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The federal government is reminding all travellers in Canada that “Screening Officers” may pay them a visit post-arrival.

In a statement about the country’s latest travel restrictions, Transport Canada confirmed that newly-trained officials would be tasked with checking up on travellers during their two-week quarantine period.

The role of the Screening Officers will be to visit travellers’ quarantine locations to “establish contact, confirm identify and confirm that travellers are at the place of quarantine they identified upon entry into Canada.”

This is to make sure individuals are complying with Canada’s mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement.

The checks will be conducted across 35 Canadian cities, having already started in Montreal and Toronto back in January.

The officials will provide “compliance education” and will be able to issue verbal warnings, but stronger enforcement action will be referred to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and then law enforcement for follow-up checks. 

Failing to comply with the Quarantine Act or with Screening Officers’ instructions could result in fines of up to $750,000 or even jail time.

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