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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 18:58
President Obama’s State of the Union address was a tale of two speeches — and two campaigns. It was part 2012 and part 2008, both partisan and aspirational. It was an expression of a politician determined to make a fight of it with Republicans during his last two years in office and to set the terms of 2016. For most of the 2014 campaign, Obama was forced to the sidelines, spurned by members of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 18:56
    (Reuters) - France is to recruit thousands of extra police, spies and investigators to boost national security and intelligence, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced on Wednesday, two weeks after 17 people were killed by Islamist militants. Warning the threat remained high after the most deadly Islamist attack on French soil, Valls said the state would hire 2,680 in the police, justice,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:19
Photo (left): Complexo de Alemao, Favela in Rio de Janeiro. © Cesar Simborth Rio de Janeiro has over a thousand favelas or informal settlements, which host over a third of the city’s 6.3 million inhabitants (IBGE 2013). Over the past decades, many attempts have been conducted in order to improve quality of life in the city’s favelas. Morar Carioca is the latest Informal Settlement Upgrading... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:11
Antonis Mavropoulos has been involved in the solid waste management sector for more than 20 years. He is the founder and CEO of D-Waste, a global startup that aims to make waste management know-how and science, easily available and accessible to everyone. Mavropoulos serves as Chair of the International Solid Waste Management Association‘s (ISWA) Scientific and Technical Committee. He is also a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:58
When we think of smart cities, what image comes to mind? New York? Tokyo? Barcelona? Perhaps that of a global city with massive transportation infrastructure, intelligent waste management systems, and real-time traffic monitoring to ensure safety and comfort for its citizens, businesses and visitors. However, the time has come for Tequila—a town located in the state of Jalisco, about 600... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 23:21
    SANA, Yemen — The presidential residence and palace in Yemen were shelled on Tuesday by Houthi rebel militiamen, the information minister reported, in an escalation of the fighting that has gripped the capital for the past few days and raised fears of a coup in one of the Middle East’s weakest countries. The president of Yemen, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, was believed to be inside the residence... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 10:10
Last year marked an important tipping point: for the first time, half of the global population lives in cities. Cities currently add 1.4 million people each week and this population growth comes with new buildings, roads and transport systems. In fact, 75 percent of the infrastructure that will be in place by 2050 does not exist today. With cities poised to invest now in infrastructure that will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 09:46
Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have developed a technology which uses transparent, uncoloured plastic, which can be placed over windows to produce electricity from sunlight. The new technology is called a transparent luminescent solar contractor and absorbs specific non-visible wavelengths. Until now, technologies that tried to produce solar power using windows or other... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 09:27
“More stability means better access to more treasures,” the New York Times claimed, when it featured Sri Lanka as a holiday destination in its recently released list of 52 Places To Go To in 2015. India, once a must-visit-at-least-once-in-a-lifetime country, does not feature on that list at all. One reason why India’s attractions are fading is the recent spate of rapes of women tourists in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 19, 2015 - 19:18
BEIRUT — Thousands of mourners took to the streets of Beirut on Monday for the funeral of a Hezbollah commander’s son who the group says was killed by an Israeli airstrike in Syria a day earlier, along with five more of its members and an Iranian general. The outpouring of support for Jihad Mughniyah, a Hezbollah fighter in his mid-20s, underscores the recent escalation of tensions between... Read more