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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 14:48
MEMBERS of the Parliamentary Committee, Agriculture, Livestock and Water with some of the residents of Ubembe village, Muheza district in Tanga region, listen to the Village Chairman Abdallah Mahafudh (centre) while expressing gratitude for completion of the water project at the village, under the Water Sector Development Programme (WSDP) initiative. (Photo by Bilham Kimati) ACCESSIBILITY of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 12:11
Nearly 50 per cent of Mumbai's population lives on eight per cent of its land - such is the story of the city's slum dwellers. Garbage disposal, drainage systems, health and hygiene in these slums is almost non-existent with Maharashtra Nagar and Kamla Nagar being stark examples of the harsh reality. Both the settlements with a combined population of nearly 50,000 people are struggling for even... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 13:33
Matosinhos has committed € 500 000 to the development of bicycle paths in the city’s port area to get more residents to take up cycling. José Pedro Rodrigues, the councillor responsible for mobility and transport, said that the investment is a ‘strategy to encourage the use of bicycles and other soft modes of transport as an alternative, or complement, to mass public transport’. Construction is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 13:24
Nothing is more important to farmers like me than the weather. It affects the growth and quality of our crops and livestock, and has a major impact on global food supply. The world’s weather is being messed up by global warming, mainly caused by the burning of fossil fuels, which releases heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere. Every national science organisation in the developed world agrees... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 13:08
What if India’s rail stations were incorporated into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan for 100 smart cities? Shailesh Pathak writes for Swarajya, a website that explores ideas for the “new India,” that centrally located rail depots must be leveraged if Modi’s goals are to be achieved. Redevelopment of India’s rail stations should be treated as urban renewal projects — and not just upgrades to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 13:03
Megacities can also be safe cities. That’s a lesson from Tokyo, declared the world’s safest metropolis in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities Index 2015. The annual rankings examine 50 cities from 40 different angles, such as infrastructure safety and health security. “The Japanese capital performs most strongly when it comes to the security of its technology assets,” the report says.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:26
The concept of new urbanism in Africa, hailed as a fresh approach to urban living from both a town planning and architectural perspective, has far-reaching implications from a property demand and development point of view. As growing urbanisation in Africa aids economic growth - as larger concentrations of people in cities create large customer bases, promote more efficient labour markets and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 09:22
Sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future has launched a new website that offers insight and access into the organisation’s scenario-planning work aimed at helping business leaders make better decisions. Called ‘The Futures Centre’, the digital platform will provide resources and tools to track trends such as rapid urbanisation, the energy transformation, and increasing inequality, among... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 08:59
For a second year in a row, Kenya's busy capital city of Nairobi has been named the most intelligent city in Africa -- failing, however, to make it to the world's top seven finalists. According to the Intelligent Community Forum, "intelligent communities" are those that have taken "conscious steps" to create an economy that can prosper in the "broadband economy."  The group has recently released... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 22:33
  TEHRAN – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that he supports a transparent, single-stage, and good nuclear deal between Iran and the 5+1 group of major world powers.     “I agree with the continuation and the progress of the [nuclear] negotiations and clinching a good deal. The Iranian nation would not definitely disagree with a deal that would... Read more