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[ Event ] Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 14:32
National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) would like to welcome you to the 12th International Housing & Home Warranty Conference which brings together warranty organisations, home builders and housing professionals from across the world, providing an opportunity to discuss challenges in the international market for the provision of new homes and share best practice on addressing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 11:48
Cab advance booking is now available round-the-clock in Sharjah for 2,700 vehicles, representing 65 per cent of the targeted taxis in Sharjah city, according to a senior official. Mohammed Alburaimi, Manager of Cab Booking Dispatch System, said the automatic booking gadgets, known as Internal Vehicle Devices (IVD), would be fitted in 4,000 of the 5,614 vehicles of the five franchise companies... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 10:54
The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) on Sunday, 24th july 2011, unveiled the Baniyas and South Wathba Revitalisation Master Plan to accommodate 50,000 people, most of them Emiratis, in both regions in two decades. Baniyas and South Wathba are located south-west of Abu Dhabi Island around 20km off the city. The overall planning area in both regions consists of an approximately 7,000 hectares... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 14:43
International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF) is the international organization of urban form for researchers and practitioners. It was inaugurated in 1994, bringing together urban morphologists worldwide. It seeks to advance research and practice in fields concerned with the built environment. ISUF 2011 will explore the contributions of Urban Morphology to current debates on cities and key... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 12:25
Elected officials, municipal staff, and others working towards biodiversity management and conservation are invited to gather and exchange experiences at the Liveable Cities Forum: Designing Biodiversity Friendly Communities! Join your colleagues at the Biosphère - Environment Museum in Montréal, Québec for an international conference on local biodiversity conservation and management practices.... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 12:12
Sustainability is the capacity to endure into the future. In many ways our future is linked to the health of the natural environment for clean air and water, food supply, natural resources, economic security, and quality of life. There is a growing recognition that providing for human needs in the long term requires consideration of the natural environment. Nowhere is this concern more prominent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 11:43
China has been boosting financial support for affordable housing and has a good foundation to deliver on its pledge to start building 10 million low-cost homes this year, Vice Premier Li Keqiang said in remarks posted on the government website. Li also repeated government statements that affordable housing is a key feature of the nation's social safety net. "In the first half of the year we... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 11:04
In the Philippines, "eco-entrepreneur" Ilac Diaz is spreading an idea from MIT using 2-liter soda bottles and bleach to bring a 60 watt light bulb's worth of light into building below. The technology is as simple as it could be. Each bottle contains water and bleach. When placed snugly in a purpose-built hole in a roof, the home-made bulb refracts and spreads sunlight, illuminating the room... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 10:16
Nabil El Arabi, the Secretary General of the Arab League, has called for support for those affected by Somali drought. The Arab League published a statement on its page on “Facebook”, making an urgent call for all Arab states, specialized organisations, Red Crescent societies and civil society organisations to make their resources available to rescue the Somali people from their plight following... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 17:37
Japan says it will run 'stress tests' on all its nuclear reactors to ease heightened concerns about disaster preparedness in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi atomic accident sparked by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. The ongoing crisis, the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago, has ignited debate in Japan about the safety of nuclear power, which before the... Read more

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