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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:13
Tullow Oil, the company that successfully prospected for oil in Uganda, will arrive in Turkana County this month to begin exploration, raising hope that Kenya could soon strike the much sought after commodity. According to accounts from sources in government, the possibility of finding commercially viable oil is high in the region that has remained largely unexplored. Energy permanent secretary... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:03
Leading telecommunications infrastructure provider, Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has announced the completion of their state - of - the art Data Centre to be used for hosting data and software applications. The data Centre, which is now ready for occupation, is a unique facility offering reliability and convenience for corporate clients and financial institutions looking for international standards... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 10:37
  Toronto’s executive committee moved to seize control of redevelopment plans for the Port Lands, as Mayor Rob Ford lauded an “amazing” new blueprint for 400 hectares of underused waterfront real estate. The flashy “high-level vision” unveiled by consultants hired by the Toronto Port Lands Company (TPLC) includes some of the ideas promoted last week by the Mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 10:06
The Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) Investment Challenge is an online simulation of live trading at the Nairobi Stock Exchange. Each participating team gets Kshs 2 million virtual startup capital to trade with using the NSE real time prices for a period of 3 months. The team with the highest portfolio value at the end of the challenge is crowned the winner. Participants are drawn from Public &... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 12:47
Eleven federal agencies have formed the Urban Waters Federal Partnership to help restore and protect waterways in U.S. cities. The partnership will increase coordination of waterways programs and assist with waterway protection and revitalization efforts in urban communities. Cities that have already incorporated waterways into river walks, waterfronts, bike paths, parks, and public spaces often... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:53
A network of politicians and influential actors in ICLEI member Stockholm (Sweden) are calling for congestion charge fees in the city centre to be doubled. The congestion charge in Stockholm was implemented on the 1st of August 2007, after a seven-month trial period between January and July 2006. Today there are 18 fully automated payment stations around Stockholm, which register fees by laser... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:49
The City of Aalborg (Denmark) has installed a bicycle counter to record the number of passing cyclists and provide them with valuable information such as the time, temperature and their speed. The ICLEI member city installed the counter on a busy commuter route between the city centre and university. The technology is based on so-called senso-lines that are placed in the asphalt of the cycle... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:19
As part of its work providing sustainable procurement solutions to European public authorities, the SCI-Network has established five working groups to investigate best practice in different areas related to construction procurement. The areas focused on include environmental assessment tools, innovative technical solutions, whole life/life cycle costing approaches, innovative financing and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:14
To combat problems caused by the city’s beaver population, ICLEI member Riga (Latvia), launched a competition to find humane solutions so both animals and citizens could live in harmony. The beavers had destroyed several trees and damaged the city canal’s underpinning. Three winners, all Latvian, were selected from a total of 70 ideas submitted from around the world, with each winner receiving a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 12:00
Local leaders, experts and the business community will converge on Freiburg (Germany) for Local Renewables 2011 to discuss the latest trends and developments from 27 – 28 October. This must-attend event will focus on sustainable construction, greening existing buildings or designing efficient new districts and ultimately improving the overall quality of life in cities. Expert speakers will... Read more