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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 10:29
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a five-year, $18.5 million grant to fund a new Engineering Research Center (ERC) to re-invent the country’s urban water infrastructure, which is seeing increasing challenges from age, population growth and the effects of climate change. The new center, called the NSF ERC for Re-inventing America’s Urban Water Infrastructure, will be led by... 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
[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 15:08
TOKYO — From their spacious 24th-floor apartment, Masako Tsubuku and her husband had a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji. They couldn't wait to leave. Their high-rise building, as it was designed to do, withstood Japan’s devastating earthquake on March 11, swaying and shuddering to absorb the worst shocks. But Ms. Tsubuku said she was petrified as the tower waved like a reed in the wind. And the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 12:07
A measure of hope has been restored for victims of the fire that destroyed several homes in the west Kingston community of Denham Town last Saturday 16th July 2011, leaving losses estimated at more than $20 million. Ashtrom International, an Israeli construction company, yesterday donated eight prefabricated homes, which it said would be in place in two weeks. The Government also stepped in to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 11:50
A waste processing plant will be built in Ganja soon. According to chief engineer of the Ganja utility producing unit Ismayil Dashdemirov, an area of 25 hectares has been allocated to this end. 'There is a plan to build a plant for reprocessing of waste and provision of agriculture with this or that production. A tender is to be declared in this connection. A winner company will deal with... Read more