Urban Themes

[ 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
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 15:49
Registration is OPEN for the 51st ERSA Congress! The congress will center on the theme "New Challenges for European Regions and Urban Areas in a Globalised World". It will also tackle many other themes including: Regional economic growth and development; Rural and local development; Social capital and regional development; Agglomeration, clusters and policy; and Regional policy in Europe. For... 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
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 11:41
A comprehensive programme of exercises to test the government, police and other key agencies’ readiness for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been announced by Home Secretary Theresa May. The UK Home Office, supported by DCMS, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), the police and other partners, have developed a bespoke programme of exercises ranging from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 11:30
Climate change impacts from abroad could affect the UK more than climate change at home according to a report, published by Foresight, the Government’s futures think tank. The report ‘International Dimensions of Climate Change’ shows that the UK will be vulnerable to adverse impacts from climate change abroad. More attention needs to be given to how climate change effects in other countries may... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 09:59
A proposed 20-mile bridge would span the Red Sea to connect Egypt and Saudi Arabia -- connecting Arab states and reducing reliance on land passage through Israel. "For the Arabs, the massive construction project would be a triumph. For the first time since 1948, when the modern state of Israel was founded, Arab states in North Africa would have a direct road link with fellow Arab states in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 09:50
From Florida to Arizona, 14 states are in the midst of a major drought. The effects have been far-reaching and devastating to both the environment and economy. "In Texas, where the drought is the worst, virtually no part of the state has been untouched. City dwellers and ranchers have been tormented by excessive heat and high winds. In the Southwest, wildfires are chewing through millions of... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 09:39
A Brookings Institute report shows that the difference between crime in the suburbs and cities has drastically decreased, and argues that the current drop in crime rates weakens the correlation between ethnic groups and crime. In the 100 largest metro areas, violent and property crime between 1990 and 2008 decreased the most in cities. "The gap between city and suburban violent crime rates... Read more

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