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[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 - 10:11
Although Sandy has passed, for millions in states along the east coast there are still many hazards. It is important to take steps to protect children, as they are especially vulnerable to the environmental hazards that may be present. Sarita Chung provides some helpful tips for parents to ensure that children are safe after the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy. These tips center around... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 11:46
US Government-sponsored mortgage backers Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Federal Housing Administration are offering mortgage relief to some borrowers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that has crippled communities across the Northeast. The relief is available to borrowers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy and which are located in jurisdictions that President... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 11:35
Haiti and the United Nations are planning an appeal for emergency aid after Hurricane Sandy killed 54 people and devastated crops last week before going on to hit the United States. With hundreds of thousands of people still living in tents after the earthquake in 2010, Haiti was hardest hit by the storm. The call for donations follows a 96% drop in financial support for UN humanitarian... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 - 15:55
High-level delegations from 50 countries across Asia and the Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, have united around a call for an international agreement on disaster risk reduction to follow on from the Hyogo Framework for Action in 2015. Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 15:52
The multi-award winning moladi construction system was founded in South Africa in 1986 as a method of building cast in place reinforced monolithic structures. The moladi technology was developed as a means to alleviate many of the cumbersome and costly aspects associated with conventional construction methods without compromising on the quality or integrity of the structure. The moladi system... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 10:13
Nairobi, 4 Oct 12   French In order to support the implementation of tangible actions that will help in the improvement of the living conditions for slum dwellers, Burkina Faso, Niger and Kenya recently made financial contributions to the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme. Burkina Faso committed to provide USD 800, 000, thus setting the record as the highest individual country contributing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 - 11:25
Africa is urbanising fast. Today, to deal with its exponential urban growth, building new cities appears to be the new trend. At the end of May 2012, mayors and leaders from Africa’s top cities gathered in Lagos to debate the region’s urban transformation. The meeting featured those managing, planning, designing and financing Africa’s most innovative cities. Speakers were world-class authorities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 - 11:17
Most people now recognize that the unfolding dangers of climate change demand worldwide attention. But we should also be aware of the opportunities that exist within climate change adaptation to improve and transform some of the most vulnerable urban communities today. On September 17, as part of a panel hosted by CHF International and the U.S. Green Building Council, Brian English, CHF's... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 - 11:06
The Sri Lankan government, Friday, received approval for the Cabinet of ministers to initiate several urgent short term measures to mitigate floods in the capital city Colombo and its suburbs. The Cabinet, considering a proposal presented by the President in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development, approved allocating one billion rupees to take immediate remedial measures... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 - 10:37
President Mwai Kibaki Saturday called for unity in building a prosperous, just and equitable nation for the welfare of all Kenyans. Paying glowing tribute to the country's past and present heroes and heroines, President Kibaki urged all Kenyans to seek to be Mashujaa in their own individual ways. "We become Mashujaa by abiding by the law of the land, carrying out our civic duties, being our... Read more