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[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012 - 08:17
Noise levels, fine particulate matter, traffic volumes – these data are of interest to urban planners and residents alike. A three-dimensional presentation will soon make it easier to handle them: as the user virtually moves through his city, the corresponding data are displayed as green, yellow or red dots. Fine dust, aircraft noise and the buzz of highways have a negative impact on a city‘s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 09:26
Emergency procedures in Coast were called off on Wednesday evening barely four hours after the government issued a tsunami alert and ordered evacuations. Fishing was suspended, beaches cleared and ferry services were only allowed to continue under the watchful eye of experts following an earthquake that occurred in Indonesia. Special Programmes Minister Esther Murugi said water levels in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 09:16
Over the past decade, real estate has headed towards the sky and has become one of the most vibrant sectors of the Kenyan economy. Almost every young Kenyan dreams of owning property - either in towns or their suburbs – leading to escalation of the cost of land and housing. The fast growth of the middle class has been a boon to the sector, with increasing demand for decent and affordable homes. “... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 08:57
Kenyan builders and private developers can now smile as sanity is brought into the construction industry. The National Construction Authority Bill - aimed at bringing order in the construction industry by ensuring that only genuine and qualified contractors practice - is now law and is expected to come into operation soon. The government is even happier. “We are happy that the National... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 15:45
In February, while much of the women's movement focused on the 56th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), grassroots caregivers from across West Africa gathered in Ilorin, Nigeria to lay the groundwork for a new model of organizing. Dressed in brilliant prints and dancing to the beat of six drummers, more than one hundred caregivers and other grassroots women from the International Women's... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 08:40
UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos has encouraged the Palestinian authorities to develop comprehensive urban planning so that growing cities can expand in a way which promotes economic development and provides sustainable, affordable housing for all of its people. The comments came last week at the close of the first Palestinian Urban Forum, organized by the Ministry of Local Government... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 11:44
There are only 5 days left to apply for the Urban Youth Fund! The UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund supports urban youth in developing countries. It aims to advance the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the Habitat Agenda. The Youth Fund provides grants of up to USD 25,000 to youth-led organizations piloting innovative approaches to employment, good governance, shelter and secure... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:39
One life and 365 informal structures destroyed, 380 children and 1500 people affected — these numbers reflect the physical losses of a shack fire in Langa, one of Cape Town's townships, on the 5th of March this year. A destructive yet somewhat regular occurrence in Cape Town, shack fires seem to target the city's most vulnerable residents who have the least ability to "bounce back" after a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 09:15
Inspired by Cities for Active Inclusion, Denmark’s six main cities, led by Copenhagen, have outlined proposals for the Danish government to tackle youth unemployment. The proposals are set out in a charter, ‘Towards the future: tackling the problem of youth unemployment in Denmark’. Like elsewhere in Europe, youth unemployment is a problem in Denmark. In 2010, the unemployment rate was 7.6%. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 09:08
You got pulled over and arrested for drunk driving or DUI in Florida. You were released over the weekend, and currently that you just aren't bound what are you trying to do? Do you really want an excellent Florida DUI defense attorney or are you able to defend yourself? Based on your state, the DUI laws will extremely get sophisticated. For instance in Florida, DUI refers to driving under the... Read more