Vehicles wading through flooded roads after a torrential downpour in Bangkok, Thailand on Oct 3, 2022. - A + A BANGKOK (Oct 4): Thailand is battling the worst flooding in years with a large swathe of its crop land inundated by seasonal storms and swollen rivers, threatening to fuel food prices and hinder a nascent tourism recovery. Popular tourism destinations such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai in the country's northeast have reported flooding of streets this week after heavy rains triggered by typhoon Noru saw water level in the Chao Phraya and Ping rivers rising. An estimated 1.2 million rai (160,000 hectares) of agricultural land was hit by flooding with almost 82,000 houses damaged across 510 districts in 72 provinces, according to official data. With more storms forecast over the next few weeks, Thai officials are taking steps to minimise further damage to crops and houses with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha making a trip to flood-hit northeastern provinces … [Read more...] about Worst Thai flooding in years damages crops, risks tourism revival
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin By Franklin Amoo and Rahul Kumbhani Insufficient infrastructure investment has always stymied development in Africa. Most of the continent has historically lagged the rest of the world in coverage of key infrastructure classes, including energy, transport, water, healthcare and telecoms. Closing this gap is crucial for the economic growth and development of the continent and the quality of life of Africans. The recent emergence of a digital future has presented a new challenge for the continent - just as power, water and transportation infrastructure enable us to go about our everyday lives, digital connectivity has become another core aspect of our society. Yet Africa has the lowest penetration of internet connections globally, at just 22% compared to 80% in Europe. Upon the vanguard of the ‘Digital Revolution’, Africa, home to the majority of the ‘last billion’ to be connected, is fighting to not be left behind. For … [Read more...] about The Appetite For African Data Centers: Can Investment Keep Up?
- A + A KRAMATORSK/KYIV (Oct 4): Russian President Vladimir Putin may finalise his plan to annex four Ukrainian regions later on Tuesday, even as his forces are being pushed back by Ukraine on two separate battlefield fronts shrinking the amount of seized territory he controls. Russia, which has escalated its seven-month war with its annexation drive, a mobilisation and warnings of nuclear weapons use, looks to be in a hurry to complete a process which Ukraine and the West say is illegal and won't be recognised. The upper house of Russia's parliament earlier on Tuesday voted to approve the four regions' incorporation, which taken together represent around 18% of Ukraine. The Kremlin said that Putin's signature, the final stage in the process, was likely later in the day. In Brussels, the European Union summoned Russia's envoy to the bloc to reject Moscow's "illegal annexation" and urge it to unconditionally withdraw all of its troops from the entire territory of … [Read more...] about Russia forges ahead with annexation plan despite military retreats
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin “Technology allows us to capture people’s emotional experience,” says Yingling Fan, an urban and regional planning professor at the University of Minnesota. She has tracked commuter trips with colleagues on the Daynamica smartphone app created by a company she cofounded. This app collects GPS data on routes chosen and then asks participants to rank segments by emotions, mapping happiness, meaningfulness, pain, sadness, stress, and tiredness. These emotions are then transferred to the University of Minnesota’s Transportation Happiness Map. “Our research showed biking is the happiest,” says Fan , who tracked commuters in Minneapolis. She has been studying population-level travel behavior and associated emotional experiences since 2011. The research discovered that the mapped route with the highest scores for “happiness” was the separated, riverside cycleway beside the West River Parkway. In a … [Read more...] about Cyclists Have Happiest Commute, Shows US Smartphone App
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline: Princess Cruises and Viking Cruises both announced Thursday they would suspend operations as the industry reels from the coronavirus outbreak, which saw two American cruise ships quarantined and unable to dock and led to a warning from the State Department that Americans should not take cruises amid the pandemic. According to Princess Cruises spokesperson Negin Kamali, all cruises scheduled from March 12 to May 10 will be suspended, while cruises scheduled to end within the next five days will continue as planned— however, voyages that have already disembarked that are slated to extend past March 17 will be cut short . Princess will allow guests affected to use 100% of funds they have paid (plus what the company is calling “generous future cruise credit”) to book another cruise once the suspension ends, or submit a request for a cash refund . Princess plans to use the time to prepare for their planned … [Read more...] about Princess Cruises And Viking Cruises Suspend Operations In Coronavirus Emergency
Imagine you were part owner of a nice piece of rural land, maybe with a trout stream running through it. But your neighbors won’t let you in. You don’t have to imagine because access to far too much public land is legally blocked by private property owners , causing headaches throughout the West. If you look at a map of the region, big tracts of land run in a “checkerboard” pattern of mixed public and private land ownership. The West is literally diced up into alternating square-mile sections of federally managed land and private ground, which is generally owned by a timber company or ranch. This is not a small problem. Researchers have found that 8 million acres of public land are “landlocked” in 11 states. That’s roughly equal to the area of four Yellowstone national parks. This land ownership pattern has been causing headaches since it was rolled across the West in the 1860s. It dates back to the days of Abraham Lincoln, when the federal government granted land to … [Read more...] about Opinion: Hiking public lands shouldn’t require a ladder or a lawsuit