Motorcycle operators wait for transportation work as donkeys transporting goods walk past in the old town of Lamu on March 16, 2021, that is a United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO) heritage site. AFP LAMU, Kenya — In the old town of Lamu, a historic Swahili trading outpost, a motorbike taxi weaves through a crush of donkeys, market hawkers and wooden handcarts. A decade ago, there were only two vehicles on the sleepy island: a motorcycle for the electricity company, and the district commissioner’s 4×4. However in the past two years there has been an explosion in the number of noisy motorbike taxis known as “boda bodas”, with the two-wheelers clogging ancient narrow lanes and threatening Lamu’s coveted World Heritage status. “(Their) numbers are surging. Now we have almost 400 boda bodas,” said Abdulhakim Aboud, the deputy governor of Lamu County. The bikes in February were banned from the waterfront and 16-hectares ringing the ... » Learn More about Paradise lost? Motorbikes threaten historic Kenyan isle
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SINGAPORE - A common infrastructure that allows for the open and trusted sharing of data across the fragmented supply chain ecosystem is being developed by a group of industry players from both the public and private sectors. The infrastructure will connect the existing data platforms of importers and exporters, shipping companies and financial institutions, helping to reduce dependency on physical documents and instances of fraud, as well as ease congestion at container nodes, among other benefits. Communications and Information Minister S. Iswaran announced the initiative on Monday (Nov 16), stressing the need for the public and private sectors to work closely together as Singapore navigates a fluid and unpredictable digital future. "It's about coming up with new ideas and possibilities, regardless of the constraints, and this is where we (the public sector) need to function with the private sector," said Mr Iswaran, who was speaking during the inaugural Ministry of ... » Learn More about Supply chain players developing common infrastructure to share data to improve system
“Mario Kart.” Image: Nintendo via ETX Daily Up An American researcher and “Mario Kart” enthusiast suggests that governments should draw inspiration from the famous video game for sustainable development policies that encourage environmentally friendly agriculture. No, that’s not a misprint. From “Mario Kart.” Racing along on the Luigi Circuit, you come to a dangerous bend where you skid on a banana skin dropped by one of your rivals, but you manage to land on your wheels and even win a Fire Flower. Having read these couple of lines, experienced gamers will no doubt recognize the familiar world of “Mario Kart.” The long-standing and highly successful video game series developed in the 1990s has recently been the subject of a very serious study published in Nature Sustainability. The study suggests that governments should draw inspiration from “Mario Kart” to establish sustainable development policies that support poor farming communities, notably in Asia and Africa. But how ... » Learn More about Could governments draw inspiration from ‘Mario Kart’ to develop sustainable policies?
Lessandra is named as one of the best residential startups globally by London-based site Start Up Pill, a site known for listing the most innovative and exceptional start-up brands. In the article 36 Amazing Residential Startups Worth a Follow in 2021, Start Up Pill named Lessandra as one of the brands with exceptional performance in the categories of Innovation, Growth, Management, and Societal Impact. “These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the Residential industry and around the world. They are all exceptional startups well worth a follow,” the company said on their website. Innovation category encompasses innovative ideas, innovative route to market, and innovative product while Growth category includes exceptional growth and growth strategy. “We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands,” it added. Lessandra is the only Philippine-based company to make it to the global list. “We ... » Learn More about Lessandra recognized as one of the top residential startups globally
Some, including environmental activists, say Rome still has far to go before bicycles become widely used by its residents ROME - With its historic seven hills, crazy traffic, cobbles and notoriously crumbling roads, Rome has never been the ideal city for cyclists -- but with the coronavirus pandemic, things are changing. As elsewhere, streets emptied by Covid-19 restrictions have given cyclists room to breathe, but a new network of bike lanes and generous government subsidies to buy bicycles have also helped fuel the boom. One of the converts is Valeria Picchi, a 36-year-old mother-of-two who sold her scooter last year and bought an e-bike with a kids' trailer. "I feel like a rare bird," she told AFP. "People look at us, my kids are thrilled... I'm becoming a bit of a celebrity in the neighbourhood." Many in Rome still balk at the idea of setting off on a bicycle into the throng of buzzing Vespas, dented old Fiats and other kings of the Roman traffic jungle. Cyclists in ... » Learn More about Veni, vidi, bici: Is Rome ready for a cycling ‘revolution’?
Image: Matej Kastelic/Shutterstock via ETX Daily Up Will taking the plane for a business trip soon become a thing of the past? The need for business flights, which are increasingly criticized for their negative environmental impact, is now being re-evaluated. At the same time, the advent of widespread video-conferencing during the health crisis has led to the adoption of new habits. It appears that many business travelers are more than willing to give up flying. In the wake of stormy debates on March 29 and April 17, the French parliament finally voted to outlaw domestic flights of less than two and a half hours in cases where a direct train link already exists. The new measure, which has been decried as harsh by France’s airlines and insufficient by the country’s environmentalists, aims to limit carbon dioxide emissions caused by air travel. In recent years, the idea of curbs to restrict unnecessary flying, which has long been popular with environmentalists, has gained ground ... » Learn More about Business travelers are increasingly willing to give up flying
Covid-19 has not abated and cities the world over are still doing their best to tame the virus. In addition to health and medical concerns, countries have to deal with the economic consequences brought about by the pandemic. Without a doubt, the pandemic has brought to light lessons that governments can learn from towards developing better, safer and more sustainable urban areas. The UN-Habitat has highlighted the need to address the underlying issues of inequality and exclusion in cities in order to effectively manage and contain Covid-19. It says that with the right policies, economic and social resources being invested to curb the pandemic can help build greener, more inclusive urban areas in the long run. Since last year, Malaysia has launched a few social and economic stimulus packages to weather the storm. “The profound challenge with any Covid-19 targeted packages and programmes remains the availability of existing data and recognition of vulnerable groups, as well as ... » Learn More about How to rebuild better, safer and more sustainable cities post-Covid-19