The next 15 megacities #6: New facilities by the Sabarmati will provide Ahmedabad with much-needed public space, but at what cost?
As the sun dips below the horizon, young lovers make themselves more comfortable on benches overlooking the Sabarmati river. Walkers stroll along the concrete promenades, and mothers enjoy a moment of respite under newly planted saplings while their children play in the adjoining gardens.
Few Ahmedabad residents could have imagined this scene a couple of decades ago. Back then the Gujarati city’s tidal river banks were lined with slum housing – precariously constructed on land polluted by industrial effluent and untreated sewage, and home to some of the most marginalised communities in the city.
Administration’s alternative to clean power plan would let emissions ‘rebound’ via coal-fired power plants, researchers find
The Trump administration’s replacement for the linchpin Obama-era plan to combat climate change would increase greenhouse gas emissions in much of the US more than doing nothing at all, according to new research.
Planet-warming emissions would “rebound” under the Trump policy, researchers found, as it delays the retirement of coal-fired power plants. Carbon dioxide emissions would be 8.7% higher in 18 states and Washington DC by 2030, compared with having no policy at all.
In a country where myths about albinism can have deadly consequences, an organisation set up to battle discrimination is having a profound impact
Paschal Merumba has suffered prejudice from the very day he was born.
His mother refused to breastfeed her “cursed” baby, the second child in the family born with albinism; the first had already died of neglect. Merumba was thought to have contaminated the community. He was made to eat apart and sleep on the floor.
Near the bottom of the island of Hispaniola in south-east Haiti is a forgotten village, cut off from its own country, and slowly emptying as its residents leave. As well as health services or electricity, Boucan Ferdinand also lost its only road to the nearest town, Bois Negresse, in devastating floods in 2004. Some of its residents have left for the capital, Port-au-Prince, while others cling onto a precarious life. Many have crossed illegally into the more prosperous neighbouring Dominican Republic
Private Jason Challis was accidentally shot in the head in an urban warfare exercise in the Northern Territory
The death of a 25-year-old soldier during a live fire training exercise in the Northern Territory occurred because of a “catastrophic systemic failure” by Australian army commanders, a coroner has found.
‘Phallus’ fails to find favour in tourist town, with budgetary constraints and logistical problems blamed for final version of public artwork
Byron Bay council is debating whether to decommission a controversial public artwork that some locals have dubbed the “Big Byron dick”.
The 12 metre-high sculpture by Melbourne artist Corey Thomas is the first public artwork commissioned by the council and is intended to depict 6,000 metal birds flying around a silhouette of Cape Byron Lighthouse.
All too often, Britain fails to use the valuable professional skills that refugees bring to the country. But social enterprises are now enabling newcomers to make the most of their talents
Hussam Allahham knows how to save a life on the operating table. He has done it many times in his home city of Damascus. He can fix broken limbs, amputate, remove tumours and replace organs. As a general surgeon he has had plenty of practice with a scalpel and stitches, both in Syria and while in a refugee camp in Italy.
In short, he’d be a useful addition to a health service anywhere. Only, in his new adopted home of Cardiff, Allahham, 36, cannot practise. He has tried to regain his standing as a surgeon but prohibitively expensive language tests and requalification exams have prevented him.
Good morning and welcome to the politics live blog.
Well, the news just keeps on coming. After a crushing, humiliating, historic (pick your adjective, all of them were used on the papers’ front pages today) defeat for May in the “meaningful” vote on her Brexit deal yesterday, she is gearing up for the next challenge: a vote of no confidence, which will be held this afternoon.
16 January 1964 Remembering Arthur Christian Newton Treadgold who reported from the Canadian goldfields in the 1890s
Arthur Christian Newton Treadgold, whose dispatches from the Yukon lie in the 1898 files of the then Manchester Guardian, was the most thrusting pioneer of the great Klondike gold rush. He was also the most powerful. This little thickset man from a Lincolnshire yeoman family, a collateral descendant of Sir Isaac Newton, a classics graduate of Oxford, and a Blue, had both the brain – brilliant, ranging, dynamic, above all, tenacious (he was known as the Klondike Spider) – and the incredibly formidable physique for sustaining all he did.
The comprehensive defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit vision subdued markets in Asia, with sterling expected to remain volatile until the result of Wednesday’s no-confidence vote in the prime minister is known.
Sterling sunk to trading at $1.2855 on the dollar early on Wednesday, having steadied after a tumultuous overnight session. May’s crushing loss on Tuesday night and looming no-confidence vote triggered political upheaval that meant investors paused to assess their next options, putting pressure on UK-focused exchange-traded funds. A Tokyo-traded FTSE 100 ETF was down about one percent on Wednesday.
Stewart Johnston wants royal commission to recommend cameras that can be triggered by raised voices or swear words
The son of an elderly woman abused at South Australia’s notorious Oakden nursing home hopes the royal commission will recommend installing surveillance cameras to catch out misconduct.
Whistleblower Stewart Johnston’s late mother, Helen, spent three weeks as an outpatient at the now closed scandal-plagued facility back in 2008. He said she was traumatised from the experience until her death in 2014.
Victoria police say the woman, who has not been formally identified, appears to have been assaulted
Police investigating the suspected murder of a woman in Melbourne’s north are investigating whether she was followed off a tram from the city and attacked in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The woman, who has not been formally identified, was found by a passerby around 7am near the Polaris shopping centre car park, a short distance from the tram stop at the corner of Plenty Road and Main Drive in Bundoora.
The online survey, carried out by Deloitte in November, was completed by 30,364 people from the UN and its agencies – just 17% of those eligible. In a letter to staff, secretary general Antonio Guterres described the response rate as “moderately low”.
Money often spent while companies had drugs ‘under review for public reimbursement’ through PBS
Major pharmaceutical companies injected more than $34m into patient advocacy groups in four years, often at the same time as they lobbied for related drugs to be listed on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme, new research suggests.
A study published by University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre on Wednesday has for the first time mapped the links between big pharmaceutical players and consumer health groups in Australia.
A rare ice formation in the Presumpscot river has enthralled the city of Westbrook in Maine. Drone footage taken by Tina Radel, the marketing and communications manager for the city, shows an almost 100-metre circle spinning in a counter-clockwise direction. Scientists say the formation of ice discs is rare but natural, but the surreal appearance of the disk has led to speculation of alien intervention.
With medium- and intermediate-range missiles and hypersonic weapons, China now is at leading edge
China is on the cusp of fielding some of the world’s most advanced weapons systems – and in some cases already has surpassed its rivals, a Pentagon assessment found.
An unclassified report by the Defense Intelligence Agency says Beijing has made enormous military strides in recent years, thanks partly to domestic laws forcing foreign partners to divulge technical secrets in exchange for access to China’s vast market.
Bill bolsters home affairs minister’s ability to revoke citizenship of people convicted of terrorism offences, regardless of length of sentence
A Coalition bill to lower the threshold for revoking Australian citizenship would expose 18 people convicted of terrorist offences to that penalty, according to departmental information.
The home affairs department has described the new powers proposed by Peter Dutton as a “key counter-terrorism tool” in a submission to a parliamentary inquiry but revealed currently just five people in prison and 13 who have served their sentence would be at risk of losing Australian citizenship.
Threat levels rise in China amid crackdown and India enters top 10 for first time
The persecution of Christians in China is the worst it has been for more than a decade, with at least 50 million people expected to experience some form of repression this year as the government tightens its controls over religious worship, according to a global monitoring body.
The crackdown on religion in China is part of a pattern of increasing Christian persecution across Asia over the past five years, Open Doors said in its 2019 World Watch List, which ranks 50 countries. One in three Christians face high levels of persecution in Asia, with India entering the top 10 for the first time.
The vote arrived in time for editors to fashion their front pages and the results are not good for Theresa May.
The Sun has gone all-out, delivering a classic. “Brextinct”, is its headline and they have pasted May’s face onto a dodo. Presumably the headline intends to speak to the prime minister’s tenure as much as her deal.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy campaign comes as NSW coroner investigates five recent deaths at music festivals
State and territory leaders will face a national campaign calling for pill-testing led by young people, the group that might argue it has the most to lose from governments baulking at the idea.
A day after the New South Wales coroner announced it would investigate five recent deaths at music festivals, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Australia will launch the Be Heard Not Harmed campaign at Melbourne’s Revolver nightclub.
Many white writers have had a tendency to minimise and conveniently erase our presence in the landscape
There were less visitors when the Pacific Highway was a deadly single, split carriageway that ribboned up and down mountain-sides, arched wide around prime grazing pastures and seemingly ambled through every small town it could possibly find. In those times, it took up to nine hours by car to travel from the sandstone country of Sydney city to the casuarina and banksia blanketed narrow strip of land and sudden trachyte dikes of Diamond Head.
A violent cleft on the northern side of the headland remains a defining feature; certainly it’s most striking upon first entering Diamond Head beach. Beyond lustrous red and yellow smooth hull-shaped rocks that sprawl from the foot of the promontory into the water, a vertical-walled gorge between the point proper and its gnarled, disjointed tip brims with sky.
Former Trump campaign chief started communicating with Konstantin Kilimnik on plan for future of Ukraine in 2016
Paul Manafort and an alleged Russian intelligence operative began hatching a plan for the future of Ukraine during the 2016 presidential election campaign and continued even after Manafort was criminally charged, prosecutors indicated on Tuesday.
The office of Robert Mueller, the special counsel, said in a new court filing that Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik communicated between August 2016 and March 2018 about a topic that Mueller’s team blacked out from public view.
As a male politician in a Canberra seat, I’m aware my job is easier than a woman representing a marginal seat in WA
At first glance, it seemed the last photo you’d put on the front of your Christmas card. Gweneth and I were smiling at the cameras, along with our eldest two boys. What we didn’t realise was that our toddler had left the group and was sitting a metre away, with the world’s biggest scowl on his face.
But when we sent out the card, friends loved it. People didn’t want to see airbrushed politics; they preferred to know that our kids were just as grumpy as everyone else’s. Then someone put it online and, within a week, it had found its way into the global media, including a cameo appearance on the US Today Show.
Prison population in 2017 was 154 per 100,000 in Wales, compared with 141 in England
Wales has the highest rate of imprisonment in western Europe, the first study of its kind has revealed.
Sentencing and Immediate Custody in Wales: A Factfile found that in 2017 (the latest figures available) there were 154 prisoners per 100,000 of the population of Wales, compared with 141 per 100,000 of England.