BOSTON (CBS) – Even though a recount will be needed to determine the fourth-place at-large member of the newly elected Boston City Council, the body is assured of being the most diverse in Boston history, with non-white and female majorities. Former City Councillor Ayanna Pressley’s upset congressional win last year was a sign of the times. “To have a city that reflects our new demographics is hugely important,” said Alejandra St. Guillen, who finished just 10 votes behind Julia Mejia for the seat once held by Pressley. She said the new diversity means a better understanding by the council of what the city’s multi-ethnic, multi-racial residents are experiencing – in the schools, for instance. “The achievement gap is so stark between the communities. You have people sitting on the council who have been in those schools, who have been students of color in the Boston public school system,” she noted. “I think that changes the … [Read more...] about Boston Elects Its Most Diverse City Council, Reflecting Changing Demographics
The head of Cape Town’s disaster operations centre is drawing up a plan he hopes he never has to implement as this South African city on the frontline of climate change prepares to be the first in the world to turn off the water taps. “We’ve identified four risks: water shortages, sanitation failures, disease outbreaks and anarchy due to competition for scarce resources,” says Greg Pillay. “We had to go back to the drawing board. We were prepared for disruption of supply, but not a no-water scenario. In my 40 years in emergency services, this is the biggest crisis.” The plan – being drawn up with the emergency services, the military, epidemiologists and other health experts – is geared towards Day Zero, the apocalyptically named point when water in the six-dam reservoir system falls to 13.5% of capacity. At this critical level – currently forecast for 16 April – piped supply will be deemed to have failed and the city will … [Read more...] about Cape Town faces Day Zero: what happens when the city turns off the taps?
In the southern reaches of Egypt, the city of Aswan is one of the hottest and sunniest in the world. Temperatures reach 41C in the summer and less than a millimetre of rain falls each year. Some years it doesn’t rain at all. Aswan may be one of the world’s least rainy places, but it’s not even close to being the most water-stressed city. It nestles on the east bank of the Nile, close to the Aswan High Dam and the vast Lake Nasser, one of the largest manmade lakes in the world. With a capacity of 132 cubic km, the dam serves the irrigations needs not just of Aswan, but Egypt and neighbouring Sudan as well. Water stress – where the human or ecological demand for water is not met – is caused by a variety of factors. There’s the physical scarcity of water due to lack of rainfall, the natural aridity of the area and, increasingly, changes in climate; but poor management and investment in water infrastructure, and pollution, also play their parts. The … [Read more...] about Where are the world’s most water-stressed cities?
On behalf of the municipal leaders, Ms. Vo Thi Dung appreciated the SSEAYP 2019 with many diverse activities and in-depth discussions of this topic. According to her, the activities contribute to tightening the solidarity and friendship between the Vietnamese young people and young leaders from Southeast Asian countries and Japan. This is also an opportunity for Vietnamese young leaders to learn and contact with young people from many countries, to introduce image of the S- shaped country to international friends. On behalf of the delegates, CEO of SSEAYP 2019 Mr. Yamamoto Shigeki thanked the city’s leaders for the warm welcome, and believed that the countries would enhance mutual understanding, join hands in building peace of the region and the world through the program. The program runs from October 24 to December 13. Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar and Malaysia are respectively destinations during the journey. BY THAI PHUONG- Translated … [Read more...] about City leaders welcome delegates of SSEAYP2019
On the north-west coast of Turkey, atop a hill overlooking the mouth of the Dardanelles, lies the memory of a city which blurs the line between myth and history like no other. In mythology, Troy inspired the Greek epic poet Homer to conceive his two great works in (probably) the eighth century BC: the Iliad – set in the final year of the decade-long siege of Troy by a coalition of Greek states – and its “sequel”, the Odyssey. In reality, it was said the city witnessed one of the greatest battles in Greek history. In his History of the Peloponnesian War, the fifth-century BC historian Thucydides describes the Trojan war as “notable beyond all previous wars”. But the precise location – and even the very existence – of Troy has been a source of dispute throughout the ages. Reputedly razed after a battle in around 1200 BC, the city was later reinhabited by both the Greeks and Romans and renamed Ilios/Ilium. It decayed into insignificance by … [Read more...] about Lost cities #2: the search for the real Troy – ‘not just one city but at least 10’