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Britain's falling crime rate
1 September 2014 - According to the official statistics, crime is falling across Britain. It has been falling steadily for almost 20 years, despite the occasional spike in the statistics for some forms of crime. And over the past 12 months, the sharpest fall -- 19% -- has been recorded in Northampton. Surveys have shown that while most people in England and Wales believe lawlessness to be falling in the area where they live, the overwhelming majority believe it to be rising nationally, when it has actually fallen to its lowest level in decades. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) believes this may be explained by the way some crimes are reported in the media. (more)

India: Nifty surges past 8,000 to record high
1 September 2014 - The Nifty surged past the psychologically important 8,000 level for the first time on Monday as blue-chips such as ICICI Bank gained after better-than-expected quarterly economic growth data. Data showing India's economy grew a faster-than-expected 5.7 per cent in the April-June quarter has reinforced hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election victory nearly four months ago will help spark a recovery in investments and confidence. (more)

US: No supermarkets, so 130 community gardens help to feed a city
1 September 2014 - Although Mike Devlin was trained as a lawyer, his love for gardening led him down an unexpected career path. Devlin lives and works in Camden City, New Jersey, an impoverished city with a lack of fresh food and safe recreation. As a new resident and ward leader three decades ago, he became involved in community gardening, leading him to realize the important role urban gardens could play in addressing the city's problems. With help from the William Penn Foundation, the community garden programme expanded, and several years later, Devlin went on to start the Camden City Garden Club and the Camden Children's Garden. (more)

Ontario, Canada: Fear of crime decreasing in Waterloo Region, report suggests
1 September 2014 - The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council has published a report that says residents feel safer in their communities than they did in 2009. The two surveys were completed by 1,147 respondents, with between 86 and 91 per cent of residents feel very safe or somewhat safe walking in their area after dark. A similar survey conducted in 2009 found that only 79 per cent of respondents reported feeling safe or very safe. The survey also found fear of crime is declining among participants. The report also suggests survey respondents favour an emphasis on crime prevention, with just under 60 per cent saying governments should emphasize spending on crime prevention over law enforcement. (more)

US study: Train your brain to crave healthy food
1 September 2014 - In a pilot study published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes, scientists say that changing your eating behaviour can actually change how your brain reacts to high-calorie and low-calorie foods. 'We don't start out in life loving french fries and hating, for example, whole wheat pasta,' senior author Susan Roberts, director of the US Department of Agriculture's Energy Metabolism Laboratory, said in a statement. 'This conditioning happens over time in response to eating -- repeatedly -- what is out there in the toxic food environment.' (more)

Samoa: Urging sustainable action, UN officials link small islands to global issues at conference opening
1 September 2014 - Calling small island developing nations a magnifying glass for vulnerabilities around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the international community to support sustainable development in these countries through multi-stakeholder partnerships. 'By addressing the issues facing SIDS we are developing the tools we need to promote sustainable development across the entire world,' Mr. Ban said at the opening session of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in the Samoan capital, Apia. (more)

Vancouver, Canada sees record number of cyclists using separated bike lanes
1 September 2014 - Five years after it began a rapid expansion of separated bike lanes, Vancouver is seeing record number of cyclists use the facilities. Helped greatly by the hot summer weather, the city says use of cycling routes and separated bike lanes is up by as much as 21 per cent over the same period last year. The bike lane expansion program is part of the city's plans to be the greenest city in the world by 2020. (more)

China considering $16 billion for electric-vehicle chargers
1 September 2014 - China is considering providing as much as 100 billion yuan ($16.25 billion) in government funding to build electric-vehicle charging facilities and spur demand for clean cars, according to two people familiar with the matter. Increased state funding would be a tailwind for carmakers coping with consumer concerns over the price, reliability and convenience of electric vehicles. It would also build on efforts by China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, to fight pollution and cultivate its local EV industry, which includes BYD Company and Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (more)

Spanish manufacturing grows for ninth straight month in August: PMI
1 September 2014 - Spain's manufacturing sector expanded for the ninth straight month in August as new orders flooded in and firms took on more staff as the economy recovers, a survey showed on Monday. New orders came in at the fastest pace since before the country's six-year-long economic downturn. This meant employers hired more workers, with employment rising for the eighth month in a row. (more)

US: Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms
1 September 2014 - Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centres are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable, and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information. (more)

US: Healthier foods available in neighbourhoods
1 September 2014 - Changes to the federal food assistance programme for low-income women and their children improved the availability of healthy foods at small and medium-size stores in New Orleans, according to research from the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University. In 2009, the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition programme for the first time began offering participants fruits, vegetables, low-fat milk and whole grain options to purchase with WIC benefits. The WIC programme operates in 50,000 vendors nationwide with more than 9 million participants. (more)

Samoa: Small island developing states can lead transition to 'green' energy - UN
1 September 2014 - Despite being endowed with renewable energy sources -- like wind, sunshine and waves -- small island developing states (SIDS) remain heavily reliant on imported fossil fuels, a practice that the United Nations says can be reversed through durable partnerships. 'SIDS are creating opportunities and examples that, if replicated worldwide, could lead the transition from fossil fuel energy to renewable and sustainable energy,' said John Ashe, UN President of the General Assembly, in his opening address in Apia, Samoa, to the High-Level Event on Sustainable Energy For All. (more)

British Columbia, Canada: Bitcoin donation to Simon Fraser University a Canadian campus first
1 September 2014 - Simon Fraser University has received a $6,000 donation in Bitcoin, making it the first Canadian post-secondary school to accept donations in the digital currency. SFU alumnus Scott Nelson and Simon Fraser Bitcoin Club president Mike Yeung donated the money, which will go to two students heading to India this fall for a project to help empower women. (more)

Canadians' science literacy ranks 1st among 35 countries
1 September 2014 - A new report, Science Culture: Where Canada Stands, released by the Canadian Council of Academies found that 42 per cent of Canadians have a basic level of scientific literacy necessary to understand media reports about science, putting Canada first among 35 countries with similar available data. The council is an independent non-profit group that puts together expert panels to conduct assessments for the federal government on a wide range of public policy issues ranging from policing to wind turbine noise. (more)

Iran President urges clerics to tolerate Internet
1 September 2014 - Iran's President Monday urged the country's clerics to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies, which are often the target of criticism by influential hard-liners in the Islamic Republic. Hassan Rouhani made the appeal during a meeting with clerics in Tehran, where he said that the Internet is important for aspiring students and experts trying to access new knowledge and science. (more)

Pistachios may help reduce diabetes risk: Spanish study
1 September 2014 - For people who may be headed for type 2 diabetes, regularly eating pistachios might help turn the tide, according to a new trial from Spain. In the new Spanish study, people with prediabetes who ate about two ounces of pistachios daily showed significant drops in blood sugar and insulin levels and improvements in insulin and glucose processing. Some signs of inflammation also dropped dramatically. (more)

Samoa: Business execs build partnerships with small islands at UN forum
31 August 2014 - Small island developing states offer opportunities for genuine and sustainable business partnerships, said executives and officials participating in a United Nations co-hosted private sector forum in Samoa. Held in the capital, Apia, ahead of the UN Conference's on Small Island Developing States start on Monday, the two-day forum is meant to bring companies together to share information and best practices, and to network. It is organized jointly with the Government and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce. (more)

US: Big companies, big renewable investments
31 August 2014 - The world's largest enterprises are realizing the benefits of renewable energy, motivating many top-tier companies to set up voluntary corporate renewable energy programmes that scale up their use of on-site solar and wind power systems. Many factors have influenced Fortune 500 companies and other leading enterprises to adopt these targets, including an attractive economic return on investment, the worsening effects of climate change, and a deep concern from their customer base about environmental sustainability. (more)

Somali warlord agrees to talks, boosts government peace efforts
31 August 2014 - A Somali clan leader who fought for years to retake a strategic southern port city he once controlled has laid down arms and joined talks, bolstering government efforts to show it can restore order to a chaotic nation. The African Union force AMISOM, which has been involved in reconciliation efforts, said Barre Hirale and nearly 100 members of his militia gave up their weapons on Saturday after discussions with clan elders and Somali federal government delegations. (more)

Global renewable energy status uncovered
31 August 2014 - More than a fifth of the world's electrical power production now comes from renewable sources and in 2013 renewables accounted for more than 56 per cent of all net additions to global power capacity. At the end of 2013, China, the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Germany remained the top five countries for total installed renewable power capacity. At least 144 countries now have renewable energy targets in place with 138 having renewable energy support policies, up from the 138 and 127, respectively, seen in 2012. (more)

US solar carport market poised for record year, continued growth
31 August 2014 - The US solar carport market has emerged as a substantial component of the US solar industry. According to the latest report from GTM Research, US Solar Carport Market 2014-2018: Landscape, Outlook and Leading Companies, the US is forecasted to add more than 180 megawatts of solar carports in 2014, making it the fourth consecutive year with more than 100 megawatts installed. (more)

India's Prime Minister Modi seeks Japan's help for 'inclusive vision' on first big trip
31 August 2014 - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Japan on Saturday seeking to capitalise on his affinity with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to strengthen security and business ties on his first major foreign visit since his landslide election victory in May. Modi is one of only three people that Abe follows on Twitter, while the Indian leader admires the Japanese premier's brand of nationalist politics. (more)

India: This year, Ganesha is lord of the apps, too
31 August 2014 - A trip to the neighbourhood Ganpati mandal used to be a daily affair for Rajesh Pai and his family when they were living in central Mumbai. Since the family moved to Mira Road, the annual trek to see Khetwadi's tall Ganpati idols grew difficult, till Pai discovered a mobile app. As crowd management becomes tougher, some of the older mandals are trying to play catch up using technology. Mumbaicha Raja Android app from the Ganesh Galli mandal will be launched on Friday while Lalbaugcharaja-Official app, which was released last year and has more than 5,000 downloads, will soon have its iOS version. Khetwadicha Ganraj from Grant Road, which also has more than 5,000 downloads, is being updated with live telecast in high-definition video. All of them are free. (more)

Brains of older adults benefit from regular exercise, studies show
31 August 2014 - Two studies show regular exercise can help boost brain function in older adults. University of Montreal researchers have found older adults who do aerobic fitness also perform better on cognitive tests. The more active they are, the better they do. They said the exercise benefits the aorta, the main vessel coming out of the heart. The study was published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging. (more)

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