A little blue penguin's inner-city escapades ended with it being rescued from a central Dunedin street. Department of Conservation biodiversity manager Jim Fyfe said the bird was found by a member of the public on Bond St this morning and released back into Otago Harbour in a healthy condition. It was unheard of for a penguin to venture so far into the city. A police spokeswoman earlier said they received a call about 1.30am after the animal was spotted in Market Reserve, near the Oval. A unit was dispatched, but was unable to locate the bird. [email protected] … [Read more...] about Penguin rescued after inner-city escapades
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Bike-friendly capitals Oslo, Copenhagen and Amsterdam have Europe's cleanest and safest transport systems while heavily congested Rome has the worst, a Greenpeace study found on Tuesday. "Safe roads and clean air go hand-in-hand," said Greenpeace Clean Air Campaigner Barbara Stoll. "This study shows that when you improve a city's public transport infrastructure in a sustainable way, people breathe cleaner air and their roads are safer." The report, carried out for Greenpeace by Germany's Wuppertal Institute, ranks 13 European capitals based on factors ranging from air quality to the affordability of public transport and the use of car-sharing services. The study's top three cities Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Oslo won plaudits for their high use of public transport, clearly marked and safe cycling and walking paths and cleaner than average air. Copenhagen ranked first when it came to new mobility services like car-sharing and using smartphone apps to navigate public transport, … [Read more...] about Oslo praised for car-free city centre in study
Bunting stretched across one of Liverpool’s most famous boulevards last Thursday. Where the Toxteth streets of Granby and Beaconsfield join, the green, white and red of the Somaliland flag glistened in the late afternoon sun. There was no royal wedding celebration here, but the marking of a national holiday in a place that shares something with Liverpool and something with Toxteth. Somaliland exists as a self-declared state within a country it feels very separate from. Toxteth, indeed, can feel very separate from Liverpool. Much of Liverpool’s identity is shaped around Toxteth's history. Wealthy sea captains had lived here when Liverpool, through its maritime strength, had been one of the richest cities in Britain, second only to London. The sea captains were long gone when in 1981, just a hundred or so yards away on Selborne Street, a chase involving an unmarked police car and a young black man on a motorbike unfolded, with an arrest happening at a junction where people … [Read more...] about The city of Liverpool and its people couldn’t be further from a Champions League final – but football brings hope
SEVERAL people were killed with as many as 30 more injured after a van struck pedestrians and diners in Germany. Here is the latest info on the incident which took place in the city of Munster on Saturday afternoon. Where is Munster? Munster is a city in western Germany and is considered to be the cultural centre of the Westphalia region. It is approximately 86 miles north of Cologne and is situated on the river Aa. There are no skyscrapers and few high-rise buildings in the city but instead is filled with many detached houses and mansions. What happened in Munster? Three people were killed and dozens more injured after a van slammed into pedestrians near the statue Kipernkel statue in the old town area of the city. The driver of the transit van shot himself after the incident, which left six of those injured fighting for their lives. Police advised members of the public to stay away from "inner city areas" as emergency services attended the scene. Police and paramedics, including … [Read more...] about What happened in Munster, where is the German city and how many people have been killed or injured after a van struck pedestrians?
A suspected Boko Haram attack in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri killed 15 people and wounded 68 in the biggest strike since the government said it was in talks with the Islamist group. An emergency official confirmed the death toll in the city, which is the epicentre of the nine-year conflict with Boko Haram which has claimed the lives of more than 20,000 people. Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, has prioritised improving security and previously said the group, which is trying establish an Islamic State and split into two factions in 2016, had been defeated. Read more 'Over 100 Nigerian schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack' Scores of Boko Haram fighters arrested in Nigeria Huge rise in children used as 'human bombs' by Boko Haram Islamists The gun attack took place in Bale Shuwari, a settlement near army barracks on the edge of Maiduguri's inner city, military sources said. "Sixty-eight were injured and 15 innocent people were … [Read more...] about 15 killed in suspected Boko Haram attack in Nigerian city of Maiduguri