Over the past years, the concept of smart cities has been discussed among global leaders, European Institutions and prominent technology providers. Smart cities have now become more than a term; it is a concept has evolved into a multi-billion-euro market, accompanied by a regulatory battlefield. The end result: technology now has an additional, social dimension that fosters the contact between citizens and government. In this dynamic view of smart cities, the term has come to be defined as “a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and business,” according to the European Commission. These are in effect cities that incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into their digital strategy, where citizens are invited to experience the transformation of the urban environment. Their city will be a more … [Read more...] about Are smart cities the solution to urban problems?
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In Iran, TV channels – which are all state-run – do not broadcast most women’s sports competitions due to restrictions on showing women’s bodies. But thanks to social media, Iranian women are covering women’s sports themselves. They film the matches with their mobile phones, and then publish highlights on dedicated pages. Thanks to their efforts, fans can follow the exploits of star athletes in many disciplines, especially those most popular in Iran: football, futsal and volleyball.Following the 1979 Islamic revolution, women’s sports became a sensitive subject. For many years, they were in a gray zone; they were not officially banned, but were heavily restricted in practice.A sensitive questionStarting in the 1990s, women’s sports gradually found a foothold, leading Iranian women to compete in regional Asian competitions as well as in the Olympics, in sports like taekwondo and kabaddi. In 2016, an Iranian women won an Olympic medal for the … [Read more...] about Since Iranian TV won’t broadcast most women’s sports, fans create their own coverage
A cyclist is warning others to take care when riding over the tram tracks in Manchester city centre after he slipped and suffered serious internal bleeding. Dave Capewell, of Lower Broughton, also ruptured his spleen, lacerated his liver, and broke ribs in the incident on Cross Street. The 37-year-old was cycling home after meeting up with a friend in Manchester city centre on Sunday at around 6.15pm. He made his way along King Street and Spring Gardens, before reaching the Metrolink tracks. But as his front wheel hit the tram line it slipped and the bicycle flew upwards into the air. Dave fell backwards off the bike before landing flat on his back. Customers at nearby Mr Thomas's Chop House came out to help him but David thought he was only winded and walked home. But once he got to his house Dave started to feel unwell and a friend took him to Salford Royal Hospital. Dave had CT scans and doctors said he was suffering with serious injuries. It was then discovered he was bleeding … [Read more...] about Cyclist’s warning over slippery city centre tram tracks after crash horror
I walk out of my flat in Barcelona and see a lime green scooter parked in the street. I look at my phone to check it’s the right one... yes, this is Elena the Scooter and she has 79 per cent battery. I press a button and the bike automatically unlocks itself. I open up the back to take out a helmet, replace it with my handbag... and start driving down the palm tree-lined street. As simple as that. This is the third time in a week that I’ve used Yugo, an app that describes itself as an ‘electric scooter sharing service.’ It’s essentially a mix between Uber and Boris Bikes. Users just need to register with the app, upload their credit card details, driving licence, passport and a selfie, and within two hours, they’re able to rent one of the hundreds of scooters located in the city. It’s so easy and cheap (a 15-minute ride costs me four euros) that I’m even more addicted than I was to Uber back in London. Right now, Yugo is one of the … [Read more...] about Scooter-hire apps are taking over European cities – but are they safe?
August 21, 2018 11:44 AM Stephen Hodes, who bears a slight resemblance to actor Robin Williams, stands at an intersection in Amsterdam's historic center, and alternates between slapping his hands together above his head and closing his eyes. He's about 70 years old, with a ring of gray hair, and dressed in a partly unbuttoned, casual gingham shirt. From here, he has a view of Central Station, where trains arrive every few minutes, disgorging armies of people with rolling suitcases into the city. Nearby, the hop-on/hop-off boats, every last seat filled, arrive and depart. In front of the venerable Hotel Victoria, between the Damrak shopping area and the red-light district, hordes of tourists bike through red lights on their rented bicycles. Instead of looking at the street, they are staring at Google Maps on their smartphones, causing residents to jump back on the sidewalks and swear out loud. Hodes counts three accidents and four collisions in 20 minutes. This is his … [Read more...] about A City Tries To Save Itself: Amsterdam Seeks To Rein in Tourists