1 A gamble on the rains WITH RHEUMY eyes and a face wizened by the sun, Narayanappa looks down to the ground and then, slowly, up to the skies. After weeks of harsh heat his land, one and a half hectares (four acres) of peanuts, chillies and mulberry bushes, has turned to dust. At the beginning of June, a dozen families local to Kuppam, a village in the Chittoor district of the south-eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, came together, as they do every year, to sacrifice a goat as a divine downpayment on a good monsoon. By mid-June the monsoon rains should be quenching the parched ground. Yet there is no sign of the livid clouds running up from the south-eastern horizon which serve as its evening harbingers, rising and roiling, filling the sky with their rumbling and the night with veiled lightning. The sky is as blank as the ground is dry. Narayanappa has his sacks of nuts ready to sow. But time is running out. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and … [Read more...] about The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future
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The tech giant's Irish arm declined to comment after its parent made a $1bn (€892m) pledge to try to address an affordable housing crisis in California's Bay Area over the next 10 years . Google Ireland, which has its European headquarters in Dublin, would also not be drawn on questions regarding the current housing crisis in Ireland. The company employs 8,000 staff in Ireland and has made massive property investments in Dublin, running into hundreds of millions of euro, including buying the huge Bolands Quay site on the Grand Canal Basin from Nama. In the US, Google will re-purpose $750m (€669m) of its own land for residential use, allowing the development of at least 15,000 new homes, CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post on Tuesday. Another $250m (€223m) will go to incentives for developers to build at least 5,000 affordable housing units. The success of Google and other Silicon Valley technology companies has contributed to massive housing cost increases in the … [Read more...] about Google Ireland is silent on copying US housing pledge
Rethinking how we use urban spaces could help tackle an unaffordability crisis in many cities. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email 17 June 2019 Would you ever set up home in someone else’s garage? Or let a stranger move in to yours?More and more people are asking, “why not?”Let’s consider just how hard it’s becoming for people to afford housing in big cities. From Berlin to Singapore to Stockholm, rents have soared. And forget buying: research last year showed that 40% of young adults in England, for example, can’t afford to buy even the cheapest homes in their area – even with just a 10% deposit.Could living in a converted garage be an answer?Maybe. In … [Read more...] about Garages – the new affordable houses?
DUBLIN — If one person could embody the paradox of Ireland’s tech boom, John would come close. By day, his job is to do whatever it takes to maintain the five-star ratings of Airbnb apartments in the Irish capital. He fixes appliances, cleans, and responds to guest complaints at a string of Airbnbs managed by an agency in Dublin’s city center. By night, John sleeps in a vacant Dublin property as one of Ireland’s record 10,000 homeless people. His zero-hours contract means he does not know how long he’ll work each day — or how much he’ll get paid — with hours ranging between two and 13. Ireland is in the throes of a severe housing crisis, with hundreds of families priced out of the private rental sector, often due to evictions, and forced into emergency accommodation in hotels or bed and breakfasts. House prices, rents and homelessness have all hit record highs, even as tech giants and multinationals swell employment figures and … [Read more...] about Ireland’s unequal tech boom
Twenty-five years after the release of Reality Bites, Clare Thorp looks at the movies that capture the spirit of a pre-millennial generation. By Clare Thorp 6 June 2019 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Google+ Share by Email Twenty-five years ago, when the idea of a millennial was still a twinkle in marketers’ eyes, a film was released in cinemas that set out to capture the spirit of a different generation – one to whom a Discman was cutting-edge technology and avocado was a colour in which your grandmother’s bathroom was painted. Reality Biteswas not a huge commercial success in 1994 but, a quarter of a century on, it’s emerged as an iconic portrait of Generation … [Read more...] about The films that defined Generation X