The fate of the Judean Desert’s separation fences have apparently been decided. The recent terror attack in Dimona placed added pressure on green groups to withdraw their objections. Opposition to a barrier in the southern area, near the Dead Sea, has in particular diminished, and some activists are even starting to see advantages to having a fence. The defense establishment has yet to decide where and when a fence will be built in the northern desert, near Ma’aleh Adumim; there, too, it will surround at least part of the desert. The Palestinians will once again find themselves facing a new fence. Meanwhile, the security establishment is planning to pave a bypass road dubbed “the fabric of life.”
The good, the bad and the ugly fence – Haaretz – Israel News.
WORK was due to start today restoring the historic Playfair Steps which run from Market Street to Princes Street Gardens.
The steps, which were built in 1828, are being revamped as part of a £10,000 project, which will see the original stone repaired rather than replaced so they keep the look of wear and tear that has built up over the years.
The four organisations involved – Edinburgh World Heritage, the city council, the National Galleries of Scotland and the Halifax Bank of Scotland – are funding the project, which is expected to take a couple of weeks, equally.
Read more @ Edinburgh Evening News – Work begins on £10k revamp of city’s iconic Playfair Steps –
To cover the littered lake of cracked asphalt, the students suggested gardens. For the darkest corners of the schoolyard, they asked for new playgrounds, safe and bathed in light.
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To help relieve the dark memories of the site at the Mount Vernon School where four young people were shot, three of them fatally, in August, the schoolyard here will be remade.
At a community meeting at the school on Tuesday night, students who participated in redesigning the schoolyard, in collaboration with landscape architects and the Trust for Public Land, unveiled the plans.
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Harare City Council must have a clear-cut policy on urban agriculture that takes into consideration the need to conserve the environment and the contribution of urban farming towards household food security.
Haphazard urban farming has negatively impacted on the environment and, in some instances, affected protected conservancies, forests and wetlands.
Read more @ AllsZimbabwe: Clear Policy on Urban Agric Vital