It’s one big battle for the brains – The Times

Chris Reay, the CEO of Engineer Placements, says the industry is especially vulnerable because engineers are in demand around the world. He says that often when he tries to contact some of the engineers on his company’s database he finds they “are now in Perth, Dubai or China”.

Also, it is not only South Africa that is suffering from a skills deficit — the whole world is affected. When it comes to the lack of technical skills, South Africa is far from alone. In the case of engineers, for example, she says that Germany needs about 8 000.

The Times – It’s one big battle for the brains

Editor – More and more people are not returning back to developed countries due to the higher cost of living, higher taxes and lack of challenging opportunities at home.

Real estate boom to continue in smaller cities-The Economic Times

World’s two fastest growing economies China and India will continue to witness boom in the real estate segments in smaller cities as both countries are expected to record strong growth in residential demand in the coming years, says a report.

SOURCE: The Economic Times – Real estate boom to continue in smaller cities

Envisioning a world of $200-a-barrel oil – Los Angeles Times

“Throughout our history, we have grown on the assumption that energy costs would be low,” said Michael Woo, a former Los Angeles city councilman and a current member of the city Planning Commission. “Now that those assumptions are shifting, it changes assumptions about housing, cars and how cities grow.”

Push prices up fast enough, he said, and “it would be the urban-planning equivalent of an earthquake.”

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Envisioning a world of $200-a-barrel oil

High gas prices rekindle desire for urban living –

Leslie Giles was frustrated with the beachside sprawl while Luke and Susan Wilburding were bored living in quiet suburbia in the Venetian Bay neighborhood of New Smyrna Beach.

So, they recently did what Americans used to do and moved downtown. They are part of a growing national movement of increased interest in urban living, driven mainly by rising gas prices.

“This is a slice of that urban area. It’s more home for us. The restaurants, the Cubs and night life,” said Luke Wilburding. The 30-something couple, originally from Chicago, put their 4-year-old Venetian Bay home up for rent in January and moved into a rented unit at the 2-year-old Wall Street Lofts at Magnolia Avenue and Wall Street, half a block off Beach Street and within sight of Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

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Build eco-towns in urban areas, not the countryside, say council chiefs – Telegraph

Eco-towns should be built in urban areas and not in the countryside to stop them becoming “dormitory towns” where people have to drive somewhere else to work, town hall chiefs say.

Eco-towns should be built in urban areas, council chiefs claim
Eco-towns ‘should be built in urban areas’

A new report from the Local Government Association also warned that plans to create 10 eco-towns across the country were “significantly flawed” and risked creating “eco-slums” without proper urban planning.

SOURCE: – Build eco-towns in urban areas, not the countryside, say council chiefs

Gaming should not be sole focus: urban planners – Macau Daily Times

Macau’s urban planning should not only focus on gaming as it solely will not contribute a healthy and sustainable development in the region, said mainland experts at a conference in Macau yesterday.
The Research Centre for Sustainable Development Strategies organised the third expert conference yesterday at Wynn Macau where professional bodies and individuals from the mainland, Hong Kong and Macau were invited to discuss the “Macau Urban Planning Conceptual Framework”.

SOURCE: Macau Daily Times – Gaming should not be sole focus: urban planners.

China approves reports on quake relief work, reconstruction plan-Xinhua

China on Thursday passed a report on the relief work and reconstruction following the May 12 quake that devastated the southwest Sichuan and some neighboring provinces.

The country will spend three years to complete preliminary reconstruction and further develop the quake-hit region in the following five years, according to the plan.

Vice Premier Hui Liangyu said Wednesday 40 billion yuan (about 5.7 billion U.S. dollars) from the reconstruction fund would be dedicated to subsidize the rebuilding and repair of farmers’ homes.

SOURCE – Xinhua – China approves reports on quake relief work, reconstruction plan

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