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City Developments
16 января, 09:00

Настроились на лучшее: рейтинг крупнейших украинских застройщиков

Начавшийся строительный бум захлестнул не только Киев и его пригороды, но и другие регионы Украины

15 января, 15:08

Trump slow to vet ultra-rich ambassador candidates

Donors with past business troubles are scrambling for ‘cocktail ambassador’ posts.

12 января, 11:16

В Киеве прогнозируют рекордный обвал цен на недвижимость — квартиры по $15 тысяч

В этом году в Киеве могут появиться квартиры по $15 тысяч. Эксперты по недвижимости прогнозируют обвал цен на жилье — как на вторичке, так и в новостроях — еще на 10%. «В стране нестабильная экономическая […]

10 января, 14:09

City and Technology Master's Programme

Vicente Guallart talks about HSE Master’s Programme City and Technology: https://www.hse.ru/en/ma/techcity/. This is a new programme. The first intake will be in 2017. The programme will focus on the issues of urban planning and management using new city models and technologies. It will be led by international and Russian scholars and experts who are forming the current agenda for smart city development in Russia and worldwide. The key principle of the programme is learning by doing. The programme will take place in a laboratory-type environment where students will try new technology, prepare prototypes, investigate and analyse the city through data, and develop projects that come as a relevant response to complex problems that affect modern cities. The programme invites architects, designers, engineers, economists, entrepreneurs and graduates interested in the management of cities and technologies. The skills acquired during the programme will provide the graduates with a variety of career opportunities in large technological companies, city administrations or their own innovative businesses.

07 января, 12:50

Would Trump's Infrastructure Plan Fix America's Cities?

Public-works projects have historically improved urbanites’ access to opportunity and quality of life. But they've also helped the privileged at the expense of the marginalized.

03 января, 15:00

WHAT CHUCK SCHUMER WILL SAY IN HIS 1ST FLOOR SPEECH AS LEADER -- First move by House Rs: Gut ethics office -- MARC SHORT to lead Trump leg affairs -- JOE SCARBOROUGH fights back -- B’DAY: David Fahrenthold

Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2iDz8Y0 … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay … Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51Jnf … Power Lunch resumes today. Email us if you want a copy in your mailbox.Good Tuesday morning. Washington kicks back into gear today in a big way. Full Republican control is on its way, as the 115th Congress is sworn in. Vice President Joe Biden comes to the Hill at noon to swear in members of the Senate. And at the same time, Karen Haas, the clerk of the House, calls the House to order for the election for speaker. After Paul Ryan wins another term atop the chamber, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) -- the dean of the House -- swears him in. Ryan then swears everyone in together. New members of the House get their ceremonial photo with Ryan at 3 p.m.TODAY WILL SHOW just how much political fortunes have flipped in D.C.. A few months ago, Republicans were beginning to openly wonder whether Ryan could survive as speaker with Hillary Clinton in the White House. There was talk of the Wisconsin Republican being forced into retirement. Today, he’ll be re-elected as the House’s top Republican with ease, and will be a top figure in navigating Donald Trump’s Washington (read John Bresnahan and Rachael Bade on his new political reality http://politi.co/2hN5yhF). Another storyline: how many Democrats vote against Nancy Pelosi on the House floor. Some congressional insiders predict that only a handful of Democrats will vote against Pelosi, and that many of those who led the charge against her last year during the internal caucus election will fall into line and back the powerful Democrat on the House floor.TO FULLY UNDERSTAND how Trump’s drain-the-swamp rhetoric will get swamped in Washington, just look at what happened in the Capitol last night. With no warning, in a closed GOP meeting to vote on the House rules, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) -- the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee -- forced a vote on language to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent investigatory body set up in 2008. Lots of members have clashed with the OCE, and some are under investigation as we speak, so it’s no surprise many would want to cut it off at the knees. The Ethics Committee -- which now has power over the OCE -- is run by sitting members of Congress. Congress created OCE so lawmakers would be policed by people other than their colleagues. Goodlatte’s resolution passed -- it only needed 121 yes votes -- even though Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy opposed it. It will be lumped into a large rules package that will pass the House today on partisan lines. Take a look at the headlines House Republicans have earned: A1 of the NYT: “House G.O.P. Votes to Gut an Office Reviewing Ethics” … A4 of the WaPo: “House Republicans vote to limit separate ethics office.” (Also on front page of the Houston Chronicle and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and a lead USA Today story)-- BRESNAHAN EXPLAINS: “GOP leaders will try to downplay the impact of what happened, but it’s a big deal. OCE - renamed the ‘Office of Congressional Complaint Review’ - will now come under the ‘oversight’ of the Ethics Committee. “Ethics can stop an OCE investigation at any time with a written request; any referral of potential criminal issues will have to go through Ethics; and OCE won’t be allowed to say anything to the press. OCE has made a lot of enemies during its eight-year run -- some justifiable by overreach -- but similar efforts to hobble OCE under former Speaker John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Dennis Hastert all failed. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) opposed the amendment, but lost the vote. ‘This was really, really stupid,’ said a top House Republican. ‘Not the way we want to start the new Congress.’” Story by Bres and Rachael Bade on the OCE http://politi.co/2hKQ3Ub ETHICS HONCHOS NORM EISEN AND RICHARD PAINTER REACT: “If the 115th Congress begins with rules amendments undermining OCE, it is setting itself up to be dogged by scandals and ethics issues for years and is returning the House to dark days when ethics violations were rampant and far too often tolerated.”-- Boston Globe’s Matt Viser (@mviser): “The new Office of Congressional Ethics can’t release information to public. Or have a spokesperson. No communication. In any way. Got it?” http://bit.ly/2iZGNwd ... WaPo’s Steven Rich (@dataeditor): “This story would not have been possible without the Office of Congressional Ethics”: WaPo, May 13, 2015, “10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government” http://wapo.st/2hMMRfq-- ALTERNATIVE VIEW: @RepGoodlatte: “Rules amdt approved by House GOP strengthens Office of Cong Ethics & improves upon due process rights. Does nothing to impede OCE’s work.”FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH -- Congressional Republicans don’t expect President-elect Trump to visit them in D.C. before his inauguration. VP-elect Mike Pence is coming Wednesday to talk Obamacare -- the same day Obama talks to Dems. BUT...BUT...BUT…. Top Republicans now tell us Trump is likely to attend the joint Senate-House retreat in Philly later this month.BRIAN STELTER -- “New [Monday night]: @KellyannePolls says Trump’s long-awaited press conference is currently scheduled for January 11” http://bit.ly/2j3NjGl WHAT THE WEST COAST IS READING -- LA TIMES A1 LEAD STORY: “Congress to open with an ambitious GOP agenda” A1 PDF, with a Speaker Ryan photo http://politi.co/2iKmUKp … S.F. CHRONICLE: Kamala “Harris’ heavy political weight: Democrats, state pin ambitions for future on new U.S. senator” http://politi.co/2iDo8K2 SCENE SETTER -- CARL HULSE’s “On Washington” column: “Republicans Stonewalled Obama. Now the Ball Is in Their Court” -- STAT DU JOUR: “Nearly two-thirds of current House Republicans have never served with a Republican president and their entire time in Washington has been spent fighting the executive branch.” http://nyti.ms/2hN34Qc SCHUMER’S FIRST FLOOR SPEECH AS MINORITY LEADER -- HAPPENING TODAY -- EXCERPTS (off embargo at 7 a.m.): “There are those who suggest that our baseline posture should be to work with the President-elect and help him pass his whole agenda. But it is not our job to be a rubber stamp. It is our job to do what’s best for the American people, the middle class and those struggling to get there. If the President elect proposes legislation that achieves that – on issues like infrastructure, trade, and closing the carried interest loophole, for instance – we will work in good faith to perfect and, potentially, enact it. When he doesn’t, we will resist. …“This will be an Accountability Congress. And we will be a caucus that works to make sure the President-elect keeps his commitment to truly make America great, in its finest sense and tradition … We will hold Trump accountable to the values that truly make America great. But we’ll fight him tooth and nail when he appeals to the baser instincts that diminish America and its greatness – instincts that have too often plagued this country and his campaign. …“These issues are too important for mere words; our challenges too entrenched for mere tweeting. ‘Making America Great Again’ requires more than 140 characters per issue. With all due respect, America cannot afford a Twitter Presidency. We have real challenges and we need to get real things done. Many Americans are afraid, Mr. President-elect, that instead of rolling up your sleeves and forging serious policies … that, for you, Twitter suffices. There’s nothing wrong with using Twitter to speak to the American people. It’s a good use of modern technology. But these issues are complex and demand both careful consideration and action. We cannot tweet them away.”-- “Schumer regime promises a sharp break from Reid: Democrats opt for ‘big tent’ over bare knuckles,” by Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim: “The most glaring display of the shift so far is the sprawling leadership team Schumer has appointed and promised to consult before making key decisions -- in contrast to Reid’s smaller, close-knit group of lieutenants and knack for taking hard lines on his own. ... The core group of 10 senators includes Manchin and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) at one end of the political spectrum, and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at the other, making the leadership table a potential hotbed of ideological tension. The 10 lawmakers will be involved in all crucial party meetings, senators said. Reid often limited such gatherings to his top four and occasionally would act unilaterally. ... “Schumer configured a unique structure for his top deputy to head off a clash between Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who had refused to rule out challenging Durbin for the No. 2 post. The press-adept Durbin will count votes and serve as a rapid responder to Republicans on controversies of the day, while Murray will be more of a backroom operator and party strategist, paying special attention to Democrats up for reelection after shepherding them into office as DSCC chairman in 2012.” http://politi.co/2hN0Pw6THE PLAYERS -- “Schumer’s inner circle,” by Seung Min Kim: “The wife: Iris Weinshall … When Schumer is in Washington, the first call of the day from his flip phone goes to Weinshall, his wife of 36 years and a prominent New York figure in her own right as chief operating officer of the New York Public Library. The senator relies on Weinshall throughout the day as a sounding board on policy and politics, and she is also Schumer’s de facto eyes and ears when Schumer is away from the city. ... The chief: Mike Lynch ... The New York brain: Martin Brennan ... The member conduit: Erin Sager Vaughn ... The legislative guru: Meghan Taira ... The floor and policy hands: Ryan McConaghy and Gerry Petrella ... The communicator: Matt House ... The legal experts: Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and Anna Taylor ... The ally: Carol Kellermann.” http://politi.co/2iycyxm TRUMP’S TOP LOBBYIST -- “Trump expected to name Marc Short as legislative affairs director,” by Shane Goldmacher: “President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Marc Short, a top adviser to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, to lead the legislative affairs shop for the White House, a key position helping guide Trump’s agenda through the Republican Congress, according to two people familiar with the matter. Rick Dearborn, the executive director of the presidential transition and a longtime chief of staff to Sen. Jeff Sessions, was originally in line for the legislative affairs post, but he is now expected to be named a deputy chief of staff ... Dearborn’s expected title is deputy chief of staff for legislative, intergovernmental and cabinet affairs … and Short would be part of Dearborn’s team. Short, who previously worked as a top operative running the expansive political network of billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, is a longtime adviser to Pence and has previously worked in both the House and Senate.” http://politi.co/2j39ZGHINBOX -- "President-Elect Donald J. Trump Nominates Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative": "Ambassador Lighthizer served under President Ronald Reagan as Deputy United States Trade Representative, playing a major role in developing trade policy for the Reagan Administration and negotiating roughly two dozen bilateral international agreements on a variety of topics from steel to grain....In his new role, Ambassador Lighthizer will work in close coordination with Secretary of Commerce-designate Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro, head of the newly created White House National Trade Council, to develop and implement policies that shrink our trade deficit, expand economic growth, strengthen our manufacturing base and help stop the exodus of jobs from our shores." Lighthizer's Skadden bio http://bit.ly/2hMTZsk FROM TRUMP TOWER: @realDonaldTrump: “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!”-- Bill Bishop (@niubi), who writes the Sinocism China newsletter: “There are no good options for dealing with North Korea. Bush and Obama both failed, in part because there were no good options.”IMPORTANT STORY -- “Tensions Within GOP Rise Over How to Handle Russia,” by WSJ’s Paul Sonne: “Tensions within the Republican Party over how to handle Russia are becoming increasingly public as the Senate prepares for confirmation hearings on President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state and presses ahead with a review of alleged Russian cyberattacks during the 2016 election. At the heart of the intraparty split over Russia -- which pits GOP lawmakers like Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham against Mr. Trump and his national security adviser designate, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn -- is disagreement over a basic question: How much danger does President Vladimir Putin’s Russia pose to the U.S.? “The camp led by Mr. McCain believes Mr. Putin presents a grave threat to the U.S. by undermining democratic values, flouting rules of the international order and countering American influence around the world. The Arizona senator has scheduled a Senate hearing Thursday on foreign cyberthreats to the U.S. and urged tougher sanctions on Russia. The opposing faction, represented most prominently by Gen. Flynn, sees Russia as a necessary ally in graver global conflict with Islamist extremism and a potential partner more broadly. This group is joined to some extent by Republicans who advocate cutting deals with Russia when they benefit the U.S. and who de-emphasize a foreign policy that prioritizes the promotion of democracy and human rights.” http://on.wsj.com/2hNaeEc SCOTUS WATCH -- “Inside Trump’s strategy to remodel the Supreme Court,” by Shane Goldmacher and Josh Gerstein: “Donald Trump has narrowed his short list for his first Supreme Court pick down to roughly a half-dozen finalists but the president-elect and his top advisers are already thinking about a second selection, as they seek to quickly remodel the high court with a reliably conservative bent. Trump’s team wants to make filling the seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia one of the earliest acts of his presidency, according to multiple transition officials, in hopes of scoring an energizing and unifying victory for the conservative movement. … “Two of the most-discussed names are Diane Sykes of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit federal appeals court and William Pryor of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit, in part because Trump himself name-dropped them at a primary debate last February. Both are on the public list of 21 judges that Trump pledged during the campaign that he will select from. Both also have state-level experience: Sykes on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Pryor as Alabama attorney general.” http://politi.co/2iDvD3N Gerstein's "closer look" at potential nominees http://politi.co/2hNb0kz DEM STRATEGERY -- “To Stop Trump, Democrats Can Learn From the Tea Party,” by Ezra Klein, Leah Greenberg and Angel Padilla in the NYT: “The Tea Party’s success was a disaster for President Obama’s agenda and for our country, but that success should give us hope today. It proved the power that local, defensive organizing can have. With this in mind, we coordinated a group of former congressional staffers and advocates to develop ‘Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.’ ... The guide is informed by a simple principle: Federal policy change in the next four years doesn’t depend on Mr. Trump but on whether our representatives support or oppose him.” http://nyti.ms/2hMSGYy ... www.indivisibleguide.com/ TRUMP INC. -- “AP Exclusive: Golf club shows pitfalls of Trump presidency,” by Jon Gambrell in Dubai: “The decorative clock bearing the name of America’s incoming 45th president has yet to start at the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai, but the developers behind the project already are counting the money they’ve made. The 18-hole course is likely to be the first Trump-connected property to open after his Jan. 20 inauguration as president, joining his organization's projects stretching from Bali to Panama. “It also encapsulates the host of worries of possible conflicts of interest circulating around a president who is very different from America’s past leaders. While the Oval Office has always been home to the wealthy, Donald Trump represents the first franchise president. Could foreign governments pressure or please Trump through his international businesses? Should projects bearing his name receive additional security? And how close should his ties remain to business executives operating in areas with far different opinions about human rights and justice?” http://apne.ws/2iDy7PK FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Israeli police question PM over corruption allegations,” by WaPo’s Griff Witte in Jerusalem: “Israeli police investigators questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for three hours Monday night as part of a criminal probe into whether he received bribes from wealthy businessmen. Although no charges have been filed, the questioning at the prime minister’s official residence marked an escalation in a long-running graft investigation. Afterward, the Israeli police released a short statement confirming that they had questioned Netanyahu over the allegations, but they provided no further details.” http://wapo.st/2hNhaRH COMING ATTRACTIONS – OBAMA FAMILY REUNION -- OFA is hosting a "family reunion" immediately following President Barack Obama's farewell address Jan. 10. The event will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, and the host committee includes long-time Obama staffers and supporters including: Jen O’Malley Dillon, Alyssa Mastromonaco, David Axelrod, Amb. Patrick Gaspard, Robert Gibbs, Julianna Smoot, Dan Pfeiffer, Stephanie Cutter, David Plouffe, Reggie Love, Jon Carson, Jim Messina, Liz Jarvis-Shean, Kal Penn, Jeremy Bird, Ben Labolt, Joe Rospars, Scott Mulhauser, Buffy Wicks, Betsy Hoover, Mitch Stewart, Toby Fallsgraff, Teddy Goff, Ben Finkenbinder. See the invite http://bit.ly/2itvlflNYT’s ‘THE OBAMA ERA’ SERIES -- PART 4: “After Obama, Some Health Reforms May Prove Lasting: A transformation of the delivery of health care may be an enduring legacy for the president, even as Republicans plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” by Abby Goodnough and Robert Pear in Fishers, Indiana: “Expanding insurance coverage to more than 20 million Americans is among Mr. Obama’s proudest accomplishments, but the changes he has pushed go deeper. They have had an impact on every level of care — from what happens during checkups and surgery to how doctors and hospitals are paid, how their results are measured and how they work together. ...“Changes in the delivery system already affect far more people than the law’s higher-profile coverage gains. To visit IU Health, the largest health care provider in Indiana, with 15 hospitals and 8,700 doctors, is to see those changes up close. Its leaders have started moving away from fee-for-service medicine, where every procedure, examination and prescription fetches a price. The emphasis now is on preventive care, on taking responsibility for the health of patients not only in the hospital, but also in the community. Social work has become a larger part of the medical mission. Collaboration between doctors is becoming a necessity. … ‘I don’t know who could be against it: higher quality and lower cost,’ said Ryan C. Kitchell, an executive vice president and the chief administrative officer of IU Health. And unlike Mr. Obama’s insurance coverage expansions, these changes are not in jeopardy, said Dennis M. Murphy, IU Health’s president and chief executive.” http://nyti.ms/2itJvxc FOR BROOKLYN – “Hillary Clinton Is Not Done Making History Yet,” by Minyon Moore in The Daily Beast: “It was heartbreaking to watch Hillary concede—but still empowering to hear her speak with optimism about an American future she will continue to help shape.” http://thebea.st/2iKanXq BUSINESS BURST – “Luxury Apartment Boom Looks Set to Fizzle in 2017,” by WSJ’s Laura Kusisto: “The slowdown ... is being driven not by a pullback in demand but rather a flood of new apartments. Demand for urban properties jumped after the housing bust as young, high-earning professionals eschewed homeownership and flocked to big cities. Developers responded by focusing most of their efforts on high-end properties. Now, though, the number of upscale apartments coming onto the market appear to be outpacing the number of renters able to move into them.” http://on.wsj.com/2hKy93D --“The Champions of the 401(k) Lament the Revolution They Started,” by WSJ’s Timothy W. Martin: “Many early backers of the 401(k) now say they have regrets about how their creation turned out despite its emergence as the dominant way most Americans save. Some say it wasn’t designed to be a primary retirement tool and acknowledge they used forecasts that were too optimistic to sell the plan in its early days. Others say the proliferation of 401(k) plans has exposed workers to big drops in the stock market and high fees from Wall Street money managers while making it easier for companies to shed guaranteed retiree payouts.” http://on.wsj.com/2hMANe1 PLAYBOOK METRO SECTION – “After 67 years, the first dry cleaner to open in McLean, Va., just closed its doors,” by WaPo’s John Kelly: “Speaking of blood brought another Burns Brothers customer to mind: Edward Kennedy. [Co-owner Mark Burns] said the late Massachusetts senator was partial to dress shirts made of silk -- a demanding fabric -- the collars of which would often be blotted with blood from shaving cuts. ‘Then there was all the food,’ Mark said. ‘He was kind of a slob, which made him a great customer.’” http://wapo.st/2hMZ0zm MEDIAWATCH -- “Joe Scarborough against the world,” by CNN’s Dylan Byers: “For generations, he says, journalists from Ben Bradlee to Andrea Mitchell have had friendships and social relationships with the politicians they cover, and many political reporters have drinks, dinners and other off-the-record meetings with politicians and political operatives. The only reason Scarborough has been targeted, he says, is because the politician in this case was Donald Trump.” http://cnnmon.ie/2hKw1c4 --Joe’s WaPo column, “The media’s hypocrisy and hyperventilating in the age of Trump”: “The groupthink that has overtaken national media outlets is embarrassing. There is an intellectual climate so suffocating that even stating that truth, or daring to line up a presidential interview, makes one be seen as a member of a suspect class. Reporters don’t have to like Trump. But they do need to stop hyperventilating long enough to approach the next four years with a balanced perspective and at least start pretending to once again be objective.” http://wapo.st/2hMGTev -- Starting the new year with a new email address? Tell us where to reach you to continue receiving our content: http://politi.co/2hOOpSN MEGATRENDS -- “Top Risks 2017: The Geopolitical Recession,” by The Eurasia Group’s Ian Bremmer and Cliff Kupchan: “This year marks the most volatile political risk environment in the postwar period, at least as important to global markets as the economic recession of 2008. The world’s sole superpower was once the international trump card, imposing order to force compromise and head off conflict. Now it’s a wildcard. Instead of creating policies designed to bolster global stability, President-elect Donald Trump will use US power overwhelmingly to advance US interests, with little concern for the broader impact ... Rivals like Russia and China will test. US-led institutions will lose more of their international clout.” http://politi.co/2iZolDU … The Economist’s “World in 2017” http://bit.ly/2hcNXgu APPRENTICE 2.0 -- HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: “Arnold Schwarzenegger has finally unveiled his new secretive catchphrase on The New Celebrity Apprentice: ‘You’re terminated. Get to the chopper.’” http://bit.ly/2hKAVG3"SPOTTED -- Texas Rep. Pete Olson (R) on the 9:30 a.m. flight from Houston Hobby to DCA. “Flight was delayed 2 hours thanks to weather (womp womp),” per our brave Southwest-flying tipster … Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) on the AA PVD to DCA flight last night, seated in main cabin extra … SPOTTED at the Sugar Bowl: Zac Moffatt, Chris Wilson, John Thompson and Ryan Meerstein. Pic http://bit.ly/2j3AvQx TRANSITIONS - Former Facebook and Change.org comms manager Max Burns is joining the New York office of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights as comms Director. ... HHS alum Heather Purcell is joining Rep.-elect Ro Khanna’s (D-Calif.) team today from 270 Strategies as press secretary and legislative aide. ... Sean Savett is joining Sen.-elect Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) as her press secretary in DC. ... Brandt Anderson is joining Rep.-elect Jim Banks’ (R-Ind.) team as his legislative director; he previously was with Rep. Jackie Walorski’s office. ...… Mark Sanford alum James Braid has been named deputy chief of staff for Rep.-elect Ted Budd (R-N.C.) while Heritage alum Alex Vargo will be legislative director. Melissa Brown starts today as Budd’s press secretary; she was previously deputy digital director at FP1 Strategies. http://politi.co/2iJv1a2 ... Pat Pelletier has been named legislative director for Rep.-elect Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.); he previously was LD for Rep. John Kline. http://bit.ly/2iZA1qs ENGAGED – Matina Stevis, Africa correspondent at the WSJ, got engaged on Sunday to AP and Bloomberg alum Ilya Gridneff. Ilya was born and raised in Sydney and now works as a consultant and researcher in state-building in Somalia. “We met while reporting at a political rally in Nairobi, Kenya, in May 2014. We’ve been living here since, notably with our very charismatic yellow labrador Rupert. [Ilya] proposed just after the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, 2017, at Funky Gourmet, one of the two Athens two-star Michelin restaurants, going down on one knee as the rest of the customers were cheering in the new year.” Instapic http://bit.ly/2iZz8hl ... The ring http://bit.ly/2hMX6yS BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: WaPo star David Fahrenthold, who celebrated with an early birthday dinner last night with his wife Elizabeth Lewis and his sister-in-law, Annie Lewis, whose birthday was yesterday -- they ate at Rural Society, “across the street from the giant hole in the ground that used to be WaPo HQ” – read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2hKCdRDBIRTHDAYS: “Chef” Geoff Tracy -- whose Facebook profile says, “I love bacon, my kids, and Norah O’Donnell. I dislike speed cameras and pretentious food” -- is 44 ... Betty Rollin, NBC News alumnus, is 81 ... Marcie Ridgway Kinzel, Sen. Daines’ comms director (hat tips: hubby Will, Sean Spicer and Katie Waldman) ... Rep. Marc Veasey (R-Tex.) is 45 ... David Margolick is 65 ... Noam Levey, health-care reporter for the LA Times/Tribune D.C. bureau ... Jenna Golden, head of political sales at Twitter D.C. and a TNR and NJ alum ... Multiplier Capital’s Thomas Walton-Cale ... L.D. Platt, VP for external affairs comms at UnitedHealth Group ... Neal Zuckerman, partner and managing director for Boston Consulting Group ... Politico's Maggie Chan ... Politico's Matt Woelfel (h/t Meghan Pianta) ... Michele Soresi ... No Labels Vice Chair and Jeb Bush consigliere Al Cardenas (h/t Dennis Craig) ... Chris DeBosier, former Steny Hoyer staffer and current VP of federal affairs for Verizon (h/t Jessica Perez) ...… Burns Strider, the pride of Grenada, Mississippi, founding partner of Eleison and founder and president of American Values Network, is 51 ... Roger Kay (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Sarah Lenti, founder and CEO of political consulting firm SML Advisory Partners and an NSC, Condi and Mitt alum ... Carolyn Fiddler, national comms. director for the DLCC and an AFT, Atlas Project and Media Matters alum (h/t Jesse Ferguson) ... Igor Volsky, deputy director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, is 31 ... McKinsey’s Jonathan Spaner ... Grant Gottesman ... Rob Darling ... Michelle Bollman ... Mary Fox ... Shane Montalban ... James Hunter, LD for Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) … Michele Soresi, marketing and comms coordinator for the National Association for Business Economics ... Tim Rieser of Senate Approps. … Dabney Coleman is 84 ... Victoria Principal is 66 ... Mel Gibson is 61 ... NFL QB Eli Manning is 36 (h/ts AP)

23 декабря 2016, 22:47

Why Are Dangerous Car Crashes and Pedestrian Deaths Spiking?

New research shows that pedestrian and cyclist deaths in America are at their highest since the mid-1990s. What's causing this spike in fatal accidents?

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21 декабря 2016, 06:58

Forbes China Cities Conference: "Strict Preservation Is Like A Cadaver"

U.S. architect Ben Wood speaks at the "2016 Forbes China-Hefei Luyang Central Business District Development and Research Summit" held in Hefei, China on Dec. 15.   American architect Ben Wood, the designer of Shanghai’s iconic Xintiandi nightlife district, offered experienced yet spirted advice on district-level city development last Thursday at a conference [...]

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30 ноября 2016, 15:04

Надвигается реституция, Польша заберет свое: обзор недвижимости Украины

Источник: ИА Regnum Главные новости относительно недвижимости на Украине за осень 2016 года. Согласно данным Госстата Украины, площадь жилья, введённого в эксплуатацию за январь—сентябрь 2016 года, сократилась в сравнении с аналогичным периодом 2015 года на 6,9% (5,674 млн кв. метров и 6,1 млн кв. метров соответственно). Следует отметить, что это продолжение падения, так как в 2015 году за тот же период площадь сданного жилья также сократилась к 2014 году — на 3,1% (6,1 и 6,28 млн кв м). Стоимость жилой недвижимости продолжает снижаться во всех регионах Украины — как благополучных, так и депрессивных. Отличается только скорость падения цен. Так, согласно данным профильного портала Est.ua, считая с сентября прошлого года года наибольшее снижение цен зафиксировано на малой родине президента Украины Петра Порошенко и премьер-министра Владимира Гройсмана (Винница), где цены просели сразу на 25,3% — в среднем до 575 долл. за кв м. Менее всего, на 10,4% снизились цены в Ужгороде (Закарпатская обл.), где квадратный метр продают за 597 долл. В столице Украины средняя цена метра жилья — эквивалент 1118 долл. (-12,7%). Любопытно, что довольно высокими темпами падает стоимость жилья в Одессе, Харькове, Львове, Днепропетровске (-19,8%, — 19,1%, — 16,8%, — 16,4% — до 800 долл., 603 долл., 868 долл., 581 долл. за кв метр соответственно). Это довольно крупные города, выделяющиеся среди прочих областных центров Украины драйверами роста (отдых, туризм, промышленность, крупные рынки, большое количество ВУЗов, приграничный статус, экспортно-импортные потоки и т.п. ). Снижение фиксируется не только в сравнении с сентябрём прошлого года. Буквально с сентября по октябрь 2016 года цены во всех упомянутых городах уменьшились на 4−7 долл./кв м. Следует отметить, что Est.ua приводит средние цены, которые включают весь спектр предлагаемого жилья. Если же рассматривать покупку жилья только в новостройках, то для четырёх вышеназванных областных центров они составят эквивалент 735, 551, 652 и 692 долл./кв м. Для Киева чуть дороже — 855 долл. Такие цены на октябрь 2016 года фиксирует профильный портал M2bomber. Эксперты этого портала уточнили журналистам издания «Сегодня», что ждать обратной динамики в ближайшее время не стоит: «За последние два года украинские аналитики рынка недвижимости каждый квартал говорят, что наступило очередное «дно» стоимости квартир, и дешевле уже не будет. Мы, на основании ежедневного мониторинга, предполагаем, что в связи с постоянно возникающими скандальными стройками (а если верить депутатам Киевсовета, сейчас каждая 10-ая застройка только в г. Киев незаконная), с обеднением украинского народа и со сложившейся экономической ситуацией в Украине — не стоит в ближайшее время ожидать повышения стоимости квадратных метров (в долларовом эквиваленте) на рынке новостроек, и это подтверждает наша статистика цен». Директор City Development Solutions Ярослава Чапко и вовсе ожидает ценовых войн: «Снижение объемов продаж, наблюдавшееся весной и летом 2016 года, не испугало игроков рынка, которые уверенно стартуют на новых масштабных площадках. Скорее всего, в ближайшем будущем рынок ожидают масштабные ценовые войны девелоперов, которые массово рекламируют свои объекты через скидки и акции. Ну что же, ждем квартиры по 10 тысяч долларов», — приводит её слова ibud.ua. При этом количество сделок никак не препятствует снижению цен: рынок вторичного жилья обогнал по количеству продаж рынок новостроек, однако динамика падения цен на нём — 3,79% за январь—июнь 2016 года. Любопытно, что стоимость строительно-монтажных работ, наоборот, растёт, но не может остановить падения цены квадратных метров. Согласно данным Госстата Украины, за 9 месяцев 2016 года строить жильё на Украине стало дороже на 9,3%. И это также не феномен 2016 года, поскольку в 2015 году стоимость СМР подскочила на 27,1%, а в 2014 — на 9,5%. «Себестоимость работ не снижается, а рентабельность строительства уже сейчас минимальная. Мы наблюдали последние несколько лет существенное снижение стоимости жилья на первичном рынке. Чтобы продавать новостройки дешевле, нужно снизить себестоимость. Конечно, это влияет на качество нового жилья… Выбирают не самые дорогие материалы. У меня большой вопрос к новостройкам, которые покупаются по таким низким ценам», — комментирует изданию «Обозреватель» эти ценовые качели руководитель киевского отделения Ассоциации специалистов по недвижимости Украины Артур Пилипчук. Слова эксперта подтверждают и данные Госархстройинспекции (орган, надзирающий за соблюдением строительных норм). Чиновники сообщают, что в январе-сентябре они успели провести 18 тыс. плановых и внеплановых проверок и выявили нарушения в ходе 5,8 тыс. из них. Это на 20% больше, чем за тот же период 2015 года. Застройщикам-нарушителями начислены штрафы на сумму 205 млн грн. Также Артур Паламарчук подтверждает, что рынок вторичного жилья обогнал рынок новостроек, чего не было уже довольно давно, и связывает этот факт с обеднением населения. Да, вторичное жильё иногда обходится покупателю дороже, чем новостройка. Однако такая квартира уже пригодна для жилья, а покупателю нет нужды ждать окончания строительства, подведения коммуникаций, вкладываться в ремонт. Кроме того, многие в ожидании окончания строительства вынуждены жить в арендуемом жильё. Его стоимость (в пересчёте на доллар) также упала — в среднем в 2−2,5 раза, если считать с 2013 года. Однако если на покупку квартир граждане обычно используют накопления в иностранной валюте, то расходы на аренду привязаны к текущему доходу (в гривне). Иначе говоря, аренда дешевеет только для тех, кто получает доход в иностранной валюте. Отдельно следует упомянуть мотивацию покупки. По данным киевских риэлторов, за 9 месяцев 2016 года заключено 3200 сделок купли-продажи квартир в новостройках (3000 в январе-сентябре 2015-го). Однако от 20 до 40% клиентов попросту «перегоняют» избыточную наличность в ценности, которую нельзя потерять из-за инфляции, лишиться в результате кражи и т.п. Недоверие к банковской системе также в числе мотивов для покупки. Иными словами, если бы украинские банки не падали с такой скоростью и регулярностью (около половины банковской системы за минувшие 2 года), то количество сделок могло бы быть как минимум на 20% меньшим. Чтобы мотивировать покупателя на совершение сделки, застройщики порой идут на рискованные схемы финансирования: «Застройщики стимулируют покупателей для внесения полной оплаты за квартиру, предлагая разные скидки, которые могут варьироваться от 3 до 25%. Часто применяется индивидуальный подход к покупателю. Кроме того, активно предлагается инструмент рассрочки: в среднем на рынке она может составлять до 12 месяцев, как правило предлагается беспроцентная ставка, от 12 месяцев — под 6−8% годовых. Рассрочка может достигать 36 месяцев», — заявили представители TARYAN Group журналисту ibud.ua. Естественным следствием того, что стали меньше вводить в строй нового жилья является ещё одна тенденция — стали больше ремонтировать старого. Так, согласно данным информационно-аналитического агентства PAU, по результатам девяти месяцев 2016 года украинский рынок строительных работ вырос на 13,2%, а рынок стройматериалов на 25,3%. Двукратный разрыв объясняется сразу несколькими факторами: — Безработица увеличивает конкуренцию на рынке строительных и ремонтных работ и сбивает стоимость услуг. Кроме того, большее количество украинцев стало делать ремонт своими силами;. — Некоторые стройматериалы (стекло, керамика) не производятся на Украине, а импортёры определённым образом страхуются, закладывая в их стоимость валютные риски. Коммерческая недвижимость U.S. News & World Report представил свой рейтинг 10 наилучших отелей Украины. 1 место в нём занял 11 Mirrors Design Hotel (Киев), второе — Leopilis (Львов), третье — Hyatt Regency Kiev. Также в первую пятёрку вошли Kharkiv Palace Premier Hotel (Харьков), а также ещё один киевский отель — InterContinental Kiev. Всего же в Киеве находятся 6 из 10 отелей рейтинга, 2 во Львове, по одному — в Харькове и Одессе. По мнению журналистов делового портала UBR, в ближайшие годы Украину ожидает дефицит бизнес-центров класса А, спрос на которые формируют в основном украинские IT-компании, работающие на аутсорсинге у иностранных партнёров. Собственно высокий спрос не даёт снижаться ценам на аренду в этом сегменте недвижимости, а в ближайшие несколько лет спрос может увеличиться ещё на 30%. «Найти… хорошие помещения удается не всегда. Некоторые компании строят офисы сами или вместе с коллегами, как, например, во Львове, — где скоро будут возводить комплексный бизнес-центр для айтишников», — описывает проблемы отрасли директор Ассоциации «IT Украины» Виктор Валеев. Подобные проблемы характерны не только для бизнес-центров, но и для торговой недвижимости: «Практика индивидуальных договоренностей при заключении договоров и пересмотре условий аренды применяется всё реже и распространяется в основном на ключевых арендаторов торговых комплексов — большая часть новых договоров подписываются в валюте. В наиболее успешных объектах ставки были пересмотрены в сторону повышения практически для всех групп товаров. Укреплению позиции собственников ТЦ в переговорном процессе способствует усиление конкуренции между ритейлерами при ограниченном предложении качественных помещений», — комментирует для Bin.ua ситуацию на рынке аренды торговой недвижимости, руководитель отдела торговых площадей компании JLL Екатерина Весна. Максимальная ставка аренды составляет сегодня в столице Украины 780 долл./кв. м в год, а свободных площадей при этом всего 4,6%. Её коллега уточняет, что ситуация может измениться в следующем году, поскольку на последний квартал 2016 года были перенесены сроки ввода сразу двух ТРЦ (Lavina Mall и реконструированного ЦУМа) общей площадью свыше 150 тыс. кв м, что почти в 4 раза превышает объём площадей, введённых в строй в 2015 году. Исполнительный директор консалтинговой компании NAI Ukraine Виталий Бойко заявил на пресс-конференции, что сегодня рынок коммерческой недвижимости Украины крайне привлекателен, в том числе для иностранных инвесторов. Бойко ожидает от них повышенного интереса к украинской недвижимости уже в 2017 году: «Все инвестбанкиры и управляющие активами на конференции Expo Real, в которой мы принимали участие, заявляли о том, что их клиенты сталкиваются с проблемой отсутствия качественных объектов недвижимости для инвестирования, а конкуренция между кредиторами и инвесторами за объекты недвижимости — слишком большая, что приводит к сокращению доходности до экономически невыгодного уровня. В Украине ситуация за последние годы качественно изменилась — для развития крупных проектов привлекаются международные консультанты и архитекторы. Наша строительная индустрия одна из крупнейших в Европе — 3 миллиона квадратных метров по Киеву и области. Спрос со стороны арендаторов на торговые площади стабильно высокий. Вакантность в бизнес-центрах и логистических комплексах сокращается. Все это повышает привлекательность украинского рынка коммерческой недвижимости для международных инвесторов». Юридические тонкости Мешает строительству новой недвижимости не только низкий жизненный уровень населения. Так, согласно ежегодно составляемому рейтингу Doing Busyness, по лёгкости получения разрешений на строительство Украина занимает 140 место в мире. И ещё 130-е в сфере возможностей подключения к электросетям. Учитывая, что в 2016 году в рейтинге Украина получила 80 место, можно говорить, что строительство сдерживается неэкономическими факторами. Начисление налога на недвижимость украинцы начинают оспаривать в судах: «Я приняла решение подать в суд, поскольку получила очень большой счёт. Вникнув в вопрос и разобравшись, что постановление местного совета принималось с очевидными нарушениями закона, сочла нужным идти до конца и побороться за правду», — объяснила журналистам региональных изданий жительница Хмельницкой области. Начисление налога на недвижимость входит в компетенцию местных органов власти. Ставки варьируются в пределах 0−3% минимальной зарплаты за 1 кв. метр площади, сегодня это 0−36,54 грн. Впрочем, нередко платить приходится не за всю площадь, а за метры, превышающие определённый порог: 60 кв. м для квартир и 120 для частных домов (Киев, Тернополь, Винница). В других городах порог могут не устанавливать, однако и ставка налога там, как правило, невысока — менее 1%. Однако грядущее повышение размера минимальной зарплаты до 3200 грн в будущем году увеличит размер этой вилки до 0−96 грн. за «квадрат», что, вероятнее всего, приведёт к пересмотру ставок и иных принципов начисления налога. Минюст Украины выпустил специальное разъяснение, которым обязал все нотариальные конторы Украины регистрировать жильё в Крыму, также на неконтролируемых территориях Донецкой и Луганской областей. Из-за действовавшего принципа территориальности с украинской регистрацией недвижимости на указанных территориях (если она кому-то требовалась) возникали проблемы объективного свойства: в Крыму нет нотариальных контор Украины, а действие нотариатов на неконтролируемых территориях было приостановлено ещё в начале т.н. «АТО». Ещё одна инициатива от Минюста — смс-информирование граждан о любых действиях с их недвижимостью. По словам министра юстиции Павла Петренко, цель этой инициативы — противодействие рейдерству. Впрочем, для успеха этой инициативы необходимо, чтобы данные о недвижимости и её собственнике были внесены в единый реестр. Однако, как ранее отмечала украинский адвокат Татьяна Монтян в комментарии для ИА REGNUM, «…у нас единый реестр до сих пор заполнен на 11%, причём этот показатель был достигнут ещё во времена Януковича и никак с той поры не продвинулся». Это означает, что услуга Минюста хоть и полезна, но будет доступна лишь для каждого девятого собственника. Кроме того, упомянутый реестр отличается крайне нестабильной работой. Так, с 14 по 16 ноября сайт реестра в принципе не работал. Тем не менее в правительстве одобрили инициативу Минюста. Тема, которая прежде считалась спекулятивной, внезапно обретает вполне реальные черты: реституция собственности в западных областях Украины. Согласно последним данным, в Польше подготовлено уже около 1,6 тыс. исков о возврате имущества наследникам прежних собственников (преимущественно объединены в Общество кресовяков, т. е. жителей Кресов всходних («восточных границ») — земель, входивших когда-то в состав Польши). «Среди объектов недвижимости, которые требуют поляки — жилые дома, десятки гектаров земли и даже медная шахта в Харьковской области, которую оценили в полтора миллиона долларов», — сообщает польский сайт Prawica. Как утверждает председатель Общества кресовяков Конрад Ренкас, первые иски будут поданы в суды Львова и Тернополя, поскольку в делах, по которым подготовлены иски, лучше всего сохранились документы, а значит, выше вероятность выиграть суд. Несмотря на довольно внушительное количество исков, посол Польши на Украине Ян Пекло призывает украинцев не беспокоиться. «Во-первых, это инициатива не государства, а какой-то маргинальной группы, которая хочет создать проблему. Я знаю, что там есть человек, который просто думает не польскими категориями», — заявил посол журналисту государственного информагентства «Укринформ». Впрочем, как раз украинцев такой аргумент может и не убедить: сегодня немалая часть украинского парламента представлена политическими силами и политиками, которых долгое время считали маргиналами. К тому же «польские категории» — это не юридический термин. Потенциально, реституция может удорожить заключение сделок, поскольку возникнет риск подачи иска на возврат земли/недвижимости. Оригинал размещён в моём блоге.

25 октября 2016, 19:01

Intel’s startup funding

Intel Corp said yesterday that it will invest US$38 million from its Intel Capital fund in 12 startups globally, including two Chinese firms.

25 октября 2016, 08:54

Украинцы отказываются покупать жилье в Киеве

В третьем квартале 2016 года продажи открылись в 16 жилых комплексах в Киеве. Суммарное количество квартир в них достигает 6 тыс. единиц. Всего в украинской столице недвижимость продается в 215 комплексах, что примерно на 8% […]

12 октября 2016, 08:00

Capturing land value, key to Latin American cities development

IDB study offers ways to finance sustainable urban growth by capturing land value in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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19 сентября 2016, 21:37

Sri Lanka: Investing in Galle, Jaffna, and Kandy for Greater Livability and Competitiveness

What makes a city competitive? What makes a city livable? Sri Lanka’s cities are experiencing rapid development but are facing growing pains. These increasingly vibrant and dynamic centers including the country’s secondary cities of Kandy, Galle and Jaffna are increasingly plagued by congestion and lack of equal access to quality services and facilities by residents. To make the cities more livable and competitive, the Strategic Cities Development Project (SCDP) is improving livability for over 650,00 residents in Kandy, Galle, and Jaffna through investing in urban services, such water treatment, transportation, and improved public services.

22 августа 2016, 14:09

Продажи столичного жилья летом упали на 10-30% – эксперт

Объемы продаж жилья на первичном рынке недвижимости Киева летом 2016 года снизились на 10-30% по сравнению с аналогичным периодом 2015 года, сообщил директор консалтинговой компании City Development Solutions (CDS, Киев) Ярослава Чапко.

19 августа 2016, 03:41

How Milwaukee Shook Off the Rust

The Midwestern hub reclaimed some of its industrial glory by doing a surprising thing. It cleaned up.

09 августа 2016, 15:28

The Olympic Feat of Urban Sustainability

This week, the eyes of the world are on the city of Rio de Janeiro, as visitors and Cariocas alike revel in the celebration of an historic moment: the first time the Olympics and Paralympics Games have ever been held in South America. The Games are all about competition between individuals, teams and nations. We cheer for our nations and delight in the competitive spirit of the games. And yet, when we speak of the Olympics, we don't discuss host countries -- we talk instead about host cities. And the Olympic Games are only one example of how cities are commanding greater influence on the national stage, an evolution that has significant implications for our global community. While nations go to great lengths to best other countries in everything from economic growth to football, the story at the city level is quite the contrary: it is a quiet but powerful story of collaboration and cooperation, especially when it comes to taking action against climate change. As megacity mayors, we have long considered cities laboratories for great ideas, but it wasn't until the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris last year that we recognized the scope of our capacity as local leaders to influence the course of the planet. World leaders made a commitment through the Paris Agreement, but it's up to cities to deliver on that ambition and prevent runaway climate change. How cities develop in the coming years will set the stage for humanity as a whole. The good news is that for more than a decade, the mayors of the world's megacities have come together with passion and momentum to share knowledge and drive measurable and sustainable action on climate change through the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40). Today, 85 cities are members of the network, representing 650 million people and a quarter of the world's economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse-gas emissions -- C40 cities have already committed to reducing their emissions by a total of more than 3 gigatons of C02 by 2030 -- the equivalent of taking 600 million cars off the road. Mayors are sharing ideas, driving ambition and creating the momentum that will be essential in keeping the increase in global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. Crucially, the exchange of ideas between cities is genuinely global. More than half of the cities in the C40 network are from Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East -- these city leaders are showing incredible commitment to low-carbon development and climate action. In anticipation of the Olympic Games, Rio has prioritized legacy projects -- investments in or improvements to the city, like improved public transport -- that will directly benefit the people of Rio. For every one Real they have spent on the Olympic Games, they have invested five Reais on ensuring a sustainable legacy for the city. And cities are taking every opportunity to pursue the twin goals of urban sustainability and economic growth. For Rio, the Olympics have given us the chance to coordinate all efforts toward a common goal: an eye toward a better future for the city. The Games provided Rio with an opportunity to move toward a more sustainable, equitable and green future, enhancing urban mobility, fortifying and unifying the city's data systems, revitalizing neglected areas of the city and undertaking some of the most ambitious legacy projects an Olympic City has ever seen. Though Paris is a much older and more storied city, we have found innovative ways to welcome the principles of sustainability to its heart: closing the iconic Champs-Élysées to cars once a month, pedestrianizing the banks of the Seine, retrofitting buildings and establishing a citywide long-term emissions-reduction goal. As the star power from the Paris climate talks fades, city leaders are in the trenches, tackling the daily challenges of a city's needs while creating the framework for long-lasting commitments to building cities healthier, safer and greener. In fact, at the end of this year, mayors, urban experts, businesspeople and celebrities from around the world will come together at the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City. There, delegates will work to continue positioning cities as a leading force for climate action around the world, defining and amplifying their call to national governments for greater support and autonomy in delivering climate action and creating a sustainable future. Exactly one year since the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, these leaders in the global effort against climate change will once again provide the vision and inspiration to political leaders everywhere to deliver on the Paris Agreement. As the current Chair and Chair-Elect of C40, we are determined to see the world's largest and most influential cities continue to mobilize to deliver on this promise. Our ambition is not only to create low-carbon cities that are safe against the shocks of a rapidly warming world, but to deliver sustainable, equitable and healthy futures for millions of urban citizens worldwide. *Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, was recently elected to succeed Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio De Janeiro, as Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Mayor Hidalgo will take the role in December 2016. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

09 августа 2016, 15:28

The Olympic Feat of Urban Sustainability

This week, the eyes of the world are on the city of Rio de Janeiro, as visitors and Cariocas alike revel in the celebration of an historic moment: the first time the Olympics and Paralympics Games have ever been held in South America. The Games are all about competition between individuals, teams and nations. We cheer for our nations and delight in the competitive spirit of the games. And yet, when we speak of the Olympics, we don't discuss host countries -- we talk instead about host cities. And the Olympic Games are only one example of how cities are commanding greater influence on the national stage, an evolution that has significant implications for our global community. While nations go to great lengths to best other countries in everything from economic growth to football, the story at the city level is quite the contrary: it is a quiet but powerful story of collaboration and cooperation, especially when it comes to taking action against climate change. As megacity mayors, we have long considered cities laboratories for great ideas, but it wasn't until the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris last year that we recognized the scope of our capacity as local leaders to influence the course of the planet. World leaders made a commitment through the Paris Agreement, but it's up to cities to deliver on that ambition and prevent runaway climate change. How cities develop in the coming years will set the stage for humanity as a whole. The good news is that for more than a decade, the mayors of the world's megacities have come together with passion and momentum to share knowledge and drive measurable and sustainable action on climate change through the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40). Today, 85 cities are members of the network, representing 650 million people and a quarter of the world's economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse-gas emissions -- C40 cities have already committed to reducing their emissions by a total of more than 3 gigatons of C02 by 2030 -- the equivalent of taking 600 million cars off the road. Mayors are sharing ideas, driving ambition and creating the momentum that will be essential in keeping the increase in global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. Crucially, the exchange of ideas between cities is genuinely global. More than half of the cities in the C40 network are from Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East -- these city leaders are showing incredible commitment to low-carbon development and climate action. VIDEO: In anticipation of the Olympic Games, Rio has prioritized legacy projects -- investments in or improvements to the city, like improved public transport -- that will directly benefit the people of Rio. For every one Real they have spent on the Olympic Games, they have invested five Reais on ensuring a sustainable legacy for the city. And cities are taking every opportunity to pursue the twin goals of urban sustainability and economic growth. For Rio, the Olympics have given us the chance to coordinate all efforts toward a common goal: an eye toward a better future for the city. The Games provided Rio with an opportunity to move toward a more sustainable, equitable and green future, enhancing urban mobility, fortifying and unifying the city's data systems, revitalizing neglected areas of the city and undertaking some of the most ambitious legacy projects an Olympic City has ever seen. Though Paris is a much older and more storied city, we have found innovative ways to welcome the principles of sustainability to its heart: closing the iconic Champs-Élysées to cars once a month, pedestrianizing the banks of the Seine, retrofitting buildings and establishing a citywide long-term emissions-reduction goal. As the star power from the Paris climate talks fades, city leaders are in the trenches, tackling the daily challenges of a city's needs while creating the framework for long-lasting commitments to building cities healthier, safer and greener. In fact, at the end of this year, mayors, urban experts, businesspeople and celebrities from around the world will come together at the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City. There, delegates will work to continue positioning cities as a leading force for climate action around the world, defining and amplifying their call to national governments for greater support and autonomy in delivering climate action and creating a sustainable future. Exactly one year since the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, these leaders in the global effort against climate change will once again provide the vision and inspiration to political leaders everywhere to deliver on the Paris Agreement. As the current Chair and Chair-Elect of C40, we are determined to see the world's largest and most influential cities continue to mobilize to deliver on this promise. Our ambition is not only to create low-carbon cities that are safe against the shocks of a rapidly warming world, but to deliver sustainable, equitable and healthy futures for millions of urban citizens worldwide. *Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, was recently elected to succeed Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio De Janeiro, as Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Mayor Hidalgo will take the role in December 2016. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

02 августа 2016, 19:40

Joint Statement by the United States of America and the Republic of Singapore

1.      At the invitation of the President of the United States of America Barack Obama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong made an official visit to the United States to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations and to enhance the bilateral strategic partnership.  For half a century, the two countries have built a strong relationship anchored by robust economic cooperation, security and defense cooperation, and enduring people-to-people ties.  Beyond bilateral cooperation, the two countries have worked as close partners to build a rules-based economic and security order for the Asia-Pacific and to address challenges on the global stage, including economic prosperity, climate change, terrorism, transnational crime, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.   On the occasion of the visit and the August 2, 2016 meeting between the two leaders, the United States and Singapore adopted this Joint Statement, affirming a continued commitment to advancing their strategic partnership in the areas below. Supporting Robust Economic Cooperation and Commercial Connectivity and Driving Innovation 2.      The U.S.-Singapore economic and commercial relationship provides a model to the world for how open markets and fair trade practices increase prosperity and drive innovation.  Our shared economic priorities embrace trade liberalization, market reform, trade security, capacity building, innovation, entrepreneurship, climate change mitigation, clean energy, intellectual property protection, fair labor practices, and cyber security.  Today, over 3,700 U.S. companies are located in Singapore, making Singapore a premier destination for U.S. businesses. A growing number of Singapore companies have also established a presence in the United States.  3.      The two sides noted that the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, the first such U.S. agreement in Asia and now in its 12th year, is a gold-standard agreement that has shaped other bilateral and multilateral FTAs in the region.  The largest of these, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), reflects the commercial dimension of the U.S. rebalance to Asia and Singapore’s commitment to high trade standards.  Both countries emphasized the strategic and economic importance of all participating countries to ratify the TPP agreement expeditiously, and both committed to strengthen trade capacity building among TPP members. 4.      The two leaders affirmed efforts to support expanding economic ties through closer cooperation on bilateral tax issues, and noted ongoing discussions between the two sides on  a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA), which will permit our two countries to exchange relevant tax information to enforce our respective tax laws, and an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that provides for reciprocal automatic exchange of information with respect to certain financial accounts under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).  Both sides are committed to complete negotiations and sign the TIEA and the reciprocal FATCA IGA as soon as possible with the aim of doing so by the end of 2017. The leaders noted the two countries would ‎maintain discussions on whether to negotiate an Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement in the future, taking into account double taxation with respect to both U.S. investments in Singapore and Singaporean investments in the United States and our mutual interest in avoiding base erosion and profit shifting by multinationals. 5.      The two leaders forged new cooperation on Smart City development and digital innovation.  This includes (a) identifying opportunities for research collaboration between the National Science Foundation and the Singaporean National Research Foundation, (b) sharing of best practices and information exchange between both Governments on topics such as smart city policies, digital government, urban innovation and digital citizen engagement, through, among other things, the Digital Government Exchange forum to be held in Singapore and the Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities forum to be held in Chicago, and exchanges between the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Smart Nation Program Office in the Prime Minister’s Office; and (c) facilitating exchanges for start-ups, as reflected in the MoU between the city of Austin and Singapore. 6.      The two nations look forward to deepening their economic cooperation including under the U.S.-ASEAN Connect (“Connect”) initiative, announced in February 2016 by President Obama during the U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Summit at Sunnylands.  As the strategic framework for U.S. economic engagement with ASEAN, Connect will build upon U.S. government economic initiatives within ASEAN to support regional integration efforts and cooperation with the private sector. Singapore offered support for a new Connect program focused on the digital economy, which could include innovation policy workshops under the Third Country Training Program.  The two leaders confirmed collaboration on the third US-ASEAN Connect event to be held in Singapore in 2016, which will focus on themes such as digital economy and financial technology (FinTech). The inaugural Singapore FinTech Festival will be supported by the Connect Center in Singapore and the United States Department of Commerce.  The two leaders welcomed the signing of an MOU between the US Department of Commerce and Singapore's Ministry of Trade and Industry to promote collaboration in the infrastructure sector between US and Singapore companies in Southeast Asia and third-party markets. Enhancing Security and Defense Cooperation 7.      The two leaders reaffirmed the strong bilateral defense partnership, underpinned by the 1990 Memorandum of Understanding and 2005 Strategic Framework Agreement, and most recently elevated by the 2015 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.  Singapore trains or stations approximately 1000 personnel each year in the United States.  The United States deploys aircraft and ships to Singapore on a rotational basis to conduct a variety of regional maritime patrol activities covering counterpiracy, counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response. President Obama welcomed Singapore’s continued interest in the F-35 aircraft.  The two leaders expressed support to explore new training opportunities for the Singapore Armed Forces in Guam, with an eye toward a potential long-term training detachment for the Republic of Singapore Air Force.   8.      The United States and Singapore are committed to broadening and deepening our cooperation to promote an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure global Internet that supports innovation, economic growth and social development.  We are committed to ensuring that the digital economy remains a force for robust economic growth and prosperity.  Both sides expressed strong support for the new U.S.-Singapore MOU on Cooperation in the Area of Cybersecurity, which lays a foundation for expanding our cooperation on cyber issues.  The United States and Singapore affirmed their support for the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance.  We reaffirm, moreover, that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online. Both sides pledged to deepen their information exchange and sharing, to conduct new bilateral initiatives on critical infrastructure cybersecurity, and to continue to cooperate on cybercrime, cyber defense, and on regional capacity building activities, including through joint exercises, regular exchanges and visits, joint R&D and capability development, regional cyber capacity building programs or initiatives. 9.      The two leaders endorsed a common approach to international cyber stability, affirming that international law applies to State conduct in cyberspace, and committing to promote voluntary norms of responsible state behavior in cyberspace.  The United States and Singapore affirm that no country should conduct or knowingly support online activity that intentionally damages critical infrastructure or otherwise impairs the use of critical infrastructure to provide services to the public; that no country should conduct or knowingly support activity intended to prevent national computer security incident response teams (CSIRTs) from responding to cyber incidents, or use CSIRTs to enable online activity that is intended to do harm; that every country should cooperate, consistent with its domestic law and international obligations, with requests for assistance from other states in mitigating malicious cyber activity emanating from its territory; and that no country should conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to its companies or commercial sectors.  10.  First discussed by both Leaders when they met in 2013, both leaders welcomed a new joint statement to extend the Law Enforcement and Homeland Security, and Safety Cooperation Dialogue for another 3 years, which reinforces the strong cooperation in law enforcement matters, including counter-terrorism and anti-corruption, between the two countries.  The two leaders also welcomed the MOU, which will be signed in September, between Singapore’s Home Team Academy (HTA) and the U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) to collaborate and share expertise and best practices in law enforcement training, leadership development, and capacity building.  Both countries sought to increase bilateral and regional cooperation to combat internet and computer crime. 11.  The United States has partnered with Singapore on a number of issues related to transportation security. Both sides welcomed the 2016 signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Transportation Security Administration and Ministry of Transport on capability development in the Asia-Pacific Region through joint training and capacity building to enhance the level of aviation security standards. The first joint training outreach event will take place in Singapore in 2017 where Asia-Pacific States will be invited to participate. Addressing Regional and Global Challenges 12.  Both countries reaffirmed their commitment to ASEAN Centrality and to strengthening the regional architecture in the Asia-Pacific, including existing ASEAN-led mechanisms such as the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) to better address common transnational challenges such as maritime security, climate change and trafficking-in-persons.  The two leaders highlighted the importance of the U.S.-ASEAN strategic partnership, and the principles underpinning this relationship as outlined in the Sunnylands Declaration, for the peace, prosperity, and security of the Asia-Pacific. 13.  The two leaders highlighted the success of the U.S.-Singapore Third Country Training Program (TCTP), which has received more than 700 officials from across ASEAN since its establishment in 2012. They expressed support for its continued growth, including in the areas of trade policy, environment protection, and addressing   non-traditional security threats. 14.  The two leaders resolved to enforce UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2270, adopted in response to the DPRK’s January nuclear test, which imposes unprecedented sanctions on the DPRK.  The United States welcomed and offered full support for Singapore’s commitment to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including the full and effective implementation of UNSCR 2270.  Both leaders welcomed the commitment to expand bilateral cooperation to ensure the enforcement of this resolution, including on cargo inspections, shipping, and finance. The United States welcomed and offered full support of Singapore's commitment to strengthen advanced cargo screening procedures, which is essential to securing the global supply chain, including through Singapore’s decision to conduct a three-year trial of the World Customs Organization’s Cargo Targeting System. Such measures play an essential role in securing global commerce, not only against proliferation from all sources, but against terrorism and other criminal activity. 15.  The two leaders acknowledged the continued global threat posed by terrorism and the need to enhance information sharing on counterterrorism related issues. The two countries have also co-invested $30 million to date under the 2006 Combating Terrorism Research and Development agreement to improve capabilities to combat terrorism.  Both leaders welcomed the extension of the agreement for another 10 years for investments up to $100 million.  The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment as Counter-ISIL coalition members to degrade and defeat ISIL.  President Obama welcomed Singapore’s commitment to continue existing contributions to coalition efforts, including the deployment of refueling tanker aircraft and an Imagery Analysis Team, as well as Singapore’s new commitment to deploy medical support to Iraq. 16.  The leaders reaffirmed the importance of maintaining regional peace and stability and upholding freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea.  They emphasized the importance of resolving disputes peacefully, including full respect for legal and diplomatic processes, without resorting to the threat or use of force, in accordance with international law, including as reflected in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.  They urged all parties to avoid actions that would escalate tensions, including the further militarization of outposts in the South China Sea.  They reaffirmed their support for the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and the expeditious conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.   17.  Both countries affirmed the importance of addressing climate change and transitioning towards a low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development pathway, and committed to pursue a range of initiatives to advance these goals. They resolved to work together to implement the historic Paris Agreement.  The United States reaffirms its commitment to join the Agreement this year, and Singapore commits to taking the domestic steps necessary to join as soon as possible, with a view to joining in 2016.  They also called on all nations to support the Agreement’s early entry into force in 2016.  Both nations affirmed the importance of supporting the development and implementation of the transparency framework established under the Paris Agreement, with common modalities, procedures and guidelines. Both nations look forward to the early operationalization of the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency.  They resolve to explore opportunities to collaborate on institutional and technical capacity-building activities to help other Parties meet the requirements of the transparency framework.  Both countries affirmed their commitment to work to adopt an ambitious and comprehensive hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) phase-down amendment in 2016 within the Montreal Protocol pursuant to the Dubai Pathway. They supported the adoption of a global market-based measure (MBM) at the upcoming Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization for implementation from 2020, as part of a collective effort to address climate change through a comprehensive basket of measures. The leaders emphasized the importance of a global MBM in supporting the aviation industry's desire to grow sustainably and prevent a patchwork of national or regional MBM schemes given the cross-border nature of international flights. 18.  The two leaders commended the adoption of the fifth Plan of Action in August 2015 under the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement’s environmental cooperation Memorandum of Intent (MOI).  To protect our shared environment, the United States and Singapore commit to strengthen cooperation to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems by combating the illegal trade in CITES species, improving the capacity of institutions, and strengthening policies to ensure effective implementation and enforcement of environmental laws.  Singapore also stated its intention to positively consider implementing a ban on the domestic trade in ivory.  Both countries also look forward to deepening the exchange of information on environmental policies, best practices and the use of innovative environmental technology and pollution management techniques, and to work closely together and with other WTO Members to conclude an ambitious Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) that eliminates tariffs on a wide range of environmental goods by the end of the year.  We also resolve to cooperate to conserve our oceans and to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, including by implementing port State measures in recognition of the importance of concerted international action to address IUU fishing as reflected in regional and international instruments, including the Port State Measures Agreement. 19.  The United States and Singapore affirmed their commitment to advance the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) to assist other countries to implement the International Health Regulations (IHR) and prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats, whether naturally occurring, deliberate or accidental.  In 2016, the United States underwent a Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of its national capabilities to achieve the GHSA and other IHR-related targets and will publish the results.  In 2017, Singapore will initiate a JEE.  The United States has made a commitment to assist at least 31 countries to achieve the GHSA targets, and Singapore will join two GHSA Action Packages to share best practices to assist others.  Singapore will also provide experts, where available, to support the assessments of other countries, including within ASEAN. Strengthening People-to-People Ties 20.  Both the United States and Singapore affirmed their commitment to further strengthen the already deep bonds of friendship, cooperation, and mutual understanding between the peoples of the two countries.  The United States welcomed the launch of an exchange scholarship program to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations and deepen people-to-people ties.  The scholarship will fund summer exchange programs for 50 Singaporean and 50 U.S. students over the course of the next 5 years.  In support of the U.S. Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), which has grown into a network of more than 80,000 youth across the region, the U.S. will convene an Urban Planning Workshop in 2017 in Singapore.  Both sides recognized the success of the YSEALI program and the contributions made by its Singaporean participants in promoting innovation, inspiring cross-ASEAN connectivity, and advancing bilateral ties. 21.  The United States was pleased to open Global Entry eligibility to include citizens of Singapore from June 2016.  Singapore in turn allowed Americans to apply for its enhanced-Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS) under the Trusted Traveller Program (TTP).  Following the Joint Statement issued by the United States and Singapore on Dec. 1 2014, both countries had worked together to officially launch the TTP on June 27, 2016. The TTP reaffirmed the strong trust and ties that the United States and Singapore enjoy given that Singapore is the 1st ASEAN country to be in the program. These trusted traveler programs will make travel between our two nations more convenient and secure for travelers. Enhancing our Enduring Partnership 22.  Through a half-century of diplomatic relations, the United States and Singapore have forged an expansive and enduring relationship by cooperating on issues of mutual interest and shared principles.  Both leaders committed to further enhance the U.S.-Singapore strategic partnership, making it deeper, more substantive, and more effective to better support peace, stability, and cooperation across the region and around the world. 

17 июня 2016, 02:38

How Cincinnati Salvaged the Nation’s Most Dangerous Neighborhood

Leaning on the power of local corporations, officials engineered a renaissance in the city’s heart.