Month: December 2009

World’s longest marine causeway to start construction by 2010?

The Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Causeway, a 40km long marine causeway featuring a 22km bridge and 18km embankments connecting the west coast of Qatar to the east coast of Bahrain, is scheduled to begin construction in 2010.

The $3 billion project was originally scheduled to begin last year in May 2008, however in a statement from Bahrain’s Works Minister Fahmi al-Jowder the new deadline was announced.

 

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New super-hotel to cheapen the Hajj?

An under-construction super-luxurious hotel in Mecca has raised fears that the hajj which is meant to involve hardship, struggle and sacrifice will be cheapened and instead become the preserve of the super-rich

The pilgrimage to Mecca traditionally see Muslims travelling to the holy site, forgoing worldly possessions, thoughts and activities in order to focus on their faith. However the Makkah Clock Tower Royal Hotel, part of the seven tower Abraj Al-Bait Complex, will give those who can afford it creature comforts whilst they perform the fifth pillar of Islam.

 

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Does Europe have an alcohol problem?

A plan by the SNP in Scotland to introduce a minimum price for alcohol, has won the backing of an academic report which suggests that it could save hundreds of lives each year.

It is being proposed that a 40p per unit minimum level on alcohol could save around 70 alcohol-related deaths in its first year. Not only that, but it is thought that it will cut crime, improve absences from work and improve overall quality of life, according the academics at Sheffield University.

Add on another 10 years, and the study predicts that it could save the health service GBP £160 million, and lead to 370 fewer deaths per year.

 

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U2 and the environment: Practicing what they preach?

Achtung! U2 aren’t the eco-warriors we thought they were.

Since the global super-band first formed, they have addressed global issues ranging from poverty to social justice to climate change. However, on their current “No Line On The Horizon” tour, they have been accused of hypocrisy by environmental groups as they transport their masses of equipment around the world.

 

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Wind farms: Are the benefits blown away by the costs?

Wind energy is the fastest developing renewable energy source in the US.

As of the end of this year’s second quarter, wind power in the United States had reached about 29,440MW of installed capacity, and in 2008 the nation surpassed Germany as the world’s largest producer of wind generated power. The US now even has the world’s largest wind farmin the shape of the Roscoe Wind Farm in Texas.

 

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