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Items filtered by date: August 2016

What New York Can Learn from Barcelona's 'Superblocks'

September 30, 2016

Winnie Hu

BARCELONA — Imagine if streets were for strolling, intersections were for playing and cars were almost never allowed.

While it sounds like a pedestrian's daydream, and a driver's nightmare, it is becoming a reality here in Spain's second-largest city, a densely packed metropolis of 1.6 million on the Mediterranean. Ever since the 1992 Summer Olympics focused global attention here, this thriving center of tourism, culture and business — often viewed as a hipper, more easygoing cousin to Madrid, the Spanish capital — has seen its popularity soar along with congestion on its streets and sidewalks...

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Read more at The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/02/nyregion/what-new-york-can-learn-from-barcelonas-superblocks.html?_r=0

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Field of Dreams: Mapping the Landscape for Investing in Emerging Market Infrastructure

September 30, 2016

Joaquim Levy

Estimates of the financing gap for emerging market infrastructure range from nearly half a trillion USD to more than US$1 trillion a year over the next decade. The range reflects the difference between the estimated level of infrastructure needed to sustain growth across emerging markets and the actual level of such investment.

The challenges are immense, and resources are scarce. Of the financing that does exist, more than 70% comes from national government budgets; the second largest source (roughly 20%) is the private sector; and remaining resources come from overseas development assistance or aid from developed economies1. Given the overstretched demands of public sector budgets in developed and developing countries alike, any increase is likely to come through more partnership and co-financing from the private sector...

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Read more at The World Bank: http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/field-dreams-mapping-landscape-investing-emerging-market-infrastructure?PPP%20CID=PPP_TT_PPP_EN_EXT

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Huracan Matthew alcanza categoria 4

30 septiembre 2016

SANTO DOMINGO. El huracán Matthew incrementó su intensidad a categoría 4, según el Centro Nacional de Huracanes, con algún posible fortalecimiento adicional esta noche, y algunas fluctuaciones en intensidad el sábado y domingo.

Se espera que Matthew permanezca como un huracán hasta el domingo. Los vientos máximos sostenidos han aumentado cerca de 140 millas por hora (220 kilómetros por hora) con ráfagas más altas...

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Lee mas aqui: http://www.diariolibre.com/medioambiente/huracan-matthew-alcanza-categoria-4-DM5079050

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ADIF firmo un convenio con los ferrocarriles

27 de septiembre de 2016

El presidente de Trenes Argentinos Infraestructura (ex ADIF), Guillermo Fiad, firmó un convenio de cooperación con el director general de la compañía italiana Ferrovie dello Stato (Ferrocarriles del Estado), Renato Mazzoncini. El acuerdo fue rubricado en la feria internacional Innotrans, que se realizó en Berlín, Alemania.

Allí Fiad expuso el plan trazado por el gobierno para el ferrocarril –que ya había sido adelantado en el Mini Davos– con el que se pretende abrir la red ferroviaria al capital privado a través de proyectos de colaboración público-privada...

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Lee mas aqui: http://enelsubte.com/noticias/adif-firmo-un-convenio-con-los-ferrocarriles-italianos/

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Inside Cenegas Part 3: Integrating, Operating and Securing Mexico's Natural Gas Grid

September 27, 2016

Dwight Dyer and Joe Fisher

This year is a transitional one for Centro Nacional de Control del Gas Natural (Cenagas), with the operator beefing up capabilities as well as information technology infrastructure. This includes supervisory control and data acquisition systems, and technology to enable hydraulic modeling in the pipeline network.

"We are spending a large amount, in U.S. dollars," Cenagas Director General David Madero told NGI, "so this is a big challenge...

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Read more at Natural Gas Intel: http://www.naturalgasintel.com/articles/107886-inside-cenagas-part-3-integrating-operating-and-securing-mexicos-natural-gas-grid

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South America Becomes Home for U.S. Shale Gas Amid Rising Demand

September 27, 2016

Anna Shiryaevskaya

U.S. liquefied natural gas was supposed to go mainly to Asia and Europe, lured by prices as much as four times higher than those at home. So far, South America has been the destination of choice.

Thanks to a global glut that depressed prices, Cheniere Energy Inc. has sent more than half of the LNG tankers from its Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana to South America. Premiums once available in Asia and Europe disappeared and those regions are well-supplied from elsewhere...

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Read more at Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-27/forget-asia-and-europe-south-america-becomes-home-for-u-s-gas

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US Government and Bechtel line up for Kenyan super-highway

September 27, 2016

In a rare show of initiative on African infrastructure, the US government in partnership with engineering giant Bechtel has registered an interest in building a new super-highway in Kenya.

Following a strategy long pursued by China, the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a government development financier, has begun talks with Kenya on financing the planned six-lane highway running from the port city of Mombasa 485km inland to the capital, Nairobi...

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Read more at GCR: http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/us-government-and-bechtel-l7ine-ken7yan-sup7er/

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California considers using high-traffic roads to produce electricity

September 26, 2016

All those cars on California's famously gridlocked highways could be doing more than using energy. They could be producing it.

The California Energy Commission is investing $2 million to study whether piezoelectric crystals can be used to produce electricity from the mechanical energy created by vehicles driving on roads...

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Read more at The Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-tn-traffic-electricity-20160926-snap-story.html

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Denver's Transit System Makes Tracks

September 26, 2016

Cameron McWhirter

DENVER—Maintenance backlogs, budget shortfalls and breakdowns plague many of the U.S.'s aging transit systems. But here, where the plains meet the Rockies, Denver's system is a rare success.

Created in 1969, the Regional Transportation District operated for years as a modest bus service, and in the 1990s it added a few rail lines. But in 2004, voters in the eight-county region approved an additional 0.4% sales tax to expand the train network, called FasTracks. That new funding dramatically boosted a stream of local tax money already going to transit...

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Read more at The Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/denvers-transit-system-makes-tracks-1474933438

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Wind Farms, Sewer Tunnels: Where One Insurer Is Scrounging for Yield

September 25, 2016

John Letzing

ZURICH—For years, Allianz SE was content with an investment diet of mostly low-risk bonds. More recently, the German insurer has lavished money on a military garrison for the U.K.'s Parachute Regiment, a Texas wind farm and a 16-mile sewer tunnel in London.

Meanwhile, Switzerland-based Zurich Insurance Group AG has largely stuck with its bond-heavy ways...

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Read more at The Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/wind-farms-sewer-tunnels-where-one-insurer-is-scrounging-for-yield-1474795801

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