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An offer Finns can't refuse? Helsinki woos car owners to give up their autos.

An offer Finns can't refuse? Helsinki woos car owners to give up their autos. In Helsinki, Finland, a city that prides itself on its civic-mindedness, municipal authorities are looking at the challenge of phasing out the car in a different way: as a matter of efficiency and incentivization. “It is a fact that on average, a privately owned car is used 4 percent of the time,” says Ville Lehmuskoski, chief executive officer of Helsinki City Transport, the municipal body responsible for the Finnish capital’s public transport infrastructure. “If the need for cars in the Helsinki region could be lessened by only 25 percent,” Mr. Lehmuskoski continues, “it would mean 100,000 fewer cars.


Ramadan? There's an app for that.

Ramadan? There's an app for that. Ramadan is a holy month of reflection, prayer, and selflessness.


A call to ‘fear-guard’ countries in a pandemic

A call to ‘fear-guard’ countries in a pandemic Three years after the Ebola epidemic, and two years since the Zika outbreak, experts are more active than ever in pulling together lessons in hopes of not repeating past mistakes during another health crisis. A Senate panel in Washington plans a hearing soon on “pandemic protection.” In May, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a new strategy for pandemic influenza. One big lesson learned is the need to prevent panic during a public health emergency.


Venezuela's Maduro confronts perils of his reliance on the military

Venezuela's Maduro confronts perils of his reliance on the military When Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reshuffled duties in his deeply embattled government earlier this week, it wasn’t the changes at the top of the transport and fishing ministries that caused a buzz. Instead, it was the sacking of the heads of several branches of the military, in particular the general overseeing the National Guard, that drew widespread attention. Recommended: Think you know Latin America?


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