Solar lighting in park a first in KSA

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Updated 22 January 2013
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Solar lighting in park a first in KSA

Madinah municipality will use solar energy to light gardens, parks, public utilities and light poles, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and electricity consumption.
Hamza Khosh, director of the Gardens and Landscaping Department said that the first phase of implementing lighting units with solar energy had been completed at King Fahd gardens."This the first project of its kind. It adheres to the highest Saudi and international standards and specifications, with a total cost of SR 417.726,” he told a local newspaper.
He said that operating the system is done through low currents to achieve the highest level of safety for children visiting the park.
Khosh pointed out that the use of renewable energy in the whole area of the park will help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and greenhouse gases by 35 tons of carbon dioxide annually. Electricity bills will go down by SR 70,000, not to mention the cost of maintaining the electrical wiring for the entire park area, which is estimated at four million square meters.


World’s oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

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World’s oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

  • Tajima was born on Aug. 4, 1900, and had more than 160 descendants
  • Chiyo Yoshida, another Japanese woman aged 116, is now the world’s oldest person, says Gerontology Research Group

TOKYO: The world’s oldest person has died in southern Japan at the age of 117.
An official in the town of Kikai says Nabi Tajima died in a hospital on Saturday shortly before 8 p.m. She had been hospitalized since January.
Tajima was born on Aug. 4, 1900, and reportedly had more than 160 descendants, including great-great-great grandchildren. Her town of Kikai is in Kagoshima prefecture on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands.
She became the world’s oldest person seven months ago after the death of Violet Brown in Jamaica, also at the age of 117.
The US-based Gerontology Research Group says that another Japanese woman, Chiyo Yoshida, is now the world’s oldest person in its records. She is 116 years old.