Nanjing has built a 7.8km tram line from a metro station to its Olympic Stadium East, and trials began on 2 August. The line uses lithium-ore batteries that allow for 90 per cent of the route to be free of overhead electricity wires (i.e. catenary free). (more…)
With just two days left for the Scottish independence referendum, excitement is building up, with events at times taking on a bizarre if hilarious turn. A group of Labour MPs (about half the Labour shadow cabinet) arriving in Glasgow to campaign for Scotland to remain in the union found themselves heckled by a man in a rickshaw who blared the Imperial Death March from Star Wars. (more…)
A few news items caught my attention recently.
The first one is datelined Bukit Mertajam, the link for which I put up recently:
The United States recently downgraded Malaysia and three other countries to Tier 3 – the lowest possible ranking – in its annual Trafficking of Persons (TIP) Report due to insufficient action taken to prevent human trafficking and forced labour. We are in the same group as Zimbabwe, North Korea and Saudi Arabia! See this Guardian report: ‘US penalises Malaysia for shameful human trafficking record’.
And the second revelation is about dead bodies, some of them reportedly foreigners, found dumped in and around the Bukit Mertajam area: