World’s largest train manufacturers, The China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) recently announced that it had begun work on new type of magnetic levitation train that will able to achieve a top speed of 373 mph (600km/hr.), which is faster than any other train currently in operation.
China’s high-speed rail network is the world’s largest, with over 12,400 miles of track already built, funded with $538 billion in government money. In recent years, train operators from around the world have been chasing faster and faster speeds. Last year, a maglev train in Japan reached a speed of 366 mph, breaking a world record that had stood for 12 years. But the train won’t be ready for commercial use until 2027, due to the concerns about the infrastructure and costs to build the long tracks.
Meanwhile, the Shanghai Maglev is currently the world’s fastest commercially operational train, routinely zipping back and forth between the city and Pudong International Airport at 267 mph.
CRRC is not just building high-speed rail projects in China. The company is also spearheading projects in the UK, Australia, Southeast Asia, Iran, Mexico, Turkey, Thailand, Indonesia, and Russia. Noticeably absent from that list is the US, which is still struggling to get its own high-speed rail network off the ground.
Chance the Rapper will star in a new film for A24 titles Slice.
The movie, which is centers around an enigmatic outlaw framed for a killing spree that targets unsuspecting pizza delivery boys, takes place in a mysterious city.
A24, which has the critically acclaimed coming-of-age film Moonlight currently in theaters, plans to release Slice in the second half of 2017. It was written by Chance’s frequent collaborator, Austin Vesely, who directed the music videos for the rapper’s “Sunday Candy” and “Angels.”
Not much is known about Chance’s secret film except that it was written and directed by Austin Vesely
The World Anti-Doping Agency report on the anti-doping methods employed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has criticized “Serious failings”. It only shows that the system was only saved from collapsing by the enormous resourcefulness and goodwill of some key staff.
Its 55-page Independent Observers report, which blamed primarily on budget cuts and major staff shortages, lack of coordination and tension between the local organizing committee and Brazil’s anti-doping agency, found that, 4125 out of 11470 athletes had no record of any testing in 2016 of whom 1913 were competing in 10 “higher-risk sports”
Moreover, Nearly 100 samples were not matched to an athlete because of data entry errors. One missing sample was not located until two weeks after the Games. Almost 500 fewer drugs tests were carried out and less than 10% of biological passport samples were taken than planned at this summer’s Olympics.
“The aggregate effect was to strain the basic sample collection process at competition venues and in the Athletes’ Village close to breaking point, with many discrepancies observed in the sample collection procedure,” the report said. “Ultimately, it was only due to the enormous resourcefulness and goodwill of some key doping control personnel working at the Games that the process did not break down entirely.
The report further reveals, “Chaperones were often provided with little or no whereabouts information for athletes targeted for out-of-competition testing in the Athletes Village, and therefore, the majority of times had to resort to asking team officials and/or athletes from the same team where the athletes they were looking for were located.
“Providing the names of the athletes they were seeking was (at best) highly inefficient and obviously compromised the “no notice” nature of the testing. In addition, when initial attempts to find an athlete in his or her room were unsuccessful, chaperones often lacked the training and/or the confidence to follow up with further enquiries and effort to find the athlete in other locations in the Village (such as the dining hall).
The report also said no out-of-competition testing was conducted in football, while there was “little or no in-competition blood testing in many high risk sports and disciplines, including weightlifting”. The Independent Observers said they found this “surprising”.
Creator of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner has found his next TV project, which landed at The Weinstein Company and Amazon to air on the streaming service, in a $70 million commitment for eight-episode straight-to-series order. Series will be co-financed by TWC and Amazon.
Weiner will create and exec produce the untitled series. He’ll also serve as a director.
After a start in sitcoms, Weiner made his mark on HBO’s mob drama The Sopranos where he became a key writer, rising to executive producer and sharing in the series’ two best drama Emmy Awards. HBO (and a host of other networks) famously passed on his Mad Men before the period ad-agency drama found its way to AMC, then known mostly for its repeats of movie Westerns. Weiner has won a total of nine Emmys to date, 2 for The Sopranos and 7 for Mad Men.
“We are thrilled to be working with Matthew Weiner on his new project,” said Harvey Weinstein. “He is an incredible storyteller whose work on ‘Mad Men’ elevated television and kick started a new era of innovative programming with compelling and addicting television content. We’re looking forward to creating the next big series with him.”
As Election Day nears, The Obamas time in The White House is winding down, but before they pack up and go, they deserve to go out with a bang. BET has taken charge to assemble some of the biggest and most respected stars in music to headline a concert that will act as a proper sendoff.
BET networks to present a star-studded musical celebration at the White House on Friday, which will be host by Regina hall and Terence J.The concert will feature greatest hit performances by Usher, Jill Scott, Common, The Roots, Bell Biv DeVoe, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe, De La Soul, Yolanda Adams, Michelle Williams and KiKi Sheard along with appearances by Samuel L. Jackson, Jesse Williams and Angela Bassett.
“Our country has been led for the past eight years by an extraordinary president and first lady,” said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks. “We have all witnessed history in the making and I am humbled by this momentous opportunity for BET Networks to join the Obamas for this musical celebration.”
The concert special will premiere on BET Tuesday, November 15 at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT.
We often see Halloween events pop up in a number of games each year and this years’ event is almost upon us. This year, players have been trying to earn loads of Halloween items in Overwatch, Destiny has its “Festival of the Lost” full of candy and masks, and games like League of Legends always have a few new skins here and there.
Pokémon GO is not an exception. Recently, Niantic teased that the first special event of the hit mobile game may be arriving at the end of the month.
“With Halloween around the corner, we anticipate Trainers may encounter more Pokémon in the real world,” wrote Niantic Labs in the Facebook post. “The AR camera is a great way to capture and share these encounters with your friends!”
Moreover, Niantic head John Hanke said back in September that players can pretty much predict the future by looking into the past.
The popular speculation is that a Pokémon Go could be some unique Pokémon that will spawn on Halloween. Players who capture unique Pokémon can then share their catch with their friends, who can try going to the location where it was caught to try and acquire it for their own.
It is also possible that, during the event, ghost type Pokémon will be everywhere in the world, with players seeing their maps filled with Gastlys, Haunters and Gengars for catching. Niantic Labs can adjust the spawn rate of Pokémon, and it would be very appropriate to see ghost type Pokémon swarming around the neighborhood on Halloween.
All these are mere speculation though. Pokémon trainers will need to wait for Niantic Labs to make an official announcement for a Halloween event to know more details, assuming that there will be such an event.
Every morning you have two choices: Continue to sleep with dreams or wake up and chase your dreams. Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it. Morning is the most important time of the day because if you set things right, everything will go smooth and follow according to plan.
Here are some morning rituals that set you up for greater motivation and productivity.
Wake Up Early
It is important to wake up early. In fact, most successful people wake up around 5 am in the morning. When you get up early and work on your dreams, you are one step ahead of your competitors. You will be able to do more and produce more results than most ordinary people who choose to sleep late.
Kick Start with Coffee
Studies have shown that coffee can wake you up, make you feel driven and more importantly, help you get things done.
Research has shown that when you exercise, your body will create a hormone called endorphin that will make you feel happy and excited. The first thing you need to do to get motivated and stay productive each morning is to get moving i.e. exercise and get sweaty.
Review Your Life:
It is good if you can remind yourself of your goals and your dreams before you start your day. Most people prefer to spend more time sleeping than visualizing their dreams. That is why most people are not living a successful life.
You spend time charging your phone each day, why don’t do it for yourself? We rest because we want to go farther. Take breaks when necessary. Try to work in blocks of time. For example, you can work for 50 minutes and then take a 10 minute break. And then continue to work for another 50 minutes.
First Things First
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is a proposed free-trade agreement between Canada and the European Union. If enacted, the agreement would eliminate 98% of the tariffs between Canada and the EU. Critics oppose the treaty on the grounds that it will weaken European consumer rights, including those concerning food safety, and that tariffs are already negligible.
Twentieth-century trade deals slashed tariffs. Newer ones between rich countries, such as CETA, focus on cutting other barriers to trade. After seven years of haggling, European negotiators dream of European toys and electrical products being sold straight to Canadians, without having to go through a second round of health and safety checks.
Paul Magnette, the head of government of Wallonia, spoke a day after he received an ultimatum of Friday to allow Belgium’s federal government to endorse the huge trade deal, known as CETA
“We cannot sign by Friday. That is not reasonable,” a combative Magnette told RTBF radio after EU ministers asked he reverse course in time for a discussion on trade by European leaders set for Friday.
All of them, including Belgium’s national government, back it. But Wallonia says CETA is a threat to farmers and welfare standards.
The EU fears that the delay of CETA would be fatal to the deal and send a bad signal to the world that it is difficult to reach trade accords with Europe.
The 28 EU leaders will discuss the draft CETA deal shortly in Brussels
A 23-year-old women, Ileana Martinez went to Sturdy Memorial Hospital on study for a bad stomachache. But what happened there, just shocked her. She learnt that she was pregnant and about to give birth.
Her sister said they thought it was “bad gas” and had no idea Martinez was eight months pregnant. Hours later, 5 pound, 4 ounces Jaxon St. Pierre was born.
After knowing this a lot of people are offended saying, “’Why didn’t you tell me?’ and I’m, like, I didn’t know,” Martinez said. “I’m in shock. I’m still trying to comprehend this.”
Martinez said she never had morning sickness, or weight gain, and she continued to menstruate.
“I was on every single ride at Six Flags and Canobie Lake Park,” Martinez said. “I had a car accident in April.”
Martinez said she was in the emergency room and was told she wasn’t pregnant.
When his husband came to about the news he thought it was a prank.
“We called him while I was pushing. The nurse had to drag him into the hospital room saying, ‘Yes, it’s a baby, and you need to be there.” Martinez said
The Education Quality and Accountability Office is conducting a test of its new online assessment program at up to 900 high schools across the province.
The voluntary test in which 190,000 students will attempt the Ontario secondary school Literacy test online for the first time, will serve as a trial of the technical readiness of the EQAO and the schools to support online assessments, and is a “risk-free” way for students to take it ahead of the next scheduled assessment in March 2017.
If students pass the online test, it will count, but if they fail or don’t complete it, they will be considered “first-time eligible” for the test next spring.
There will be two sittings for today’s test, each comprised of two 75-minute sessions, and the program is open to all 72 school boards, as well as First Nations and private schools
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an arm’s-length crown agency of the Government of Ontario in Canada which oversees the standardized testing.