CHINA’S FASTEST TRAIN & PAID TO RELOCATE TO ITALIAN VILLAGE
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
2 NEWS STORIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE TODAY!
You lucky people!
- China unveils ‘world’s fastest’ train with top speed of 370mph
China has unveiled a prototype for the world’s fastest train capable of traveling at over 370mph, according to state media.
The maglev train, unveiled in the coastal city of Qingdao, will “levitate” above the track with no contact between the body and rail. Its cars will be suspended, driven and guided using electromagnetic force.
The only resistance for the train, will come from the air, state media said, adding that no rail lines yet exist that can accommodate its speed.
At 370mph, the journey time between Beijing and Shanghai will be just two and a half hours. It currently takes high-speed trains almost six hours take to complete the 700-mile trip.
The new high-speed maglev train is unveiled at a ceremony in Qingdao, eastern China.
The Beijing to Shanghai route is one of China’s busiest and fastest existing rail lines, carrying 1.35 billion passengers over its first ten years in operation, according to state media.
Countries including the UK, US, Canada, Germany and Japan have also been working on the development of maglev trains and rail networks.
China already has the world’s largest high-speed rail network, with roughly 23,500 miles of lines slicing through the country of 3.7 million square miles – nearly 40 times the size of the UK.
Half of the existing tracks were laid in just the last five years.
And more is coming as plans are in place for increasing capacity – the aim is to double rail lines to 43,500 miles by 2035.
At the moment, the maximum speed is roughly 215mph on existing routes.
For China, increasingly fast, smooth high-speed rail is a symbol of the country’s growing economic power and technological prowess.
The country has been eager to showcase its experiments with maglev trains. In January, another prototype for a train that state media touted could reach 385mph was unveiled, said state media.
It also helps further leader Xi Jinping’s aim of connecting the country, linking rural areas where ethnic minorities such as Tibetans and Uyghurs live with urban centers where more of the Han ethnic majority are based.
Physical rail links will also allow existing urban areas to expand further into the suburbs.
About 60 miles outside Beijing, the Xiong’an New Area is a new city being constructed entirely from scratch, and will be the new headquarters of a number of government offices and state-owned enterprises.
The aim is to reduce congestion and pollution in the country’s capital, where property prices have soared over the decades as China rose to become the world’s second-largest economy.
- Italian village will pay Britons £24,000 to relocate as part of ‘social experiment’
The region of Calabria, in southern Italy, has released a very appealing offer to those who want to relocate to the Mediterranean country.
They will pay the sum over the course of three years to those who decide to ditch their lives in their home countries and move to beautiful Italy.
The country has already done other similar initiatives before in order to boost its local economy.
In previous years, the village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, offered people $52,500 to live and work there.
The village of Santa Fiora is also willing to help new residents pay rent if they move there and work remotely.
They also offer bigger sums if they decide to open a hotel or have a baby in the small town.
Calabria offering £25,000 is the latest of the Italian schemes designed to bring new population into the small villages, which have been losing residents over the last years.
At the moment, these villages have an average of 2,000 inhabitants.
Regional councillor, Gianluca Gallo, said: “The goal is to boost the local economy and breathe new life into small-scale communities.”
Mayor of Calabria, Gianpietro Coppola, explained: “We want this to be an experiment of social inclusion.
“Draw people to live in the region, enjoy the settings, spruce up unused town locations.”
But there are a few catches.
Those who decide to relocate have to be 40 years old or younger, must commit to starting a small business and apply for a residency.
After being accepted into the programme, they have to be ready to move in within 90 days.
The “active residency income” programme will be launching in the coming weeks, and Britons who wish to move to Italy can apply through Calabria’s official website.
Mayor of Calabria explained: “We’re honing the technical details, the exact monthly amount and duration of the funds.
“And whether to include also slightly larger villages with up to 3,000 residents.
“We’ve had so far a huge interest from villages and hopefully, if this first scheme works, more are likely to follow in coming years.”
Over 75 percent of Calabria towns have fewer than 5,000 residents.
With international travel restrictions still in place, these idyllic towns by the coast of Italy are looking for ways to reactivate their economy and ensure there will be a generation to follow after this one.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
Top 10 TLD extensions by the number of registered domain names.
- .com – 148.7 million domains
- .tk – 27.5 million domains
- .cn – 24.1 million domains
- .de – 16.5 million domains
- .net – 13.4 million domains
- .uk – 11.8 million domains
- .org – 10.1 million domains
- .nl – 6.0 million domains
- .icu – 5.9 million domains
- .ru – 5.7 million domains
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of. – Markus Zusak
Happiness is…travelling on a train at 370mph
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
“I’m pleased to be getting a beer belly. I’ve always wanted a father figure.” Cam Spence
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1935 Penguin’ paperback books, founded by Allen Lane, went on sale in Britain.
1938 The first edition of The Beano was published. It is the longest running British children’s comic magazine, published by DC Thomson in Dundee. By April 1950 the weekly circulation was almost 2,000,000. The Beano reached its 4,000th issue on 28th August 2019.
1966 England won the Football World Cup in London, beating West Germany 4 – 2. This was England’s first (and only) win since the tournament began in 1930. England forward Geoff Hurst became the only man to score a hat-trick in a world cup final.
2003 The last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in Mexico
After the war, production soared aided by an iconic advertising campaign “Think small”. Nicknamed “the Beetle” it overtook the Model T Ford as the best-selling car in the world in 1972, selling over 15 million. It was only after 80 years that Volkswagen announced in 2018 that it would finally cease production in 2019.
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