World Longest Bridge Open In China


A $20-billion bridge connecting Hong Kong and Macau to the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai is finally open , marking the completion of the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built, nine years after construction began.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to attend a ceremony in Zhuhai on Tuesday, along with top officials from Hong Kong and Macau, with the bridge opening to public traffic Wednesday.
The 55-kilometer (34-mile) bridge was originally due to open in 2016, but repeated delays pushed that to this year.

It is a key element of China’s plan for a Greater Bay Area covering 56,500 square kilometers (21,800 square miles) across southern China, and encompassing 11 cities, including Hong Kong and Macau, that are home to a combined 68 million people.

Proponents of the idea say the bridge will cut journey times between the cities from three hours to 30 minutes, which they say will enable commuters and tourists to easily move around the region.

“With the bridge, the traveling time between Hong Kong and the Western Pearl River Delta region will be shortened significantly, thereby bringing the Western Pearl River Delta region within three hours’ drive from Hong Kong,” the city’s transport secretary, Frank Chan, said Friday.

Despite the focus on drive time however, private car owners in Hong Kong will not be able to cross the bridge without a special permit. Most drivers will have to park at the Hong Kong port, switching to shuttle bus or special hire cars once they are through immigration. Shuttle buses cost $8-$10 for a single trip depending on the time of day.

Fierce criticism
The bridge project has come in for fierce criticism in Hong Kong, where there was little public demand or appetite for greater links to either Macau or Zhuhai, and fears the city will be swamped by tourists from mainland China.

In 2016, Hong Kong saw 56.7 million tourist arrivals, compared to 37.6 million for the UK, a much larger country.
For critics of the Chinese government, the bridge is seen as a tool to drag the city — which boasts a semi-democratic legislature and independent judiciary and has seen numerous mass protests in recent years — closer into Beijing’s grip.

The world’s longest sea bridge, connecting Hong Kong, Macau and the Chinese mainland will open to traffic on October 24, 2018 officials said, after complaints about the secrecy surrounding the project.

The world’s longest sea bridge, connecting Hong Kong, Macau and the Chinese mainland will open to traffic on October 24, 2018 officials said, after complaints about the secrecy surrounding the project.

“You can’t see the existing transport connections — in a literal way. But this bridge is very visible … you can see it from the plane when you fly in to Hong Kong, and it’s breathtaking,” lawmaker Claudia Mo told CNN earlier in the year.

“It links Hong Kong to China almost like an umbilical cord. You see it, and you know you’re linked up to the motherland.”

Mo and other critics also point to the huge amount of money spent by Hong Kong — upwards of $9 billion — while the city is dealing with an acute lack of public housing and widespread poverty.
“Hong Kong has had to fund a lot of the bridge, but we won’t see many benefits here,” Mo said.

Built to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake, a super typhoon and strikes by super-sized cargo vessels, the bridge incorporates 400,000 tons of steel — 4.5 times the amount in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

It also includes a 6.7-kilometer (4-mile) submerged tunnel to help it avoid the busy shipping paths over the Pearl River Delta. The tunnel runs between two artificial islands, each measuring 100,000 square meters (1 million square feet) and situated in relatively shallow waters.

While an impressive engineering feat, the building of the bridge brought its own controversies. The Pearl River Delta is home to an endangered Chinese white dolphin population that has been buffeted by massive land reclamation efforts in Hong Kong and other cities.

Circular bridge can only be truly appreciated from above. The circular bridge, which replaced a raft crossing, creates the effect of a lagoon within a lagoon.

Conservation experts previously told CNN they feared the bridge, as well as ongoing expansion of Hong Kong airport, could be the final nail in the dolphins’ coffin, sending the local population into terminal decline.

In response to environmental concerns over the bridge, the Hong Kong government has provided for the creation of extra marine parks to protect dolphins and other aquatic life, but some experts say this may be too late to reduce the effect of the construction already carried out.

The bridge has also faced considerable public criticism over safety standards. Seven workers died in constructing the bridge, and another 275 were injured. Hong Kong officials have previously blamed the death toll on lack of manpower, and earlier this year a court fined several subcontractors over the issue

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Check-Out The Mysterious Sand Art Appearing On Britain Beaches


(CNN) — If you’ve been frequenting the sandy beaches along the rugged, Welsh Pembrokeshire Coast in Britain, you might have noticed some mysterious shapes appearing in the sand.
These intricate murals are beach-based works of art created by local sand muralist Marc Treanor.

Inspired by crop circles, the enigmatic formations that occasionally appear in corn and wheat fields, Treanor forges stunningly intricate patterns and pictures by raking wet sand.
When he’s done, Treanor watches as his hard work is consumed by the crashing waves, but he says that’s all part of the experience.

“It’s completely part of it, it’s totally integral to the work and the fact it is impermanent and it is temporary,” Treanor tells CNN Travel.
That said, he usually has chance to capture his creations on camera for posterity.
Three stage process

Treanor says there are three key steps to creating the perfect sand mural.
Phase 1: sketching out the pattern at home, on paper.
Phase 2: Heading down to the beach, rake in hand, and getting started on the creation process.
That can be quite intimidating, he says.
“Many times I’m just looking at the beach thinking ‘I don’t know where I am, I don’t know I’m doing,'” he laughs. But once he’s got over that hurdle, he starts digging and creating the mural.
When the raking’s complete, it’s time for the most magical part, phase 3:

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“This is the sort of contemplative side, so ideally there’s a nice viewpoint and whoever’s been involved, we can all go up to the clifftop and gaze down upon the beach and watch the creation being reabsorbed by the sea,” says Treanor.
From one of Pembrokeshire’s striking clifftops, Treanor and his team — sometimes friends, sometimes strangers who’ve just happened to pass by — watch as the art disappears.

Sometimes he doesn’t even manage to photograph the mural — one time, he realized too late he’d forgotten both his camera and his cell phone.
He let this realization wash over him.
“Actually it was quite nice just to let go of that need to preserve it and just let it exist for whatever time it exists for in real time,” he says.

Creating the artwork with strangers is a bonding exercise.

One of Treanor’s most memorable creations was an intricate symbol created on the day of the UK General Election in 2015. A passerby helped him out and they shared a bond across political and ideological divisions.

Treanor and his friend were struggling to create the complex mural alone, when a stranger offered to help them. They started chatting as they raked — and the newcomer said he worked as a bombmaker. Treanor couldn’t hide his disapproval, but the group still worked together to create the resulting sand art.

“Then we finished the design and went up to the promenade in Tenby and looked down on it,” recalls Treanor. “This guy was quite taken, you could tell that he was quite moved.”

“We left him there, sitting, and me and my friend went to have some dinner, and about an hour and a half later we came out and he was still there, gazing down at the beach, by which stage the design had nearly gone. And I looked at my friend and I said ‘I think his bomb-making days might be over.'”

It’s these unexpected encounters with others and unlikely connections that defines Treanor’s work. You might think this work would be an isolated exercise, but in fact it’s usually far from it.
“I’m a bit of a perfectionist and it can be very easy to try and push people away, because they’re not going to do it how you want it to be done,” admits Treanor.
But the sand artist says it really is more fulfilling when other people are involved too.

He recalls a recent moment when he was approached by a group of kids who wanted to help out.
“I had to try to find a way of them being involved and we did it […] and it was really great,” he says.
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As Treanor’s art continues to appear up land down the Welsh coast, he’s finding he’s increasingly being noticed and commissioned to do some exciting, different projects.
He’s managed to recreate people’s likeness in a couple of instances, he’s been employed by local tourist agencies and he’s even helped instigate a wedding proposal.

“It’s just leading me in such interesting directions, I mean this year’s been crazy busy, I’ve had twelve commissions,” he says.
In the past, his jobs have included long distance lorry driving, gardening and selling medical equipment — not to mention bringing up his children — but now his sand art is turning into an unlikely full-time career.

“This year I’ve worked with local councils here improving their tourism push, and I’ve worked for the European Environment Bureau, along with three other sand artists in Europe actually, and we all did this piece to do with bringing awareness to plastic pollution in the oceans,” says Treanor — who created a dramatic Poseidon rising from the ocean throwing a plastic bottle back to the land.

People living elsewhere might not realize there are sandy beaches scattered across, Britain — it’s not all shingle and rocks.
Nevertheless, as the seasons change as the weather worsens, the sand muralist is considering taking his artwork to beaches overseas.
“In the winter time I would love to start to travel a bit more and to work on beaches in warmer climates, or just in different countries, it would be really interesting to take this a bit further afield,” he says.
He’s daydreaming about sand in South Africa, the US west coast or Thailand — but he’s still got a soft spot for Wales.

Treanor is proud that his work helps to showcase the beauty of the Welsh coast — and maybe even attract more people to visit this shoreline.
“The beaches are exquisite, when the weather’s right, or even when the weather’s not, it has a different energy when there’s a storm raging and the waves are pounding, it’s so exciting,” he says.

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Jose Mourinho Reveal Stars That Will Never Play For Man-United Again..


Jose Mourinho’s problems at Manchester United appear to be getting worse by the day.

The Red Devils have started the new season poorly, and already find themselves nine points behind title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool after just seven games played.

Off the pitch things are arguably worse. Mourinho has ongoing problems with both Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez, and was even involved in a frosty exchange with the France World Cup winner in training last week.

Mourinho has had on and off problems with Pogba for nearly a year now, so this latest spat comes as little surprise, but his issues with Sanchez are a relatively new thing.

The Portuguese landed the 29-year-old from Arsenal back in January, swapping the out-of-favour Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the talented forward.

It looked to be a masterstroke from Mourinho, who even beat Manchester City to the world-class forward. But so far things haven’t gone to plan.

While Sanchez is considered to be a better player than Mkhitaryan, he hasn’t come close to reaching the levels he’d regularly hit when at Arsenal.

He is believed to be getting increasingly frustrated with Mourinho’s tactics, and doesn’t like the fact he won’t play him in his preferred position down the middle.

According to The Sun, Mourinho has allegedly made it clear he doesn’t want to have his tactics continually questioned by the Chilean.

The paper reports that the Portuguese has even threatened Sanchez that he’ll never play for Manchester United again unless he improves.

Sanchez was subsequently named in the starting XI for United’s Champions League clash against Valencia at Old Traford.

He was hooked on the hour mark in United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves, and was heavily criticised for his lacklustre display.

Pogba leaped to his defence at the time, telling the press: “What you have to know about Alexis is that he is a hard worker. He trains very well, he always tries to help the team, talks with the team and everything.

“He will get used to it. When you play a long time with another team and you play different football in that other team, you have some kind of adaptation that you have to have.

“It’s not that he is playing bad. We know that Alexis Sanchez can bring a lot and I’m sure he will.

“But he’s not playing bad and he keeps being positive, you know, so that’s the good thing we have to think about.”

Rihana Picture Fetching Water


Rihanna aka Robyn Fenty, a Barbadian-born singer, songwriter, actress, diplomat, and businesswoman surprised many on Saturday when she was seen helping in building a hospital in Malawi.

This comes shortly after she was named “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” for her home country, Barbados to promote education, tourism and investment.

The philanthropist in a working gear is seen helping the labourers fetch sand and water.

“Rihanna has a deep love for this country and this is reflected in her philanthropy, especially in the areas of health and education. She also shows her patriotism in the way she gives back to this country and continues to treasure the island as her home,” said Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.

Rihanna, one of the best-selling singers of all time, with 250 million record sales globally, is an actress and fashion designer.

Earlier this year, Rihanna and her Clara Lionel Foundation visited Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, with Global Citizen and the Global Partnership for Education.

In a new short documentary, the pop star and GPE ambassador expresses her interest in learning more about the African nation and the how to combat the challenges it faces in the education sector, like lack of resources, which oftentimes leads to a disparaging number of children dropping out after primary school.

In the video, below, Rihanna enters a classroom to help teach students math and sits down with community and global figures alike, all who are rallying together to help end poverty around the world and raise $3.1 billion USD for those efforts. Watch above, then visit globalcitizen.org/gpe to see how you can help.

“The lack of access to education for children around the world is a massive problem, but that does not mean we should throw up our hands in despair and surrender,” Rihanna said in a new piece published by the Guardian Tuesday.

“Instead, we need to take on as much of the challenge as we can manage to set an example and see the difference. This is what has driven me to prioritize global education in my philanthropy and advocacy work.”

While growing up in Barbados, Rihanna added, she now realizes she took her access to education for granted.

In many parts of the world, children are prevented from that same access due to poverty, politics, war, sexism, and more.

How To Survive When Drowning – US Navy


Most of us drift through life pretty easily. Occasionally, something pops up forcing us to think outside of the box and do something we’re not too accustomed to but only rarely.

However, things can be very different if you’re a Navy Seal.
Clint Emerson is a former Navy Seal who has just written a book about 100 vital skills learnt in the U.S. Navy, and I think it’s only fair to say that while incredibly insightful, it’s pretty terrifying at times too.

In this excerpt from Clint’s book, 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide , Clint explains what you should do if somebody tries to drown you – whether that be in anything from shallow water to a rough sea.

He writes:
When an operative is captured in hostile territory, the odds of survival are low.
Instead of being taken to trial, he will likely simply be made to “disappear” — which is why operatives practice escaping while wearing undefeatable restraints on hands and feet, both in water and on land.
Tied up, thrown into open waters, and left to drown to death, the well-trained operative still has recourse to a few skills that can help extend his life until he is found or reaches solid ground.

So as you can see, things are already pretty intense – but how can you stay alive?
When it comes to self-preservation in water, the key to survival is breath control. With the lungs full of air, the human body is buoyant — so deep breaths and quick exhales are key.

Buoyancy in freshwater is more challenging but still achievable. Panicking, which can lead to hyperventilation, is the number-one enemy to survival.

Restraints and body positioning may make breathing a challenge, but repositioning is always within the Nomad’s grasp. In shallow waters, use a sinking and bouncing approach to travel toward shore, ricocheting off the seabed or lake floor up to the surface for an inhale.

When facing down, whether floating in place or using a backward kicking motion to swim to shore, the operative should arch his back in order to raise his head above water.

And what if you’re being drowned in rough water?
In rough seas, this may not give him enough clearance to get his head out of water. Instead, a full body rotation will allow him to take a deep breath and then continue travelling forward.

The idea is, that by travelling forward, hopefully the captured Seal will eventually find dry land, or at least somewhere they can free themselves from their restraints

Mystery Of The Bermuda Triangle


MYSTERY OF THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE
THE mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle might be finally explained with the 100ft ‘rogue’ waves theory, but the myth of its seas will survive forever. But how did all the tales and legends begin?

It was all started, then later perpetuated, by journalists and writers, though many details recorded are based on fact.

Its abnormalities were first noted in 1950 by Edward Jones, writing for the Miami Herald, before it gained notoriety in 1952 when George Sand wrote in Fate magazine about certain incidents occurred in the zone.

One of the more famous examples was that of Flight-19, a training flight of five torpedo bomber planes. All five of the aircraft vanished during a training session in 1945.

Following this, many disappearances of planes or ships were reported and the mystery continued growing. Ever since, researchers and scientists have come up with an array of theories to explain the mystery disappearances.

Methane Gas

This theory blames gas trapped under the sea floor for the scores of plane and ship disappearances. This, the claim goes, can erupt, lower the water density and cause ships to sink like a rock. Even planes flying over it, could catch fire and get completelydestroyed, researchers said.

Electronic Fog

This is the name coined for what is essentially a storm. The ‘electronic fog’ would appear from nowhere and would engulf a plane or a ship by causing all instruments’ malfunction, so the ship or aircraft would vanish with no trace.
Hexagonal Cloud and Air Bombs
Another theory of the Bermuda Triangle disappearances involves strange cluds and 45-feet waves. Meteorologists have discovered strange hexagonal clouds that are capable of blasting winds to the ocean below at huge speeds. These wind storms on the ocean would create waves as high as 45-feet, decimating ships and planes caught in it.

Mystery Of Bermuda Triangle Solve


BRITISH scientists believe 100ft ‘rogue’ waves could be the reason why so many boats have been sunk in the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.

THE mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle might be finally explained with the 100ft ‘rogue’ waves theory, but the myth of its seas will survive forever. But how did all the tales and legends begin?

It was all started, then later perpetuated, by journalists and writers, though many details recorded are based on fact.

Its abnormalities were first noted in 1950 by Edward Jones, writing for the Miami Herald, before it gained notoriety in 1952 when George Sand wrote in Fate magazine about certain incidents occurred in the zone.

One of the more famous examples was that of Flight-19, a training flight of five torpedo bomber planes. All five of the aircraft vanished during a training session in 1945.

Following this, many disappearances of planes or ships were reported and the mystery continued growing. Ever since, researchers and scientists have come up with an array of theories to explain the mystery disappearances.

Methane Gas

This theory blames gas trapped under the sea floor for the scores of plane and ship disappearances. This, the claim goes, can erupt, lower the water density and cause ships to sink like a rock. Even planes flying over it, could catch fire and get completely destroyed, researchers said.

Electronic Fog

This is the name coined for what is essentially a storm. The ‘electronic fog’ would appear from nowhere and would engulf a plane or a ship by causing all instruments’ malfunction, so the ship or aircraft would vanish with no trace.

Hexagonal Cloud and Air Bombs

Another theory of the Bermuda Triangle disappearances involves strange cluds and 45-feet waves. Meteorologists have discovered strange hexagonal clouds that are capable of blasting winds to the ocean below at huge speeds.

These wind storms on the ocean would create waves as high as 45-feet, decimating ships and planes caught in it. The infamous body of water in the western part of the North Atlantic ocean stretches 700,000km between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto-Rico.
The rogue waves are created when three storms collide in the Bermuda Triangle, experts say

Also known as the Devil’s Triangle, the area features multiple shipping lanes and has claimed over 1,000 lives in the last 100 years. But experts at the University of Southampton believe the mystery can be explained by a natural phenomenon known as “rogue waves.”

Appearing on Channel 5 documentary The Bermuda Triangle Enigma, the science boffins use indoor simulators to re-create the monster water surges.

Rogue waves – which only last for a few minutes – were first observed by satellites in 1997 off the coast of South Africa.
Experts at the University of Southampton can re-create the conditions of a rogue wave using an indoor simulator.

The scientists showed how huge boats can be overcome by the monster waves
The team used a model of the USS Cyclops – which went missing in the triangle in 1918 claiming 300 lives.

Some have even measured 30 metres (nearly 100ft) high.
The research team built a model of the USS Cyclops, a huge vessel which went missing in the triangle in 1918 claiming 300 lives.
And because of its sheer size and flat base, it does not take long before the model is overcome with water during the simulation.

Dr Simon Boxall, an ocean and earth scientist, says that infamous area in the Atlantic can see three massive storms coming together from different directions – the perfect conditions for a rogue wave.
Rogue waves can measure up to nearly 100ft.

The feared location lies off the coast of North America, in the Atlantic Ocean
Boxall believes such a surge in water could snap a boat, such as the Cyclops, in TWO.
He said: “There are storms to the south and north, which come together.

“And if there are additional ones from Florida, it can be a potentially deadly formation of rogue waves.
“They are steep, they are high – we’ve measured waves in excess of 30 metres.

“The bigger the boat gets, the more damage is done.
“If you can imagine a rogue wave with peaks at either end, there’s nothing below the boat, so it snaps in two.
“If it happens, it can sink in two to three minutes.”