There have been a number of catastrophic train crashes in recent years that may seem to have been isolated incidents. But, it turns out, they are connected in an important way. They illustrate a failure in the railroad industry to implement a life-saving technology that could have prevented them. The list of accidents includes one last year in Cayce, South Carolina where an improperly aligned track switch sent Amtrak's Silver Star, its crew and more than 100 passengers careening off the mainline track and barreling into a CSX freight train parked on a siding. Mark James: When it hit, I mean, you can couple up at six miles an hour, and it'll shake the ground. And this thing hit at 51 miles an hour. And the blast was unbelievable. Mark James was right there. He was the engineer of the CSX freight train that night. Mark James: And they're bringing people off with broke arms, legs, people fr-- mangled really. And this is something I'll never, I'll never get over. I couldn't imagine … [Read more...] about How safe are America’s railroads?
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This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here.Bills and finances Often when people are looking to save, they first think about cutting down on luxuries such as meals out or clothes and accessories, but there are often savings to be made when it comes to household bills. Go through all your regular costs, and look for any payments you're making for services you don't use, or any that you don't understand, then contact the company to clarify or cancel. For example, if your home insurance includes good travel insurance, you don't need a separate travel insurance policy. If you get your bills sent to your home, you might be charged an administrative fee (administrativ avgift) which you could cut out completely by going paperless and checking your bills online. The next step is to see if you can make any smarter choices with regular bills, such as upgrading your home insurance to include travel insurance if that is cheaper than paying … [Read more...] about Members’ guide: How to save money despite living in Sweden
London By Alice Evans BBC News 13 January 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-46735985 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Hundreds of people were devastated when a fire destroyed every single item in 1,198 rented units at a … [Read more...] about How it feels to lose everything you own
Firstly, these 'experts' talk waffle on behalf of the rural population of Ireland. Secondly, they talk as if there are very few motoring vehicles outside of the main urban centres. In rural Ireland there are few, if any, charging points for any electric vehicles in small towns and villages. Also there is little or no public service transport. Tens of thousands of people live 20/30km from their nearest village and if lucky enough to find a charging point they would spend an enormous amount of time travelling to/from and waiting for the charge to complete itself. I have yet to hear any of the panellists mention tractors and other diesel-powered agricultural machinery. If the Government is serious about wanting fossil-free motoring, there should be grants to install the requisite charging points in rural homes and farms. I won't hold my breath! George Coe, Gowran, Co Kilkenny (Nearest charging point - Thomastown, 18km) Fuelling climate change debate Sir — In your pre-Christmas … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor: ‘Electric waffle a turn-off’
ELON Musk has unveiled his super-fast transport tunnel underneath LA - a project of his firm 'The Boring Company'. But just what is The Boring Company? We take a look at the business founded by the Tesla chief in closer detail. What is the Boring Company? Elon Musk’s “The Boring Company” was founded in 2016 in California. The company focuses on infrastructure and tunnel construction, and primarily looks at how tunnels can help to ease traffic and congestion in Los Angeles, claiming the 2D transportation network at present is not viable anymore. In February 2017, the company began digging a 30-foot-wide, 50-foot-long and 15-foot-deep testing trench on the premises of SpaceX's offices in Hawthorne, California, as construction on the firm’s own site would not require any permits. Musk describes this venture as a “personal hobby” and invests around “two to three per cent” of his time. Musk hopes that the introduction of electric skates will … [Read more...] about What does Elon Musk’s Boring Company do, what’s happening with the tunnel and do they sell flamethrowers?