Wed, 08 Dec 2021

VIENTIANE-- The first dynamic testing train departed from the Vientiane Station of China-Laos Railway on Wednesday morning and headed north to the Laos-China border town of Boten to kick off the dynamic testing along the China-Laos Railway.

Dynamic testing is an important step before the railway is put into operation. It conducts integrated tests on all systems of the whole railway by running a testing train at the specified test speed and with relevant testing equipment, including testing of interface relationship among systems and debugging and optimizing of various systems, etc., so as to provide a scientific basis for the railway's opening-to-traffic. (Laos-China-Railway)

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will strengthen its status as an international shipping center by leveraging advantages in services and development of the Greater Bay Area, official said here on Wednesday.

"As an international shipping center with global influence, Hong Kong's shipping industry is highly developed, especially in the sectors of shipping finance, insurance and legal service," Chinese Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng said in a video speech at the first World Maritime Merchants Forum held in Hong Kong. (Hong Kong-Shipping)

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BERLIN-- BMW reached an agreement with the Swedish start-up H2 Green Steel, which uses hydrogen and green electricity from renewable energies exclusively for its steel production, the German carmaker announced on Wednesday.

From 2025 onwards, the German carmaker plans to source the climate-friendly steel whose production generates up to 95 percent fewer CO2 emissions and does not require fossil raw materials such as coal, according to BMW. (Germany-BMW-Green Steel)

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JERUSALEM-- The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday announced a program to promote innovative technology and mechanization in agriculture.

The plan was aimed at strengthening agriculture and farmers in Israel by boosting agricultural productivity and farmers' income, while reducing workforce costs and resource consumption, the ministry said. (Israel-Agriculture-Techs)

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SYDNEY -- More Australians than ever are having to work at more than one job, according to a report released on Thursday.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) report found that 867,900 people were working multiple jobs, the highest number since the Australian Bureau of Statistics began tracking secondary jobs in 1994.

The report also found that 209,100 of them were holding down three or more jobs, a 10.8 percent increase from June 2020. (Australia-COVID-19-Job)

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