NEWS DIGEST 05.12.2020: Curious squirrels pose for photos, while a jet engine smashes records

Good morning. Today’s News Digest comes to you via Facebook. A group of residents in the English town of Romford, Essex county have launched a website petitioning for the development of the ‘Rom Yard’, a patch of disused land alongside … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 05.12.2020: Curious squirrels pose for photos, while a jet engine smashes records

VALUABLE SMOKE: Artist helps China turn smog into diamonds

Beijing, CHINA VIJAY SHAH via World Economic Forum Smog is probably one of the most useless… and dangerous things known to humanity. The thick all-enveloping clouds of chemical particulates, water vapour, smoke and other atmospheric ingredients kills thousands of people globally per year, causes disruption to traffic and the economy and is an inescapable hazard to sufferers of breathing problems such as asthma. But now, in the notoriously polluted cities of China, they are not only fighting back, but are making a tidy profit from it too. China has some of the most polluted aerial environments on earth. With a 1 … Continue reading VALUABLE SMOKE: Artist helps China turn smog into diamonds

XIAOMI MI NOTE: New phablet to take on iPhone 6 Plus

Xiaomi, the Chinese phone manufacturer who have had runaway success in the Asian mobile phone and tablet markets, has launched a new larger-sized model which it is touting as its biggest challenge to the Apple iPhone yet. The device, known as Mi Note, is the latest to join the ever-growing list of ‘phablets’ to hit the market, as consumers move away from wanting to spend big funds to purchase separate phones and tablets and look towards gadgets that combine the best of both worlds. The Mi Note comes at a good time for Xiaomi, who have recently been declared the world’s most valuable start-up, according to technology news site TechCrunch. … Continue reading XIAOMI MI NOTE: New phablet to take on iPhone 6 Plus

OCCUPY CENTRAL: Hong Kong protesters cancel vote on street occupation

Occupy Central, a network of pro-democracy activists and university students who have brought much of central Hong Kong to a standstill in a weeks-long sit-in protest against what they see as mainland Chinese interference in the election of the former British colony‘s chief executive, have cancelled a vote on what their next steps will be in their street occupation, reports the Voice of America in Asia. The vote was dropped only hours before it was meant to take place, suggests reports from Hong Kong. Following landmark talks between leaders of the protest movement and representatives of the Hong Kong SAR assembly, the city-state’s authorities had planned to send a … Continue reading OCCUPY CENTRAL: Hong Kong protesters cancel vote on street occupation

CHINA AIRPORT BLAST: Large explosion reported at Beijing Int’l Airport

There has been reports of an explosion at China’s Beijing International Airport according to news sources on Twitter. The explosion is believed to have taken place at the airport’s Terminal 3 building in the arrivals hall. One person is said to have been killed according to a Chinese media report. Xinhua news agency reported witnesses as hearing a loud bang from the airport’s arrival lounge.  It is not yet known which group or individual is behind the blast. The People’s Republic of China is fighting against Uighur separatists in the north-western Xinjiang province, home to a Turkic minority who have accused … Continue reading CHINA AIRPORT BLAST: Large explosion reported at Beijing Int’l Airport