I check this site time to time due to my travel on business. The air quality is always unhealthy.
Shanghai – PM2.5
Past 24-hour AQI was Unhealthy
Most Recent AQI
May 21, 2013 06 AM
if at this level for 24 Hours
Concentration: 110.0 µg/m³
SEOUL—The recent cancellation of U.S. college entrance exams in South Korea—the first time SAT tests have been called off nationwide anywhere in the world for suspected cheating—is throwing the spotlight back on the country’s hyper-competitive academic environment.
The U.S.-based administrator of the SAT, the most widely used standardized evaluation tool for high-school students applying to American universities, scrapped the May 4 sessions in South Korea three days before the test date [...]
Experimental aircraft speeds to more than 3,000 mph in test flight
LOS ANGELES — A lightning-quick experimental aircraft made history when it sped more than 3,000 mph above the Pacific Ocean in a test flight, reigniting decades-long efforts to develop a vehicle that could travel faster than a speeding bullet.
The unmanned X-51A WaveRider, which resembles a shark-nosed missile, was launched midair Wednesday off the coast near Point Mugu. It sped westward for [...]
CHICAGO — Proposed legislation would make it illegal in Illinois for dogs to get behind the wheel of a car.
Dogs in the driver’s seat — on their owners’ laps — is a dangerous but common habit, said state Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago), co-sponsor of the bill.
“Because I travel, I can’t help but observe the number of people with dogs on their laps,” he said. “It is a public safety concern. If a [...]
Government Security News
March 4, 2013
As the massive federal budget cuts move ahead, Customs and Border Protection moved to curtail travel for its employees and issued a framework to minimize the impact on trade.
President Obama signed an order on March 1 that implemented billions of dollars in government budget cuts.
On March 2, CBP issued a notice that said since it was redirecting all available resources to its most critical core [...]
BOSTON - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of
emergency Friday and banned travel on roads as of 4 p.m. as a blizzard
that could bring nearly 3 feet of snow to the region began to intensify.
Click here for a list of school closings from FOX 25
the storm gains strength it will bring “extremely dangerous conditions”
with bands of snow dropping up to two to three inches per hour at the
height of [...]
President Barack Obama will fly over 9 hours tomorrow, round-trip from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas, Nevada, just to deliver a speech on immigration, according to the president’s White House schedule. With Air Force One estimated to cost $182,000 per hour in flight, Obama’s trip–that is, only his travel to and from Vegas–will cost taxpayers over $1.6 million.
“In the morning, the President will depart the White House en route Las [...]
The Transportation Security Administration confirmed Friday that it will pull the plug on “nude” airport scanners that produce a full body image of the traveler, replacing a technology that has sparked national controversy over privacy and safety.
The TSA told NBC News that it had decided to remove all “backscatter” imaging machines — a total of 174 scanners still in use in 30 airports — by June 1.
The switch problem that led to a complete service shutdown at Penn Station on the busiest travel night of the year has been resolved, Long Island Rail Road said.
The station — which was shut down due to overcrowding — was reopened.
Amtrak, NJ Transit and Long Island Rail Road were all still down for about an hour.
Expect delays on many lines, officials said.
At one point, thousands of people packed the streets [...]
Washington will defend its old friend. President Obama has made crystal clear that Israel’s operations in Gaza have his full support. Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, is expected to travel to the region today. Yet, the US is not the power looking to become more active in the Middle East in years to come. That country is China, a still-emerging power that has no cultural and ideological [...]
by Bix Weir, Road to Roota:
Everybody and their brother claims to have the solution to fix all our problems. From Governments to Politicians to Central Bankers to the Good Guys to the Bad Guys to Freedom Fighters to Liberty Lovers and on and on. They all claim to have the solution – the “Right Road” to travel down. The problem is…IT WON’T FIX THE PROBLEM!So…
Don’t talk about RECOVERY – I don’t want to [...]
As everyone knows, Clinton’s remaining time in the cabinet is limited. She long ago told President Obama that she wanted to leave after his first term was up. “Obviously, if he wants to get somebody confirmed I’d be sensitive to that. But it’s not going to be much longer.”
Then she is going to chill. While there are many topics on which Hillary Clinton speaks with great passion, at this [...]
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will soon be back to doing what she does best — campaigning for President Obama.
Sebelius will travel to New Hampshire this weekend for a swing of “grassroots events” with Obama, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. The campaign trip comes after the Office of Special Counsel found that Sebelius had violated federal campaign law by campaigning for Obama during an official event.
“OSC concluded that [...]
August 3, 2012
India plans to send a satellite via an unmanned spacecraft to orbit Mars next year, joining a small group of nations already exploring the red planet, a government scientist said on Friday.
A rocket will blast off from the southeastern coast of India, dropping the satellite into deep space, which will then travel onto Mars to achieve orbit, the senior scientist said, asking not to be named because the [...]
OAKLAND (KCBS) – Bay Area drivers could one day be tracked using a GPS-like device in their cars and taxed per miles driven – a scenario which is part of a proposed long-range study aimed at finding ways to reduce traffic and pollution, while also raising revenues.
Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments are scheduled to vote on Thursday on whether or not to [...]
Developing: St. Louis River just W of Duluth, MN rises over 15 ft, nears record flood stage of 15.8 ft
Developing: Superior, WI mayor declares a State of Emergency due to major flooding
Listen to scanner reports as flood emergency continues in the Duluth, MN area
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Developing: Mayor declares State of Emergency in Duluth, MN; advises citizens to stay off roads via @fox21online
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Developing: St. Louis River [...]
Britain could become the first country to fly a tourist around the moon, after an Isle of Man-based company announced that it would be ready to take passengers on private lunar expeditions by 2015.
Excalibur Almaz will charge wannabe astronauts an average of £100m for a six-eight month journey exploring deep space.
Three wealthy individuals, or astronauts from emerging powers will be crammed into a reusable capsule the size of a waste skip [...]
Visiting a city is always fun – but figuring out the transport system can be unnerving.
It is always particularly difficult to estimate is how long it can take to travel between two unfamiliar places, but now there is a Mapnificent solution.
A one-man project, Mapnificent sucks in data from the transport services of more than 70 cities across the world, and then uses Google Maps to show you very simply how [...]
April 12, 2012
A Pakistani lawyer who represents victims of U.S. drone strikes has been forced to cancel a trip to the United States after the U.S. government failed to grant him a visa. Shahzad Akbar was scheduled to speak later this month at an International Drone Summit in Washington, D.C. Akbar is co-founder of the Pakistani human rights organization, Foundation for Fundamental Rights. He filed the first case in [...]
I don’t wish this to be perceived as a purely hedonistic adventure, as we do have concrete goals we wish to accomplish, but I must admit that part of the attraction is to merely opt-out of the status quo, at least for a while, and to seek life on our own terms. My wife and I have always been adventurous; she was a traveling nurse in Hawaii when I met [...]
In response to ongoing criticism for removing the back brace from an elderly woman who claims Transportation Security Agency (TSA) officers strip-searched her an airport, the TSA issued a “clarification” about their position on the incidents, claiming — contrary to an earlier TSA statement — that the woman’s back brace was removed because the security personnel thought it was a “money belt.”
“There was a bit of a miscommunication and our officers were [...]
By Zachary A. Goldfarb, Published: October 23
It was a critical plan to jump-start the economy.
President Obama pledged at the beginning of his term to boost the nation’s crippled housing market and help as many as 9 million homeowners avoid losing their homes to foreclosure.
Nearly three years later, it hasn’t worked out. Obama has spent just $2.4 billion of the $50 billion he promised. The initiatives he announced have helped [...]
WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday urged U.S. citizens to leave Syria immediately, saying the government’s violent crackdown on peaceful protests had led to an uncertain and volatile situation.
“The U.S. Department of State urges U.S. citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available,” the department said in a warning notice, adding future plans by U.S. citizens to [...]
“What we have to do in this country is remember who we are and that’s the reason why I like to travel and to get out because, look no matter what people say, when they see you.. They’re excited and they’re proud and you know, everybody, everybody has their detractors and that’s part of what the political process is all about,” First Lady Michelle Obama [...]
Got to give them credit, they are protesting for such a minor thing, at this point we should be at war with wall street, bankers, and all parties involved.
Stunning Videos Of French Austerity Protests
France’s refineries are shut, schools are closed and travel is halted or delayed as labor unions launch widespread work stoppages ahead of Wednesdayâ€™s parliamentary vote on the countryâ€™s pension system. The unions oppose a government [...]
I am currently building a house in the Midwest Rust belt. It is where we live now and we want the house we want. Plus, we are near sixty and I am in poor health. If we don’t build now, we (as a couple) won’t get to. Also, since my health prevents travel, inability to pursue our hobbies, etc., it is the only luxury we enjoy [...]
“At a Fed policy symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Bernanke gave his strongest indication yet that the Fed is ready to resume its large purchases of longer-term debts if the economy worsens. Such purchases would add to the Fedâ€™s already substantial holdings.
â€œWe have come a long way, but there is still some way to travel,â€ Bernanke said. â€œCentral bankers alone cannot solve the worldâ€™s economic [...]
I live in Brazil, and know for a fact that thousands of people from here spent time in the US during February, including me and my family. As we have a nice long break for Carnaval, a lot of people go to the states to ski, go to NY, go to Miami, etc. I personally spent a couple days in LA and then a week in Cabo. My family left [...]