World's Longest Cross-sea Bridge Opens in East China
   2011-07-01 19:53:59      Web Editor: Yu

China Daily
The Beijing to Shanghai bullet train and now the world’s longest cross-sea bridge has opened in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province. The bridge spans eight lines of traffic and is over 41km long. Other vital statistics, the bridge will shorten travel time between the urban district of the city and its Huangdao district from more than 40 to 20 minutes. The report in the China Daily says Qingdao residents are pretty chuffed not only because their city holds the record for the longest bridge but because it’s going to ease commuting issues. Apparently this project was 21 years in the making, 17 of those years it took to plan (particularly due to high salt content and the icy winter seas) and then it took 4 years to actually build.

Yahoo News
India is expected to surpass China around 2025 as the most populous nation; the US will stay in third place with an expected 423 million people. Some countries will see declining birth rates, China is expected to stabilize with a steady 1.3 billion population but Russia will decrease from 139-million people to 109-million, the article cites low life expectancy in Russia due to poor diet and alcoholism. Other nations on tract to grow massively are Nigeria and Ethiopia. Nigeria is expected to grow from 166 million people to 402 million. And Ethiopia is apparently likely to triple from 91-million to 278-million. The report states this is likely to compound the serious food supply issues in some African countries.

London Metro
Kate and Wills, the royal couple landed in Canada yesterday for their first royal visit. The pair is reported to have looked beaming and happy as they landed in Ottawa greeted by an official party before meeting and greeting fans.
The royal newly weds are in fact in Canada for Canada day which is today. It marks Canada's 144th year, of which it gained full independence from Britain in 1982. Now this celebration is usually pretty celebrated around the world especially in the Canadian expat communities.


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