Hong Kong halts trains from mainland China as virus spreads

World Jan 28, 2020

Hong Kong halts trains from mainland China as virus spreads

Hong Kong's leader has announced that all rail links to mainland China will be cut starting Friday as fears grow about the spread of a new virus. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Tuesday that both the high-speed rail station and the regular train station ...

AI to assist railway companies combat problems with snow accumulation

National Jan 26, 2020

AI to assist railway companies combat problems with snow accumulation

Japanese railway companies are turning to artificial intelligence to help tackle potential problems for their shinkansen bullet trains caused by snow accumulation. West Japan Railway Co. is developing an AI system to gauge the amount of snow that collects on Hokuriku Shinkansen trains that travel ...

New rules could bump emotional-support animals from planes in U.S.

Business Jan 23, 2020

New rules could bump emotional-support animals from planes in U.S.

The days of passengers bringing their pets on airplanes as emotional-support animals could be ending. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed that only specially trained dogs qualify as service animals, which must be allowed in the cabin at no charge. Airlines could ban emotional-support ...

Paralympic pressure: Progress doubted on barrier-free access push

National Jan 20, 2020

Paralympic pressure: Progress doubted on barrier-free access push

Japan is accelerating efforts to improve access to accommodations and transport for the Paralympics, but people with disabilities are questioning whether enough is being done. While the games are being touted as a chance to create a more inclusive society, 66 percent of respondents to ...