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TGV Voyages Train Simulator : How To Get It Free!

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TGV Voyages Train Simulator

TGV Voyages allows you to experience high speed train travel through the French countryside in Train Simulator.

The high speed railways of France, dominated by the iconic TGV Duplex, are brought to life in the breathtaking new Ligne Grande Vitesse: Marseille Saint-Charles to Avignon-TGV route for Train Simulator.

Construction of the LGV Méditerranée began in 1996, designed as a dedicated high speed line that spans over 160 miles to connect the South-East of France to the nation’s capital, Paris. The LGV Méditerranée extends from the end of the LGV Rhône-Alpes in Valence and terminates at Marseille via Avignon and Aix-en-Provence.

Opened in 2001, the LGV Méditerranée is operated by SNCF® with TGV Duplex high speed trains, operating on the 25kV AC catenary system, capable of reaching 320 km/h. These revolutionary high speed trains slashed journey times to the South coast of France with TGVs now handling the vast majority of all journeys in France, covering some 750 km (470 miles) in around 3 hours – faster than some domestic airlines.

The line serves a total of 4 stations, featuring three purpose-built structures, the Gare de Valence TGV, a uniquely built multi-level station allowing easy transfer between the high speed and local services, Gare d’Avignon TGV, made popular by its close proximity to Avignon city centre and Gare d’Aix-en-Provence TGV, allowing easy travel into the north of Marseille and Marseille Airport, accessible by regular bus services.

The final station is Marseille-Saint-Charles – a terminus station previously built to serve the surrounding area and the French Riviera, access to this station is via the classic French main lines.

Due to the undulating nature of Southern France’s terrain, the LGV Méditerranée features many steep inclines and declines, not to mention the impressive number of vast cuttings, tunnels and viaducts that traverse the landscape, the longest tunnel being over 8 km (5 Miles) long. Not only is the outstanding scenery a wonder to behold, the LGV Med. regularly sees 300 – 320 km/h operation providing a fast, reliable service with the beautiful southern France countryside flying past the upper and lower windows.

The route is equipped with the TVM430 (Transmission Voie-Machine) signalling system, a revolutionary in-cab signalling system designed for operating high speed trains in high capacity. Conventional signalling is not practical for very high speed routes, as drivers have very little time to see and react to what flies past the windscreen. TVM430 displays information in the cab telling the driver what speed he should be travelling at, without the need for conventional track-side equipment.

Included with the 100km Marseille to Avignon high speed route is the iconic TGV Duplex in SNCF livery.

  • 105km (65 mile) LGV route from Marseille Saint-Charles and Avignon TGV
  • Stunning southern France scenery, including numerous tunnels and high speed viaducts
  • Locomotive yard at Marseille
  • TGV Duplex in SNCF livery
  • Scenarios for the route
  • Quick Drive compatible
  • Download size: 1300 mb

 

TGV Voyages Train Simulator : How To Get This Game For Free!

Make sure you follow these steps to get this game for FREE before 1 AM (GMT+8) on 9 June 2023!

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the TGV Voyages Train Simulator page on Steam.
  3. Click on the Add to Account button.

That’s it! It is now added to your Steam account, and you can download and install it anytime after this.

 

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Are Push Pocket Criminals Targeting Tourists In KL?!

Are criminals using new push pocket tactics to target foreigners and tourists in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : KL Criminals Are Using New Push Pocket Tactics!

People are sharing this message about the new Push Pocket crimes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

It’s a long message, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts.

Genuine message posted by a law firm in Malaysia. If you’re going to KL, take note!

PUSH-POCKET IN KUALA LUMPUR

I am sure you all have heard of ‘pick pocket’. A new trend ‘push pocket’. Read on.. for your own good.

A few days ago a new type of crime has surfaced in town. It goes something like this:-

Somebody slips a hand-phone into your pocket, sometimes it could be just a wallet with an identity card and a few ringgit.

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Truth : KL Criminals Are Not Using New Push Pocket Tactics!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Push Pocket Is A Form Of Extortion

The so-called Push Pocket tactic is nothing new. It is a type of extortion scam, in which the criminal accuses the victim of being a thief – in a reversal of the usual pickpocket tactic.

A similar kind of tactic, called Zig-Zag, was reportedly being used in airports in Thailand, where tourists were allegedly accused of shoplifting in duty-free shops, and had to pay fees to avoid arrest.

Fact #2 : Viral Push Pocket Message Date Back To 2008

This viral message about the push pocket scam in Kuala Lumpur isn’t new. As far as I can tell, it dates back to at least 2008, when it was even shared on TripAdvisor by worried tourists.

It was given some prominence when The Star asked people to “beware of the push pocket scam” in October 2009. Since then, it has been reposted regularly in forums, on social media platforms, and WhatsApp groups.

Fact #3 : PDRM Has Received No Reports On Such Scams

After the message went viral again in January 2023, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) chimed in on the controversy on January 4, 2023.

PDRM secretary, Deputy Commissioner Datuk Norsiah Mohd Saaduddin said that checks showed PDRM has never received any report about such scams.

The public are urged to not fall for messages that have no basis and are not verified. Sharing or spreading such news can cause unrest and worry amongst the public.

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Fact #4 : Malaysia Has Laws + CCTV Cameras

Frankly speaking, it is improbable for such crimes to be committed, at least in airports and LRT or MRT stations, because they are covered by CCTV cameras. Malaysia is also not a lawless country, where police officers are blatantly corrupt and turn a blind eye to such crimes.

If a foreigner is accused of stealing from a local resident, the police in Malaysia will investigate and the CCTV footage will show that the foreign tourist did not steal anything.

And if there’s no CCTV footage, it doesn’t mean the foreign tourist gets jailed automatically. That means there is no evidence the foreign tourist stole the item, and therefore, the police have no right to arrest him/her.

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Did Man Using Bluetooth Get Electrocuted Near Train?!

Did a man using Bluetooth earphones get electrocuted by the high tension power cable of an electric train?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Man Using Bluetooth Got Electrocuted Near Electric Train!

A video showing a man getting electrocuted and falling onto train tracks has gone viral, together with a message that claims that it happened because he was using Bluetooth earphones too close to the train tracks!

As the Bluetooth was activated on the mobile phone, the current came from the high tension cable of the track and reached the brain through the ear phones

And what happened next? See it yourself

Avoid using Bluetooth on the railway platform while travelling and standing “close to the train track” on the platform. 16/12/22

 

Truth : Man Near Electric Train Was Not Electrocuted Using Bluetooth!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and shared on WhatsApp and social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Incident Happened On 7 December 2022

First, let me just confirm that the video is genuine, and was recorded by a CCTV camera at the Kharagpur railway station in West Bengal, India, on 7 December 2022.

It did not happen on 16 December 2022, as the fake viral message claimed.

Fact #2 : Man Was A Train Ticket Inspector

The man was not a train passenger wearing Bluetooth earphones. He was a ticket inspector – a Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) to be precise.

There was no mention of the ticket inspector wearing headphones or earphones of any kind in the incident report.  As he was working on the job, he would not have been wearing any earphones, much less Bluetooth earphones.

Fact #3 : He Was Hit By A Falling Live Wire

While the ticket inspector was speaking to another person, an electrical cable that was in contact with the Overhead Equipment (OHE) live cable fell on him.

He was electrocuted by that loose cable, with sparks coming off his shoes and head. The ticket inspector fell backwards onto the rail tracks as the other person ran away in fright.

Fortunately, there were no passing trains, and after a few seconds, onlookers (who were probably stunned) came to help him. Miraculously, the man was taken to the hospital, and survived with only burn injuries!

If you look carefully at the video, you can see the cable when it sparks up on touching the ticket inspector’s head.

Fact #4 : Railway Official Confirmed Live Wire As The Cause

Chennai railway official, Ananth Rupanagudi, confirmed the incident, and explained that it was a freak accident that occurred because a long piece of cable fell on the man’s head.

A freak accident – a long piece of loose cable, taken by a bird somehow came in contact with the OHE wire and the other end came down and touched a TTE’s head. He suffered burn injuries but is out of danger and under treatment – at Kharagpur station yesterday afternoon! #Accident

He also revealed that the cable was very long – about 6 to 8 metres in length, and it was touching the OHE live cable on the other end.

Fact #5 : Incident Had Nothing To Do With Location / Bluetooth

To be clear, this incident had nothing to do with the man “standing close to the train track”. It also had nothing to do with using Bluetooth earphones.

Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology. It is simply not possible for anyone using Bluetooth devices to get electrocuted by nearby power cables, even if they are exposed.

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Did Kelana Jaya LRT Fail Due To Cracked Software?!

Did the Kelana Jaya LRT service fail because Prasarana used cracked software downloaded on BitTorrent?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Kelana Jaya LRT Failed After Using Cracked Software!

After the Kelana Jaya LRT service was shut down for a week after multiple failures, this message went viral on WhatsApp and social media, claiming that it was due to the use of cracked software Prasarana downloaded on the BitTorrent network!

LRT KELANA JAYA MALFUNCTION DUE TO CRACKED SOFTWARE THAT PRASARANA USED IN THEIR SYSTEM. THIS MAY CAUSED BY LIMITATION OF SOME ACCESS DUE TO NEW UPDATE TO THE SOFTWARE. ISSUE HAS BEEN HIGHLIGHTED TO HIGHER MANAGEMENT TO PURCHASE THE SOFTWARE BUT PRASARANA DECIDED TO DOWNLOAD IT USING TORRENT.

 

Truth : Kelana Jaya LRT Did Not Fail Because Of Cracked Software!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Kelana Jaya LRT Problems Due To ATC System Failure

On 9 November 2022, Prasarana conducted a special media briefing, in which it confirmed that the failures encountered by the Kelana Jaya LRT service was due to its malfunctioning Automatic Train Control (ATC) system.

In fact, they were forced to turn it off several times, and resort to manually driving the trains, which caused further delays to their train schedules.

Prasarana CEO admitted that they knew about the problem earlier, and had already approved the RM150 million ATC system replacement, but it would take a few months to complete.

Fact #2 : ATC System Is More Than Just Software

From what I can find out, the Kelana Jaya LRT service is using the SelTrac Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system from the Thales Group.

This automatic train control system is a combination of both communications and control hardware on the train, communications and control in the trains and station, as well as both hardware and software in the Operation Control Centre.

This isn’t like your typical Windows PC, where you can just mix and match compatible components, and then install and run cracked versions of Microsoft Office or Photoshop, to get some work done.

That’s why the ATC system replacement that Prasarana approved in October 2022 would take several months to complete. It isn’t simply a matter of installing new software.

The ATC system used in the Kelana Jaya LRT line is more than 24 years old. Not only is the software outdated, the hardware is likely way past its lifespan!

Fact #3 : Unlikely For Thales ATC Software To Feature Copy Protection

Automatic train control (ATC) software is proprietary and designed to work only with specific hardware. So it is unlikely that Thales would bother to add copy protection to their ATC software.

There is no reason for them to add copy protection, because no one would be able to use it with other hardware. They can reverse-engineer and learn from the software, but not actually do anything with it.

In short, even if someone gets a copy of the Thales ATC software, there is no need for him/her to “crack” the software to share them on BitTorrent.

Even if you get a copy of the Thales ATC software, what are you going to install it on? Your laptop? To run what? Your kids’ toy train set??

Fact #4 : Thales ATC Software Isn’t On BitTorrent

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing network, which people use to share files with each other.

Because the files being shared are stored on your computer, generally people will only share popular files – music, videos, and yes, games and office applications.

Thales automatic train control (ATC) system software is sadly, much too niche to be found on the BitTorrent network.

A search for everything Thales related, only shows three files with Thales in their name and none of them have anything to do with trains, or even software. In fact, all three are just ebooks.

  • Thales the Measurer
  • Unlocking the Customer Value Chain by These S Telxelra, Greg Piechota EPUB
  • Drawing Physics – 2,600 Years of Discovery from Thales to Higgs (2017) (Pub) Gooner

No matter what we may think of Prasarana, it’s really stupid to suggest that they would even be able to find a cracked version of the latest Thales ATC software on BitTorrent!

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Why Kelana Jaya LRT Line Shuts Down For 1 Week!

Find out why Rapid KL shut down the Kelana Jaya LRT line for a whole week!

 

Kelana Jaya LRT Line Shuts Down For 1 Week!

At 4:55 AM on 9 November 2022, Rapid KL announced that they are suspending sixteen stations on the Kelana Jaya LRT line for 7 days!

In addition, all other LRT stations will end their services earlier at 11 PM. Here is their official notice, with my English translation:

Kemaskini Gangguan Perkhidmatan LRT Laluan Kelana Jaya:

16 stesen LRT dari Stesen Kelana Jaya hingga Stesen Ampang Park digantung operasi selama 7 hari bermula hari ini.

Lain-lain stesen beroperasi seperti biasa dan akan menamatkan perkhidmatan lebih awal iaitu pada jam 11 malam.

Terima kasih

Kelana Jaya Line LRT Service Interruption Update:

16 LRT stations from Kelana Jaya Station to Ampang Park Station are suspended for 7 days starting today.

Other stations will operate as usual and will end services earlier at 11pm.

Thank you

 

Kelana Jaya LRT Line Disruption Caused By ATC System

At a special media briefing at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, 9 November 2022, Prasarana CEO Mohd Azharuddin Mat Shah stated that the disruption of the Kelana Jaya LRT line was due to faulty electronic components in its Automatic Train Control (ATC) system.

The disruption, which resulted in the loss of signal between the control centre and also the trains caused the trains to be dysfunctional automatically between the Kelana Jaya station and the Ampang Park station.

This is a serious problem that has never happened before. Rapid Rail is assisted by a special team from original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Thales Group from Toronto, Canada, to find short and long-term solutions. This includes tests on existing devices and software.

Efforts will be made by RapidRail to address the problem. Free feeder bus service will be provided for passengers and to reduce congestion at the affected stations.

He said that as of 11 AM today, Rapid KL has provided 69 feeder buses to ferry passengers for free on the Kelana Jaya LRT route.

The 7-day shut down will give Rapid KL engineers time to analyse and identify the problem, and hopefully solve the problem long enough for an ATC replacement to be completed.

In response to a question, Prasarana CEO Mohd Azharuddin Mat Shah said that they had already foreseen the need to replace the ATC system because it’s at the end of its lifespan, and will upgrade it after this incident.

However, he shared that the RM150 million ATC system replacement will take a few months.

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Kelana Jaya Line LRT Line Has Been Problematic Lately

The Kelana Jaya line has been beset by problems since Saturday, 5 November, but the biggest problems were seen in the last 2 days.

Rapid KL had to issue a flurry of social media updates, and send out shuttle buses, as frustrated passengers waited futilely at LRT stations for hours.

Monday, 7 November 2022

11:47 AM : Rapid KL reported technical issues between KLCC and Ampang Park.

12:17 PM : Rapid KL sent buses to ferry passengers after LRT service between Pasar Seni and Damai apparently broke down.

1:15 PM : Rapid KL stopped all trains between Kelana Jaya and KLCC, for 30 minutes at 1:10 PM.

1:26 PM : Rapid KL sent buses to ferry passengers from the Pasar Seni, Damai and Ara Damansara stations.

2:12 PM : Rapid KL reported that it fixed problems with the LRT service at 1:40 PM, and the service was being reinstated in stages.

2:20 PM : Rapid KL reported that the Kelana Jaya LRT line was fully operational, with a normal schedule.

3:43 PM : Rapid KL reported technical issues between KLCC and Ampang Park again.

4:38 PM : Rapid KL sent buses to ferry passengers after LRT service at Damai, KLCC and Pasar Seni stations apparently ceased.

4:51 PM : Rapid KL said that the Kelana Jaya LRT trains are being reinstated in stages.

8:48 PM : Rapid KL reported technical issues between KLCC and Kelana Jaya.

8:56 PM : Rapid KL shut down LRT service between KLCC and Kelana Jaya, and asked passengers to look for alternative transportation.

10:12 PM : Rapid KL shut down service between Ampang Park and Kelana Jaya, and asked passengers to look for alternative transportation.

11:04 pM : RapidKL announced that it will shut down service between Gombak and Kelana Jaya at 11:15 PM.

Tuesday, 8 November 2022

6:07 AM : Rapid KL reported that service on the Kelana Jaya LRT line has been fully restored.

12:33 PM : Rapid KL announced that the Kelana Jaya LRT line has been experiencing problems since Saturday, 5 November 2022 due to an unstable Automatic Train Control (ATC) system, forcing the trains to be driven manually. It also announced that their management has decided to change the ATC system completely – a process that will take a few months to complete.

3:32 PM : Rapid KL reported technical issues between KLCC and Kelana Jaya yet again.

3:52 PM : Rapid KL shut down service between KLCC and Kelana Jaya, and asked passengers to look for alternative transportation.

4:49 PM : Rapid KL shut down LRT service between Ampang Park and Kelana Jaya.

9:40 PM : Rapid KL announced that the entire Kelana Jaya LRT line will stop operating at 11 PM.

 

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Unrailed! – How To Get This Game For FREE!

Unrailed! is FREE to download and keep for a Limited Time!

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Unrailed!

Unrailed! is a chaotic online and couch co-op multiplayer railroad construction game where you work together with your friends as a team to build a train track across endless procedurally generated worlds. Master encounters with its inhabitants, upgrade your train and keep it from derailing!

Gather resources and craft tracks to extend your railroad to prevent your train from reaching the end. But watch out – there is only one tool of each type. Co-operation and co-ordination of your team is essential to survive this increasingly challenging journey!

PLOUGH YOUR WAY THROUGH THE WORLD

Every world is unique! You and your team will have to master ever new challenges to stay on track!

ATTACH NEW WAGONS TO MASTER THE UNKNOWN

Upgrade your train to be prepared for whatever is about to come. Get an atomic engine, upgrade your crafting wagon, attach a supercharger or choose from a vast range of other options.

PLAY WITH OR AGAINST YOUR FRIENDS!

Play cooperatively with up to four players in a single team or challenge the co-op skills of your friends in a two versus two game.

  • An intense and chaotic railroad construction experience
  • Online and local couch co-op multiplayer (also mixing both possible)
  • Procedurally generated worlds with 4 different difficulty levels
  • Dynamic weather system & day and night cycle
  • Game modes: Endless, Quick, Sandbox (up to 4 players) and Versus (2 vs 2 players)
  • Distinct biomes (5+)
  • A bunch of upgradable wagons (10+) to modify your train in Endless mode
  • Unlockable characters
  • A replay system
  • Online highscores with replays
  • Simple controls & split keyboard and split controller mode
  • Blocky to the core

 

Unrailed! : How To Get It FREE!

Make sure you follow these steps to get this game for FREE by 11 August 2022 at 11 PM (GMT+8).

  1. Go to the Epic Games Store.
  2. Log into your Epic Games Store account, or create a new account.
  3. Go to the Unrailed! page in the Epic Games Store.
  4. Click on the Get button.
  5. In the checkout page, click Place Order.

That’s it! It is now added to your Epic Games account, and you can download and install it anytime after this.

 

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Rapid KL Survey NOT Required For Taxpayer-Paid Free Rides!

You are NOT required to fill in their survey for the free rides on Rapid KL trains or buses subsidised by Malaysian taxpayers!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Free Rapid KL Rides For 1 Month : Subsidised By Taxpayers!

On 16 June 2022, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaakob officially launched the opening of Phase 1 of the MRT Putrajaya Line.

In conjunction with that launch, he announced that all Rapid KL train and bus rides will be free of charge for a month, from 16 June to 15 July 2022. This free ride program also includes KTM Komuter rides in the Klang Valley.

However, it was not some kind of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or launch promotion by Rapid KL. These free rides were subsidised by the Malaysian government, to the tune of RM155 million – RM140 million will go to Rapid KL, while KTM will receive RM15 million.

In other words – taxpayers are ultimately footing the bill for these free rides.

Read more : All Rapid KL + KTM Rides Are FREE For 1 Month!

 

Initially : Rapid KL Requires Survey For Gov-Paid Free Rides?!

About a day after the announcement of the free rides, Rapid KL released its Terms and Conditions (PDF download), in which passengers were asked to participate in their survey, in order to enjoy the Rapid KL Free Rides (RKLFR) programme.

Passengers were asked to either install and register an account the MyRapid PULSE app, and fill in the survey there; or fill in a physical form at the stations. They were also asked to “keep a screenshot or the top portion of the completed [survey] form to enjoy the RKLFR“.

Its Terms & Conditions stated, explicitly, that (with my emphasis in bold) :

5. Customers who are using tokens are required to redeem the token at any of Rapid KL Customer Service Offices (LRT/MRT/Monorail/BRT/ Selected Bus Hubs) and fill up the form in MyRapid PULSE or fill up the hardcopy survey form before entering the gates.

6. Customers who are using cashless (My50 pass, Touch ‘N Go card and Concession card) need to fill up the form in MyRapid PULSE or fill up the hardcopy survey form before entering the gates. 

There was an immediate social media backlash to the requirement to participate in the Rapid KL survey, in return for the taxpayer-sponsored free rides.

 

Now : Rapid KL Survey NOT Required For Taxpayer-Paid Free Rides!

Rapid KL quickly responded to the furore by “clarifying” that passengers are not forced to download the PULSE app, or participate in the survey.

When I took the MRT and LRT recently, there was no one enforcing the survey requirement. I just tapped my Touch ‘n Go card through the gantries. No one asked to check for a completed survey.

However, it is unlikely that the RapidKL Terms & Conditions was a misunderstanding. Rapid KL repeated the “requirements” in social media posts, like this example (with my English translation)

Terma Dan Syarat

2. Muat turun aplikasi MyRapid PULSE untuk menebus 30 hari perjalanan percuma.

Terms And Conditions

2. Download the MyRapid PULSE app to redeem 30 days of free travel.

In another Facebook post, Rapid KL specifically asked passengers to complete the survey to obtain the free rides.  Here is my English translation of their requirements :

To redeem free rides:

  1. Users are encouraged to download the MyRapid PULSE app in Google Play or Apple Store, and register for an account and fill in the provided [survey] form. After the form is completed, users need to take a screenshot and show it to the officer at the station, while passing through the gantry, or on entering a bus.
  2. Forms are also provided at all RapidKL passenger service counters, selected bus hubs, in the bus, and downloadable through the Rapid KL website and social media platforms. Passengers must take a picture or the top portion of the complete form to enjoy RKLFR.
  3. For passengers who do not have Touch ‘n Go card or other passes, they can obtain a free token at the customer service counter by filling in their information through the MyRapid PULSE app or the provided form, before entering the station.

It appears that they genuinely wanted people to participate in their survey, and only backtracked on those requirements after the social media uproar.

Based on my ride experience, they did not appear to station officers to check for the completely survey forms.

But it was possible that they asked people to fill in the form to obtain a free token. I can’t confirm that as I used my own Touch ‘n Go card, and didn’t collect a free token.

In any case, there is NO LONGER a need to fill in any survey form, to enjoy the taxpayer-sponsored rides on Rapid KL trains or buses. If anyone insists on seeing a completed survey form, just say NO.

 

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All Rapid KL + KTM Rides Are FREE For 1 Month!

All Rapid KL and KTM train and bus rides are now FREE for a whole month! Here is what you need to know!

 

All Rapid KL + KTM Rides Are FREE For 1 Month!

On 16 June 2022, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaakob officially launched the opening of Phase 1 of the MRT Putrajaya Line.

In conjunction with that launch, he announced that all Rapid KL train and bus rides will be free of charge for a month, starting today.

KTM Komuter rides in the Klang Valley will also be free for an entire month, starting today.

I hope that Malaysians will take this opportunity to try these public transportation services, parking their vehicles at Park n Ride facilities.

From 16 June to 15 July 2022, you will be able to ride for free at all MRT, LRT, BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), monorail or Rapid KL bus services, as well as KTM Komuter rides in the Klang Valley.

These free rides are subsidised by the Malaysian government, to the tune of RM155 million – RM140 million will go to Rapid KL, while KTM will receive RM15 million.

The MRT Putrajaya Line, which is being developed in two phases, will serve about two million residents in the Klang Valley when it’s fully completed, running from Kwasa Damansara all the way to Putrajaya.

Phase 2 of the MRT Putrajaya line will pass through key areas in the KL city centre, with stations in Titiwangsa, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Ampang Park and the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX).

There will be 36 stations in total, including nine underground stations. But MRT Corp. plans to add another four stations to improve access to the MRT Putrajaya line.

The new Putrajaya is projected is expected to serve over 104,000 users a day when it’s fully completed. Hopefully, that will greatly alleviate traffic congestion in Kuala Lumpur.

 

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US Homeless Setting Up Tent + Robbing People In Subway?!

Are homeless people in the US setting up tents and robbing passengers on subway trains?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : US Homeless Are Setting Up Tent + Robbing People In Subway!

People are sharing a video of homeless people in the US setting up their tent in the middle of a subway train, and then a homeless man rob another subway passenger of his food.

It is being actively shared in pro-China groups, and by pro-China social media accounts, together with messages like these :

US homeless has moved into the subway. The US homeless has moved into the subway car, and is also robbing other passengers for food in the subway car. The US government should spend more time dealing with domestic problems, instead of going abroad to set fires everywhere. Really US have degenerated to such sad state very depressing 👇👇

PRC.Forces0 : #Homeless couple camp in #NYC subway, snatching food from other passengers.

Such shameful story in US.

 

Truth : US Homeless Are NOT Setting Up Tent + Robbing People In Subway!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and/or propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : It Was A Staged Prank Video

The video was a staged comedy prank by American comedians Esteban Hashtag Tino Romero, and Smiley Hundo.

The video was originally posted by Tino Romero on his @Pundamoniums Instagram account on 12 January 2022.

Smiley Hundo also posted it on YouTube as a short video on 2 March 2022, calling it Homeless Couple Takes Man Food On NYC Train.

Fact #2 : Tino Romero Is Famous For Prank Videos

Tino Romero is famous for participating in pranks and stunts in New York City.

In July 2021, one of his videos went viral, showing him taking a dump into a NYC sanitation worker’s mop bucket!

Of course, that video was also staged – the MTA worker was Morris Cornbread, another New York City-based comedian.

That same video was also used by the Chinese 50 Cent Army as “evidence” of how far American society has fallen. It was a kind of payback for videos of Chinese citizens pooping in public that went viral years earlier.

Fact #3 : New York City Subway Is Patrolled By NYPD

The video appears to spread quickly amongst people who have never been to the United States, and are therefore unaware that the New York City subway is patrolled by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

NYPD officers patrol the stations, and ride the trains to help prevent crime. They also make sure homeless people do not stay in the subway stations, or sleep on the train.

Therefore, it is impossible for homeless people to actually set up a tent in the middle of a subway train. NYPD officers on patrol would certainly evict them from the train.

Fact #4 : Homelessness Is A Problem Globally

While the video was staged, it is true that homelessness is a problem in the United States, and in particular, New York City which boasts some of the most expensive real estate and rental rates in the world.

But this is not an exclusively American problem. Homelessness is a global problem, affecting many countries around the world – rich and poor alike.

Ignoring wars and conflicts that displace people, here is the top 6 list of countries with the most homeless people:

  • Nigeria : 1.66%
  • Honduras : 1.24%
  • Egypt : 1.20%
  • Pakistan : 0.94%
  • Zimbabwe : 0.85%
  • Philippines : 0.42%

Instead of mocking the homeless, perhaps we should be grateful that we have a home to live in. Many people around the world don’t.

 

Why Create Fake Stories About Homeless People In US?!

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared by the Chinese 50 Cent Army, and pro-China netizens.

These fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and its aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

The Wumao have also been actively creating fake stories to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

Please share this fact check with your friends, so they know the truth!

 

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Train Simulator 2022 : Get FREE 50th Anniversary Pack!

The 50th Anniversary Pack for Train Simulator 2022 is FREE for a Limited Time!

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Train Simulator 2022

Welcome to the ultimate railway hobby! Take control of authentic licensed locomotives, drive iconic real-world routes from around the world and customise your experience on Steam Workshop.

Take to the tracks and control powerful iconic locomotives from around the world. Master complex operations on the BR Class 323, DB BR 429.1, Amtrak’s Acela, and more as you deliver passengers and freight to their destinations with a packed timetable of real-world services and scenarios.

Whatever you love about trains, Train Simulator 2022 lets you take your hobby to the next level.

The unparalleled authenticity of the locomotives in Train Simulator 2022 means you are truly in control. Manage your engine, passengers, safety systems, signalling and much more from the comfort of the cab, with control boards that perfectly re-create the operations of real trains.

Enter the TS Academy and begin your career as a virtual train driver or engineer. Whether it’s Electric, Diesel or Steam you will learn to operate some of the world’s most amazing rail-bound machines.

Use the Train Simulator Editor to build living worlds with easy-to-use comprehensive tools. Create your own railway and share with other players with the Steam Workshop or check out the thousands of community creations already available with comprehensive in-game search functions.

Build a dream set of routes, locomotives, trains, route extensions, and rolling stock with a vast array of content on the Steam store. With hundreds of add-ons available, whatever your interest, you’ll find something new to expand your collection at your own pace.

 

Train Simulator 2022 50th Annivesary Pack : What’s In It?

The year 2021 marked Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary in serving as America’s national intercity passenger railroad – and in celebration, Amtrak rolled out a fleet of six specially painted locomotives which have delighted travelers and railroad enthusiasts alike. And now, a beautiful selection of Amtrak’s special livery diesels comes to Train Simulator!

Five of Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary commemorative locomotives are General Electric P42DC diesels, the stylish and powerful 4,200-horsepower diesel that has served as the standard-bearer of Amtrak diesel-powered services over the past quarter-century — and Train Simulator’s popular P42DC is dressed in each of the five striking and historic schemes.

The Amtrak P42DC 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition for Train Simulator includes each of these distinctive locomotives:

  • P42DC No. 46 in “Phase V 50th” livery, wearing Amtrak’s present-day standard livery with special commemorative logos.
  • P42DC No. 100 in a striking, one of a kind “Midnight Blue” livery honoring the commitment and contributions of Amtrak’s employees.
  • P42DC No. 108 in red and blue “Phase VI” livery, an adaptation of Amtrak’s newest scheme applied to the P42DC.
  • P42DC No. 161 in “Phase I” livery, Amtrak’s original and now classic standard livery first introduced in 1972.
  • P42DC No. 160 in the striking bold and unique livery originally first applied to Amtrak’s General Electric Dash 8-32BWH diesels in 1991.

In the Train Simulator Amtrak P42DC 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, each of these special commemorative locomotives are superbly and authentically re-created. Along with the P42DC, the pack includes a complete set of Amtrak Superliner equipment and a selection of four realistic and challenging career scenarios hosted on the Train Simulator Miami-West Palm Beach route (route available separately).

In addition to the included career scenarios on the Miami-West Palm Beach route, the Amtrak 50th Anniversary P42DCs will be a perfect and ideal fit for use on a wide variety of popular Train Simulator routes from coast to coast!

 

Train Simulator 2022 : How To Get 50th Anniversary Pack For FREE!

Follow these steps to get the 50th Anniversary Pack for FREE, before 10 AM (GMT+8) on 2 December 2021 :

  1. Log into your existing Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Go to the 50th Anniversary Pack page on Steam.
  3. Click on the green Add to Account button.

That’s it! You now have the 50th Anniversary Pack in your Steam account!

Note : You will need the Train Simulator 2022 base game for this DLC to work!

 

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Train Sim World 2 : How To Get It FREE!

Train Sim World 2 – a train simulation game – is FREE for a limited time!

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Train Sim World 2

Master iconic locomotives on high-speed services, long freight hauls or precise commuter traffic, and get creative with customisation tools in this advanced sequel.

Climb into the cab in Train Sim World 2 – the evolution of train simulation!

Authentically Replicated

Drive high-speed inter-city German rail for the first time as you push the throttle and climb speeds in the famous DB ICE 3M out of Köln.

Take on the challenge of hauling long freight across Sand Patch Grade including the Cumberland Terminal using the raw power of the CSX AC4400CW.

Master the patterns and stations of the world-famous London Underground on the Bakerloo Line.

All official licences, all authentically recreated – you’re in the cab and in control.

Get Creative

Personalise Train Sim World 2 locos with the exclusive new Livery Designer – Create your own custom liveries with an easy to use in-game tool that allows you to craft both simple and complex designs to bring your Train Sim World 2 loco liveries to life.

Customise how you play with the Scenario Planner – Create your own scenario. Customise locos and destinations, then jump in and get driving. Quick drive, your way.

Experience A New Level Of Realism

Get clearer information on instructions, gradient and speed profiles as you drive, including new HUD displays, clarity to the onboard safety systems, brake controls, power meter and accelerometer.

A new controller scheme will give great choices on Camera and Driving modes and allows easier access from external camera mode to enter another vehicle in your consist, all while full physics and simulation are still running.

Track + Share Your Progress

With Dovetail Live you can track your progress and stats online – Reviewing your performance and sharing and comparing with friends.

Railfan Shots also give you the control to upload your screenshots to a personal gallery to share.

 

Train Sim World 2 : How To Get It Free!

Make sure you follow these steps to get Train Sim World 2 for FREE by 5 August 2021 at 11 PM (PDT).

  1. Go to the Epic Store Store.
  2. Log into your Epic Store account, or create a new account.
  3. Go to the Train Sim World 2 page.
  4. Click on the Get button.
  5. In the checkout page, click Place Order.

That’s it! They are now added to your Epic Games account, and you can download and install them anytime after this.

 

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Was US Soldier Caught Spreading COVID-19 In Wuhan?

Was a US soldier caught spreading COVID-19 in Wuhan by smearing his saliva in a train?

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Was US Soldier Caught Spreading COVID-19 In Wuhan?

A video of an American soldier smearing his saliva on a train pole is circulating on social media, accompanied by this message :

Just to share this clip and its comments from China:

The surveillance cameras in Wuhan have a road map of the US soldiers and a video record of the time.

The American soldier had put on a mask during the military games. Began to spread the epidemic virus by subway. 

If you look at the movement of that hand carefully, from the mouth to the armrest, you will know the evil and evil heart of Americans.

Poor Wuhan citizens are infected with the ruthless epidemic virus.  ☝☝☝

The viral message implies that the Chinese have determined that Patient Zero is an American soldier who attended the 2019 Military World Games that was held in Wuhan, China from 18 to 27 October 2019.

It also implies that the Americans brought COVID-19 to Wuhan, and used one of their soldiers to spread it to the Chinese. And the video is the evidence.

Even the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Zhao Lijian pushed the same fake claim, saying, “When did patient zero begin in the US? It might be the US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan!

Well, all that is HOGWASH. Let us show you why…

 

US Soldier Spreading COVID-19 In Wuhan Hoax Debunked!

The truth is the video was recorded on 9 March 2020 in a Belgian subway, not October 2019 in Wuhan.

The man in the video was not a US soldier, but an intoxicated Belgian who licked his finger and rubbed it on the subway pole.

He was later arrested for doing that, and the train removed and disinfected.

This is just another piece of Chinese propaganda trying to shift the blame for the COVID-19 pandemic to the United States.

Please be wary of such fake news. China has been actively creating and sharing these fake videos and stories on social media.

Share this with your family and friends, so they won’t get fooled!

 

Why Is China Pushing This Fake US Soldier COVID-19 Story?

With China’s aggressive foreign policy moves in recent years, it is not uncommon to see fake pro-China, anti-America stories being created and shared.

Many believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas, and drown out negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea..

China has also been blamed for not handling the initial COVID-19 epidemic better, and unfairly – for being the origin of this new virus.

Hence, they have been trying their best to deflect blame by casting aspersions unto others, using aggressive Wolf Warrior diplomacy tactics, propaganda outlets like GlobalTimes and CTGN, and their 50 Cent Army.

 

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