Expedia Group: The World’s Travel Platform. Really?

Since Expedia changed its name from Expedia Inc. to Expedia Group in March, it has been touting itself as “The World’s Travel Platform.” At the company’s partner conference in December, executives took the stage in Las Vegas and variously described the company as already being “The World’s Travel Platform” or aspiring to reach that status. They even made plenty of comparisons to Google, Amazon, and Facebook. Join the 250,000 travel executives that already read our daily newsletter. The boast might come as a shock to millions of people from China to India,…

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Secret to a long life? Eating cake and sweets like Masazo Nonaka, world’s oldest living man

Masazo Nonaka has enjoyed soaking in northern Japan’s hot springs for many years — probably longer than most people. The supercentenarian, whose family has run a hot springs inn for four generations, was certified Tuesday as the world’s oldest living man, at age 112 years, 259 days. Nonaka received the certificate from Guinness World Records in a ceremony at his home in Ashoro, on Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido, and celebrated the recognition with a big cake. Born on July 25, 1905, Nonaka grew up in a large family…

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Travel photo of roadside gas station wins at world’s largest photo competition

Ralph Gräf won the first prize in the category of Open Travel for his photo “Gasing Up At Roy’s,” which freeze-frames the iconic roadside gas station and motel in the California desert off Route 66.(Ralph Gräf) You can almost feel the heat and strength of the California sun on your skin if you gaze long enough at the award-winning travel image from the world’s largest photography competition. In the Sony World Photography Awards, German photographer Ralph Graf took first prize in the category of Open Travel for his photo “Gasing…

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Green tea variations, toxins harming kid’s development and 76% of world’s population ‘overfat’

This week was packed with some very shocking yet important health news. To ensure that you don’t miss any, we bring you a weekly roundup. 76% of world’s population obese About 5.5 billion people -up to 76% of the world’s population -are `over fat’, warn researchers. Are toxins silently harming our kid’s development? A child policy review study in US has reported that babies under two years of age are 10 times more vulnerable to chemicals than adults. Destress your 2017 with these 10 green tea variations Adding to your…

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76% of world’s population ‘overfat’

About 5.5 billion people -up to 76% of the world’s population -are `over fat’, warn researchers. They said that the new pandemic had overtaken the planet and argued for a change in global health efforts against chronic and metabolic diseases. The researchers, including those from Auckland University of Technology, have put forth a specific notion of overfat, a condition of having sufficient excess body fat to impair health. They argued that how, in addition to those who were overweight and obese, others falling into the overfat category included normal weight…

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World’s first Chikungunya vaccine developed

US researchers have developed a vaccine for chikungunyafever made from an insect-specific virus that does not have any effect on people, making the vaccine safe and effective. The study indicated that the vaccine quickly produces a strong immune defense and completely protects mice and nonhuman primates from disease when exposed to the chikungunya virus. The findings were published in journal of Nature Medicine. “This vaccine offers efficient, safe and affordable protection against chikungunya and builds the foundation for using viruses that only infect insects to develop vaccines against other insect-borne…

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Health Weekly Roundup: Diwali air over north India world’s worst, air pollution behind 1 in 10 under-5 deaths, new breast cancer cases to rise to 3.2 mn a year by 2030

This week was filled with important medical discoveries, researches and health news. To ensure that you don’t miss any, we bring you a weekly roundup. Here is this week’s aggregation of the latest news stories on health, fitness and diet. Delhi chokes on worst Nov smog in many years The air quality index for 4 pm on November 2 was 432, in the “severe” category, while the index on October 31 (post Diwali) was 445. At 14 times the safe limit, Ggn breathes fire Concentration of PM 2.5 touched the…

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Diwali Air Over North India Was World’s Worst

Over the Diwali weekend of 2016, India’s air quality was among the world’s worst, between 40 per cent and 100 per cent worse in five north Indian cities than at the same time the preceding year, according to global air pollution data, and an IndiaSpend analysis of national data and its own #Breathe network of sensors. On October 30 and 31 this year, from 9 pm to the wee hours of the next morning, North India — especially parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar — recorded PM 2.5 levels…

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Delhi continues to top world’s most polluted megacities list: WHO

Delhi continues to top world’s most polluted megacities list: WHO (Image credit: AFP) Delhis air is the worst among world megacities, the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed recently, even as IndiaSpend‘s #breathe network of air-quality sensors reported fine-particulate-matter (PM2.5) levels were almost four times above daily safe levels, on average, for the seven-day period from September 22 to 28, 2016. For long-term exposure, these 24-hour levels are nearly 11 times above the WHO health standards. Over the monsoon, Delhi’s air was relatively cleaner because the rain and wind diminished the…

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How Two Of the World’s Top Athletes Battled Burnout

At age 35, Ervin is the oldest male swimmer on the U.S. team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, competing in his third Olympics. He has racked up two gold medals at Rio, one in the 50-meter freestyle and one as part of the 4×100 freestyle relay team, racing in the prelims. Koudele, 36, an endurance runner from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is on pace to become the first woman to complete the Grand Slam Plus, a series of seven-day, 155-mile running events in extreme climates. Koudele was…

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