Best hotels in Mauritius: How top designers remade luxury in paradise

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Luxury hotels have staked claims to Mauritius’s famed beaches for decades, but over the last couple of years, elite designers have remade venerable island institutions and built new paradise retreats from the ground up. Oberoi Mauritius, Turtle Bay Marine Park, Balaclava While this isn’t a couples-only resort, the Oberoi feels like a honeymooners retreat. There is a kids’ club for the little ones, but everything from the waterfall at the…

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Are we sexist for gawking at Macron’s marriage?

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Barely 24 hours after Emmanuel Macron’s advancement in the French presidential election, the European and American tabloids are awash in headlines directed at his 10-year marriage to Brigitte Trogneux, their wording undeniably suggesting certain scandal. “How Brigitte met Emmanuel Macron — when she was his (married) teacher — and what the French will make of it,” goes the headline in the Independent. “Sealed with a kiss! French Presidential favorite Emmanuel…

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Why Putin and Trump both like Le Pen

April 25, 2017

(CNN)On one hand, Donald Trump’s praise of France’s far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who appears to have received enough votes in Sunday’s election to advance to the May 7 runoff, is not surprising. Le Pen, like Trump, ran a campaign that was anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and traded on white supremacist themes. (It’s no coincidence that former Klan leader David Duke has publicly praised both Le Pen and Trump.) On…

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How will the White House remember the Holocaust?

April 24, 2017

(CNN)Monday is Yom Hashoah, the day designated in 1953 by the State of Israel to commemorate the murder of millions of Jews during the Second World War. Selected to mark the anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, this day is meant to impart a lesson: Jews should be remembered not only for dying in the Holocaust, but for fighting for their lives as well. But perhaps the most important…

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American monitor in Ukraine dies in explosion

April 24, 2017

(CNN)An American paramedic attached to a monitoring patrol in volatile eastern Ukraine was killed in an explosion on Sunday, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said. The US citizen was part of a patrol of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. It is the first time an SMM patrol member has been killed while on duty, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said. The group has not released…

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Completely Mute Girl Surprises Everyone When She Tells Her Therapy Donkey These Magical Words

April 24, 2017

At that time the girl wasn’t able to make a single sound. When Amber and her sister were born prematurely, she had to have a surgery that saved her life but cut off airflow from her vocal chords and made her mute. On top of that, the girl has cerebral palsy which made it a struggle for her to move around. The girl’s muscles became stronger and her health improved….

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Former child soldier wins prize for risking his life to protect Congo’s wildlife

April 24, 2017

(CNN)He has been beaten, threatened and imprisoned. But the former child soldier and winner of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize says he will not stop until those wanting to destroy the Democratic Republic of Congo’s protected wildlife “are held responsible for their actions.” “Even if I or others are not able to (make this happen),” says Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, “then the future generations will have this information and will do…

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What the French elections mean for Americans

April 24, 2017

Paris (CNN)The second round of the French elections was set seconds after the polls closed Sunday evening, pitting two of the most unconventional candidates for the presidency of a nation that prides itself on professionalism and continuity of its leaders. Emmanuel Macron, who heads no political party but rather a movement he launched less than a year ago, will go head-to-head against Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National…

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Malaysia Reaches Deal on $2.5 Billion of 1MDB Bonds

April 24, 2017

The battle over the repayment of 1MDB bonds may be coming to an end. Malaysia has reached an agreement to pay Abu Dhabi $2.5 billion as partial debt settlement for embattled government fund default in April 2016. The agreement removes a key hurdle amid investigations from the U.S. to Singapore, Hong Kong and Switzerland into money laundering and embezzlement linked to 1MDB. Representatives from 1MDB and the prime minister’s department…

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ cast seems a little confused about feminism

April 23, 2017

The Handmaid’s Tale presents the story of a near-future patriarchal dystopia, where women are forbidden from reading or using money and are categorized by their supposed virtue and utility as child-bearers. But according to the cast of Hulu’s new adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, it’s “not a feminist story.” A panel at the Tribeca Film Festival went in an unexpected direction on Friday night when the cast of the…

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People turn out in droves to support science from New Zealand to North Pole

April 23, 2017

Scientists and science enthusiasts marched in London.Image: Natasha Quarmby/REX/Shutterstock The Trump administration’s assault on scientific evidence and research funding may have triggered the March for Science, but the more than 500 events around the world on Saturday demonstrated that the movement is truly global. The marches began Friday night in Oceania, with events in New Zealand and Australia. As Saturday dawned, the marches spread to Europe, with major gatherings in…

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How to use Undo Send in Gmail

April 23, 2017

"Oh no what did I just do."Image: JGI/Tom Grill/Getty There are no second chances in life, but there may be in email. While this is of little consolation to those wishing they could hit “undo” on semi-recent national events, Gmail’s Undo Send feature gives us all the break we so desperately need. SEE ALSO: Gmail finally doubles email attachment limit, but it means nothing Are you using it? You really…

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Apple Watch adds new Earth Day badge to push you to get outside and active

April 23, 2017

Image: tim cook via twitter Just a couple of days after releasing its new NikeLab version of the Apple Watch, Apple is leveraging the device’s reputation as a fitness tool to join in the Earth Day festivities. Early Saturday, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a photo of a new special edition achievement badge on the Apple Watch designed to get people outside and active. SEE ALSO: Science hero Neil deGrasse…

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Forget Cheetos. This campus vending machine dispenses condoms and pregnancy tests

April 23, 2017

How more convenient can you get?Image: Shutterstock / Shou A student at U.C. Davis figured out how to make vending machines more awesome than they already are. Instead of stocking them with snacks for late-night study sessions, senior Parteek Singh insisted on filling one campus vending machine with condoms, emergency contraception, and pregnancy tests. SEE ALSO: Guys: Its now possible to test your sperm via smartphone It took two years,…

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General election 2017: UKIP manifesto to pledge a burka ban – BBC News

April 23, 2017

And it will also call for postal voting to be largely abolished, because of concerns over electoral fraud. The former UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, proposed a burka ban in 2010. But the party later dropped the policy, and it did not appear in its 2015 manifesto. Full-face veils are already banned in public in some European countries, including France. According to the Sun, Mr Nuttall will say on Monday: “Just…

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Google and Partners Try to Block the March of Ad-Blockers

April 23, 2017

After seven months of work, the biggest digital advertising companies think they have a solution to the existential threat of consumers blocking online ads. Google, the biggest player in this world, is at the center of the plan, although the company and its partners are keen to present the initiative as a group effort. The Coalition for Better Ads published a list of undesirable online ads earlier this year. Google…

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TV show launches toy box to distract kids during sex scenes

April 22, 2017

'Versailles' is coming back for a sex-fuelled second season.Image: canal+ If you’ve ever watched an episode of period drama Versailles, you’ll know that they’re not adverse to showing a bit of nudity. SEE ALSO: Ben Affleck and Sienna Miller discuss the reality of shooting sex scenes Or even quite a lot of nudity. Image: mirror Versailles takes place in the 17th century, during the reign of France’s Louis XIV. As…

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Psst: You’re probably using all the wrong photos on dating apps.

April 22, 2017

Don't be afraid to show the real you.Image: ambar del moral/mashable Think you’ve obsessed over your dating profile pics and finally managed to get them just right? Sorry, but you’d better think again. The dating app Hinge sifted through thousands of their users photos and figured out what gets those likes and what gets ignored. The results are pretty surprising. Hinges profile requires you to add six photos, and people…

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Augmented reality will soon be everywhere, and you won’t be able to avoid it

April 22, 2017

Using AR to see who's home.Image: Bob Al-Greene/Mashable The hottest thing in Silicon Valley is coming soon to … well, pretty much everything. Augmented reality is shaping up to be the next big digital gold rush, and consumers should ready themselves for the onslaught. Apple’s doing it. So are Google and Snapchat. Oh, and as we saw recently, Facebook is as well. AR has thoroughly trounced virtual reality in the…

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5 ways inclusive marketing can benefit your business feat. Nigel Barker

April 22, 2017

Inclusive marketing is a technique that consumers may not be able to pinpoint, but for many businesses, it’s the secret ingredient behind creating ads that set out to empower people and create confidence amongst consumers. SEE ALSO: Pepsi pulls cringeworthy Kendall Jenner ad after massive backlash Inclusive marketing is marketing that doesn’t specifically target one demographic nor does it rely on the traditional stereotypes we set up amongst ourselves and…

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First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution – BBC News

April 22, 2017

Cordi O’Hara of the National Grid said: “To have the first working day without coal since the start of the industrial revolution is a watershed moment in how our energy system is changing. “The UK benefits from highly diverse and flexible sources of electricity. Our energy mix continues to change and National Grid adapts system operation to embrace these changes.” But Ms O’Hara says that while the country makes the…

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Amazon announces big Australia expansion plans

April 22, 2017

Jeff Bezo's Amazon is coming, take cover Australia!Image: DAVID RYDER/GETTY IMAGES The moment Australian retailers have dreaded is here. Amazon is expanding Down Under, opening warehouses thatll enable cheap, fast local shipping, and letting small businesses sell goods through the sitea development an Amazon employee reportedly said would “destroy the retail environment in Australia.” Shopping on Amazon.com is already available to Australians, but with international shipping and long delivery times,…

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T-Mobile lashes out for hours at ‘VerHIGHzon’ about weed

April 21, 2017

Image: t-mobile T-Mobile isnt letting 420 mellow its fierce marketing war with Verizon. In an effort led by famously outspoken CEO John Legere, the carrier poked fun at its larger rival for choosing to release its earnings report on the holiest of high days. This is the same company thats made questionable decisions one after the other for the past four years and now finds itself losing customers to T-Mobile…

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Bike-sharing companies keep finding that people are terrible, in every city they enter

April 21, 2017

An oBike in a neighbourhood bicycle parking spot, SingaporeImage: Ng Yi Shu/Mashable It’s been just three months after the first bike-sharing company arrived in Singapore, but reports of abuse and vandalism of shared bikes in the city keep popping up on social media. The majority of these shared bikes are stationless, which means they don’t need to be docked at a designated spot. They lock themselves after your ride is…

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UK’s online shoppers top global spending survey – BBC News

April 21, 2017

Cinema tickets Entertainment – such as cinema and concert tickets, takeaway orders and music downloads – accounted for one in four online card purchases in the UK. Some 67% of concert ticket spending and 61% of cinema, theatre and dance spending was made online, the association’s figures showed. The popularity of renewing contracts such as insurance cover online, and payments into bank accounts over the internet also meant financial services…

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This Is What The New National Teacher Of The Year Wants To Tell Trump

April 21, 2017

Please invite teachers in and talk to them when making policy decisions, Chaffee says she will tell Trump. Im hopeful thats something I would be able to say to him and that he would take me up on it. Chaffee was honored by the Council of Chief State School Officers after a rigorous application process. For the next year, she will travel the nation meeting with teachers and education groups,…

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