Emmanuel Macron vows to avoid ‘the mistake Hillary Clinton made’

April 28, 2017

(CNN)The man who’s hoping to become France’s next president says he’s not assuming he has the win in the bag. “That was almost certainly the mistake Hillary Clinton made,” Emmanuel Macron told CNN’s Melissa Bell on Thursday. “I’m absolutely not playing that game. Right from the first day, that hasn’t been the way I defended myself or how I fought.” The 39-year-old, who’s never held elected office, won the most votes in the …

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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 entrance to the villas with …

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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 the other hand, you would think Trump would …

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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 Front, who has never held national office in France, but who …

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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 should be. Email, after all, is deceptively hard. Reaching inbox …

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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 Tyson delivers his most inspiring message yet “Get outside, enjoy our planet and …

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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 you’ve probably guessed, there’s …

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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 …

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‘Were close’ BBG Ventures President Susan Lyne on the future of women-led startups

April 21, 2017

Image: X Prutting/BFA/REX/Shutterstock Were halfway through the week, and its time for a boost of inspiration to keep us going. Our #WednesdayWisdom blog series taps into the minds of industry leaders and disruptive visionaries who are working to build the future of entrepreneurship. We sat down with Susan Lyne to discuss the evolution of the tech industry, a woman’s buying power, and the challenges women face when pitching male investors. Susan is the President of BBG Ventures, an early …

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The secret Instagram ‘pods’ fighting the new algorithm one like at a time

April 20, 2017

Image: vicky leta / mashable You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. That’s the vibe in Instagram “pods” secret communities trying to fight the platform’s algorithmic timeline, one like at a time. SEE ALSO: Your Instagram feed will never be the same again In June 2016, Instagram began rolling out its new algorithmic timeline which changed the order of posts in people’s feeds, favouring popular posts over chronology. Instagram bloggers have been …

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Britain’s ‘big bang’ in Heligoland, 70 years on – BBC News

April 19, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHeligoland: When Britain blew up an island Brexit may have triggered a political earthquake in Europe, but 70 years ago the UK sent real shockwaves across the seas with the largest non-nuclear explosion of that era. As one of the four victorious allied powers after World War Two, Britain was governing a large area of occupied Germany. The British sector included the tiny island of Heligoland, which had long been a source of …

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In pictures: Classic cars rebranded – BBC News

April 17, 2017

What started off as a small article in a specialist car magazine has now grown into a larger project for illustrator Helge Jepsen and writer Michael Kockritz. The pair have uncovered the nicknames of 99 classic and race cars, producing a comprehensive guide to the monikers of these famous motors. Here is a selection of the best, accompanied by a brief overview of each car’s history. McLaren M7A – Double Decker VW Beetle/Kafer – Herbie Image copyright Helge Jepsen …

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Leather & lather: The Cut-throat Racer – BBC News

April 17, 2017

It is four years since she set up shop in the quiet, picturesque Gwynedd village of Llanbedr – a place whose claims to fame are a campsite on the coast boasting it is the biggest in Europe, and an ex-Raf airfield that wants to become an international space port. But this spring, it is Sophie making the headlines in the village, in north Wales – and beyond. She has just been named the best cut-throat shaver in Wales – the first woman to take the title. It also means …

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How the store of the future will work

April 16, 2017

The Store of the Future will definitely have some pyramids.Image: farfetch Here’s an idea: all the convenience of online shopping combined with the instant gratification of shopping in physical stores IRl. This is the vision of shopping in the future, and it’s very close to a reality. All you have to do is hand over your data. This week Mashable got a sneak peek inside a “Store of the Future” by London-based startup Farfetch, during a demonstration and conference to …

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Join an ‘Option B’ group before Sheryl Sandberg’s new book arrives

April 14, 2017

Option B comes out April 24.Image: allison shelley/Getty Images Here’s the next thing after Lean In. Sheryl Sandberg on Thursday launched the community website for her new book Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy, which shares her experience dealing with grief after the death of her husband, David Goldberg. Like Lean In, Option B incorporates Sandberg’s personal story. Goldberg, who was a key figure in Lean In and its advice to find a partner who will …

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New video of United flight shows passenger was hardly ‘belligerent’ before he was dragged away

April 13, 2017

After a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight on Sunday, the CEO responded with a company memo that described the man as “disruptive and belligerent.” New video of the moments before David Dao was “re-accommodated” from his seat show that “belligerent” is not a word most people would use to describe him. SEE ALSO: United Airlines bans 2 girls with leggings from flight because they weren’t ‘properly clothed’ “I am a …

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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey to return to Sierra Leone – BBC News

April 12, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPauline Cafferkey fell ill with Ebola after working in Sierra Leone in 2014. Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who survived Ebola, is to return to Sierra Leone for the first time since contracting the disease there. She worked as a volunteer in the West African country in 2014, where an epidemic killed almost 4,000 people. Her return next month is to raise funds for children orphaned by the disease and people who survived it. …

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Nuclear War? Nah. Massive Fires Haunt the Dystopian Future

April 9, 2017

In 2013 author Elizabeth Hand was invited to Washington DC by a think tank that thought her experience writing dystopian science fiction might give her a useful perspective on current climate change challenges. Hand is well-versed in doomsday scenarios, but what she learned at the think tank about the risk of massive fires really startled her. “We’re not looking at if a mega-fire is going to happen and overtake a major urban area, or a major residential area, its a matter of …

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Masters 2017: Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia lead into final round at Augusta

April 9, 2017

(CNN)One’s got a gold medal and wants a green jacket, the other just wants a major title. Olympic champion Justin Rose and Spain’s Sergio Garcia surged to the front on an absorbing afternoon at Augusta to take a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler into the final round of the Masters Sunday. Follow @cnnsport England’s Rose shot 67 and Garcia hit 70 to reach six under and overhaul long-time breakaway Charley Hoffman, who fell out of the lead for the first time since Thursday …

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Just when you thought the net neutrality fight was over …

April 8, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / aijiro Let’s get ready to rumble, again, over net neutrality. For just more than two years now we’ve enjoyed the sweet life, with internet providers required to abide by strong rules that prevented them from messing with our beautiful, weird, open internet. Now, those rules are reportedly on the chopping block. Reuters and the Wall Street Journal have both reported that Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai recently met with lobbyists for …

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Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

WASHINGTON Richard Spencer, a top figure in the white nationalist alt-right movement, was upset with President Donald Trumps military strike on the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday night. Spencer, a big fan of both leaders, says he wants them to get along. So, he hinted that Trumps military attack would turn him away from the president in the next election to someone who seems like a startling alternative a Democrat and prominent booster of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). …

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Is it foolish for a woman to cycle alone across the Middle East? – BBC News

April 1, 2017

Not everyone had faith in my ability to do so, however. “We think you’ll probably die,” one friend told me before I left. “We’ve put the odds at about 60:40.” Others were less optimistic. Image caption Rebecca meets an Egyptian named Aisha Adham In Sudan, families fed me endless vats of ful (bean stew) and let me sleep in their modest mud-brick houses. One Nubian family gently restored me to health after I ran out of water in the Sahara and …

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Greek Thomson: Scotland’s other great visionary architect – BBC News

April 1, 2017

Image caption The Caledonia Road Church in the Gorbals was threatened with demolition in 1966 When Glasgow council was planning to demolish one of Thomson’s landmark churches in 1966, influential American architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock made a plea for them to stop. He said: “Glasgow in the last 150 years has had two of the greatest architects in the world.” Image caption The church was described as one of the finest Classical Romantic churches in …

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Li Na Land, reality TV and fashion — what China’s tennis pioneer did next

March 31, 2017

(CNN)She may have hung up her tennis racket more than two years ago, but two-time grand slam champion Li Na is still winning big in business. China’s first major singles champion, Li has been busy since she quit tennis in 2014 following a string of injuries. Follow @cnnsport Now 35, Li has since had two children with her husband and former coach, Jiang Shan. Business interests include movie and book deals, her own clothing line in China with long-time sponsor Nike, appearances in …

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Morocco guide: 10 things to know before you go

March 29, 2017

(CNN)Rainbows of color, spice-market smells, an urban orchestra of sounds: Morocco can be overwhelming at first. Lying 13 kilometers, or 8 miles, from the coast of Spain, the North African country mixes Middle Eastern magic, Berber tradition and European flair. Tourism has more than doubled since 2002, to nearly 10 million visitors in 2011. King Mohammed VI wants to increase the annual visitor numbers to 18 million by 2020. …

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