When Ian Schrager, the pioneer of boutique hotels, and Marriott International, the pioneer of big-box hotels, joined forces to create a new luxury lifestyle brand, industry insiders called it an odd coupling. Nine years later, the hospitality giants are on...

‘Sin Free Facebook’ Attracts Thousands

A group of Evangelical Christians in Brazil has launched a social network where swearing and erotic content in any form is completely banned. The creators of Facegloria claim the site has attracted 100,000 members since its launch last month. There are 600 words which are forbidden on the site and an “Amen” button for expressing appreciation for a post. Ummaland, a social network...

Samsung Faces Legal Action Over Phone Software

Samsung is being taken to court in China over the software it loads on to its handsets.A Chinese consumer protection group launched the legal action over the default apps or “bloatware” found on Samsung phones. It said many people did not want the software and added that the firm made...

Health Insurer Vitality Attacked Over Facebook App Push

A UK health insurer is facing criticism for advising its members to use a Facebook-owned fitness-tracking app in order to retain a popular perk. Vitality – formerly known as PruHealth – has emailed users suggesting they download Moves if they want to keep...

Google Exec Dies At Cannes Lions Festival

A Google executive died after being struck by a taxi while in town for the Cannes Lions advertising festival this week.The male executive, whom Google is not naming out of respect for his family, worked in marketing for Google in the United Kingdom, according to Business...

Chocolate May Be Good For Your Heart, Study Suggests

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New research has added to tentative evidence that eating chocolate in modest quantities may be good for the heart, scientists said on Tuesday.   Scientists in Britain looked at data from nearly 21,000...

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Sixth Person Dies Of MERS Virus In South Korea

Sixth Person Dies Of MERS Virus

Officials in South Korea say another person has died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), bringing the total number of deaths to six. At least 23 new cases of people becoming infected with the deadly virus have been reported in the past 24 hours – the largest single-day figure since the outbreak began in South Korea on 20 May. Nearly 1,900...

Obesity ‘Could Become Main Cause Of Cancer’

One in five cancer deaths is caused by obesity, which could eventually replace smoking as the leading cause of the disease, leading doctors have reportedly claimed. The warning was made at the world’s biggest conference on cancer,...

WHO: Ebola Survivors At Risk Of Eye And Joint Problems

Many Ebola survivors are likely to face further health issues including eye and joint problems, the World Health Organization has warned.And a recent case may have caught Ebola through sexual contact with someone who had recovered, experts...

Guinea Declares Ebola ‘Health Emergency’ In Five Regions

Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared a 45-day “health emergency” in five regions in the west and south-west of the country over Ebola. The restrictions include the quarantining of hospitals and clinics where new cases...

Mayweather Triumphs Over Pacquiao In Vegas

Mayweather Triumphs

Floyd Mayweather Jr has won his much-anticipated clash with Manny Pacquiao after 12 rounds of a fight watched by millions around the world.The American now stands undefeated in 48 matches after beating...

Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia Crush New Zealand In Final

World Cup 2015

Australia overwhelmed New Zealand to win the World Cup for a fifth time at an ecstatic Melbourne Cricket Ground.New Zealand lost influential captain Brendon McCullum to the fifth ball of the match and...

Rafa is Back: Closes in On Long-Standing Record With Buenos Aires Title Romp

Rafael Nadal lifted his first trophy since last year’s French Open and closed in on a long-standing ATP Tour record Sunday by claiming the Argentina Open crown. Argentina legend Guillermo Vilas...

Lewis Hamilton Wins Sports Personality Award

Lewis Hamilton has won the Sports Personality of the Year award, with golfer Rory McIlroy in second and athlete Jo Pavey in third place.Hamilton secured his second Formula One world championship last month...

Researchers Find Sweet Source ForAviation Biofuel

Sweet Source For Aviation Biofuel

Researchers have identified a new way to produce aviation fuel from sugarcane biomass that could deliver substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The source crops could be grown on marginal land,...

Environment Agency: 7,000 Properties To Be Lost To Sea

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An estimated 7,000 properties around England and Wales will be sacrificed to rising seas over the next century, according to the Environment Agency.Analysis by the Agency, based on current funding levels,...

Reborn Kepler Spacecraft Discovers Another Planet

The NASA spacecraft, which is designed to seek out other worlds but hit a snag when parts failed last year, found another planet thanks to some nifty repurposing by the space agency and its partners, NASA...

Google To Lease Former Nasa Airfield For Space Research

Google latest “moonshot” is an apt one – it is investing in a Nasa-owned airfield to expand research into space exploration and robotics.Planetary Ventures, an offshoot of Google, will take over...