Culture

Portugal’s Renewable Energy Powered the Country for One Month

Portugal produced enough renewable energy to power the country for one month. 104% of Portugal’s electricity consumption in March was generated by renewable energy. Wind and hydroelectric power were the main source. The country had beaten it’s own record of 99.2%in 2014. It is the largest amount of renewable energy that this country has generated in the last 40 years. Wet season The plentiful wet season was the main energy source, providing about 97% of March’s supply. Approximately 1.8 million tons of CO2 saved from the atmosphere due to this renewable energy source. Consumer benefit Local residents are reaping the benefits of an approximate 4 Euro drop in price per megawatt hour. This record-breaking month proves that the country could meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral and elimina...

Modern Life in One of the Ancient Cities

It seems just about anywhere you care to dig in modern Rome. You find its ancient origins buried underneath just waiting to be rediscovered. Unlike many ancient cities, however, Roma, the eternal city is a bustling modern city with all the attendant issues we associate with contemporary life; traffic, urban sprawl, parking shortages and garbage collection. All these play tag with Rome’s past. A giddy mix of magnificent Renaissance art, evocative ruins and a dynamic, vibrant contemporary culture make Rome the world’s most inspiring, romantic and zestful of cities, with an undeniable lust for life all of its own. Portrait Roma One of the world’s most impossibly romantic cities, immersed in a history that spans millennia, and with a heartbeat fuelled by divine cuisine and fabulous fashion. Ro...

Neanderthals Were the First Artists on Earth

Cave paintings created by Neanderthals 65,000 years ago were found in Spain. This was tens of years before modern humans arrived indicating that Neanderthals were the first artists on earth. Self-expression through art The belief that modern humans are the only species to have expressed themselves through art has been overturned due to this discovery. This is a major breakthrough in human evolution. The behaviour of modern humans differs only by very narrow margins from those of Neanderthals. Evidence for Neanderthal art has been contested until now. Mostly the art found was not old enough to rule out modern humans as the original artists. The latest findings in Spain are based on stencils, geometric shapes on cave walls and symbols are based on new dates. Based in Europe Modern humans lef...

Coca Cola’s First Alcoholic Drink

We are all familiar the iconic red label. Coca Cola has been one of the world’s most famous soft drinks for more than a century and has well-hidden its secret recipe. After 130 years, Coca-Cola is on the brink of a new chapter and plans to launch its first alcoholic drink. Prototype Coca Cola is currently doing some experimenting with the creation of a popular type of Japanese alcopop known as Chu-Hi. Chu-Hi contains distilled shochu alcohol (a Japanese traditional hard liquor) mixed with flavoured carbonated water. Launch in Japan  The new low-alcohol beverage will be first launched in Japan. Japan is home to a thriving if competitive industry, with countless Chu-Hi flavoured drinks – from kiwi to yuzu flavours. The convenience stores have these regularly stocked. Coca-Cola’s Japan presid...

Singapore Only Has 2% Unemployment and This Could be Why

Singapore only has 2% unemployment and this could be why. It’s called second-skilling – on the job development of your skills for a new job. Singapore is investing in its citizens so they can remain flexible and employed. Could Singapore hold the secret to preparing workers for an uncertain future?  The unemployment in Singapore was in the double digits in 1965. Workforce literacy was 57 percent at this time. Today, the unemployment rate is about 2%, among the lowest in the world. The GDP per person is more than 3oo% of the global average. Local students regularly score among the top students in the world in the PISA (an international assessment of 15-year-old students’ in certain subjects). So, it seems they’re doing many things right. There are more professionals, executives and ma...

Painting the Streets of Los Angeles in Bid to Fight Climate Change

Los Angeles city workers are painting their streets grey.  This is a bid to combat climate change and spur cooler summer weather in sunny LA LA Land. Like many other modern cities, Los Angeles, is encased in thousands of miles of asphalt.  80 and 95 percent of the sun’s rays are absorbed by dark-colored asphalt which heat up the entire area, not just the streets themselves. The ‘cool pavement’ project Canoga Park first tested the ‘cool pavement’ project back in May.  The lighter colour grey sealant prevents asphalt from retaining heat.  This lighter colour sealant is reflective and helps create cooler temperatures in urban neighbourhoods. This special sealant has passed all state traction tests for wet surfaces and has shown to reduce street temperatures by up to 23 degrees Fahrenhei...

Places That Pay You to Live There

Have you every wanted to move to a new country or city but didn’t want to take the financial risk?  Well here are some places that pay you to live there. Saskatchewan, Canada Saskatchewan grad students have been receiving up to 20,000 Canadian dollars in the form of tuition reimbursements since 2010. This is an initiative to attract and retain college graduates. Students may be paid over a period of ten years, in the form of a non-refundable tax credit. If you’re considering Canada for college, check out if your universities of choice are on the list of preapproved institutions. Niagara Falls, New York Everyone wants to see the Niagara Falls at least once in their lifetime. If you live in this region, located right at the border between Canada and the United States, you can pay off y...

World’s Oldest Man Turns 112 with the Help of Sumo

The oldest man in the entire world is 112 years and 259 days old. He was born on July 25,1905 and lives on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. The age of this Japanese man has been verified and he credits his longevity to his sweet tooth and sumo wrestling television programs. Guinness World Record Breaker There was some extensive research into the origins and age of Masazo Nonaka of Hokkaido, Japan. Earlier this month, Guinness World Records presented him with a record-breaking certificate as the oldest man in the world. Enjoying Retirement  Nonaka, has outlived his wife, brothers and sisters but has 5 children and a large extended family. He lives with his family and enjoys his retirement spending time with them and their two cats. Eating cake, soaking in hot springs, and watching samur...

Why Are Spaniards so Obsessed With Window Shutters?

Spain enjoys plenty of hours of sunshine. The opportunity to have light-filled homes is available the majority of the year, yet homes are often completely shut off to natural light. Why are Spaniards so obsessed with window shutters? Afraid of the light? It seems like Spaniards are afraid of light. As a foreigner living in Spain this is one of the first things one notices. When walking or driving either in a big city or a quaint village one will notice that almost all of the homes will have their shutters drawn. Darkness even in winter  Most shutters in Spain are kept closed all year. Even in the winter months when it’s not so hot. Many expats living in Spain are attracted by the many days of sunshine the country receives and need light all the time. Popular culture In most of Europe the u...

Living in Hong Kong

Relocation to any new destination always brings with it advantages and disadvantages. Expats will soon find Hong Kong China is no different. The more prepared you are for living in Hong Kong, the more successful your move will prove to be. The good news is that Hong Kong daily life makes it one expat destination where the upside seems to far outweigh the downside. Today, Hong Kong is a vibrant, dynamic city. It showcases the stark contrast between Asian and Western cultures while drawing upon both cultures to create the city the vigorous, energetic city it is. Is Hong Kong A Good Place To Live? This bustling city is typically described as one place where “East meets West”, reflecting the local culture’s effervescent mix of Chinese roots with influences carried over from its period of Briti...

How to Stop Eating Sugar

If live in the United States (or are used to this type of a diet), you eat much more sugar than is good for you. It’s entirely possible to eat less sugar without sacrificing much of the pleasures of eating though. It may sound surprising but many people who have cut back on sugar say they find their new eating habits more pleasurable than their old ones. This guide will explain why sugar matters, how you can make smart food choices, how you can keep your life sweet, even without so many sweets. The Added-Sugar Problem  Most of us consume more sugar than we realize and this is why it’s a problem. Added sugars are almost everywhere in the modern diet. We can find them in sandwich bread, chicken stock, pickles, condiments, crackers, yogurt and cereals. This is in addition to the obvious...

London Has the Highest Rents in Europe 3rd Year in a Row

London has been named Europe’s most expensive city in which to rent a flat. Uncertainty around Brexit and the future of the financial hub haven’t seemed to alter the rental market at all. London has the highest rents in Europe 3rd year in a row. Just how much more? London is currently almost £3,700 higher than the average monthly cost of renting across Europe. A mid-market three-bedroom apartment in prime areas of London costs around £5,398 a month. And that’s unfurnished. Rent in the capital is almost four times higher than the average rent in other major UK cities although rent in other cities is also increasing. Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow have all seen larger rent increases due to high demand. Surge in purchases of buy-to-let properties In 2016 the changes to stamp duty led to pe...