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Nearly half of Indians open to taking loan for improving lifestyle: Survey

Amid fears of a slowdown across the corporate sector, Indians still want loans for lifestyle-related purchases. A survey by consumer finance firm Home Credit India showed that 67 percent would take a loan to purchase an item.   This study conducted by research agency Absolutdata has...

Empower parents, enable breastfeeding

Becoming the parent of a new baby is both a life-altering gift and an immense responsibility. This week, as countries around the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF and WHO are calling on governments and all employers to adopt family-friendly policies that support breastfeeding.   The...

Mexico oil company Pemex offers health bonuses for employees with skinnier waists

Health, Workplace/Employee Benefits       Aug 06, 2019

  At Mexico’s state-run oil company, skinnier waists mean bigger bonuses.   Under Petroleos Mexicanos’s new collective bargaining contract with its union, workers who meet certain body weight standards will receive a “health incentive” of 5,545.40 pesos ($287) a year. To qualify, they must have a body...

Artificial Intelligence helps to contain wildfires, predict wild weather

On a tower in the Brazilian rainforest, a sentinel scans the horizon for the first signs of fire.   Only these eyes aren’t human. They don’t blink or take breaks, and guided by artificial intelligence they can tell the difference between a dust cloud, an insect...

Japanese flying car takes flight – for about a minute

Non-Life, Technology       Aug 05, 2019

Tokyo: It was caged and only hovered for about a minute, but it flew: a new flying car.   Made by NEC Corp., the vehicle is essentially a large drone with four propellers that’s capable of carrying people. The Japanese electronics maker demonstrated the machine, flying...

Your high-tech car could be vulnerable to deadly mass cyberattacks

Non-Life, Risk Management, Technology       Aug 02, 2019

  Los Angeles: A consumer advocacy group has warned that automakers are rolling out new vehicles increasingly vulnerable to hackers, which could result in thousands of deaths in the event of a mass cyberattack.   In a new report entitled "Kill Switch: Why Connected Cars Can Be...

Bad legroom to get worse as airlines stuff more passengers in a flight

Eco/Invest/Demography, Non-Life       Jul 28, 2019

   Air travel is becoming a test of physical endurance. Seats have shrunk, legroom has vanished — and the airlines aren’t done with you yet.   Cebu Air, the Philippines’ biggest budget carrier, last month said it was moving kitchens and bathrooms on some of its new...

Sugar in fruit juice is linked to a higher cancer risk, says report

Health       Jul 11, 2019

Drinking soda doesn’t just threaten to make us fat, it could be linked to a higher risk of cancer, judging from a new study. But here’s the more surprising part: so could fruit juices.   Increased daily consumption of about 3.4 ounces of soda -- roughly...

Obesity is deadlier than smoking; it can lead to cancer

Health, Risk Management       Jul 05, 2019

  WASHINGTON D.C:: In a recent study it has been found that people with obesity have a higher chance of suffering from cancer rather than the ones who smoke.    The study was conducted by Cancer Research UK.    According to the study, almost a third of UK...

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