May 292015
 
Toyota becomes world's most valuable automotive brand

Toyota is worth 2% less than it was a year ago, according to the just-released BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands study from market research firm Millward Brown. Nonetheless, Toyota, estimated to be worth $28.9 billion, is still the world’s most valuable automotive brand. The Japanese automaker has held the title in eight of the last ten years. BMW and Mercedes-Benz hold positions #2 and #3, while inching up slightly in value over the past year. Ford, the only American automaker in the top […]

May 292015
 
Cassius, the world’s largest and oldest crocodile, celebrates 112th birthday

Cassius, the world’s largest and oldest crocodile, celebrated his 112th birthday at his retirement home on idyllic Green Island, a Great Barrier Reef coral cay off the coast of Cairns, Australia. Recognised by Guinness World Records as the largest crocodile in captivity, and also thought to be the oldest, Cassius measures 5.48 metres (18ft) in length and weighs 1300kg. Contributed By Sonia Narula

May 282015
 
China to overtake US as world’s largest crude importer by 2017: Report

China is expected to become the world’s largest crude importer by 2017, beating the US, which is expected to cut its crude intake from abroad amid robust domestic oil and shale gas production, industry sources said. Demand for crude in China, meanwhile, is expected to outpace its domestic production, necessitating higher imports. In April, China’s daily average volume of crude imports hit a record high at 7.37m barrels, exceeding the volumes imported by the US for the first time, based on official data from the […]

May 282015
 
Colombia is home to world's fifth-largest variety of primates species

Colombia has the world’s fifth-largest variety of primates, with 34 species classified in five families, a study by researchers from the National University, or UNC, found. Colombia is home to 12 of the world’s 16 genera of primates, Veronica Rocha, coordinator at UNC’s Museum of Natural History, told the university’s news service. The smallest primate found in Colombia is the Titi leoncito (Leontopithecus rosalia), also known as the golden lion tamarin, which can grow to 13 centimeters (5.1 inches) as an adult with a 20-centimeter […]

May 272015
 
Angela Merkel remains the most powerful woman in the world

The Queen is the 41st most powerful woman in the world in the annual Forbes’ 100 list which is topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the fifth year in a row. The formidable trio of global powerbrokers and international influencers Mrs Merkel, US presidential candidate Hilary Clinton and philanthropist Melinda Gates sit at the top of the list. Just three Britons made its in the Forbes magazine list by US figures. Contributed By Sonia Narula

May 272015
 
World's Top 10 Most Valuable Brands

Apple has overtaken Google this year to become the world’s most valuable brand, according to WPP and Millward Brown’s annual “Brand Z” rankings. Technology brands dominate the top 10, but there is also a surprise entrant. Millward Brown’s study uses the views of around 2 million potential and current customers of a brand, alongside financial data, to calculate a company’s brand value. 10. Marlboro Brand value: $US80 billion Percentage change from last year: +19% Last year’s rank: 13 What happened: Perhaps a surprise entrant into […]

May 252015
 
Dubai ranks one of Top 5 global destinations for shopping

Dubai is one of the world’s leading shopping destinations, and this has once again been reinforced by a new ranking of the ‘World’s 6 Best Shopping Centres’ by Black Enterprise, which ranks Dubai among the Top 5 global destinations for shopping. Shopping and luxury are the norm in Dubai. With an endless array of swanky shops, the city is a shopping paradise for fashionistas. Shopping malls such as the Mall of the Emirates are extravagant, offering everything from theatres, art galleries, childcare centres to and […]

May 252015
 
Top 5 Castle Hotels in the World

Sleep like a king (or queen) at these regal properties across the planet — literally! From Medieval-style English manors to an Indian palace in the middle of a lake, GAYOT’s Top 5 Castle Hotels give guests the royal treatment. Centuries-old architecture is complemented by modern amenities and luxuriously refurbished rooms, and visitors can while away their days wandering ornate gardens, admiring mosaics and sipping estate-grown wine in true Renaissance fashion. Find your fairy tale ending with this list of lavish hotels. Oheka Castle Hotel & […]

May 232015
 
5 Unknown Facts About Mount Everest

The recent earthquake in Nepal caused massive avalanches on the world’s highest mountain, and it brought the lofty peak back in the news. Only yesterday, another earthquake of magnitude 7 hit Nepal, with its epicenter in Namcha Bazar, which is located at the foot of the mountain, causing landslides in the area. Today we bring you these 5 facts about Mount Everest that you probably did not know. 1. Over 5,000 climbers have successfully reached Mount Everest’s peak, including a 13-year-old, a blind person, and […]

May 232015
 
World's Top 10 Best Paid Football Teams

The top 10 best paid teams in world football (weekly wage in brackets) aren’t short of a few quid. Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus are on for the treble this season and there wages could climb even higher if they can clinch the Champions League trophy. 10. Juventus pay out average wages of £54,985-a-week to their senior playing staff 9. Liverpool (£67,486) Our first entry from the Premier League arrives in the form of the Reds. Although Brendan Rodgers’ players on average pocket a sizeable pay packet […]

May 222015
 
Top 10 World's Most Purchased Brands

Every year, research company Kantar Worldpanel launches its annual Brand Footprint study, revealing the most-purchased and fastest-growing consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands in the world. The study analyses 11,000 brands in 35 countries and ranks them based on Consumer Reach Points: A metric based on how many households around the world are buying a brand, and how often. Most-bought brand in each of the countries it looks at. Some you may never have come across before. 1. Coca-Cola — the Coca-Cola Company. Coke maintained the […]

May 222015
 
Meet! World's Top 10 New Species

A mysterious Australian deep sea mushroom-like species and a new coral-like plant are among the curious creatures named in this year’s Top Ten Species list. The annual list, established in 2008 by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), draws attention to discoveries in nature. In the 2015 list, there’s a cartwheeling spider, a bird-like dinosaur and a fish which wriggles around on the sea floor to create a circular nesting site. Two animals — a frog that gives birth to tadpoles and […]

May 212015
 
Let's Take a Look at World's Best Hotel Bars

A good drink in a classy space with a hip but low-key vibe? While iconic greats continue to prove that sometimes it’s worth revisiting the classics, a new wave of incredible hotel bars has crested in recent years. Whether old or new, strong cocktails, glamorous settings and beautiful scenery converge at these standout drinkeries located inside top hotels around the world. Connaught Bar, The Connaught (London) The Connaught Hotel’s signature bar is a triple threat: it’s got killer cocktails, a prime London address and is […]

May 212015
 
World's Top 20 Cities Most At Risk of a Terror Attack

A RECENT report has identified the cities most likely to be hit by a terror attack. The report analysed 1300 commercial hubs and urban centres and ranked them based on the intensity and frequency of terror attacks in the 12 months following February 2014, as well as the number and severity of incidents in the previous five years. Baghdad was named the most riskiest city after a year which saw 380 attacks resulting in 1141 deaths and more than 3,600 wounded. 64 cities around the […]