Jan Hugo has collected so much British royal memorabilia over the last 33 years she now has over 10,000 pieces at her home in Australia’s Hunter Valley. In fact, the collection has grown so large the Hugos have started offering tours of their house. … (Read more)
“I don’t think you know how it feels to have your sense of sight this minute and the next minute you are blind,” declared 27-year-old Poye Robinson, who, in the space of minutes, lost his sight two years ago.
Despite this tragedy, Robinson was not daunted. He still pursued his dream in launching his business, the International Travel and Cultural Exchange programme, which is employing several university and college students. … (Read more)
She’s the India head of a global firm that celebrates its 10th anniversary this week, and the company’s founder is a tech icon who says India is the next big thing for his business. She appears confident the Indian market can deliver what the boss wants.
Kirthiga Reddy (42), Facebook’s India chief, says her challenge is to make Indian firms see Facebook as a mass media, not social media. … (Read more)
Times of India
European airline Ryanair reported a loss of €35 million this morning, as the airline’s strategy of discounting fares to boost passenger traffic hit the company. This compares with a profit of €18.1 million for the same period in 2012.
Michael O’Leary, Ryanair chief executive, explained that the loss “is entirely due to a 9 per cent fall in average fares and weaker sterling”, adding that the loss was in line “with previous guidance”. … (Read more)
In recent years Denmark has recorded a decline in the number of smokers, but that appears to have come to an end now, with recent data showing that the numbers may even be on the rise again.
A survey of 5,000 Danes, conducted by Gallup in December, revealed that 17 per cent of those questioned smoked regularly last year… (Read more)
Switzerland–Two Japanese high school students won the top two prizes in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne, a competition for young ballet dancers, on Feb. 1.
Seventeen-year-old Haruo Niyama of Nagano Prefecture earned the highest marks among the 20 finalists who participated in the 42nd Prix de Lausanne. Sae Maeda, 15, of Yokohama, captured second place. In addition, Mikio Kato, 18, who now lives in Monte Carlo, placed sixth. … (Read more)
The Asahi Shimbun
Bhutan: Development towards wellbeing
The report submitted to the UN prescribes the way forward to redefining development. GNH: Bhutan has proposed happiness to be adopted as the overarching goal of the post-2015 development agenda, in the New Development Paradigm report it submitted to the United Nations in December last year.
After the high level meeting Bhutan organised in April 2012 in New York, following the UN’s resolution to observe the international happiness … (Read more)