Egypt Independent: Living-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Life%20Style/rss.xml en The world's most livable city in 2016 is ... http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471984 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/08/21/43/121107143950-melbourne-bay-exlarge-169.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>If there&#39;s one thing wrong with living in Melbourne, it&#39;s probably the boring inevitability of being named one of the best places on the planet year after year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For the sixth year in a row, the Australian city has topped the Economist Intelligence Unit&#39;s ranking of the world&#39;s most livable cities.</div><div>The list, which considers stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure to arrive at a rating out of 100, gave Melbourne an overall score of 97.5.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Close behind is the Austrian capital Vienna, with 97.4, and Canada&#39;s Vancouver with 97.3 &mdash; positions both cities also held in 2015.</div><div>While little has changed among the ranks of the most comfortable cities, it&#39;s a darker picture elsewhere in the world with instability, terrorism and conflict causing several formerly &quot;safe&quot; destinations to lose their sheen.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Among them is the French capital Paris, which has seen its livability score drop by 3.7 percent over the past five years, a situation not helped by recent terror attacks in the city.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&#39;Weakening global stability&#39;</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Paris is joined on its downward journey by Moscow, St. Petersburg, Athens and Caracas.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Although the top five cities remain unchanged, the past year has seen increasing instability across the world, causing volatility in the scores of many cities,&quot; the EIU&#39;s annual ranking report summary says.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The continuing weakening of global stability scores has been made uncomfortably apparent by a number of high-profile incidents that have not shown any signs of slowing in recent years,&quot; it adds.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Inevitably, the world&#39;s least livable cities are those blighted by war, poverty and political turmoil &mdash;&nbsp;or all three.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Syria&#39;s capital Damascus ranks bottom of the 140 cities scored with a rating of 30.2. Just above it is Libya&#39;s Tripoli with 35.9 and the sprawling Nigerian megacity of Lagos, with 36.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Some cities are improving, though. The Iranian capital Tehran, which is benefiting from improved ties with the West after years of sanctions, has seen a 5 percent rise in its score over five years.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Zimbabwe&#39;s capital Harare, blighted by years of runaway inflation and political unrest, has seen a 4.4 percent improvement, although it still languishes near the tail end of the livability chart in 133rd place.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Most livable cities:</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><strong>1. Melbourne, Australia</strong></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="With great coffee, great food, a lively music and arts scene and lots of open space, it&amp;#39;s no surprise why Melbourne is rated the most livable city." src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/121107143950-melbourne-bay-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>With great coffee, great food, a lively music and arts scene and lots of open space, it&#39;s no surprise why Melbourne is rated the most livable city.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>2. Vienna, Austria</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Vienna is only 0.1 point short of Melbourne, Australia, in the index. Scoring 97.4 out of 100, the musical city with glamorous palaces and architecture came in second again this year. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140819130553-liveable-vienna-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>Vienna is only 0.1 point short of Melbourne, Australia, in the index. Scoring 97.4 out of 100, the musical city with glamorous palaces and architecture came in second again this year.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>3. Vancouver, Canada</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Once the title-holder of the livability ranking until 2011, Vancouver remains the third most livable city in the world." src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140819130251-liveable-vancouver-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>Once the title-holder of the livability ranking until 2011, Vancouver remains the third most livable city in the world.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>4. Toronto, Canada</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="With perhaps Canada&amp;#39;s top skyline -- including the 553-meter-high CN Tower -- Toronto ranked fourth in the survey. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140630134917-12-canada-most-beautiful-places-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>With perhaps Canada&#39;s top skyline&nbsp;</em>&mdash;<em>&nbsp;including the 553-meter-high CN Tower&nbsp;</em>&mdash;<em>&nbsp;Toronto ranked fourth in the survey.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>5. Calgary, Canada</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="One of the most underrated cities in Canada, Calgary held on to its joint fifth place ranking this year. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140529142529-underrated-cities-calgary-alberta-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>One of the most underrated cities in Canada, Calgary held on to its joint fifth place ranking this year.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>6. Adelaide, Australia</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Australia&amp;#39;s Adelaide, which scores 96.6, has parks, beaches and vineyards but also, for ghost story lovers, &amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;quot;http://travel.cnn.com/sydney/visit/spooky-australias-most-terrifying-tourist-trails-099576&amp;quot;&amp;gt;Australia&amp;#39;s href=&amp;quot;http://travel.cnn.com/sydney/visit/spooky-australias-most-terrifying-tourist-trails-099576&amp;quot;&amp;gt;Australia&amp;#39;s most terrifying tourist trails&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;." src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140819141953-liveable-adelaide-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>Australia&#39;s Adelaide, which scores 96.6, has parks, beaches and vineyards but also, for ghost story lovers,Australia&#39;s most terrifying tourist trails.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>7. Perth, Australia</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Great beaches are among the attractions of Australia&amp;#39;s west coast city of Perth. With hot summers and mild winters, the city has a reputation for outdoor activities including water sports and cycling. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160818164157-gettyimages-72426078-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Great beaches are among the attractions of Australia&#39;s west coast city of Perth. With hot summers and mild winters, the city has a reputation for outdoor activities including water sports and cycling.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>8. Auckland, New Zealand</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Frequently listed as one of the world&amp;#39;s best cities, New Zealand&amp;#39;s Auckland ranks 8th with a score of 95.7. " src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150925134431-insider-guide-auckland--main-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Frequently listed as one of the world&#39;s best cities, New Zealand&#39;s Auckland ranks 8th with a score of 95.7.&nbsp;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>9. Helsinki, Finland</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="Finland was ranked as one of Europe&amp;#39;s&amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;quot;http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/14/travel/finland-reasons-to-be-happy/&amp;quot;&amp;gt; href=&amp;quot;http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/14/travel/finland-reasons-to-be-happy/&amp;quot;&amp;gt; happiest nations&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; in 2015. With Helsinki now the 9th most livable city, the country has even more reason to smile." src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160818162944-helsinki-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Finland was ranked as one of Europe&#39;s happiest nationsin 2015. With Helsinki now the 9th most livable city, the country has even more reason to smile.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>10. Hamburg, Germany</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="The German city of Hamburg moves up to 10th place in the Economist Intelligence Unit&amp;#39;s most livable cities list for 2016. Its rise comes as Australia&amp;#39;s Sydney drops four places out of the top 10. Click through the gallery to see the top 10." src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160818163904-gettyimages-51838849-exlarge-169.jpg" style="height: 301px; width: 536px;" /></div><div><em>The German city of Hamburg moves up to 10th place in the Economist Intelligence Unit&#39;s most livable cities list for 2016. Its rise comes as Australia&#39;s Sydney drops four places out of the top 10. Click through the gallery to see the top 10.</em></div> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:02:00 +0000 CNN 2471984 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/08/21/43/121107143950-melbourne-bay-exlarge-169.jpg Schwarzenegger in Hong Kong for new sports festival http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471976 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/06/24/43/screen_shot_2015-06-24_at_4.12.43_pm.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Hollywood action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger launched a new sports festival in Hong Kong on Friday, telling the stressed-out city to remember to balance mind and body.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival this weekend includes demonstrations and competitions including arm wrestling, bodybuilding and skateboarding &mdash;&nbsp;but also features more cerebral pastimes such as chess and Rubik&#39;s Cube.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hong Kong is the first city in Asia to host the event, which is already held in other continents.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Asked how parents in the hothouse city should encourage their children to do sports as well as study, Schwarzenegger said: &quot;Until you&#39;re six feet under, you have to work on your body. But you also have to work on your mind.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;If you look in the mirror at night you should be able to say &#39;Today I learned a whole bunch of new things&#39;.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The former bodybuilding champion and governor of California told reporters he still gets up at 5:00 a.m. every day to go to the gym and work out.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;You have a choice to live or to just exist,&quot; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Schwarzenegger, 69, will take over from presidential candidate Donald Trump as host of the new US &quot;Celebrity Apprentice&quot; television series, set to be broadcast early next year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A long-time Republican, Schwarzenegger backed Trump&#39;s rival John Kasich in California&#39;s Republican primary earlier this year, which Trump won.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He is yet to say whether he will endorse Trump for the presidency.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:18:00 +0000 AFP 2471976 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/06/24/43/screen_shot_2015-06-24_at_4.12.43_pm.png Study claims the more fruit and veggies you eat the happier you are http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471974 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/03/06/501184/healthy_life.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A new large-scale study suggests that eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables can boost your happiness as well as your health.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Carried out by researchers at the University of Warwick, England and the University of Queensland, Australia, the new study is one of the first of its kind to scientifically explore the psychological &mdash;&nbsp;and not just physical &mdash;&nbsp;effects of eating fruit and vegetables.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The team followed 12,385 randomly selected Australian adults and asked each subject to keep a food diary. Participants also had their psychological well-being measured, with the team looking at the happiness benefits for each extra daily portion of fruit and vegetables consumed for up to eight portions per day.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>After taking into account the effect that people&#39;s changing incomes and personal circumstances can have on happiness and life satisfaction, the results led the researchers to conclude that increasing fruit and veg intake from none at all to eight portions a day has an effect on happiness and life satisfaction equivalent to moving from unemployment to employment.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The team also found that happiness increased incrementally for each extra daily portion of fruit and vegetables eaten up to eight portions per day, and that the positive psychological effects occurred within two years of the improved diet.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Commenting on the findings, which are to be published shortly in the American Journal of Public Health, Professor Andrew Oswald said, &quot;Eating fruit and vegetables apparently boosts our happiness far more quickly than it improves human health. People&#39;s motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by the fact that physical-health benefits, such as protecting against cancer, accrue decades later. However, well-being improvements from increased consumption of fruit and vegetables are closer to immediate.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Co-author Dr Redzo Mujcic also added, &quot;Perhaps our results will be more effective than traditional messages in convincing people to have a healthy diet. There is a psychological payoff now from fruit and vegetables &mdash;&nbsp;not just a lower health risk decades later.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The team believe that the findings could be used by health professionals to persuade people to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables, helping to improve the typically unhealthy Western diet and particularly important with the current rising levels of obesity and the associated health risks.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:11:00 +0000 AFP 2471974 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/03/06/501184/healthy_life.jpg US says sorry as swimmers leave Brazil to jeers http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2471947 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/08/19/504802/us_swimmers_not_being_robbed.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Two U.S. Olympic swimmers flew home from Brazil on Thursday after a local crowd jeered them, calling them &quot;liars&quot; and &quot;fakes&quot;, and police accused them of fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Games.<br /><br />Their departure marked what the U.S. Olympic team hopes will be the closing stages of an incident that has embarrassed the host city, angered the police and government, unleashed a storm on social media, and dominated news coverage of South America&#39;s first Olympics.<br /><br />The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) issued an apology after the departure of Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, who were among four U.S. swimmers shown to have lied about being stopped by gunmen posing as police in the early hours of Sunday.<br /><br />&quot;We apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence,&quot; USOC chief Scott Blackmun said in a statement.<br /><br />Apart from Bentz and Conger, the incident involved gold medalist Ryan Lochte, one of America&#39;s most decorated swimmers and the most outspoken about the robbery, and Jimmy Feigen, who also won a gold medal in Rio.<br /><br />Lochte returned to the United States on Monday. Feigen revised his police statement on Thursday in the hope of securing the release of his passport, the USOC said.<br /><br />ABC News reported early on Friday that Feigen had agreed to pay $11,000 to a Brazilian charity to avoid prosecution in the case, citing his attorney Breno Melaragno Costa.<br /><br />The outlet said the dispute would be settled, his passport returned, and Feigen would be allowed to leave the country once payment was made to the Reaction Institute charity.<br /><br />Reuters could not independently verify the report. Neither Feigen nor Lochte could be contacted for comment.<br /><br />The USOC confirmed police accusations, including that one of the swimmers had vandalized the gas station after the group stopped there to use the bathroom during a taxi ride back to the Athletes&#39; Village from a late-night party in the city.<br /><br />After days of standing by the swimmers&#39; story, the USOC also backed up other police evidence, including a security video showing the swimmers in an argument with staff at the Shell service station.<br /><br />&quot;An argument ensued between the athletes and two armed gas station security staff, who displayed their weapons, ordered the athletes from their vehicle and demanded the athletes provide a monetary payment,&quot; it said, adding that the guards allowed the swimmers to leave once some cash had been handed over.<br /><br />The USOC said it would further review the incident and assess any potential consequences for the athletes. USA Swimming said it could also take possible action.<br /><br /><strong>Embarrassment</strong><br /><br />During the two weeks of the Rio Games, the sporting action has been competing for headlines against a series of muggings and armed robberies of high-profile athletes and visitors in Rio de Janeiro, including two government ministers.<br /><br />None created more embarrassment for Rio than Lochte&#39;s statement that a robber had at one point put a gun to Lochte&#39;s forehead and demanding the group&#39;s wallets.<br /><br />Rio&#39;s police chief denounced the story on Thursday.<br /><br />&quot;There was no robbery as the swimmers described it,&quot; civil police chief Fernando Veloso told a news conference, adding that it would be noble and dignified if the swimmers were to apologize to the people of Rio.<br /><br />Brazil&#39;s Presidential Chief of Staff, Eliseu Padilha, said the swimmers should be held accountable.<br /><br />GloboNews reported that police were recommending prosecutors charge Lochte and Feigen with falsely reporting a crime. But a police source later told Reuters that this had not yet happened.<br /><br />Bentz and Conger were interviewed at a Rio police station before heading to the airport. As they walked from the building, a waiting crowd shouted &quot;liars&quot; and &quot;fakes&quot;. The pair had tried to leave Brazil on Wednesday but were pulled off their flight.<br /><br />After checking in to the flight to Miami, Conger and Bentz were escorted by security to the airport lounge. Their lawyer, Sergio Riera, hugged them before they walked through customs.<br /><br /><strong>Cash paid in compensation</strong><br /><br />Veloso, Rio&#39;s police chief, said police investigations had shown that the swimmers had broken a mirror and a soap-holder in the bathroom, adding that they then handed over a total of 100 reais ($31) and $20 in U.S. currency as compensation.<br /><br />According to Lochte&#39;s account, $400 was stolen from them.<br /><br />At one point, a security guard pulled a firearm after one swimmer behaved erratically, Veloso said, adding that the guard had not over-reacted: &quot;From the moment the gun was pulled out, they calmed down. Once they were calm, the gun was lowered.&quot;<br /><br />The security video, broadcast on Brazilian TV, showed three of the swimmers made to sit on the ground with their hands in the air. At one point, Lochte stands and appears to argue with the guards but is made to sit down again.<br /><br />Staff at the gas station said on Thursday that the U.S. swimmers ripped an advertising plaque off a wall and urinated against the building. Security was called and an argument ensued, said one employee who declined to give his name.<br /><br />A sign on one of the bathrooms read: &quot;Please Do Not Enter&quot;.<br /><br />Rio Games organizers on Thursday defended the four swimmers, saying they were just kids who made a mistake.<br /><br />&quot;They competed under gigantic pressure. Let&#39;s give these kids a break. Sometime you take actions that you later regret. They had fun, they made a mistake, life goes on,&quot; Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada told reporters.</p> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:06:00 +0000 Reuters 2471947 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/19/504802/us_swimmers_not_being_robbed.jpg