Egypt Independent: Life Style-Main news en IATA: Global air passengers to more than double in 20 years <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The number of people travelling by plane each year is expected to more than double to 7.3 billion by 2034, the International Air Transport Association said on Thursday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>That would represents average annual growth of 4.1 percent from the 3.3 billion passengers expected to travel this year, IATA, which represents around 240 global airlines, said in its first 20-year passenger growth forecast.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>China is expected to overtake the United States as the world&#39;s largest passenger market, in terms of passengers travelling to, from and within the country, by 2030, IATA added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While Asia-Pacific is predicted to enjoy annual growth rates of 4.9 percent over the next 20 years and North America 3.3 percent, Europe is set to have the slowest growth at 2.7 percent, according to the report.</div> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:16:00 +0000 Reuters 2439049 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/10/20/484151/airport.jpg Exercising three times a week significantly cuts depression risk <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Exercising three times a week reduces the odds of developing depression by around 16 percent, scientists said on Wednesday -- and for every extra weekly activity session, the risk drops further.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In a study conducted as part of a public health research consortium, the UK-based scientists said the relationship they found between depression and exercise points to ways to simultaneously improve both mental and physical health.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Assuming the association is causal, leisure time physical activity has a protective effect against depression,&quot; said Snehal Pinto Pereira of University College London&#39;s Institute of Child Health, who led the study.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;If an adult between their twenties and forties who isn&#39;t physically active became active three times per week, they would reduce their risk of depression by approximately 16 percent.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness, affecting more than 350 million people worldwide. It is ranked by the World Health Organization as the leading cause of disability globally.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Treatment for depression usually involves either medication or psychotherapy, or a combination of both. Yet many patients fail to get better and suffer recurring bouts of illness.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Pereira&#39;s team followed 11,135 people born in 1958 up until the age of 50, recording their depressive symptoms and levels of physical activity at regular intervals as adults.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>To assess depression, they looked at responses to the Malaise Inventory, a questionnaire designed to measure psychological distress, at ages 23, 33, 42, and 50. Participants were also asked how often they exercised.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The results showed that people who increased their weekly activity reported fewer depressive symptoms, but those with more depressive symptoms were less active, particularly at younger ages. Each additional activity session per week reduced odds of depression by 6 percent.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The scientists noted that the link between exercise and depressive symptoms was seen across the whole population and not just in those at high risk of clinical depression.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The study also found that people who reported more depressive symptoms than others at age 23 tended to also be less physically active, but this link weakened as they grew older.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;This finding is important for policies designed to get people more active, because it suggests that depressive symptoms could be considered a barrier to activity in young adulthood,&quot; Pereira said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Chris Power, a UCL professor of epidemiology and public health who also worked on the study, said it added weight to existing evidence suggesting exercise could be used as a treatment for depression as well as boosting physical health.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;If everyone was physically active at least three times a week we would expect to see a drop in depression risk, not to mention the benefits for physical health, as pointed out by other research, including reduced obesity, heart disease and diabetes risk.&quot;</div> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:07:00 +0000 Reuters 2439046 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/10/20/484151/fitness.jpg Apple, Facebook will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) will help pay for female employees to freeze their eggs, signaling a willingness to spend on perks and benefits in a race to acquire top-flight talent.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>From January, Apple will pay both full- and part-time employees up to $20,000 for procedure and storage costs for female employees to freeze their eggs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cryopreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatments,&quot; Apple said in a statement. &quot;We want to empower women at Apple to do the best work of their lives as they care for loved ones and raise their families.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>NBC News reported on Tuesday that Facebook recently began covering egg-freezing for non-medical reasons, making it one of the first major employers in the technology sector to do so. A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed that the company rolled out the benefit in January in response to requests from employees, among other reasons.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egg freezing is a pricey but increasingly popular option for women. It enables women to delay child bearing. The procedure is also used by women who have to undergo medical treatments that interfere with fertility such as with cancer.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The procedure typically costs up to $10,000, with an additional $500 for storage each year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the raging war for talent, Silicon Valley companies are offering an array of new family-planning perks. Apple said it also reimburses eligible expenses associated with the legal adoption of a child.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Egg freezing gives women more control,&quot; said Jennifer Tye, marketing lead for Glow, a mobile application aimed at helping women avoid pregnancy or conceive.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;When I turned 30, I had this notion that my biological clock was ticking, but I didn&#39;t know what my options were,&quot; said Tye. &quot;These employers should be commended.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The news has sparked debate on social media. Some commentators say these companies should focus their efforts on creating a more balanced culture, with more flexibility for new parents.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Apple recently introduced new benefits including extended parental leave. Facebook said it offers four months of paid leave for both new mothers and fathers.</div> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:02:00 +0000 Reuters 2439044 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/10/20/484151/zuckerberg.jpg Rotterdam vessel reaches Safaga port <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>In the first journey of this tourist season, the Dutch vessel Rotterdam carried about 1,275 tourists of the world&#39;s rich people and about 700 people from the ship&#39;s crew, as part of its journey to the ports of the Mediterranean and Red seas amid tight security measures at Safaga port where the ship anchored on Friday.</p><p>Media spokesman for the Red Sea Ports Authority Abdel Rahim Mostafa said that the Rotterdam would stay at Safaga for two days, during which a program for passengers to visit &nbsp;tourist areas and archaeological sites in Luxor would be organized, in addition to&nbsp;a free tour in Safaga and Safari trips.</p><p>&quot;The ship is one of the largest cruise ships in the world, with a length of about 200 meters and a height of eight floors,&quot; said Mostafa. &quot;The vessel includes a number of swimming pools, tennis courts, gyms, Jacuzzi, cinema, a theater and restaurants.&quot;</p><p>The vessel enjoys high safety and rescue measures, traveling at 28 nautical miles per hour.</p><p><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:16:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2438967 at sites/default/files/photo/2013/01/06/54605/hotel_hurghada.jpg