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Google unveils the official Play Awards nominees

The Google Play Awards are coming at Google I/O on May 19, but today Google released the nominees for each category. With ten categories and five nominees per category, what we’re looking at here is a Who’s Who among Android apps, so even if you’re not super interested in the Play Awards, you …

15 maps that will change the way you see the world

Telegraph Travel has mapped the world in many ways – here are some of the most eye-opening.<p>1. Life expectancy<p>This map shows the world according to life expectancy. The results are depressingly unsurprising. Africa is the only continent that contains nations where the average life expectancy is …

If a former pope says non-Catholics can go to heaven, why be Catholic? | Andrew Brown

The former Pope Benedict XVI has suggested that those who mistakenly believe in other religions may not be damned after all. Which is hardly good for church attendance<p>Catholics can no longer believe that all Muslims, Hindus, atheists and so on are going to hell. We have this on the authority of the …

Wall Street's Pile of Unwanted Treasuries Exposes Market Cracks

The world’s biggest bond dealers are getting saddled with Treasuries they can’t seem to easily get rid of, adding to evidence of cracks in the $13.3 …

Earth - What is the real reason we sleep?

There are a few things we literally cannot live without. Oxygen is one. Another is food and water. And then there is sleep: forcibly keep an animal awake for long enough and you will kill it. The same almost certainly applies to humans.<p>This fact alone tells us that sleep must be doing something …

Sleep

Stocks mixed as oil slides, Fed rate decision looms

Stocks ended mostly lower Tuesday as investors reacted to a resumed slide in oil prices and braced for the Federal Reserve's decision Wednesday on interest rates.<p>Down were the Nasdaq and the S&P 500, off 0.5% and 0.2%, respectively. Finishing higher was the Dow Jones industrial average, which …

India’s corporate bond market puzzle

Banks and equity markets are the dominant sources of capital for business in India even as the corporate bond market has languished for decades now. …

Are negative interest rates an adventure in financial Wonderland?

<b>The global financial system is venturing further into the bizarre world of negative interest rates.</b><p>Let's call it Alice in Financial Wonderland.<p>On Thursday the European Central Bank took additional steps to stimulate the eurozone economy, including a further cut in an interest rate that is already …

Interest Rates

Bad Parenting -12 Signs of Bad Parenting! Are You One of Them?

How often have you heard that bad kids come from bad parents? The fact is that there are several signs of bad parenting. In real world our actions …

Are Japan's sub-zero interest rates working?

In a bold attempt to reflate the Japanese economy, the Bank of Japan has now pushed interest rates on deposits into negative territory. Though this …

The Most Beautiful Travel Photographs of 2016

The Sony World Photography Awards, the biggest photography competition in the world, recently released the shortlists for the 2016 edition. This year's entries cover a broad scope of themes and geography, with over 270 photographers from nearly 60 countries represented. The photographs depict …

Douglas Ell: how an MIT atheist found God through math

Pythagoreans celebrate sunrise by Fyodor Bronnikov (1869)<p>This month, Examiner.com has been profiling "noted atheists who experienced dramatic shifts …

IMF warns global economy is 'highly vulnerable'

The International Monetary Fund has said that the global economy is "highly vulnerable" and urged the United States and other large nations to prepare contingency plans that could be rolled out quickly.<p>The report was prepared for senior officials of the G20, the world's 20 largest economies, before …

St. Louis Fed: Financial Markets Are Saying Oil Will Be Worthless by mid-2019

The Federal Reserve has insisted that the forces keeping inflation from target are temporary. Financial markets seem to disagree.<p>St. Louis Fed …

Janet Yellen hints further rate rises on hold amid plunging markets

Wall Street unimpressed after Fed chief refuses to rule out return to modest increases should financial market turmoil blow over<p>The chair of the Federal Reserve has dropped the broadest of hints that it has put future US interest rate increases on hold following the plunge in global stock markets …

Indonesia's wealth managers bank on tax amnesty for take-off

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Competition is so tough among Indonesia’s wealth managers that one offers clients helicopter rides to soar above Jakarta’s notorious traffic jams, others provide golf clinics, airport limousines and exclusive money-managing seminars.<p>An Indonesian woman walks past a Louis Vuitton …

Asia

Why Are Japanese Kids So Calm? Parenting in Japan VS America

This month’s guest post comes from blogger Brian, who us currently pursuing a master’s in counselling psychology, focusing on expat issues and …

Parenting

Everything the world's central banks are doing in one big map

The pros at Deutsche Bank just released a handy map of monetary policy around the world in their "House View" for 2016.<p>The market anticipates two interest-rate hikes from the Federal Reserve this year, fewer than the Fed's telegraphed plans for four.<p>Regardless of the pace, the consensus is that US …

Deutsche Bank

FC Barcelona Release #Messi500 Tribute to Celebrate Leo Messi's 500th Appearance

Lionel Messi made his 500th appearance for Barcelona on Wednesday night in La Liga, scoring in a 4-0 win over Real Betis that keeps Luis Enrique's side top of the table going into the new year.<p>The Argentinian superstar now has 425 goals for the club, helping them to 350 wins and 26 trophies (and …

The Best Drone Photos of 2015

The world from a different perspective.<p>Drones aren't just used for fishing, warfare, and target practice. As the remote control flying machines grow in popularity, so does the amount of jaw-dropping aerial imagery being produced.<p>"There literally are no physical limits as to where a shot can take …

What History Tells Us About This Week's Fed Interest Rate Hike

For all the hand-wringing and nervous forecasts, this week's Federal Reserve decision to raise interest rates may be a sign of better things to come.<p>History rarely repeats itself exactly. But a CNBC analysis of six rate-hike cycles over the last three decades shows that rising rates were often …

Moody's slashes oil forecast for 2016 by $10 a barrel

Rating agency lowers price assumptions on expectations that prolonged supply glut will be exacerbated by easing of Iran sanctions<p>Moody’s has cut its oil price forecast for next year by $10 a barrel due to continued high levels of supply that may be heightened by the lifting of sanctions against …

A Wall Street CEO perfectly explained the hot theory for the economy, markets and everything

Moelis & Co. chief executive Ken Moelis was on CNBC's Closing Bell on Thursday, and brought up one of his favorite topics: technological deflation.<p>The idea here is that technological advancements help drive prices down, whether it's through lowering the cost of production (think manufacturing), …

Wall Street

IT'S HAPPENING: We're seeing the first real-world effects of negative interest rates in Europe

Four European central banks have set technical or "policy" interest rates that are negative, in the hope of discouraging people from storing money inside bank accounts. To juice the economy, the banks want people to pull their money out of savings and spend it or invest it.<p>But until recently we …

Here’s how 10 of Indonesia’s richest families invest in tech startups

Deep-pocketed business heirs in Indonesia have legacies to uphold, but they’re also expected to stake new business claims. Here are 10 families to …

Asia

Indonesia’s unlikely pork feast

Bali’s classic pork dish, babi guling, is an odd find in a country that has the largest Muslim majority population in the world.<p>Why is it that the older I get, the more frequently I become exposed to traditional folk dancing (something I loathe), when travelling abroad? I was in Bali; specifically …

Indonesia

White House threatens veto of rule-based monetary policy bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday issued a veto threat for a Republican-backed bill to make the Federal Reserve set interest rate policy using a mathematical rule, a proposal Fed Chair Janet Yellen said would “severely damage” the U.S. economy.<p>Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen …

Federal Reserve

Any doubts over about December Fed hike may be swept away

LONDON (Reuters) - Inflation numbers from the United States on Tuesday could be the provide the final domino in the Federal Reserve’s track to raise interest rates next month.<p>Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen arrives for a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in …

Economics

Get ready for a ton of Fedspeak

US companies added a whopping 271,000 jobs during the month, crushing expectations for an increase of 185,000. This helped bring the unemployment rate down to a 7-year low of 5.0% from 5.1% a month ago. Even the U-6 "underemployment" rate tumbled to 9.8% from 10.0%.<p>Importantly, wages jumped with …

Stock Markets

This Marine Biologist Photographs Rare, Otherworldly Oceanic Creatures

While scientists, explorers, and Google Earth have mapped much of the terrestrial world, the expanses of the sea remain a great mystery. Marine biologist Alexander Semenov, head of the dive team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station, has dedicated his career not only to closing …