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World’s oldest living man, who said secret was to smile, dies at 112

World’s oldest living man, who said secret was to smile, dies at 112

World
Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Guinness World Records oldest living man, who said the secret to a long life was smiling, has died at 112. Chitetsu Watanabe of Niigata, Japan died Sunday, Guinness World Records and the funeral home handling his services confirmed Tuesday. On Feb. 12, Guinness World Records presented him a certificate as the world's oldest living man at age of 112 years, 344 days. Watanabe said the secret to a long life was to "not get angry and keep a smile on your face." Japan's nationally circulated newspaper Mainichi reported that he died of old age. His eldest son's 81-year-old wife Yoko, said he became unable to eat after celebrating his Guinness World Record, and was put on intravenous drip. He also developed a fever and difficulty breathing a couple days before his death. Watan...
Jeff Bezos: World’s richest man pledges $10bn to fight climate change

Jeff Bezos: World’s richest man pledges $10bn to fight climate change

Business
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has pledged $ 10bn (£7.7bn) to help fight climate change.The world's richest man said the money would finance work by scientists, activists and other groups.He said: "I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change."Writing on his Instagram account, Mr Bezos said the fund would begin distributing money this summer.Mr Bezos has an estimated net worth of more than $ 130bn, so the pledge represents almost 8% of his fortune.Some Amazon employees have urged him to do more to fight climate change. There have been walkouts and some staff have spoken publicly. Also, Mr Bezos is financing the Blue Origin space programme, criticised for its carbon footprin
World’s biggest iceberg makes a run for it

World’s biggest iceberg makes a run for it

Science
The world's biggest iceberg is about to enter the open ocean.A68, a colossus that broke free from the Antarctic in 2017, has pushed so far north it is now at the limit of the continent's perennial sea-ice.When it calved, the berg had an area close to 6,000 sq km (2,300 sq mi) and has lost very little of its bulk over the past two and a half years.But scientists say A68 will struggle to maintain its integrity when it reaches the Southern Ocean's rougher waters."With a thickness to length ratio akin to five sheets of A4, I am astonished that the ocean waves haven't already made ice cubes out of A68," said Prof Adrian Luckman from Swansea University, UK. "If it survives for long as one piece when i...
Here are the world’s best-value attractions and worst tourist traps

Here are the world’s best-value attractions and worst tourist traps

Finance
The Burj Khalifa looms over Dubai, United Arab Emirates.owngardenBack in early 2012, I bounded up to the ticket booth at the then-new, 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai, hoping to snag a last-minute elevator ride to the top of the world's tallest skyscraper.Taking a seven-hour tourist detour from a business stay in neighboring Abu Dhabi, I had little on my to-do list for my quick day trip to the ultra-wealthy Mideast city-state, apart from the view from that iconic building's 124th floor observation deck.Much to my disappointment, tickets were sold out for the next few days. I consoled myself with a camel-milk ice cream cone and plaintive window-shopping in the high-end mega-mall at the base of the Burj.Turns out I might not have missed out on much.According to a new ranking of worst and be...
One of world’s biggest passenger planes completes test flight

One of world’s biggest passenger planes completes test flight

Business
Boeing has successfully completed the first flight of the world's largest twin-engine jetliner - a respite from the ongoing controversy surrounding the 737 MAX.It took three attempts to get the 777X off the ground, as the first two planned tests were abandoned owing to high winds. The plane - which is 77m (252ft) long and can seat more than 400 passengers - took off from a runway just outside Seattle on the US west coast. Image: The co-pilots for the test flight wave after their successful journey Four hours later, it landed at the historic Boeing Field, not far from rows of 737 MAX planes left grounded after two fatal crashes triggered safety concerns.The new Boeing model, which will be officially known as the 777-9, also boasts fold...