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Canada has been ranked highest for quality of life

Through all phases of life, Canada and Scandinavian countries treat their citizens well, according to US News.

Best Countries for Quality of Life

  1. Canada
  2. Sweden
  3. Denmark
  4. Norway
  5. Switzerland
  6. Finland
  7. Australia
  8. Netherlands
  9. New Zealand
  10. Germany
  11. Belgium
  12. United Kingdom
  13. Japan
  14. Luxemburg
  15. Ireland
  16. France
  17. US
  18. Singapore
  19. Portugal
  20. China
  21. Spain
  22. Italy
  23. South Korea
  24. Poland
  25. Czech Republic

More info at US News

Best countries in the world in 2018

U.S. News & World Report has released their annual “Best Countries” index.

They evaluated 80 countries and surveyed 21,000 people from four regions (the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa). Countries were graded 65 different ways, from how well they rank in “citizenship,” “cultural influence,” “education,” “heritage,” “power,” to “quality of life,” to name a few.

Interestingly, both the UK and the USA are down one position in this year’s rankings.

  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. Germany (up 1 from 2017)
  4. United Kingdom (down 1 from 2017)
  5. Japan
  6. Sweden
  7. Australia (up 1 from 2017)
  8. United States (down 1 from 2017)
  9. France
  10. Netherlands (up 1 from 2017)

More at US News & World Report

The accumulated wisdom of middle-aged men for rent in Japan

Services like these are bound to become more common, even in the west, as an increasing number are becoming issolated and lonely.

CNN:

As in many cities around the globe, most people in Tokyo prefer anonymity when it comes to their wants, needs and vulnerabilities.

Urban citizens may be desperate to get advice from an older, wiser person, but they don’t want to turn to the guy they’ve worked with for years or the uncle who remembers the tears shed over a broken toy truck. Someone familiar might judge them.

It’s much better to pour your woes into a stranger’s ear, grab the good advice and run … or so goes the logic of Takanobu Nishimoto, 50, who founded an online Ossan Rental service in 2012.

More Canadians Getting High; Peacocks Attacking Cars; Cross Country on a Unicycle; Japan is Shrinking; Meditation Saves a Life

Iceland is a gun-loving country with no shooting murders since 2007 – NBC News

A historic exodus is leaving Venezuela without teachers, doctors and electriciansWashington Post

Monique Richard, the first woman to summit Mount Logan in Yukon’s Kluane National Park, Canada’s highest mountain, solo, says her biggest fear came when she fell into a dangerously deep crevice. – Canadian Press

51 year old swimmer Benoit Lecomte sets off from Japan in a record Pacific crossing attempt. His planned destination is the U.S. west coast. It should take him about 6 months to complete. – BBC

  • If you are doubtful this is impossible, Lecomte previously swam the frigid Atlantic Ocean in 73 daysThe Independent // But that was 20 years ago, and that trip was some 2,400 kilometres shorter.

New report finds no evidence that having sex with robots is healthy – WSJ (paywall) // Did someone, anyone, really believe it was?

The death toll from Guatemala‘s volcano has climbed to 69 people as new explosion hampers rescue efforts – ABC News, CBC

A 23 year old Alberta student is attempting to cross Canada on a unicycle, and has so far made it over the Rockies. – CBC

Canadians are expected to be smoking, eating and vaping up to 35% more marijuana once cannabis is legalized – CBC // Will that make us even nicer?

Unintended benefit? Unlike alcohol, cannabis has no caloriesCBC

Apple copied Google Android, again, and unveiled new features in iOS 12 to reduce distractions, including Screen Time, Do Not Disturb at Bedtime, grouped notifications, and new parental controls – Apple // Or you could exercise a bit of self discipline, take back control of your life, and simply power it off at bedtime and when you don’t want to be disturbed.

The CEO of Aetna, an American health insurance company, was considering suicide before he found meditationQuartz

Japan’s shrinking population: A record low 946,000 children were born in 2017. Meanwhile deaths hit a post-war high of 1,340,433, resulting in a natural decrease of 394,373 people. – Japan Times

Feral peacocks are attacking vehicles in British Columbia, causing thousands of dollars in damages – CTV News

First woman to summit Everest; Waking up to a bear; Protected forest; Canadian doctor shot by an Israeli military sniper

How Hiroshima rose from the ashes – BBC

Warnings for Puerto Rico as already battered island faces new hurricane season. The Atlantic storm season begins in just two weeks, and the island has yet to fully recover from the ravages of last year’s Hurricane Maria – CBC

Ramadan begins.

A camper north of Dawson Creek, B.C. woke up to find a black bear sniffing him inside his tent. He chased it off. Twice. – CBC

Alberta now has the largest protected boreal forest in the world – CBC

  • Yesterday, more than 13,600 square kilometres of land, more than twice the size of Vancouver Island, was declared protected.

A Canadian doctor was shot by an Israeli military sniper near the Gaza border – Globe and Mail

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May 16

1770: Austrian princess Marie Antoinette, 14, marries France’s Louis-Auguste, 15, who later became King Louis XVI.

1888Nikola Tesla describes the equipment which will allow efficient generation and use of alternating currents to transmit electric power over long distances.

1919: A naval Curtiss NC-4 aircraft commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for the Azores, then onto mainland Portugal, on the first transatlantic flight.

1929: The first Academy Awards ceremony takes place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.

1975: Japan’s Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She was the first woman to reach the Seven Summits.

 

Get smarter and healthier; The first nylon stockings go on sale; Face recognition tools are staggeringly inaccurate

Apple has 55 self-driving cars registered in California – TechCrunch

Facebook closed 583 million fake accounts in first three months of 2018 – The Guardian

The number of kidnappings is surging in Mexico – VOX

Average house price in Canada fell 11% in past year – CBC

  • National home sales fall to lowest level in 5 years – CTV News

A 69-year-old double amputee from China summits Everest – Adventure Journal via Adventure Trend

Great employees quit instead of admitting they are unhappyForbes

Running out of Japanese whiskey – Kotaku

Taking a stand for what you believe in: Google employees resign in protest over work for Pentagon – Gizmodo

Watch: Learning to play an instrument can help anyone become healthier and smarter – Life Noggin via YouTube

Face recognition tools used by police are ‘staggeringly inaccurate’ – BBC

How a newspaper diesPolitico

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May 15

1919The Winnipeg general strike: 24,000 organized and unorganized workers in Winnipeg walked off the job. Another 6,000 would soon join them. It was the start of the largest strike in Canadian history.

1940: The first nylon stockings go on sale; 780,000 pairs are snapped up on the first day. Four million pairs sold out in four days. The material was developed by a scientist at DuPont.

1941: New York Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio begins his record 56-game hitting streak with a single off Edgar Smith of the Chicago White Sox.

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