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BEST HIGH-SPEED TRAINS × USA RANKS

The Best Countries for High-Speed Train

Infrastructure: the USA Ranks 16th in

Analysis by Omio

A comprehensive analysis by Omio reveals the countries with the world’s most advanced high-speed train infrastructure

  • The USA’s high-speed line, the Acela Express, runs 281 miles between Washington D.C. and Boston.
  • Spain ranks top for Europe, with 562 miles of tracks currently under construction.
  • China ranks first, with over 19,000 miles of high-speed tracks in operation.

Omio, Europe’s leading booking platform for travel by train, bus and flight, has released a ranking of the countries with the world’s best high-speed train infrastructure. The findings show the prevalence of high-speed trains around the world; highlighting the economies which have started to invest in a future fuelled by high-speed technology.

From a long list of countries with advanced high-speed infrastructure, the top 20 were ranked according to the operational and record speed of the trains, the length of track in operation, and the length of track under construction.

High-speed trains are environmentally-friendly and efficient. They reduce CO2 emissions by offering an alternative to road and air travel. In the USA, the California bullet train is under ongoing construction and scheduled to open by 2022. The line will connect Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2 hours 40 minutes. The 119-mileproject, owned and managed by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, is projected to cost around $77 billion.

USA High-Speed Train Ranking

Worldwide High-Speed Train Ranking

The research for this study was completed on the 20th of June 2019.

Complete results for 2019 High-Speed Train ranking are available on: https://www.omio.com/trains/

Further findings worldwide

China has more miles of high-speed tracks than the rest of the world combined.

Japan ranks second, with almost 1,900 miles of high-speed tracks currently in operation.

Saudi Arabia ranks tenth. Opened in October 2018, 281 miles of Haramain High-Speed Railway connect the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The line is expected to transport over 50 million passengers a year.

Further findings for Europe

Spain has the most miles of high-speed tracks currently under construction in Europe, followed by Austria and the United Kingdom. The AVE networkalready connects Malaga in the south, Barcelona in the north, and Valencia in the east.

In France, the TGV intercity line has a record speed of 357 mph (575km/h): the fastest worldwide.

Germany outperforms the United Kingdom, with 14 times the length of high-speed tracks currently in operation.

About Omio, formerly GoEuro

Omio is a travel app and platform that allows customers to find and book trains, buses and flights across Europe. Partnering with over 800 European transport operators, Omio is revolutionising the travel planning experience, providing customers with more choice, transparent pricing and easier booking.

Omio lets travellers search for any location, including cities, towns and villages, showing the best possible transport combinations while eliminating the need to visit multiple websites to plan an entire trip. With Omio, travel planning is simple, flexible and personal.

The travel startup, founded in 2013, changed its name from GoEuro to Omio in early 2019. Omio is headquartered in Berlin with over 300 employees from 45 different countries. The latest funding round totalling $150 million, led by Kinnevik AB, Temasek and Hillhouse, was announced in October 2018.

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THE WORLD’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, announces the 51-120 list of restaurants ahead of its annual awards ceremony, which takes place in one week’s time on Tuesday, 25th June 2019 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. For 2019 only, the list expands from 51-100 to 51-120 restaurants, in celebration of the 120th anniversary of S.Pellegrino, partner of the gastronomy community since the beginning of its history in 1899. Deloitte, a professional services consultancy, is again independently adjudicating the list that is compiled by a diverse voting Academy which comprises over 1,000 international chefs, food writers and traveling gastronomes.

The 51-120 list in numbers – developing diversity

  • The 51-120 boasts 21 new entries from 15 countries, marking a near 30% increase in new territories this year
  • The full 51-120 list includes restaurants in 25 countries across five continents, with four new countries joining the list
  • There are six re-entries from four countries: Denmark, Japan, France and South Africa
  • It’s been a fine year for Italy with three first-time entrants
  • The highest new entry on the 51-120 list at No.61 is Uliassi in Senigallia, Italy
  • Nobelhart & Schmutzig in Berlin, Germany rises an impressive 31 places from last year to No.57, with
    Indian Accent in New Delhi, India following in close second, advancing 30 positions to No.60
  • USA leads in volume with seven restaurants on the 51-120 list, including one new entry
  • Japan and Spain are hot on the heels of USA with six restaurants each, including four new listings

Female Forward
There is a strong female presence this year, most notably with an exciting new entry from Core by Clare Smyth in London (No.66), the restaurant led by the winner of The World’s Best Female Chef Award 2018. Other female-led restaurants include Elena Arzak’s Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain (No.53), Pim Techamuanvivit’s Nahm in Bangkok, Thailand (No.69), Helena Rizzo’s Maní in São Paulo, Brazil (No.73),Garima Arora’s Gaa in Bangkok, Thailand (No.95) and Anne-Sophie Pic’s eponymous restaurant in Valence, France (No.98).

50/50 Split
As a result of the gender-balanced voting Academy announced in early 2019, more than 500 female experts, chefs, food writers and restaurateurs, make up 50% of the total voting Academy, establishing equal representation within the group of 1,000-plus international restaurant industry experts.

Widening the net
Some less celebrated gastronomic locations now appear on the 51-120 list, including the Marche region in Italy with Uliassi (No.61); southern Spain’s Aponiente (No.94) in El Puerto de Santa Maria; Guadalajara in Mexico with Alcalde (No.109); Ghent in Belgium with Chambre Séparée (No.111); and the Dolomites in Italy with St. Hubertus (No.116).

William Drew, Director of Content of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, comments: “This year’s 51-120 listmarks the most expansive representation of geographic diversity we’ve seen during the 18 years that 50 Best has been celebrating culinary excellence. Restaurants from world-renowned countries as well as lesser-known destinations are voted for and will be acknowledged at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in Singapore on 25th June. The advent of S.Pellegrino’s landmark anniversary marked the ideal opportunity for us to extend the list for one year only. We hope to see as many of them as possible again next year.”

In a collection of restaurants marked by their geographic spread, 21 new entries appear on this year’s 51-120 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, marking a notable increase of represented countries and cities compared to previous years. There are three new entries apiece for Japan, Italy and China (including two from Hong Kong and one from Macau). Russia sees two new entries, both from St. Petersburg, challenging what has previously been Moscow’s domination. Lido 84 on Lake Garda, Italy (No.78) – this year’s winner of the Miele One To Watch Award – is another significant newcomer to the list, alongside Uliassi, which is the highest new entry in the 51-120 list.

Berlin’s Nobelhart & Schmutzig, last year’s No.88, has climbed the ranking an impressive 31 places to No.57, followed by Indian Accent in New Delhi, which advanced 30 places from last year to No.60.

SingleThread of Healdsburg, USA, last year’s Miele One To Watch winner, continues to demonstrate its predicted progress to No.71, jumping 21 places. Other notable climbers include Rio de Janeiro’s Lasai,bumping up 26 places to No.74, and Diverxo of Madrid landing at No.75 from No.96.
USA boasts an impressive seven restaurants on the 51-120 list, with Atomix, New York, debuting at No.119. Spain and Japan closely follow with six restaurants each, and Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and the UK are each represented by four restaurants.

The Voting Process
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 list is voted for by more than 1,000 international restaurant industry experts and well-travelled gourmets who make up The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. The gender- balanced Academy comprises 26 separate regions around the world, each of which has 40 members including a chairperson. No sponsor from the event has any influence over the voting process. Professional services consultancy, Deloitte, independently adjudicates the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. This adjudication ensures that the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 are protected.

Results
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11 Facts on CES 2019

11 Facts On The Backstage of CES 2019 Innovation Awards
 
The final list of the CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honorees has been revealed. And “Competition has been especially tough this year”, says one jury member. Here are ten surprising facts that can be deduced from the public data released by CES this year – via Pixminds: 
 
[1] Over 6,000 companies applied – less than 300 made it to the honoree bracket. 
 
[2] As opposed to last year, the CES jury decided to give each product no more than one innovation Award. 
 
[3] 270 honorees out of 300 were awarded one Innovation Award only. Some point out that they are one-shot startup stories that will not make it to the next CES edition, but their award can also highlight their star product promoting a wider range.
 
[4] Companies had to apply for one of the 29 product categories, some tougher than others: the “Computer Peripherals” category awarded 18 products, while only nine made it to the “Computer Accessories” honorees. 
 
[5] Industry leaders got stronger than ever this year, each of them releasing up to 17 award-winning products (see the industry leaderboard at the end of this note). 
 
[6] The industry leaderboard surprisingly misses big, ageless manufacturers (HP) as well as all of the software giants attempting to jump into the hardware field such as Google and Amazon. 
 
[7] Instead, the industry leaderboard is ruled by the usual South Korean and American giants such as Samsung (1st) and Motorola (5th), but Germany stays strong with their champion Bosch (4th).
 
[8] France jumped in the leaderboard above Germany and US with Pixminds (3rd). 
 
[9] Even though their electronics industries are amongst the strongest in the world, China, Japan and Israel did not make it to the leaderboard. 
 
[10] While every other company in the leaderboard has 10,000+ employees, surprisingly Pixminds only got 50. This is one more signal to the industry that innovation tends to come from small companies more than ever.

 
*** [11] With 17 awards, Samsung is the CES 2019 World Champion. The silver medal goes to MSI (12 awards). Finally, the third place goes to Pixminds (France) with 6 innovation awards.
 
ABOUT PIXMINDS
Pixminds is French group working in multimedia, specialized in human – machine interactions, and all their business applications. At Pixminds, we stand for innovation as we believe it is the seed of progress. The projects we develop are tightly linked to augmented reality and gaming. Because we come from gaming, we are convinced that comfort of use is essential for those who use daily digital tools such as computer peripherals, or gaming accessories. We work hard on improving the interface between the man and the machine. Through this point of view, innovation takes place both in the product (hardware and / or software) and in users’ behavior. Once one gets there, they need to step back from the hardware and understand what people truly need to make their day-to-day life a little more comfortable. 

Getting Rid Of That Online Spam: Best Anti-Spam Services

Every business which goes digital today knows the dangers of spam and its possible impact on the website’s operations. While fake bots write bad reviews or give one’s site bad scorings, there are some heroes ready to save your online presence from being a nightmare. These heroes are nothing else but the anti-spam services which are easy to install and maintain and the results of which usually outstand the client’s expectations.

If you are one of the businesses struggling with the spammers’ attacks and would like to protect yourself against such activities, there is a possible solution. And this is cleantalk.org which is considered to be one of the best anti spam service on the swathes of the Internet. In this article we will talk what makes anti-spam service so important for proper business’s operations in the digital world, so stay tuned!

How To Protect Oneself Against Spam Online

Spam may take a number of forms and manifestations. To begin with, there is an old junk mail which comes into being after spammers hack someone’s list of emails and use this for personal lucrative benefits. There is also a web spam known as a manipulation on the website ranking in the search engine. In this case, no SEO optimization is concerned but rather sneaky and unfair tricks.

Here is how anti-spam service may help to protect your company’s website from unwanted spamming:

•automatic screening of user’s behaviour: by tracing one’s users behaviour, the system concludes whether this behaviour reminds this of the bot or a real person. In the former case, the system will then prevent its activity and thus exempt the website from the potential spammer;

•junk-email filters: in many situations, though, service allows you to access logs of all the processed requests in order to check results of the filters and ensure that not a single of the e-mails was mistakenly considered as a junk one. Such a combination of efficient automatic checks as well as personal scamming through gives almost 100% accuracy;

•statistics analysis: in order to be able to make proper managerial decisions, one should always have figures to rely on. Therefore, for any service it is necessary to give managers the ability to see the data on spam activity for Countries, IPs, IP networks and emails.

To wrap things up, digital world is full of dangers when it comes to spammers and improper website behaviour. However, there are always possible solutions in the forms of specially designed services ensuring spam checks and analysis. These services help businesses which went online to make sure that their online activities are not subject to the interference of the fake bots and foes.

UK Households Spending More Than They Earn

  • UK cost of living for a four-person family is £60,000 per year – 103 per cent of average household income
  • UK housing and utility costs have risen by 13 per cent1
  • The global study found the most affordable expat country for families is Sweden

Today, new research by leading price comparison website MoneySuperMarket reveals that the UK is the most expensive location to raise a family. The running costs associated with a four-person family in the UK exceeded those of Spain, USA, Germany and Sweden due to the high costs of rent, utility bills and groceries2.

The data is based on the average monthly cost of property, utility bills and grocery shopping for a family with two children in 10 locations. These locations are some of the most popular destinations for the British public to emigrate to. MoneySuperMarket also ranked the costs against the countries’ average full time salary, to reveal the percentage of salary two working adults must put towards household expenses. In the UK, the average cost of a four-person family is more than twice the combined total of two adults’ salaries4.

Popular expat destinations with lower living costs

With lower utility bills (£94.41 per month), heavily subsidised pre-school costs (£230.34) and a standard average monthly rent of £1,149.40, Sweden is the only country analysed where a single parent can comfortably afford to have two children, working out as 87 per cent of the average working salary5. Based on two adults with two children it’s even more affordable, eating into less than half (43 per cent) of the combined salaries.

The full ranking of the affordable global cities to raise a family, including a breakdown of all metrics, can be seen below:

Global cost of raising a four-person family

Changing costs over time

On average, the weekly food shop has lowered in price for families over the last 16 years, from £236 to £232. However, spending on both housing and utilities, and household goods and services, has increased by 11 per cent overall. In 2001, the average monthly cost of housing and utilities per person in the UK was £277.77, but by 2017 this figure had risen by 13 per cent to £314.82. Due to these rises, the cost of raising a family in the UK has become more expensive.

For more information on the most affordable countries to move to, check out the MoneySuperMarket report around the changes in UK household spending over time.

Anthony Bourdain

The amazing award-winning celebrity chef, writer and storyteller Anthony Bourdain has died on Friday morning at the age of 61. He was found dead in the tiny village of Kaysersburg inside his hotel room by his friend Eric Ripert and it was later confirmed as a suicide. They had travelled to France to film for their current series Parts Unknown on culinary traditions around the world.

Throughout his shows, he has inspired people to have adventure with both food and travel. His curious and adventurous spirit has lead to many journeys and has taken viewers around the world, visiting over 100 countries. He allowed everyone to open up to him with his splendid personality and drew in his audiences along into the fun while he explored different cultures through food. Anthony helped shine a different light in countries in which many viewers have never contemplated travelling to. Along with this, he was always able to reveal a broader story than the ones seen on the surface by many of us. The world will greatly miss this legend and his passion.

Anyone in crisis, or who knows someone in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741

Wild Women Expeditions

Pioneers in Women-Only Travel Invite Adventurers to Patagonia

Wild Women Expeditions-Style


When sailing ships smashed through high seas many years ago, often a lady rode with them. Symbolic of the female adventurer, she was the carved wooden figurehead on the prow taking on the full force of wind, waves and whatever life came her way.

 

Gone is the girl on the prow, but Patagonia, at the bottom of the world, similarly tugs imaginations. Wild Women Expeditions (http://wildwomenexpeditions.com/) understands that women need to test their mettle against the wind in wild places. This company has designed two new trips to draw small women-only groups to Patagonia in 2018 and 2019. One trip is a multi-sport adventure; the other is an exploration on horseback.

 

Torres del Paine Multisport Adventure departure dates are Feb. 3-12 (waitlist being taken) and March 12-21, 2018. This program is also scheduled in 2019 for Feb. 3-12, March 2-11 and March 17-26. The per person double rate for 10 days and nine nights is $5,295 including English-speaking female guide and activity specialist guides, accommodations, all meals, and all equipment for excursions including sleeping bags for hiking overnights, mountain bikes, sea kayaks, horses and tack and corresponding safety equipment. The playground is an other-worldly landscape of peaks, glaciers, wild horses, pampas and lakes that composes Torres del Paine National Park. Challenges come by way of hiking up to eight hours per hike, kayaking, mountain biking up to four hours per outing, and a six-hour horseback ride. In adherence to sustainable practices, participants reside in tented Eco Camp Patagonia Domes, with two women paired in a tent and a scenic lodge in shared huts. Punta Arenas is the gateway. Please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/torres-del-paine-multisport-adventure/.

 


Patagonia Cordillera Riding Adventure departure dates are Jan 22-Feb. 1, Feb. 5-15 (waitlist being taken) and March 4-14, 2018. Dates for 2019 will be announced shortly. The per person double rate for 11 days and 10 nights is $3,395 including 11 days of horseback riding into the rugged heart of the Andes, the cordillera chain of mountain ranges, by way of strong and surefooted Argentine Criollos. The rate includes a seven-day pack trip; horses, pack mules and riding gear; professional female wrangler guides; 10 nights of on and off-grid shared accommodation including the first two nights and the night before departure at an estancia where Ranquilco Lodge showcases its eco-sensitive off-the-grid homestead systems; camping equipment; hand-crafted meals; laundry services; roundtrip transfers from Neuquen Airport to destination in the rugged heart of the Andes. Estancia hospitality serves up locavore along with off-the-grid living before heading to the cordillera (mountain range) to ride trails deep into the Andes and into the simple lifestyle of the gauchos. Guests are transferred from and back to Presidente Perón International Airport in Neuquén Province, Argentina. Please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/patagonia-horse-adventure/.

 

Wild Women Expeditions already tops the list with more active travel departures for women only than any other tour company in the world. In this unique niche, this company also outpaces other companies with more women-only horseback riding trips. In addition to Patagonia, equestriennes can travel to

  • Iceland — Golden Circle Riding Adventure, nine days at $3,295 per person; Women & Girls Golden Circle Riding Adventure, seven days at $1,995 per person; Hekla Volcano Riding Adventure, nine days at $3,295 per person
  • British Columbia — Chilcotin Cowgirl Riding Adventure, eight days at $3,495CAD per person
  • Mongolia – Orkhon Valley Horseback Adventure, 14 days at $2,295 per person; and Marvels of Mongolia, 14 days at $2,895 per person, mixing trekking with camel and horseback riding.
  • Ireland – Connemara Riding Adventure, seven days at $3,295 per person.  

A quarter century ago Wild Women Expeditions pioneered today’s steam-charged movement encouraging women to travel in small women-only groups. “What Wild Women Expeditions does is give women the opportunity to achieve amongst other women, test boundaries, take risks and become leaders,” says Jennifer Haddow, Owner/Director.

 

For details, availability and reservations for these and all Wild Women Expeditions’ programs call 1 (888) 993-1222, email info@wildwomenexpeditions.com or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.

 

About

Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Its initial focus was on canoeing on remote Ontario waters. Through an unwavering focus on Canada, one of the wildest, most pristine countries in the world, Wild Women Expeditions became Canadian experts in a pioneering niche that introduced small groups of women into wilderness settings. Even though the company now hosts guests all over the world, it retains a national focus with more trips and more women-only, backcountry camping adventures in Canada than any other women’s travel company in the world. 

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