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US cities fail to make the list of best places to live in the world – Osaka is the only Asian city

  • The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released this year's Global Liveability Index, with Osaka, Japan, being the only Asian city ranked as one of the world's top 10 best places to live in.
  • The index, which was released last week, placed Osaka, the capital city of Japan’s Osaka Prefecture with a population of over 2 million, in the No. 10 spot, tying with Melbourne, Australia.
  • The Japanese city received a score of 100 for stability, healthcare and education but received a score of 83.1 for culture and environment, which resulted in its No. 10 spot.
  • The EIU added 33 new cities to its liveability ranking, with one-third of the 173 scored cities located in China.
  • U.S. cities are nowhere to be found on the top 10 list of best cities in the world to live in.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released this year’s Global Liveability Index, with Osaka, Japan, being the only Asian city ranked as one of the world’s top 10 best places to live in.

The index, placed Osaka, the capital city of Japan’s Osaka Prefecture with a population of over 2 million, in the No. 10 spot, tying with Melbourne, Australia.

Passenger traveling from Bali to Australia fined $1,800 over hidden McMuffins

A passenger flying from Bali to Australia was fined AU$2,664 (approximately US$1,870) after a security dog detected McMuffins and other food items in their luggage.

The passenger, who has not been identified, was found to be in possession of two egg and beef sausage McMuffins and a ham croissant when they landed at Australia’s Darwin International Airport.

‘Shocked’ Korean traveler: Credit card-sized steak served as inflight meal on $5K business-class trip

  • A South Korean man who spent $5,016 on a Korean Air business class flight from Hawaii was served a steak the size of a credit card.
  • The man posted a photo on June 13 to complain about his inflight meal.
  • He also claimed that blankets and alcoholic beverages were not fully provided during the flight.
  • Despite his dissatisfaction with the inflight food and drinks, the man praised the flight’s crew members and thanked them for remaining positive despite receiving numerous complaints.

After taking a Korean Air business class flight to South Korea from Hawaii, a passenger shared a photo of his underwhelming inflight meal which had a steak the size of a credit card.

The South Korean man reportedly spent 6.48 million won (approximately $5,016) on a business class flight, as it was his first time traveling in two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking forward to the inflight service, the man was taken aback when he saw his underwhelming meal.

Nepali Sherpa Kami Rita breaks his own world record again by scaling Mount Everest for 26th time

  • Nepalese Sherpa guide Kami Rita, 52, successfully reached the 29,032-foot summit of Mount Everest at 7 p.m. on Saturday, marking the 26th time he scaled the world’s tallest mountain.
  • Sherpas are an ethnic group who live at high altitudes. The term is also used to refer to the trek guides themselves.
  • During the trip, Rita led 10 other Sherpa guides who attached ropes along the route to help other climbers and guides who are set to climb the mountain later this month. 
  • Rita, who first reached the Mount Everest summit in 1994, has also scaled other peaks among the world’s highest, such as K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.

Nepalese mountaineer Kami Rita, 52, broke his own record for the most climbs to the top of Mount Everest after successfully reaching the summit of the world’s tallest mountain for the 26th time. 

On Saturday, the veteran Sherpa guide safely scaled the 29,032-foot summit while leading a group of Sherpa climbers. 

Singapore Airlines’ most luxurious first-class suites are now available from the US — take a look inside

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  • Singapore Airlines relaunched their Airbus A380 with a set of six new and exclusive first class suites.
  • The massive aircraft is the largest passenger plane in the world, able to fit up to 470 flyers in a single flight.
  • A one-way first-class ticket costs anywhere between $8,000 to $12,000 and gets you access to some of the top notch amenities available on a plane, including your own personal ensuite wardrobe closet big enough for all of your luggage, a 32-inch HD touchscreen monitor paired with Bang & Olufsen noise-canceling headphones, automatic window shades and luxurious compartment finishes.

Singapore Airlines relaunched their massive Airbus A380 yesterday with a set of six new and exclusive first-class suites.

Able to carry up to 470 flyers, the massive aircraft is deemed the largest passenger plane in the world, and its first-class suites some of the most luxurious.    

After Michelle Go’s death, MTA to build subway barriers at 3 NYC stations in attempt to improve safety

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  • In an interview on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said it will install barriers on subway platforms in an attempt to improve public safety.
  • The announcement comes a month after 40-year-old Michelle Go was shoved to her death in front of an oncoming train at the Times Square station.
  • The pilot program, which will include three stations, is expected to be completed in 2024 for a cost of more than $100 million.
  • Aside from barriers, the MTA is also looking into deploying thermal and laser technologies to detect track incursion.

A month after the tragic death of Michelle Go, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that it will install barriers on subway platforms in an attempt to improve public safety.

The pilot program will be implemented in three stations, including the Times Square 7 line, the Third Avenue L line and the Sutphin Boulevard JFK Airport E line, according to FOX 5 New York.

US cancels 44 flights to China after China cancels 44 flights to US

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  • The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) cancelled 44 China bound flights operated by Chinese carriers that were planned between Jan. 30 to the end of March.
  • The move was made “in response” to China’s previous suspension of 44 U.S. bound flights by American carriers.
  • The spat can be traced back to a Chinese policy that requires two to four week suspensions of airline routes whose passengers test positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in China.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Friday announced its suspension of 44 China bound flights operated by Chinese carriers from Jan. 30 to the end of March, matching 44 previous cancellations of U.S. bound flights by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

The restrictions will be placed on Air China Ltd., China Eastern Airlines Corp., China Southern Airlines Co. and Xiamen Airlines Co. Most of the suspended flights are from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), as per Routes.

Laos’ financial debt to China grows as $6 billion high-speed rail line between the countries is unveiled

China is now connected with Laos via a recently completed high-speed rail line which reportedly cost $6 billion. 

China is now connected with Laos via a recently completed high-speed rail line, which reportedly cost $6 billion. 

Chinese-led initiative: On Friday, a virtual ceremony attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Laotian President Thongloun Sisoulith marked the opening of the rail line, which is part of China’s global infrastructure development strategy called the “Belt and Road Initiative,” reported Reuters

Vietnam Airlines become first in history to offer direct commercial flights between Vietnam and US

Vietnam Airlines becomes first company to offer direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to U.S

On Monday, the first commercial nonstop flight from Vietnam to the United States was successfully completed by flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.

The first: The flight, which had 30 passengers consisting mostly of Vietnamese Americans aboard a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, “marked a new milestone for Vietnam Airlines in particular and Vietnam’s aviation in general,” said Vietnam Airlines President Le Hong Ha, according to VNExpress.