Author: James Martin

(CNN) — The space tourism race is now firing on all rockets, but one company is hoping to carve out a niche as “the only carbon-neutral, zero-emission way” to travel to the edge of space. Florida-based Space Perspective plans to take passengers up to 100,000 feet for suborbital adventures in a pressurized capsule suspended from an enormous high-tech version of a hot-air balloon. New images released July 27 show the latest patented capsule design for its Spaceship Neptune craft. It’s a roomier interior than in previous iterations, with a spherical capsule design affording travelers more head height, as well as…

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Comment on this storyCommentSome of the world’s poorest countries are in deep financial trouble. Indebted governments from Latin America to Africa spent money they didn’t have to shore up rickety health systems against the coronavirus pandemic and provide a safety net for citizens. Then Russia’s war in Ukraine sent grain and fuel prices surging and central banks began raising interest rates to quell inflation. Soaring living costs have triggered bouts of social and political instability and the odds are rising of a wave of bond defaults.1. Which countries are most at risk?Dollar-denominated bonds of 21 countries tracked by Bloomberg Economics,…

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Inflation in the eurozone reached a record high of 8.9% this month, closing the gap with the UK’s 9.4% rate.Dearer energy was blamed for the lion’s share of the increase from 8.6% in June, as the fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to hammer European economies.The intensifying cost of living crisis across the continent, shown in a flash estimate, came as the eurozone economy grew at a much faster pace than expected in the past three months.Beating forecasts of a 0.2% increase in the second quarter, the 19-member currency bloc achieved GDP growth of 0.7% led by France,…

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It’s been a longer wait than we’d hoped, but the first major software update for the Analogue Pocket is finally here. It’s still a beta version so not everything is fully fleshed out, but you’ll at least be able to get a taste of the company’s vision for its fledgling OS. The beta does include a taste of the “reference” Library, much-improved game saves and, most excitingly, a glimpse at how third-party developers can use the Pocket to emulate consoles beyond the ones it already does. Analogue OS 1.1 “Memories,” as Analogue calls save-states, still aren’t complete, but you can…

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(CNN) — When Carrie visited the Grand Canyon in the summer of 2001, she fell in love — twice.First, she was instantly enamored with the vast vistas of copper-colored rocks and wide open blue skies that later bled into a burned orange sunset.”I loved how hot it was. I loved just the natural history of the area, like you could walk up and a whole felled petrified tree would be right in front of you. It was just lovely,” Carrie tells CNN Travel today.Carrie was 19 and passing through Arizona with her mother and stepfather, on their way back from…

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Sam Tarry says he was proud to be on the picket line with rail workersThe former shadow transport minister Sam Tarry has written a comment piece for the Guardian in which he says it would have been a dereliction of duty for him as a Labour MP to refuse to join a picket line.The Labour leader, Keir Starmer, sacked Tarry on Wednesday for giving a series of interviews from a rail union picket line outside Euston station in central London that were not in line with party policy. He points out that that during the three lockdowns we had at…

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Nike wants to make fitness apps accessible to more people with disabilities. The athletics gear maker has introduced adaptive workouts to the Nike Training Club app (available for Android and iOS) that you can perform whether or not you have a disability. The seven classes in this set target a wide range of movement and equipment, ranging from upper-body strength training with dumbbells to yoga. A Nike athlete with limb loss, Amy Bream, leads all the classes. You’ll also find guidance from an adaptive training-focused physical therapist. Training Club already offers an exercise program for expecting and recent mothers. The…

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The Commonwealth Games were declared open last night as a slew of famous faces attended the ceremony in Birmingham, including Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Sophie Wessex. For the occasion, Sophie wore a shimmering green dress, while Camilla donned a navy blue jumpsuit. Today, Sophie turned heads again in a patterned dress.Sophie and Edward arrived at the Commonwealth Games today to watch the gymnastics and the Rugby Sevens.The rugby match was held at Coventry Stadium, and Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Lawrence were also in the crowd.Sophie opted for the perfect summer outfit as she was greeted by Games…

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Editor’s Note — Sign up to CNN Travel’s free nine-part Unlocking Italy newsletter for insider intel on Italy’s best loved destinations and lesser-known regions to plan your ultimate trip. Plus, we’ll get you in the mood before you go with movie suggestions, reading lists and recipes from Stanley Tucci.(CNN) — When dozens of towns across Italy started selling crumbling buildings for the cost of an espresso, people from all over the world were prompted to grab a slice of the action — and for many different reasons.It’s not always about chasing the idyllic dream of living La Dolce Vita in…

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