Adorable baby white giraffe and mother sighted in Kenya

 

A pair of rare white giraffes have been spotted in Kenya.

The rare animals — a mother and baby — were discovered by villagers near the Ishaqbini conservancy in Garissa, eastern Kenya.

The giraffes are this colour because of a condition called leucism.

It's different from being albino, which prevents animals and humans from producing any kind of pigment, as can be seen in their white skin and pink eyes, according to the National Geographic.

The steepest funicular railway in Europe has a 106% incline

 

Gelmerbahn in the canton of Bern, Switzerland, is the steepest funicular in Europe.

It has an inclination of up to 106% and a 1,028m (3,373ft) long track.

It takes you to the Gelmer Valley 1860m (6,102ft) above sea level, where you can enjoy some spectacular views.

The funicular was originally built to transport heavy construction materials.

Sand artists built the world’s tallest sandcastle

 

An international team of sand artists have built the world's tallest sandcastle in Germany.

Travel company Schauinsland-Reisen initiated the project, hoping to bring the world record to Duisburg after the city's attempt failed last year.

After almost a month of construction, the finished sandcastle stood at 16.68 metres and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the tallest sandcastle in the world.

Selfridges £99 luxury 24-carat gold leaf ice cream

 

Selfridges department store in London is selling a luxury ice cream for £99 which contains 24-carat gold leaf. The ice cream is called “Billionaire's Soft Serve” and it weighs 350 grams. Here's a run down of what you get for your money: Salted caramel gelato, a handmade cone dipped in rare criollo Madagascan dark chocolate, gelato spheres of mango, ginger, and passion fruit, a Belgian white chocolate truffle filled with salted caramel sauce, a raspberry sorbet macaroon decorated with white chocolate glaze and edible diamonds, a healthy sprinkling of 24-carat gold leaf, a golden flake, and a spoon.

 

25 of the Most Amazing Beaches to Add to Your Bucket List

25 places to add to your bucket list. Be sure to visit some of these amazing and beautiful beaches!

8- Navagio Beach, Greece – Also known as Smuggler’s Bay or Shipwreck Cove, this beach in Greece is picture perfect and has a very unique feel. That’s because, what is believed to be a shipwreck cigarette smuggling ship adorns the beach. This beach is very secluded, and you need to get a taxi-boat to get there.

7- Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia – And speaking about secluded – this beach takes the cake. You can only access this pristine beach by registering with a tour guide, and even then you are only allowed entry for a few hours. The sand of Whitehaven Beach is really something special – it’s 98% pure silica, translation: you’d be hard-pressed to find a whiter beach.

6- Balos Beach, Greece – The colors of the water at Balos Beach are to die for. A swirl of pink, blues and turquoise make this beach’s waters some of the most beautiful in the world. Off the coast of Crete, this beach can get a bit smelly due to microorganisms in the muddy shallow water. But we would have to say that, for this kind of postcard perfection, it’s definitely worth it.

5- Rabbit Beach, Italy – When you look at Rabbit Beach, located in Lampedusa Italy, it’s hard to believe a place so beautiful actually exists. But, exist it does – and between the pure white cliffs, crystal clear waters and perfect weather – this beach is about as picture perfect as they come.

4- Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands – The marine life at this beach is a must-see for any amateur Jacques Cousteau’s out there. A coral reef protects the beach and this is where many species of ocean life call home. If relaxing on the beach is more your speed, luckily it’s the perfect place for that, too.

3- Tulum, Mexico – This is definitely the perfect beach for anybody who likes a little something extra while on vacation. While visiting Tulum, you’ll be swimming in the shadow of ancient Mayan ruins. The beach is set right below a Mayan archeological ruin that hangs off the edge of a cliff. Talk about a view! And the smooth sand, blue-green waters and exceptional diving aren’t so bad either!

2- Anse de Grande Saline, St. Barths – This is the one and only nudist beach appearing on this list – although nudity is technically banned in St. Barth’s, this beach seems to be the exception to that rule. Although there’s little shade, the view from the beach of crystal clear waters and a perfect blue sky are totally worth it. There’s even an area behind the beach that is home to tropical birds.

1- Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island, Bahamas – Paradise Island is the perfect name – Cabbage Beach, not so much – but names aside, Cabbage Beach is definitely one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. Because of its beauty, it does tend to get touristy, but take a quick walk down the beach and you can have that quiet moment you’ve been looking for.
What’s the most amazing beach you’ve ever been to? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t forget to like and subscribe to our channel for more videos like this one! Thanks for watching!

The Worlds 10 Coolest Cinemas to Watch A Movie

 

10 Best Looking & Coolest Cinemas You Will Want to See a Movie
when's the last time you went to see a movie at the cinema? How was the experience? Did it raise up to the expectation?
This video takes a look at some of the coolest cinema concepts in the world where going to the movies is more than ordinary.

Wilko employees on alert as cost cutting measures leaves 4000 jobs at risk

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Wilko is consulting with 3,900 employees about a shake-up of shop staffing roles, the latest retailer over the past week to axe jobs amid rising costs and a tough trading environment.

The value retailer said that it was stripping out a level of supervision roles across its stores in the UK but would create 1,000 new senior roles as part of the changes and a significant amount of customer service roles.

Anthony Houghton, Wilko retail director, said that the move was necessary to ensure “all retail operations are fit for the future”. Mr Houghton added that despite growing customer numbers and efforts to reduce costs, the challenging landscape meant that it was dragging profits lower.

Wilko's consultation with staff will run until October and will affect “thousands” of store staff, according to Retail Week, which first reported the staffing change.

Wilko's most recent accounts reveal that its pre-tax profits crashed by 80pc in the year to January 28, after a £12.9m hit from a jump in costs associated with the sterling slump following the EU Referendum. Wilko also criticised the introduction of the National Living Wage, which it said “was well above expected levels” and had hurt discount retailers.

Mr Houghton said that the changes to staffing were the “legacy of retail structures that created complexity to manage which aren’t simple, fair or transparent for our team members. The simpler, newly defined store structure will give teams greater variety within their roles and result in more team hours on the shop floor, delivering a better customer experience”.

Wilko follows Asda earlier this week in announcing that hundreds of jobs could be at risk as the supermarket plans to make changes to 18 underperforming stores.

Sainsbury's is also taking the axe to more than 1,000 jobs at its head office as part of a giant £500m cost-cutting drive, as revealed by the Sunday Telegraph.

By Ashley Armstrong,

The Drama School Creating a New Generation of Black British Actors

 

They're young, British, and taking on Hollywood. A new generation of black actors, including John Boyega in the blockbuster Star Wars, have been trained at the Identity School of Acting, in London. Established in 2003, it now boasts a roster of talent, that's doing well in America. The British Film Institute has identified a lack of diversity in film making, and Colleen Harris has been to meet some of the school's stars, who're breaking the industry's glass ceiling.

Accenture Consultancy firm to creates 1,700 new jobs

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(qlmbusinessnews.com via uk.finance.yahoo.com via cityam.com – – Thur, 3 Aug, 2017) London, Uk – –

Consultancy firm Accenture aims to have hired 1,700 people in the UK during its 2017 financial year, the company announced on Thursday.

Chancellor Philip Hammond described the investment as a “vote of confidence” in Britain’s economy.

The roles are based throughout the country, primarily in London and Newcastle, and are focused on technology – including around 500 positions across robotics, cyber defence, artificial intelligence (AI), data science and virtual reality.

The company said it had hired recruited approximately 600 entry level employees, including school leavers, as it further broadens its intake beyond university graduates.

“This investment is a vote of confidence in our plan to build a stronger economy,” Mr Hammond said.

“These jobs will be filled around the country in cutting-edge sectors where Britain leads the world, such as cyber security, robotics and virtual reality.”

Olly Benzecry, chairman and senior managing director for Accenture in the UK and Ireland, said: “Accenture’s growing workforce marks our ongoing commitment to the UK as we continue to help our clients navigate through a period of unprecedented change and digital disruption.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be at Accenture as we work with organisations to unlock value through innovation.

“As new technologies rapidly impact every aspect of our lives, from progress in AI to the increasing threat of cyber crime, we are taking on people who possess the skills required to help our clients to succeed in the digital economy.”

The company is also bolstering its technology advisory and consulting workforce in industries including financial services, communications & media, retail, consumer goods & services, utilities and government.

Accenture said it is also training 40 technology apprentices this year, and offering technology and digital-oriented work experience, and vocational education.

By Oliver Gill

QLM Business News and Market Analyses Now Available Digitally

 

QLM Business News Digital Media Channel for offering the latest business news as well as market analyses. Thanks to the fast-paced life people lead, most busy business people prefer to browse the Net on the go in order to keep up with the latest business news.

www.qlmbusinessnews.com

Netflix TV streaming service’s tops 100m subscribers

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Netflix has topped 100m subscribers, adding more than 4m outside the US in the past three months as international expansion continues to drive the TV streaming service’s growth.

The company’s share price climbed almost 10% to $180-a-share (£138) in after-hours trading in New York on Monday after its better-than-expected trading update for the three months to the end of June. This pushed the company’s market capitalisation up to $78bn.

The company – which is worth the equivalent of almost nine ITVs or 1.5 times the size of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox in market value terms – added 5.2m subscribers in the second quarter. This is traditionally Netflix’s slowest time of the year with it averaging growth of less than 2m in the quarter over the last five years.

Most of the growth (4.14m of the new users) came from international subscribers lured by Netflix’s combination of new shows such as The Crown and Stranger Things, plus its stalwarts House of Cards and Orange is the New Black continuing to prove their global popularity.

The figures marked a milestone for Netflix, which was founded in the US 20 years ago, with its international business accounting for more than half of total subscriber numbers for the first time.

The boom in international growth followed Netflix launching in 130 countries last year, with more than 52m of its 104m subscribers coming from outside the US. Only a handful of countries including North Korea, China and Syria do not have the service.

“Our streaming membership grew more than expected, from 99m to 104m, due to our amazing content,” said Reed Hastings, chief executive of Netflix, in a letter to shareholders. “We also crossed the symbolic milestones of 100m members and more international than domestic members. It was a good quarter.”

Netflix has committed $6.6bn (£5bn) to making and acquiring TV shows and films this year, with a bill of $15.7bn committed over the next five years.

Netflix and Amazon ‘will overtake UK cinema box office spending by 2020'

Perhaps worryingly for rivals, Hastings said the company would look to invest even more in content as its hit shows prove to be a commercial and creative success.

“With our content strategy paying off in strong member, revenue and profit growth, we think it’s wise to continue to invest,” he said. “In continued success, we will deploy increased capital in content, particularly in owned originals.”

It emerged last week that Netflix nearly doubled its Emmy nominations this year, with 91 compared with 54 last year, for 27 titles including The Crown, Stranger Things and Master Of None.

Only HBO, on which Netflix has based its model, fared better with 111 nominations. HBO spends about $2bn annually on content, with Amazon about $4.5bn, according to unofficial analyst estimates.

Recently, Netflix has culled a slew of under-performing shows, from Baz Luhrmann’s big budget The Get Down to high-concept sci-fi Sense 8, to better balance viewer interest with climbing programme costs.

Hastings said that while there is furious competition between Netflix and other subscription on-demand TV services, from digital rivals such as Amazon and Hulu to those of traditional broadcasters such as Sky and the BBC, he does not believe his company is killing their businesses.

“It seems our growth just expands the market,” he said. “The largely exclusive nature of each service’s content means that we are not direct substitutes for each other, but rather complements.

“Creating a TV network is now as easy as creating an app, and investment is pouring into content production around the world. We are all co-pioneers of internet TV and, together, we are replacing linear TV. The shift from linear TV to on-demand viewing is so big and there is so much leisure time, many internet TV services will be successful.”

Netflix said that it believes its growth momentum will continue but has issued more conservative guidance for the third quarter, forecasting about 4.4m new subscribers. About 3.65m are estimated to come from international markets.

By Mark Sweney

New Walt Disney World Flight of Passage Ride in Pandora

 

Take a walk through the stunningly detailed queue of the new Flight of Passage ride in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World. Watch the full pre-show and step up to the link chairs right before the ride begins.

(Walt Disney World asked that we not record the ride itself.)

UK Paramount Theme Park Construction Set to Cost £3.5 billion

It’s the news British film-lovers and thrill-seekers have been waiting to hear forever – no longer do we have to schlep across the seas to get our fix of stardust and adrenaline, for the UK is finally getting its own ‘Disneyland’.

The theme park will be the first of its kind in the UK, and is being created by film company Paramount at a cost of £3.5 billion.

Paramount is the company behind such iconic films as Titanic, Forrest Gump, The Godfather, Footloose, Braveheart and Iron Man.

Touted as the “UK Disneyland,” the new theme park is set to be built in Dartford, Kent and will feature attractions inspired by the films.

However, the park will also include rides inspired by BBC Worldwide and Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run.

The resort will be divided up into different areas such as Adventure Isle, Land of Legends, Cartoon Circus, Starfleet Command, Action Square, Port Paramount and Entertainment City.

As well as rides, the theme park is planned to include a theatre, cafes and restaurants, shops, hotels and a nightclub.

Much like at Disneyland, there will be a “Paramount and Friends Carnival” every afternoon and a show “celebrating the works of Paramount Pictures and our other content partners” every evening.

At an expected £57 for a full-priced day ticket, a family trip to the theme park will not be cheap.

Despite the price, the creators are expecting to welcome up to 40,000 visitors a day.

The plans for the park, however, are yet to be approved – a development consent order (DCO) will be submitted to the government in November, Essex Live reports.

But Humphrey Percy, group CEO of the project's parent company Kuwaiti European Holdings, is confident there’ll be no problems getting the green light to go ahead with the park: “We have the financial backing to take us all the way through that process,” he said.

Provided the plans are approved by the Government, construction of the theme park should commence in 2019, with the 872-acre resort set to open in 2022.

Online Orders Made Faster by Robots

 

Behind every order you place online is a picker, a person who navigates a warehouse to find the item you ordered, picks that item off a shelf and brings it to be shipped. That can take a while but Fetch Robotics, a Silicon Valley startup, thinks it has a faster solution. You guessed it, robots.