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The world's most expensive plane ticket: Etihad's The Residence is the first three-room suite on a commercial plane

 A seat in Etihad's swanky three-room suite sets a new record with a flight from New York to Mumbai costing $38,000 EACH WAY

A return flight between New York and Mumbai would cost around $76,000

Luxury suite has a living room, bedroom, shower room and its own butler


PUBLISHED: 08:14 EST, 3 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:59 EST, 3 May 2016

Etihad Airways’ route between the financial hubs of New York and Mumbai has become the most expensive flight in the world, with a seat in a private luxury suite costing a small fortune.

A one-way ticket for The Residence, a three-room ‘penthouse in the sky’ that has its own butler and chef, sells for approximately $38,000 (£26,000) – the equivalent of a year’s salary for many workers.

That means a return flight in the exclusive cabin (with stopovers in Abu Dhabi) would cost a staggering $76,000 (£52,000) at single or double occupancy.

The Residence's living room has a 32in flat-screen TV, leather double sofa and two fold-awa…

INDIA 2016 : Higher mango output may keep prices reined in this year

NEW DELHI: Mango prices are unlikely to "soar" this year as production is expected to be 2.1 percent higher at 18.91 lakh tonnes (LT) in the 2015­/2016 crop year ending June, Parliament was informed today. 

Production of Mango was 18.52 LT in the previous year.

"In view of higher production in the current year, it is unlikely that the prices of mango will soar in the domestic markets,"Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

 According to the information received from the states so far, "there is likely to be an increase of 2.1 percent in mango production in the current year 2015­/2016, as compared to the previous year,"he said. 

Except for Telangana which has reported a decrease in mango production due to unseasonal rains and hot weather, the output in other states is likely to be"either normal or better"than the previous year, he added.

Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh together account for about half of the t…

Kentucky Derby 2016: Nyquist stands out but here are some other factors in the race

Jockey Mario Gutierrez guides Florida Derby winner Nyquist to a win in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park.(Benoit Photo)

John Cherwa Contact Reporter

The field for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby is not unlike other years, filled with intrigue, doubt and hope. Especially hope.

If you look at the 20 horses scheduled to go to post, you'll find they've run 125 races, with 57 winning efforts. Twenty-nine of those wins were graded stakes. No shortage of talent.

But on paper, there should be no question which horse is the best, an undefeated colt, based at Santa Anita, who has done absolutely, positively nothing wrong. Yet there are doubters.

Nyquist won all five races as a 2-year-old including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile

In the 35 years of the Breeders' Cup only once has that horse gone on to win the Kentucky Derby, Street Sense in 2007. So, that's one strike against Nyquist.

The Doug O'Neill colt traveled to Gulfstream to take on the best horse in th…

Widespread loss of ocean oxygen to become noticeable in 2030s

by Staff Writers
Boulder CO (SPX) Apr 29, 2016

Deoxgenation due to climate change is already detectable in some parts of the ocean. New research from NCAR finds that it will likely become widespread between 2030 and 2040. Other parts of the ocean, shown in gray, will not have detectable loss of oxygen due to climate change even by 2100. Image courtesy Matthew Long, NCAR. For a larger version of this image please go here.

A reduction in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans due to climate change is already discernible in some parts of the world and should be evident across large regions of the oceans between 2030 and 2040, according to a new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Scientists know that a warming climate can be expected to gradually sap oceans of oxygen, leaving fish, crabs, squid, sea stars, and other marine life struggling to breathe. 

But it's been difficult to determine whether this anticipated oxygen drain is already having a noticeab…

THE STATUS OF THE MIDDLE EAST : Israel’s Ephemeral Power

May 02, 2016

There are four key regional powers in the Middle East: Turkey, Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. 

Within this group, however, there is a distinct division. 

Turkey and Iran are potential hegemons—they represent the heirs of the Ottoman and Persian empires. 

Israel and Saudi Arabia are key players, but they share a critical limitation: their strategic needs outweigh their capabilities, and they are limited in how much they can shape events in the region. 

We have studied in depth the weaknesses inherent in the Saudi kingdom and how its power will wane with the diminution of its oil wealth. Israel, for different reasons than Saudi Arabia, also faces a gravely dangerous future. The danger is a ways off, but the eventual challenge Israel will face is no less potent.

Israel Is Secure

Israel has never been stronger than it is today. On all of its borders, it is in a reasonably secure position. To the south, the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty remains firmly in place. That the treaty has …

Dole faces criminal investigation over listeria outbreak

By Katy Askew | 3 May 2016

Dole 'knew of listeria contamination' at Springfield site

Dole Food Co. has confirmed that it is "cooperating" with a US Department of Justice criminal investigation regarding a listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to packaged salad products from its processing plant in Springfield, Ohio.

"Dole has recently been contacted by the Department of Justice in connection with its own investigation, and we will be.. cooperating with the DOJ to answer questions and address any concerns,"the company said in a statement. 

Thirty-three people in the US and Canada were hospitalised – four of whom died - in an outbreak of listeria linked to salad packaged by Dole in Springfield

In January, Dole reported that it had ceased production of all packaged salads at the affected processing facility. 

The company also issued a recall of all salad packed at the site.

At the end of March the outbreak, which started in May 2015, was declared "over"