Maria Cristina Lalonde

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Maria Cristina Lalonde

America’s States Ranked from Most Healthy to Least Healthy

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

That’s the definition the World Health Organization (WHO) established in its 1948 constitution, and the definition used by the United Health Foundation for its 2017 rankings of America’s healthiest to least healthy states.

The non-profit private organization released its 28th annual America’s Health Rankings report yesterday. The study analyzes “a comprehensive set of behavi…

How Much Do Professional Santas Make?

The road to becoming a successful Santa is not always lined with gumdrops and peppermint bark.

As with any profession, becoming Santa requires training, hard work, and an SEO-optimized website.

“Your website has to hit the top of the Google search. If you search for Santas for Seattle, I show up in the top results,” said Randy Cook, a “second-generation” professional Santa, in an interview with Travel & Leisure. The 62-year-old began Santa Clausing at the local fire department like his dad, and h…

Paris Threatens to Sue Airbnb Over Hundreds of Illegal Listings

Paris, Airbnb’s most popular city by number of listings, is threatening to sue the apartment- and home-sharing giant if fails to crackdown on rogue renters.

City officials apparently fear a hollowing out of some of the city’s most famous and desirable neighborhoods as property owners — eying huge potential rental profits — opt to rent out their homes year round.

The mayor of Paris issued a report in January blaming Airbnb for a measurable population decline in the parts of the city. It “has been a…

Former Facebook VP Condemns Social Media

A former executive at Facebook has publicly sworn it social media, warning of its subtly pernicious effects.

Speaking to a gathering at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Chamath Palihapitiya, former Vice President of user growth at Facebook, cautioned his audience about the encroachment of Facebook — and social media in general — into every nook and cranny of life,

“I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he said.

Palihapitiya joined Fac…

President Trump Promises Return to the Moon

“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard,” President John F. Kennedy told the United States September 12, 1962.

Fifty-five years later, President Trump echoed a different set of famous words from the country’s Cold War space race. Speaking in front of Buzz Aldrin — one of only two men present for the original “giant leap for mankind” — President Trump signed Space Policy Directive-1 on Monday. He declared it a “giant …

China’s Toilet Revolution

Tourism officials in China marked this year’s World Toilet Day — a UN event held every November 19 — with a promise to “consolidate the fruits of the last round of the toilet revolution” and “open a new chapter” in the effort to bring the nation’s lavatories into the 21st Century.

China’s rapid economic growth over the past three decades has transformed the country; it has the second largest economy in terms of gross GDP and the largest middle class in the world. This newfound wealth has paid for…