Earn points when you travel with Tourist Guide

Travellers can now earn points when they join an online travel network with the launch of homegrown portal Tourist Guide. The points earned, in turn, can be converted to hotel bookings, flight bookings and travel packages.

Tourist Guide managing director Devan Kumar said Tourist Guide differs from other travel platforms by setting up the world’s largest travel network.

“When travellers sign up as our member, they will be placed in the traveller’s network and be connected to each other,” he said during the launch in Kuala Lumpur, adding that the free membership programme is a first of its kind in the world.

Devan said the goal is to create a database of over 100,000 Malaysian travellers before expanding to other countries, with over 10 million global travellers registered in the future.

“With this vast database of travellers, we are able to bargain with travel agents and providers to get better deals,” he said.

Tourist Guide.

Tourist Guide is a platform for travel agents and hotels from across the country to promote their travel packages to Malaysians.

Tourist Guide will also serve as a platform for travel agents and hotels from across the country to promote their travel packages to Malaysians. Devan said the platform only charges commission for each successful sale.

There are currently 13 travel agents that have partnered with the platform. Tourist Guide also works with online hotel wholesaler bedsonline to source to provide hotel booking service on its portal.

Meanwhile, Tourism Malaysia director (Kuala Lumpur) Mohd Akbal Setia applauded the initiative by Tourist Guide.

“Travelling should not be hard and Tourist Guide has a simple enough system that will be able to help people to travel,” he said.

Tourist Guide has over 3,000 registered members to date and can be accessed at www.touristguide.com.my.

Wellness Gift Guide

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Gift-giving season is officially here, you guys! If you’re one of those people who has their shopping done by Black Friday, I praise you (p.s. how?!), but if you’re still knocking people off your gift list, I’ve got you covered.

I’m all about giving people things that will better their life or treat them, and the list below does that. While everything listed is catered towards wellness lovers, the items are general enough to add health, ease, or luxury to anyone’s life-even if they don’t rely on bone broth and meditation. Everything below is something I’ve used and am obsessed with, and none of this is sponsored.

NutriBullet – There are tons of expensive juicers out there, but this is such an affordable solution for needing a quick smoothie…a.k.a every weekday morning. Quick nutrition, quick to clean! For the record, I love the Vitamix for bigger batches.

Year of Wellness – Duh! Treat someone to a couple months-or a year if you really love them!-of putting them and their wellness first. Amazing for a mother-in-law, sister, or best friend.

Juice Beauty Glow Kit – Clean beauty at its finest. This is an excellent present for anyone who deserves quality products and some self-love.

Natural Yoga mat – For the person who prioritizes fitness, this non-sticky biodegradable mat is wonderful for sweaty yoga and the Earth.

Moon Dusts – Major #girlcrush on the founder of this company, and I like that you can add these fun dusts to smoothies/drinks for an extra boost of nutrition. Also love the company’s cookbook.

Essential Oil Diffuser and oils – I diffuse oils non-stop, whether it’s in the office or my house. This is perfect for anyone who loves candles but wants something better for the air.

Sound Machine – I was actually gifted this years ago and I now have to travel with it. It blocks all sounds and promotes a blissful, long night’s sleep. Trust!

Adult coloring book – Such a fun little gift for a friend, coworker, or family member. Coloring shows major benefits for stress release, so this is ideal for anyone who loves art or needs to chill out.

Love & Lemons cookbook – This is one of my favorite cookbooks, ever. Such easy, healthy recipes. I’m picking this up for a few people in my life, including males!

Collagen – I add this to my smoothies for healthy hair and nails, among other things, so swoop this for a loved one who is into taking care of themselves.

Stocking Stuffers

Dry Brush – Everyone probably knows the benefits of dry brushing by now, but if not, read this. Then pass the goodness along to someone’s stocking.

Clean sunscreen – Every single person needs SPF in their life (I hope!), so treat someone to a clean version of this essential product.

Charcoal facial puff  – A cute lil’ somethin’ for beauty lovers.

Argan oil – I use this every single day and the consistency is magical. Perfect for ladies who take care of their skin, or any dudes with a beard (it’s great for moisturizing!)

Lavender tea – Because who doesn’t love a relaxing tea moment before bed?

Happy shopping!

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Steps Down

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Howard Schultz is stepping down as Starbucks CEO effective next year, the New York Times and NPR report. Kevin Johnson, the company’s President, COO, and a longtime Schultz ally, will take over the CEO position effective April 3. Schultz will return to his position as the company’s executive chairman.

“This is a big day for me,” Schultz told the Times. “I love the company as much as I love my family.”

Schultz first joined the coffee chain 30 years ago, and is attempting to hand over the reigns for the second time. He stepped down as CEO first in 2000 to serve as executive chairman, a position he held until 2008, when he replaced executive James Donald as sales were stagnant. Under Schultz’s stewardship, the chain has grown to around 25,000 stores in 75 countries. Since taking the reigns again in 2008, he increased the company’s valuation from $15 billion to $84 billion.

The move fuels speculation that Schultz may seek to enter politics. He’s nurtured close relationships with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Not only that, but Starbucks has often championed progressive causes under his watch. Those have included writing “Come Together” on cups during the 2011 government shutdown and providing tuition to employees seeking a college education.

Shares of Starbucks fell 3.6 percent to $56.44 after-hours trading following Schultz’s announcement.

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L’Assemblée nationale approuve de nouveau le “devoir de vigilance” des multinationales sur leurs sous-traitants

Les députés ont approuvé mardi en nouvelle lecture la proposition de loi PS contraignant les multinationales à prévenir les atteintes aux droits de l’Homme et à l’environnement de leurs sous-traitants.

A Mass Murderer in London? Police Investigating Convicted Serial Killer’s Ties to 58 Deaths

Police in London are probing whether at least 58 deaths – once deemed accidental – are tied to a convicted serial killer who was found guilty this of fatally drugging four men and attacking seven others, according to multiple reports in the British press.

Stephen Port, 41, was found guilty on Wednesday of 22 offenses against 11 men including four murders, four rapes, four sex assaults, six counts of administering a substance and four counts of assault by penetration, Metropolitan Police confirmed.

Port, who was found not guilty of three counts of rape, has denied all charges against him but was convicted of the murders of Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25 – all of whom fatally overdosed on the date-rape drug GHB and other substances. He will be sentenced on Friday.

Between June 2011 and October 2015, Port lured his victims using online dating sites, such as Grindr, to invite them to his Barking, east London home where he injected them with drugs or spiked their beverages with fatal amounts of “poppers,” Viagra, sleeping pills, crystal meth and/or GHB, the police say. According to multiple coroners reports, Port then dragged the dead bodies into the street and left them in public not far from where he lived.

“It is not known if these deaths were related to chemsex activities. In many cases police involvement was limited, with the matter dealt with by the coroner,” a police spokesman told CNN. “A review of these deaths is now underway to establish any suspicious circumstances.”

Though it remains unknown if Port was connected, the Metropolitan Police informed CNN, The Telegraph and BBC that they had identified at least 58 deaths from GHB poisoning during the three-and-a-half-year period he carried out the offenses for which he was convicted.

GHB was found in the bodies of Walgate, Kovari, Whitworth and Taylor. In three of the four cases, drugs were planted on or near the bodies to make it seem they had overdosed, according to the police. Shockingly after the third murder, police identified the deaths as “unusual” but “not suspicious.”

“The first police public appeal for information was not made until October 2015, after the fourth murder and after Port had been charged,” reported The Guardian.

Many are accusing the police of botching these cases and not convicting Port sooner to have possibly saved more lives. A total of 17 officers are under investigation at this time: Seven for gross misconduct over their handling of cases, and 10 have been accused of misconduct, the Guardian reports.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission released a statement Wednesday announcing their investigation into “how officers responded to the four deaths before the homicide investigation was launched, including the nature of the investigative work undertaken, how evidence was examined and how similarities between the cases were considered.”

7 Low-Carb Swaps Nutritionists Swear By

Carbs aren’t the enemy. In fact, good-for-you whole grains such as oats, farro, and barley are great sources of important nutrients like protein, fiber, iron, and B vitamins. But substituting veggies, fruits, or pulses for refined carbohydrates (think bread, pasta, and all-purpose flour) can be beneficial, especially if you’re looking to reduce the amount of refined carbs in your diet, trim calories, and amp up vitamin intake. We asked seven nutritionists to share the low-carb swaps they use to cut down on carbohydrates without sacrificing taste. 

Fava bean flour

Fava beans aren’t just for your salad. The legume can also be found in flour form-and it’s more nutritious than all-purpose flour.

“Per quarter cup, fava bean flour packs 8 grams of fiber (compared with less than 1 gram in all-purpose flour) and 4 grams fewer carbs, as well as protein, minerals, and antioxidants,” says Health‘s contributing nutrition editor Cynthia Sass, RD. “And it works great in nearly any recipe.” 

Lettuce wraps

You’ve probably made butter lettuce wraps with ground chicken or pork before. But don’t stop there: “Collard greens, kale, chard, and lettuce leaves are a nutritious way to cut calories on sandwiches and a good replacement for taco ‘shells’ too,” says Marisa Moore, RDN, adding that swapping greens for grains can save you up to 300 calories. For a quick meal that’s packed with flavor, she suggests wrapping seasoned white beans in a kale leaf with marinara sauce drizzled on top.

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Mashed turnips

Turn up the nutritional content (but not the calorie count) with turnips. Like potatoes, turnips are a starch vegetable, but they contain two-thirds of the calories, making them a great alternative to mashed potatoes.

“They’re a low-calorie vegetable that’s a great source of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins K, C and A,” says Leah Kaufman, RD. “Plus, one cup of turnips is just 35 calories and 8 grams of fiber.” To make mashed turnips, steam and mash the veggie, then add low-fat milk and a dollop of soft cheese for an extra creamy side dish.

Carrot noodles

Zucchini noodles (or “zoodles”) are one of the most popular low-carb swaps, and for good reason-the summer veggie has a mild flavor that works well in a variety of different dishes. But zucchini isn’t the only veggie you can put in your spiralizer: Carrots also make a delicious pasta substitute.

“Something a little bit different is Carrot Pad See Ew, a low-carb take on one of my favorite Thai dishes,” says registered dietitian Brittany Kohn, who frequently makes this Paleo Pad See Ew recipe. “I love it because it really feels like you’re eating noodles, but not only are you avoiding carbs, you’re also adding servings of vegetables.”

Whipped cauliflower

Like turnips, cauliflower also makes a healthy-but still decadent-tasting-substitute for mashed potatoes. 

“I love to make ‘whipped cauliflower’ instead of traditional mashed potatoes,” says Megan Roosevelt, RDN, founder of HealthyGroceryGirl.com. “I’m not discriminating against potatoes. However, cauliflower contains more fiber than white potatoes, so it’s a great option if you’re watching your blood sugar levels or sugar intake.”

To make, steam cauliflower florets and then blend in a food processor until they have the consistency of mashed potatoes. To give the dish a flavor boost, you can also add in celery root, which tastes like a delicious mix of celery and parsley.

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Broccoli ‘rice’

You’ve probably heard of cauliflower rice, but did you know that broccoli also works as a rice substitute? Just throw the broccoli florets into your food processor (or grate if you don’t have one), then microwave, steam, or sauté the “rice” with olive oil for a light, low-carb rice alternative.

“Broccoli is filled with fiber, vitamin K and vitamin B6, which is great for decreasing your risk of diabetes and heart disease,” explains Kaufman.

Spaghetti squash

By replacing white pasta with spaghetti squash “noodles,” you can cut calories and load up on folate, potassium, and fiber.

“Cup for cup, you’ll save almost 200 calories and over 30 grams of carbohydrates,” says Sass. “Plus, spaghetti squash is a great source of immune-supporting vitamin A.”

Not sure how to cook up spaghetti squash? Try tossing it with asparagus, rosemary, and pine nuts, or serve with a dollop of whole-milk ricotta and fresh herbs.

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Applewich

“Apple slices are a fun swap for bread on a peanut butter ‘sandwich,’” says Wendy Bazilian, DrPH. Simply cut an apple into two thin, circular slices and spread each one with nut butter. Top the slices with healthy additions like dried cherries, pumpkin seeds, and cinnamon, then sandwich them together for a high-fiber snack.

Sweet potato toast

Next time you’re craving a piece of toast, Middleberg Nutrition founder Stephanie Middleberg, RD, recommends opting for thinly-sliced sweet potato “toast” instead of bread.

Sweet potatoes pack more fiber than whole wheat bread and are less processed,” she explains. Also good: the fall veggie is a great source of potassium, vitamins A and C, and magnesium. Middleberg suggests cooking your “toast” with olive oil, pepper, and a little garlic, then topping with mashed avocado.