Yamaha shows off new house brand of e-bikes

Although it may be best-known for things like motorcycles, Yamaha claims to have launched the world’s first electrically power assisted bicycle back in 1993. Since then, it’s sold over two million electric bikes – in the Japanese market. Now, Yamaha Motor Corp USA has unveiled a new line of e-bikes that should be available at American and Japanese dealerships starting next spr The US-designed bikes are being presented this week at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. Detailed technical specs aren’t being shared just yet, as the units that…

JPMorgan’s bitcoin bible: Crypto ‘unlikely to disappear

In the wake of fairly negative reports by Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan released its own cryptocurrency outlook, and despite past skepticism from Chief Executive Jamie Dimon, analysts at the U.S. banking giant painted a more upbeat picture on the outlook for digital currencies. The debate around cryptocurrency prices has turned to their existence, with many banks and ‘experts’ calling bitcoin a scam and predicting it’s heading to zero. However, despite the growing pessimism, JPMorgan sits at the other end of the spectrum saying cryptocurrencies will continue to attract investment, especially from…

South African lions eat ‘poacher’, leaving just his head

A suspected big cat poacher has been eaten by lions near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police say. The animals left little behind, but some body parts were found over the weekend at a game park near Hoedspruit. “It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions,” Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP. “They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains.” Police have not yet established the victim’s identity. A loaded…

Egypt bans SNL Arabia over ‘sexual phrases and insinuations’

Egypt has banned broadcasts of a homegrown version of the US satirical television show Saturday Night Live for using “sexual expressions that are inappropriate for viewers”. Egypt’s supreme council for media regulation issued the decision late on Sunday, a day after the latest season ended. SNL Arabia, which followed an identical format to its US namesake, featuring celebrity guests and comedy sketches, became a huge hit after its debut in February 2016. Unlike its US relation, the Egyptian show avoided political references. Nevertheless, in a market saturated with pro-state nightly talkshows, light…

Safe, happy and free: does Finland have all the answers?

In the first of our new series, The Upside, we look at how the country went from famine to topping nearly every global social ranking  ‘It’s about cooperating. Everyone together, equally’: Helsinki, the Finnish capital. Photograph: Hemis/Alamy Western Europe’s last naturally caused famine ended 150 years ago this winter. In a poor and backward part of the Russian empire called Finland, more than a quarter of a million people – nearly 10% of the population – starved to death. Last year, on the centenary of its independence, Finland was ranked, by…