My travel photo addiction is out of control – here’s how I’m trying to beat it

Travellers have grown increasingly obsessed with documenting their trips It’s my worst addiction. More pernicious than my attachment to caffeine, TV as background noise or squalid post-gym binges with a monster pack of Kettle Chips. My impulse to document every aspect of a holiday with my camera phone has become all-consuming. And my ability to enjoy travel in the moment is under threat. On a recent trip to Colombia, I realised how bad things had got. I was out in the country’s hot, isolated plains with a small group of…

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How Technology Is Leading Us Into the Imagination Age

In many ways, the future is unpredictable. A report by the World Economic Forum reveals that almost 65 percent of the jobs elementary school students will be doing in the future do not even exist yet. Combined with technological automation and the disappearance of traditional jobs, this leaves us with a critical question: how can we survive such a world? The answer may be imagination. Initially coined by Rita J. King, the imagination age is a theoretical period beyond the information age where creativity and imagination will become the primary creators of economic value….

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In finance, what is Leveraged buyout?

This refers to a financial transaction wherein a company is acquired by another, predominantly through the use of debt. Leveraged buyouts, by allowing companies that lack sufficient investment capital to use borrowed capital to acquire other large businesses, are said to facilitate large financial transactions. Many leveraged buyouts, however, fail eventually when the cash earnings from the acquired business fail to justify the debt payments incurred over a number of consecutive years. Since the lender is subject to substantial financial risk, it is not unusual to see the acquired business…

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African and Asian Cities must urbanise sustainably. Is Green Finance the solution?

The world’s fastest-expanding cities are now in the global South. Rural to urban migration, combined with the effects of urban population growth, could add another 2.5bn to the world’s urban population by 2050. According to the UN, close to 90 percent of this increase will be in Asia and Africa. At the same time, low-income countries are most affected by climate change and rarely have the means to finance resilience and adaption efforts. The cost of climate change adaptation in Africa has been estimated by the African Development Bank to be in the…

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Travellers, take note: Hong Kong is the world’s top city for international visits

Hong Kong is set to retain its status as the city most visited by international travellers this year in spite of strained relations with mainland China. In a report published on Tuesday, market research firm Euromonitor International said it estimates 25.7 million arrivals in Hong Kong this year, down 3.2% on 2016. The Thai capital Bangkok retains second place, but its popularity has grown faster than Hong Kong’s, with arrivals up 9.5% at 21.3 million. London is Europe’s top city, in third place with 19.8 million arrivals, but the report…

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Apple Supplier Is Said to Plan India Expansion in iPhone Manufacturing Push

HIGHLIGHTS Apple supplier Wistron is reportedly looking to expand production Wistron executives are said to be looking for about 100 acres of land Wistron may use expanded facilities for other brands as well Apple’s primary iPhone assembler in India is scouting for about 100 acres of land in Bengaluru to expand its facilities for the world’s most valuable company, according to people familiar with the matter said. Wistron executives toured the city last week and have shortlisted a few parcels including one plot close to the airport, said the people, asking not to be…

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ELON MUSK’S ROCKET TRAVEL PLAN IS DEF POSSIBLE, DEF BANANAS

All hail Elon Musk, First of his Name, King of the Martians and the First Molemen, Protector of Tubes, the Unbalded, Breaker of Industries, Father of Dragons. And now, maybe, uniter of the seven continents, if his plan for rocket travel takes off. Musk, the man who would take humans between planets like the Dothraki crossing the Narrow Sea, has added another dash of wildfire to his plans for saving the world. During a presentation at the the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, on Friday, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO…

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Here’s why California is the perfect destination for a digital detox

With miles of pristine coastline and endless Instagram-worthy views, California is the perfect place for shareable memories. However, the Golden State is also an ideal destination for those looking to unplug and disconnect from the digital world. From remote areas with no cell service, to spas requiring you to leave your phone at the door, here are a few ideas to help you “disconnect” in California: * Shasta Cascade: It is no doubt that when you are exploring the Shasta Cascade region of California, you are guaranteed beautiful mountain scenery. One…

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Despacito effect: Puerto Rico’s La Perla is the new tourist hot spot. Here’s why

“The gringos are coming!” Outsiders were afraid to venture in before, but since Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s megahit, tourists from all over the world are descending on the narrow streets that wind among La Perla’s brightly coloured houses. “Despacito?” they inquire. And the barrio’s residents obligingly point out the locations where the video was filmed: the rocks facing the sea where Fonsi sings the refrain, the sea wall where ex-Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera strolls, the little plaza where men play dominoes — the tables and chairs just as they…

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