China is building a megacity that will be larger than all of Japan

China has a thing for megacities. The country is building one megacity out of a nine-city region in the country’s Pearl River Delta, two more further north, and now, a megacity that could eclipse the entire population of most countries in size. In its latest undertaking, the Chinese government has announced plans to make Beijing (current pop: 20 million) the center of an 82,000 square mile megacity called Jing-Jin-Ji that will eventually have 130 million inhabitants. That will make it more heavily populated than all of Japan, by roughly 3…

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Research Analysts’ Recent Ratings Changes for Allegiant Travel Company (ALGT)

Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) has recently received a number of price target changes and ratings updates: 7/22/2015 – Allegiant Travel Company was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating. They now have a $225.00 price target on the stock. They wrote, “low fuel prices and robust leisure demand.,” analyst Savanthi Syth mentioned.Syth added that a A closer examination of on the timing of the company’s new markets had revealeds that the expected anticipated pressure on the year on year scheduled service…

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Traveling to California wine country? What you need to know about the Wragg fire

The fast-moving Wragg fire burning in Northern California in a brushy area near Lake Berryessa swelled to 6,000 acres on Thursday morning. But for those heading out for a wine country weekend in the Napa-Sonoma area, no need to upend your plans. Napa and Sonoma The Wragg fire has spread to 6,000 acres since it began Wednesday afternoon near the eastern side of Lake Berryessa and the town of Winters. It’s 30 miles to 40 miles from wineries and tourist attractions in Napa and Sonoma. “It’s nowhere near us, and…

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U.S. lawmakers seek to change Cuba travel, shipping rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic senators were to introduce amendments to a Senate bill on Thursday that would end some major U.S. restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, according to documents seen by Reuters. The measures being put forward at the Senate Appropriations Committee, if approved, would be the first legislation to make it through any congressional committee to facilitate President Barack Obama’s push to normalize relations with Cuba. Republican Senator Jerry Moran was to introduce an amendment to the Senate Financial Services appropriations bill to end the…

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Airbnb Revamps Business Travel Program

From a luxury penthouse in Tokyo to a modern loft in Amsterdam – bike included – the number of places for business travelers to stay during corporate trips continues to grow. And, Airbnb is making it easier for corporate travelers to avoid stuffy hotel rooms and opt for alternative spaces like these while traveling for work. This week, the hospitality company announced the global expansion of its Business Travel program, adding a number of tools to the suite to increase visibility into employees’ travel plans and spending. Since Airbnb’s Business…

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Backwards Time Travel Would Create Spooky, Self-Annihilating Twins

It’s a common trope in science-fiction novels: Astronauts travel back in time by zooming through space at speeds faster than light (usually getting into trouble in the process). Most physicists think that scenario is impossible. But let’s suspend disbelief for a second. If it time travel like this were possible, how exactly would it work? It turns out that objects traveling faster than the speed of light could go back in time — but in the process, a pair of phantom doubles of the speedy object would pop out of…

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OneGo’s Founder Explains Why DC Is the Hub of His Travel Startup

Figuring out air travel plans is a hassle and for frequent business fliers who have to arrange their own travel, that frustration is only multiplied. Paulius Grigas has an intimate understanding of the annoyances of business travel more than two decades after the serial entrepreneur started building companies as a teenager in Lithuania. Now living in Washington, D.C., he’s launching a new company to accommodate the necessity of air travel while helping eliminate some of the aggravation of having to spend so much time, effort and money arranging and rearranging…

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Big Data Equals Bigger Time Suck

Managing data turns out to be the second-most time-consuming task for travel managers. Among 237 North American travel managers surveyed by the Global Business Travel Association and Sabre in March, 57 percent named using data to track program performance and support decisions among their top time sucks, trailing the responsibility of supplier relations and contracts (61 percent). Fifty-seven percent also expect the task to take more time in the next three to five years. The pitfalls are big: Nearly half spend “too much time” manually processing, cleaning and reconciling inaccurate…

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A Look at Tech

The exhibit hall at the2015 ALA Annual Conference offered an almost complete representation of the technology products and services available to libraries in North America. For technology providers, the conference is an opportunity to showcase products to more than 20,000 attendees. Those considering resource management systems, discovery services, self-service or automated materials-­handling products, ebook lending services, or digitizing equipment can get a firsthand glimpse of the available options. One current trend in library technology aims to improve the engagement of patrons with libraries or to provide tools to help users…

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Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: the last roundup

Should I upgrade Windows 7? Should I go for the Windows 10 upgrade or continue with Windows 7? My laptop is five years old and working very nicely after I installed an SSD (solid-state disc). It has a 2.2GHz Intel Core i5, 8GB of memory and a Blu-ray drive. I am worried about drivers. Ratish Gupta The “Get Windows 10” (GWX) app – the white icon in the systray – will check your PC for compatibility, so see what it says. You can run it again later, because its verdict…

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