Travel shaming vs. travel reality

I was 11 when I saw my first Corvette. It was love at first sight. Yes, it had an anemic in-line six-cylinder engine, a chassis and suspension that dated from 1939 and a perfectly awful two-speed automatic transmission. But it was the most beautiful U.S.-made automobile I had ever seen. The first Corvette I owned was a 10-year-old basket case that I painstakingly restored. I built a high-performance engine for it that was unusual because, when driven sensibly, it yielded 21 mpg. My third Corvette had quite a powerful engine…

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Take A Guess What Holiday Travel Will Cost You This Year

If you plan to fly to a destination during the holidays, consider that the average airfare cost for each household is expected to be about $800 for a Thanksgiving trip and more than $1,000 for a December holiday excursion. Those findings in a new CreditCards.com survey are, of course, just the beginning of the money you will spend on a holiday trip. The average expense for those planning to stay in hotels or short-term rentals is expected to be $673 for the December holidays and $536 for Thanksgiving. Millennials (ages 23-38) are…

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Will The Future Of Work Require More Investment In Technology, Not Less?

Will The Future Of Work Require More Investment In Technology, Not Less? In 2018 MIT created a “Task Force on the Work of the Future” to explore the way technologies are impacting the world of work, and how society can adapt to ensure that prosperity is broadly shared throughout. They aim to cut through the hyperbole that has sadly come to dominate this topic and give empirical, evidence-driven commentary. The task force have recently published their first official report not with an express aim to provide definitive answers, but rather to help leaders…

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8 Winter Travel Destinations for the Perfect Holiday Getaway

Where should you go for the holidays? Even though a popular song says there’s no place like home for the holidays, a vacation isn’t exactly a bad way to spend your time off, either. With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to nail down those travel plans, starting with where you’ll go. If you’re not sure of a destination yet, this list includes something for everyone, from tropical paradises to snow-capped mountains. Image source: Getty Images 1. Saint Lucia If you’d take a sunny day at the beach…

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Qantas completes record 19-hour flight to test limits of air travel

Qantas just broke a record for air travel, and it may have helped science in the process. The Australian airline has completed the first non-stop commercial flight from New York City to Sydney as part of a project researching the effects of very long flights — in this case, 19 hours and 16 minutes. The study measured pilots’ brain waves, melatonin and overall alertness, while passengers helped gauge the effectiveness of anti-jetlag measures like changes to cabin lighting and meals. Travelers even participated in exercises to keep their bodies limber. There are two…

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Technology creating jobs of tomorrow

Part of the technological shift happening across the globe is the change in how we work, right down to the creation of jobs that simply didn’t exist yesterday. Geoff Augutis delves into how technology is evolving the workforce with the creation of new jobs happening right across the globe. When your teenage child spends their weekends locked in a dark room playing video games with their friends who live half way around the world, it can be hard to see the bright side. That being said this same young man…

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9 Finance Personality Types — Which Is Yours?

If you work with a financial advisor, do you two have a personal connection? Does he or she “get” you? Do they have a deep understanding of what success means to you and what you want your wealth to accomplish? If not, it may be time to move on. In my experience working with top professionals such as wealth managers and lawyers, as well as high-net-worth entrepreneurs and families, I’ve discovered that a personal connection between advisors and their clients is as important to financial success as are traits like advisors’…

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‘Building smart cities starts with people, not technology’

When The Jetsons, the candy-coloured cartoon family, came on TV screens in the 1960s, they presented a utopian world powered by technology. From humanoids, holograms, smartwatches and phones, to video chat, drones and 3D printed food, they used things that were straight from a science fiction novel. Now, these things have become an everyday reality, and countries are trying to utilize them to create a smart world. “Smart”, however, doesn’t mean just installing digital interfaces in traditional infrastructure. Building smart cities, in fact, start with people, not technology. It means using…

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Finance Ministry ready to do more for NBFCs, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Will seek details from PSBs on funding to NBFCs, retail customers on Oct 14 Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Thursday, said she is “not sitting back” after the recent spate of measures, and will take more steps if required for non-banking finance companies and other sectors. The minister will be meeting the chiefs of public sector banks on October 14, and she said will seek details of funding to NBFCs and retail customers. “I am not sitting back saying I have given some solutions for NBFCs. There may be more…

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Meet CEOs of Public Sector Banks on October 14

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold a review meeting with CEOs of public sector banks (PSBs) next week to discuss various issues, including progress on credit offtake. The meeting, scheduled to be held on October 14, is expected to review fund flow to stressed NBFC and MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) sectors, sources said. Banks are expected to present report card on partial credit guarantee scheme and fund raising from market to enhance their capital base. The Centre in August issued guidelines on operationalising Rs 1 lakh crore…

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