How to travel to Cuba (Yes, you can!)

“I’d love to go to Cuba — but the sanctions are back on, so I guess I can’t,” a friend of mine opined recently after perusing my Instagram pics of the trip to the famed Caribbean island over New Year’s. This is not an uncommon sentiment. Ever since President Trump reinstituted trade, commercial and economic embargoes against Cuba in 2018, American travel to the country has dropped precipitously — but you can still go. In fact, airlines like Jet Blue, Delta, Southwest and American Airlines have direct flights from cities like New…

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Coronavirus: Your travel rights explained

The coronavirus is now spreading well beyond China. Travellers returning from nine Asian countries and destinations are being advised by Public Health England to avoid contact with other people if they show certain symptoms. In addition to China, the Public Heath England list includes Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea. Holiday companies and airlines are still taking people to these countries, while insurers say travel policies are unlikely to cover cancellations – except to China. Travel agents, tour operators and airlines are being contacted by…

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China theft of technology is biggest law enforcement threat to US, FBI says

A lamp post outside the White House is adorned with Chinese and US national flags in Washington. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images The FBI on Thursday identified China as the biggest law enforcement threat to the United States, and its director said Beijing was seeking to steal American technology by “any means necessary”. The FBI director, Christopher Wray, told a conference the bureau currently had about 1,000 investigations open into Chinese technology theft across its 56 regional offices. The agency’s counterintelligence chief, John Brown, said the bureau arrested 24 people in 2019 in…

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Personal Travel Coaches Are The Hot New Trend. Here’s What They Are And Why You Need One

Travel coach Dylan Essertier in India. PHOTO COURTESY OF @DYLANGRACETRAVELS A lot of people have life coaches and career coaches—but have you ever heard of a travel coach? Dylan Essertier is a travel writer turned travel coach who now works with people looking to reach their goals through travel. “Over the years, I searched long and hard for a travel advisor that would speak to a ‘woman like me’—someone who didn’t just want to escape through travels but use that time away to help me move toward my long-term goals,”…

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Technology in the workplace: why culture remains key

(Image credit: Image source: Shutterstock/violetkaipa) It’s no secret that technology is fundamentally changing the way we work. Communication has been transformed by instant messaging apps, new security measures have been introduced to keep data safe, and tech innovations are proving cost-effective for many. Automation through technology is placing productivity and efficiency at the heart of organisations everywhere, and embracing it prevents businesses wasting time on admin, giving them the space to drive growth and focus on what’s important – people. Teamwork is being transformed by technology, too. Working together is…

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Will new technology help fight the Coronavirus?

Technology is helping transform industries. Healthcare and medical research are two areas that are most ripe for disruption, so when new diseases emerge, like the deadly Coronavirus, it’s time for technology to put its money where its mouth is. But, is this feasible? Can new and mature technologies, like AI and analytics, help fight the Coronavirus and any other diseases that might spark global healthcare crises? In the latest video from Tech Talks*, filmed at the Disruptive Live studios, Katie Mills — head of innovation at Schneider Electric — and Daniel Clayton — digital marketing manager at Logitech —…

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‘Do not travel to China’ because of coronavirus risk, US tells citizens

Americans shouldn’t travel to China because of the risks from the new coronavirus, the US State Department said. US citizens currently in China should “consider departing using commercial means,” the alert said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo echoed the warning on Twitter. A Level 4 travel advisory is the most severe warning issued by the State Department, and it applies only to areas with a “greater likelihood of life-threatening risks.” The warning cites a decision earlier today by the World Health Organization to declare the outbreak a global public health emergency. The virus has…

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Why This Is The Era Of Crossroads For Technology

When digital became the New Normal, a silo that used to be the safe dwelling place of nerds and geeks all over the world suddenly opened up to the mainstream. When I was studying computer science at the beginning of the nineties, most of my non-engineering friends had no interest whatsoever in technology. Now I see them casually talking about the impressive 12 Megapixel camera on their latest Smartphone or their AI-powered lawn mower robot. Technology is no longer the sole domain of the technologist. It is now the intersection…

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Technology is anthropology

The interesting thing about the technology business is that, most of the time, it’s not the technology that matters. What matters is how people react to it, and what new social norms they form. This is especially true in today’s era, well past the midpoint of the deployment age of smartphones and the internet. People — smart, thoughtful people, with relevant backgrounds and domain knowledge — thought that Airbnb and Uber were doomed to failure, because obviously no one would want to stay in a stranger’s home or ride in a stranger’s…

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Does technology affect your work-life balance?

Millennials have become the world’s most observed generation in recent years—be it for the early onset of chronic diseases or the number of hours spent on average on smartphones. They are also the biggest demographic group in India. A recent survey by furniture brand Godrej Interio says older millennials (in the 30-40 age group) fumble when it comes to maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Gen Xers, aged 41-50 according to the survey, are more adept at getting this right. According to the findings of the Make Space For Life survey—conducted in 2019 among…

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