Business And Finance

America’s culture wars are spreading to hotels

CHOOSING a hotel for a trip is generally seen as an apolitical decision. In contrast, restaurants and cafes have sometimes taken on an ideological tinge, with conservatives mocking liberals for their latte coffees, and liberals ribbing conservatives for their deep-fried everything and well-done steaks. But for most hotel users, location and good Wi-Fi matter more than the ideology of the ...

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Unknown number of Canadians may be caught up in Uber data breach

Canada’s federal privacy commissioner says Uber Technologies Inc. can’t confirm how many Canadians may be affected by an October 2016 security breach that the riding-hailing firm initially tried to cover up. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada told CBC News it has reached out to the company to ask for more information about the breach. “We have asked Uber to provide us with ...

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The case for reforming airport-slot allocation

GULLIVER is back from the 141st Slot Conference in Madrid, a meeting of airlines and airport co-ordinators run by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), an airline lobby group. In this week’s issue, he opened the lid on how landing and take-off slots are allocated at congested airports around the world: Instead of letting airports decide who would use their ...

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ABP, a Dutch pension giant, is more admired abroad than at home

EUROPE’S largest pension fund, a scheme for Dutch public-sector workers called ABP, is much feted abroad for its efforts in “sustainable” investing. At home, however, where it provides pensions to one in six families and manages nearly one-third of pension wealth, it is suffering a crisis of confidence. By international standards, Dutch pensions are extremely generous overall, offering 96% of ...

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