IN THE 1970s, Britain was dubbed “the sick man of Europe”, a role previously played by the Ottoman empire in the late 19th century. A poor growth record since the Second World War was combined with terrible industrial relations (29m days lost to strikes in 1979) to make many ask the question “Is Britain governable?”.… Continue reading Britain: back to being the sick man of Europe?
Brazil’s rigid labour market regulations were transplanted wholesale from Benito Mussolini’s Italy back in 1943. Now President Michel Temer has approved an overhaul. Will it encourage job creation? Also, an exorcist in Paris fighting “bad spirits”. And why President Trump is playing hardball in renegotiating NAFTA. Hosted by Andrew Palmer. <param name="labels"…Continue reading from Business… Continue reading Podcast: Goodbye, Benito
JUST like that, America’s laptop ban is all but over. Four months ago the Trump administration announced that travellers from ten Middle Eastern countries would be barred from taking electronics larger than a mobile phone into plane cabins, citing security concerns. In the past few weeks, the government has been gradually freeing carriers, including Emirates,… Continue reading Restrictions are lifted on the last airline affected by America’s laptop ban
By Stoyan Kenderov, SVP of Product & Design LendingClub just turned the corner of its first decade of existence and I couldn’t be prouder of what our Product & Design teams have achieved. What a full decade it has been! We’ve pushed a number of technologies and innovations on the efficiency curve, including: peer-to-peer marketplace… Continue reading A Sneak Peek Into the Future of Lending
IT IS a classic traveller’s dilemma: you are waiting in the boarding area for your flight, and an airline employee asks over the loudspeaker if anyone is willing to be bumped in exchange for a voucher. You like the idea of sacrificing the unimportant meeting you were scheduled to attend in return for a few… Continue reading United Airlines is testing a novel new way of bumping passengers
PILOTS are taught that a too-hard landing is better than a too-soft one. A plane can absorb more shocks than one might think, but a runway is only so long. But when it comes to Brexit Britain’s government seems to differ. And as the deadline for Britain’s secession from the European Union approaches, the spectre… Continue reading Why the spectre of a hard Brexit has European airlines so worried
Terminal value STONECUTTERS ISLAND in Hong Kong used to be a favoured habitat for poisonous snakes and eye-catching birds such as the white-bellied sea eagle. Thanks to Hong Kong’s rapid development, it is no longer so hospitable. Its sky is full of gantry cranes, stacking 20-foot-long shipping containers in multicoloured tessellations, like giant Lego bricks.… Continue reading An illustrious Hong Kong container firm sells to China