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Claire's 'considers UK store closures'

BBC Business News - 5 hours 13 min ago
The accessories chain is reported to be talking to restructuring firms about "a number of options".
Categories: Business

Claire's 'considers UK store closures'

BBC Business News Feed - 5 hours 13 min ago
The accessories chain is reported to be talking to restructuring firms about "a number of options".
Categories: Business

BBC Business News Feed: Claire's 'considers UK store closures'

Business Now Mag - 5 hours 13 min ago
The accessories chain is reported to be working with a restructuring firm on "a number of options".
Categories: Business

2019 Buick Enclave

The Car Connection News Feed - 5 hours 14 min ago
The 2019 Buick Enclave is a handsome, comfortable SUV with an appearance that belies its size. It offers interesting options and safety features, but at a steep price. We’ve rated the new Enclave 7.2 out of 10, with points for its good looks and high-end cabin and ride. (Read more about how we rate cars.) After 10 years wearing the same...
Categories: Property

12 Ways to Earn Airline Rewards You Might Be Missing Out On

Travel and Leisure - 5 hours 15 min ago
<p>Earning airline miles isn’t as difficult as it seems. Whether it’s getting points for dining at certain restaurants or booking a ride to the airport, there are many different ways to rack up mileage.</p><p>Instead of getting overwhelmed by these overlooked perks, just take a quick scan through this list to see the simple ways you could get closer to that next free flight.</p><h2>Open a credit card.</h2><p>If you frequently fly a particular airline, consider opting for their partner travel card, but make sure to wait for the best introductory bonus. Depending on the company, first-time card holders can be awarded thousands of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/points-miles/travel-rewards-credit-cards" target="_blank">sign-up bonus miles</a>. (Note: Never open or use a credit line that you won't be able to handle responsibly. Rewards will never make up for interest if you don't pay off the balance.)</p><h2>Then bring everyone you know on-board.</h2><p>Once your card is squared away and you’re happy with it, tell someone. Referrals are a seamless way to get more miles if you’re a fan of the service.</p><h2>Shop online.</h2><p>Even though online shoppers rave about cash back platforms such as E-Bates and Honey, those dedicated to their miles know airline portal shopping is where it’s at. For instance, having an account on <a href="https://www.aadvantageeshopping.com/" target="_blank">American Airlines’ Advantage Shopping</a> site can provide you with miles for every dollar spent at tons of popular stores. Why not get rewarded for things you were going to buy anyway?</p><h2>Take a vacation.</h2><p>Don’t just go to an airline for flights, work with an agent to book an entire vacation as it likely guarantees huge mile bonuses coming your way. Plus, it takes the stress of planning away and nothing beats that!</p><h2>Have dinner out.</h2><p><a href="https://dining.mileageplus.com/" target="_blank">United MileagePlus’ Dining program</a> is the perfect example. Eating at their list of restaurants can earn members miles with a simple card swipe along with 2,500 extra miles during the first 30 days.</p><h2>Rent a car.</h2><p>Not only will you land a good rate through an airline, you may end up with added rewards along the way. Always check for promotional deals and discounts when planning a trip.</p><h2>Or use a ridesharing app.</h2><p>If you live in a big city, this one’s for you. Delta gives out <a href="https://www.deltalyft.com/" target="_blank">one mile per dollar spent</a> (and two for any rides to the airport) on Lyft. This might not seem like a lot initially, but it adds up if it’s your main way of getting around town.</p><h2>Pay your bills.</h2><p>Make the most of that partner credit card and use it to pay your bills. The bigger and more frequent the transactions, the greater your mile reward. For things not payable by card, use <a href="https://www.plastiq.com/" target="_blank">Plastiq</a>. Though the platform charges a 2.5% fee, the miles you end up with could be worth so much more.</p><h2>Join a wine club.</h2><p>Cheers to that and take your pick as many offer their own club. A solid option is <a href="https://www.southwest.com/html/rapidrewards/partners/shop-and-dine/laithwaiteswine.html" target="_blank">Southwest’s Rapid Rewards with Laithwaite’s Wines</a> where customers get a 2,000 mile bonus for their first club case.</p><h2>Book a hotel.</h2><p>On top of the airlines, there are several sites out there determined to get you as much mileage as possible for your accommodations including <a href="https://www.agoda.com/pointsmax.html?cid=1742563" target="_blank">Agoda PointsMAX</a>, <a href="https://pointshound.com/hotel/search?locale=en-US" target="_blank">PointsHound</a>, and <a href="https://www.rocketmiles.com/" target="_blank">RocketMiles</a>.</p><h2>Take some surveys.</h2><p>Have spare time? Take an online survey on <a href="https://www.emiles.com/" target="_blank">eMiles</a> or <a href="https://www.e-rewards.com/global_home.do" target="_blank">e-Rewards</a> in exchange for miles.</p><h2>Book a flight.</h2><p>If all else fails, flights alone accrue mileage — which proves it’s never too late to start earning and if you’re lucky, the miles you earn won’t expire.</p>
Categories: Travel

2019 Buick Encore

The Car Connection News Feed - 5 hours 15 min ago
The 2019 Buick Encore carves a fair amount of crossover space from a very small footprint, but it does so at a premium. It returns nearly unchanged for the 2019 model year, with more competition than ever. We’ve rated the Encore a 5.8 out of 10. The smallest Buick handles decently and makes good sense in urban environments, but its small...
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Sharon Osbourne Promises Ozzy 'Gonna Be Back' in the Wake of Tour Cancellation

Aces Show Biz News Feed - 5 hours 16 min ago
Sharon takes to her show 'The Talk' to assure fans that the former Black Sabbath star is 'so upset' having to announce the scrapping of his final four U.S. shows due to hand infection.
Categories: Celebrity

2019 Buick Lacrosse

The Car Connection News Feed - 5 hours 16 min ago
The 2019 Buick Lacrosse is the most traditional sedan left in the storied brand’s lineup. Roomy, quiet, and tame, the Lacrosse offers the traditional Buick experience but skips the barge-like experience. The brand’s largest sedan offers enough style, compelling options, and refinement to compete with luxury cars that cost more...
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2019 Cadillac CT6 preview

The Car Connection News Feed - 5 hours 20 min ago
The 2019 Cadillac CT6 offers all on paper that a flagship luxury sedan should. It's stylish, a technological leader, and it has one of the industry's most advanced semi-autonomous driver-assist systems. For 2019, it adopts a new twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. As cool as a 550-hp luxury sedan is, the CT6’s tauter, more stylish skin is what...
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2019 Cadillac XTS

The Car Connection News Feed - 5 hours 23 min ago
The 2019 Cadillac XTS builds on the brand’s reputation for comfortable, modern big-car luxury. Unchanged from the 2018 model year, the 2019 XTS remains a capable full-size sedan that carries plenty of heritage without the stale nostalgia. We rate the 2019 XTS at 6.8 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) Trim packages carry over for...
Categories: Property

2019 Cadillac ATS

The Car Connection News Feed - 5 hours 24 min ago
The 2019 Cadillac ATS drops two doors this year, but retains its European character and manners. Because of lackluster sales, the ATS will be offered only as a coupe for this year, and will be discontinued soon. Even though the sedan is off the table, the remaining coupe is fun to drive and relatively luxurious, and deserves a 6.4 out of 10...
Categories: Property

How to Travel the World After You Retire

Travel and Leisure - 5 hours 46 min ago
<p>Hitting the road after retirement, whether by vehicle or plane, train, or cruise ship, is the goal of many people contemplating a work-free future.</p><p>Both retirees and those years away from retirement look forward to relaxation, travel, family time, and leisure activities, according to a <a href="https://www.pgim.com/pgimdoc/getsecuredoc?file=18CAC0B95B49D959852580790076AF83" target="_blank">survey by Prudential Financial</a>. And another <a href="https://newsroom.bankofamerica.com/press-releases/global-wealth-and-investment-management/merrill-lynch-study-finds-new-retirement" target="_blank">study by Bank of America</a> indicated that 95 percent of retirees would prefer to have enjoyable experiences over buying things. Travel is a way to achieve this — whether visiting out-of-town relatives or vacationing together.</p><h2>Travel and Retirement Finances</h2><p>Funding travel along with basic living expenses on a fixed income is a concern for many retirees. In this age of increased longevity, costly health care, and declining availability of pensions, many retirees find that their savings and investments are not adequate.</p><p>“While working and preparing for retirement, it’s important to take full advantage of savings options including catch-up contributions to IRAs and 401(k)s. That is critical in creating a nest egg,” Chief Financial Analyst Greg McBride of <a href="http://www.bankrate.com" target="_blank">Bankrate.com</a> told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Travel expenses will need to be funded from those savings.” He suggests paying off as much debt as possible to create breathing room in the retirement budget that might provide some latitude for expenses such as travel.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/trips-to-take-when-you-retire" target="_blank">11 Trips You Need to Take as Soon as You Retire</a></p><p>Asked about how retirees can fit in travel during the early years of retirement when health and mobility might make travel easier, McBride advises pre-retirees to build travel costs into anticipated retirement expenses as opposed to waiting until retirement to figure out how to pay for travel. He warns against pulling too much money from savings early in retirement.</p><p>“The risk is taking withdrawals in a falling market during those early years. It’s very hard to recover from that,” he said, adding that tax planning is important. “Be aware of tax obligations when you start taking minimum distributions as required after age 70 and a half.”</p><p>McBride suggests that savvy consumers use credit cards that offer attractive rewards. “They can fund significant travel expenses — airline and hotel points or rebates can offset travel costs. This works for disciplined consumers who will pay off the balance every month.”</p><h2>Retirement Travel Planning with a Professional</h2><p>T+L asked Peggy Goldman, president and founder of <a href="http://www.friendlyplanettravel.com" target="_blank">Friendly Planet Travel</a> about retirees with limited budgets and the desire to travel. “Great experiences can be affordable for almost anyone. We’re able to create programs that even retirees with fixed incomes will be able to manage, with no compromise on quality.”</p><p>Since international travel is on many bucket lists, “the number of first-time international travelers is growing each year,” Goldman said. “Individuals have to be realistic about themselves, what they’re capable of, and what arrangements they need. We advise them not to limit themselves in terms of selecting programs — if they feel good and can do it, they should go for it.”</p><p>Goldman says that travelers are seeking experiences instead of just sightseeing: “People want to interact with locals; they want to get their hands dirty in the kitchen, meet people in their homes,” she said. “That’s what is so wonderful about people-to-people experiences and optional excursions. It’s more than just visiting monuments; it’s about having experiences with people.”</p><p>Asked for some examples, Goldman described how visitors to Hangzhou can visit tea plantations for demonstrations on how agricultural workers select and pick the leaves. Travelers get a chance to do it for themselves and gain a new appreciation for the tea they’re drinking. “And don’t rule out things like zip lines or hanging upside down to kiss the Blarney Stone. Typically it’s the older folks who don’t care how they look, so they’re just game to try something new.”</p><p>A <a href="https://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4088224.html" target="_blank">May 2018 study</a> by Booking.com found “a surge in solo travel, with two fifths (40 percent) of global baby boomers having taken a solo trip in the last year, and another fifth (21 percent) planning to take one in the future.” Goldman’s Friendly Planet Travel has already seen more solo bookings this year, with their <a href="https://www.friendlyplanet.com/vacation-packages/best-egypt-nile-cruise.html">Best of Egypt &amp; Nile Cruise</a> solo trip bookings up by 116 percent, and <a href="https://www.friendlyplanet.com/vacation-packages/taste-of-south-africa.html" target="_blank">A Taste of South Africa</a> package up by 95 percent. “We often find that our solo travelers form close friendships with their group members that enrich their lives and future travels.”</p><h2>Travel Options for Retirees</h2><p>Cruises offer many choices, from river cruises in Europe, Asia, and South America, to ocean cruises just about anywhere in the world. Nearly all-inclusive with most details planned ahead, the ability to visit many places easily, onboard entertainment, quality dining, and specialized themes, cruises are attracting more travelers each year.</p><p>The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) <a href="https://cruising.org/docs/default-source/research/clia-2018-state-of-the-industry.pdf?sfvrsn=2" target="_blank">2018 Industry Outlook study</a> showed a steady increase of cruise passengers over the last 10 years, and 27 new ocean, river, and specialty ships set to debut this year. The study also indicates that cruisers come from all income levels, with a third having a household income of less than $80,000 annually.</p><p>Train travel takes passengers away from highway traffic and airport crowds, while allowing them to enjoy the surrounding scenery in comfort. Domestic and international routes cover many popular destinations, and for long trips, private sleeping quarters are available. Lounges, restaurants, bar cars, and room to move around make train travel a desirable alternative for travelers.</p><p>Many seniors want the total freedom and access to out-of-the-way places that road trips offer. Recreational vehicle sales are increasing each year as more retirees are getting on the road in this relatively low-cost mode of travel. If rolling through the country in an RV sounds appealing, a good way to start is with a rental. Before investing in a vehicle, it’s important to be sure it meets one’s needs and capabilities.</p><p>Volunteer vacations offer travel along with an opportunity to contribute skills and experience to others both domestic and abroad. Many seniors are finding these trips to be rewarding, and they can also fulfill the desire to interact with locals and broaden cultural experiences. Others enjoy “learning vacations,” traveling for workshops, conferences, cooking schools, cultural programs, or music festivals.</p><p>Older travelers are increasingly tech savvy, and many still prefer to book their own trips through airline and hotel websites. They buy tickets online to avoid lines at museums and attractions, and they shop for the best fares, room rates, and last-minute deals. Their flexibility allows them to take advantage of off-season and shoulder season rates, longer stays, and mid-week airfares.</p><p>Whatever mode of transportation, destination, or price level a traveler chooses, there are options available for everyone who desires to make travel a goal for their retirement years.</p>
Categories: Travel

Original 'John Henry' Star Favors Dwayne Johnson Casting: Critics Are Ridiculous

Ace show biz movies - 5 hours 46 min ago
Roger Aaron Brown weighs in on The Rock's decision to bring the iconic character to life in 'John Henry and The Statesmen', insisting the latter 'has paid his dues as an actor and as a human being.'
Categories: Movies

Cornwall Businnes: New Cornish gin on Crowdfunder

Business Now Mag - 6 hours 2 min ago
A new small batch Cornish gin is set to hit the shelves and has launched a campaign on Crowdfunder.
Categories: Business

Spaces takes 42,000 sq ft in Hammersmith

Property Week News Feed - 6 hours 3 min ago
IWG’s flexible workspace brand Spaces has taken 42,000 sq ft at The Foundry, a 114,500 sq ft office which forms part of AXA IM – Real Assets’ new three acre Hammersmith estate Assembly London.
Categories: Property

This iPhone Hack Is Perfect for People Who Always Miss Messages

Travel and Leisure - 6 hours 15 min ago
<p>“Sorry, I’m just seeing your text!”</p><p>If you are notorious for having sent this message (like this writer), there’s a simple iPhone hack that could change the way you communicate.</p><p>There’s a hidden setting on all iPhones that will trigger the camera flash to blink every time a text or alert comes through. So there’s no excuse for missing messages.</p><p>To activate the feature, enter your phone’s setting menu. From there, select “General” then “Accessibility.” Select “LED Flash For Alerts” and make sure the toggle is on (the bar should be green). Voila, you are out of excuses for missing messages. You can also choose to have the light flash when the phone is on silent.</p><p>The feature is perfect for when you’re in a noisy environment, when you’re wearing headphones or simply if you’re more of a visual person than audio.</p><p>Regardless, your contacts will be surprised by how quickly you get back to them.</p><p>But, on the flip side, sometimes you want to ignore unnecessary alerts — especially if you’re on vacation. Here's how to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/vacation-email-settings-iphone" target="_blank">mute annoying emails</a> and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/cool-gadgets/how-to-mute-group-chats" target="_blank">turn off the group chat notifications</a> when you don’t need (or want) to be involved.</p>
Categories: Travel

How To Fix The New York Giants Offense

Forbes News Feed - 6 hours 16 min ago
With the Giants roster being what it is for the time being, here are a couple of ways New York can help bolster its 25th ranked offensive unit.
Categories: Business

Agents appointed after Bierkeller administration

Property Week News Feed - 6 hours 17 min ago
Agents have been appointed to sell the Bierkeller venues following the administration of Burning Night Group.
Categories: Property

Agenst appointed after Bierkeller administration

Property Week News Feed - 6 hours 17 min ago
Agents have been appointed to sell the Bierkeller venues following the administration of Burning Night Group.
Categories: Property

Cornwall Businnes: ESAM is open for business

Business Now Mag - 6 hours 30 min ago
The new Enterprise Space for Advanced Manufacturing (ESAM) has formally been opened.
Categories: Business

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