U.S. News & World Report released its third annual list of the best and worst states in America this week, based off of, "thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens," according to the rankings. And the winners and losers of 2019 may catch some by surprise. Washington state takes the No. 1 spot, followed by New Hampshire and Minnesota taking home the bronze. The states achieved their high rankings by doing well in eight categories: Health care, education, a state's economy, infrastructure, the opportunity the state affords its residents, the fiscal stability of state government, crime and corrections and natural environment.Some categories of measurement were given more "weight" in the rankings, based on a survey of what matters the most to citizens, according to the site. Health care and education were weighted the highest, followed by state economies, infrastructure and the opportunity states offer their citizens. Other states, … [Read more...] about These are the best — and worst — states in the U.S.
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It was mathematical: it was bound to happen. There’s no limit to delusions of grandeur. Once you get hooked on them, the sky’s the limit. Now we are no longer the best in Europe. Now we are the best... in the World. This stratospherically hyperbolic statement was made during a Labour Party press conference not too many days ago. There was no hint either of irony or of any self-awareness of exaggeration. There was not even any trace of deadpan humour. The statement was delivered with faces as straight as nothing in this entire crooked country. Seriously? Malta, the best in the world? Let’s see how anybody with a sense of proportion could classify this second-, if not even third-rate country as “among the best in the world”. Traffic flow is badly conceived, badly organised, badly managed... and no real solution is in sight. Roads are constantly being widened, while the number of vehicles on the road is not being curbed. It’s all very much like a dog … [Read more...] about Best in Europe? Nah! Best in the world!
Julia Thompson USA TODAY Published 12:02 AM EDT Apr 2, 2019 Travelers on TripAdvisor have spoken. The travel review and booking site announced the winners in its third year of Travelers’ Choice awards for Airlines. The list of best airlines in the world was dominated by Asian carriers, which took four of the 10 top spots. Singapore Airlines topped the list for the second year in a row. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of airline reviews and ratings submitted by travelers worldwide over a 12-month period on TripAdvisor Flights. In addition to the best airlines in the world, the awards also recognized airlines in geographic region and service classes. The full awards are on TripAdvisor.com. Southwest Airlines was the big winner in the U.S., hitting No. 6 on the list of best airlines in the world and taking the crown for best airline in the U.S. for the second year running. … [Read more...] about The 10 best airlines in the world, according to TripAdvisor
Matthew Lynn 2 March 2019 9:00 AM 2 March 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp There will be some slightly heavy traffic on the M20. A Waitrose somewhere will run out of freshly cut Dutch-grown flowers. A couple of easyJet flights will get diverted, and there will be unconfirmed reports of an elderly couple from Winchester being evicted from their time-share apartment on the Algarve. Roll forward and the media will no doubt be on high-alert for ‘departure day’ chaos, with news crews stalking the airports and roadways, and Twitter in meltdown over every vague rumour of disruption caused by our exit from the European Union. And yet, regardless of whether we leave with a deal or not, the truth is that Brexit is likely to be the dampest of damp squibs. By then, contingency plans will have been put in place to keep most transport systems running, and most of the other things the EU does we will gradually find we can quite easily … [Read more...] about Believe in the post-Brexit bounce
Twelve months ago the global economic outlook was encouraging, strong even: 2017 had seen the best year of international GDP growth since the aftermath of the financial crisis and 2018 seemed to offer even better. “The global cyclical upswing that began midway through 2016 continues to gather strength,” reported the head of economics at the International Monetary Fund, Maury Obstfeld. Stock markets were booming. Business confidence was high. Consumer sentiment was robust. It looked like the world was finally shaking off the painful memory of the global financial crisis a decade ago. Now things are looking far less rosy. True, on the surface not much has changed. The International Monetary Fund expects global growth in 2019 to come in at 3.7 per cent, the same as expected for 2018 and 2017. Yet this is a downgrade from the 3.9 per cent the fund was expecting eight month ago – and the consensus among private sector economists is that it will be only 3.6 per … [Read more...] about What will happen to the global economy in the next 12 months?