The 2019 Skytrax Awards ranked the top three airlines in the world as Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and All Nippon Airways respectively. Facebook/Qatar Airways Singapore’s national carrier has been dethroned as the king of the skies, after the world’s best airline crown went to Qatar Airways at this year’s Skytrax World Airline Awards. The awards, which are now in their 19th year, are considered the Oscars of the aviation industry. They are decided by a customer satisfaction ranking, which surveyed over 21.6 million travellers across 100 nationalities between 2018 and 2019. Skytrax said that the survey, which is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese, had seen a “substantial increase” in the number of Chinese and Spanish surveys completed. The 2019 Awards ranked the top three airlines in the world as Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) respectively. Rounding out the top five was Cathay … [Read more...] about Qatar Airways just beat SIA to become the world’s best airline
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SHANGHAI/HONG KONG: Since the U.S. government put Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on a trade blacklist, effectively banning American firms from doing business with it, China's leaders have spoken boldly about achieving self-sufficiency in the critical semiconductor business.But industry insiders are less optimistic that Chinese chip makers can quickly meet the challenge of supplying all the needs of Huawei and other domestic technology firms.The prospectuses of Chinese chip companies preparing to list on a new tech-focused stock exchange are blunt, characterizing the domestic industry as "relatively backward", lacking in talent and requiring "a long time to catch up".Chinese chip engineers tell tales of local manufacturing that just is not up to snuff, while analysts point out the many areas where China remains reliant on technology from the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and Europe, with some questioning whether government policies are in the right place."Compared to the … [Read more...] about China chip industry insiders voice caution on catch-up efforts
I used to have a best friend, she was my person, my rock, my soulmate. Ever losing her was the last thing I expected. We never once quarreled! Well, there were probably little tiffs over deciding where to eat, but nothing serious. People even mistook us as a lesbian couple, considering how close we were. I think we even inhaled and exhaled at the same time. But when she stopped replying to my messages, and ignoring my calls, I knew things would never be the same anymore. It all began when the parents didn’t approve of the job she desired. Their reasoning? Her dad once said, “Oh don’t be too idealistic! Nowadays, you should have the ability to do things! Be pragmatic!” He didn’t say it that harshly, but that is how I remember it. The last thing she said to me was, “I don’t even know who I am anymore, and my parents keep pressuring me! I don’t want them to disown me; I’ll just get to do what they want me to do! I am so sorry … [Read more...] about How psychology explains the reasoning behind unsolicited advice
caption People are more attracted to those who are similar to them. This is known as the similarity-attraction effect. source Matt Cardy / Getty Making friends comes naturally to people most of the time, but it’s not always easy. For years researchers have been studying what attracts people to each other, and their findings might improve your friend-making skills. Getting people to like you is surprisingly easy, especially if you follow these 17 science-backed techniques. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Most friendships develop so naturally that you don’t even realize how or when they started. But sometimes you want to make an effort to befriend a new acquaintance or become a better friend to existing pals. Using tricks and techniques like mirroring, subliminal touching, smiling, and letting that other person talk about themselves can make you appear more likable. We scoured the psychological research on the … [Read more...] about 17 psychological tricks to make people like you immediately
The significant advantage of a frequent flyer programme is obviously the miles. With these programs, frequent flyers receive perks such as free flights, upgrades and other travel-related perks. Luckily, there is no limit on how many programs you can join. But to get as many frequent flyer miles as you possibly can, it doesn't make sense to enrol in every single airline's programme. When selecting an frequent flyer programme, go for the airline that has the most flights out of Singapore or the one that serves the destinations you are likely to visit more often. FLY OFTEN, SAVE BIG When choosing the best airline rewards programme for you, there are three factors you should take into consideration: - How easy (or not) it is to earn a flight with your miles and rewards. - Whether you get extra perks other than flights. - Whether blackout dates apply to the programme. - How soon do the miles expire. - And, how easy it is to achieve a higher status (silver, gold, elite, etc.). WHY ARE … [Read more...] about Best frequent flyer programs in 2019: Are they still worth it?