caption Hong Kong is among the most influential cities in the world. source Bobby Yip/Reuters Not all major cities are created equal, with some places around the world holding more influence over global business, culture, and politics than others. But what are the world’s most influential cities? That’s a question that management consultancy firm A.T. Kearney tries to answer with its annual Global Cities Report. The report looks at which global cities “are improving in their competitiveness and what factors are driving that success.” It examines dozens of variables, which are then subdivided into five categories: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement. Scores in these categories are then added together to create a holistic ranking. New York and London top the list, with both cities miles ahead of their nearest rivals. The top 21 are spread around the world, although Europe … [Read more...] about The 21 most influential cities in the world
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By Natalie Wong Bloomberg Wed., May 16, 2018 Last quarter, Tricon Capital Group Inc. used proprietary software to scrape 100,000 house listings in the U.S. Sunbelt states. It put offers on 1,500 and ended up buying about 400. This quarter, the Canadian firm expects to buy up to 600 more. Tricon has become the third-largest publicly listed landlord of U.S. single-family rentals by snapping up homes from Arizona to Florida. It now ranks behind Invitation Homes Inc., backed by Blackstone Group LP, and American Homes 4 Rent in a market it says is valued at about $3 trillion (U.S.) and is still largely owned by individual investors. The demand “feels like it’s insatiable,” Tricon chief executive officer Gary Berman said in an interview in Bloomberg’s Toronto office. “Sixteen million American households rent single-family homes. So put that into perspective. That’s bigger than the entire Canadian housing market.” Tricon is aiming … [Read more...] about Toronto-based landlord Tricon snaps up U.S. house listings as rental market booms
By Amanda Coletta The Washington Post Thu., March 22, 2018 When U.S. President Donald Trump issued his first executive order banning nationals from majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States, some Canadians reacted by vowing to boycott travelling south of the border. Within days, Canadians of all stripes — academics, school board superintendents, thriller writers, even Girl Scouts — followed through with those pledges, abruptly cancelling trips to the United States. Travel and tourism officials feared the ban would dent America’s image as a foreigner-friendly country and lead to a “Trump slump,” dealing a blow to an industry that had only just recovered from a $600 billion loss between Sept. 11, 2001, and 2010, according to the U.S. Travel Association. There has been a slump. While international tourism arrivals worldwide increased 7 per cent in 2017 — a seven-year high — the United States is missing out on that … [Read more...] about Fewer tourists are visiting the U.S. under Trump. But Canadians didn’t get the memo
By Michael Kunzelman The Associated Press Tues., Feb. 27, 2018 The Anti-Defamation League is reporting a 57 per cent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. last year, the highest tally that the Jewish civil rights group has counted in more than two decades, according to data it released Tuesday. The New York City-based organization found 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents last year, up from 1,267 in 2016. That’s the highest total since 1994 and the largest single-year increase since the group began collecting this data in 1979. The ADL said the sharp rise includes 952 vandalism incidents, an increase of 86 per cent from 2016. The group also counted 1,015 incidents of harassment. ADL national director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said the “alarming” increase appears to be fuelled by emboldened far-right extremists as well as the “divisive state of our national discourse.” “Less civility has led to more intolerance,” he told … [Read more...] about U.S. anti-Semitic incidents soared 57 per cent in 2017, the largest single-year increase on record, report says
LOS ANGELES—The pro-trade message Canada is touting in the United States will resonate with everyday Americans and their political class, even if the words get obscured by the breaking news of the day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.Standing at the Griffith Observatory in the Los Angeles hills — a site made famous as a setting in multiple movies — Trudeau said his pitch to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from falling apart was well received.Behind Trudeau, a cloudy California sky obscured the city’s most famous message: the Hollywood Sign.Local coverage of the prime minister’s visit to California has focused on U.S. President Donald Trump’s talk and actions on immigration, a particularly acute issue in this “blue” state on the border with Mexico and home to the largest population of Canadians outside of Canada, some 150,000 people.Trudeau’s message Friday night at the Ronald Reagan library was overshadowed with … [Read more...] about Trudeau in California says his trade message is being heard in the U.S.