What to Stream This Weekend: Five Standout Oscar-Nominated Shorts

What to Stream This Weekend: Five Standout Oscar-Nominated Shorts

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“Sentinels of Silence”

There are hidden treasures and odd surprises among the films that have
won or been nominated for Oscars in the short-film categories. The
Mexican director Robert Amram’s film “Sentinels of Silence,” which won
Oscars for both Best Live Action Short and Best Documentary Short, in
1971, (the rules were then changed to limit eligibility to one
category), is the apotheosis of the travelogue. Filming mighty ruins of
ancient Mexican civilizations, ranging widely among enormous structures
found deep inland, atop plains, amid jungles, or at the shore, Amram
uses his helicopter (piloted by Larry Peterson) as gracefully and as
choreographically as a moving-camera stylist such as Max Ophüls used
tracking rails and cranes, and the editing (by Alex Beaton) has a
geometrical severity akin to that of Alain Resnais. The spectacular
sites are observed with a sense of awe (through the cinematography of
James Freeman) that only rarely yields to the picturesque (and the
narration is occasionally ponderous, though raised to poetic glory by
the resonant voice of Orson Welles). This would be one to see on as big
a screen as possible.

Stream “Sentinels of Silence” on YouTube.


“Jammin’ the Blues”

There aren’t many movies featuring great jazz musicians just playing,
and “Jammin’ the Blues,” a 1944 nominee for Best Live Action Short Film,
is an exemplary one. Its lineup of musicians features, foremost, the
tenor saxophonist Lester Young, whose airy, melancholy performances,
often lingering suspensefully so far behind the beat that they seem to
stop time, are joined by his longtime collaborators in the Count Basie
band: the agile, bluesy trumpeter Harry (Sweets) Edison and the drummer
Jo Jones. The music is filmed on a blank set, the musicians surrounded
alternately by an abstract studio darkness and brightness. As directed
by Gjon Mili (better known as a technically innovative photographer) and
filmed by Robert Burks (best known for his longtime collaboration with
Alfred Hitchcock), the movie adds some extraneous visual riffs of its
own (forced perspectives creating odd proportions, reflections of the
singer Marie Bryant in a piano lid, Bryant and Archie Savage doing a
swing dance in front of Young while he solos, multiple exposures), but
the music itself is the thing, a rare chance to see Young, one of the
crucial innovators and most expressive artists in the history of jazz,
in his prime.

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“3rd Ave. El”

From 1936 through 1956, the Live Action Short Film Oscars were divided
into two categories, One-Reel and Two-Reel (i.e., about ten minutes and
about twenty). One of the shorter ones, from 1955, “3rd Ave. El,” by
Carson Davidson, is a virtually handmade home movie that captures a
moment of New York history, on 16-mm. color film, just as it was ending.
The Elevated lines stopped serving Manhattan in May, 1955, and were soon
torn down. Davidson’s film is a docu-drama, in which a handful of
picturesque and typical characters use the line and gaze out the window.
It’s not seriously marred by some arty touches (such as tilted and
tinted images and sped-up motion); what’s more, a too-cute story line
involving a coin stuck in the grooves of the subway floor at least has
the virtue of showing (as few films ever do) what the floors of the cars
looked like. The views of the trains rushing into stations and of
streets are piquantly evocative, and a series of shots of a swing bridge
(pivoting horizontally) over the Harlem River has a heroic energy,
capturing the feel of an industrial city in action.

Stream “3rd Ave. El” on the Internet Archive.


“Happy Anniversary”

Before he started making films, Pierre Étaix (who died in 2016) was a
clown, a music-hall comedian, a cartoonist, a graphic designer, and a
collaborator of Jacques Tati’s. Étaix is the star of his own 1962 short,
Happy Anniversary,” which he co-wrote and co-directed with Jean-Claude
Carrière, as an unhappy happily married man. He’s rushing home to
celebrate his anniversary while his wife (Laurence Lignières) is
preparing an appetizing feast—but one mishap after another, capped by a
colossal Parisian traffic jam, prevents him from getting home promptly.
The gags have a cartoonists’ cleverness (the cigarettes on the paving
stones beside a sports car as it inches forward) and a stage performer’s
inventiveness (the expanding dining-room table, the flying dabs of
shaving cream), and Étaix himself, even when he’s just standing still,
virtually dances through the whole thing.

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“So Much for So Little”

So Much for So Little,” one of the two 1949 Best Documentary Short
Subject winners, shows how broadly the Academy defined the category at
the time. It’s directed by Charles M. Jones, a.k.a. Chuck Jones, the
director of hundreds of cartoons (many starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck,
and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote), and “So Much for So Little” is
a cartoon, too, an animated “documentary,” complete with fantasy comedy
sequences, about public-health departments and their role in preventive
medicine. Its rather grim premise involves a child named Johnny, a
“typical” (i.e., white) child whose very ability to survive to adulthood
is menaced by grave medical threats—and, in particular, by the lack of
attention from public-health officials. (A sequence about vaccination
features a variety of animated germs for different diseases.) Soon, the
brisk ten-minute journey carries Johnny to school age and then to
adulthood—then, into marriage, parenthood, and old age. It’s a
remarkable telescoping of a life into its medical moments (complete with
an ominous, yet jovially illustrated, litany of risks), a comedy that,
in its way, is as visionary as the ones for which Jones is famous. This
public-service announcement—complete with its political element, the
suggestion of the minimal cost of public health in taxes compared to the
benefits it brings—is a fact-based cartoon, i.e., a documentary.

Stream “So Much for So Little” on YouTube.

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February 3, 2018 at 05:29PM

Airlines Fail to Convince Flyers to Abandon Bags in Emergencies

Airlines Fail to Convince Flyers to Abandon Bags in Emergencies

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Airlines struggle to get flyers to abandon their belongings during an evacuation, and that can cost people their lives. Bloomberg

Skift Take: Maybe the adversarial relationship between flyers and airlines doesn’t help here. Flyers assume airlines enjoy screwing them on everything from fare to legroom. But everyone wants to live, including pilots and crew, so in an emergency passengers need to put down the bag and flee.

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February 3, 2018 at 05:02PM

How Do NFL Teams Fly?

How Do NFL Teams Fly?

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With Super Bowl LII looming, travelers from all over the US, and even the world, are flying into Minneapolis (MSP) to catch one of the world’s most watched events. Reigning champs the New England Patriots are facing the Philadelphia Eagles, who haven’t been to a championship game since 2005 — let alone ever won a Super Bowl ring. 

While the Patriots flew into Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in their newly purchased Boeing 767, the Eagles arrived in an American Airlines A330.

But how do other teams get around the country during regular season? With eight away games every year (plus pre-season matches), teams have to do a fair amount of traveling, most of which is in the air. Not surprisingly, NFL football teams do not fly commercial. They charter large airplanes — or, if they are the New England Patriots, just buy them outright.  Here’s a look at who flies what.

Private Aircraft

The Patriots are the first team to own their own aircraft; they bought two used Boeing 767s in 2017. The 767-323ER shown below is an extended range version that can fly for 12 hours. The team doesn’t usually need it for that long since the longest they’d be in the air on a transcontinental flight is about 6 hours to Oakland or LA. It’s safe to say that the Pats bought their 767, which used to fly for American Airlines, for its large size and relatively cheap price on the used market.

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The aircraft is outfitted with domestic first class recliner seats in a 2-3-2 and 2-2-2 configuration — each with its own entertainment system. Its home base is TF Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island (PVD).

Charter

All other NFL teams travel by chartered aircraft. It allows teams to have the feeling of flying private without the costs of owning an airplane. Still, chartering jetliners can cost tens of thousands of dollars an hour, so it’s not exactly cheap.

The big three US airlines operated almost all NFL team flights up until recently. Last fall, both United and American dropped clients when they found they could make more money using the planes for regular commercial service. American ended its contracts with the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and the Pittsburgh Steelers, while United dropped the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions.

Right now, just three teams are flown by American: the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. While American wouldn’t confirm what aircraft the teams are flown on, Philadelphia (PHL) and Charlotte (CLT) are both Airbus  A330 bases, while Dallas (DFW) is a Boeing 777 and 767 location.

Delta said it carried 10 teams this year, although it only confirmed the names of the three it officially partners with: the Atlanta Falcons, Minneapolis Vikings and Seattle Seahawks — with all three cities being Delta hubs. According to FlightAware, Delta used 767s, A330s and 757s for the Vikings and the Falcons.

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A Delta A330. Image by Gietje/Wikimedia Commons.

Since 2000, Delta has carried 11 Super Bowl winners and told TPG that it’s the largest sports charter organization.

“In fact, we’ve carried so many winners that we’ve trademarked the tag, ‘Official Airline of Champions,’” Delta said in an email to TPG.

Rounding out the big three legacy carriers is United. The airline wouldn’t confirm with TPG which teams it flies, but online research shows that the airline likely still carries 10 teams:  the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, LA Rams, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins all took United charters during the last season.

The Chicago Bears deplane from a United airlines flight in January 28, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bears deplane from a United Airlines charter flight in January 28, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

United, like other airlines, gives team charters a special flight number. The Houston Texans received UA2536 while the Denver Broncos got UA2544. United flew those teams in either wide-body 767-400s or single-aisle 757-300s.

Some international carriers entered the mix this year since the league scheduled multiple games in London. Virgin Atlantic ferried the Jaguars from Jacksonville to London for one of the special games.

Two lesser-known companies, Atlas Air and Miami Air, stepped in to help the teams that had been dropped by the big three carriers.

Both the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers were flown on Miami Air’s 737-800s this season, the airline told TPG. Miami Air has a fleet of seven 737-800s and a handful of 747-400s. The 737s it uses for sports charters are outfitted with a VIP interior containing only first-class seats in a 2-2 layout.

Atlas Air is a large cargo, charter and airline lessor. It counts 81 aircraft in its fleet with a whopping 51 747s (the biggest fleet of Boeing 747s in the world), mostly cargo.

The Jacksonville Jaguars charted a 747-400 from Atlas Air last season. The jumbo jet, usually operated for long-haul travel, was used on hops as short as 58 minutes when the Jaguars went to Atlanta.

And last not but least, the Oakland Raiders, soon to be based in Vegas, have chartered with Hawaiian Airlines. Hawaiian even has an A330 with a special Raiders-themed livery.

Will we see another football team buy a private aircraft like the Patriots anytime soon? It’s unclear, but it sure would be cool to see a red and gold San Francisco 49ers Airbus land next to a New Orleans Saints 747 emblazoned with a black and gold fleur de lys.

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February 3, 2018 at 05:01PM

Blockchain Scams and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

Blockchain Scams and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

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Skift Take: This week in digital news, we looked past blockchain’s buzz to dig up the scams, and analyzed Priceline’s new emphasis on TV advertising.

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February 3, 2018 at 03:37PM

5 Reasons Brazil Should Be Your Next Mileage Run

5 Reasons Brazil Should Be Your Next Mileage Run

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With $40 e-visas now available to US citizens (as opposed to $160 for a visa that took three weeks previously) there has never been a better time to head to Brazil. And if that isn’t reason enough, here are five more reasons to make Brazil your next mileage run.

1. All Three Major Alliances Are There

No matter with whom you’re trying to rack up miles, Brazil is a great choice, as oneworld member LATAM calls Brazil home and American Airlines flies to five cities in Brazil from Miami (MIA) alone, in addition its to service from Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX) and New York-JFK. In total, five oneworld carriers serve destinations in Brazil.

For you Star Alliance folks, you’re spoiled for choice too. In addition to Avianca Brazil being one of the domestic airlines, Copa Airlines currently serves seven destinations in Brazil from its Panama City hub (PTY) and has just announced service to two more, Fortaleza (FOR) and Salvador da Bahia (SSA) from next July. TAP Air Portugal serves a whopping 10 destinations in Brazil from its hub in Lisbon (LIS), which is a great way to really make your mileage run as productive as possible. In total, 12 Star Alliance carriers serve Brazil.

SkyTeam also has a presence here, with seven member carriers serving Brazil. Local airline GOL Linhas Aereas isn’t a SkyTeam member, but it’s a partner of Delta and Air France/KLM, so SkyMiles members earn Medallion Qualification Miles when flying GOL (though Flying Blue members earn miles but not elite qualification). GOL has announced that they will be resuming flights to the US in fall 2018, when they have their 737 MAX 8s delivered. Routes include Miami and Orlando (MCO) to Fortaleza and Brasilia (BRB).

Oneworld member LATAM calls Brazil hom
Oneworld member LATAM calls Brazil home and has good deals for travelers heading there. (Photo courtesy of LATAM)

2. Fares and Deals

LATAM usually has pretty good deals for travelers heading to Brazil. At the moment, tickets from New York and Miami to São Paulo (GRU) and Rio (GIG) are under $750 round-trip, and deals are available from other US cities as well. Avianca has recently started service to New York-JFK and Miami, and is selling tickets for as low as $1,800 round-trip in business class — a whopping $3,000 or more less than anyone else flying the same routes nonstop. (Oddly enough, they can only be booked through Avianca’s Brazilian website — Avianca’s US website doesn’t even pull up these flights.) Azul has similar business-class fares from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando. Copa has great deals in the $700-to-$900 round-trip range.

3. Easy Hotel Points 

Maximize your mileage run and earn hotel points while you’re at it: Almost all of the major hotel chains have properties in Brazil. Of note are the Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana and JW Marriott Rio de Janeiro, both of which are right smack on Copacabana Beach. The Pullman Ibirapuera in São Paulo is another great property, with sweeping views of Ibirapuera Park; and the Renaissance São Paulo is in the upscale Jardins district and has great views of the city from its 23rd-floor executive lounge. For you Starwood Preferred Guests fans, it’s got to be the Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel, with its private beach and sweeping views of Ipanema and Leblon, or the Kenoa, a resort up north that’s a member of Design Hotels.

Kenoa, a resort in the north of Brazil is a member of Design Hotels. (Photo courtesy Kenoa Resort)
Kenoa, a resort in the north of Brazil is a member of Design Hotels. (Photo courtesy Kenoa Resort)

4. Unique Brazil

While you’re on the ground in Brazil, however short your time here is, there is so much to do and see in a country so diverse. Havaianas, the ubiquitous Brazilian flip-flop, make the perfect gift for your friends who didn’t chase elite status with you. They cost less than half in Brazil (around $10 a pair) than they do in the States, and their stores feel like a trip to the beach — the Espaço Havaianas in São Paulo has palm trees growing in the middle of the store!

Pop into a samba school on a weekend night to dance the night away in the streets, and be sure to try feijoada, a delicious black-bean stew that is cooked for days and usually only served on weekends. Beach time is sacred in Brazil, and if you make your run to Rio or one of the beach cities up north, take some time to just sit back and enjoy the unique beach culture in this country where people actually wish each other “boa praia,” or “happy beaching.” And of course, there’s açai, the health food that has reached craze status (and prices) in the US; it’s still available at corner shops and bars in Brazil for about $3.

In different points of Copacabana beach and other beaches of Rio de Janeiro you can find the Organic Açai Bowl to refresh
In different points of Copacabana beach and other beaches of Rio de Janeiro, you can find an organic açai bowl to refresh you. (Photo by Brasil2/Getty Images)

5. While You’re There

If you make your mileage run to São Paulo, be sure to check out Liberdade, the largest Japanese community outside Japan. São Paulo is also home to some world-class museums, like the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, and numerous restaurants from Brazilian steakhouses to French bistros, to Japanese izakayas and everything in between. Try celebrity chef Alex Atala’s restaurant D.O.M. for a world-class Brazilian dining experience. (One of my top-five favorite restaurants worldwide!)

If Rio is more your speed, then you’ll of course need to make a trip up to Christ the Redeemer or at least take the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain. Then go plop down on Ipanema Beach for a quick dose of vitamin D before heading home. (Copacabana is nice too, but the water at Ipanema is clearer and cleaner because of the prevailing currents.)

Enjoy your mileage run to Brazil, and boa viagem and boa praia!

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February 3, 2018 at 03:15PM

Bites: A Peruvian Legend Goes Old School at a New Lima Taberna

Bites: A Peruvian Legend Goes Old School at a New Lima Taberna

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The ever-evolving menu at Gastón Acurio’s Bodegón, which opened in July, is a deep dive into casera home-cooking and Lima’s multicultural cuisine.

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The trick of Gastón Acurio’s latest restaurant, El Bodegón, is to make you believe it has always existed on this quiet corner in the Miraflores neighborhood. Mr. Acurio, Peru’s most famous chef, with a global empire of 50 restaurants, kept the name and much of the design of the previous restaurant in order to evoke a classic Limeña taberna. The walls are covered in old portraits of famous footballers and Peruvian celebrities. Classic rock — Sting, Clapton, the Beatles — plays in the background. Mostly local workers fill the intimate space, textured with dark wood, brick and marble tables, during a late lunch.

With nearly 50 dishes, the ever-evolving menu at Bodegon (which, in fact, opened in July) is a deep dive into casera home-cooking and Lima’s multicultural cuisine. Over 20 years ago, Mr. Acurio lit the fuse for the boom in Peruvian cuisine, and here he is again, offering a new statement of possibilities. The chef said he is remembering and recovering the food from his childhood, “all the dishes that I lost in time because they were only made by my grandmother or my family or because they were just made in the ’70s.” While this effort could easily descend into an exercise in twee nostalgia, Mr. Acurio’s playfulness and sincerity grounds things in the present: The menu follows seasonal, local ingredients and he solicits food memories from his customers and on social media.

During a recent visit, baffled by options, we depended on the friendly and knowledgeable waiters to decipher the menu. We started with the salty and rich crab causa, poetically named “more crab than causa,” which arrived as a Pop Art provocation of golden mashed potato layers overflowing with a crab and egg salad, drenched in a Pepto-Bismol-pink sauce. A salad of lima beans was fresh and tasty. A whole cauliflower did something new with a vegetable oft overlooked in Peru, subbing here for chicken in the popular dish aji de gallina; cooked in a rich creamy sauce spiked with Parmesan and peppers, the cauliflower melted in my mouth. The huatia de res — an ancient pre-Columbian preparation of braised beef in herbs — was succulent, accentuated by sides of beans, rice and fried yuca.

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For dessert, we ordered the suspiro (breath) de chiramoya, chunks of the buttery custard apple bathed in dulce de leche and topped with soft meringue. This is fun, casual gluttony and the copious portions have many diners leaving with leftovers. My only quibble — a minor lapse encountered at other Lima restaurants — was a glass of local draft beer delivered with far too much foam. But one can’t go wrong with classic pisco-based cocktails and the ginger ale-spiked Chilcano goes down far too easily.

The experiments of Lima’s high-end tasting menus have garnered the spotlight, but El Bodegón is part of a growing movement to renovate the food of the everyday. Mr. Acurio is broadening the accessibility of Peru’s culinary gains and offering a quality of cooking rarely found at this price point in Lima. The hourlong lines at lunch — reservations are accepted for dinner only — already have him planning another taberna.


El Bodegón, Calle Tarapacá 197, Miraflores; www.elbodegon.com.pe. An average meal for two, without drinks or tip, is 130 soles, about $40.

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February 3, 2018 at 03:12PM

Chinese Tourism to the Arctic Is Booming

Chinese Tourism to the Arctic Is Booming

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China released its first Arctic policy white paper last week in a move that caught international media’s attention and prompted criticism over alleged Chinese geopolitical overreach in a region where it holds no viable claims.

In the white paper, China dubbed itself a “near-Arctic state,” which it defines as an “important stakeholder” that is impacted by changes in the Arctic. Of course, China has no territory inside the Arctic Circle, nor any coastline in the region. What it does have, however, is a growing number of citizens that visit the Arctic region each year. With China’s ambitions in the region now clearly spelled out, it’s time to expect this number to grow even faster in the coming years.

To make things even more interesting from a tourism perspective, China envisions its Arctic ambitions as a part of its clumsily-named One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, calling it a “Polar Silk Road,” akin to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road that OBOR is referring to. While OBOR, a possibly trillion-dollar project, is about much more than tourism, Chinese tourism has nevertheless been touted as one of the main benefits for OBOR-partners throughout Eurasia.

The rationale is in many ways sound: with improved infrastructure and connectivity in the region, countries along the belt and road will likely see more Chinese tourism, and consequentially, more Chinese tourist revenue. Whether that benefit outweighs the risks and costs associated with Chinese infrastructure in the region is another question altogether.

The move by China to elevate its importance and stake in the Arctic region comes at a convenient time, perhaps by design. There have never been more Chinese tourists who visit the Arctic region than there were last year, and the growth of Arctic travel is far outpacing the growth of Chinese outbound tourism as a whole. If you go to a travel exhibition somewhere in China these days—whether it’s for luxury travel, adventure travel, or “mainstream” travel—you’ll be sure to see several stands occupied by tour operators that specialize in travel to the Arctic and Antarctica.

The trend ties into both the rise of Chinese independent travel, as well as the trend toward adventure and unique travel experiences. As international travel in China is reaching the mainstream for its middle and upper-middle class, a trip to, for example, Japan or the United States is no longer something to brag about to one’s peers. A trip to the Arctic, on the other hand, is an experience that truly solidifies one’s status as a world traveler.

And now, that trend also ties into China’s geopolitical goals.

While Chinese tourist arrivals in the Arctic and in Antarctica look next to nothing next to arrivals in any major destination, they still represent a significant proportion of all tourists who venture to these remote regions. In Antarctica, China is already the second-largest source of visitors, and in the Arctic, they represent an even larger share of visitors—estimated at between 25-50 percent of annual visits.

As a matter of fact, such tours are already moving into the mainstream in China. Last year, Alibaba’s online travel agency (OTA) Fliggy entered a partnership with Norwegian company Hurtigruten to launch China-exclusive cruises to Antarctica. Fliggy is also mulling the possibility of launching its own vessel that will take even more Chinese travelers to these remote regions.

With China’s ambitions now enshrined in an official White Paper, the number of such tourism initiatives can be expected to grow even further and move toward the mainstream. For China, using tourists as a tool to enshrine territorial claims is nothing new. When the territorial disputes in the South China Sea heated up a couple of years ago, cruises soon took Chinese travelers to disputed rocks claimed by other nations off the Vietnamese east coast. Next stop: the Arctic?

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February 3, 2018 at 02:19PM

Ridesharing Startups Raised $28 Billion in 2017 Despite Tighter Restrictions

Ridesharing Startups Raised $28 Billion in 2017 Despite Tighter Restrictions

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Despite increased regulation, ridehailing companies increased their reach around the globe, with 24 million drivers working in the industry now. Victor J. Blue / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Uber grabs the headlines. But this year expect money to pour into other mobility-themed companies, including ones focused on car-pooling, peer-to-peer car rentals, and bike-sharing.

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February 3, 2018 at 02:19PM

Cape Town Water Shutoff Postponed But Restrictions Remain

Cape Town Water Shutoff Postponed But Restrictions Remain

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Residents have been cutting back on water usage as a possible shutoff looms. Pictured is the Molteno reservoir in Cape Town. Waldo Swiegers / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Tourists staying in hotels and using water is always a concern for the environment in any destination. In Cape Town’s case, tourism could do more harm than good until the drought ends.

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February 3, 2018 at 02:19PM

Airlines Struggle to Raise Ticket Prices as Fuel Gets Costlier

Airlines Struggle to Raise Ticket Prices as Fuel Gets Costlier

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Skift Take: As fuel gets more expensive, airlines would like to pass on at least some of the price increase onto customers. But history has proved that to be difficult. It’s a competitive business, and raising fares is not easy. That’s good for passengers.

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February 3, 2018 at 02:19PM