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Ticker’s Top Tips of travelling these holidays



At last, the world is beginning to open up again, and what perfect timing for travellers to finally reunite with loved ones abroad and celebrate the holidays this year

But with borders opening up and eager travellers ever so keen to jump on a plane, there’s a catch with the new ways of travelling as the COVID-19 pandemic changed how we travel to be unlike how it once was. 

So here are some hot tips to make sure you can make the most of your upcoming travel plans in today’s world.

Tip 1: Do Your Research

There was a time when researching just meant finding the best attractions and places to dine and stay, but the pandemic has added additional considerations.

As everywhere deals with their own version of the pandemic, it’s important to be aware of the COVID situation in both your current location and your desired destination. 

This means checking the latest local and foreign government and health advice to find out what rules and restrictions apply to you.

Tip 2: The Importance of COVID Travel Insurance

Booking travel insurance is perhaps more important than ever. 

Finding the right insurance that considers covid-related expenses will give you peace of mind when travelling to ensure that you don’t get stranded or without medical assistance should anything covid related happen to you abroad.

Young woman at the airport checking for the flight

Tip 3: Arrive Early at the Airport

If you’re planning on travelling by air, try to arrive early! 

Airports and airlines in the US alone reported last Friday to be their busiest day since the pandemic as millions of Americans rush to see their loved ones for Thanksgiving.

This is all despite a major cut in staff during the pandemic which saw around 50% of employees 

This proves that it’s unlikely you’ll be the only one trying to get back home to your loved ones these holidays, so expect long lines and long times.

Some say 2 and a half hours is the new ideal standard to make sure you end up on your flight, leaving enough time for you to check in and wait in likely lengthy lines. 

Tip 4: Plan your driving routes

With everyone escaping to see their loved ones for the holidays it’s not just the airports that will be busy, but the roads too!

Considering traffic is expected to be 40% higher these holidays, try to plan your trip wisely to avoid delays and jams.

Avoiding peak travel times will ensure you get to your loved ones in time for your holiday celebrations!

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Ukraine prepares for a summer of violence



Is support for the war waning after the conflict has surpassed 1-year and millions of dollars?

After a Russian air assault on Kyiv in which one civilian was killed, residential buildings in wealthy districts of Moscow were hit by multiple drone strikes injuring two people.

The Kremlin is claiming that most of the drone strikes which happened during broad daylight—were intercepted.

A Russian politician said the attack on the capital was the most dangerous since World War II.

Russia says Ukraine launched the attack and has vowed to bolster their air defenses.

Meanwhile, Ukraine is denying direct involvement, having just recently suffered three air attacks within a 24-hour time span.

Last month, leaked Department of Defense documents revealed possible weak links in Ukraine’s military campaign against Russian forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine with tens of thousands of troops more than a year ago and there appears to be no end in sight.

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“I think there is a great risk”: will AI steal our jobs?



Artificial Intelligence has become an increasingly powerful and pervasive force in our modern world.

Artificial intelligence is not a new concept. However, the growing advancements have the potential to revolutionise industries, improve efficiency, and enhance the quality of life.

Along with its promising advancements, artificial intelligence also brings certain risks and challenges that must be acknowledged and addressed.

It has become the focus of lawmakers, who are working towards greater regulation of the sector.

U.S. and European Union officials recently met in Sweden to weigh up the benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies.

“The AI process is creeping up on us,” said Dr Keith Suter, who is a global futurist.

“You’ve got competition between companies.”

It’s almost like some of us can see this raft that’s heading towards the rapids and a disappearance towards the waterfall, and we’re giving a warning but it’s not being heeded because everybody’s in this race to get down to the river,” Dr Suter said.

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Should there be more resources available to American Veterans?



Millions of Americans have served the country, but is there enough support for veterans?

Over the course of the nation’s history, the United States has declared war and fought in conflicts around the world with more than 41-million Americans having fought for freedom.

There are millions of Veterans in the United States who proudly served their country. But, are there enough services to help and support veterans– especially those who suffered atrocities during conflicts?

U.S. Army Veteran Ricoh Danielson joins us to discuss. #uspolitics #Ricoh Danielson #veterans #military #supportveterans #veronicadudo #freedom

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