New website seeks out ‘mistake’ bargain airfares

A new search engine promises to reveal those cheap fares that airlines have published in error and you’ve been longing to stumble across.
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CheapFlightsFinder will scour 1200 sources to find those criminally low-priced airfares – typically resulting from a human error at the back end of an airline’s website, such as a misplaced decimal point or a currency conversion error.

The site claims it has the potential to shave a further 20 per cent off the cost of a flight as it scans for the fare over a multitude of search engines such as Google Flights and Skyscanner.

It also claims to be able to sniff out time-sensitive travel deals.

For example, the British-based company claims to have found return flights from New York to Paris costing $US346 ($454).

A quick search for flights based from found a cheap flight from Melbourne to JFK, New York, departing in March and returning April priced at $962 with Air China.

As the fare findings can be up to 15 days old, this is plenty of time for the airline to rectify the erroneous price.

So by the time we checked the prices on Air China’s website, the price of the return ticket had bounced back to $1447. It was also a 30-hour flight with an overnight stop in Beijing, which is not the fastest or cheapest way to get to New York from .

Further to this, you cannot book flights directly from the website itself. You must go to a third-party booking site or the airline’s website to pay for the ticket – provided you find the same cheap ticket first.

CheapFlightsFinder does offer some tips to secure a cheap seat, and although it’s still time-consuming to search, your best bet is to not be too fussy about where you’re headed, at what dates you want to go.

In fact, it suggests that you choose any destination, and any dates within the next 12 months to find that golden ticket.

Add your email to the search to be updated on any new discounted fares the engine discovers.

Should you find a fare at rock-bottom price, the key is to lock that flight in before the airline twigs a mistake has been made.

And before you splash the cash on hotels for your trip, make sure your seat is secured as some airlines may not honour the fare (in which case they are obliged to refund the money).

See also: Why do mistake fares happen?

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Titanic failures: Six of the dumbest tourism ideas

Who’d have thunk it? Who’d have realised that getting groups of drunk tourists together and putting them in charge of a gigantic pedal-powered machine in the middle of a busy city with lots of canals would go badly? Who could have predicted that taking a bar full of people and setting them loose in public, with alcohol, would not be a success?
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Well, everyone really. The only surprise is that it took the Amsterdam city council as long as it did to ban the “Beer Bikes” – the 12-seater rolling bars that drinkers could cycle around the city on while imbibing as much beer as they could handle. Amsterdam residents have been complaining about the bikes for years, with drinkers yelling and screaming, peeing in public, running into things on the giant bike.

But it was only at the beginning of this month that Beer Bikes were finally taken off the road.

This is not, of course, the first tourism idea that was bound for disaster. There have been plenty of other tourist-related schemes – some worth billions and billions of dollars – that have turned out to be total flops. The Beer Bike is just the latest in a long line. Here are some more of our favourites. The World, Dubai

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Dubai is used to outlandish, daring success stories. It is used to world records. It is used to outrageous triumphs of the “if you build it, they will come” kind. So it would have come as a rude shock to find that “The World”, the huge group of manmade islands off the Dubai coast designed as luxury abodes for the rich and famous, islands that would resemble a map of the world from high above, was a complete and utter flop. So far, only three of the 300 islands have been developed into anything more impressive than a giant sandbank. This is a flub of epic proportions that, in the climate of mid-2000s financial pressure, always seemed bound for disaster.

See also: 20 things that will shock first-time visitors to DubaiTitanic II

Titanic II sank even quicker than the first one. Photo: Blue Star Line

n businessman Clive Palmer has come up with some pretty whacky ideas (ahem – running for parliament), but perhaps none more so than the plan to build a full-scale replica of the Titanic, the world’s most spectacularly unsuccessful maritime development. The Titanic II was announced by Palmer in 2012, was set to launch in 2016, was pushed back to 2018, and so far not a single rivet has been sunk in. Of course there’s something historically appropriate about this project turning into a disaster, which it seems to have here, without ever getting out of the dockyard. New South China Mall, China

Ghost town: New South China Mall. Photo: Alamy

China built it – and no one came. The idea was to construct the world’s largest shopping mall in Dongguan, near Guangzhou, and to that end the New South China Mall was a raging success. The mall has a total area of 892,000 square metres – that’s about 125 football fields’ worth of shops, restaurants and other mall amenities, including a replica Arc de Triomphe, a roller coaster, and a Venice-style system of canals. Small problem though: there are no shops. There are no restaurants. Precious few vendors ever signed up to the project, which means that rather than rating as a tourism drawcard like Dubai Mall, this enormous shopping precinct is pretty much a ghost town.

See also: 20 things that will shock first-time visitors to ChinaKhai islands, Thailand

Khai Nok. Photo: Alamy

Tourism fails aren’t always due to a lack of popularity. Sometimes disaster strikes for the exact opposite reason. Case in point: three Thai islands called Khai Nok, Khai Nui and Khai Nai, tropical havens that lie off the coast of Phuket. Mass tourism there has pretty much destroyed the surrounding coral reef (the entire reason people would go there in the first place), leading to Thai authorities banning tourists from certain parts of each island. Another island, Koh Tachai, has also been closed to tourists due to the environmental damage they’ve caused. Someone should have seen it coming.

See also: 20 things that will shock first-time visitors to ThailandPoseidon Hotel, Fiji

This sounds great on paper: an underwater hotel, a series of rooms and restaurants completely submerged in the warm waters of Fiji. The spectacular Poseidon Hotel was due to open in an undisclosed location in 2008. Now, however, almost 10 years later, there’s still no sign of the project actually going ahead, most probably because it would be extremely expensive and difficult to create. The Poseidon’s official website contains a lot of information about the hotel, most of it curiously written in the present tense – “Poseidon’s Mysterious Island is the culmination of every elite vacationer’s vision” – despite the fact there is actually no hotel. Still, you can register for advance reservations if you’re really optimistic. And patient.

See also: 20 things that will shock first-time visitors to FijiAmsterdam Beer Bike

As of November 1 this year, the Amsterdam Beer Bikes are no longer. Some tourism ideas seem great at the time, but then turn out to be disasters – this one, however, had calamity written all over it from the start. Who would set a whole lot of boozy tourists loose in a packed city on a giant bike and expect it to go well? It is a shame for the owners of the businesses, but hey, at least they didn’t create a series of 300 manmade islands and then have no one buy them.

See also: Why I won’t go back to Amsterdam’s coffee shops or sex shows

What are the biggest tourism fails you’ve seen around the world? What attractions do you predict will end in disaster? Post your comments below.

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Markle’s ‘engagement outfit’ crashes the internet

In what was surely icing on the cake for retailers marking Cyber Monday, one of the biggest online shopping days on the calendar, Meghan Markle’s engagement announcement outfit has caused websites to crash and the pieces to sell out worldwide.
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For the official announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry on Monday, the Suits actress wore a white wrap coat by Canadian label LINE, a celebrity favourite.

The images that went around the world immediately sent the LINE website into meltdown, with the label telling USA Today the coat, which originally sold for $CAD700 ($823), had sold out.

“We are incredibly honoured that Meghan chose to wear a LINE coat to mark this very special occasion,” LINE president and co-founder John Muscat reportedly told USA Today.

“Meghan has an effortlessly chic sense of style, which we’ve always admired. We know this particular coat is one of her favourite pieces so we have officially decided to name it the ‘Meghan’. We are elated for Meghan and wish her a lifetime of happiness with Prince Harry.”

As speculation intensified around what the bride will wear to the couple’s wedding, set to take place in early 2018 in the northern hemisphere spring, Markle demonstrated her sartorial sophistication for the engagement announcement and first interview.

Under the white coat, Markle wore a forest green dress by Italian brand Parosh, which sells for ???490 ($767).

On Tuesday morning, the brand’s website was saying “email us for more information” on the page featuring the dress.

Markle showed she’s also a trendsetter when it comes to accessories, wearing a pair of nude heels from her wardrobe by Florentine designer Aquazurra, and gold and opal earrings by Birks.

But nothing in her outfit could top the sparkler on her ring finger, a three-stone diamond ring designed by Prince Harry himself. The world’s most anticipated engagement ring features a centre stone from Botswana, where the couple first holidayed, and two stones from Princess Diana’s own collection.

Since the couple went public with their romance earlier this year, Markle’s fashion choices have sparked the “Meghan effect”, causing many items to sell out.

It’s a similar story to her soon-to-be sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, whose outfits often sell out immediately after she is photographed in them.

Kate Middleton’s engagement dress sold out in a matter of minutes. Given how far online shopping has come since 2011, the Meghan effect could break those records.

Hanson eye Newcastle show 20 years after Mmmbop

Hanson eye Newcastle show 20 years after Mmmbop Hanson: Isaac, right, pictured with Taylor and Zac, said music “has the ability to transcend time and to affect hearts and minds”.
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Hanson: Zac, Taylor and Isaac’s new festive album Finally It’s Christmas includes four original songs.

Hanson: Isaac, Zac and Taylor Hanson perform in Sydney on June 22. “There’s always new things to say and new ways to say them.” Picture: Helen Gregory

Hanson: Zac, Isaac and Taylor with their Mmmhops brew at Oklahoma City Brewing Company in 2014. Picture: Matthew Swaggart/Hanson Brothers Beer

Hanson: Isaac, Taylor and Zac around the time they released sixth album Anthem.

Hanson: Isaac, Taylor and Zac around the time they released fifth album, Shout It Out.

Hanson: Zac, Taylor and Isaac around the time they released fifth album, Shout It Out.

Hanson: Zac, Taylor and Isaac in 1997. Picture: Marina Chavez

Hanson: Isaac, Taylor and Zac in 1997. Picture: Marina Chavez/Mercury Records

Hanson: Fans packed the carpark of Westfield Southland in Melbourne on May 1, 1998, to see the brothers perform. Picture: Joe Castro

Hanson: Isaac, Zac and Taylor pose with their Best Breakthrough award at the MTV Music Awards in Rotterdam November 6 1997. Photo: AP Photo/Dusan Vranic.

Hanson: The band at Fox FM Radio with fans Eleanor Braithwaite, 15, and Sarah Nally, 14, in 1997.

Hanson: The band arrives for the MTV Music Television’s 20th anniversary celebration in New York on August 1, 2001. Picture: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Hanson: The band performed on MTV’s TRL in Sydney on May 26, 2005.

Hanson: Fans queue out the front of the Enmore Theatre for the band’s May 29, 2005 show. Picture: Tamara Dean.

Hanson: Zac, Taylor and Isaac around the time they released third album Underneath.

Hanson: Isaac, Taylor and Zac around the time they released third album Underneath.

TweetFacebookWeekender from the band’s hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, he says he and his brothers Taylor and Zacare all too aware their fans have “had to deal with a variety of misunderstandings about who the band Hanson is and what the band Hanson represents”.

They’veheard it all:that Hanson areone-hit wonders, too young, too pop, too earnest, too clean, too traditional, too 1990s.

While these perceptions have dogged the band throughout their 25-year career, their longevity and success within the music industry – a just-wrapped 60-date world tour, three Grammy nominations, six studio albums, more than 16 million record sales andtheir ownlabel– and their fan communityspeaks for itself.

The brothers have established a beer company; a craft beer and music festival;an online store that sells everything from Christmas ornaments to cookie cutters, baby apparel, poker chips, coasters, pillowcases, temporary tattoos andHansonopoly; and organisegetaways to Tulsa and Jamaica.

“The fansinevitably get frustrated by that [misunderstanding] and I get that,” says Isaac, now 37, who was thrust into the spotlight at just 16 with the band’s breakthrough, Mmmbop.

“We’ve always been very focused on the future and on continuing to make music.

“[But] we wanted to [create an opportunity to] say to them, ‘You guys are bad-ass, you stuck with us and we appreciate that.

“We know this hasn’t been easy for you, because it hasn’t been easy for us.

“We appreciate you, we thank you, because it matters to us and we know it matters to you’.”

Pausing midway through their rousing two-hour set in Sydney in June, the trio dedicated Strong Enough to Break to “anyone who has ever had to stand up for this band”.

The audience, including many who had been queuing since before dawn, erupted, their faces glowing with pride.

“We know you guys have taken some shit,” Taylor, 34, said.

“But let me tell you what –this is real talk here –it’s not about the battles, ladies and gentlemen.

“It’s about winning the war.”

It’s a quarter of a century since the brothers formed thepop-rockband and 20 years since they released Mmmbop, from their first major label album, Middle of Nowhere.

This year they played to full houses across the globe on their Middle of Everywhere 25thanniversary tour, releaseda greatest hits album featuringsingle I Was Bornand saw their second festive album, Finally It’s Christmas, hit the ARIA Top 10.

It features four uplifting original songs, as well as covers of classics including Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime and Stevie Wonder’s Someday at Christmas. Isaac takes the lead in the rollicking ‘TilNew Year’s Night, which was inspired by the late Chuck Berry and the filmHail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll.

In the Hunter, more than 850 fans have mobilised behind Facebook campaign Bring Hanson to Newcastle. Isaac saysthe trio would “love” to make their first visit to thecity on their next tour down under.

“Who are we to complain?” Isaac says.

It would be easy to find targets for any lingering frustration.

Attitudes of “ageism and condescension” that meant many “didn’t realise we knew what we were doing”; record company executives who failed to support their vision, prompting the band to start their own label; and the world’s enduring image of the brothers, forever frozen in time as long-haired and baby-faced.

“There are a lot of people who have never left high school and can’t get over the fact their girlfriend had a crush on some guy in a band and it makes them uncomfortable about themselves,” Isaac says matter-of-factly.

“So they still go back to this ridiculous high school nonsense commentary.

“[But] we have crossed over, we’re 25 years old as a band and there are very few people that get that far.

“We have sold out shows all around the world and it’s because of those consistent, stubborn, amazing fans.”

Isaac singles out the “enthusiasm and interest” of Hunter devotees, who have campaigned to the band for a Newcastle show and started a change苏州模特佳丽招聘 petition.

“We would love to go to as many places as we possibly can on the next set of shows … and so if we can get an offer from a promoter in Newcastle, we will come,” he says.

“I am hopeful and we will look into it and see if there are people that are willing to bring us.

“We’ve had great success with the last three runs through your lovely country, so is always at the top of our list.

“I expect there will be n tour dates that go along with whatever touring it is we’re doing next year or the following year.”

Hanson were just 16, 14 and 11 when they were embraced by tweens who were, for the first time, seeingmusicians their own age writing songs, playing instruments,storming the charts –and crucially, venturing online.

Mercury Records talent scout Steve Greenberg told the Washington Post this year there was “no way” he was going to sign the brothers so soon after the grunge era – until an epiphany in the supermarket.

“I pulled out one of those teen magazines and realised as I was looking through, there were no pictures of any musicians,” Greenberg said.

“It was all pictures of Jonathan Taylor Thomas and actors. Of course, you can’t put Eddie Vedder in there.

“I just realised there was a huge hole here. I thought, ‘I wish there was somebody like that.’”

The brothers had already recordedtwo independent albumswhen they signedto Mercury andreleasedMiddle of Nowhere.

The label merged in May 2000with Island Def Jam Music Group, whichcut promotional and tour funding for their second album and turned down more than 80 songs they’d started writing for third albumUnderneath.

They responded by setting up 3CG Records, which has released their past four albums.

The gamble paid off:Underneathhit number one on the US Billboard Independent albums chart.

“We’re a one-stop shop,” Isaac says.

“It’s our record company, it’s our band, our songs and there’s no middle man.”

Thisair ofaccessibilityis one reason why, while some of theoriginalfans have moved on, many of their now 30-something-year-old admirers show a level of devotion arguably unrivalled by any other fandom.

The band recently sold out tickets to their sixthBack to the Island event, at an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica in January.

The brothers host events including tie-dye, games such as Cards Against Humanity and a dance party as well asperform each night.

Hundreds also congregate each May in Tulsa for Hanson Day celebrations, which this year included sampling Hanson BrothersBeer Company’s new Redland Amber Ale, a concert,karaoke with Isaac,Hansonopoly with Zac anda DJ set from Taylor.

StoressoldHanson chocolates, ‘’Mmmbopper’car stickersand’Tulsa is my Graceland’badges. Baristas usedstencils to sprinkle Hanson symbols atop coffees.

When the band visited in June, many fans flew between cities to attend all eight shows (six sold out). Some slept on the streetsto get front row.

It’s behaviour replicated across every continent.

“The truth is, I’m not sure I know the answer,” Isaac says, about why Hanson inspiressuch dedication.

“I hope that it has a lot to do first and foremost with the fact that we care deeply about the music we make and the quality of the music we make.

“Because fame is fleeting and popularity is not something that you have a whole lot of control over, but what you do have control over is what you do and what you are famous for.

“My hope,my goal,is to be famous for being really good atmaking music and writing songs.”

Isaac saysthe band realises just how fortunate they are to have had such a commercially successful “banner year”.

“We’ve soldas much or more [ticket-wise]than in previous yearsand so it’s continuing to build when it could have been the opposite –there werea lot of years in between our last tour and this one,” he says.

“In a world where people are not buying music or spending money on music, our fanclub membership has grown significantly this year and shows indications of continuing to grow significantly into next year as well.

“That puts us in a position where we have a lot of ability to continue to do exciting new things.”

Even after spending more than half their lives as professional musicians, Isaac says there is still plenty of new ground to break.

Asked about rumours rife within the fandom about an orchestral tour, Isaac says “there are not any specific plans for things of that nature yet –but that would be fun”.

“We’ve considered a lot of concepts.”

The band aremidway through their first Christmas tour, playing songs from 1997’sSnowed In(which they’ve reprinted) and this year’sFinally It’s Christmasthrough Canada, the USand England.

“We were a bit bummed out we weren’t able to do a Christmas show in – we definitely talked about it, but we thought ‘We might not be able to pull that off, it might be a little close to our last tour’,” he says.

“But if the chart position means anything,we could have totally done a couple of Christmas shows in , so we’ll remember that for next time.”

While they may now all have children of their own–Isaac is a father to three, Taylor to five and Zac to four–the brothers haveno intention of slowing down.

Isaac says they’ve “always” been motivatedby the kind of legacy they will leave, and never more so than after the deathof one of their own inspirations, Tom Petty, “which stung really hard for us”.

“The next five years is definitely going to include a lot more music,”he says.

“There’s always a mountain to climb … there’s always hearts you want to touch and connect with and people you want to encourage.

“It’s about the people and the opportunity to be there for others in some way or other, because music is medicine.”

Melbourne New Year’s Eve terror plot: Man arrested, allegedly planned to open fire at Federation Square

The 20-year-old Werribee man is taken into custody. Photo: Victoria PoliceAn n-born man and citizen has been arrested after allegedly planning to carry out a terrorist attack with an automatic rifle at Melbourne’s Federation Square on New Year’s Eve this year.
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The 20-year-old man, who was arrested inWerribee onMonday afternoon, was allegedly planning to shoot and kill as many people as he could in an attack at Federation Square.

Victoria Police deputy commissioner Shane Patton said the n-born Muslim with Somalian parents sought to purchase, but did not acquire, an automatic weapon to carry out the attack that could have had”horrendous” consequences.

The suspect was allegedly planning to shoot and kill as many people as he could in Federation Square. Photo: Victoria Police

“The potential of the attack is catastrophic. This is a person who has expressed an intention to try and kill as many people as he could. It’s horrendous,” Mr Patton said.

The young man allegedly tried to buy an automatic firearm through “face to face interactions” but was ultimately unsuccessful, Mr Patton told reporters on Tuesday.

“We have been monitoring him for a very lengthy period of time,” Mr Patton said.

“He’s an n citizen and of Somalian parents.”

The man lives with his parents and siblings at the family home in Werribee.

Victoria Police deputy commissioner Shane Patton (left) and AFP assistant commissioner Ian McCartney. Photo: Justin McManus

That property is still being searched by police while his place of work, a computer business in Footscray, and a relative’s home in Meadow Heights are no longer being searched after warrants were executed at those locations on Monday.

The young manwas in possession of an al-Qaeda guidebook on how to carry out terrorism attacks and is an Islamic State sympathiser, police allege.

“He has accessed documents produced by al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula… a guidebook in respect to how to commit a terrorist act and also how to use firearms, guns and handguns and rifles,” Mr Patton said.

“He is associated with other persons in the Victorian extremists community … it is a very small community of extremists.

Fireworks over Melbourne CBD on New Years Eve. Photo: Melbourne City Council

“This is a person who would become particularly energised when overseas events occurred. He expressed a great amount of interest in committing an attack himself.”

The 20-year-old man was arrested on astreet in Werribee just after 3pm on Monday.

Mr Patton reassured the community the man was acting alone and no threats wereongoing.

“We are not looking for any other suspects,” he said.

Authorities are still investigating how the young Werribeeman becameradicalised, Mr Patton said.

Police do not believe he islinked to any mosques in Melbourne. Theywould not reveal if his family or friends knew of his intentions.

He was born in and this is his first time in custody.

The man is expected tobe charged later on Tuesday with engaging in acts in preparation for a terrorist offence and collecting documents to facilitate a terrorist act.

Police expect him to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court later today or the early hours of tomorrow.

Victoria Police, n Federal Police and ASIO were involved in theinvestigation that resulted in the young man’s arrest.

Police do not anticipate further arrests.

Police Minister Lisa Neville said police were continuing their investigation, but had foiled another threat.

“Absolutely police were aware of this very early and had been monitoring,” she said.

“There was never any point in which there was a significant risk.”

She said there were still search warrants under way to gather evidence for the charges likely to be laid later on Tuesday.

“I can absolutely assure Victorians that this has eliminated the risk,” she said.

Ms Neville said Victorians should be confident to make plans for New Year’s Eve.

“There is no ongoing risk to the Victorian community.”

An estimated 450,000 people flock to Melbourne’s CBD to ring in the new year in the city.

Security has been ramped up in recent years, particularly last year after police foiled aChristmas Day terror plot.

Hundreds of uniformed police swarmed the city last New Year’s Eve, particularly near St Paul’s Cathedral and Flinders Street Station which were both targets of the Christmas terror plot.

Specialised squads including Water Police, Mounted Branch, Operations Response Unit and Air Wing were deployed across the state.

– With Benjamin Preiss

Political forces, technology worsening inequality

Crawford n Leadership Forum.Global Realities, Domestic ChoicesJoseph StiglitzPhotography by Andrew Taylor on the 30th June 2014 at the n National University.The recent shift to the right-wing leaders in the United States and parts of Europe, has seen more politicians advocating protectionist policies that purport to help the poor, but in fact worsen their plight.
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That is the view of renowned economist Joseph Stiglitz, a one-time adviser to former US President Bill Clinton, whom I interviewed this year.

He believes inequality is worsening mainly due to political forces.

Stiglitz was one of the most outspoken voices in the debate over how rich countries can best aid economic development in poor countries while at the World Bank between 1997 and 2000.

Some speculate Stiglitz – who was critical of the the International Monetary Fund’s policies in Russia and east Asia during financial crises – left the bank due to his frustration with the lack of action taken to stem inequality.

Now he’s free to be critical and has written about the political forces exacerbating inequality in a book entitled, Globalisation and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalisation in the Era of Trump.

He says US President Donald Trump’s policies will do nothing to improve the plight of low-income Americans who he purports to represent.

In fact, Stiglitz argues, Trump’s policies will worsen inequality.

“As a great actor, he has persuaded them he cares about them, even as he picks their pockets,” he told me.

Despite world leaders signing up to a global goal to reduce inequality, the gap between the rich and poor has widened.

Just eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world, according to an Oxfam paper released in January.

Apart from political forces, others argue technological advancement is worsening inequality.

Last week I interviewed co-author of Freakonomics Steven Levitt.

He says it is not political forces but economic ones – the way the labour force is organised – that increase inequality.

“Many have argued that as the world moves towards automation and artificial intelligence that the role of unskilled labour will become more and more marginalised,” he told me.

“People smarter than me are worried about it, and that makes me worried too.”

Take for instance self-driving cars, which are already common on the streets of Silicon Valley and could in five to six years be on n roads.

Those who have most to gain? The people creating the product and/or making money out of it.

Technology giant Uber has this year been shopping for self-driving cars.

In March, it placed orders for 100,000 autonomous S-Class Mercedes Benz cars.

And last week it announced that it plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo.

But it is not just driving that’s a replaceable skill.

People undertaking other routine jobs, like cleaning and lodging tax returns, may be made redundant by robots.

Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne, co-directors of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment at the Oxford Martin School, say the problem isn’t confined to workers in advanced economies.

In their book, The future of employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation, they estimate that up to 66 per cent of all jobs in developing countries are at risk.

But it is high-skilled workers in advanced economies who control the plight of the low-skilled.

Currently new drugs being developed are mainly going to meet the needs of those who have money.

Oxfam says in 2014 British/Swedish pharma company AstraZeneca pulled out of all early-stage research and development for malaria and tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases, to focus efforts on drugs for cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure – all diseases that affect rich countries.

At the same time intellectual property rights enable those who develop technology to accumulate vast wealth, relative to those who have not.

As Oxfam points out, as changes happen rapidly, questions of which technology we focus on, who controls them and who stands to profit from them, become more important.

Governments have a big part to play in ensuring new technologies make everyone’s lives better.

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Engagement marks Harry’s transformation from party prince to respectable royal

Prince Harry and his now-fiancee Meghan Markle attend the wheelchair tennis competition during the Invictus Games in Toronto. Photo: APCOMMENT
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Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle epitomises his transformation from wild child to respectable royal.

During the past decade Harry has evolved from the party prince who courted controversy into a dedicated young soldier and charity worker.

The 33-year-old’s whirlwind romance with theSuitsstar began in July 2016, a year after he wrapped up a decade’s service with the British Army so he could focus on working with his charities in Britain and Africa, as well as step up his royal duties on behalf of the Queen.

He earned praise as an officer with the Household Cavalry, having been on two tours of duty in Afghanistan including a stint as an Apache helicopter pilot, while his work with charities for children and conservation causes in Africa evoked memories of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for photos following their engagement announcement. Photo: Dominic Lipinski

It’s a far cry from the Harry of old, who as a teen dabbled in underage drinking and smoking marijuana and partied alongside his aristocratic mates at London nightclubs, where he hated being snapped by paparazzi and occasionally ended up in scuffles.

Back then, controversy was never far away from the young prince.

Prince Harry, pictured in 1995 with his mother Princess Diana, recently opened up about his mental health struggles following Diana’s death. Photo: AP

He issued public apologies after being photographed wearing a Nazi uniform to a party in 2005 and again four years later when a home video emerged of him referring to Pakistani soldier serving with his platoon as a “Paki”.

More scandal erupted in 2012 when photos of Harry playing “strip billiards” at a private party in Las Vegas hit the newspapers.

In a revealing podcast interview in April 2017, Harry confided how much of the chaos in his life was related to how he’d “shut down” all his emotions after his mother died in a Paris car crash when he was 12 in 1997.

“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” he told The UK Telegraph’sMad Worldpodcast.

It wasn’t until he was 28, when royal engagements sparked anxiety and feelings of being “on the verge of punching someone”, that he sought help from counsellors.

Prince Harry, pictured in 2005, earned a reputation as a party prince who often lashed out at photographers. Photo AP

“Because of the process I have been through over the past two and a half years, I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, been able to take my private life seriously as well, and been able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference and things that I think will make a difference to everybody else,” Harry said.

Helping others is how he wants to make a difference.

Among the causes closest to his heart is Sentebale, the children’s charity he co-founded in the southern African country of Lesotho with Prince Seeiso in 2006, along with the mental health charity Heads Together he co-founded with brother William and sister-in-law Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Britain’s Prince Harry started the Invictus Games for war veterans and is passionate about his charity work. Photo AP

Harry also founded the Invictus Games for wounded veterans, an event that’s become a global hit and will be hosted by Sydney in October 2018.

Harry and Ms Markle, 36, chose this year’s Invictus Games in Toronto, where she lived while starring inSuits, to make their first joint appearance, complete with hand holding and kissing – public displays of affection not usually associated with the royal family.

A passion for charity work is something Harry shares with his Californian fiancee, who is a United Nations women’s advocate, a clean water ambassador for World Vision Canada and volunteered at a refugee camp in Rwanda.

“I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches – I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works. And this type of work is what feeds my soul, and fuels my purpose,” she has said.

The prince has been fiercely protective of his fiancee, issuing an angry statement in November 2016 blasting the press for harassing her and for using “racial overtones” in stories about Ms Markle, whose father Thomas is white and mother Doria Ragland is African American.

Despite the constant media interest, Harry longs for “an “ordinary life”.

“Sometimes, when I come away from the meat counter in my local supermarket, I worry someone will snap me with their phone,” he toldNewsweekin June 201.

“But I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too.”

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliam says Harry’s relationship with an American actress who is outspoken about humanitarian issues demonstrates just how much the royal family has modernised.

“There’s no question this represents a broadening of the royal family, to represent society as a whole,” he told AAP.

“And after all the years as a royal wild child and someone who did go over the top a bit, Harry’s level of popularity is enormous.”

Mr Fitzwilliam saidMs Markle’s interview withVanity Fairin October 2017 when she opened up about her “boyfriend” and being in love, was also highly unusual in terms of royal protocol.

“That was completely unprecedented, that he let her say they were happy and in love,” Mr Fitzwilliam said.

“There’s no doubt at all they’re doing it their way.”

The party prince’s previous girlfriendsChelsy Davy

Zimbabwe-bornChelsywas the first to truly capture Harry’s heart. They spent about six years together and coped with a long-distance relationship while the prince was training in the Army and overseas andChelsywas at university in South Africa.

Harry describedChelsyas “very special” and “amazing” but he was protective and determined to keep his private life under wraps. Harry, known for scuffling with the paparazzi, once politely approached photographers waiting for his girlfriend at Heathrow and asked them not to take pictures of her.

Harry and Chelsy split in early 2009 and both were reported to have had flings with other people after the break-up. They rekindled their relationship and in May 2010, she made a rare public appearance to watch him receive his wings after completing his Army Air Corps helicopter pilot course. But the reunion was not permanent. Chelsy was not thought to be keen on the idea of royal life.

Florence Brudenell-Bruce

Following his final break-up withChelsy, Harry had a brief affair with Florence Brudenell-Bruce, a descendant of the seventh Earl of Cardigan, in the (northern) summer of 2011. Lingerie model Florence, known to her friends as Flee, also dated Formula 1 racing driverJensonButton, but is now married to multimillionaire Henry St George.

Cressida Bonas

Harry’s last serious relationship was with Cressida Bonas. They began dating in May 2012 after being introduced by his cousin and her close friend, Princess Eugenie.

Described in the press as a “blue-blooded butterfly”, Cressida is the daughter of renowned OldHarrovianbusinessman Jeffrey Bonas and 1960s ‘it’ girl Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon.

The pair were widely tipped to walk up the aisle. Rumours that free-spirited actress and dancer Cressida was “the one” for Harry gathered pace in March 2014 when she joined the Prince at one of his official engagements for the first time. They sat together and embraced in the stands at Wembley Arena at a WE Day UK charity event.

But they split up in April 2014, saying they remained “the best of friends”. Cressida is said to have wanted to focus on her career and disliked the attention she faced while dating a royal.

The others

In March 2007, Harry was pictured appearing to grab at a photographer after leaving a club where he had partied with close friendTV presenter NataliePinkham, who was later forced to deny they were an item.

Socialite Astrid Harbord, who runs her own PR company, was once spotted going back to Clarence House with the prince at 3am after a night on the town.

Harry was reportedly seen kissing singer Ellie Goulding away from prying eyes during a polo match in Berkshire. She’s a friend of the younger members of the royal family, having sung at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 wedding reception. She also performed at the closing ceremony of Harry’s firstInvictusGames in 2014.

Doctor Whoactress Jenna Coleman and Harry were spotted enjoying each other’s company at another polo match.

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Fifield savages ‘dumb’ Hottest 100 move

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has described Triple J’s decision to move the Hottest 100 countdown from Day as “dumb” and told the public broadcaster to reconsider.
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The youth-focused radio station announced on Monday that it would no longer hold its popular annual countdown on January 26 after surveying tens of thousands of listeners, 60 per cent of whom supported it being moved.

The announcement also follows a campaign to shift the date from Day out of respect for Indigenous ns, many of whom see the current date as a celebration of invasion by European settlers.

While Indigenous musicians, the Greens and others have welcomed the move, it has been met with an immediate backlash. Senator Fifield condemned it as “an attempt to de-legitimise Day” and said he would be asking the ABC board to reverse the decision.

“Sometimes, as a minister, you slap your forehead and say to yourself, ‘What were these guys thinking?’ This is just a really bad idea; it’s a dumb idea and Triple J should change their minds,” he told ABC radio.

“For the past 20 years, the Triple J Hottest 100 has become part of the soundtrack of Day. It’s something that ns enjoy. It’s one of the fixed points of reference.

“And what Triple J and the ABC have done is to respond to a petition which has said it’s not appropriate to have the Hottest 100 on the controversial Day. There’s nothing controversial about Day.”

Senator Fifield said the ABC was making a political statement in response to pressure from “people who don’t like Day, who don’t like the fact we celebrate the 26th of January” and said the public broadcaster should not be doing that.

Greens senator Rachel Siewert said it was “fantastic news that everyone in can now enjoy the countdown on a date that doesn’t cause harm and hurt to our First Peoples”.

Triple J said it will now hold the Hottest 100 on the fourth weekend of January and will play all n music on Day.

On Tuesday, the ABC defended the decision and said it “benefits everybody”.

“Triple J’s community continues to celebrate the countdown and the great music, now over an extended weekend, while the network has more time to join the rest of the ABC in providing comprehensive coverage of Day,” the public broadcaster said in a statement.

“The network conducted extensive research showing that the Triple J audience wanted to decouple the countdown from the politics, with a focus exclusively on the music.”

Independent and Labor councillors clash over Broadmeadow or Lambton location for city’s new aquatic centre.

Councillors clash over location for aquatic centre PROGRESS: Labor councillor Declan Clausen says his party is keen to put money on the table so planning can begin to deliver the city a regional aquatic centre. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Lambton Pool.

TweetFacebookINDEPENDENT councillorshave called for an immediate cash splashtowards the redevelopment of Lambton pool, arguing council should not wait to see if the state government’splans materialise for a new aquatic centre at Broadmeadow.

It comes after Labor backedthe Broadmeadow option ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting of Newcastle Council, where councillors will decide on a way forward for the long-overdue project.

Read more:Labor dives in with cash for pool plan

Earlier this year the state government flagged the possibility that a new aquatic centre could be built as part of its overhaul of the Broadmeadow Sports and Entertainment precinct, at an estimated cost of $40 million.

The plans are currently on public exhibition.

It would cost $30 million to redevelop the ageing facility at Lambton to an acceptable standard, and it’s understood it would not be viable to carry out both projects when the swimming centres would be less than two kilometres apart.

Councillor Kath Elliott (Independent) said there was too much uncertainty surrounding theBroadmeadow proposal to delay any longer, whileLambton pool was in dire need of an upgrade.

“We do note that the state government’s Broadmeadow sports precinct may in future include an aquatic facility, but we believe it is imperative to support the upgrade of Lambton pool rather than wait for something which may never happen,” Cr Elliott said.

“We have seen no indication that the NSW governmentwould pay for such a facility and so it would be at the ratepayers’ expense anyway.”

Read more: Councillors consider splashing out on Lambton Pool

On Tuesday night, Deputy Mayor Declan Clausen (Labor) is expected to move for$300,000 from next year’s budget to be allocated towards a comprehensive business case and detailed design for the project.

But Cr Elliott said it was time to see action on the ground, callingfor the project to be fast tracked.

“We have been told by the Interim CEO, Jeremy Bath, that the upgrade can be done in a staged approach over six years, allowing us to progress carefully and in a financially prudent way,” she said.

“[We] will be calling on councillors to vote tonight for a start date and afunding allocation in the next financial year to undertake the first stage.”

Newcastle, unlike neighbouring council areas, does not have a council-owned, year-round swim centre.

Lambton Poolis more than 50 years old and was earmarked for a majorupgrade in 2007. Howeverthe project never eventuated.

Labor has voiced ambitions for the city to host a future Commonwealth Games, and Cr Clausen said the party’s preference was that the poolbedelivered alongside other new infrastructure at Broadmeadow, especially if funding opportunities were available through the state government.

“A consolidated sports precinct at Broadmeadow would be the best regional outcome, setting the city up for the future,” he said.

Centenary of the Great War

HAUNTED: Wounded troops suffering shell-shock display the ‘1000 yard stare’. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details forNovember 26 – December 2, 1917IN PALESTINEThe latest official report from Palestine states:Sir Edmund Allenby’s advanced patrols have been pressed back to the southern bank of the Nahrauja.Mounted men captured Bittir station and Ainkarim, three and a-half miles westward of Jerusalem.Strong bodies of Turks are holding the high ground westward of Jerusalem, and covering the Jerusalem-Shechem road to the north.
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ENGINEERS, MINERS WANTEDThere are a number of vacancies at present in the Reinforcements for the engineers and mining units at present on active service. Men desiring to join the engineers should be tradesmen or good horsemen, and those for the mining companies should be underground workers or surface workers. Intending recruits will be required to enlist for general service, but should first communicate or interview the Engineer Adjutant, Engineers’ Depot, Moore Park, Sydney, stating age, and full particulars as to trade and experience, when they will be informed of the correct procedure necessary to ensure inclusion in these units.

SOLDIERS’ ESCAPETwo n soldiers, Hector Holmes and Henry Thomas, who escaped from a German prison camp at Fredericksfeld, have reached London.

Both men came from the Newcastle district. They were taken prisoner on July 20, 1916, at Fleurbaix. They spent two days at Lille, and from there they were taken to the Dulmen prison camp. Subsequently they were taken to Fredericksfeld, where they were put to work in a tar distillery. The men were greatly helped in their escape by a map given them by a Russian prisoner, and by a compass obtained from a Frenchman. On the day chosen for their escape the two men secreted themselves in the distillery. They got through a rear building and made their way towards the river, knowing that only half an hour could elapse before the roll was called and their escape would be discovered. They hid on the bank of the river until dark. They endeavoured to obtain a boat, but all were secured with chains and padlocks. Eventually they found one filled with water. They went to an adjoining farmyard and borrowed dishes used in the feeding of fowls, with which they baled it out. With improvised oars they crossed the river in the direction of Jessel.

The only food they had was a quantity of special biscuits made in Melbourne, containing meat constituents, which are supplied in n Red Cross parcels, without which, they say, they would not have been able to complete their arduous wanderings. They hid during the day and went from place to place at night, skirting several towns, until they reached the Dutch border. Eluding the German guards they crossed the border, hungry and suffering from cold, and reached a Dutch guard-house, where they were hospitably treated, and supplied with hot coffee and sandwiches, and then passed on to the second and third guard-houses, when it was found they could eat no more, the Dutch guardsmen remarked: “Poor fellows. They cannot eat, for it is so long since they have seen white bread.”

The men arrived in England in excellent health. They say that the first food parcels sent under the old system of one a month arrived irregularly, but under the new system, whereby six are sent monthly, the parcels arrived with the greatest regularity. They were the best parcels received at any German camp. They speak highly of the good treatment received in the German military hospitals, but at the prison camp the men were treated badly. From what they could learn, the German civilian population was suffering greatly from the lack of food, but the military were well provided for.

SOLDIERS’ LETTERSMr Thomas Abel, of Wallsend, is in receipt of a letter from his son, John Samuel Abel, dated from France, 3/10/17. He says: “I have been in some very hot stunts, but this one is by far the hottest. Those who have fought right through from the beginning say there has been nothing in comparison with this lot. What has hurt me most is that nearly all the boys who came over with me got killed. To look at the boys is awful. One would think they had all come through hell. It was pitiful to see them; some big, strong, healthy chaps crying like babies, being knocked about so much with the concussion of the shells. Lots were taken away suffering from shell shock, while others broke down completely after coming out of the line. Never again do I wish to be in such a hot lot as this has been. We could not dig in as the ground was too soft with the constant churning by shells. If I was buried once with the exploding shells I was buried 100 times. Everything that will kill a man is used, and Fritz starts first, but is always sorry for it after, as we pay him back in his own coin, and he was well paid back this time. We took about 1600 prisoners, and everyone was glad to cry “Kamerad”to us. I do not think the war will go any more than another 10 years.”

NEWCASTLE’S OWNAn officer of ‘Newcastle’s Own’Battalion, writing to a friend in Adamstown, says: “There is great interest shown at present among those concerned about the rumour that 5000 troops who have been longest at the front are to return to for a holiday. Many of the men have been away from home for three years and richly deserve a spell at home.” The same officer, who was wounded in July last, and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery at Messines, writes under date 15th September, that he was recovering from his wounds. He adds there is every appearance of another winter of the war. “We shall win the war, the more I see of it the more convinced I am on that point, but it’s a slow game.”

NEWCASTLE SOLDIERS AT PLAYPrivate Peter Coppock, writing to the secretary of the Northern Soccer Association, sends news which should be interesting to Newcastle Soccerites. Peter says he had been away for a “short”fortnight’s rest, but now his rest was over, he expected to be sent back to the trenches, and so ready for the next “push.”” Peter says the war game is very different to the soccer game. There is no half-time, time of play is unlimited, and the game is to a finish. But he expects to be on the winning side, as he was when he wore the red and white stripes for Merewether. He refers to games of soccer which they have played. The 34th Battalion (to which Coppock is attached) played and defeated the 35th. The 35th, in its turn, defeated the 36th. A defeat, which Peter says made the late Private Fred Alberts assert he would never play again. However, the 34th and the 36th were to meet, and the report received had better be told in Peter’s own way. “The 34th (for whom Coppock was elected skipper) went over to the chosen ground, and found a Rugby game in progress, but immediately that game was over the 34th and 36th Soccer teams took the field. Alberts won the toss from Coppock, and decided to kick down the slight slope. ‘Mustard’Jones kicked off for the 34th, the ball going to inside left Messenger, out to Jack Bates, whose shot was saved by Briggs, the 36th goalkeeper. Briggs sent well up to Medcalfe, on to Fred Alberts, who tricked a couple of opponents, and sent it out to Abemove, but lack of condition was the cause of the winger being unable to gather the pass. Davies threw the ball in to Bates, who beat Hamilton, and sent along to Messenger, on to MustardJones, but Shot Jones, like a shot from a gun, was quick, and got the ball before Mustardcould shoot. The ball went up to Coleman, but this ‘has been’was too slow, and ‘has been’Coppock secured, only for Harrison to rob him, and send up to Alberts. The State’s (NSW) centre tricked the defence, and put in a hot shot. Goalkeeper ‘Buggie’White thought the shot was fatal; he partly saved, but the force behind the ball carried it over the line, and the 36th led 1 to 0. Resuming, Alberts again secured, and put over to Abemove, who crossed to Coleman, tricked Coppock, and central, Alberts secured, but Davies intercepted his pass, and sent up the field. Joss miskicked, and MustardJones was away as if for his life, sending out to Paddy Slavin, and that player, putting well into centre. Coppock, who was on the spot, put one through, a feat which surprised Peter, and everyone else. One goal each was now the score. From the centre kick, the 36th came away. Alberts sent to Medcalfe, whose quick shot beat the 34th goal-keeper, and gave the 36th the lead – 2-1. The 34th now pressed, and looked like equalising. Coppock narrowly missed, and from the goal kick the 36th came away. Veitch with a lovely screw, shot, scoring the third goal for the 36th. The ball was sent towards the centre of the field, when it was found that the wind was coming out, and so with 10 minutes still left for play, and no other ball handy, the referee, who was no other than Tommy Wardlough, was forced to stop the game.

Coppock also reports that at night Sox M’Kinnon (34th), fought Newbury (36th) a 10-round fight. According to Peter’s statement, Newbury won easily.

The account of the soccer game should be interesting reading to the Newcastle district. More than half of the players who took part in it were Newcastle men. Two of them had represented this State; five of them were members of Merewether Club; while others are well-known all over the district.

Peter concludes his lengthy letter by stating they were all well, but, wished the war was over.It is sad to record that the game reported must have been Alberts’ last one. Fred, as reported in these columns previously, having been killed.

Munition-worker Jim Hands, ex-president of the Northern Association, in a recent letter, reports all well, and mentions a recent air raid in the locality where he worked.Another Soccerite, in the person of Bob M’Fadyen, who, prior to enlisting, was president of Weston Soccer Club, writing to W. Tweedle, states that a colonial team played a team of ‘Tommies’.”The first half was, so Bob says, very even; but in the second half the condition of the colonials told against them, and the Tommieshad matters all their own way. Bob does not state what the score really was, which is perhaps a good thing.

THE ORIGINS OF ‘SAMMY’The name of ‘Sammy’,which has been given to General Pershing’s soldiers, is no doubt suggested by ‘Uncle Sam’.And it is odd to recall that the original Uncle Sambore the same surname as the present President. Samuel Wilson was a commissariat inspector, whose title of office was a tribute of affection from his clerks. When one of them was asked the meaning of the then new and unfamiliar initials, US,with which Wilson marked the army provisions, he jokingly replied, “Why, Uncle Sam, of course.”The joke caught on, and USand Uncle Sam have been synonymous ever since. Wilson died in 1854.

ENLISTMENTSJohn Wesley Armstrong, Maitland; William Charles Challis, Carrington; Alexander Walter Lochrin, Dora Creek; John Murdoch, Waratah; Arthur Parsonage Scarfe, Mayfield; Thomas Wears, Neath; Edward Lee Young, West Maitland.

DEATHSPte John Henry Fairhall, Cessnock; Pte Michael John Sharkey, Campbells Hill; Sgt Joseph Gordon Morris, Dunolly; Pte Edward John Young, Merriwa.

David Dial OAM is a Hunter Valley-based military historian. Follow his research at facebook苏州夜总会招聘/HunterValleyMilitaryHistory