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How to move to Canada and become a Canadian citizen

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If the outcome of the 2016 presidential election has you feeling disillusioned with American democracy, you may find yourself imagining a move to Canada.

After all, it's a land where healthcare is universal, people are friendly, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explains quantum computing just for laughs.

But actually becoming a citizen is tough: You need to live in Canada for at least six years, stay on your best behavior, and know a thing or two about the country you'll soon call home.

For those who actually want to head up north, here's how you move to Canada.

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Preface: Make sure you're not already a Canadian citizen.

Before you go through the hassle of applying for citizenship, take a short quiz to see if you may already be Canadian.

The government outlines several caveats for being a citizen even if you weren't born there, many of which depend on your parents' citizenship. Maybe you secretly inherited their status at some point along the way.



Be at least 18 years old.

If you're not a legal adult, you've got an uphill climb ahead of you.

Minors need their parent or legal guardian to fill out the application for them; they need to be permanent residents in Canada (more on that later); and the parent must either be a citizen or applying to become one at the same time.



Or enter the pool for skilled immigrants.

Canada has a fast-track system for immigration called Express Entry. It's how skilled workers transition into a role in the country.

All applicants into Express Entry are given specific scores based on their specific talents and job prospects and then ranked with other applicants. Those at the top of the rankings are invited to become permanent residents.



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What it's like to travel on Wow Air, the budget airline that flies from New York to London for $70

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LONDON — Earlier this month, the Icelandic low-cost carrier Wow Air announced that for a limited time it would offer one-way tickets from the West Coast of the US to Europe, and vice versa, for as low as $69.99 (£57).

At the time of writing, some of the airline's best fares from London include $172 (£139.99) to Boston, San Francisco, Miami, New York, and Washington, DC; $185 (£149.99) to Los Angeles and Toronto; $197 (£159.99) to Montreal; and $222 (£179.99) to Pittsburgh. Flights also depart from Edinburgh, Scotland, and Bristol, England.

As the sale, available for one-way flights until April 5, is an effort to expand Wow's US customer base, the flights from Europe to the US aren't discounted as heavily.

Furthermore, some of the amenities typically included with a plane fare — including bottled water, food, and even entertainment — aren't part of the deal. The airline, however, is up-front about its no-frills flights.

"This way you won't have problems with expectations," Wow Air founder and CEO Skuli Mogensen said. "That's why we tell them to bring their own food, water, and download a movie on your iPad or laptop ahead of the flight."

And with prices like the above, the airline is still worth a look, especially with the European low-cost carrier Norwegian Air also expected to launch $69 transatlantic flights later this year.

We asked two travel experts who have flown Wow Air, James Dozer of Travel Codex, who bagged a $99 one-way flight from Los Angeles to Reykjavik, Iceland, and frequent flier and travel expert Gilbert Ott, who runs the air-miles site God Save the Points, to share their experiences.

From quirky purple sick bags to iPads for rent, see what it's really like to fly with Wow Air, and determine for yourself whether it's worth the hype.

Dozer originally reviewed the flight here.

Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW Air is currently offering cheap tickets to the US from Europe (and vice versa), including flights from London to New York for £139. We asked two people who have grabbed a ticket to share their experiences.



According to James Dozer, who booked a $99 one-way flight from Los Angeles to Reykjavik, buying tickets with WOW Air is "actually pretty easy."

"Their website was simple and functional and allowed me to search several days at a time to find the cheapest fares," he wrote on Travel Codex. "Once I found my flights and travel dates, I paid for my flight tickets and had the option of purchasing additional services such as checked bags and seat selections. Their website even allows you to book tours and airport transfers."

 



The check-in counters were open early, assisting passengers three hours before the flight. However, this didn't prevent issues with seat selection.

"If you already pre-paid and selected your seats, now would be a good time to double-check your seats as WOW Air’s IT systems are notoriously horrible," Dozer said. "Even though I confirmed our seats that morning for our flight, when we arrived at LAX, our seats were screwed up. We were no longer assigned to our seats and someone else had already checked into one of our seats. Unfortunately for us, the only two seats together were located in the back of the plane."

He added that two other passengers seemed to be facing the same issue, and that there have been many reports of the same problem online. However, the WOW Air Station Manager was "awesome" and helped to resolve the issue.

"Seeing that we were disappointed with our re-assigned seats, she proactively paged the passenger that was assigned to my selected seat and politely asked her to switch seats with us. Luckily, the girl didn’t care and we were back to our original purchased seats. Fortunately, this worked out in this case but I don’t know what would have happened if the girl said 'no'."



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17 photos of the stunning inaugural ball gowns worn by first ladies over the last 50 years

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President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, will attend three official balls in celebration of his inauguration Friday, though there will also be many official balls held around Washington.

Inaugural balls are a long-standing American tradition. The black-tie events that celebrate the new first family have been conducted since the time of George Washington, and they only paused during World Wars I and II and the Great Depression. 

The ball is also a first lady's moment to step out, demonstrate her style, and set the tone for her role in the White House. Everything about her outfit, including the color and designer choice, will be critiqued, analyzed, and eventually memorialized as part of theFirst Ladies Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Below, see 17 photos of gorgeous inaugural ball gowns from 12 first ladies, beginning with Helen Taft, the first to donate her dress to the Smithsonian.

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First lady Helen Taft gladly supported the establishment of the Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection in 1912. The first to donate her inaugural ball gown, Taft began the tradition of having these dresses archived and put on display.



However, due to the Great Depression and World Wars I and II, it wasn't until 1949 that another inaugural ball was held. Bess Truman wore a black velvet dress, and it was reported that music played until 2 in the morning.

Source: The New York Times



Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president to celebrate his election with not one, but two inaugural balls. In 1953, first lady Mamie Eisenhower's inaugural ball gown was a light pink peau de soie gown with more than 2,000 rhinestones sewn into it. A week before the event, Mamie released photographs and descriptions of the dress to the press.

Source: The Joint Congressional Committee



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This $250M mansion is the most expensive home for sale in the US — complete with a helicopter and a 30M car collection

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924 Bel Air Road is being listed for $250 million, considered the most expensive home for sale on the US market according to its website. Complete with a bowling alley, a $30 million car collection, and a helicopter, this 38,000-square-foot mansion is nothing but over-the-top.

It was built by the luxury developer Bruce Makowsky, the man behind the $70 million Beverly Hills house sold to Minecraft founder Markus "Notch" Persson in 2014.

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8 horrible things that happen if you don't get enough sleep

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Surrounding ourselves with screens comes with an unexpected side effect: We can't sleep. And our bodies and minds are suffering.

Whether it's because we're staying up to squeeze in a final episode of "The OA" or scrolling through Facebook, nearly 40% of us get less than seven hours of sleep a night, according to a recent Gallup poll. And the CDC estimates that another 50-70 million Americans likely have a sleep disorder.

Here are eight horrible things that can happen if you don't get enough sleep:

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Colds

If you're wondering why you're sick all the time and seem to pick up every bug that travels around the office, it's probably because you're not getting enough sleep. When a group of 153 people were exposed to a common cold, those who had gotten less than 7 hours of sleep in the two weeks prior were almost 3 times more likely to get sick than those who'd had 8 or more hours of sleep. How well you sleep is also a factor — those who had spent 92% of their time in bed actually asleep were 5.5 times more likely to catch a cold than those who had been peacefully slumbering 98-100% of the time they were in bed. 

Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, 2009

 



Tummy troubles

Not sleeping can make the symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and acid reflux worse and may put you more at risk of developing IBD and inflammatory bowel syndrome, something that one in 250 Americans currently experience. Additionally, people with Crohn's disease were twice as likely to experience a relapse when they weren't getting enough sleep.

Source: World Journal of Gastroenterology, 2013

 

 



Irritability and mood swings

Researchers have found that interruptions and disturbances tend to bother us more when we haven’t slept. "Complaints of irritability and [emotional] volatility following sleepless nights" are common, a team of Israeli researchers observed after following a group of underslept medical residents. The study found that the negative emotional effect of disruptive events — things like being interrupted while in the middle of doing something — were amplified by sleep loss.

Source: Sleep, 2005

 



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'Trump whisperer' Kellyanne Conway wore a wild 'revolutionary' coat to the inauguration

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Kellyanne Conway: campaign manager, "Trump whisperer," and now revolutionary.

The latter is what Conway seems to be attempting to get across with the outfit she wore to the 2017 inauguration — what she called "Trump revolutionary wear" in a TV interview with an NBC affiliate, after accidentally calling it "Trump Revolutionary War."

The 1700s-style outfit's centerpiece is the Gucci coat festooned with buttons shaped like the brand's famous feline symbol. She paired it with a bright red hat, muted red gloves, and a red handbag.

The A-line coat is $3,600.

Some compared the coat to something theatergoers might see onstage at "Hamilton" or from the Napoleon era.

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THE TRUMP 5: Meet the offspring of President Donald Trump

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We have a new first family in the White House.

President Donald Trump has two sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, and a daughter, Ivanka, with first wife Ivana; a daughter, Tiffany, with second wife Marla Maples; and a 10-year-old son, Barron, with current wife Melania. 

Having grown up in the spotlight, his three eldest children managed to find success and happiness while sidestepping the usual celebrity kid drama. Meanwhile, 23-year-old Tiffany recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and often hits the town with Manhattan's so-called "Rich Kids of Instagram." And young Barron is busy just hanging out on his own floor of Trump Tower.

Here's everything you need to know about each of the Trump heirs. 

DONALD JR., 39, son of Ivana 

donald trump jr.A father of five, Donald Jr. was 12 years old when Ivana and Donald Sr. divorced. Unlike his younger siblings, he was old enough to understand what the nasty divorce headlines meant — his classmates were, too. 

As a child he was extremely close to his maternal grandfather, Milos, who passed away in 1990. The two would spend a couple of weeks every summer hunting and fishing in a town outside of Prague (Ivana is Czechoslovakian). The fast-talking Donald Jr. is fluent in Czech and named one of his sons Tristan Milos, after his grandfather. 

After boarding school (Pennsylvania's prestigious Hill School), he followed in his father's footsteps — as most of the Trump kids have — to The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate.

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A 2004 New York magazine profile noted Donald Jr.'s propensity for drinking and getting into "do-you-have-any-idea-who-I-am? fights" in college, but he later told Forbes that his love of hunting kept him on the straight and narrow. "[While] other people I knew were getting into trouble, I was somewhere in a deer stand or going to bed early so I could be up before dawn to hunt turkeys," he said.

In 2001, a year after he graduated from college, Donald Jr. went to work for his dad for the second time. (The first time was when he was 13 and earning minimum wage plus tips as a dock attendant at Trump Castle.) Now an executive vice president of development and acquisitions at The Trump Organization, he cut his teeth with the development of Trump Place at West Side Yards and has gone on to spearhead projects in Chicago, Las Vegas, Scotland, and India. 

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Thanks to a fix-up from his dad, he met his wife, Vanessa, at a fashion show. He caught a lot of heat for proposing to her in front of a jewelry store with a bunch of photographers standing by. The rumor mill called it a publicity stunt and claimed he'd gotten the $100,000 ring on trade. But as the happy couple has welcomed five children in the past seven years, that news story has long since been buried.  

IVANKA, 35, daughter of Ivana

ivanka trumpIvanka is the breakout success of the family. The same year that she and brothers Donald Jr. and Eric founded the Trump Hotel Collections, Ivanka launched a jewelry brand that has spawned clothing, shoe, and accessories lines carried by the likes of Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, and Zappos. 

An avid runner and former runway model, Ivanka was formerly an executive vice president of acquisitions and development for The Trump Organization. But she didn't go straight from The Wharton School to an office at Trump Tower. She worked for real estate developer Bruce Ratner for a year after college. And a 2013 Forbes profile indicates that she politely declined a job offer from Vogue's Anna Wintour. 

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Specializing in deal-making and design, Ivanka joined her dad's company in 2005. She was the lead negotiator on the purchase of Trump National Doral Miami, a $1 billion property that she scooped up for $150 million. But earlier in January, she resigned from her job at The Trump Organization in preparation for the move to Washington, DC.

Ivanka is private about her personal life, but before tying the knot with real estate and publishing scion (and now senior Trump adviser) Jared Kushner she was linked to Greg Hersch and is said to have gone on a date with "That '70s Show" star Topher Grace. 

ivanka trump weddingShe met her match in Kushner, and they have three children: Arabella Rose, Joseph Frederick, and Theodore James Kushner. Ivanka converted to Orthodox Judaism before her 2009 wedding and the family keeps kosher and observes the Sabbath. "From Friday to Saturday we don't do anything but hang out with one another. We don't make phone calls," she told Vogue.

ERIC, 33, son of Ivana

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For a long time, Eric was the six-foot-five, media-shy baby of the family. He told New York magazine that his brother Donald Jr. is like his mentor and Ivanka is like his second mother. "She took me under her wing and raised me, took me shopping, tried to make me cool," he said. 

Unlike his brother and sister, he chose Georgetown over Wharton and went straight to work for his father after he graduated. He has the same EVP of acquisitions and development title as his brother, but his niche is said to be in construction. 

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In 2012, he proposed to his then-girlfriend of five years, Lara Yunaska, at Seven Springs, his dad's $19.5 million Westchester estate, with a ring from sister Ivanka's fine jewelry collection. Yunaska is a former personal trainer and TV producer.  

The couple was married in front of 400 guests at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Eric's brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, officiated the wedding, reportedly telling Yunaska, "You are not just gaining a family, you are getting six million Twitter followers."

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Eric also owns and operates Trump Winery, Virginia's largest vineyard, and has pledged nearly $28 million to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through his Eric Trump Foundation.   

He and Lara split their time between Westchester and Manhattan, where Eric owns several different units at Trump Parc East.

TIFFANY, 23, daughter of Marla Maples 

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Unlike her half-siblings, Tiffany didn't grow up playing in her father's office — nor did she spend her summers helping him fix up the grounds of Seven Springs. Tiffany was raised by mother Marla Maples outside of Los Angeles. There, she attended Calabasas' Viewpoint School, where tuition is more than $30,000 a year. 

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Like her father, Tiffany graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Her sister Ivanka reportedly helped her snag an internship at Vogue, and in 2011 she dropped the single for her debut song, "Like a Bird." She also had a paid internship at Warby Parker this past summer and is studying to take the LSAT.

GettyImages 170829515Some of her friends are Manhattan's so-called "Rich Kids of Instagram," including Peter Brant, Jr. (son of media mogul Peter Brant), Gaia Matisse (Henri Matisse's great-great-granddaughter), and EJ Johnson (Magic Johnson's son), star of E!'s "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills" show. 

She loves to travel and her father's private jet comes in handy when she wants a change of scenery. 

BARRON, 10, son of Melania 

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From the way Melania describes her 10-year-old son, he may be more like his father than any of his siblings. "He loves to build something and tear it down and build something else ... Sometimes I call him little Donald," she told Parenting.com

The young heir is said to prefer suits to sweatpants and has an entire floor to himself at his parents' Trump Tower penthouse. Melania famously told ABC News that she slathers Barron in caviar moisturizer from her now-defunct skincare line.

trump familyHe celebrated his fourth birthday with his entire preschool class at Manhattan's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, where the kids ate a cake shaped like Donald's private jet and went on submarine and airplane tours. 

Melania says he plays baseball and tennis, but has a proclivity for his dad's favorite sport: golf. His parents keep him out of the public eye as much as possible, but he regularly attends the Trump Invitational Grand Prix at Mar-a-Lago and, when he was younger, Melania always took him to the Upper East Side's hottest children's social of the year, the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Bunny Hop.  

April Walloga contributed reporting on a previous version of this article.

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10 of the best cities in the US to buy a fixer-upper

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Buying a home that needs extensive remodeling can fetch a handsome discount, but it depends a lot on where you're looking to buy.

In much of America the discount won't make up for significant renovation costs. The average fixer-upper in the US only nets a decrease of 7.6% from the median list price, which works out to just $11,000 in cash savings, according to analysis from real estate marketing firm Zillow

But in some cities, homes needing work offer savings of two to three times that much. Zillow analyzed 70,000 listings of fixer-uppers across the country — identified using key words like "fixer-upper," "TLC," and "good bones" — and compared list prices to estimated market values to determine which metro areas provide the best deals.

Expensive markets, where even a modest percentage discount amounts to significant savings, tended to provide the most value on the median fixer-upper home: Cash savings averaged $54,000 in San Francisco and $38,000 in San Jose, the two highest figures on Zillow's list.

Business Insider rounded up the top 10 metro markets from the study, ranked by the average amount of money saved.

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10. Portland, Oregon

 

Cash savings: $19,000

Fixer-upper discount: 7.3%

 



9. Virginia Beach, Virginia

 

Cash savings:$19,000

Fixer-upper discount: 13.1%

 



8. Chicago, Illinois

 

Cash savings: $19,000

Fixer-upper discount: 13.8%

 



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Even at his inauguration, Trump continues to make one of the worst men's style mistakes

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Donald Trump, who is now the 45th US president, continues to make one of the most egregious mistakes in suiting.

At Friday's inauguration — and numerous times before, including at the debates and on the campaign trail — Trump wore his tie way too long.

A tie is supposed to hit at your belt, but his lands closer to the crotch of his pants.

And you can bet that people noticed when he wore it this way at the inauguration.

At 6-foot-3, Trump is on the taller side. Because the tie runs so low and there's not enough extra fabric, the tail of his tie does not reach the keeper loop — that ring of fabric attached to the back of your tie, which keeps the tail from peeking out. Short story made shorter: The tie is not being tied in the correct place, causing multiple issues.

Trump tries to remedy this situation in all manner of creative ways. He has even been spotted using Scotch tape to secure it in place. If Trump were to learn how to tie a tie correctly, he wouldn't need to do that. He has solved a problem he shouldn't have had in the first place. And his solution is one of the worst of all theoretically conceived. It's impractical, ugly, and inefficient.

Putting aside the style crimes committed here, there are other implications to consider. For better or worse, what we wear on our bodies signals who we are, what we value, and our approach to life. Instead of considering, for a moment, that he may have made a mistake while doing up his tie knot, or that there might be a better or more efficient way to do it, Trump instead curses his tools and employs an unorthodox, ugly fix.

He hasn't thought to seek out big-and-tall ties either, which would only make sense, seeing as the man wears a tie nearly every day of his life. Somewhere along the line, you'd think Trump would realize there has to be a better way.

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Inside the 'paparazzi-proof' building where penthouses are selling for $54 million

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It's common practice for high-end condo buildings to tout all kinds of amenities to attract buyers. But 443 Greenwich, a luxury building in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York, claims to have an entirely different perk: it's apparently "paparazzi proof." 

While the building's management can't comment on the identity of its residents, it has been reported that the building's "paparazzi-proof" architectural features — such as its lower-level parking and interior courtyard garden — have proved attractive to high-end clients who value their privacy.

Jennifer Lawrence reportedly looked into buying property there, and Mike Myers purchased a $14.65 million loft in the building earlier this month. However, just a week later, Myers put it back on the market with a slightly higher price of $15 million.

According to real estate agents at Cantor-Pecorella, 66% of the units have been sold, and 50% are currently occupied. As for the eight penthouses, two are still available — one of which is listed for $27.5 million, the other for $55 million. Prices for the lofts range from $3.5 million to $14.5 million.

Ahead, take a look inside one of the building's gorgeous four-bedroom condos.  

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Built in 1882, the 443 Greenwich building was originally a book bindery. Today, it's a landmarked building with 53 residential condominiums, including eight penthouses.



Calling itself "paparazzi-proof," the building's privacy has been a big draw for celebrity buyers. Jennifer Lawrence considered a space here, and actor Mike Myers reportedly purchased — then put back on the market — a $15 million condo in January.

Source: Curbed



One of the building's major privacy-geared benefits is its lower-level lobby and parking space, guarded by wrought-iron gates. The building has on-site valet parking.



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Arianna Huffington shares exclusive photos of her parties, panels, and celebrity interviews at Davos

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The world's top politicians, economists, businesspeople, and celebrities descended on Davos in Switzerland in January for the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.

Discussions at this year's event ranged from the threat of automation to jobs, Brexit, the lack of clean water in many communities, and what a Trump presidency means for the world

Arianna Huffington, cofounder of The Huffington Post, is a long-time Davos attendee. This year she was attending in a new role, as CEO of Thrive, her new wellness startup.

Huffington sent us her photo diary of her busy week taking part in panels, being interviewed, and speaking with dignitaries high up in the Swiss mountains.

 

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MONDAY, January 16: Snow and a glimpse of sun greet Huffington and their team as they make the drive in to Davos.



Huffington spoke at the Financial Times/WiPro Executive Dinner Forum about our relationship to technology in the "Second Machine Age" with Royal Dutch Shell chairman Charles Holliday, founding president of Google China and venture capitalist Kai-Fu Lee, CEO of Wipro Abidali Neemuchwala, and ABInBev VP of Sustainable Development Andy Wales.



Huffington said: "I loved spending time after the panel with Kai-Fu Lee whose inspiring story I wrote about in 'Thrive.' He was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, and it was his wake-up call — instead of continuing to 'compete with others to see who could sleep less,' he started prioritizing his health and wellbeing and went on to write an amazing book 'Finding Life in Death'.”



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'First kid' Barron Trump will continue at his Manhattan prep school — here's where the other first kids went to school

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In November, President-elect Trump and his wife Melania announced that the family will keep their son Barron enrolled in his New York City-based day school rather than moving to Washington, D.C. right away.

A spokesperson for the Trump's noted that there is "obviously a sensitivity to pulling out a 10-year-old in the middle of the school year."

Barron attends Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The elite school runs students about $47,000 a year.

With an eye on first kids who were teenagers or young adults when their parents lived in the White House, as far back as President Richard Nixon, Business Insider took a look at elementary, middle, or high schools they attended.

Take a look below to see who attended prep schools in the nation's capitol, and who went elsewhere.

Barron Trump — Columbia Grammar and Preparatory

If Barron's $47,000-a-year tuition payment seems steep, it's nothing compared to the cost of secret service protection in New York City for the first family, which is estimated to be $1 million a day.



Sasha Obama — Sidwell Friends School

Sasha is a sophomore at the Washington, D.C. based school that has educated multiple first kids. The Obamas have said they will stay in D.C. until Sasha graduates from high school. Sidwell costs students about $40,000 a year.



Malia Obama — Sidwell Friends School

Malia graduated from Sidwell in the spring, and announced she will be taking a gap year before starting college at Harvard University.



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This modern, stylish suitcase is guaranteed for life — plus, it charges your phone

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Imagine a world where your luggage rolls effortlessly next to you, you can charge your phone without searching the airport high and low for an outlet, and you don't have to struggle to jam your heavy bag in an overheard compartment. 

That's the world that Away wants to provide with its line of modern, durable suitcases. 

The New York-based startup — which launched in early 2016 — aims to create "the perfect suitcase." The company makes carry-on bags and full-size suitcases, along with accessories like luggage tags and travel blankets.

So what is the perfect suitcase? And can it actually live up to the hype? I got to try one on a recent trip and found out for myself.

Quick, easy charging 

I used Away's smallest model, the Carry-On, on a five-day trip to the San Francisco area. The bag retails for $225, about $25 less than a Samsonite bag of approximately the same size. Away's entire line ranges from $225 to $295.Away luggage

The $225 is worth it for the charging ports alone. The option to charge my phone via my suitcase is one I never knew I wanted, but now can't imagine living without.

As someone who frequently lets my phone's battery run down all the way, but also loves the convenience of having my boarding pass on my phone, being able to charge up my phone while waiting for my flight — and not being tethered to the wall — was crucial, and helped make my travel experience almost seamless.

The bag has two USB ports hidden underneath the retractable handle which allow you to charge an iPhone up to five times and an iPad more than once.

Away includes  a cable to recharge the suitcase's built-in battery and a screwdriver if you want to remove the battery completely. The company recommends you do this if traveling to Asia, as customs officials can be more strict. 

It's worth noting that Away is one of several options for so-called "smart luggage," with Raden and Bluesmart One also selling device-charging bags.

An 'impenetrable' exterior

Before leaving, I set a goal for myself: I would only bring the Away bag and try not to overpack. That turned out to be surprisingly easy thanks to the bag's flexible outer shell.

All of Away's bags have the same exterior: a plastic, scratch-resistant surface that won't break under pressure. In fact, Away describes the outside of the bag as "impenetrable." 

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That came in handy while transporting my bag everywhere from the New York City subway to the overhead bins on a very full JetBlue flight. It was durable enough to hold up while traversing Grand Central Station and flexible enough that I could stuff it in the bins worry-free.

And after five days of travel, my bag came home without a scratch.

The flexibility also aids in packing. Of any suitcases I've packed in, Away's was the easiest, since I was able to stuff clothes and shoes in without worrying about it putting stress on the zippers. Plus, I was able to push down on the outer shell as much as I wanted without worrying about putting stress on the plastic. 

The interior

While nothing about the interior of the bag is revolutionary, it is cleverly designed. One side of the bag is intended for shoes and other harder objects like toiletries, while the other side is meant for clothes and soft items.

Every bag comes with a detachable laundry bag that's folded inside a small pocket and can be unrolled, filled, and attached to the inside of the suitcase with a metal snap. Each bag also has a stiff pocket that can be used to store a laptop, tablet, or book, and doubles as a means to tamp down your clothes. 

As a chronic over-packer, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was able to fit inside the suitcase (three pairs of pants, six tops, two sweaters, two pairs of shoes, and much more). It's deceptively spacious inside and could have served me well even if I was traveling for a full week. 

And even fully packed, the bag is super-lightweight. The small carry-on only weighs seven pounds empty, so it's easy to lift above your head.

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In the end, the Away bag is essentially just a very chic suitcase — but a suitcase that's well worth the money. The bag has a lifetime guarantee, so it could be the only luggage you ever have to purchase.

What sold me most on the suitcase was how compact and stylish it is. And since Away was founded by two Warby Parker alums, so it makes sense. The design of the bag is simple, modern, stylish, and — best of all — unisex.

The fact that it's tech-enabled? Even better. 

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The fabulous life of legendary fashion billionaire Ralph Lauren, who dressed Melania Trump for the inauguration

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Ralph Lauren has a long history of working with important American figures. The designer's most recent credits include dressing first lady Melania Trump for the 2017 inauguration.

Trump wore a powder blue Ralph Lauren suit, which many compared to the pale blue suit that Jackie Kennedy wore to her husband's inauguration in 1961. Ralph Lauren also designed the cream-colored suit that Hillary Clinton donned for the 2017 inauguration. 

Ralph Lauren is a name synonymous with American fashion. His net worth is now estimated to be nearly $6 billion, according to Forbes. And yet, the story of how he built one of the largest fashion companies in the world from nothing isn't quite so well-known.

Here's how he amassed that wealth, and what he uses it for.

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Ralph Lifshitz was born in New York City in 1939, the youngest of four by Russian Jewish immigrants. As a teenager, he changed his last name to Lauren and walked around his Bronx neighborhood wearing outlandish styles like army fatigues and tweed jackets.

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After dropping out of Baruch College two years in, he enlisted in the US Army and served from 1962 to 1964. He then had a short stint as a tie salesman at Brooks Brothers and another, now-defunct tie company.

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By 26, he was designing and selling his own neckwear. He put together "rags" and fashioned them into ties. He designed a fatter, European-style neck tie, making them "out of a drawer" in the Empire State Building.

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Women band together for what could be the largest political demonstration the US capital has ever seen

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About a quarter of a million people are expected to turn out for the Women's March on Washington in protest on President Donald Trump's first day in office.

The march aims to bring together women across diverse backgrounds to send a bold message to the new administration that they will not be ignored or have their rights stomped on.

It began as a modest call to action on Facebook the night after Trump's election and has grown into what could beone of the larger political demonstrations ever staged in the US capital.

People carried signs with calls for gender equality and anti-Trump statements, though the rally's organizers have insisted the demonstration is more pro-women than anti-Trump. Many sported pink knitted beanies called "pussy hats," a symbol of solidarity among the protestors.

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The day's star-studded speaker lineup included DC Mayor Muriel Bowser; California Congresswomen Kamala Harris and Maxine Walters; Amanda Nguyen, a rape survivor who helped push a bill of rights for sexual assult victims through Congress; and actress Ashley Judd, who brought down the house with a beat poem on what it means to be a "nasty woman."

Actress America Ferrara, star of the hit sitcom "Ugly Betty," kicked off the events with a forceful speech from the main stage area.

"Our opposition knows how to stick together. They are united in their objective to hold this country back. ... So we too must stand united," Ferrara said.

"If we, the millions of American who believe in a common decency, in a greater good, in justice for all — if we fall into a trap of separating ourselves by our causes and our labels, then we will weaken our fight and we will lose. But if we commit to what aligns us, if we stand together, steadfast and determined, then we stand a chance at saving the soul of our country," she said.

Inclusivity was a central theme of the many speeches.

Rhea Suh, president of the non-profit environmental group the National Resources Defense Council, took the stage to remind attendees that they stronger when they stand as one.

"It was one woman in Hawaii who suggested that women should march at inauguration. And look at us now, 500,000 people strong," Suh said. "One woman turns into one march turns into an entire movement. That is a powerful thing. And it means as strong and as tough as this administration thinks it is, we will always be stronger."

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Feminist icon Gloria Steinem received some of the loudest cheers at the event. She spoke to the significance of women coming together in every US state and across six continents — in person — as opposed to voicing their opinions on social media.

"Sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are. Sometimes pressing send is not enough," Steinem said, making a subtle dig at the Twitter-obsessed President Trump. "This unifies us with the many in the world who do not have electricity or computers ... but do have the same hopes, the same dreams."

"This is an outpouring of energy and true democracy like I have never seen in my very long life. It is wide in age, it is deep in diversity. And remember, the Constitution does not begin with "I, the President,' it begins with 'We, the people,'" Steinem said.

Filmmaker Michael Moore became one of the only men to give an address from the main stage. The "Fahrenheit 9/11" director lightened the mood with a brief Trump impression and an anecdote about his high school run for a seat on the school board, which he claimed made him the first teenager in his homestate of Michigan to serve public office.

He encouraged the crowds to run for public office and condemned the nomination of charter school advocate Betsy DeVos as secretary of education.

"I did this, you can do this. Who's going to run for office?" Moore asked, eliciting cheers.

Meanwhile, more than 600 "sister marches" are organized in global cities, including Boston, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and as far as Sydney, Paris, Madrid, and Tokyo.

We will continue to update this most as the Women's March on Washington continues.

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There are two money moves every parent should make before having kids

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Between preparing the nursery, reading all the right books, and stocking up on bottles and onesies, the checklist of what parents need to do to prepare for a new baby is long.

But it's crucial not to forget getting their finances in order as well. 

Business Insider recently asked parents to weigh in on the financial side of having kids. When asked what they'd tell new parents to do with their money before having their first child, respondents overwhelmingly said two things: travel and save more.

It's no surprise that bulking up savings topped the list: The average American family pays over $11,000 just in the first year of a child's life, and nearly $250,000 by the time they're 18

And even though parents are saving more than ever for college, they're still coming up short. According to Fidelity's 10-Year College Progress Report, nearly half of all parents admit feeling off-course to reach their target amount before their child packs up for freshman year. Parents with kids in 10th grade or higher also admitted they wish they had saved more early on to give their investment time to grow.

Several respondents also encouraged traveling and soaking up life as a couple one last time before starting a family. "Enjoy being just a twosome because after kids that time is gone for at least a few decades," one parent told Business Insider. 

Below, we've anonymously highlighted 11 of the best responses of what real parents suggest doing with your money before having your first kid (Note: Responses have been edited for length and clarity.)

  • "Save! There are a lot of expenses that come with pregnancy and delivery, and with adoption, too, if you're going that route. You need to save for those expenses. You're also responsible for another human being now. That means you need to create more financial security and stability. So you need a bigger emergency fund than you'd need without kids. Definitely start planning and saving an extra two or more months' worth of expenses in your emergency fund."
  • "Take a 'once in a lifetime' trip."
  • "Invest as much as possible. It's been very helpful to have additional sources of income from active investments such as real estate."
  • "Make sure you have an emergency fund for home repairs. Then make sure you are putting away money into retirement. Then make sure you have a regular savings account. I also think you should sit down and really know where all your money goes, like, how much do you spend on entertainment and dinners out...things like that."
  • "Start a baby fund account, and put at least $40 in there per week, you will constantly be needing new and costly things even when you think you have it all."
  • "Start saving for college and for your retirement, vacation together — mutual satisfaction is better than self-actualization."
  • "Beyond looking at how much the gear is going to cost — stroller, crib, high-chair, etc. — look at the additional ongoing expenses, particularly in the first few years before elementary school. From diapers and formula early on to child care and after school expenses (Every ballet, gymnastics, or swim lesson in the Bay Area costs $97 a month on a subscription basis per child — ugh!)."
  • "Do some traveling; enjoy being just a twosome because after kids that time is gone for at least a few decades."
  • "Set up a savings account just for college. Sit down together and discuss your values on money and what you each feel your kids participate in. i.e. what is really necessary and what is just marketing." 
  • "Travel! ...and start saving for colleges/weddings."
  • "Start saving for your retirement!"

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Animated map shows where your bottled water actually comes from

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Bottled water comes in two varieties. There's purified water, which is water from local sources (a.k.a. tap water) that has been filtered, and there's natural spring water, which is sourced from springs across the United States. So the bottled water that costs you several dollars may be sourced from the earth in Florida or it's just from the local water supply in New York.

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