Daily Archive: December 26, 2017

Dec
26

Back to front: why switching queues will get you nowhere faster

Harvard Business School finds that people are four times more likely to quit a line if there is no-one else waiting behind them

No-one relishes the moment. You are stuck at the back of a queue and as those in other lines sail past and get served, the time to decide arrives. Do you hold your nerve and stay put, switch to another line in the hope it moves faster, or give up altogether?

The pressing question has now been tackled by research at Harvard Business School. It found that when a person finds themselves at the end of a queue, they can make decisions that swiftly backfire. And it is all down to our aversion to being last.

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Dec
26

Britons borrow an average £452 each on credit cards at Christmas

Survey by uSwitch finds that half of people worry they will still be trying to clear the debt by next December

The Christmas spending hangover means that Britons who splurged on plastic will start 2018 owing an average of more than £450 on their credit cards – with many fearful the debt will still be haunting them by next Christmas.

Nearly £8.5bn has been loaded on to cards to cover the cost of gifts and entertaining, according to research by the price comparison service uSwitch, which found nearly a fifth of consumers had exceeded their Christmas budget as they grappled with rising living costs.

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Dec
26

Ben Affleck Spends Christmas with Ex Jennifer Garner and Kids as He Continues Treatment

Ben Affleck Spends Christmas with Ex Jennifer Garner and Kids as He Continues TreatmentBen Affleck, ex Jennifer Garner and their three children celebrated Christmas as a family


Dec
26

US forces kill 13 Shabaab militants in air strike

US forces kill 13 Shabaab militants in air strikeThe United States carried out an air strike on Christmas Eve against the Shabaab Islamist group that left 13 dead, according to a statement released Wednesday. “In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants on the morning of Dec. 24, 2017, in southern Somalia, killing 13 terrorists,” read the statement from the US Africa Command (AFRICOM). The United States has stepped up its operations in Somalia in recent weeks, with frequent strikes against Shabaab and a separate self-proclaimed branch of the Islamic State in the Horn of Africa nation.


Dec
26

The Latest: Halt to church construction 'only viable option'

The Latest: Halt to church construction 'only viable option'NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the halted construction at a church that was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001 (all times local):


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