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    Sundar Pichai Google

    Got beef with Google? 

    After news of the Google+ fiasco, we know at least some of you do. But it's hard to leave Google — for most, Google powers much of our daily, digital lives. Its tremendous array of useful apps and services makes it really easy to stay with Google forever. 

    Luckily, a list recently appeared on ProductHunt — called "No More Google"— that provides "privacy-friendly alternatives to Google products." It's solid advice on how to break free from Google's grip without being any less productive and knowledgeable. 

    Here are the top alternatives for some of the most popular Google products, inspired by the "No More Google" list.

    For web browsing, move from Google Chrome to Mozilla Firefox.

    Built by the tech non-profit — Mozilla — Firefox is “internet for people, not profit.” Firefox blocks online ad trackers, and Mozilla claims that it uses 30% less memory than Chrome. There’s also an easy way to move over your bookmarks, autofilled addresses, passwords, and preferences from Chrome to Firefox, if you’re looking to make the switch.

    When it comes to search, check out DuckDuckGo.

    DuckDuckGo bills itself as the “the search engine that doesn’t track you.” Where Google uses data it collects to create highly-targeted search results, DuckDuckGo collects no data on its users, allowing for an ad-free experience. The downside is that without that data, DuckDuckGo can't personalize its search results for you. The upside is that it means there's no kind of filter bubble; everybody searching for news or information gets the exact same results. 



    Break away from Gmail and give FastMail a go.

    FastMail has hosted email for more than 15 years. Fans like FastMail for its speed and design, across phones and the web. Also, a switch to FastMail means Google's AI won't be reading through your past emails to finish your next sentence for you. 

    FastMail offers 30 days of mail hosting for free, but then costs between $3 and $9 per month. 

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    It's not always easy being in charge.

    Managing others comes with a ton of pressure. And when you're in a management position, it can be difficult to evaluate how you're doing.

    Are you striking the right balance between commanding respect and appearing accessible? Are your employees responding well to your style of leadership? Are any of your actions breeding resentment in the office?

    Being a good boss is crucial for your organization — a third of employees in one survey revealed that they'd quit a job because of a bad manager, as Business Insider previously reported.

    But you can't exactly go wandering around the office begging people to tell you how you're doing. You're better off organizing employee satisfaction surveys and soliciting feedback from your direct reports.

    You can also take a look at these other, more subtle signs that you're killing it as the boss:

    SEE ALSO: Here are 4 things all great bosses do

    You don't have obvious favorites

    Playing favorites is a great way to torpedo office morale. If you make it clear that a certain person is the apple of your eye no matter what, then that'll just encourage your other employees to give up on trying to impress you.

    You treat your employees like human beings

    Unfortunately, some bosses seem to feel that hurling insults and abuse at people is an effective motivational technique. In most cases, this simply isn't true. If you value your employees as human beings, then you're already a huge step above many managers.

    You're willing to try new things

    Good bosses adopt certain methods because they're the best way of doing things — not because they've just fallen into certain habits. The best managers give their employees a little room to experiment and innovate.

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    • The signs that your boss likes you aren't always immediately obvious.
    • Managers may try to avoid appearing like they have staff favorites.
    • You can keep an eye out for subtle clues that your boss thinks you're great.

    The signs that your boss likes you can be quite subtle.

    But it's crucial to definitively establish that your manager is on your side. Getting along with your boss is a pretty important part of succeeding at work. Your manager likely controls whether or not you get promoted, demoted, or fired, after all. Your job is in their hands.

    Some bosses make their appreciation clear. They heap on the praise, give positive and detailed feedback, and make you feel like you're an integral part of the success of the organization.

    But not all managers are so open.

    It's always good to ask for honest feedback. Before you make inquiries, though, here are a number of signs that your boss probably is pretty impressed with your work:

    SEE ALSO: 22 signs your boss secretly hates you

    DON'T MISS: 11 signs your boss is passive aggressive

    SEE ALSO: 8 signs your boss is undermining you

    They give you tough love

    Suzanne Bates, CEO of Bates Communications and author of "All the Leader You Can Be," told Business Insider that it can be difficult to figure out whether or not your boss likes you.

    "A boss who sees you as promising may give you a lot of feedback, not all of it positive — some of it might be 'tough love' because he or she sees you as someone who can handle it and is ready for more responsibility," she said.

    They challenge you

    If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed at times, then that might not be a terrible thing.

    "The boss will probably give you more than you feel you can handle at times, not because he or she is trying to punish you, but because they want to test you on tough assignments," said Bates.

    They share your priorities

    "Ask your boss what his or her top priorities are and put up your hand for challenging assignments," said Bates. "Give the boss a chance to see you in action, especially on a project important to him or her, so that they can see what you're made of."

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    • A good boss shows you the ropes of your industry and guides you in achieving your long-term goals.
    • Though you may have had both good and bad bosses, you've most likely walked away with valuable lessons that have stuck with you from a memorable boss.
    • Natalia Lusinski had bosses who taught her meaningful lessons — like that it's OK to say no and to follow her passions — that helped her get to where she is today. 

    Chances are that through your career, you've had both good bosses and not-so-good ones. Either way, you probably walked away from each experience with valuable lessons.

    "The relationship you have with your boss or supervisor can have an impact on your career — and life — for years to come,"Teague Simoncic, a career coach with Ama La Vida, told Business Insider. "On a day-to-day basis, the way your boss handles conflict or difficulty can teach you a lot about how to handle similar situations in the future."

    Simoncic said that all in all, the best bosses are role models and sources of inspiration who may have helpful input on how you can achieve your long-term goals.

    "Taking time to develop a meaningful connection to your boss can help lead to lifelong career growth and opportunities," she said.

    Here are seven lessons I learned from the best bosses I've ever had — lessons that continue to help me in both my work and my personal life.

    SEE ALSO: 5 signs your boss doesn't like you as much as you think

    1. I learned effective time-management skills.

    I used to work as a writers' assistant and script coordinator on TV shows, doing everything from taking notes in the writers' room and keeping track of storylines to creating episode outlines and proofreading scripts.

    I was usually the last person to glance over the final script and would then email it to a crew of about 100 to 200 people. (No pressure!)

    At one of my first jobs, my supervisor was a time-management superstar, fielding more than 100 phone calls and countless emails each day. I happened to sit next to him and started emulating the way he prioritized tasks.

    For instance, in addition to using an online calendar and to-do list, he had a master handwritten one next to his computer, with tasks organized by most to least important. As he completed tasks, he highlighted them, color-coding them by subject — some in yellow, some in green, and so on.

    Today, I still use his time-management and prioritization system. Though I have a color-coded Excel chart for my writing deadlines, I still keep a master handwritten to-do list next to my laptop.

    2. You can ask for help if you need it.

    I used to hate asking people for help. I believed that I could figure everything out myself.

    But when I saw one boss asking her boss for help (I previously thought she knew everything) I realized that asking for help isn't a weakness — it's necessary and can help you complete your tasks more efficiently.

    3. It's OK to say no if you cannot do everything yourself.

    Sometimes bosses will give you a seemingly endless number of to-dos because in the past you've proved that you can do it all — why wouldn't they pile on more responsibilities? However, if you focus on quantity more than quality, the latter may suffer.

    At one TV-production job, I felt bad about saying no to any request and was completely burned out as a result. When my boss learned I was the last person in the office each night, she told me to delegate tasks to a coworker if I had too many things on my plate.

    Saying no is critical if you want the quality of your work to speak for itself.

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    Several individuals and entities have begun distancing themselves from Saudi Arabia following the disappearance of journalist and prominent Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi.

    Khashoggi was last seen on October 2, when he entered into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to secure official documents for his upcoming wedding to his Turkish fiance Hatice Cengiz.

    The 59-year-old, who formerly served as an adviser to senior officials in the Saudi government and who had been living in self-imposed exile in the US, has not been seen since.

    Some have speculated that he could have been kidnapped or killed inside the consulate, reportedly at the order of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman using a team of hit men flown in specially to undertake the task.

    Official response to Khashoggi's disappearance have been mixed.

    Saudi officials claim that The Washington Post contributor left the consulate, but haven't provided any definitive proof. Turkish officials previously alleged that Khashoggi was killed and claim there's no evidence he ever left the consulate, while Canada, the UN, and President Trump have expressed "concern" over the journalist's whereabouts.

    In a story published Thursday, The Washington Post said the Turkish government told US officials it has audio and video showing that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

    Global business leaders, policymakers, media moguls and tech executives have also taken notice and are beginning to move away from dealings with Saudi Arabia and its crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

    SEE ALSO: A prominent Saudi critic's disappearance sends a stark reminder of the Kingdom’s brutal crackdown on dissent

    Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Group

    Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Group are severing ties with Saudi Arabia because of the Khashoggi case. 

    In a blog post on Virgin Group’s website, Branson announced that Virgin Galatic and Virgin Orbit will suspend its discussions with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

    “What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi Government,” Branson wrote. “We have asked for more information from the authorities in Saudi and to clarify their position in relation to Mr. Khashoggi.”

    US lawmakers

    Nearly two dozen senators, led by the Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee and the Democratic ranking member Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, have sent a letter to US President Donald Trump, recommending an investigation and possible sanctions against those found to be involved in Khashoggi's disappearance.  

    Republican and Democratic lawmakers are also pushing to block Saudi arms sales.

    Former US secretary of energy Ernest Moniz

    Former US energy secretary Ernest Moniz suspended his membership on an advisory board for a $500 billion Saudi megacity project called Neom.

    "Given current events, I am suspending my participation on the Neom board. Going forward, my engagement with the advisory board will depend on learning all the facts about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance over the coming days and weeks," Moniz said in a statement provided to Business Insider.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    expat countries

    • HSBC Expat released its annual expat survey to find the best countries for expats to live based on economics, quality of life, and a slew of other factors. 
    • The top countries include Singapore, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, and Bahrain.
    • Switzerland is the best country to live abroad if you want to make more money — the average expat salary is $202,865.

    Tired of your old job? Looking for a new environment? There are a lot of reasons to leave your home country behind in search of greener pastures, but picking where to go can be an overwhelming decision.

    There are a lot of conflicting factors: job opportunities, salary considerations, quality of life, safety, and childcare are just a few. HSBC has made the decision a whole lot easier with its latest annual Expat Explorer survey

    The survey ranks the best places to go based on experience, economics, and raising children abroad, with subcategories for each group. We've picked out the top 20 places overall. (But you can also personalize the rankings based on which factors matter to you.)

    SEE ALSO: The 30 countries around the world where expats earn the most money, ranked

    20. Russia

    Russia seems like a fun place to live, with solid scores for social life (sixth), making local friends (12th), and work-life balance (14th). It ranks 24th for health, however, perhaps because of the popularity of doughy foods and meats high in cholesterol.

    Russia is notorious for problems with public services like water and electricity. In addition, for American expats, Russia might prove uncomfortable as many in the government and media frequently demonize the US and vice versa.

    19. Vietnam

    While Vietnam ranks pretty high in economics, the country excels in disposable income, ranking first. Everything costs less, from transport to entertainment, and great public transportation makes domestic travel easy.

    Food is a major plus in the country, as a greater percentage of expats say they enjoy the food compared with the global average. The country ranks sixth in culture and third in making local friends.

    Vietnam is not without its problems, however. The country ranks near the bottom for health, quality of life, and childcare.

    18. Ireland

    "Ireland is full of opportunities for young people who want to get international experience. It's also easy to make friends," one expat told HSBC. 

    Despite the opportunities, the country ranks low on disposable income, wage growth, and career progression. But the country shines when it comes to family life. The country ranks first for quality of life, third for schooling, and fourth for integration. 

    Maybe it has something to do with that rainy weather.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    As the year flies by, the list of canceled TV shows piles up.

    While there's been somewhat of a quiet period since May, some networks have cut shows throughout the summer and fall.

    The most recent cancellation comes from Netflix, which announced that "Iron Fist" is canceled after two seasons. 

    ABC canceled the previously renewed "Roseanne" revival in late May, after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. However, ABC announced a spin-off called "The Conners" without Barr coming in October.

    In other notable cancellations, USA's critically acclaimed "Mr. Robot" will end with its upcoming fourth season, and CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" is ending after 12 seasons. 

    We'll update this list as more are announced.

    Here are all the shows that have been canceled this year, including those from networks and Netflix:

    SEE ALSO: The worst TV show of every year since 2000, according to critics


    "Jean-Claude Van Johnson"— Amazon, one season

    "I Love Dick"— Amazon, one season

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    Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex talks to children as he visits the Pavilion Building in Brighton during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Brighton, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen.

    • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first baby.
    • People are already speculating on what a fun father Prince Harry will be.
    • The royal is known for his goofy antics, and is often photographed meeting children at public events.
    • INSIDER has put together some of the best moments between Prince Harry and the kids that he meets.

    On Monday morning, Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child.

    The new royal baby is not expected until spring 2019, but that hasn't stopped people speculating on what a great father Prince Harry will be.

    Over years of innumerable public appearances, Prince Harry has been snapped goofing off in pretty much any circumstance imaginable — often times with children involved.

    From what we've seen, kids seem to love the royal and it looks like he's going to be a seriously fun dad.

    Scroll down to see some of the best moments between Prince Harry and the kids that he meets.

    Here he is dishing out handshakes and high-fives to schoolchildren on an official visit to Brighton in October.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already taken part in a number of events including children, like the annual WellChild Awards, which Prince Harry has been a patron of since 2007...

    ...and the Commonwealth Service, which is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has honored 15 vehicles with their Top Safety Pick+ honor.
    • The 12 cars and three SUVs aced the stringent IIHS crash test regimen. 
    • Hyundai Motors led the way with six winners while Subaru followed with four Top Safety Pick+ honors.

    Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names only a handful of vehicles with its Top Safety Pick+ honor. Twelve cars and three SUVs from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Kia, Genesis, Lincoln, Subaru, and Toyota earned that distinction from the IIHS for 2018. The winners range from small economy cars to large luxury sedans. 

    "The improvements in occupant protection have been amazing over the past decades," IIHS president Adrian Lund said in a statement. "All automakers now recognize the important role of safety in consumer choice, and they are increasingly receptive to working with our engineers to understand the next steps in keeping people from harm in motor vehicle crashes and to make real changes in their vehicle designs."

    To become an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, all vehicles must offer industry-leading front, side, rear, and rollover crash protection. In addition, all cars must feature proactive crash prevention and advanced headlight technology.

    The IIHS is putting more focus on passenger safety this year with the addition of a new small-overlap front passenger crash test. According to Lund, this test was added when it became clear to the institute that some manufacturers weren't paying as much attention to passenger safety as much as they were to driver safety.

    "Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are," Lund said. "Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we're confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side."

    For 2018, two manufacturers stand above the rest the. Hyundai Motors — which also includes the Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis brands — lead the way with six Top Safety Pick+ winners. Subaru follows in second place with four winners.

    Here's a closer look at the 15 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners for 2018.

    SEE ALSO: We drove a $46,000 Subaru Ascent SUV to see if it's ready to challenge Honda, Toyota, and Ford — here's the verdict

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    The 2018 Kia Forte

    The 2018 Kia Soul

    The 2018 Subaru Impreza

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    The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.

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    • If you hate checking a bag, you need a good carry-on-sized duffle bag. The Allpa 35L Travel Pack is our favorite duffle bag because its generous size lets you safely store up to 35 liters of your stuff, but it's still airline-friendly.

    I’m the worst kind of packer — I save it until the last minute and am completely disorganized. At least the second part is at least partially to blame on my luggage. When your suitcase is just an empty square of space, you don’t have many options besides piling everything inside and hoping for the best.

    I take a lot of weekend trips to visit family or escape the city for a few days, and I’ve often wished for a duffle bag that can fit all my stuff — I travel with a lot of stuff — and is actually comfortable to carry, unlike the collection of free tote bags I’ve collected at events that I typically use.

    If this sounds familiar, well, you and I are both in luck. There are so many great duffle bags on the market, and I’ve tracked down the six best ones. They make packing for travel so much easier and a whole lot more fun. I’ve focused on duffle bags that look great and have storage features that keep your items neat and organized whether you’re traveling by plane, train, automobile, carrier pigeon, etc.

    Check out our top picks for the best duffle bags you can buy:

    Updated on 10/15/18 by Owen Burke: Checked prices, updated formatting, and added the YETI Panga series as a waterproof pick.

    Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

    The best duffle bag overall

    Why you'll love it: If you want a duffle bag that can do it all, look no further than the Allpa 35L Travel Pack— it holds 35 liters of stuff in durable, all-weather fabric.

    I’m a carry-on only traveler as often as it’s possible. If I can fit it all in a TSA-friendly piece of luggage, I’ll do it. But that typically means making some concessions about what I bring along with me, but that's not the case if you invest in the Allpa 35L Travel Pack.

    As the name suggests, it has a capacity to hold 35 liters within its carry-on friendly dimensions. The bag has so many different compartments it’s hard to imagine not fitting everything you need for a long weekend inside.

    There’s also a wrap-around zipper, so the bag flips open completely and allows you to see what you’re doing as you reach inside. Zippered mesh compartments protect your clothing, while a cushioned laptop sleeve keeps your important devices safe. It also comes with mesh bags to store dirty laundry, a shoe bag, and a water bottle sleeve.

    My favorite part? You can wear it as a backpack or use the handles to carry it as a duffle. A rain cover protects the bag and your belongings from unexpected bad weather.

    All these features combine to earn the Allpa 35L Travel Pack 4.7 out of 5 stars on the Cotopaxi website and glowing reviews from Insider Picks commerce reporter Mara Leighton and Wired.

    “It's so good at fitting a never-ending amount of things that it has pretty much negated my tendency to overpack, simply because it fits surplus for a carry-on-sized weekend incredibly well,” writes Leighton.

    Pros: Holds a ton of items within carry-on measurements, comes with extra accessories and rain cover, pockets for organization, can be carried as backpack or duffle

    Cons: Very sporty design might not appeal to everyone

    Buy the Allpa 35L Travel Pack on Cotopaxi for $199.95

    The best weekend duffle bag

    Why you'll love it: Everlane’s Twill Weekender holds everything you need for a quick getaway and doesn’t skimp on style.

    I’m a little bit obsessed with Everlane lately. I don’t consider myself a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination, but the brand’s thoughtful basics speak to me. Finding the perfect pair of flats or everyday bag that goes with everything frees me up to be creative with the rest of my outfit.

    All of is to say that of course the Everlane Twill Weekender is one of the best duffle bags available for the style-conscious. The simple oval silhouette will ensure you look great in transit — even if you’re wearing decade-old sweatpants and a college logo hoodie. It comes in several classic color combos, like army green with black straps or two-toned grey twill and black leather.

    Designed to fit in overhead compartments on trains, airplanes, and more, you can use this as a carry-on or as your only source of luggage for shorter trips. Two pockets — one on the outside and one inside — give you easy access to essentials like cell phones and boarding passes. You won’t be able to pack your entire wardrobe in the bag, but it’s the ideal size for shorter trips.

    The Everlane Twill Weekender is well-reviewed, earning a 4.6-star rating based on 248 responses. Refinery 29, Travel + Leisure, BuzzFeed, and Apartment Therapy have all recommended the bag, and we reviewed it here at Insider Picks.

    “The bag's cotton-twill body is spacious enough for a three- or four-day weekend's worth of stuff,” writes our senior editor Ellen Hoffman, “It's also, crucially, water-resistant, capable of protecting your stuff from wet grass, dirty floors, and sudden summer showers.”

    Pros: Stylish, roomy enough for several days of travel, water-resistant, made of quality materials, long leather straps

    Cons: Only has two pockets

    Buy the Twill Weekender on Everlane for $98+

    The best gym-friendly duffle

    Why you'll love it: Searching for a gym-appropriate duffle that doesn’t necessarily look like a gym bag? Check out the Landon Carryall from Dagne Dover.

    Carrying everything you need to trek from the office to the gym (or vice versa) can really weigh you down. Many gym duffle bags are clunky, unattractive, and not exactly style-friendly. The Landon Carryall by Dagne Dover is the exception. I don’t even go to the gym and I want one.

    Made of “performance neoprene,” it’s durable enough to withstand even the most annoying commute, but the shape is chic and wearable: In short, it won’t ruin your outfit. Though the Landon Carryall is marketed as an office-to-gym bag, the larger sizes (it comes in small, medium, large, and extra large) would be sizeable enough to pack for a short vacation.

    Each size comes with a laptop sleeve, two mesh pockets, exterior pockets, and detachable crossbody strap. The three larger sizes include a separate shoe bag (ideal for sweaty gym sneaks!). The Landon Carryall is a popular choice among industry insiders: It’s been featured on Racked, Forbes, Bustle, and twice here at Insider Picks.

    “Perfect size, fabric is great. Love the extra shoe bag,” writes on 5-star Nordstrom reviewer. “Plenty of extra compartments for keeping things organized. Fits a normal sized laptop. Great for everyday wear.”

    Pros: Made of sturdy neoprene, features like shoe bag and laptop sleeve for additional storage, comes in 4 sizes and multiple fun colors

    Cons: Small size still might be a bit small for daily use

    Buy the Landon Carryall on Dagne Dover for $125 to $215 (depending on size)

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    • Sears filed for bankruptcy early Monday morning. The company says it will close 142 stores before the end of the year. Eddie Lampert will step down as CEO and stay on as chairman of the board. 
    • The department-store chain has been losing money and closing stores for years. Many employees and analysts blame Lampert for the retailer's decline.
    • These photos show how Sears went from being the largest and most prominent retailer in the United States to the struggling company that it is today. 

    Sears filed for bankruptcy early Monday morning and announced that its CEO, Edward Lampert, would be stepping down. 

    "Over the last several years, we have worked hard to transform our business and unlock the value of our assets,"Lampert said in a statement to the press. "While we have made progress, the plan has yet to deliver the results we have desired, and addressing the Company's immediate liquidity needs has impacted our efforts to become a profitable and more competitive retailer."

    Lampert will stay on as chairman of the board. The company says it will close 142 additional stores before the end of the year. 

    The news comes a week after reports circulated in the press that the company would be filing for bankruptcy imminently, as it was due to pay a $143 million debt to its lenders on Monday.  

    As a result, American consumers had been lamenting the loss of one of the country's most famous retailers, which at one point was the world's largest. Sears was widely considered to be an early innovator of the shopping landscape.

    "Today is a day that will live in retail infamy. That a storied retailer, once at the pinnacle of the industry, should collapse in such a shabby state of disarray is both terrible and scandalous in equal measure," Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail wrote in a note to clients on Monday morning,

    He continued: "In our view, there are a multitude of factors that have contributed to Sears’ demise, but foremost among them is management’s failure to understand retail and evolve Sears in a way that would have given the chain a fair chance of survival."

    Keep scrolling to see the story of its downfall in photos:

    SEE ALSO: Decaying stores, plunging sales, and a remote CEO: How Sears was driven to the edge of bankruptcy

    Sears started off as a mail-order catalog company selling watches and jewelry in 1888. It became the largest catalog company in the United States after expanding its assortment.

    In the 1920s, as catalog shopping started to fade out, Sears adapted to the changing times and opened stores. According to Investopedia, sales at its stores outpaced catalog sales by 1931.

    Source: Investopedia

    The company grew from being only a retailer to offering financial services, including setting up an insurance arm with Allstate and acquiring various financial brokerage firms.

    It also began rolling out its own brands such as Craftsman, DieHard, and Kenmore.

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    There's a lot of TV on Netflix. Thankfully we're here to make it easier to pick what shows you should watch.

    Every week, we put together a list of three great shows that you can watch throughout the week.

    We pick shows you can finish in a day, and some you can just get started on binge-watching. And we mix shows that have recently come onto the service with some old favorites you might have missed.

    From "Schitt's Creek" to "The Haunting of Hill House," here are three great TV shows you can binge-watch on Netflix this week:

    SEE ALSO: Netflix's new horror series 'The Haunting of Hill House' is a chilling drama that digs much deeper than jump scares

    "Schitt's Creek"

    Seasons: 4

    Episodes: 51

    The fourth season of this wildly funny and very Canadian comedy about a rich family that moves to a small town they own after losing nearly everything is a sweet story with fully-realized characters who you'll love.  

    "Salt Fat Acid Heat"

    Seasons: 1

    Episodes: 4

    This hybrid of a cooking show and travel show is super informative, as host Samin Nosrat explains the significance of salt, fat, acid, and heat in cooking beyond what you'd expect. 

    "The Haunting of Hill House"

    Seasons: 1

    Episodes: 10

    This terrifying family drama and horror series is not something you should watch alone at night. It is truly scary but well worth the investment, even if horror isn't your thing. 

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    best kids winter coat

    • Kids love playing outside in the winter, but they also lose body heat rapidly in cold temperatures. A great kids' winter jacket can preserve core warmth while enhancing your child's style.

    • The Columbia Sportswear Whirlibird II Interchange Jacket is our top pick because its removable liner can be worn separately as a mid-weight coat, making it three coats in one.

    The human body begins to lose heat through radiation when the ambient temperature is below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This type of heat reduction accounts for about 65% of total warmth lost. When wind blows, the effects of convection can increase heat loss by as much as 15%. And as children are smaller than adults, with a higher surface area relative to overall mass, they are even more susceptible to over-cooling.

    Long story short? Don't send your kids out to play, to wait for the bus, to ski or snowboard, or any other activity that will see extended exposure to cold weather unless the little guy or gal has a great winter coat. Like one of the fine options discussed in our guide, for example.

    We're focusing primarily on safety and performance. Every kids' winter coat covered will help your child maintain core warmth so he or she can enjoy the outdoors regardless of the winter's chill. But of course we also sought out kids' jackets that look great, because in many parts of the country (and world), the cold season is a long season indeed, so you and your child need to find a coat you'll be happy to see lots of.

    As kids come in all sorts of sizes, we're including winter coats for babies, for toddlers, for pre-school aged children, and for kids in their elementary years. Shop carefully, because speaking of size, chances are good that your child will outgrow his or her winter coat after a single season. Finding a jacket you'll be happy to hand down to a younger sibling (or niece or nephew or whatnot) will help soften the blow of the annual process of buying a children's winter jacket.

    And all of these fine kids' winter coats will help take the sting out of the winter chill. One last note: I'm leaving the gender choices up to you. You won't find a "best winter coat for baby girl" or "best winter jacket for toddler boys" here, you'll just find great winter coats for kids, period.

    Here are the best kids' winter coats you can buy:

    Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

    The best kids' winter coat overall

    Why you'll love it: The shell and liner of the Columbia Whirlibird II Interchange Jacket make it a three-in-one combination, so your kid will be ready for the coldest and the mildest of winter days.

    First, let me be candid: I'm rather biased in favor of Columbia apparel, but that's only because I've entrusted my safety to the company's gear on frigid mountains, in tropical jungles, and on multiple multi-day outings and been thoroughly impressed every time. So naturally when it comes time to select gear that will keep my kids safe and warm in winter, I turn to them first. And with the Whirlibird II Interchange Jacket, that has proven to be a good choice.

    When fully assembled, as it were, this coat consists of a waterproof and wind-breaking shell and an insulated inner jacket that, zipped together, provide enough warmth for use playing in the snow, on long walks through the city or countryside, or for making that trip to and from school on gray wintry days.

    Zipped apart, the shell is great worn on milder days when precipitation threatens, while the inner jacket looks and functions just like a warm puffer coat. And in fact, it's warm enough on its own for days when the temperatures are cool but not frigid.

    The inner jackets insulation comes thanks to a synthetic fill and also through Columbia's patented Omni-Heat Reflective system, wherein a pattern of metallic dots reflect radiated heat back toward the body. And while the outer jacket is waterproof, it's still breathable, releasing excess heat and moisture built up from sweat.

    When Columbia makes kids' stuff, they make sure it's of the same quality as gear designed for adults. Which is only proper, of course.

    One satisfied Mom (from frosty Minnesota, no less) calls the Whirlibird II a "great winter coat for active kids in the snow," adding the note that it's "windproof and cozy." Another parent loves that it keeps kids warm without being "big and bulky" like so many other parkas.

    A writer with SnowShoeMag called the Whirlibird ideal for use "in a variety of conditions" thanks to its three-in-one design, and reported the jacket as suitable for use even in temperatures well below zero degrees Fahrenheit.

    Pros: 3-in-1 design allows use in varied temperatures, breathable waterproof exterior,  multiple pockets and adjustment points

    Cons: On the pricey side

    Buy Kids Columbia Whirlibird II Interchange Jacket from Columbia for $140 

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    The best winter coat for toddlers

    Why you'll love it: The North Face Mossbud Swirl Reversible Jacket has a lining that's so soft and cozy, your little one will ask to put the jacket on instead of fighting with you about getting dressed.

    I've noticed over the past few years the kids can be rather... opinionated about things, and their opinions are not always informed by logic. Take for example the debate about whether or not a child should put on a jacket before going outside on a frigid winter day. The obvious answer, to an adult, is yes. The child's sentiments, however, often don't square with the obvious. That's why parents will love the super soft lining of The North Face Mossbud Swirl Reversible Jacket as much as their kids do, because this soft, cuddly coat is one kids will love to wear.

    As it happens, even the exterior of the coat is soft and comfortable, so when worn in reversed fashion with the fleece on the outside, your kid will like it just fine. That reversible design gives more flexibility fashion-wise, while both materials — the fleece and the water-resistant taffeta — play a role performance-wise. The high pile fleece and insulated fill provide plenty of warmth, while the exterior sheds light rain and snow and reduces wind chill.

    And like any good kids garment should be, the Mossbud Swirl Reversible Jacket is machine washable.

    One parent calls the Mossbud Swirl Reversible Jacket a "beautiful winter jacket" and says the "mossbud side is so soft." Another reports having bought her many kids five of these coats over the years, and says the coat "holds up well... and doesn't look old as a hand me down."

    Just be sure to note the sizing with care, as some customers reported the jacket not fitting their children as well as they would have liked based on the size they chose.

    Pros: Reversible design, soft and warm fleece lining, exterior repels water

    Cons: Sizing sometimes runs small

    Buy the North Face Mossbud Swirl Reversible Jacket from Nordstrom for $90

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    The best low-cost kids' winter coat

    Why you'll love it: At the rate kids outgrow clothes, any garment that performs as needed without breaking the bank is a no-brainer for parents, and the Amazon Essentials Lightweight Packable Puffer hits both of those marks.

    For the first decade and a half or so of life, most kids are growing so fast that they will only get a single season out of a piece of clothing. But when it comes to winter coats, a kid's safety and comfort are in question, so you need to get a jacket that will keep your child warm regardless of price. With the Amazon Essentials Lightweight Packable Puffer, the price is a mere $35. And the warmth and comfort come thanks to polyester down alternative fill insulation and a smooth nylon lining.

    This puffer jacket will keep a kid warm on milder days when worn with nothing more than a T-shirt, but it excels as a layering garment, worn over a T and a sweatshirt or sweater. And for bitterly cold days with rain or snow, adding a waterproof shell over the top will ensure your kid is ready for even the roughest elements. Its elasticized cuffs and hood add to the jacket's warmth preservation chops, and when not in use, it packs down into an included stuff sack.

    The Amazon Essentials Lightweight Packable Puffer comes in multiple colors, including high visibility shades of yellow and orange.

    With dozens of reviews posted online, customers have given the Amazon Essentials Lightweight Packable Puffer a 4.1-star overall rating. One parent called it a "very nice looking jacket" that's "very well made," with another says that: "for the price, this is a great jacket."

    A few customers did leave complaints about the fit, however, so buy with enough lead time for a potential exchange in case the initial sizing is wrong for your kid.

    Pros: Great low price, packs down small, comes in multiple colors

    Cons: Occasional sizing issues

    Buy the Amazon Essentials Lightweight Packable Puffer on Amazon for $35

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    Mike Monfredi Real Money

    • Mike Monfredi works as a forensic scientist and his wife Monica works as a dentist. They own and operate a dental practice and earn a combined six-figure income.
    • They're also paying off $140,000 in student debt and preparing to welcome their second child.
    • For Business Insider's "Real Money" series, Mike shares how they spent their money during a recent week, which ended with a much-anticipated vacation in Maui.
    • Want to share a week of your spending? Email

    Spending money intentionally is something my wife and I aspire to regularly.

    We're young business owners (30 and 32 years old) who own our home and have a 3-year-old daughter with another on the way. For years, we haven't had the luxury of spending frivolously. …But we're making progress.

    Personally, my current job duties include running our family's dental practice, working a different full-time job as a forensic scientist, and running my blog, MikedUp Blog. Busy doesn't begin to describe my typical day.

    And I know what you're probably thinking — his highest budgeted category must be for energy drinks, Starbucks runs, and anxiety-related therapy visits…

    But since we purchased our business about 16 months ago, subsequently relocated the office about 8 months ago, and have had some time for daily tasks and habits to settle out, my stress is currently at a healthy level. I do have an obsession with coffee, though — more on how that affects the budget below.

    Our main financial obstacles now consist of us finding balance between digging out from a mountain of debt (student loans, business, and mortgage), while saving and investing for the long-term, and still trying to live our best life in the present moment (where's that guidebook?).

    The good news is that we're starting to gain some financial momentum, and as our business has grown in the last 18 months, we're breathing a little easier during our monthly budget talk.

    Because of the progress, my wife and I decided to book an 8-night Maui vacation. Call it a combination of celebration for our hard work and one last getaway before our new baby arrives. We'd been to Maui before, but this would be the first trip with our daughter and we were thrilled to bring her along.

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    But before I get to my spending week, here's a peek at what our "normal" monthly spending looks like.

    Our income tends to range between $9,000 and $11,000, depending on the month, so we've budgeted to make sure that our total expenses (including savings) are below the $9,000 low-end for income. I should also note that any business-related expenses are not reported in these data.

    Housing is our most expensive category with a total of $2,130, plus utilities, while student loans are not far behind at $1,966.

    We bought our house 3.5 years ago and had the option to purchase either a smaller and less expensive home or we could've literally gone for broke as we "qualified" for a much more expensive mortgage. We chose to land in the middle and couldn't be happier with our decision. Our home is close to parks, pools, a downtown area, and hiking/biking trails that connect everything. In the summer, you can't keep our daughter inside — and we wouldn't change it.

    The student loan payment is relatively high when compared with many of our peers, but honestly, we're happy to have it at that level. The loans currently represent what we have left to pay on Monica's 4-year dental school program. Three years ago we refinanced and consolidated the total (near $225,000 at the time) to a 10-year fixed loan at 5.2% interest, which was much better than the 6%-8% range we had been paying.

    Up until two months ago we had been driving 11- and 10-year-old cars, but a recent incident sent us back to the car market for the first time in a while. We did something I vowed never to do again in buying a new car, but our plans to pay off this loan early and drive our new Outback for another decade made us comfortable with the choice.

    Aside from food/toiletries and the money that currently heads to our savings account (emergency fund), we have only one other expense over $500 — our monthly payment for childcare. This category will more than double when the new baby is born, but with the way we align values in our family, we're happy to pay a premium here.

    Some other categories like travel, medical, and miscellaneous, which includes gifts and my gym membership aren't necessarily paid each month, but the annual payments (or large sum payments) break down to about these monthly costs. We have an automatic transfer setup into a separate account for these planned expenses — pretty much like an escrow account would hold taxes and insurance for your home… we just manage this escrow account.

    This week we spent $919.33 — roughly 10% of our monthly income.

    This week started like a normal workweek for our family and then come Friday, we took off for our 8-night tropical celebration/getaway. And surprise-surprise, our biggest spending days were Friday and Saturday as we traveled and got into our routine in Maui.

    On Monday, my daughter and I bought groceries for the short week at home and we started preparing for our upcoming trip.

    We were amp'd up for this vacation coming up on Friday but my wife and I still had four work days left for the week and we had to act like responsible adults until that much-anticipated Thursday afternoon.

    One of my mantras is to never miss a Monday workout, and because we had been away visiting family the weekend before we also needed to make a grocery store trip. So I took advantage of our location and ran the 1.3 miles to my daughter's school to pick her up and then we walked together back home.

    After our walk, we drove to the nearby store to pick up a couple of rotisserie chickens, some salad, and frozen ravioli ($47.63) that would make up our dinner for the night and a few lunches for the week ahead.

    We're big fans of batch meal prepping for both the cost and time savings, and with all the packing and organizing we had ahead of us, it was nice to only have to cook once rather than nightly.

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    Italian vs Italian American Pasta Side by Side

    • Not all Italian food served in America is authentic.
    • We spoke to Ali LaRaia, the co-founder of an Italian restaurant in NYC to hear what Americans get wrong about Italian cuisine.
    • In Italy, food isn't drenched in cheese and sauce.
    • Portions are more moderate in Italy.
    • In Italy, meatballs are not served on spaghetti, but more commonly served as a separate dish.

    Cease your search for a bathtub overflowing with fettuccine alfredo or even a massive platter of spaghetti and meatballs in Italy — the foods so iconic to Italian American cuisine are nowhere to be seen in pasta's homeland.

    Decades of immigrants from various regions of Italy, the proliferation of chain restaurants, and an American taste for quantity over quality has shaped the way Italian food is served in the United States.

    A new generation of stateside chefs are looking to return to the cuisine's origins, looking to modern day Italy for inspiration. Chef Ali LaRaia, of New York's The Sosta, a fast-casual Italian restaurant specializing in homemade pasta, sauces, and shareable antipasti boards, travels to Italy often to research the nation's rich dining and pasta culture and take some of that flavor back to the East Coast.

    Before you dig into a piece of chicken parm the size of your face, let LaRaia fill you in on a few major differences between Italian American food and legitimate Italian food.

    Italian food is seasonal.

    "In Italy, Italian food is heavily seasonal," LaRaia says. "Any restaurant serving regional cuisine will be serving the protein that you see on the side of the road. If you drive past chickens, expect to see chicken on the menu."

    "Everything is incredibly fresh and local and very simple," she says. "Even at the autogrills [Italian quick service restaurants, often attached to gas stations] you're getting very fresh food, it's very seasonal — you can get buffalo mozzarella and see the cows roaming in the back."

    Dishes aren't smothered in cheese.

    "Very few things are dredged in sauce or overloaded with cheese," LaRaia says. "Italian food is about portion control, whether it's the size or portion of the meal or garnish on a plate — everything has purpose and nothing is overly indulgent."

    That giant chicken parm you see on red-checkered-covered tables at red sauce joints across America? If that same dish surfaced in Italy, it'd be shared among multiple diners.

    There are no sauce baths.

    "When you have marinara covering eggplant or chicken you don't actually taste it [the dish]," LaRaia says. "The dish just becomes a vessel to eat sauce and cheese."

    Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but Italians aren't drenching their food in sauce. "No one is overloading anything — there's an acceptance of moderation and it's definitely a cultural thing," LaRaia says.

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    As cities across the world contend with massive housing shortages, architects have developed new ways to build in miniature. Recent years have ushered in a wave of tiny homes, backyard units, printable 3D houses, and livable yachts, all of which aim to maximize space and minimize cost. 

    As part of its MINI Living design series, BMW has revealed a string of urban cabins, which offer a temporary space that's even smaller than the standard tiny home — around 160 square feet.

    The latest prototype, a collaboration with architect Dayong Sun, is on exhibition in Beijing until November 4. The company previously debuted its urban cabins in London, New York City, and Los Angeles.

    In April, the company will unveil its first operational development, a co-living space that turned an abandoned paint factory into a community of apartments, work spaces, cultural centers, and leisure facilities.

    The project will build on previous models, which are tailored to the unique needs of their communities.

    In Beijing, that means reimagining traditional forms of Chinese architecture for modern city life. The prototype features a mirrored ceiling, convertible walls, and a swing directly in the center of the cabin. 

    Take a look at its mesmerizing design. 

    SEE ALSO: These 3D-printed homes can be built for less than $4,000 in just 24 hours

    Each cabin includes a living and sleeping area on one end and a kitchen and bathroom on the other.

    The center of the cabin calls to mind traditional Chinese courtyards, or hutongs, which create a mixture of private and communal areas.

    Hutongs are slowly dying out, but Sun's design offers a vision of how they could be incorporated into the 21st century.

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    • Warren Buffett's Laguna Beach, California, home has sold for $7.5 million.
    • He first listed the beach house for $11 million in early 2017. In August, he reduced the price by more than $3 million to $7.9 million.
    • Buffett purchased the home for just $150,000 in 1971, which is less than $1 million in today's dollars.


    Warren Buffett's Laguna Beach, California, home has finally sold for about $7.5 million, according to representatives of Villa Real Estate. Buffett first listed the property for sale in early 2017.

    In August, Buffett cut the $11 million asking price by more than $3 million, reported the Orange County Register.

    The Berkshire Hathaway CEO has owned the home since 1971, when he purchased it for $150,000. That's about $934,000 in today's dollars. He's since renovated the place, which has six bedrooms and more than 3,500 square feet of living space.

    The billionaire investor had primarily used it as a beach retreat for his family, but they reportedly hadn't used it much since his first wife, Susan, died in 2004.

    Let's take a tour of Buffett's beach-town home.

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    Buffett's longtime vacation home is located in the affluent beachside community of Laguna Beach, in Orange County, California.

    It's part of a gated community called Emerald Bay and is just a short walk from the beach.

    The beaches here are stunning, with high cliffs.

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    Thousands of books about business and leadership are published every year, and while we wish we could read them all, we just don't have the time. 

    When you want to ensure that you're about to read useful and enlightening content, Goodreads— the community for sharing what you're currently reading and discovering what you should read next — is a worthy place to start. 

    We're now halfway through 2018, and these are the new business and leadership books published so far that Goodreads members love. From dissecting business scandals to guiding you through awkward office situations, the 10 books offer interesting, entertaining, and actionable insights about the worlds of business, tech, and leadership. 

    Captions are provided by Goodreads. 

    For more business, tech, and leadership books you should read, check out:

    "The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups" by Daniel Coyle

    Buy it here on Amazon

    Goodreads rating: 4.39 stars from 1,400+ ratings 

    An essential book that unlocks the secrets of highly successful groups and provides readers with a toolkit for building a cohesive, innovative culture, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code.

    "Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too" by Gary Vaynerchuk

    Buy it here on Amazon

    Goodreads rating: 4.26 stars from 1,100+ ratings

    Four-time New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.

    In this lively, practical, and inspiring book, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each.


    "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup" by John Carreyrou

    Buy it here on Amazon

    Goodreads rating: 4.7 stars from 775 ratings 

    The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.


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    Ben Affleck Jennifer Garner divorce

    Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were married for 10 years and had three children before eventually filing for divorce in 2017.

    From the moment they met in 2000 to their official divorce in 2018, below is a complete timeline of the duo's relationship. 

    Summer 2000: Affleck and Garner met on the set of "Pearl Harbor."

    In the summer of 2000, Affleck and Garner met while filming the movie "Pearl Harbor." 

    Summer 2002: Affleck and Garner were reunited on the set of "Daredevil."

    Two summers later, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner found themselves working together again.

    Although both were still with their significant others, Affleck later said it was where they fell in love.

    In a Playboy interview, he said, "We met on ‘Pearl Harbor,’ which people hate, but we fell in love on 'Daredevil.' By the way, she won most of the fights in the movie, which was a pretty good predictor of what would happen down the road — my wife, holding swords and beating the living s--- out of me."

    January 2003: Some say the pair looked flirtatious on "Dinner for Five," although they were both still with other people at the time.

    In January of 2003, Affleck and Garner made an appearance on "Dinner for Five." Although Garner was still married to Foley and Affleck was then engaged to Jennifer Lopez, some noticed a hint of something between them. 

    One writer for Vulture said that at one moment during the episode, Garner gives Affleck"such a genuine look of gratitude and affection, it still makes me a bit uncomfortable to see it on television."

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    • As China puts increased pressure on Taiwan, the self-ruled island is pursuing greater defensive capabilities.
    • At the top of the US weapons wish list are submarine technology, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, and the M1A2 Abrams tank.

    A senior official Pentagon official’s comments last week that the United States is moving towards a “more normal foreign military sales relationship” with Taiwan could signal that the self-ruled island will be able to boost its defence capabilities with US military hardware.

    Randall Schriver, the assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific security affairs, said the Trump administration would push for more arms sales to Taiwan, a move that would be bitterly opposed by the Chinese government.

    Beijing sees the self-ruled island as part of its own territory to be reunified, by force if necessary, and criticised the announcement last month that the US planned to sell US$330 million worth of arms to the island.

    China has stepped up diplomatic and military pressure on Taiwan since the independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen took office two years ago, while Tsai in turn has promised to increase defence spending.

    In light of these developments, here are the three US items at the top of Taiwan’s shopping list.

    Submarine technology and weapons systems

    Taiwan has long sought to purchase the necessary technology and parts to upgrade its ageing submarine fleet and build its own indigenous submarines.

    Despite Beijing’s protestations, Washington agreed in April to allow US defence contractors to help Taiwan build its own submarines.

    But Taipei will need help from other nations as well, since the US navy uses only nuclear-powered vessels compared with the diesel-electric ones that Taiwan wants.

    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engined, all-weather stealth multi-role fighter. It was designed to be America’s premier surface-to-air missile killer and is equipped with cutting-edge processing power, synthetic aperture radar integration techniques and advanced target recognition.

    In an interview with Taiwan media in March, Taiwan’s Defence Minister Yen Teh-fa said the F-35B matched the Republic of China Air Force’s requirements for a short take-off and vertical landing fighter aircraft.

    Yen also said negotiations about the purchase had started and the island would make a request to the US after completing the evaluation of the procurement proposal.

    M1A2 Abrams

    The American third-generation battle tank designed is a good fit to replace the island’s ageing fleet.

    Currently most of the Taiwanese army’s tanks are older American models such as the M60 and M48.

    The island has long discussed the need to buy M1A2 Abrams tanks, since many people raised concerns about the operational feasibility of using older and heavier models in the island’s coastal wetlands and mountainous interior.

    After debating for over a decade, the Taiwanese government said on July 10 it wanted to buy 108 US-made M1A2 Abrams battle tanks, but it is unclear when the first batch will arrive in the island.

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