New Delhi/Kolkata: Former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who has been summoned by the CBI, in connection with the Saradha case, has approached a Special CBI court in Barasat, moving an anticipatory bail plea, which will be heard on Tuesday.Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation has also filed a caveat in the Supreme Court of India, in anticipation of a plea from Kumar’s side challenging the Calcutta High Court order that lifted his arrest shield. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The battle between CBI and Kumar has now once again reached the Apex court after it had in May this year said that Kumar should approach the High Court and trial courts for relief in the matter. CBI officials had also visited Nabanna, the West Bengal State Secretariat earlier on Monday to deliver letters to the home secretary and chief secretary of the state, seeking the whereabouts of the former Kolkata top cop, who had not been seen since the High Court removed his protection from arrest on Friday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe central agency had summoned Kumar to appear before its officials on Monday as well, even after Kumar had responded to their earlier summons asking for one month’s time before joining the probe. Moreover, on Sunday, the CBI also sent a letter to the West Bengal DGP, looking to find out more about Kumar’s location, to which DGP Virendra had replied. After the Calcutta High Court had lifted Kumar’s protection from arrest on Friday, the CBI had on the same day visited his residence and summoned him to join the investigation. Kumar had on Saturday itself responded to the central agency’s summons asking for more time before being subjected to questioning. The Supreme Court of India had granted Kumar protection from arrest in the case till May 24 this year, after which an Apex court bench asked him to approach the Calcutta High Court or the trial courts for relief. Kumar, in a couple of days, immediately approached the Calcutta High Court, which protected him from CBI’s arrest till recently, when it dismissed his plea. The CBI has already questioned Kumar in connection with the case in Shillong earlier this year. Kumar, who is currently the ADGP (CID) in West Bengal, has maintained that the allegations against him are a result of vendetta because he had spearheaded a probe against former CBI Interim-Director Nageswar Rao’s wife. And while the CBI seems to be overeager in its pursuit of Kumar, other important lines of enquiry, such as the involvement of bureaucrats like Neeraj Singh (I-T) department and Manoj Kumar (ED) in the chit fund cases seem to be going cold.
Rabat – Arsene Wenger was spotted in Marrakech over the weekend wearing a garish t-shirt that left many fans asking if he will bring the garment to the Premier League next season.The Arsenal manager was in Morocco to take part in a charity game organized by Franco-Moroccan comedian Jamel Debbouze to raise money for the association Al Karam.However, the highlight of the game was Wenger wearing a t-shirt covered with the faces of several French-Moroccan comedians including Jamel Debbouze and Gad El Maleh. The 65-year-old joined the likes of Didier Drogba, Karim Benzema, Marouane Fellaini, and Samuel Eto’o in the charity game that took place in the Marrakech Grand Stadium.
The Government also organised events to mark the 14th anniversary since the tsunami.The main event was held in Pereliya where the tsunami waves crashed into a train killing over 1500 people. Sri Lanka today commemorated the devastating Boxing Day tsunami of 2004 in which thousands were killed and displaced.Commemoration events were held in Colombo as well as in the coast in the South and in the North. The December 2004 tsunami killed around 30,000 people and left over 900,000 homeless in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) A two minute silence was also observed around the country at 9.25 am today. People who lost their loved ones in the tsunami gathered at memorial sites and at cemeteries to remember the dead.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI) has announced it will acquire an American company that makes plant-based protein foods for US$140 million and any related costs.Maple Leaf says it has signed a definitive agreement to buy Lightlife Foods Inc., which makes vegetarian deli meats, chicken, beef, sausages and other meatless foods.President and CEO Michael McCain said in a statement that consumers are looking for alternative protein sources and this growing market is one of Maple Leaf’s strategic growth platforms.Lightlife’s management will continue to run the Turners Falls, Mass.-headquartered company, which will operate as a subsidiary of Maple Leaf.The deal is subject to a U.S. regulatory review and is expected to close in March. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 21, 2017 2:49 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 21, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Maple Leaf Foods to buy meatless foods producer for US$140 million
Nearly lost amongst the piles of Apple news yesterday was the fact that the company rolled out the next edition of iOS 7, version 7.0.3. This is the update that many people have been for since iOS 7 was released thanks to it finally fixing the problems that some people have had with iMessage and giving iOS users the ability to turn off all of the operating systems transitions. As you’ll likely remember, these are the visuals that were making some people feel sick and sucking down battery life with their cool but unimportant parallax effects.Click to enlargeIn Apple’s full description of the iOS 7.0.3 update reveals that while the headline feature will be the iMessage fix, this firmware will also bring iCloud Keychain to iOS (on the same day Mavericks brought it do OS X), install a Password Generator on the OS which will work with Safari, and optimize the lockscreen for use with Touch ID fingerprint reading.The Siri lockscreen bypass hack was also fixed and and the accelerometer software was tweaked so that correct calibration is no longer an issue.If you turn to turn off the parallax effect (which is most visible on homescreen icons, but is used elsewhere as well) and stop all those transition effects that occur when you open and close apps, Apple has made it very easy. To do this you simply need to go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. At this point you can either opt for all of the motion effects or none of them, you can’t keep parallax while killing the transitions, or vice versa.So iOS 7.0.3 is available and you should download it — it’s basically the update we wanted from iOS 7.0.2 which landed about three weeks ago. The download and installation of 7.0.3 should take you about 30 minutes total on a newer iOS device (assuming you’re coming from 7.0.2), during most of which the phone/tablet will be usable.
Yakuza 6 will offer a ton of diversions for players who want to take a break from beating the crap out of thugs with bicycles and traffic cones. It will have arcades where you can play Virtua Fighter 5, or even let you talk to real-life webcam girls. It doesn’t stop there though, the upcoming Yakuza 6 promises to have some of the weirdest and most insanely Japanese-y sidequests ever seen in a game.During this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Yakuza series producer, Toshihiro Nagoshi, spoke about some of the other activities the game has for players to sink their time into. Users will be able to find stray cats and then use those same cats to run a cat cafe. As far as interacting with humans goes, players can comfort a crying infant, and make friends with (drunken) patrons at hostess bars. Some of the more game related activities include playing baseball, batting cage practice, Mah Jong, darts, and playing Puyo Puyo at the arcade. Players can also go diving for fish (which they will presumably get to eat afterward).Many games offer sidequests and diversions but none of them do it quite like Yakuza does. The series’ main story can tend to get a bit serious, so having weird activities like these certainly adds some levity to everything. For Western audiences (who typically have to wait a long time to get Yakuza titles localized), these time sinks help give the games even more of a Japanese flavor because of how unusual they are. Personally, I spend most of my time in any given Yakuza title doing crazy sidequests more than anything precisely because of how zany and original they are — at least to a gaijin like myself.Yakuza 6 is set to be released exclusively for the PlayStation 4 later this year in Japan. There is no word yet on when it will be released outside of its home country.
Clark County is encouraging people to apply for three openings on the Clean Water Commission.The terms will run for three years, beginning in January 2019 and ending in December 2021.The nine-person group advises the Clark County Council on clean water services, policies and financing needed to meet state and federal water-quality standards and county stormwater management improvements.Applicants can live anywhere in Clark County. Unincorporated residents and others with experience with environmental issues or analytical skills are especially encouraged to apply.Interested residents must submit a letter and résumé by mail to Dean Boening, Clark County Clean Water Division, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or by email to email@example.com.Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.More information on the Clean Water Commission is available on the county’s website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/clean-water-commission.
Delightful fall weather was in evidence Saturday (OK, “almost fall,” to most of you) but a weak weather disturbance was moving by to our north Saturday night and early today. Most of the moisture associated with the front was expected to remain north of Clark County, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some drizzle or showers over the mountains.As mentioned here Thursday, we should have basically a semi-quasi-quiet weather pattern most of the week as high pressure blocks incoming storms off the Pacific and shunts them well north and then down to our east. Showers may intrude later in the week, but that is still up in the air.Highs Saturday were generally in the low 70s around our neck of the woods, a few degrees below average but a whole lot better than other areas in the country. It sure felt like autumn Friday night and early Saturday, quite a chill in the air as the thermometer dipped into the 40s.Climate-wise, for the first 10 days of the month Vancouver is almost right on the historical norms. The average mean temperature was 63.1 degrees, 0.1 degree above average. Rainfall was 0.66 of an inch, about 0.16 of an inch above average.A quick glance at the 2011 Farmer’s Almanac suggests this winter will be gentler to most of the country than last year. Still, I read between the lines that most of the country will still be colder than normal. New England will get hit hard, as will the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. The Almanac anticipates mild temperatures in the Northwest and cold in the Southeast.
Police allegedly detained at least 20 leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies, including Sramik Dal president Anwar Hossain, after the party’s human chain programme in the city, reports UNB.“Police arrested our 20-25 leaders and activists just after the conclusion of our human-chain programme in front of the National Press Club,” BNP assistant organising secretary Abdus Salam Azad told UNB.He said the arrested party leaders include Anwar Hossain, Dhaka north city unit organising secretary Farroque Hossain, its leaders Amir Hossain, Ripon, Mahbubur Rahman Dipu and Mostak Sarker.The BNP leader said the arrested BNP men were taken to Shahbagh and Ramna police stations.BNP formed the human chain protesting the conviction of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.Several hundred BNP leaders and followers formed the human chain around 11am in front of the National Press Club amid tight security.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and its other senior leaders addressed the programme.A good number of party leaders and activists started leaving the programme venue after 11:30am fearing police actions after its conclusion.Before concluding the rally 6 minutes ahead of the scheduled time, Fakhrul called upon the law enforcers not to arrest their party leaders and activists on their way back home.“I would like to call upon the law enforcers you please don’t arrest anyone from here. It’s our request to you,” he insisted.
In addition, FilmRise plans to continue to make all original seasons of “Roseanne” available on the FilmRise free, ad-supported channel on Roku, as well as its apps for other platforms including Android, Apple TV, and Xbox,“While FilmRise condemns Roseanne Barr’s recent tweet about Valerie Jarrett as well as other controversial tweets she has made, we believe that does not in any way change the cultural, artistic and historic significance of the classic ‘Roseanne’ show,” FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher said in a statement to Variety. “We do not believe that audiences would be well served by being denied the completely voluntary opportunity to watch this landmark series.”Meanwhile, “Roseanne” seasons 1-9 also are available to purchase from digital retailers. Those include Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, and Google Play. Both iTunes and Google Play, in addition to offering individual seasons for $19.99 and episodes for 99 cents each, are selling the whole classic run in a $69.99 bundle.ABC’s season 10 revival, which finished as the top-rated primetime scripted TV show in the demo this year, is not currently available on (legal) digital services. Episodes had been available to stream on ABC’s site and apps, but the network yanked those earlier this week.It’s possible — at least in the short term — that publicity surrounding ABC’s cancellation of the “Roseanne” revival and Barr’s ignominious tweet will drive up digital sales and viewing of the show. But clearly, FilmRise and its partners would have preferred to have the hit show stay on the air. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety “Roseanne” has been scrubbed from ABC’s website and apps, as well as Viacom’s cable networks and Hulu — but the full run of the original series is still available from several digital services.ABC on Tuesday quickly axed “Roseanne” in response to star Roseanne Barr’s racist comment on Twitter about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. A few hours later came word that Hulu and Viacom’s TV Land, CMT and Paramount Network were pulling reruns of the original nine seasons of the sitcom.However, all episodes of the classic “Roseanne” series, which aired from 1988-97, remain available on Amazon Prime Video. The ecommerce giant began streaming the show last summer, distributed through Amazon’s Video Direct program by FilmRise (which licensed distribution rights to the original nine seasons of the TV series from Carsey-Werner Co.).
© 2013 Phys.org MC10, whose motto is “reshaping electronics,” from the outset wanted to provide an alternative to bulky medical devices, asking instead, “What if electronics were soft and pliable? What if electronics conformed to us, instead of us conforming to them?” They have been on a course of reshaping electronics into products that bend, stretch, and flex. They developed the arm tattoo for the skin in the form of a patch can be placed on the skin. Motorola intends to work with them on an electronic tattoo for authentication.Dugan, who formerly was director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is among technology thought leaders who believe it’s high time for thinking up better methods for authentication. She said at the conference that authentication was irritating. “After 40 years of advances in computation, we’re still authenticating basically the same way we did years ago.”Yet another idea that captures Motorola’s interest, she said, belongs in the category of ingestible sensor technology: a pill from Redwood City, California based Proteus Digital Health. The latter has developed a way to make a sensor-embedded pill that you can swallow and which is then powered by the acid in your stomach—and Motorola is interested in that pill as a means for authentication. In that concept, the pill creates an 18-bit signal in your body—and your body becomes one walking authentication token. A user would authenticate identity just by touching a phone, computer or car. Citation: Motorola on authentication: We’re talking tattoos and pills (2013, June 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-motorola-authentication-tattoos-pills.html Credit: MC10 Explore further (Phys.org) —Motorola’s CEO Dennis Woodside along with the company’s senior vice present for advanced technology took to the All Things Digital stage this week to reveal what they think about the future of passwords—namely, authentication by way of arm tattoos and pills. Regina Dugan, senior vice president for advanced technology and projects, first revealed the company’s interest in exploring an electronic tattoo for use as a wearable password. This electronic tattoo, behaving as a kind of barcode, works with sensors and antennas able to recognize the user’s smartphone. The tattoo concept belongs to MC10, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based firm. Their tattoos, known as biostamps, were designed to track a person’s health; Motorola sees the arm stamps as feasible for use as authentication. Google coming out with two new Android phones This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
(Twitter)“Enjoy watching @Robgronkoski (TE) play but if you drink & drive…your tight-end may end up in jail! #designateddriver #Super Bowl,” they wrote.The tweet was written alongside a picture of a bar of a soap on a rope, alluding to the stale joke about sexual assault within prisons.The joke was immediately lambasted by Kentucky officials including Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, who called for an apology.“Rape & sexual assault are not joking matters. Citizens expect & deserve better of law enforcement. An apology to victims everywhere from @kystatepolice is needed,” she wrote.A separate person complained: “Another instance where police officers and departments are void of responsibility. Yeah, i’m sure this opinion is “isolated”. Thanks for showing us once again that police officers are void of responsibility for anything they have ever done, or ever will do. no matter what it may be.”(Twitter)“The Kentucky State Police represents what is wrong with US law enforcement and why career ending, mass upheaval, manual rewriting reforms are long, long overdue,” another person wrote.A third added: “I sincerely hope the “individual employee” was fired over this, not just reprimanded. Tweets written by many reveal what is in their make-up and in their hearts. I can’t imagine the KSP or any other organization wanting an employee on their staff who sent a Tweet like that-ever.”Four hours after the joke was posted, the police department deleted it and issued an apology.It read: “The Kentucky State Police apologizes for the inappropriate tweet that appeared on our Twitter feed earlier tonight. Making light of sexual assault is never acceptable, and we apologize for the distress this tweet caused, particularly to the victims of these heinous crimes. “KSP is committed to protecting against sexual assault and fighting for justice for victims. This tweet – made by an individual employee – does not represent KSP or our mission.”(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)A group of Eagles fans settled down in a gay bar in Minneapolis to watch the Super Bowl last night after mistaking it for a sports bar, but they still had an incredible time.The group of fans did not have tickets to watch the game and so they decided to find a bar to watch it instead.They stumbled across The Eagle Bolt Bar, a downtown venue that many believed was an Eagles-themed bar.A flood of Philly Eagles fans entered the bar, but native Mineeapoitans were bemused at their choice of a haunt.“Eagles fans are mistaking @eagleBoltbar as a fan bar and I am DYING. It’s more of a Bears kinda place ya’ll,” one person wrote on Twitter.“Eagles fans here at @eagleBoltbar were drawn by the name,” another added.The non-binary person in Coca-Cola’s Super Bowl advert (YouTube/coca-cola)Coca-Cola took the opportunity to run an advert featuring a lesbian couple and a non-binary person during the sports game, which is one of the most watched worldwide with 100 million people tuning in.The voiceover, which switches between different people as the camera does too, tells viewers: “There’s a Coke for he – and she – and her – and me – and them.”On the “and them,” the ad shows a person with a rainbow-coloured collar smiling at the camera.Later on, the ad shows a woman in a car, while the voiceover says: “We all have different looks.”And then – panning across to another woman in the driver’s seat – the voiceover says: “And loves.”P!nk performed at the event before Justin Timberlake, who headlined the multi-billion dollar event.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Kentucky state police made a crude rape ‘joke’ during the Super Bowl game last night about Patriots player Rob Gronkowski.The official Twitter account for the police force of Kentucky tweeted that they were enjoying watching Gronkowski play, but followed it up with a less than tasteful remark that tried to wordplay his position as a tight end on the team. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Bianca Del Rio makes awful rape joke about Blair St Clair and it’s not okayGay porn site owner retires after denying he’s raped starsBianca Del Rio defends Blair St Clair rape joke after massive backlashPINK NEWS-
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) India’s National Congress president vows to decriminalize gay sexBREAKING: India rules to end gay sex banIndia celebrates end of gay sex banRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/indian-court-rules-lesbian-couple-should-live-together/ Landmark Supreme Court decisionIn safeguarding the rights of the lesbian couple to live together, the Kerala High Court upheld the Supreme Court’s landmark decision earlier this month.India’s Supreme Court on 5 September ruled to alter colonial-era, Section 377 of the Penal Code.India has a population of 1.3 billion. Therefore its estimated LGBTI population of 78 million makes this the biggest decriminalization verdict in history.Judges in Delhi said Section 377 was unconstitutional.‘We have to vanquish prejudice, embrace inclusion, and ensure equal rights,’ said Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in his judgment.The 1861 law criminalized ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’.The law applied to anal and oral sex. It therefore effectively criminalized homosexuality, with those convicted under the law facing up to 10 years in jail.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . High Court of Kerala (Photo: Wikimedia) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The High Court of Kerala in south India on Monday ruled that a lesbian couple should live together. Importantly, the judges upheld the Supreme Court’s recent decision to dismantle Section 377 of the Penal Code which criminalized gay sex.The bench said 24-year-old Aruna should live with her partner, 40-year-old Sreeja S of Kollam, according to local media.Kollam filed a court petition to release Aruna from her parents. Upon discovering Aruna’s lesbian relationship, her family trapped her in their home and admitted her to a mental hospital, according to the Times of India.But, the hospital refused to hand Aruna over to Kollam. Kollam then filed her case and referenced the recent striking down of Section 377.When Aruna was produced before the court, she told the judges she wanted to live with Kollam. Justices C K Abdul Rehim and R Narayana Pisharadi issued ruled Aruna could go with Kollam. GAYSTARNEWS-
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Numerous reports on social media and WhatsApp groups say that Van Reenen’s Pass is closed due to bad weather conditions.This is not true! Van Reenen’s Pass on the N3 is still open, with no warnings predicted for the area as yet.Icy conditions are prevalent in the Van Reenen area and also throughout KZN due to the cold front.Also read: Weather warning: Cold and possibly wet conditions in store for Ladysmith todayAlso read: Icy weather expected for Ladysmith as cold front approaches, with snow predicted in some areasAlso read: Snow predicted to start falling from today, bringing cold weather to Ladysmith Also read previous snow stories: Avoid travelling in areas where snow may fallAlso read previous snow stories: Snow on the mountains brings in the coldStay warm and be safe on the roads when travelling.Drive with your headlights on and keep a safe following distance in this weather.We will update you on travelling conditions and if the weather changes in Van Reenen.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
Posted by Share Tags: Airbnb Friday, November 18, 2016 Travelweek Group SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb has just unveiled the most significant development in its eight-year history as it moves beyond accommodation with the launch of ‘Trips’. Officially launched yesterday, ‘Trips’ includes three key areas: Experiences, Places & Homes, with ‘Flights & Services’ to be added in the future.‘Experiences’ are handcrafted activities designed and led by local experts, be it a single activity like a Samurai Swordplay workshop or an immersive multi-day experience like learning about and driving classic cars in Malibu. ‘Trips’ launches with approximately 500 Experiences in 12 cities worldwide: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Detroit, Havana, London, Paris, Florence, Nairobi, Cape Town, Tokyo and Seoul. As of yesterday, budding hosts in these and an additional 39 cities worldwide can request to list their Experience.‘Places’ aims to bring to life the cities of people who live there, reflecting the recommendations of hundreds of thousands of Airbnb hosts. With Insider Guidebooks, Airbnb has identified cultural experts and neighbourhood insiders to recommend hidden gems within their city. A total of 100 Insider Guidebooks are available in six cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Havana, Nairobi, Detroit and Seoul, with more coming soon.In addition to Insider Guidebooks, ‘Places’ includes over one million individual recommendations worldwide from Airbnb’s home hosts. The company is partnering with online booking app Resy to let travellers make restaurant reservations through Airbnb – in competition with services like OpenTable and Yelp.More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesAirbnb has also struck an exclusive partnership with Detour to offer access to experiential audio walking tours. At launch, adio tours will initially be available for Los Angeles, with San Francisco, Paris, London, Tokyo and Seoul to follow by Spring 2017.Also new to the table is ‘Trip Itinerary’, a feature that brings together everything the traveller needs to know into one simple timeline, with the ability to easily book and add Experiences or things to do. Airbnb’s vision is to ultimately cater for every aspect of a trip, including flights. In an interview, CEO Brian Chesky said he hopes to add more services, including the ability to book airline flights.The launch of Trips also sees the introduction of a new identity authentication process that the Airbnb Experiences Community will be using. Hosts and guests will be asked to scan an official government ID (for example a passport, or driving license) and then take a simple selfie. After the ID is authenticated, the ID and selfie will be reviewed to confirm that both pictures appear to match. Having a more robust standard of authenticating identity will make the Airbnb community stronger and reaffirms Airbnb’s ongoing commitment to authenticity, reliability, and security. This new identity authentication step is required for all Experiences users, and is also currently being tested for homes bookings.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesSince the company launched in 2008, when the co-founders invited travellers to sleep on an air mattress in their San Francisco loft, Airbnb has grown to be one of the world’s most valuable private startups by collecting fees when private hosts rent out accommodations listed on the site. It’s raised $3.9 billion from investors, according to CB Insights, which tracks venture funding.Chesky declined to say if the company is profitable, although the Wall Street Journal reported last year that Airbnb was spending heavily to expand in more cities. The newspaper cited internal projections that forecast Airbnb to have nearly $1 billion in revenue last year and to become profitable by 2020.With file from The Associated Press With local tours & activities now available with Airbnb, can flights be next? << Previous PostNext Post >>
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese province where authorities have forcibly removed hundreds of rooftop crosses from skylines of cities and towns has proposed a ban on any further placement of the religious symbol atop sanctuaries at both Protestant and Catholic churches.The draft, if approved, would give authorities in the eastern province of Zhejiang legal grounds to remove rooftop crosses.Since early 2014, Zhejiang officials have toppled crosses from more than 400 churches, sometimes resulting in violent clashes with congregation members. They say the crosses violate building codes, but critics say the rapid growth of Christian groups have made the ruling Communist Party nervous. “The authorities have attached great importance to this religious symbol,” said Zheng Leguo, a pastor from the province who now lives in the United States. “This means no more prominent manifestation of Christianity in the public sphere.”A draft of rules on religious structures released by government agencies this week says the crosses should be wholly affixed to a building facade and be no more than one-tenth of the facade’s height. The symbol also must fit with the facade and the surroundings, the proposal says. The draft does not provide the rationale for the proposal.Fang Shenglan, an engineer at Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Architectural Design and Research who was involved with the research for the draft rules, confirmed that rooftop crosses would not be allowed under the proposed rules, but declined to explain why over the phone and did not respond to a written request.Zhu Libin, president of a semi-official Christian association in Wenzhou, in southeastern Zhejiang, declined to comment. Calls to the provincial Christian association were unanswered Thursday.“This new draft law is just another attempt by the government to legitimize its existing illegal violent campaign of destruction and removal of the cross,” said Bob Fu of U.S.-based China Aid, which has documented that 448 churches have had crosses removed or buildings destroyed. Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The Zhejiang city of Wenzhou is known as China’s Jerusalem because it has half of the province’s 4,000 churches. Rooftop crosses used to dominate the city’s skylines, and local churches — often funded by well-off businesspeople — raced to build the largest church and the tallest cross as a display of their blessings.Compared to the Communist Party’s previous militant-style campaigns aiming at wiping out the religion, the latest crackdown is milder and its primary target is a symbol rather than the belief itself, Zheng said.Still, he called it “a restriction on the public space for Christianity.”The campaign comes amid Beijing’s increasing restrictions on civil liberty, Zheng said, as authorities have stepped up persecution of advocates for civil society and rights lawyers, and placed more restrictions on non-governmental groups.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories “To continue to forcefully remove and ban the cross on the rooftop of the church buildings demonstrates the Chinese regime’s determination to contain the rapid growth of Christianity in China,” he said in an email.Yang Fenggang, an expert on China’s religious issues at Purdue University, said the new restriction might be a power play by authorities and may not have real effects on beliefs. “I think this is a formal statement that we are in control,” Yang said in a phone interview. “It is that ‘you have to obey whatever orders we give. If we don’t like the cross, you have to change.’”Christianity has been expanding in China since the 1980s, when Beijing loosened its controls on religion.Estimates for the number of Christians in China range from the conservative official figure of 23 million to as many as 100 million by independent scholars, raising the possibility that Christians may rival in size the 85 million members of the ruling Communist Party. The religion’s tight-knit parishes, proclivity for civil society, and loyalty to God have made the ruling party edgy about its own rule.Last August, Beijing authorities called Christian pastors and religious scholars into meetings to deliver an edict that the Christian faith must be free of foreign influence but “adapt to China,” a euphemism for obeying the Communist Party. Comments Share The difference between men and women when it comes to pain
It stands to reason that every NFL team has at least one player who is underrated and one who is overrated.It is with that in mind that CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco created a list featuring one player from each team that fits into those categories.For the Arizona Cardinals, he lists running back Andre Ellington as the most underrated player.He is the prototype “air back.” He can rip off long runs and hurt a defense in the passing game. He should be special this season for the Cardinals. A fifth-round pick out of Clemson in 2013, Ellington emerged as a key member of the Cardinals’ offense as a rookie, tallying 118 carries for 652 yards and 39 receptions for 371 yards. He scored a total of four touchdowns, and is expected to be the focal point of the team’s offensive attack in 2014. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On the flip side, Prisco says defensive lineman Darnell Dockett is the most overrated player on the team.He’s still a decent player, but he’s nowhere close to what he used to be, which, at times, was a dominant lineman. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 33-year-old is entering his 11th NFL season — all with the Cardinals. In 2013, he earned 36 total tackles along with 4.5 sacks, which was his most since 2010 when he had five. Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories
Celebrating 20 years since its original opening date, andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge has officially reopened with a new and updated look. The South African lodge has been comprehensively refurbished in line with andBeyond’s commitment to providing world-class luxury safari experiences.The unique African adobe style at Phinda Rock Lodge has been enhanced with an earthy soft grey palette and the lodge now boasts interiors that are raw and natural, but still convey a sense of luxury and elegance.The lodge’s guest areas have been redecorated using a combination of beautiful woven linen, hand-embroidered cotton and exquisite Persian carpets. The colour scheme is an elegant combination of oatmeal, grey and stone. The windows in the guest lounge have been replaced with immense French doors, opening up the room onto an extended outdoor verandah. All outdoor decks have been reconfigured to allow plenty of space for al fresco dining, with stretched canvas shades for protection from the sun. A new rooftop terrace provides the ideal venue for dining beneath the stars.Guest suites have received a similar treatment, with all rooms provided with easier access to their own verandahs and views onto the valley below significantly opened up. Bedrooms have been redone in the same colour scheme and soft finishes as the guest areas. Bathrooms have been completely refurbished to feature raw timber slabs and handsome granite surfaces.Keeping to the spirit of Phinda Rock Lodge, the refurbishment has retained the sense of intimacy integral to this small and exclusive lodge. Glamorous new touches retain a sense of place, deep in the heart of Zululand.
Go back to the enewsletterThe Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is introducing the iconic Taj brand in Rishikesh with the opening of Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand. It will be the company’s third hotel in the state.Offering unrestricted views of the Himalayas, the resort is well positioned to tap into the growing potential of the wellness and spiritual tourism market, said Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and CEO, IHCL.The resort, 30 kilometres from Rishikesh, is spread over 12.5 acres (five hectares) of terraced gardens on the banks of the river Ganges in the shadow of the Himalayas. Each of the spacious 79 rooms has panoramic views of the Ganges’ white sandy beaches and the mountains behind. Taj Rishikesh is a unique blend of contemporary and rustic, blended with nature; an architectural tribute to the Garhwal region in which it resides.Guests have a choice of distinctive culinary options which include an all-day diner, a specialty restaurant offering cuisine inspired from the entire Himalayan belt and an open-air pizza bar. The resort is an ideal destination for intimate weddings and conferences, with indoor and outdoor banqueting spaces. It is home to the Jiva Spa, spread over 20,000 square feet which and including treatment rooms and an expansive Yoga Pavilion. Jiva Spa is rooted in the rich and ancient wellness traditions of India, offering holistic programmes including yoga and meditation.Guests can also partake in a private Ganga Aarti ceremony on the resort’s Pebble Beach or in adventure-filled activities like white-river rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, local village visits and hiking.Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is known as the spiritual and yoga capital of the world.More at www.tajhotels.comGo back to the enewsletter
On the eve of the NY Auto Show Ferrari debuted its latest models at its corporate showroom on Park Avenue. The 599 HGTE and 599xx, just recently debuted at the Geneva Autoshow, were presentedat the Park Avenue showroom together with the Ferrari California, the latest Ferrari V8, whose deliveries to North American clients will start in June.Details: 599 GTB Fiorano with the Handling GTE packageWhen it first debuted, the 599 GTB Fiorano set a new standard in terms of performance that remains a benchmark for new sports car development to this day. Now Ferrari is introducing the new Handling GTE (Handling Gran Turismo Evoluzione) package for the model to further underscore its sportiness and handling. The HGTE package is designed to deliver even sportier, more dynamic driving, to highlight the 599 GTB Fiorano’s positioning in the “sports car” segment. The technical modifications introduced with the HGTE Package to the car’s set‐up and tires ensure tighter, more dynamic handling, with sharper cornering and improved responsiveness whilst still being easy to drive. The HGTE package further underlines the 599 GTB Fiorano’s different mission from Ferrari’s other current 12‐cylinder, the 612 Scaglietti which, along with the 8‐cylinder Ferrari California, represents the Grand Tourer personality of the Prancing Horse’s current range.Details: 599XXThe 599XX, on the other hand, is aimed at owners that want to experience Prancing Horse driving pleasure at its purest ‐ in fact, Ferrari will be organizing a program of dedicated track events for it in 2010/2011. Conceived exclusively for track but not official competition use, and thus unrestricted either by limitations or regulatory restrictions, this extreme sports car incorporates the very best of Ferrari technology, the fruit both of our Research and Development Department’s labors and our long experience and experimentation in F1. The plethora of aerodynamic, electronic control and handling innovations used together for the first time on a single car make this model a genuine technological laboratory. The solutions adopted for the 599XX – many of which will remain exclusive to it ‐ enhance its levels of performance and can be summed up in one highly relevant statistic: a Fiorano lap time of just 1 minute and 17 seconds. Although it is such an extreme car, the 599XX still retains the ergonomics of the road‐going model which are essential for nonprofessional drivers engaging in intensive track driving.Details: Ferrari CaliforniaThis new car joins Ferrari’s 8‐cylinder range which is made up mostly of very high performance models. It also flanks the 12‐cylinder flagship 612 Scaglietti in the Grand Tourer category. The Ferrari California is a car with the track in its DNA. It is enormously innovative and will more than fulfill the expectations of even our most discerning clients, offering breathtaking driving pleasure and fun behind the wheel as well as extreme versatility of use and in‐car comfort. It is available exclusively as a convertible with retractable folding hard top in either a two‐seater version with a traditional rear bench or in the 2+ version which sees the rear bench equipped with seating for one to two passengers. www.ferrari.comDetails: Maserati Gran Turismo S AutomaticMaserati North America debuted the new Gran Turismo S Automatic during the same showroom event. Featuring a powerful 4.7-liter V8 that delivers 433hp, the main draw for this newest iteration of the Gran Turismo is the combination of an automatic transmission with the most poweful wet sump Maserati V8 introducing into a Gran Turismo chassis. With the combination of horsepower output and the smooth ZF 6-speed automatic this new car stresses the touring aspects of the vehicle, a core concept of the Gran Turismo marque. At the event Maserati North America President and CEO Marti Eulberg announced pricing in the $120,000 range.www.maserati.com