Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Friday said those raising doubts over the arrest of British citizen Jagtar Singh Johal in connection with the targeted killing cases are acting against Punjab’s interest by echoing the baseless statements of some foreign elements.Reacting to statements by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on the issue, the Chief Minister termed their comments as unfortunate and not in the interest of Punjab and its people.“By deciding to side with those who were conspiring to malign the Punjab police and government, these parties had exposed their total lack of interest in the welfare of the State,” said the Chief Minister, in a statement issued here.‘Law being followed’“From being allowed to talk to his family to having consular access, and from his medical examinations to his timely production in court, the due process of law had been followed at every step from the moment of Jagtar’s arrest,” said Capt. Amarinder.He said the whole issue was being sought to be politicized by certain pro-Khalistani elements and it was unfortunate that Punjab’s own leaders were adding their voice to these elements. “
In Old Meerut’s Hashimpura locality, where every second home has a story about a massacre that took place 31 years ago, survivors and families of victims said the Delhi High Court’s verdict has finally acknowledged an injustice.“The trial court judgment had been very disappointing. At least now the High Court has agreed that a massacre took place,” said Zulfiqar Nasir, one of the lead petitioners in the case and a survivor of the shooting by the U.P. Provincial Armed Constabulary men. Mr. Nasir pointed to a spot below his right armpit to show where the bullet entered and passed through. “I pretended to lie dead and managed to escape,” he said.Another resident, Riyazudin, who was 18 years old at the time, remembered being taken to a maidan and beaten up in a parked truck. “Constables climbed onto the iron grill of the truck, and we were hit with sticks from all sides while we crouched like scared animals. I soon fell unconscious, but there was blood everywhere,” he said.‘A conspiracy’Jamaludin, 81, whose son was also killed, claimed the incident was a consequence of a conspiracy. “Some scuffles had taken place between Hindus and Muslims in the city and rumours spread that Hindus were being killed in the area. But that was a lie.”Jaibun Nisha was walking around with a photograph of her husband Mohammad Iqbal, who was also killed on the fateful day. “Our youngest daughter was two days old when they came to take him. I don’t know why they came for us. That’s the question,” she said. “Not a day passes by when we don’t talk about the massacre,” said Mohammed Abid, who was called in about four to five months later to identify the clothes of his two younger brothers, Jamshed and Shamshad.On the day of court verdict, children in Hashimpura stood around with wide-eyed curiosity as elders in the area recounted numerous stories of brothers and sons being abducted and killed. “They know all about it. They’ve heard these stories forever,” said a resident.
Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 18: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on December 18, 2018 in New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPAmerican basketball star LeBron James has apologized for posting controversial song lyrics with the phrase “getting that Jewish money” on Instagram, where he boasts over 45 million followers.“We been getting that Jewish Money, Everything is kosher,” the Los Angeles Lakers forward posted in an Instagram story over the weekend, reciting lyrics from rapper 21 Savages’ song “asmr” while wearing a Lakers sweatshirt.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Darren Rovell, a sports business analyst who formerly worked for ESPN, called attention to the post’s problematic use of stereotypes painting Jewish people as wealthy and tightfisted.“Surprised LeBron, who makes very few mistakes, put this out. Does quoting lyrics from a song absolve the person quoting from the responsibility behind the words?” Rovell tweeted. “I’d argue no, especially with a following of 45 million.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSpeaking to ESPN following the Lakers’ Sunday loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, James said “it definitely was not the intent, obviously, to hurt anybody.”“Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone,” the 33-year-old basketball great said. “That’s not why I chose to share that lyric,” adding that he regularly posts song lyrics. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Eagles make it official, Nick Foles will get another start “That’s what I do. I ride in my car, I listen to great music, and that was the by-product of it,” he continued. “So I actually thought it was a compliment, and obviously it wasn’t through the lens of a lot of people. My apologies.”The NBA does not plan to fine James over the post, ESPN said.James — who regularly speaks out on politics and sociocultural issues — also made waves over the weekend for comparing the US professional basketball and football leagues.“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said during Friday’s episode of his HBO show “The Shop.”He then lauded the NBA’s commissioner Adam Silver for letting players express themselves.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “It doesn’t even matter if Adam agrees with what we are saying, he at least wants to hear us out,” James said. “As long as we are doing it in a very educational, nonviolent way, then he’s absolutely okay with it.”The NFL in recent years has grappled with protests from players kneeling during the playing of the US national anthem, as part of movement calling attention to issues of racial injustice and social inequality.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
According to KSN in Kansas, Joe Randle was arrested last night/this morning for assaulting an officer at the Kansas Star Casino.KSN has confirmed Randle was arrested on suspicion of criminal threat, assault on a law officer, battery, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, and interference with law enforcement. He remains in the Sumner County Jail on a $25,000 bond.TMZ also had the story.Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle was arrested outside of a Kansas casino last night … after he was told to leave and went berserk on cops on the way out … TMZ Sports has learned.Weeee!Randle recently trolled the Dallas Cowboys so hard on Instagram.Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle threw some shade on Instagram tonight pic.twitter.com/M1d2S4b46X— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) November 16, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
1. Clemson: at South Carolina on Nov. 30, 14.9 percent chance at loss (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)2. Alabama: at Auburn on Nov. 30, 26.4 percent chance at loss (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)3. Georgia: at Auburn on Nov. 16, 45.3 percent chance at loss (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)4. Oklahoma: at UCLA on Sept. 14, 38 percent chance at loss (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)5. Ohio State: at Michigan on Nov. 30, 76.6 percent chance at loss (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)6. LSU: at Alabama on Nov. 9, 74.8 percent chance at loss (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)7. Michigan: at Penn State on Oct. 19, 41.7 percent chance at loss (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)8. Florida: at LSU on Oct. 12, 70.3 percent chance at loss (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)9. Notre Dame: at Georgia on Sept. 21, 70.3 percent chance at loss (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)10. Texas: Oct. 12 vs. Oklahoma, 76.1 percent chance at loss (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)***As you’ve seen above, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Michigan are all favored to win every game they play. It’d be shocking if the college football season works out that way, though. NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)College football’s preseason top 25 poll was released on Monday afternoon, with the Associated Press unveiling its rankings.The Associated Press’ preseason top 10 is as follows:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOklahomaOhio StateLSUMichiganFloridaNotre DameTexasCollege football’s national champion will probably come from that group, so that group will also surely lose plenty of games.According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, here are the most-likely losses for each team:
zoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), has started off the new year by naming two 10,000 TEU container ships for a Greek shipping line, Oceanbulk Maritime SA.At the simultaneous naming ceremony, the vessels were named after the famous French and Spanish painters, Cezanne and Dali respectively. Cezanne was delivered today and Dali is scheduled to be delivered at the end of March this year.The container ships measure 300 m in length, 48.2 m in width, and 24.8 m in depth with a service speed of 22 knots. HHI plans to deliver a total of 74 ships including 25 container ships this year.
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government on Monday canceled all permissions granted to the bankrupt Sterling group promoted by the absconding Sandesara brothers to develop an all-weather port in Dahej.The absconding promoters of the Sterling group– Nitin and Chetan Sandesara–are alleged to have defrauded over Rs 14,500 crore of public money. Two of their flagships–Sterling Biotech and Sterling SEZ are in bankruptcy tribunals now. Both the bothers are absconding since their names came up in the bank loan scam and money laundering activities and federal agencies began probing them. “Chief minister Vijay Rupani today decided to cancel all the permissions given for building an all-weather berthing port at Dahej to Sterling Ports of Nitin Sandesara,” the chief minister’s office said in a statement Monday. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Rupani has also directed the Gujarat Maritime Board to recover the amount that the company had to pay as bank guarantees and also to take re-possession of the 84.95 hectares given to the company for developing the port,” the statement added. The Gujarat Maritime Board and a consortium led by Sterling Biotech had entered into an agreement to develop the Dahej port as an all-weather direct berthing port in 2009. Following this, the board had handed over 84.95 hectares to the group in 2010. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe Sterling consortium had formed a new company– Sterling Port-to develop the port and had also signed a concession agreement in 2014 with the board. As per the agreement, the company was to invest Rs 2,500 crore in the first phase and had to deposit 1.5 percent of the equity along with another Rs 5 crore as performance guarantee with the maritime board. But the company is yet to start any work on the port, government officials said, adding it even failed to deposit Rs 37.50 crore which it had to pay as bank guarantee to the government. Earlier in the day, the board of directors of the maritime board met and recommended to cancel the contract, they said.
VICTORIA — First Nations leaders from British Columbia told a National Energy Board hearing in Victoria that there are serious concerns about the potential impacts of an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline on their homelands.Two leaders representing the Fraser Valley’s Sto:lo Tribal Council say protection of the Fraser River’s salmon, animals and surrounding lands is their eternal responsibility and the pipeline poses risks that could harm their homes and culture.But Chief Tyrone McNeil and councillor Andrew Victor did not say they are completely opposed to the expansion project.McNeil, the tribal council’s vice president, says the board must understand that the Sto:lo call the Fraser River their mother because it feeds and nurtures them.He says the Sto:lo believe they are responsible for looking after everything they see, including the Chinook salmon that are the main food source for threatened southern resident killer whales.Victor says the Sto:lo want to see justification for the pipeline expansion project, including the completion of environmental assessments that examine risks and impacts of a spill.The new hearings were prompted after the Federal Court of Appeal tossed out the original approval for the expansion, saying Canada didn’t adequately consult with First Nations or consider tanker traffic’s impact on the marine environment. The Canadian Press
Washington – Morocco’s minister of foreign affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, reviewed here on Thursdaywith chairman of the foreign committee at the US House of Representatives, Edward R. Royce, bilateral ties and means to promote partnership between the two countries’ legislative institutions.The meeting was an opportunity to thank the US representative for the letter he addressed to US president Barack Obama, and in which he highlighted the quality of bilateral ties and the importance that Morocco has for the USA.The Moroccan official also renewed during the meeting the excellence of bilateral relations and the importance of the working visit by HM King Mohammed VI to the USA in developing ties and opening new prospects for this partnership. Royce’s letter urged President Obama to seize the opportunity of the Sovereign’s visit to consolidate strategic ties between the two nations at a time Washington is endeavoring to promote a mutually-profitable vision based on consolidation of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in North Africa.Washington should carry on support and assistance to Morocco’s efforts to stabilize and consolidate capacities of the region’s countries, and get more involved in the Sahara issue that continues to stall integration, economic growth and stability in the region, the letter says.
A group of 118 Parliamentarians met the Speaker today calling for Parliament to be convened early. The Speaker said that the President had informed him he is prepared to convene Parliament on November 7th.However, the Speaker said the gazette notice has not yet been issued. (Colombo Gazette) The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, the Tamil National Alliance, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the All Ceylon Makkal Congress were among the political parties, together with the United National Party who met the Speaker today. President Maithripala Sirisena has told Speaker Karu Jayasuriya he is prepared to convene Parliament next week.The Speaker told political party leaders and a group of Parliamentarians today that Parliament can convene next week.
Member States have done much over the past decade to protect children from the ravages of armed conflict, through new laws, prosecutions and investigations, but this is just the beginning and more needs to be done, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other senior officials told the Security Council today.Mr. Annan’s call came during a day-long meeting on children and armed conflict focusing largely on his recent report, highlighting that children are still being recruited as soldiers, and also being murdered, tortured or sexually abused during times of conflict. After the debate, the Council issued a statement reiterating its commitment to protect children in conflict.“During the past 10 years, we have tried to place the issue firmly on the international agenda. Since 1998, when the first Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict began work and the Council held its first open debate on the subject, the subject has gained greater visibility… and yet, we have only begun to scratch the surface,” Mr. Annan said.“It is incumbent on all of us to sustain this political and practical momentum, and to keep a close eye on situations of concern… I hope that the Council will consolidate the gains that have been made, and will move forward to cover all situations of concern and all grave violations.” Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, echoed the call for more to be done, while also noting that many peace agreements signed over the past few years have included child protection provisions and a framework for child demobilization.“Despite these progressive developments many challenges remain and more action has to be taken to protect the interests of children trapped in situations of armed conflict. Though a great deal has been done in formulating standards and receiving commitments, the actual implementation on the ground is far from satisfactory,” she said.“So far the process of scrutiny and monitoring has been selective and focused on only a few countries. It is our belief, jointly shared with UNICEF (the UN Children’s Fund) and other partners, that we must expand the focus to all situations of armed conflict so that there is equal treatment of children regardless of where they live.”In her remarks, UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman said she remained deeply concerned by conflicts in several countries, noting for example that in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, some 119 Palestinian children had been killed this year, more than twice the number of deaths registered in 2005. She also cited the situations in Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).“We have made significant progress over the past year. Today, we must renew our commitment to the children who are impacted by this unacceptable practice,” she said, referring in particular to the trauma caused to children by armed conflict.Gabriel Oling Olang, representative of Save the Children, also addressed the Council, along with diplomats from over 40 countries, before Foreign Minister José Antonio García Belaunde of Peru, which holds this month’s presidency, read out a statement on behalf of the 15-member body. “The Security Council strongly condemns the continuing recruitment and use of children in armed conflict in violation of applicable international law, the killing and maiming of children, rape and other sexual violence, abductions, denial of humanitarian access to children and attacks against schools and hospitals by parties to armed conflict.”He added: “The Security Council reiterates its… commitment to address the widespread impact of armed conflict on children and its determination to ensure respect for and continued implementation of its resolutions 1612 (2005) and all of its previous resolutions on children in armed conflict.”
ST. LOUIS — Napheesa Collier had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Katie Lou Samuelson scored 20 points and top-ranked UConn beat Saint Louis 98-42 on Tuesday night.The Huskies (8-0) have won 123 consecutive regular season games. Crystal Dangerfield added 18 points, and Christyn Williams had 17.Myia Clark led Saint Louis (4-5) with 18 points.UConn rolled to a 15-2 lead and never looked back. Samuelson propelled the early outburst with a pair of 3-pointers, and Collier had a short jumper. Williams hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute to go in the first quarter to push the lead to 23-8.Collier grew up in the St. Louis suburb of O’Fallon, Missouri, and requested over 300 tickets for family and friends. She recorded her sixth double-double in eight games.NIGHT OFFUConn guard Megan Walker did not play due to the flu.BIG PICTUREConnecticut: The Huskies will go through a stretch of four successive road games beginning Dec. 19 in Oklahoma and ending Jan. 6 at Houston.St. Louis: All 20 of the Billikens’ first-half points came from freshmen. St. Louis played the third of four straight home games.UP NEXTConnecticut: Will host Seton Hall on Saturday.St. Louis: Will host Missouri on Sunday___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://apnews.com/Top_25Steve Overbey, The Associated Press
Birmanie : la renaissance de l’agriculture est en routeEn 50 ans de régime militaire, la Birmanie a vu son agriculture rizicole s’effondrer. Depuis peu, avec l’ouverture politique, l’espoir renaît pour le pays qui rêve de redevenir un exportateur de poids.En Birmanie, c’est l’ensemble du système judiciaire et économique qui est en train d’être restructuré. Logiquement, les paysans birmans espèrent pouvoir profiter des nouvelles institutions pour arriver enfin à vivre de leur production et doper leurs exportations de riz. Un optimisme qui fait suite aux réformes entamées en mars 2011, suite à la dissolution de la junte et l’avènement d’un gouvernement dirigé par des officiers en retraite.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”La Birmanie était le premier exportateur mondial de riz il y a 60 ans. Ils exportaient environ 5 millions de tonnes chaque année, mais les chiffres ont décliné”, explique Hiroyuki Konuma, directeur-général adjoint pour la région de l’Organisation des Nations unies pour l’agriculture et l’alimentation (FAO). En 2011, par exemple, les exportations n’ont pas dépassé les 700.000 tonnes. Ainsi, “nous avons beaucoup d’espoirs que la Birmanie puisse accéder aux fertilisants et autres produits agricoles et que peut-être les sanctions économiques seront levées, ce qui l’aidera à acquérir ce dont elle a besoin pour augmenter les exportations”, ajoute M. Konuma.Toutefois, les changements sur le terrain ne pourront se faire que très lentement. En effet, comme le souligne l’AFP, les analystes insistent sur l’immense défi que représentera le développement des zones rurales alors qu’un tiers des 60 millions de Birmans vit en dessous du seuil de pauvreté. Le pays peut néanmoins compter sur des conditions naturelles exceptionnelles. “Voilà un pays avec énormément de ressources en eau, avec le sol le plus fertile qui soit, un pays qui était le bol de riz non seulement de l’Asie mais aussi de l’empire britannique”, indique l’analyste économique Sean Turnell, de l’université Macquarie de Sydney. “Il se retrouve aujourd’hui avec une agriculture négligée depuis 50 ans, extraordinairement improductive. Mais évidemment, sur cette base, on peut obtenir une croissance toute aussi extraordinaire. Je ne vois pas pourquoi cela ne pourrait pas se reproduire”, assure le chercheur.Le 26 mars 2012 à 20:14 • Maxime Lambert
The optimal escapement goal (OEG) for early-run Kenai River king salmon is 3,900 to 6,600 king salmon 75 cm mid eye to tail fork length and longer. Cook Inlet Management Coordinator Matt Miller: “As of June 17, 2018, an estimated 2,116 large king salmon have past the River Mile 13.7 king salmon sonar. This closure is not an easy decision; however, even after prohibiting harvest of king salmon in the fishery last week, we are not projecting to meet the escapement goal and need to take this next step. King salmon stocks throughout Cook Inlet, including the Kenai River runs, are experiencing a period of low productivity and the restrictions and closures are being felt across the state.” July 1 – July 31, 2018:Anglers may not fish for king salmon of any size in the Kenai River from that portion of the Kenai River from an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek, upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker at the outlet of Skilak Lake. This sport fishing regulation closure supersedes the Kenai River king salmon limited to catch-and-release only restriction issued on June 11. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is implementing the following sport fishing regulation closure for the Kenai River drainage area effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 20 through 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, July 31. June 20 – June 30, 2018: Anglers may not fish for king salmon of any size in the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker at the outlet of Skilak Lake. The inseason inriver run projection ranges from approximately 3,095 large king salmon based upon average run timing to approximately 3,609 large king salmon based upon a run timing of three days late.
2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Self-driving cars 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 0 Car Industry Auto Tech Tags Post a comment More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageThere’s no minimum per order, so if you wanted to order a single bottle of soda just to see the pod in action, you can. Nuro Earlier this year, the startup Nuro announced its intention to deliver Kroger groceries autonomously in Arizona. While that’s already started, it’s now time for the program to rely on Nuro’s own autonomous delivery pods.Nuro announced Tuesday that its unmanned delivery pods have been let loose in Scottsdale, Arizona, as part of its autonomous delivery pilot program with Kroger. The pilot has been running since August, but earlier stages relied on modified Toyota Priuses with vehicle operators. Now the whole shebang will operate without human input, although some Priuses will remain in operation.Here’s how it works. Customers can place delivery orders for groceries from a single Fry’s Food Stores location (7770 East McDowell Rd.), and they can choose to have it delivered by self-driving vehicle. The delivery can take place the same day or the next day, and it costs a flat fee of $6 for delivery, with no minimum for the order itself. When the pod arrives, the customer will head outside, plug a code into a screen on the side of the vehicle and retrieve their groceries. Then, the pod will scoot along to the next location.”Our autonomous delivery pilot with Nuro over the past few months continues to prove the benefit of the flexible and reliable technology,” said Yael Cosset, Kroger’s chief digital officer, in a statement. “Through this exciting and innovative partnership, we are delivering a great customer experience and advancing Kroger’s commitment to redefine the grocery experience by creating an ecosystem that offers our customers anything, anytime, and anywhere.”Thus far, Nuro estimates that it’s completed approximately 1,000 grocery deliveries since the program began, and with the addition of Nuro’s own dedicated delivery vehicle, that number should rise pretty quickly going forward.
0 Airbnb wants to be a place for ‘everyone’ Now playing: Watch this: Related stories Share your voice Airbnb has also progressively moved into the hotel business. First it started to quietly add boutique hotels to its listings, then last year it announced hotels would be one of four property types it offers on its site. Airbnb then acquired hotel booking site Hotel Tonight last month.Airbnb’s announcement comes as Marriott, one of the world’s largest hotel chains, announced it was launching its own home rental business. Marriott didn’t provide many details on its service, but did say it’s catering to people who want more home amenities during their stays, such as kitchen and laundry facilities.Airbnb and RXR said they plan to open their Rockefeller Plaza facility in about a year, which is still subject to various approvals. The two companies are also eyeing another building with 150 apartments in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. 4:41 The view from the Top of the Rock observation deck in Rockefeller Center. Jeff Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images Airbnb has come a long way since its origin story of offering travelers a blow-up mattress to sleep on. The home rental company announced Monday that it’s partnering with RXR Realty, one of New York City’s largest real estate owners, to convert 10 stories of an iconic Rockefeller Plaza building into Airbnb rentals. The rooms will be luxury suites at the top of 75 Rockefeller Plaza, which is a 32-story skyscraper. The company said travelers will get “unparalleled” views of Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Empire State Building.”When we launched Airbnb over 10 years ago, it was immediately clear how people opening their homes could make guests feel like locals,” Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said in a statement. “We hope to provide that same unique feeling, in the form of new spaces in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and elsewhere so that everyone can enjoy an authentic New York experience.”San Francisco-based Airbnb has gone from being a website for couch surfers to having a massive online presence. It lists roughly 6 million homes for rent in more than 80,000 cities worldwide. The company, currently privately held, is valued at $31 billion. It’s reportedly planning an initial public offering sometime this year. And after years of regulatory battles with cities including New York, New Orleans, San Francisco and Paris, the company needs to show investors it can grow. Airbnb is increasingly working with landlords on profit-sharing deals. Many landlords don’t allow tenants to sublet their apartments on Airbnb because it typically comes with more risk and no profit for them. But that’s changing. The company announced a partnership with a major landlord in Florida in October 2017, then it announced a similar deal with San Francisco’s largest residential landlord the following month. Tags Post a comment Airbnb beware: Marriott reportedly will launch its own home rental service Airbnb partners with San Francisco’s largest apartment landlord Airbnb gets into the apartment game Airbnb Tech Industry
Now playing: Watch this: Is Microsoft listening in on you? James Martin/CNET Microsoft’s contractors listened in on Xbox players using Cortana voice control features, Vice reported Wednesday. Voice data was also captured from the Kinect system’s voice commands prior to Cortana being added in 2016, according to the report. Microsoft last week revealed that humans could be listening to “short snippets” of voice conversations on its audio services, including Skype and virtual assistant Cortana. That followed similar revelations about other big tech firms and their audio services. Earlier this month, Apple, Google and Amazon all suspended human review of user audio recordings, and then Facebook followed suit. Microsoft said in an emailed statement Wednesday that it has “long been clear” that it collects voice data that’s sometimes reviewed by people. “We always get customer permission before collecting voice data, we take steps to de-identify voice snippets being reviewed to protect people’s privacy and we require that handling of this data be held to the highest privacy standards,” the spokesperson said. In a further statement Wednesday night, Microsoft said it stopped reviewing Xbox voice content taken “a number of months ago, as we no longer felt it was necessary.””We have no plans to restart those reviews,” the spokesperson added in an emailed statement. “We occasionally review a low volume of voice recordings sent from one Xbox user to another when there are reports that a recording violated our terms of service and we need to investigate. This is done to keep the Xbox community safe and is clearly stated in our Xbox terms of service.”The Xbox eavesdropping “came up first as a bit of an outlier, then became about half of what we did before becoming most of what we did,” a former Microsoft contractor reportedly told Vice. Microsoft’s privacy statement says human review is used to help build, train and improve the accuracy of its artificial intelligence systems. Cortana was removed from Xbox headsets in July, though it can still be used via the Cortana phone app. Originally published Aug. 21, 1:51 p.m. PT. Updates, 3:41 p.m.: Adds statement from Microsoft; Aug. 22: Includes further statement from Microsoft. 0 Microsoft Kinect CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 6:16 Mentioned Above Microsoft Kinect Cortana Kinect Microsoft Review • Microsoft Kinect See it Microsoft announces Project Scarlett Computers Consoles Security Gaming Tags Post a comment $11 Share your voice 40 Photos Why 2020 could be the best year for video games
Close Fords North America president Raj Nair is leaving the company after an internal probe described his workplace behavior as inconsistent with the companys code of conduct. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:57Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:56?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Top Ford executive Raj Nair ousted after internal investigation on inappropriate behavior
Safe injection sites are different from syringe exchange programs, which were once controversial but now exist in 33 states.The underground safe haven is open between four and six hours a day, five days a week, according to Alex Kral, a San Francisco-based researcher with RTI International, and Peter Davidson of the University of California, San Diego. Their report was published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.The space consists of two rooms — an “injection room” with five stainless steel stations with mirrors and stools and a room next door where users are monitored afterward. There are trained staff on hand, but no one who is medically licensed, according to the researchers. Smoking is not allowed there, but drugs like heroin, pain pills, cocaine and methamphetamine are.Use of the space was by invitation only. Most visitors are white, homeless men. It was used 2,500 times over two years by over 100 people, although researchers say the exact number of participants isn’t known because the facility relies on anonymous surveys.There’s no data on deaths or drug use by clients who injected when the site was closed and it’s not known whether any went into treatment, Kral said.The study also didn’t look at issues opponents worry about, like whether creation of a safe place is associated with an increase in people beginning to try drugs, said Jonathan Caulkins, a drug policy expert at Carnegie Mellon University who nonetheless applauded the organization’s effort to try to stop overdose deaths. In the report released Tuesday, two researchers said they’ve been evaluating an underground safe place that opened in 2014. As a condition of their research, they didn’t disclose the location of the facility — which is unsanctioned and potentially illegal — or the social service agency running it.The researchers offered little data, and their main finding was that no one died while injecting at the safe place. There were two overdoses on site, which were reversed by staff members using the overdose medication naloxone.Advocates and some politicians in recent years have called for government-sanctioned injection sites as the U.S. grapples with the opioid epidemic. More than 52,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2015 — the most ever — fueled by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers. Government statistics for the first nine months of last year, also released Tuesday, show overdose death rates continuing to spiral.Some say the new report could have an impact on efforts to establish safe injection sites around the U.S. Such sites have been backed by lawmakers in New York, California and other states, along with officials in cities like Seattle, San Francisco and Ithaca, New York.“It shows people that it’s possible” to operate one of these in the U.S., said Lindsay LaSalle, an attorney with Drug Policy Alliance who has helped draft safe haven legislative proposals in six states.Injection sites are legal in countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland where medical professionals monitor drug users. They also provide clean needles to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like HIV or hepatitis C. Ideally, they also steer users into treatment and other services.Some experts say new approaches are needed to fight the opioid epidemic, including safe havens. But they’ve faced legal and political hurdles. Critics have argued these places may undermine prevention and treatment, and seem to fly in the face of laws aimed at stopping use of deadly illicit drugs. Darryl Dyck, AP Photo/The Canadian PressRichard Chenery draws heroin he bought on the street into a syringe at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday May 11, 2011. Insite, North America’s first and only legal injection site, promoted by its founders as a safe, humane facility for drug abusers, is now facing a court challenge from the Conservative government that sees it as a facilitator of drug abuse. The case opens before the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2011 and has drawn international attention.A safe haven where drug users inject themselves with heroin and other drugs has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years, a report reveals.None were known to exist in the U.S. until the disclosure in a medical journal, although several states and cities are pushing to establish these so-called supervised injection sites where users can shoot up under the care of trained staff who can treat an overdose if necessary. Share
By The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two pre-teen boys say they pulled a prank by putting a Black doll hanging from a noose above a playground that partly sits on top of a burial site for 5,000 Black Philadelphia residents.The doll was discovered Thursday morning and prompted Mayor Jim Kenney to call it “a despicable act.”(Photo/Mark Tyler via Facebook)The boys, one Black and one White, told WCAU-TV they put the doll there because they thought it would scare people, and that it wasn’t about race.The city has plans to put up a memorial to those buried beneath the playground.The 19th century burial ground was established by Richard Allen, a freed slave who founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Its existence had been forgotten until a historian began researching the site about a decade ago.___Information from: WCAU-TV, http://www.nbc10.com