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Trump is planning to sneak away to Florida instead of attending the Biden inauguration, FAA data reveals

President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP President Donald Trump appears to be heading south to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida instead of attending Joe Biden's inauguration.  The Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary flight restrictions over the private club for January 20, indicating the president's arrival. One of Trump's final tweets confirmed suspicions that he wouldn't be at the Biden inauguration.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, Politics, Texas, News, Air Travel, Washington, White House, Planes, Nbc News, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Flying, Gop

Book Review | Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

I love a good romance story as much as the next hopeless romantic. Add in a setting on Capri and I’ll be first in line to buy the book. That is exactly what happened with Sex and Vanity, the latest novel by the worldwide bestselling author Kevin Kwan. Of course, Kwan hardly needs an introduction. You’ll know him as the author of Crazy Rich Asians, a number one New York Times bestselling book and fabulous film, as well as two more bestselling books in the series China Rich Girlfriend and Ric...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Books, Instagram, New York City, Book Reviews, Book Review, New York Times, Italy, Helena Bonham Carter, Capri, Charlotte, Don, George, Holly, Forster

Hiking, Biking, and Walking Across Italy: How to Explore the Cammini d’Italia

“Italy has embraced the Via Francigena as none of the other three nations have,” writes Timothy Egan in his New York Times bestseller A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith. As he walks the storied route that traverses England, France, and Italy, Egan explains what makes walking the Italian section of the Via Francigena so appealing: This country never threw off its Catholicism; monarchs with their own religious agendas were scarce, and Protestants still are. The...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, History, Rome, Nature, Ecotourism, New York Times, Italy, Canterbury, Walking Tours, England France, Timothy Egan, Sports & Leisure, Francigena, Parks and Nature, Biking Tours

The life of Sheldon Adelson, the late casino billionaire behind The Venetian and Marina Bay Sands, who donated more than $120 million to Republican causes in 2020

Gambling giant Las Vegas Sands Corp's Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson speaks during an interview with Reuters in Macau, China, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor, died on January 11 at the age of 87. Adelson, who was chairman and majority shareholder of the world's largest casino operator, Las Vegas Sands, was worth an estimated $33 billion in January 2021 before he died, per Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. Adelson...
Tags: Asia, Politics, Hollywood, Republicans, Hotels, Boston, Singapore, Softbank, Israel, Trends, Bloomberg, Features, New York Times, Billionaires, Sheldon Adelson, Airbus

Americans have been escaping to Mexico to avoid COVID-19 restrictions back home. Now, Mexico is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases.

A beach in Cancun, Mexico, on December 29, 2020. Alberto Valdez / Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images (edited) Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have been flocking to Mexico either on vacation or to settle, according to multiple reports. In November, more than half a million Americans traveled to Mexico, The New York Times reported. The influx of Americans has been partly due to the relaxed restrictions at the Mexican border: while many countries require proof of a negat...
Tags: Travel, Post, Science, Washington Post, Mexico, US, Trends, Getty Images, New York Times, Mexico City, News UK, Npr, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Cancun

Wealthy Brits are fleeing the UK in private jets to avoid new lockdowns ahead of Christmas while Londoners are trapped in their city

Private jet travelers. Erickson Stock/Shutterstock Private aviation firms are reporting an increase in bookings from over the weekend out of London as the UK government imposes new lockdowns. A new strain of coronavirus prompted the government to shut down most of London and South East England.  Over 40 countries have closed borders with the UK or implemented stricter entry restrictions, leading airlines to cancel flights. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As Londoners fl...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Hong Kong, Europe, UK, London, News, Air Travel, Scotland, Planes, US, Trends, Spain, Bbc, Features, Flying

Pornhub restricts uploads, downloads after child porn found on platform

Pornhub will only allow uploads from verified users, and content partners, and has disabled the ability the ability to download content from the platform — except for paid downloads by verified users —, the company announced in a blog post. In addition, the platform will also strengthen its content moderation practices. These changes follow a scathing New York Times report, which documented how Pornhub is replete with child sexual abuse material, and how people whose intimate clips end up on the...
Tags: Travel, News, Microsoft, Youtube, Bloomberg, New York Times, Child Sexual Abuse, Pornhub, Mastercard, Visa, Child Pornography, Facebook Instagram Twitter, Mastercard Visa, CSAM, National Center for Missing Exploited Children, Ncmec

Remembering John Lennon on the 40th Anniversary of his Death

The Imagine Circle in Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York City (Venice, Italy) On December 8, 1980, I was living in the West Village in New York, studying theater with Stella Adler, and working part-time as a waitress at a pub called Traders Inn on Hudson Street between West 11th and Bank. I lived right around the corner, and had gotten home about 11:00 PM. My phone rang a little while later. It was my sister calling from New Jersey. "John Lennon has been shot." I was stunned. ...
Tags: Travel, New York, New York City, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, New York Times, Italy, Madonna, Bank, Venice, Upper West Side, Central Park, West Village, Dakota, Alan Weiss, Weiss

Huawei worked on a facial recognition tool to surveil Uighurs: Report

Huawei worked on a facial recognition system to snoop on people from China’s Uighur community, which also had an “Uighur alarm” — to detect a person’s ethnicity, and alert authorities upon spotting a person from the Uighur community, a report from video surveillance researchers IPVM claimed. The Washington Post first reported this. A document discovered by IPVM showed that in 2018, Huawei worked with a facial recognition startup called Megvii to test a facial recognition system which could detec...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, Washington Post, China, US, New York Times, Nvidia, Muslim, Xinjiang, Huawei, Facial Recognition, Surveilance, PRC, Noida, Megvii

Why Japan Has the Oldest Businesses in the World?: Hōshi, a 1300-Year-Old Hotel, Offers Clues

Perhaps, when the state of the world once again permits reasonably convenient travel, you plan to visit Japan. If so, you’d do well to consider staying at one of the country’s ryokan, the traditional inns often located at hot springs. No accommodations could appeal more deeply to those in search of “old Japan,” and many ryokan deliver on that adjective in the most literal sense. Take the Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan, whose 1300 years of operation at its hot spring in Yamanashi Prefecture make it...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Japan, College, History, Bbc, New York Times, Nintendo, Tokyo, Seoul, Kyoto, Facebook Twitter, Lufkin, Komatsu, Yamanashi Prefecture

How Ryan Reynolds and Mint Mobile worked without becoming the joke

In the past decade, celebrity interest and investment in tech companies has significantly increased. But not all celebrity investments are created equally. Some investors, like Ashton Kutcher, have prioritized the VC pursuits. Some have invested casually without getting overly involved. Others have used their considerable platforms to market their portfolio to varying degrees of success. It’s been a little over a year since Ryan Reynolds bought a majority stake in Mint Mobile, a deal that has...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Mobile, Jay Z, Canada, Justin Bieber, New York Times, Alicia Keys, Portland, Venture Capital, Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher, Ryan Reynolds, Lenovo, Justin Timberlake

what i'm reading: beaten down, worked up: the past, present, and future of american labor

Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor by Steven Greenhouse is exactly what the subtitle says: a history and analysis of the rise, decline, and re-emergence of the labour movement in the United States. Although the context is American, the lessons in the stories easily apply to Canada, and perhaps globally, to labour movements everywhere. Greenhouse covered labour issues for The New York Times for more than 30 years. It's obvious that the research for Beaten D...
Tags: Travel, Florida, New York, Activism, Obama, Mexico, Kaiser Permanente, White House, US, America, Los Angeles, History, Earth, Chicago, Canada, United States

Teaching peace in a time of violence

In September 2020, President Trump signed an order calling for a commission on “patriotic education,” in response to what he considered anti-American sentiments seeping into school curricula around the United States. He accused teachers of teaching a “twisted web of lies” by including lessons from the New York Times’ 1619 Project, which examines American history through the lens of the African slave trade. His remarks were denounced by the American Federation of Teachers and the Association of H...
Tags: Books, Featured, Education, Peace, Unesco, United States, Nelson Mandela, Hawaii, New York Times, Paris, Un, American Federation Of Teachers, Social Sciences, Trump, UN General Assembly, Online products

Thai Hotel That Put American in Jail Gets New Label on Tripadvisor

BANGKOK -- The resort hotel in Thailand got its public apology. The unhappy American guest who spent two nights in jail for criticizing the hotel online got his criminal charges dropped. But it was Tripadvisor, the giant online travel review platform, that got the last word.Wesley Barnes, the American traveler who was arrested after being charged with criminal defamation for posting critical reviews of the Sea View resort on the island of Koh Chang, quietly left Thailand this week.With Barnes sa...
Tags: Asia, News, Massachusetts, Thailand, New York Times, Tripadvisor, Bangkok, Human Rights Watch, Young, Phil Robertson, Barnes, Bangkok Thailand, Gulf of Thailand, Prayuth Chan, Koh Chang, Bradford Young

Uber drivers in California will continue being ‘independent contractors’: Reports

In a potentially significant development, voters in California, US have voted to allow app-based taxi drivers working with companies like Uber and Lyft to treat their drivers as independent contractors, and not as employees, as per a projection by CNN, and other American publications. What is Prop. 22? Proposition 22 was a ballot measure — a proposed legislation that people can vote on — that will allow “gig-economy” companies to sidestep a Californian legislation AB5, under which these companie...
Tags: Travel, Lyft, Uber, News, California, India, US, America, San Francisco, Cnn, New York Times, Social Security, Silicon Valley, Instacart, Ola, Gig Economy

virtual walking tours of new york city, hosted by ny times architecture critic michael kimmelman

During the pandemic shutdown, there were so many offers of interesting things to do online -- cooking, crafting, indoor exercise, art classes, author readings, and on and on. I didn't do any of it. I began piano lessons with Pianote, read books, took walks, and generally (although somewhat guiltily) enjoyed myself.One online series looked interesting to me, but I kept forgetting to do it. The New York Times posted walking tours of different areas of New York City, hosted by Michael Kimmelman. Ki...
Tags: Travel, Google, Art, New York, New York City, US, Brooklyn, New York Times, Manhattan, Times, Paul Goldberger, Laura K, Kimmelman, COVID-19, Michael Kimmelman Kimmelman, East Village Home of Punks

all eyes on the united states: election day and beyond: the dark side laid bare

Election day in the U.S. tomorrow. My American family and friends are all quietly freaking out. The whole world is quietly freaking out. The massive turnout through mail-in voting and advance polling are very good signs. Thousands who didn't vote in 2016 have already voted in 2020. Personally, I think it will be an anti-Trump landslide in the popular vote, and a decisive win in the electoral vote. Not that anyone should put any faith in what I believe! In 2016, I told anyone who would listen t...
Tags: Travel, White House, US, United States, US politics, New York Times, Donald Trump, Trump, Abu Ghraib, Trump He, Thomas Edsall, Bigotry, Laura K, Fascist Shift, US Regression, Election Fraud

Ant Group could raise as much as $34.5B in IPO in what would be world’s largest IPO

The long-anticipated IPO of Alibaba-affiliated Chinese fintech giant Ant Group could raise tens of billions of dollars in a dual-listing on both the Shanghai and Hong Kong exchanges. Shares for the company formerly known as Ant Financial are expected to price at around HK$80, or roughly 68 to 69 Chinese Yuan. The company is selling around 134 million shares in the Hong Kong portion of its debut, worth around $17.25 billion American dollars at HK$80 apiece. Given that the share sale is expected t...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Asia, Hong Kong, New York, Finance, Ipo, United States, New York Times, Shanghai, Alibaba, Tencent, Square, Alipay, New York Stock Exchange

This Boeing 767 private jet's operator claims it has an advanced air system that kills pathogens so passengers don't need to wear a mask onboard – see inside

Comlux's Boeing BBJ767 "SkyLady." Comlux European aircraft operator Comlux just welcomed back its second-largest plane, a Boeing Business Jet 767, that underwent a four-month refurbishment in the US. The 51-seat aircraft serves the wealthy as a flying apartment with amenities including an ultra-king-size bed and walk-in shower. A new onboard ionization system kills pathogens in the air so passengers don't have to wear masks. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. European ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, Air Travel, Life, China, Boston, Planes, US, Trends, Indianapolis, Features, Flying, New York Times, Mark Cuban, Aviation

The operator of this Boeing 767 private jet says the plane has an air system so advanced it kills pathogens so passengers don't need to wear a mask onboard – see inside

Comlux's Boeing BBJ767 "SkyLady." Comlux European aircraft operator Comlux just welcomed back its second-largest plane, a Boeing Business Jet 767, that underwent a four-month refurbishment in the US. The 51-seat aircraft serves the wealthy as a flying apartment with amenities including an ultra-king-size bed and walk-in shower. A new onboard ionization system kills pathogens in the air so passengers don't have to wear masks. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. European ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, Air Travel, Life, China, Boston, Planes, US, Trends, Indianapolis, Features, Flying, New York Times, Mark Cuban, Aviation

The fight against fake news and electoral disinformation

Just as COVID-19 is a stress test of every nation’s health system, an election process is a stress test of a nation’s information and communication system. A week away from the US presidential election, the symptoms are not so promising.  News reports  about the spread of so-called “fake news,” disinformation, and conspiracy theories are thriving as they did in 2016.Disinformation and “fake news” are not new, but the 2016 US presidential election placed the phenomenon squarely onto the internati...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Florida, Politics, Featured, US, America, Unesco, New York Times, United Nations, Donald Trump, Carnegie Mellon University, Social Sciences, World Economic Forum, Facebook Twitter, Legislative

US communications regulator to revisit Section 230 safe harbour protections for social media companies

The legal immunity enjoyed by internet companies such as Facebook and Twitter is under challenge in the US. Ajit Pai, chair of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that the regulatory body will start exploring the legal interpretation of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1986, which guarantees safe harbour protections to companies operating on the internet. Pai’s announcement came just a day after Twitter and Facebook, in a controversial more, decided to block ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, New York Post, News, Fcc, Supreme Court, Congress, Senate, India, BJP, US, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, New York Times, Commission

India Today Group imposes social media gag on its employees, and says it is not a free speech issue

The India Today Group has directed its journalists to not share their personal political views on “any social media platform”, in order to maintain the company’s “reputation for impartiality”. Alarmingly, even as the company communicated the rule to its employees over an email on Wednesday, it wrote in the email “that this is not, by any means, a breach of your right to expression or freedom of the press”, and argued that free and fair journalism existed even before the advent of social media. M...
Tags: Travel, Post, News, Social Media, New York Times, Delhi, Group, Free Speech, India Today, Medianama, Aaj Tak, Times Group, India Today Group, Pratik Sinha, Kalli Purie, ` Interim Social Media Advisory

what i'm reading: love: possibly roddy doyle's best book

Love, the latest novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle, is a miniature tour de force. It's a story where seemingly nothing happens, nothing that you could really call a plot. Two men who have known each other a very long time, but haven't seen each other in many years, are having a pint at a pub. It's familiar Doyle territory. Roger Rosenblatt, reviewing Love in the New York Times, writes:When I tell you that Roddy Doyle's new novel, "Love," is about two 50-ish men talking well-oiled talk in a pub...
Tags: Travel, New York Times, Doyle, What I'm Reading, Roddy Doyle, Laura K, Roger Rosenblatt

The Life of a Travel Writer with David Farley

Updated: 8/24/20 | August 24th, 2020 When I started in the travel industry, one writer came up often in conversation: David Farley. He was a rock-star writer who taught at NYU and Columbia, wrote for AFAR, National Geographic, the New York Times, and many other publications. I always wondered who this guy was. He was almost mythical. He was never at any events. But, one day, he turned up and, over the years, we became good friends. His writing tips and advice have helped me immensely, and his ...
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, Greece, Los Angeles, Rome, David, New York Times, Kenya, Columbia University, Prince, UC Berkeley, Columbia, Travel Writing, Jan Morris, Hanoi, Hostelworld

End "qualified immunity" for police (and the TSA)

["Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Lauderdale County Courthouse, Meridian, MS)] In early March, shortly before returning home to San Francisco where I've been "sheltering in place", I took a week-long road trip along portions of the Civil Rights Trail from New Orleans through and Mississippi to Memphis. This was largely terra incognita for me. My family lived near Houston -- then as now the largest city (and with the largest African-American population) in the South -- fr...
Tags: Travel, New York, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, Massachusetts, America, San Francisco, Nasa, Mit, Selma, House, New York Times, House Of Representatives, New Orleans

Former Facebook employee’s memo indicates company’s inability, lack of interest in policing disinformation campaigns worldwide: Report

A letter written by a former Facebook employee after being fired from the company points to the social media giant’s inability and unwillingness to act on fake and inauthentic accounts, according a report by BuzzFeed News. Sophie Zhang, who worked as a data scientist at Facebook until recently, penned a 6.600-word memo detailing how she struggled to make her company pay enough attention to fake accounts, whose activity she said was undermining elections and affecting political discourse across t...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Washington Post, India, BJP, US, Ukraine, New York Times, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Honduras, Ecuador, Delhi, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal

India’s new social security code proposes fund for gig workers: Report

In a first, the Indian government’s new draft social security code will recognise gig economy workers, and will mandate gig economy companies to contribute to a social security fund for gig and platform workers, reported Business Standard. Approved by the Union Cabinet on Tuesday, the code will come up in the Parliament’s monsoon session starting next week. Gig workers will also be eligible to insurance benefits provided by state-run Employees’ State Insurance Corporation. According to the draft...
Tags: Travel, Lyft, Uber, News, California, India, US, New York Times, Social Security, Bill, Parliament, Zomato, Cabinet, Ola, Gig Economy, Swiggy

Republican senators propose bill that erodes Safe Harbour protections for online platforms

Three Republican members of the US Senate have introduced a new bill that proposes major changes to the country’s law that protects digital platforms from bearing liability for content posted by their users. The proposed Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act would take away protections from liability, that is, Safe Harbour, which is currently given to intermediaries under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The new bill removed the companies’ right to remove “otherwise objectiona...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Senate, US, Joe Biden, New York Times, Moscow, Mitch McConnell, US Senate, Graham, Biden, Donald Trump, Blackburn, South Carolina, Safe Harbor

The reconversion of Hagia Sophia in perspective

At the beginning of January 1921, a special service was held in the cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, with Orthodox and Episcopal clergy offering prayers in six languages—Hungarian, Greek, Arabic, Russian, Serbian, and English—for the restoration of Hagia Sophia as a Christian sanctuary. As reported in the New York Times, the enormous church was filled to capacity for the service, with hundreds of would-be worshippers turned away at the doors. Similar services were held simultan...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, Featured, Russia, New York City, Religion, America, History, Chicago, Unesco, New York Times, Paris, Bulgaria, Christian, Istanbul

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