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San Diego ex-mayor Faulconer to run for California governor

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer says he’ll run for California governor and plans to formally announce the campaign Tuesday in Los Angeles. Faulconer is the first major Republican to formally step into the contest as signatures are being gathered for a recall effort against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Faulconer says in an online video that California has become a failed state under Newsom, accusing him of botching such issues as homelessness and dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. However, Faulconer would face an uphill fight in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly 2-to-1.last_img

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Tony-Nominated Playwright Leslie Lee Dies at 83

first_img The First Breeze of Summer was revived in 2008 off-Broadway by the Signature Theater Company, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. “He captured African-American life with all its frailties and all its power,” Santiago-Hudson told the Times of Lee, “Leslie wasn’t only poetic; he was authentic.” Lee is probably best known for his Tony-nominated play and self-acknowledged autobiographical work, The First Breeze of Summer, which played at Broadway’s Palace Theater. The play tells the story of a black family in Pennsylvania whose ambitious younger son is emotionally unhinged when he learns past secrets of his highly respected grandmother. Tony-nominated playwright Leslie Lee, who spent the majority of his years writing plays to better the African-American experience with the Negro Ensemble Company, died of congestive heart failure on January 20 in Manhattan, the New York Times reports. He was 83 years old. The Tony nominee’s other works, which were mostly produced off-Broadway or on regional stages include Black Eagles, Ground People, Blues in a Broken Tongue, The War Party, The Book of Lambert, Colored People’s Time and a collaboration with Bye Bye Birdie creators Charles Strouse and Lee Adams to create an updated version of Golden Boy. Lee is survived by a brother and three sisters: Elbert, Evelyn Lee Collins, Grace Lee Wall and Alma Lee Coston. Lee switched mid-career from wanting to be a doctor to studying playwriting at Villanova, taking on fellow legendary playwright David Rabe as a roommate. Upon graduation, he won various Audelco awards, given to black theater artists and productions. “One can be black and also many other things,” Lee said in a 1975 interview, “I want to expand the thinking of blacks about themselves.” View Commentslast_img read more

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Broadway Grosses: The Front Page Makes Headlines

first_img View Comments ‘The Front Page’ The fall season is beginning to light up the marquees of Broadway, and instead of a splashy musical, it’s a classic play shining brightest. The revival of The Front Page began previews on September 20, and with just six shows under its belt, the starry production is poised to remain at the top for weeks to come, bringing in $921,998. Expect it to join the Millionaire’s Club once it reaches a full week of performances. Boasting a roster of Nathan Lane, Jefferson Mays, John Goodman, John Slattery, Holland Taylor, Sherie Rene Scott and more, The Front Page opens officially on October 20. Other productions new to the Great White Way, including The Cherry Orchard and The Encounter, have proven slower to warm up, but that could change following reviews and with increasing word-of-mouth.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending September 25:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($2,419,442)*2. The Lion King ($1,789,056)3. The Book of Mormon ($1,294,532)4. Wicked ($1,285,548)5. Aladdin ($1,272,615)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. The Cherry Orchard ($355,242)**4. The Encounter ($325,531)**3. Heisenberg ($267,064)***2. Oh, Hello ($247,237)*****1. Black to the Future ($157,184)******FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.39%)2. Hamilton (101.77%)*3. The Front Page (101.63%)****4. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (99.04%)5. The Lion King (98.44%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Something Rotten! (65.42%)4. Kinky Boots (65.41%)3. Paramour (64.24%)2. On Your Feet! (62.07%)1. Fiddler on the Roof (49.55%)* Number based on nine regular performances** Number based on eight preview performances*** Number based on seven preview performances****Number based on six preview performances*****Number based on three preview performances******Number based on one performanceSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

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CUNA files amicus brief in important Florida interchange case

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA today filed an amicus brief Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in a case raising many of the policy issues surrounding credit card interchange fees. The case, Dana’s Railroad Supply v. Bondi, involves a First Amendment challenge to Florida’s ban on merchants surcharging users of credit cards.The retailers bringing the lawsuits argue that price determination is a form of free speech, and that in banning surcharges, merchants are unable to protest interchange fees, which they deem to be too high.Interchange fees occur when a credit card transaction takes place, and are how credit unions are compensated for making cards available to merchants. As the CUNA brief notes, merchants receive a number of benefits from participating in the credit card system, including being able to keep staff levels low, allowing for transactions at unattended locations like gas pumps or online, as well as protecting merchants from fraud and insufficient fund losses.“Nothing about the Florida Statute prohibits merchants from doing anything at the point-of-sale (or anywhere else) in an attempt to persuade consumers to use cash instead of a credit card,” CUNA Senior Director of Advocacy and Counsel for Special Projects Robin Cook argued in the brief. continue reading »last_img read more

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Former CEO sentenced for bank larceny, tax evasion

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A U.S. District judge in Harrisburg, Pa., sentenced Sherry A. Garner, the former president/CEO of the merged Harley-Davidson York Federal Credit Union, Wednesday to two years in prison for bank larceny and tax evasion.Federal Judge John E. Jones also ordered Garner to pay $314,810 in restitution and three years of supervised release following her prison term.In February, she admitted to embezzling $252,106 from the credit union between 2010 and 2013.Garner, 53, of Red Lion, Pa., also admitted to federal income tax evasion for not reporting her embezzled income. She was also ordered to pay $62,704 in back taxes. continue reading »last_img

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Marriott agrees partnership with Alibaba: Offline to Online is a new tourism paradigm

first_imgMarriott International Inc., the world’s largest hotelier with about 6.000 facilities globally, has agreed on a business partnership, ie a partnership with Alibaba Group, China’s largest online sales platform. A partnership that will certainly change the tourism market and launch a new dimension of partnership.The Marriott will thus promote the entire line, from the eponymous brand to the Sheraton and the Ritz-Carlton, on Alibaba’s Fliggy website. It will also synergistically link its loyalty programs and provide new promotions for Chinese travelers. ”We both believe we can create huge synergies from this strategic partnership”Daniel Zhang, Alibaba’s chief executive, told Bloomberg.comChinese tourists are the world’s largest travelers, and the market is still growing rapidly, with Chinese tourists spending more than $ 100 billion in 2016 and driving change in the global tourism industry. As they point out in their statement, Marriott wants to gain the trust of as many guests as possible and boost loyalty as they compete with alternative service providers such as Airbnb. “It really is about how we will service this already large but fast growing group of global travelers, especially Chinese ones. This is actually a marriage online to offline and vice versa, and most importantly it is a marriage of our professional fields. OTO is a new paradigm ” said Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott.The importance of this partnership and the potential is sufficient, as evidenced by the fact that Alibaba’s average daily turnover is around one billion US dollars, it has more than 800 million products in its store with over 400 million users, and in just one second it can do as many as 60.000 transaction. In synergy with 100 million loyal customers from the Marriott customer base, there is a lot of traffic and cross-correlation.An estimated 122 million Chinese left the country in 2016 and spent about $ 109,8 billion, according to a statement from China’s National Tourism Administration, with key destinations including Japan and the United States. This year, U.S. visitors alone are expected to grow 15 percent, with an estimate of 3,96 million in 2018 from about 3 million in 2016, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.One thing is for sure, this cooperation is a step forward and a departure from the classic framework, which will certainly encourage various new partnerships, which will open a totally new door and opportunities, both for tourists and for all other related parties.Source: Bloomberg.comlast_img read more

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UNWTO opens competition for startups in gastro tourism

first_imgThe UNWTO competition for startups in gastro tourism is already the second competition launched by the World Tourism Organization, this time with the aim of recognizing startups with the potential to plan and promote sustainable innovations in the gastronomy and tourism sector.Individuals and legal entities whose product is minimally sustainable, with the possibility of upgrading and a vision of sustainability can apply.The deadline for submission of project proposals is March 5, 2019, and the five finalists will be announced on the online platform on April 1, 2019. while on May 3, the winner of the competition will be announced.Representatives of the finalists will be invited to the 5th World Forum on Gastro Tourism 2019, which will be held in San Sebastian, Spain. You can find more about the competition here.last_img read more

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Airbnb reached the figure of half a billion arrivals and earnings from overnight stays in the amount of 65 billion dollars

first_imgFrom the early days of Airbnb, the community has become demographically and geographically diverse. Although the first Airbnb hosts were men, today more than half of the hosts worldwide are women. Over a million hosts are over the age of 50, more than 400.000 hosts are over the age of 60, and seniors (natives aged 60+) are the fastest growing host population in the United States. More than 1,5 million hosts are also guests on Airbnb. In 2007, three passengers arrived at a design conference in San Francisco and checked into the house of Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbi, co-founders of Airbnb. Although they did not know it at the time, these three guests will become the first members of the global community of guests and hosts of Airbnb, which now includes more than 191 countries and 81,000 cities worldwide. Photo: Airbnb Press Room The hosts earned more than 65 billion dollars As the Airbnb community grew, the geographical distribution of guest arrivals expanded. In 2009, 86 percent of all guest arrivals were in Airbnb’s ten strongest markets. By 2013, that percentage had dropped to 34 percent, and in 2018 it was only 13 percent. Today, over 900 cities around the world have at least a thousand accommodation units available on Airbnb. Unique houses and real estate They were the foundation of the community for what Airbnb has evolved into – a platform that combines where you live, what you do, the way you travel, all in one place. Now, ten years after those first three guests, every half second in the world, three guests sign up via Airbnb. These guests can now choose from 6 million accommodation units, scattered across six continents. Airbnb recorded a figure of half a billion guests today. Photo: Airbnb Over 75 cities around the world have received at least one million guests, including cities such as Auckland in New Zealand, Ciudad de México in Mexico, Cape Town in South Africa, Havana in Cuba, Chongqing in China, Busan in South Korea and Split in Croatia. RELATED NEWS: The average rating of private accommodation on the entire platform is 4,7 out of 5 stars, which speaks to the level of quality of service offered by the service.center_img Global inclusion Photo: Airbnb Airbnb has grown rapidly since 2007, and with the power of global networking, it has expanded to almost every corner of the world. Airbnb offers travel experiences and provides economic viability to millions of hosts around the world. Since the founding of Airbnb, the hosts have earned more than $ 65 billion on our platform. Given the popularity of Airbnb among younger consumers, the Airbnb community is expected to continue to expand. Nearly 70 percent of Airbnb bookings in the past three years have been made by guests under the age of 40. Millennials have spent a total of $ 31 billion through Airbnb so far. These 500 million guests have signed up for unique homes and properties around the world, including unusual ones. There are over 14 small houses, over 4 castles and over 2.400 tree houses on Airbnb. The most visited private accommodation in Airbnb’s history is located in Ireland whose host Peter spent over ten years renovating his 600-year-old house. Nearly 1.000 cities with 1.000+ accommodation units BOOKING.COM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY ANNOUNCES REVENUES IN BUSINESS WITH PRIVATE RENTERS WHO WINS THE “BOOKING FIGHT” – HOTELS OR ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCIES? BOOKING.COM LAUNCHES BOOKINGSUITE APP STORE. GAME CHANGER IN THE TOURISM SECTORlast_img read more

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South Korea reimposes some social restrictions to combat new virus cases

first_imgSouth Korea on Thursday reimposed a series of coronavirus social distancing measures it had eased early this month, as a series of clusters threatened to challenge its success in containing the epidemic.The country has been held up as a global model in how to curb the virus, but reported its biggest spike in new infections in nearly two months as life appeared returning to normal.The new cases — mostly centered in the Seoul metropolitan area where half the South Korean population lives — prompted officials to strengthen social distancing rules that were eased on May 6. Museums, parks and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, said health minister Park Neung-hoo, while companies were urged to reintroduce flexible working, among other measures. “We have decided to strengthen all quarantine measures in the metropolitan area for two weeks from tomorrow to June 14,” he said.Citizens were also advised to refrain from social gatherings or going to crowded places — including restaurants and bars — while religious facilities were asked to be extra vigilant with quarantine measures.There were no new delays, however, to the phased reopening of schools that is currently underway. “The next two weeks are crucial to prevent the spread of the infection in the metropolitan area,” Park said, adding: “We will have to return to social distancing if we fail.”The health minister said the government will be forced to reimpose an all-out social distancing campaign if the country sees more than 50 new cases for at least seven consecutive days.Officials announced 79 new cases Thursday — taking its total to 11,344 — the largest increase since 81 cases were announced on April 5.An outbreak at a warehouse of e-commerce firm Coupang in Bucheon, west of Seoul, has seen 69 cases, said the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Around 4,100 workers and visitors to the building were under self-isolation, with more than 80 percent tested so far, vice health minister Kim Gang-lip told reporters.”We are expecting the number of new cases linked to the warehouse to continue rising until today as we wrap up related tests,” he added.The country endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside mainland China, and while it never imposed a compulsory lockdown, strict social distancing had been widely observed since March.But it appears to have brought its epidemic under control thanks to an extensive “trace, test and treat” program.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Typhoon hits South Korea after triggering landslides in Japan

first_imgHotels full In Japan, Typhoon Haishen first made its presence felt on a string of exposed, remote southern islands before sweeping past the Kyushu region.As it approached Kyushu authorities issued evacuation orders for 1.8 million people, with 5.6 million others told to take precautions.In some places, residents checked into hotels to shelter from the storm.Japan converts its municipal buildings and schools into shelters during emergencies, but some people were reluctant to gather in large numbers due to fears over the Covid-19 pandemic.”I am worried about coronavirus infections. We’re with small children too, so we did not want other people to see us as big trouble,” an elderly man in Shibushi city told broadcaster NHK after checking in at a local hotel with seven relatives.The storm forced the cancellation of nearly 550 flights and disrupted train services, the network said.Many factories also suspended operations, including three plants operated by Toyota. By lunchtime on Monday, the storm had moved over South Korea, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and triggering landslides.Traffic lights and trees were felled in and around Busan, streets were flooded and power was knocked out for around 20,000 homes across the country.The typhoon cut electricity supplies to Hyundai Motor’s assembly lines in the city of Ulsan, bringing production to a halt for several hours.Haishen churned its way up the eastern side of the peninsula into the Sea of Japan, known as the East Sea in Korea, having lost some of its destructive force, but still packed winds of up to 112 kilometers per hour.The streets of the port city of Sokcho were largely empty, but some residents braved the rain and wind to take photos and marvel at the swell crashing into the harbor wall. Outside the city, swollen rivers surged through the countryside carrying debris and the occasional fallen tree.Haishen was forecast to make landfall again in Chongjin, North Hamgyong province in North Korea, at around midnight, according to South Korea’s Meteorological Administration.Pyongyang’s state media have been on high alert, carrying live broadcasts of the situation, with one showing a reporter driving through a windy, inundated street in Tongchon, Kangwon province.”Now is the time when we must be on our highest alert,” he said, adding that winds were as powerful as 126 kilometers per hour. State broadcaster KCTV showed flooded streets and trees shaking from the strong gusts.North Korea is still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Maysak last week.Leader Kim Jong Un appeared in state media over the weekend inspecting the damage. He also sacked a top provincial official in South Hamgyong.He ordered 12,000 ruling party members in Pyongyang to help with recovery efforts, and the official KCNA news agency reported Monday that around 300,000 had responded to his call.The North’s state media have yet to specify how many people Maysak left missing, injured or dead. A powerful typhoon lashed South Korea on Monday after smashing into southern Japan with record winds and heavy rains that left four people missing in a landslide.Half a million people were without power after Typhoon Haishen roared past Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, ripping off roofs and dumping half a meter of water in just a day.Rescue workers were picking through mud and detritus after a hillside collapsed in rural Miyazaki. Topics : Dozens of police officers were on their way to help, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo.At least two deaths had been reported during the storm, he said, although the causes were not immediately known.Haishen, which came on the heels of another powerful typhoon, crashed into Okinawa on Saturday and moved northwards throughout Sunday.Around 1.8 million people were told to seek shelter for fear that the 200-kilometre-per-hour (135-mile-per-hour) winds would wreak havoc on Japan’s wooden housing stock.last_img read more

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